12/18/2013VATICAN Pope: Christmas "a celebration of faith and hope", because "God is with us" If "God lowers Himself, descends to earth small and poor, it means that to be like Him, we must not put ourselves above others, but rather lower ourselves, place ourselves at the service of others, make ourselves small with small and poor with the poor ." Vatican City ( AsiaNews) - The
birth of Jesus is a "celebration of faith and hope" because it shows
that "God is with us" he "pitched his tent" not in an ideal
world, but "in this real world, marked
by many good and bad things, marked by divisions, evil ,...
12/17/2013VATICAN Pope: birthday wishes from employees and four homeless “Family" atmosphere at the Mass celebrated by Francis on his 77th birthday. God "has made history. God chose to become history. He is with us. Has made the journey with us". "But what is the name of God? We are, each of us . He takes His surname from each of us. ‘I am the God of Abraham, Isaac, and Jacob, Pedro, of Marietta , Armony , Marisa , of Simon, of all! ' .
12/16/2013VATICAN Pope: When Church lacks prophecy the vacuum is filled by legalism and therefore clericalism In the Gospel the "priests went to Jesus to ask for his stamp of authority: ' By what authority are you doing these things?' We are the masters of the Temple'". "They did not understand the prophecies. They had forgotten the promise! They did not know how to read the signs of the time, they had neither piercing eyes, nor hearing for the Word of God: they only had authority ."
12/15/2013VATICAN Pope: The Church is not a haven for sad people, it is the house of joy! Ahead of reciting the Angelus on the third Sunday of Advent, Francis reminds the faithful that " like hope, Christian joy is rooted in the faithfulness of God , knowing that He always keeps His promises." Immediately after the Marian prayer, the Pope blesses the "Baby Jesus" statues for the nativity scenes in the homes of the faithful and says: "When you pray in front of the nativity scene , remember me like I remember you."
12/12/2013VATICAN Pope: Fraternity, foundation and path to peace against selfishness, exploitation and abuse Francis’ message for the World Day of Peace. The foundation of the fraternity is the common fatherhood of God. The "Globalisation of indifference". The increasing number of interconnections and communications, "make us neighbors but not brothers." "International agreements and national laws , despite being highly desirable and necessary , are not sufficient by themselves to bring humanity to avoid the risk of armed conflict. This requires a conversion of heart which allows everyone to recognize themselves in their brother". "The succession of economic crises should lead to appropriate rethinking of models of economic development and a change in lifestyle". A "change of heart".
12/11/2013VATICAN Pope Francis is Time's Person of the Year For Fr Lombardi, the pope seeks neither fame not success, but "he will certainly be glad" if Time's choice means that many people understood that "he carries out his service for the proclamation of the Gospel and the love of God for all."
12/11/2013VATICAN Pope: Never fear the final judgment, because Christ will always be at our side God "did not send his Son to condemn, but to save" and "he who believes in Him is not condemned, but whoever does not believe is already condemned," and in this sense "the judgment has already begun". New appeal against hunger in the world. America, land of welcome, “a land capable of respecting human life at every stage".
12/09/2013IRAQ Patriarch Sako: The flame of hope lights up Christmas for Iraqi Christians by Mar Louis Raphael I Sako In his message to the faithful during Advent, His Beatitude calls for "courage" and "perseverance", following the example of Abraham. He urges the faithful to keep the faith alive, even amid "suffering, anxiety and the considerable challenges." He also calls on "fellow" Muslims to join and be part of a true "peace project" for the country.
12/08/2013VATICAN Pope: Let us always be united with Mary who teaches us to live waiting for the Lord's Advent In today's Angelus, on the occasion of the Solemnity of the Immaculate Conception, the Pope talked about Mary, who came from a "small town" and "faced plenty of difficulties but remained faithful to God's plans of love." Today the pope will also pay homage to the Virgin in Piazza di Spagna, to entrust to her "Rome, the Church and the whole of humanity". He will also stop at Santa Maria Maggiore Basilica to pray before the icon of Mary Salus Populi Romani."