11/25/2015VATICAN - KENYA Pope in Kenya: fear, mistrust and despair feed violence and terrorism Speaking to the country’s political, economic and cultural leaders, Francis spoke of building democracy and protecting creation. “We have a responsibility to pass on the beauty of nature in its integrity to future generations,” and “invest in them” as well as “show genuine concern for the needs of the poor”. Nairobi (AsiaNews) – Pope Francis addressed the President of Kenya Uhuru Kenyatta and other dignitaries during the welcome ceremony this afternoon at the State House in Nairobi.
"Experience shows,” the pontiff said, “that violence, conflict and terrorism feed on fear, mistrust, and the despair born of...
11/23/2015VATICAN – AFRICA In messages to Kenya, Uganda and Central Africa, pope says he is coming as a “messenger of peace" Ahead of his trip, Francis sends video messages to the three countries where he will travel between 25 to 30 November. In his message to the Central African Republic he notes that on the 29th, he will open Bangui Cathedral’s Holy Door “a bit ahead of the Holy Year of Mercy, which "will be for everyone, I hope, a providential time for authentic forgiveness, for giving and receiving, and for the renewal of love."
11/22/2015VATICAN Pope: The logic of the Gospel is expressed in humility and selflessness For the Solemnity of Our Lord Jesus Christ, King of the Universe, the pope said, "The worldly logic rests on ambition and competition, and fights with the weapons of fear, blackmail and the manipulation of minds." Francis entrusts "the many Christians who are, unfortunately, still persecuted today" to the intercession of the new blessed proclaimed in Spain. He calls for a Hail Mary for his trip to Africa.
11/20/2015VATICAN Pope: priests, chosen "among men", to serve them with a"loving gaze" The family as the fundamental "vocational centre”. "They are not philanthropists or officials, but fathers and brothers. Closeness and visceral mercy, a loving gaze: we can evangelize with this witness of life". The importance of attention to vocational discernment: "when I realize that a young man is too rigid, too fundamentalist, I do not trust him”.
11/20/2015VATICAN Pope: Temptation of money and power, of "Holy bribe" ever present in Church "Where there is Jesus, there is no place for worldly society, there is no place for corruption! And this is a struggle we all face, this is the daily struggle of the Church: Jesus always, always with Jesus, always hanging on his every word, listening to his word; and never seek safety in the things of another master. Jesus told us that one cannot serve two masters: either God or riches; God or power".
11/19/2015VATICAN No changes to Pope’s visit to Central Africa and he will use an open top car Francis leaves on November 25 for a trip that will bring him to Kenya, Uganda and the Central African Republic. In the latter country it will open the Holy Door that will anticipate the start of the Jubilee in Africa. Father Lombardi rules out that the Pope will wear a bulletproof vest.
11/19/2015CENTRAL ASIA Central Asian recruiters and Jihadis detained, convicted and sentenced Central Asian governments try to counter radicalisation among young Muslims. Russian sources estimate that 3,000 Central Asians have joined the ranks of the Islamic State. Recruiters “accompany” extremist to Turkey. Young Tajik man is convicted for calls of Holy War against non-Muslims.
11/19/2015VATICAN Pope: "Jesus weeps" over "todays’ world at war" "Those who make war, they are cursed, they are criminals”. All conflict eventually leaves "ruins, thousands of children without education, so many innocent victims: so many!, and lots of money in the pockets of arms dealers." Mother Teresa, an "icon" of peacemakers.
11/18/2015VATICAN Pope: “On threshold of Jubilee": "no closed doors in the Church, all must remain open" "We are all sinners! We take advantage of this moment is and cross the threshold of this mercy of God. " There are many places "where closed doors have become normal. We must not give in to the idea that this is the system to follow, which also has security, to our life, our family life, city and society. Let alone the life of the Church. It would be terrible! An unwelcoming Church, as well as a family locked in on itself, demeans the Gospel and dries up the world. "
11/17/2015VATICAN Pope warns Christians against "worldliness" of "double life" that destroys identity "Spiritual worldliness distances us from leading a coherent life, it makes us incoherent", when we "pretend to be one way" but live "in another ". "The Christian spirit, the Christian identity, is never selfish, it is an ongoing attempt to strive for coherence, cure, avoid scandal, heal others, give a good example".
11/16/2015VATICAN Pope: Single line of thought, offspring of a worldly mentality, destroys the Christian identity Worldliness is "acting according to this world" and from this, taking on a "humanism, that takes the place of the true man, Jesus Christ", which is apostasy and persecution. "And in the history of the Church, the history we have seen, my mind turns to one case in particular, the renaming if a religious festival – giving the birth of the Lord has another name - to erase his identity".
11/15/2015VATICAN Pope: “We are appalled by such barbarity” and "use of the name of God" to justify violence "is blasphemy!" Jesus is "the only victorious power and the only fixed point in the midst of the turmoil and tragedies of this world." "Our final goal is our encounter with the Risen Lord. We do not know a time or a place, but we encounter a person: Jesus. Therefore, the problem is not 'when' this will happen, the warning signs of the end times, but being ready. It’s not about knowing 'how' these things will happen, but 'how' we must act now, while we are waiting for them".