12/05/2013VATICAN Pope: Christian words not put into practice lead to vanity, self-assuredness, pride, "power for power’s sake" A Christian word that does not have its vital roots in Jesus "is a Christian word without Christ and without Christ, Christian words deceive, they hurt." "This also divides us among ourselves, it creates division in the Church." Vatican City (AsiaNews)
A Christian word "without Christ leads to vanity, to being overly self assured, to
pride, to power for power's sake. And the Lord puts these people
is how Pope Francis explained the parable proposed by the liturgy of the...
12/04/2013VATICAN Pope appeals for nuns abducted in Syria and "for all the people kidnapped during the conflict " During the general audience in his continuing reflection on the "Creed" , he spoke of the " resurrection of the body". The Pope underlined that we are "the disciples of the One who came , comes every day and will come at the end of the world" and since Jesus is risen, "he has opened the way" and will resurrect us too: "this is not a lie. If Jesus is alive, do you think that will leave us to die and never share in his resurrection? " .
12/01/2013VATICAN Pope: the hope of Advent to end all wars Pope Francis mentions the prophecy of Isaiah, turning "swords" into "ploughshares" and "spears" in "pruning hooks". Humanity must find a shared horizon for its existence. The Church and the world are walking together toward the final goal. The Virgin Mary is the model to emulate. The Pontiff's thoughts also go out to people living with AIDS, grateful to missionaries and health care workers who quietly stand by them.
11/29/2013VATICAN Pope: 2015 will be dedicated to consecrated life, which "is prophecy" Francis met with 120 superiors general. Christians are asked to be radical, but men and women religious are called to follow the Lord in a special way. The problem of exclusion remains a top priority. In addition to these challenges, the Church must meet cultural and educational challenges in schools and universities.
11/27/2013VATICAN Pope: death is not frightening "if you are close to Jesus " When you live "as if God did not exist" the end of life "scares , terrifies", but "the resurrection of Jesus not only gives the certainty of life after death , but also illuminates the mystery of each of our deaths" . A "sure way " to stay close to Jesus, " is to recover our sense of Christian charity and fraternal sharing ."
11/26/2013VATICAN Pope: "A missionary and pastoral conversion" for a Church open to changing its structures by Franco Pisano The Apostolic Exhortation " Evangelii Gaudium”. Evangelization, the programmatic manifesto of the papacy, must find "new paths" and "creative methods" . A "healthy decentralization”. An economic system "unjust at its roots". "Authentic attacks on religious freedom". "There is an inseparable link between our faith and the poor ". " No one can demand from us that we relegate religion to the secret intimacy of the individual". Islamic countries must "ensure freedom to Christians to worship and live their faith."
11/26/2013VATICAN Pope : Man is not the master of time, it belongs to God Pray and hope in Jesus : these are the virtues indicated by Francis "leaving time for hope and the intervention of the Lord." The Christian " is able to live in the moment , but should not be mistaken in thinking he is the master of what is instead of God."