11/20/2014VATICAN Pope at FAO: food is not a commodity subject to speculation, the hungry "ask for dignity, not for charity" The "challenge" of solidarity and the "paradox of plenty": "there is food for everyone, but not everyone can eat". "The the struggle against hunger and malnutrition is hindered by “market priorities”, and the “primacy of profit”. The "moral obligation to share the economic wealth of the world." "A source of inspiration is natural law, inscribed in the human heart, that speaks a language that everyone can understand: love, justice, peace, elements that are inseparable from each other" Rome (AsiaNews) - The logic of the market place and the "primacy
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11/20/2014VATICAN Pope: Jesus weeps before the closure of our hearts, as he wept over Jerusalem "I ask myself: today we Christians who know the faith, the catechism, who go to Mass every Sunday, we Christians, we pastors are we content with ourselves? Because we have organized everything and do not need new visits from the Lord ... And the Lord continues to knock on the door of each one of us and of His Church, the pastors of the Church”.
11/18/2014VATICAN - SYMPOSIUM Pope, hopeful that the AsiaNews Symposium will encourage evangelical zeal in Asia A telegram from the pope blesses the 2014 international meeting by the PIME agency, its speakers, organisers and all those in attendance. The pontiff is "hopeful that this blessed occasion can be an intense experience of reflection and communion, promoting a renewed apostolic zeal in favour of proclaiming the Gospel in Asia."
11/16/2014VATICAN Pope: Nurture your God given talents, don’t disappoint Him! At the Angelus, Francis invites the faithful to "go home, pick up the Gospel and read the passage from Matthew on talents. Meditate on what you do with them: do we share them, nurture them or keep them locked up?. After the Marian prayer, an appeal to Rome: "Tensions are too high, both sides should meet - even in the parish - to discuss and help dialogue win out".
11/14/2014VATICAN Pope: man and not money at the heart of the economy In the "tragic reality of many people who have precarious employment, or who have lost their work" the many forced to work "illegally", "there is the strong temptation to defend one’s own interests without concern for the common good, without being overly concerned with justice and legality". The "globalization of solidarity."
11/14/2014VATICAN Pope: Examples not words needed to transmit faith to youth today The Casa Santa Marta Mass was attended by a group of children from a local Roman parish. " it is our responsibility to look out for these children! A Christian has to take care of children, little ones". "In this world of images, they all have phones and words are pointless ...".
11/13/2014VATICAN - ISLAM Catholic-Muslim dialogue: "It is never acceptable to use religion to justify" violence The Catholic-Muslim Forum releases a final statement following its meeting in Rome on 'Working together to serve others'. Young people should be educated to build "respect for others". Inter-religious dialogue is important "to overcome prejudice, distortions, suspicions, and inappropriate generalisations." Pope Francis encouraged participants in their efforts.
11/12/2014VATICAN Pope calls for global "mobilization of consciences in favor of persecuted Christians" "They have the right to find peace and security in their own countries, to freely profess their faith". "God forbid that a bishop, priest or deacon think they know everything, always have the right answer for everything and do not need anyone" or behave as if "the community was their property, their personal kingdom", instead of "listening to the people," even those who "may still be distant” from the faith.
11/11/2014VATICAN - G20 Pope asks G-20 to reach an agreement to stop terrorism in the Middle East Pope Francis writes for the Brisbane summit. The answer to "unjust aggression" cannot only be military, but must extend to those who fund it, as well as its "root causes" like poverty or exclusion. People must be defended even from "other forms of aggression" like the "abuses in the financial system."