His Holiness Pope Francis Holds an Audience with Their Majesties King Felipe VI and Queen Letizia of Spain. (VIDEOS)

On the morning of Monday, June 30, 2014, His Holiness Pope Francis held a private audience inside the papal library at the Apostolic Palace at the Vatican with Their Majesties King Felipe VI and Queen Letizia of Spain.

According to the Vatican News Agency, during today’s 40-minute meeting discussions focused on, “…social issues, including unemployment, the situation of young people in Spain, and the importance of promoting dialogue and collaboration between the Church and the State for the good of all Spanish society…”

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His Holiness Pope Francis Holds an Audience with His Majesty King Abdullah II of Jordan. (VIDEO)


On Monday, April 7, 2014, His Holiness Pope Francis held an audience with His Majesty King Abdullah II of Jordan at the Vatican.

According to Vatican Radio, “…His Majesty had the opportunity to reaffirm the feelings of the people of Jordan who are preparing to welcome the Pope and to more open to collaboration in the commitment to peace and interfaith dialogue.”

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His Holiness Pope Francis Holds an Audience with Her Majesty Queen Elizabeth II and His Royal Highness The Duke of Edinburgh. (VIDEOS)

On Thursday, April 3, 2014, His Holiness Pope Francis held an audience with Her Majesty Queen Elizabeth II and His Royal Highness The Duke of Edinburgh at the Vatican.

According to the Vatican News Agency, today’s meeting with:

“…Pope Francis mark’s the 87-year-old Queen’s fifth encounter with a Roman pontiff here in the Vatican, beginning with Pope Pius XII whom she met in 1951, the year before her accession to the throne.

In 1982, she became the first monarch since the Reformation to welcome a pope to Britain during John Paul II’s pastoral visit to the country and in 2010 she also hosted Pope Benedict XVI on his state visit to the United Kingdom.”

For more information about today’s important meeting please click here and here.

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His Holiness Pope Francis Holds an Audience with the President of the United States of America. (VIDEO)

On Thursday, March 27, 2014, His Holiness Pope Francis held an audience with the President of the United States of America, Mr. Barack Obama, inside the Pope’s private library at the Apostolic Palace at the Vatican.

For more information about today’s important meeting please click here and here.

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His Holiness Pope Francis Holds an Audience With the Hereditary Grand Duke and Hereditary Grand Duchess of Luxembourg. (VIDEO)

428px-Insigne_Francisci.svgOn Thursday, October 24, 2013, His Holiness Pope Francis held an audience with Their Royal Highnesses Hereditary Grand Duke Guillaume and Hereditary Grand Duchess Stéphanie of Luxembourg inside his private office at the Apostolic Palace at the Vatican.

Click here to watch a video and here to read more about today’s special visit.

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His Holiness Pope Francis Holds An Audience With The King and Queen of Jordan. (VIDEOS)

428px-Insigne_Francisci.svgOn Thursday, August 29, 2013, HisHoliness Pope Francis held an audience withTheir Majesties King Abdullah II andQueen Rania of Jordan at the Vatican.

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European Royals Attend Holy Mass for the Beginning of the Petrine Ministry of His Holiness Pope Francis. (VIDEOS)

500px-Flag_of_the_Vatican_City.svgOn March 19, 2013, hundreds of thousands of faithful followers, government officials, various leaders from different faiths, and European royals attended the celebration of Holy Mass for the beginning of the Petrine Ministry of His Holiness Pope Francis at St. Peter’s Square at the Vatican.

So which royals attended today’s fantastic inaugural Mass?

  1. Their Serene Highnesses Hereditary Prince Alois and Hereditary Princess Sophie of Liechtenstein
  2. Their Serene Highnesses Prince Albert II and Princess Charlene of Monaco
  3. Their Majesties King Albert II and Queen Paola of Belgium
  4. Their Royal Highnesses Grand Duke Henri and Grand Duchess Maria Teresa of Luxembourg
  5. Their Royal Highnesses Prince Willem-Alexander of Oranje and Princess Maxima of the Netherlands
  6. His Royal Highnesses Prince Felix of Luxembourg
  7. Their Royal Highnesses The Duke and Duchess of Gloucester
  8. Their Royal Highnesses Prince Felipe and Princess Letizia of Asturias

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If you are interested in watching the entire inaugural Mass please watch the video below.   🙂

His Holiness Pope Francis meeting world leaders including super awesome Vice President “Uncle” Joe Biden.   🙂

TSHs Hereditary Prince Alois and Hereditary Princess Sophie of Liechtenstein meet His Holiness Pope Francis.

His Holiness Pope Francis meets TRHs Grand Duke Henri and Grand Duchess Maria Teresa of Luxembourg and TRHs Prince Felipe and Princess Letizia of Asturias.

Click here to watch a video news report from Blauw Bloed.

Click here to watch a video clip from De Standaard

Click here to watch a video news report from NOS.

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Their Serene Highnesses Prince Albert II and Princess Charlene of Monaco Will Attend the celebration of Holy Mass for the beginning of the Petrine Ministry of His Holiness Pope Francis.

