Christian identity is not about doing things but belonging to Christ. A strong commitment to migrants is purely sociological: no one offers them explicit witness and the announcement of faith. The testimony of the laity is fundamental to healing indifference towards God and towards others in society. Nurturing ad gentes vocations to live in "solicitude for all churches". Christians in Czechoslovakia, China, Vietnam for years in chains with the desire and the prayer to evangelize the world.
Pope Francis dedicated the catechesis for today's general audience to "delicately inculturating the message of faith". "The month of November, dedicated to the memory and prayer of the dead, is an occasion for everyone to reconsider the meaning of human existence and eternal life".
Traditionalists and progressives are seeking to overcome indifference towards God and neighbor. But they are floundering amid contradictions. We must move in the world, "going out", but by communicating the life of Christ. As with the "Pachamama" affair, there was no synthesis between dialogue and proclamation.
"Faced with that gratuitousness, that universality of the feast, there is that attitude that encloses the heart:" I do not go there. I prefer to be alone, with the people I like, closed '. And this is sin; the sin of the people of Israel, the sin of us all. Closure. "No, this is more important than this for me. No, mine. "Always mine".
Pope Francis wanted to commemorate the 100th anniversary of Benedict XV's Apostolic Letter to "nurture the ardor of the evangelizing activity of the Church ad gentes" and "resume the missionary transformation of life and pastoral care with new enthusiasm". Without the mission ad gentes, the commitment of Christians slips towards a "gray pragmatism" of rituals, celebrations, faceless activities. Part One of Three.
Francis tells the International Federation of Catholic Universities that universities must meet the "strong pressure felt in the various areas of socio-economic, political and cultural life", and train "not only qualified professionals in various disciplines, but also protagonists of the common good, creative and responsible leaders in social and civil life with a correct vision of humanity and the world.”
Going towards Jesus "coming out of oneself", having feelings of piety towards others, making important decisions as if one were in the presence of God. These are the "ways" indicated by Pope Francis in the suffrage Mass for the 13 cardinals and 147 bishops who died during the year, to understand if we go towards the resurrection, the "reason why we came into the world".
Jesus told Zacchaeus the sinner that “he must go to him: ‘he must’ because that’s the Father’s will”. The pontiff expressed his closeness to Ethiopian Orthodox Tewahedo Christians, victims of violence, and gratitude to the civil and religious authorities of San Severo, Apulia, for their action in favour of farmhands.
On All Souls’ Day, Pope Francis visited the Catacombs of Priscilla for the first time. “The identity of the people who met here is the same as that of many of our brothers and sisters who meet today in secret”. For him, “The place of Christians is everywhere". We are safe "in God’s hands,” and “Our hope is in heaven, anchored there". The pontiff visited to the caves in the Basilica of St Peter to pray for the deceased popes.
During the Angelus, Pope Francis urged everyone to visit a cemetery tomorrow and pray for the dead, an act of faith that contrasts with today’s "negative culture about death and the dead”. Tomorrow the pontiff will celebrate Mass at the Catacomb of Priscilla, "one of the burial places of the first Christians of Rome". Holiness "is a gift [. . .] something that we cannot buy or barter, but can welcome" from God. It is "a calling", an "assumption of responsibility” so that we can try “to live everything with love, with charity.”
Meeting the members of the Don Gnocchi Foundation, Francis says that "The suffering of our brothers demands to be shared, demands for attitudes and initiatives of compassion. It is a matter of “suffering with”, pitying like Jesus who, out of love for man, became man Himself in order to be able to share fully, in a very real way ".
“It is precisely he who was sent by the Father to save us, and he did it with love, giving his life for me. There is no greater love than to give than one's life for another; for example, a mother’s love, a mother who gives her life for her child, always accompanying him or her in life, in hard times and this is still minor. . . It is a love close to us; the love of Jesus is not an abstract love; it is a me-to-you love, me-to-you, each of us, with name and surname.”
Appeal for Iraq: that authorities listen to "the cry of the population that asks for a dignified and peaceful life". In Filippi a slave read the hand, as the song says: "read this hand, gypsy ...".
Bishop Zhan Silu ordained Fr. Joseph Chen Ming of Mindong and Fr. John Zhang Qingsheng of Minbei. It is the first public priestly ordination in 70 years. Bishop Guo preferred not to participate due to the pressure and violence that unofficial priests are being subjected to. Threats, blackmail and violence used against priests who refuse to sign the document for the independence of the Chinese Church.