[268], On 27 March, Francis gave an extraordinary benediction Urbi et Orbi. The material on this site can not be reproduced, distributed, transmitted, cached or otherwise used, except with prior written permission of Multiply. What we have to create is a civil union law. That it wasn't an easy thing to do. Hearing that my second daughter heard the crowd yell, “Papa, papa,” and had to call my father-in-law to tell him that he needs to come out of the door soon. At night my wife and I watched the other recent addresses of JPII and Benedict XVI. We had a computer with Internet, but there was no way to live stream something and I don’t even know if there was a service for that. [42] After the completion of his term of office, in 1980 he was named the rector of the Philosophical and Theological Faculty of San Miguel where he had studied. He has called for equal pay for women, advocated for forgiveness for women who have received abortions and couples that have been divorced or remarried, and even pushed world leaders to address climate change. [213], On 8 December 2017, Pope Francis signed a new apostolic constitution on ecclesiastical universities and faculties Veritatis gaudium, published 29 January 2018. [263] He encouraged priests to visit patients and health workers;[264] urged the faithful not to forget the poor during the time of crisis;[265] offered prayers for victims of the virus in China;[266] and invoked the Blessed Virgin Mary under her title Salus Populi Romani, as the Diocese of Rome observed a period of prayer and fasting in recognition of the victims. [397], Bishops consecrated by Pope Francis as principal consecrator, Pontifical knighthood for abortion rights activist, Press reports have provided a variety of translations for the phrase. [328] Pope Francis has sought peace in the crisis without picking a side. This joint statement is concerned with how different faiths can live peaceably in the same world and areas. He continued to assert Catholic doctrine, in less dramatic tone than his recent predecessors, who maintained that the Catholic Church is not a democracy of popular opinion. [393], Pope Francis: A Man of His Word is a documentary film with Swiss-Italian-French-German co-production, co-written and directed by Wim Wenders. [154], After being elected and choosing his name, his first act was bestowing the Urbi et Orbi blessing on thousands of pilgrims gathered in St. Peter's Square. If he did nothing else in his Papacy, that moment would be cherished for ever in my mind.

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