Vatican City, 3 September 2014 (VIS) – The following is a list of Pope Francis' activities during the month of August, including the Angelus, audiences, other pontifical acts, telegrams, messages and other news. The activities are presented in chronological order within the respective categories.
3: Francis comments on the three messages that Jesus offers with the multiplication of the loaves and the fishes: compassion, sharing and the Eucharist. In this Gospel reading, Christ shows us the path which will enable us to face the needs of this world in a brotherly way, and which will lead us beyond this world.
10: The Gospel tells that Jesus walks on water and, when Peter tests him, he too is able to walk on water. “Jesus tells us that we are able to perform miracles with our faith, faith in God, faith in His Word, faith in His voice”.
24: Simon, in the name of the the Twelve, professes his faith in Jesus as “the Christ, the Son of the living God”; Jesus calls him “blessed” for his faith, recognising that this is a special gift from the Father, and says to him, “you are Peter, and on this rock I will build my Church”. The Pope explains that “the Lord intends to construct, to imagine his community, as a building. Therefore, when he hears Simon's sincere profession of faith, he calls him a 'rock' and declares his intention to build His Church on this faith”.
31: Jesus, after ensuring that Peter and the other eleven disciples believe in Him as the Messiah and Son of God, begins to explain that He must go to Jerusalem where He will suffer greatly, will die, and will rise again on the third day. “It is a critical moment in which Jesus' and the disciples' method of thinking emerges”.
WEDNESDAY GENERAL AUDIENCES
6: The Pope describes the Church as the new People of God, founded on the new Covenant sealed with the blood of Jesus, and emphasises the importance of John the Baptist as he prepares the people to receive Jesus.
20: First General Audience following the Holy Father's return from Korea. Francis recounts to the faithful the main events of his visit – the beatification of 124 martyrs and his meeting with the young, which enabled him to present the Church as a family which transmits to the new generations the faith received from their ancestors.
27: “When we recite the Creed”, says the Pope, “we say that the Church is 'one', and 'holy', even though we know from experience that she is made up of sinners and there is no lack of divisions”. Francis recalls that “in a Christian community, division is one of the most serious sins, as it does not allow God to act”.
MESSAGES AND TELEGRAMS
4: Message from the Pope to Scouts in Europe to mark the Eurojamboree, held in Saint-Evroult-Notre-Dame-du-Bois in Normandy, France from 1 to 10 August 2014.
4: Telegram of condolences from the Holy Father for the death of Cardinal Edward Bede Clancy, titular of Santa Maria in Vallicella, archbishop emeritus of Sydney, Australia.
6: Message from the Holy Father to the 1st Latin-American Congress for Family Pastoral, held in Panama from 4 to 9 August.
9: Letter from Pope Francis to his special envoy to the celebration of the 3rd World Apostolic Congress on Mercy (WACOM III), which took place in Bogota, Colombia from 15 to 19 August.
11: Video message from Pope Francis broadcast in Korea by the KBS on the occasion of his apostolic trip to the Republic of Korea for the 6th Asian Youth Day.
11: Telegram of condolences from the Holy Father to the victims of the air crash at the international airport of Mehrabad-Teheran, Iran.
13: Letter from the Pope to the Secretary General of the United Nations, Ban Ki-Moon, on the dramatic situation unfolding in the north of Iraq.
18: Letter from the Holy Father to the special envoy to the solemn Eucharistic Celebration to mark the 250th anniversary of the foundation of St. Louis in the U.S.A., on 24 August.
22: Telegram from the Pope for the death in Novi, Michigan, U.S.A. of Cardinal Edmund Casimir Szoka, title of Sts. Andrew and Gregory at Monte Celio, president emeritus of the Pontifical Commission for the Governorate of Vatican City State.
23: Message from the Holy Father for the 35th edition of the Summer Festival for Friendship Among Peoples, held on 24 August in Rimini, Italy, on the theme: “To the ends of the world and of existence. Destiny has not left man alone”.
