Francis' message to the Pontifical missionary societies which " are and must be experienced as an instrument of service for the mission of the particular Churches, against the backdrop of the mission of the universal Church". "Missionary ervour ever be obtained as the result of reasoning or calculation."
Life "must always be defended and protected" and despite difficult days, it is full of a grace to marvel at. "The beauty and mystery of Creation generate in the heart of man the first movement that arouses prayer".
The United States did not thwart the resolution, presented by the European Union. China backs it as well. The discussion on Taiwan’s observer status was postponed. The race for vaccine is on.
Francis sent a video message to young people in the Archdiocese of Krakow for the centenary celebrations of the birth of the Karol Wojtyła. “Love and care for the family is a characteristic feature of John Paul II. His teachings are a secure point of reference for finding concrete solutions to the difficulties and challenges that modern-day families face.”
At the annual meeting of the UN health body, the US president asked for "substantial improvements" within 30 days. Moon Jae-in is requesting more powers from the WHO so that countries are forced to report the presence of epidemics and effectively share data. Xi Jinping promises to allocate $ 2 billion over two years to help developing countries fight coronavirus. He maintains China has been "transparent". Entry of Taiwan as an observer postponed.
Francis celebrates mass in the chapel of St. Peter's Basilica where Pope Wojtyla's tomb is on the 100th anniversary of his birth (May 18, 1920). "Let us pray to him today that he give us all, especially the pastors of the Church to all, the grace of prayer, the grace of proximity and the grace of justice-mercy, mercy-justice".
Pope Francis prayed the Regina Caeli from the Library of the Apostolic Palace. Tomorrow at 7am, he will lead the Mass in St Peter's Basilica, at the altar over the tomb of Pope John Paul II, in a worldwide broadcast. Francis greeted children who had to delay their First Communion because of the pandemic. Laudato Si’ week began yesterday.
During the final Mass streamed live from Casa Santa Marta, Pope Francis prayed for those whose work “no one sees, but one that is necessary to survive.” For the pontiff, “we live in a society that lacks the Father”. “Wars, be they big or small, always have a dimension of being orphans because the Father who makes peace is missing.”
Created by Pope Francis, the commission is linked to the Dicastery for Promoting Integral Human Development. It has a year to study, suggest and design new ways of social life and economic models. Greater agricultural production is needed. Because of coronavirus outbreak, 350 million children do not even get one meal a day. Caritas is helping more than 7.8 million people in 14 countries. Sanctions against Iran, Lebanon, Syria, Libya, and Venezuela should be dropped whilst the debt of poor countries should be cancelled. Military spending should be diverted to food production.
Worldliness is “a proposal of life that enters everywhere, even in the Church.” The Pope called for prayers for those whose acts of mercy puts them at risk of contagion when they bury the dead.
In the message for the World Day for Migrants and Refugees, Francis writes that they represent a "pastoral challenge", in that "you need to know to understand", "you need to be close to serve", "to be reconciled you have to listen", "to grow you need to share ","to be involved in order to promote" and "to collaborate in order to build".
“May the Lord free us from any disturbance of those who put faith, the life of faith under casuistry prescriptions, prescriptions that make no sense. I refer to these prescriptions which make no sense, not to the Commandments. That free us from this spirit of rigidity that takes away your freedom."
The initiative aims to be a response to the crisis that is making it increasingly difficult "to guarantee the sons and daughters of the Lebanese people access to education which, especially in small towns, has always been guaranteed by ecclesiastical institutions" .
“This is a problem for all humanity. Moreover, this global issue for humanity in the most critical moment of our modern history, means that everyone has a moral and religious duty to help and support each other ".