POPE FRANCIS WELCOMES LEBANON’S PRIME MINISTER-DESIGNATE – POOR TO RECEIVE SECOND VACCINE AT VATICAN ON POPE’S NAME DAY – FAMILY LOVE: A VOCATION AND A PATH TO HOLINESS

Weekly edition in English of L’Osservatore Romano:ING_2021_017_2304.pdf (osservatoreromano.va)

Pope Francis will be a special guest speaker today when the earthday.org website starts coverage at 12 noon ET of events and special speakers: Earth Day: The Official Site | EARTHDAY.ORG   He tweeted about Earth Day this morning: “We have broken the bonds of our relationship with the Creator, with out fellow human beings and with the rest of creation. We need to heal the damaged relationships that are essential to supporting us and the entire fabric of life. #EarthDay”

POPE FRANCIS WELCOMES LEBANON’S PRIME MINISTER-DESIGNATE 

From Holy See Press Office Director Matteo Bruni: “I can confirm that this morning the Holy Father met in a private audience with the Prime Minister-designate of Lebanon, Saad Hariri. During the talks, which lasted about thirty minutes, the Pope wanted to reiterate his closeness to the Lebanese people, who once lived of great difficulty and uncertainty, and recalled the responsibility of all political forces to urgently commit themselves to the benefit of the nation. In reaffirming their desire to visit the country as soon as the conditions are right, Pope Francis expressed the hope that Lebanon, with the help of the international community, returns to incarnate “the fortress of the cedars, the diversity that from weakness becomes strength in the great reconciled people”, with its vocation to be a land of encounter, coexistence and pluralism.” (vaticannews photo)

POOR TO RECEIVE SECOND VACCINE AT VATICAN ON POPE’S NAME DAY

A communique today from Cardinal Konrad Krajewski, papal almoner, noted the Vatican’s continuing campagn to vaccinate the poor and marginalized and announced that tomorrow, Friday April 23, liturgical memorial of St. George martyr, Pope Francis’s name day, the poor will again be at the center of the Holy Father’s attention. The communique explained that “a group of 600 people, among the most fragile and marginalized, will receive the second dose of the vaccine against Covid-19 in the Paul VI Hall in the Vatican. These women and men are part of the approximately 1,400 beneficiaries of the vaccination campaign started during Holy Week by the Apostolic Almoner in collaboration with other associations.” (vaticannews photo)

“In addition to receiving the vaccine, people will participate in festivites for the Holy Father’s name day with a surprise offered by the Pope. “The Apostolic Almoner takes this opportunity to thank those many people and realities who participated in the “Suspended vaccine” initiative for their generosity that allowed, with a small gesture of closeness, countries otherwise unable to access the vaccine.”

FAMILY LOVE: A VOCATION AND A PATH TO HOLINESS

The Diocese of Rome and the Dicastery for Laity, Family and Life today presented the official prayer for the 10th World Meeting of Families to be held in Rome from June 22 to 26, 2022. The official hashtag is also ready: #WMOF2022.

Cardinal Kevin Farrell, prefect of the dicastery, made the point in a note on the website that “praying is a way to enter into the heart of the Amoris Laetitia Year and the preparation for the event in Rome.” He added that, “many families and communities have been waiting a long time to be able to set out on their way, at least spiritually, to Rome. Prayer will accompany them and help them to grasp the message of the gathering.”

For the prayer and other news: Family love: a vocation and a path to holiness. The official prayer of the 10th World Meeting of Families (laityfamilylife.va)