A Religious, Sister who participated in The Synod On The Family (2015), said she asked the pontiff if he had received a number of letters her group had written to him that focused particularly on expressing their availability to provide input should the pope want to consider more deeply his expressed desire for greater roles for women in the church.
Francis, Sammut said, indicated he had not received the letters. The UISG leader then said she invited the pope to take part in her group’s next triennial general assembly, taking place in May 2016.
Sammut said she received a hand-written note in the mail from Francis the next day, in which the pontiff promised a general audience with the some 800 women religious coming to Rome for the gathering. The letter was handwritten in Spanish, with the envelope even addressed by the pope, who gave a return address of: “F., Casa Santa Marta, Citta del Vaticano.”
Just a picture, but it speaks a thousand calming words!
Pope Francis gives new interview on October15, 2015.
The interview with French journalist Caroline Pigozzi of Paris Match was conducted in Italian, and published in both Italian and French Oct. 15.Francis discussed in a new interview topics ranging from his reasons for canonizing the parents of St. Therese of Lisieux, life on other planets, aliens, climate change, creation, and even pizza. (There is no English translation yet.)
Journalist Elise Harris provides a summary with quotes at the link below
The human side of the church cane be so edifying, yet in its sinfulness can also be demoralizing.
La Republica provides this picture and commentary: “Next to the plastic watch and the iron cross, there is now the fraying tunic. In a photo taken during the visit of Pope Francis to Ostia, on the Roman coast, it is visible that the Pope’s vestment is getting worn. This particular was zoomed in on and shared on social networks.”
“A small detail, certainly. But indicative of the pastoral style of Bergoglio. The black shoes he has worn since his election, the simple cross of metal, the ring of the fisherman in silver and a very simple watch on his wrist: a Swatch, a basic model, giving the date but with no other special function. It costs about 50 euros. It is said that when the watch broke, it was not easy to conveince him to buy a new one. He wanted to change only the strap, and ‘gave in’ to buying a new one only after he was assured that a new one, identical to the old one, would not cost more than changing the watch-band.”
Reported and translated by Robert Moynihan