Pope presides at in-flight wedding (Vatican Insider) Pope Francis officiated at an in-flight wedding ceremony for two flight attendants on his trip from Santiago to Iquique, Chile, on January 18. In conversation with the couple, he learned that they were married in a civil ceremony, but their plans for a church service in 2010 were disrupted because of an earthquake. So the Pontiff volunteered to perform the ceremony.
Unite hearts and minds, Pope advises academics in Chile (Vatican News) In an address Wednesday evening to the Pontifical Catholic University of Chile, Pope Francis said that higher education should serve the cause of coexistence in the country. He said that this coexistence is based on a harmony between different aspects of man’s nature: a harmony that “integrates and harmonizes the intellect, the heard, and activity.”
Jesuit analyzes Mapuche grievances (Fides) The former rector of a Chilean university offered his perspective on attacks on churches by some members of the Mapuche people. Pope Francis pleaded for nonviolence, unity, and peace during his visit to Chile.
Papal stress on humility in talks to Chile's bishops, priests (Vatican News) Pope Francis warned Chile’s bishops that clericalism “gradually extinguishes the prophetic flame” in the Church. Clericalism, the Pontiff said, is “a caricature of the vocation we have received.” He encouraged the bishops to pray for “the gift of dreaming and working for a missionary and prophetic option.”
in a seperate talk to priests, at a meeting in Santiago’s cathedral, the Holy Father said that recognizing one’s own sinfulness is a first step toward pastoral success. He pointed to the example of St. Peter, who—realizing his own weakness and relying on Jesus—hauls in a miraculous catch.
Bishop says Congo 'gained heroes' during recent protests (CNA) President Joseph Kabila, who has ruled the Democratic Republic of the Congo beyond his constitutional term limit, reneged on an agreement to hold elections in 2017. Six priests were arrested, and 134 churches were surrounded, during a recent crackdown on pro-democracy protests.
Papal message of support for Al Azhar conference on Jerusalem (Vatican Press Office) Pope Francis has sent a message of support to Sheik Ahmad al-Tayyib, the head of Egypt’s Al Azhar University, for a conference the institution is holding this week on the status of Jerusalem. In his message, noting the new tensions that surround Jerusalem, the Pope reaffirmed the Vatican’s stand on the city: “Only a special status, also internationally guaranteed, can preserve its identity.”
Belgian bishops visit refugees (Servizio Informazione Religiosa) “There are asylum seekers, refugees and migrants among us who are waiting to reach the UK,” said Bishop Guy Harpigny of Tournai. “We show our solidarity with them by seeking objective information on statistics, the causes of migration, on reception networks and on the legislation in force in the Belgian State.”