For the World Resources Institute, Qatar, Israel, Lebanon, Iran and Jordan are among the countries at risk. They use over 80 percent of their total water resources. Prolonged droughts and ever-rising temperatures are compounded by inadequate investment in wastewater reuse. Waste must be limited to avoid a catastrophe.
At the resumption of catechesis after the summer break, Pope Francis comments on the first miracle described in the Acts of the Apostles. The "game of looks" between the cripple, Peter and John. The Church "place of liberation and healing". The memory of Edith Stein and her courageous choices: "an authentic conversion to Christ", the "gift of her life against all forms of intolerance and ideological perversion". Many pilgrims from Asia are present.
Pope Francis wants to express his gratitude to the priests who work "in the trenches", to encourage them in joy and to praise the Lord with Mary. The letter was born from the "pain" for the victims of abuse by members of the clergy and from that experienced by so many consecrated persons, for the "suspicion" that is also poured on them, that can generate "doubt, fear and mistrust ". "Brothers, let us indeed acknowledge our weaknesses, but also let Jesus transform them and send us forth anew to the mission."
At the Angelus, Pope Francis explains the parable of the rich fool who "in practice denied God, did not reckon with Him". "Material goods are necessary for life, but they must not be the only goal of our existence, rather a means of living honestly and sharing with those most in need". A Hail Mary for the attacks in Texas, California and Ohio (United States). The announcement of the Letter to Priests all over the world on the occasion of the 160th anniversary of the death of the Curate of Ars.
In the audience with the young people of the Euromoot, Pope Francis emphasizes that the starting point in life is "not having, but giving: Give, that is, start putting your life into play". Everyone has a unique and important contribution to make to the world: the example of Mother Teresa. "Creation has no borders ... we are in the world to meet others, to create communion". The commitment to "a renewed Europe; not protector of spaces, but generator of encounter".
A missionary with PIME for 15 years, he will soon leave for the West African country. His vocation developed as he searched for “something greater” and saw it realised in the mission of two Italian priests in Mumbai, Fr Antonio Grugni and Fr Carlo Torriani. He is moved by love for Africa and the richness of the faith of the Church in India.
"We wanted,” said Cardinal Filoni,” to respond to the invitation of John Paul II who, at the beginning of the new millennium, said that Asia was going to be the vast continent to be evangelised.” “Macau,” he added, “has historically represented the ‘door’ or bridge for the mission of the Church in the East.”
During the Angelus, Pope Francis spoke about the refugees who died off Libya, asking the international community to act "promptly and decisively, to avoid the repetition of similar tragedies and to guarantee the safety and dignity of everyone". The prayer taught by Jesus to his disciples is an invitation to put oneself "directly in communication with the Father" in "a personal relationship with Him". It is a dialogue between "father and son".
Although no official announcement has been made, the pope is expected in Hiroshima and Nagasaki. The trip might include a visit to Thailand. Catholics expect a "message for a world without war" and a meeting with Jesus.
Message from the Vatican Dicastery for the service of integral human development. "Work, which is not only employment, but the way in which man realizes himself in society and in the world, is an essential part in determining the integral development of both the person and the community in which they live".
The Pope’s letter was delivered to the Syrian president this morning. “The Holy See has always insisted on the need to seek an appropriate political solution to end the conflict, overcoming partisan interests,” said Card Pietro Parolin.
The wisdom of the heart lies precisely in knowing how to combine contemplation and action. "If we want to enjoy life with joy, we must associate these two attitudes: on the one hand," standing at the feet "of Jesus, to listen to him while he reveals the secret of everything to us; on the other, be considerate and hospitable"
A document released by the Fujian authorities requires parish priests and religious personnel to ban minors from church and education; to refuse relations with foreign Catholics; to curb any momentum of evangelization. Meanwhile, the "Global Times" celebrates the Vatican Museums Exhibition and some lectures on "Pope Francis" and "friendship" between China and the Vatican. For Beijing, agreements with the Holy See go hand in hand with the suffocation of the Church.
Francis celebrated the ‘in coena Domini’ Mass in a prison in Velletri washing the feet of 12 inmates. "It is true that in life there are problems: we quarrel among ourselves . . . but this must be a thing that passes, a passing thing, because in our hearts there must always be the love to serve others, of being in the service of others."