25: Telegram from the Pope on the occasion of the Synod of the Waldensian Methodist Church, which began on 24 August in Torre Pellice, Piedmont, Italy.
PASTORAL VISIT TO KOREA
13: The Holy Father begins his apostolic trip in Korea. Francis arrives in Seoul where he is received by Park Geun-hye, president of the Republic of Korea, and various other state authorities. He meets with the bishops of the country in the offices of the Episcopal Conference of Korea.
15: Francis travels to the World Cup Stadium in Daejeon to celebrate Mass and visits the shrine of Solmoe, where a large number of young people await his arrival to celebrate the 6th Asian Youth Day.
16: The Pope visits the Shrine to the Martyrs of Seo So-Mun and the Gwanghwamun Gate in Seoul where he beatifies Paul Yun Ji-Chung and 123 companion martyrs. He visits the rehabilitation centre for the disabled in Yongsan, the “Cemetery for Aborted Children”, and the “School of Love” in Kkottongnae, where he meets the religious community of Korea. The Pope later meets with the leaders of the lay apostolate at the Kkottongnae Spiritual Centre.
17: The Holy Father visits the Shrine to the unknown martyrs, where he meets with the bishops of Asia. From there, he transfers to the Castle of Haemi to celebrate Mass to conclude the 6th Asian Youth Day.
18: In Myeong-dong Cathedral Francis meets with religious leaders and celebrates Mass for peace and reconciliation in Korea. He returns to Vatican City.
1: Cardinal George Pell, prefect of the Secretariat for the Economy.
2: Archbishop Franco Coppola, apostolic nuncio in the Central African Republic.
11: Cardinal Marc Ouellet, P.S.S., prefect of the Congregation for Bishops. On Sunday, 10 August in the Domus Sanctae Marthae the Holy Father received in audience Cardinal Fernando Filoni, prefect of the Congregation for the Evangelisation of Peoples.
27: Cardinal Joseph Zen Ze-kuin, S.D.B., bishop emeritus of Hong Kong, China.
28: The Pope received in separate audiences Cardinal Antonio Maria Veglio, president of the Pontifical Council for the Pastoral Care of Migrants and Itinerant Peoples; Archbishop Salvatore Fisichella, president of the Pontifical Council for Promoting New Evangelisation, and Cardinal Leonardo Sandri, prefect of the Congregation for the Oriental Churches.
29: Fr. Jorge Hernandez, of the Institute of the Incarnate Word, priest in Gaza, Palestine.
2: Cardinal Paul Jozef Cordes, president emeritus of the Pontifical Council Cor Unum, as special envoy to the celebration of the 450th anniversary of the foundation of the Willibaldinum Seminary in the diocese of Eichstatt, Germany, to be held on 11 October.
5: Bishop Luis Adriano Piedrahita, formerly of Apartado, Colombia, is appointed as bishop of Santa Marta in Colombia. He succeeds Bishop Hugo Eugenio Puccini Banfi, whose resignation from the pastoral care of the same diocese upon reaching the age limit was accepted by the Holy Father.
6: Nomination of Archbishop Fernando Jose Guimaraes, C.SS.R., as military ordinary of Brazil. Previously bishop of Garanhus in Brazil, he succeeds Archbishop Osvino Jose Bosth, whose resignation from office upon reaching the age limit was accepted by the Holy Father.
Bishop Ernesto Maguengue, previously of Pemba, Mozambique, is appointed as auxiliary of the archdiocese of Nampula in the same country.
7: Nomination of Rev. Bohdan Danylo, formerly rector of St. Basil's seminary, Stamford, U.S.A., as bishop of St. Josaphat in Parma of the Ukrainians, U.S.A.
9: Cardinal Giovanni Lajolo, president emeritus of the Governorate of Vatican City State, is appointed as the Pope's special envoy to the celebration of the centenary of the foundation of the Apostolic Movement of Schonstatt, to be held in Schonstatt in Vallendar, Germany, from 16 to 19 October.