It was announced by the Palais Princier de Monaco that Their Serene Highnesses Prince Albert II and Princess Charlene of Monaco will attend the celebration of Holy Mass for the beginning of the Petrine Ministry of His Holiness Pope Francis on March 19, 2013.

The inaugural Mass will take place at St. Peter’s Square at the Vatican beginning at 9:30 A.M.

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European Royals to Attend the Celebration of Holy Mass for the Beginning of the Petrine Ministry of His Holiness Pope Francis.

500px-Flag_of_the_Vatican_City.svgOn March 19, 2013, Their Royal Highnesses Prince Felipe and Princess Letizia of Asturias, Their Royal Highnesses Grand Duke Henri and Grand Duchess Maria Teresa of Luxembourg, His Royal Highness Prince Felix of Luxembourg, Their Royal Highnesses Prince Willem-Alexander of Oranje and Princess Maxima of the Netherlands, Their Royal Highnesses The Duke and Duchess of Gloucester, and Their Majesties King Albert II and Queen Paola of Belgium will attend the celebration of Holy Mass for the beginning of the Petrine Ministry of His Holiness Pope Francis.

The inaugural Mass will take place at St. Peter’s Square at the Vatican at 9:30 A.M.

If you are interested in watching the inaugural Mass of His Holiness Pope Francis live online click the video below to subscribe to the Vatican’s official You Tube channel.   🙂  Or, you can listen to the Mass live on radio via Vatican Radio here.

 

 

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“Inside the Vatican” and “Secret Access: The Vatican”

Last month, I had a chance to watch a re-broadcast of the 2001 National Geographic documentary entitled, Inside the Vatican, on TV. Any way, since Their Serene Highnesses Prince Albert II and Princess Charlene of Monaco had the honor of being received by His Holiness Pope Benedict XVI this morning I thought now would be a good time to share the documentary with readers.  Enjoy!   🙂

And, one more documentary entitled, Secret Access: The Vatican.

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His Holiness Pope Benedict XVI Holds an Audience with TSHs Prince Albert II and Princess Charlene of Monaco. (VIDEO)

His Holiness Pope Benedict XVI held a papal audience with Their Serene Highnesses Prince Albert II and Princess Charlene of Monaco on January 12, 2013,  at the Vatican.

According to the Vatican Radio, via the Vatican Press Office, His Holiness spoke with the sovereign prince and princess about:

“… the significant contribution of the Catholic Church in the social life of the Principality and various international issues, such as the integral development of peoples and the protection of natural resources and the environment. The couple gave Pope Benedict a picture and book about their ancestor, Cardinal Jerome Grimaldi, who lived in the sixteenth and seventeenth centuries. The Holy Father gave the prince and princess a sanguigna, or red pencil drawing, of St. Peter’s Basilica.”

Afterward, Prince Albert II and Princess Charlene  met with the Secretary of State, Cardinal Tarcisio Bertone, and the Secretary for Relations with States, Monsignor Dominique Mamberti.

And, if you are wondering why Princess Charlene was wearing white, again, per the Vatican Press Office, “… in accordance with prescribed ceremonial of the Vatican for Catholic sovereigns, the princess was allowed to dress in white…”

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European Royals Attend the Beatification of the late Pope John Paul II at the Vatican

On May 1, 2011, several European royals, heads of state, and thousands of people attended the beatification of the late Pope John Paul II in St. Peter’s Square at the Vatican.  The ceremony was led by Pope Benedict XVI.

Here is a brief synopsis according to Rome Reports:

We welcome the wish of our brother Agostino Vallini Cardinale, our vicar general for the diocese of Rome. We also honor the call of many of our brothers  and the many faithful. With the blessing of  the Congregation for the Causes of Saints and with our Apostolic authority, we concede that the Venerable Servant of God,
John Paul II, pope, be called a blessed. With celebrations to be held  in sites under rules established by law, each year on October 22. ”

Moments later, the image of John Paul II was uncovered. They were moments of great devotion and inexplicable excitement. And so, the call to make him a “Santo Subito”came to be.

Sister Marie Simon Pierre, the French nun cured of Parkinson’s through his intercession and Sister Tobiana, the Polish nun who cared for John Paul II until his death, presented a relic with the blood of John Paul II to Pope Benedict XVI.

After the ceremony a new anthem in honor of John Paul II was sung. Then the pope and the cardinals prayed before the body of the new Blessed.

Hundreds of thousands of pilgrims who  flocked to Rome for the ceremony, may venerate John Paul II’s remains in the basilica. It will remain open until the last visitor goes through its doors.

In case you were wondering which European royals attended they are:  The Grand Duke and Duchess of Luxembourg, The Hereditary Grand Duke Guillaume of Luxembourg, T.S.H.s Prince Hans-Adam and Princess Marie Aglae of Liechtenstein, T.R.H.s Prince Felipe and Princess Letizia of Asturias, Their Majesties King Albert II and Queen Paola of Belgium, and T.R.H.s the Duke and Duchess of Gloucester.  Missing from the ceremony was H.S.H. Prince Albert II of Monaco and his fiancée, Charlene Wittstock.  It is unknown at this time as to why the Prince was absent.

There are many photos as well as videos from today’s ceremony so please click the links here,  here,  here,  here,  here,  here,  and here.

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