12: Rev. Sevastianos Rossolatos, chancellor of the curia and rector of the “Faneromeni” shrine, Greece, is appointed as archbishop of Athens and apostolic administrator “sede vacante et ad nutum Sanctae Sedis” of Rhodes, Greece. He succeeds Archbishop Nikolaos Foskolos, whose resignation from the pastoral care of the same archdiocese and from the office of apostolic administrator “sede vacante et ad nutum Sanctae Sedis” of Rhodes upon reaching the age limit was accepted by the Holy Father.
18: The Pope appoints Bishop Pablo Emiro Salas Anteliz of Espinal, Colombia, as bishop of Armenia, Colombia.
20: Bishop Thomas Aquino Manyo Maeda of Hiroshima, Japan, is appointed as archbishop of Osaka, Japan. He succeeds Archbishop Leo Jun Ikenaga, S.J., whose resignation from the pastoral care of the same archdiocese upon reaching the age limit was accepted.
22: Rev. Gerardo Diaz Vasquez, priest of Maria Reina y Madre de los Campesinos in Tepatitlan, Mexico, is appointed as bishop of Tacambaro, Mexico. He succeeds Bishop Jose Luis Castro Medellin, M.S.F., whose resignation from the pastoral care of the same diocese upon reaching the age limit was accepted.
26: Msgr. Maurizio Malvestiti, under-secretary of the Congregation for the Oriental Churches, is appointed as bishop of Lodi, Italy. He succeeds Bishop Giuseppe Merisi, whose resignation from the pastoral care of the same diocese upon reaching the age limit was accepted.
On the same day, the Pope appointed Bishop Daniel Edward Thomas, auxiliary of the archdiocese of Philadelphia, U.S.A., as bishop of Toledo in America, U.S.A.
27: The Holy Father accepted the resignation from the pastoral care of the eparchy of Satna of the Syro-Malabars, India, presented by Bishop Mathew Vaniakizhakkel, C.V., in accordance with canon 210 paras. 1 and 2 of the Code of Canons of the Eastern Churches.
The Pope appoints Rev. Fr. Adolfo Zon Pereira, S.X., parish priest of Santa Rosa de Lima in Abaetetuba and regional bursar of his order for North Brazil, as coadjutor bishop of the diocese of Alto Solomoes in Brazil.
28: Archbishop Carlos Osoro Sierra of Valencia, Spain, is appointed as metropolitan archbishop of Madrid, Spain. He succeeds Cardinal Antonio Maria Rouco Varela, whose resignation from the pastoral care of the same archdiocese upon reaching the age limit was accepted.
Cardinal Antonio Canizares Llovera, prefect of the Congregation for Divine Worship and the Discipline of the Sacraments, is appointed as metropolitan archbishop of Valencia, Spain.
29: Bishop George Njaralakatt, eparch of Mandya in India, is appointed as archbishop of the eparchy of Tellicherry of the Syro-Malabars in India.
5: In St. Peter's Square, the Holy Father greets 50,000 German-speaking monks from the dioceses of Germany, Vienna and Linz, Austria, and Latvia, during their pilgrimage to Rome.
7: The director of the Holy See Press Office, Fr. Federico Lombardi, S.J., speaks on the Pope's behalf regarding his concerns for the exodus of Christian communities from the north of Iraq due to the violence that plagues the region, and repeats his appeal to the international community to bring an end to this humanitarian crisis.
8: The Holy See Press Office communicates that the Holy Father has appointed Cardinal Fernando Filoni, prefect of the Congregation for the Evangelisation of Peoples, as his personal envoy to express his spiritual closeness and the solidarity of the Church to the people of Iraq.
10: Following the Mass celebrated by Cardinal Angelo Bagnasco, president of the Italian Episcopal Conference, the Pope greets by telephone 30,000 scouts gathered in Pisa, Italy, to conclude their Third National Route.
20: In the afternoon, the Pope meets with members of Work of Nazareth, accompanied by Cardinal Jean-Louis Tauran, in the Domus Sanctae Marthae.