The investigation points to a crime of passion, not religion, consequence of an affair between Najma Bibi and a Muslim friend.
The story of Adam and Eve warns that "the tempter is a bad payer, he pays badly". "God’s plan regarding humanity is for the good. Yet in our everyday lives we experience the presence of evil: it is an everyday experience." It is important to "teach children to pray. To make the sign of the Cross, which is the first prayer”.
The theme of the rite, which will be broadcast worldwide from the Lourdes Grotto in the Vatican gardens, at 5.30 pm, will be "Devoted and with one accord to prayer, together with Mary (cf. Acts 1:14)". The Virgin will be asked for help and assistance in the pandemic.
Francis wrote a letter for the 25th anniversary of John Paul II encyclical ‘Ut unum sint,’ noting that “many steps have been taken in these decades to heal the wounds of centuries and millennia.” The pontiff mentions two initiatives, an ecumenical Vademecum for Bishops, which will be published in the autumn, and the launch of a journal, Acta Œcumenica.
On the solemnity of the Ascension, Pope Francis explains that on this day Jesus "invests [the disciples] with mission among all peoples". "This message of salvation implies first of all the duty of witness". On the feast of Our Lady of Sheshan, united spiritually to Chinese Catholics, pastors and faithful, "so that they may be strong in faith and firm in fraternal union, joyful witnesses and promoters of charity and hope". Today is also the World Social Communications Day.
Francis' message to the Pontifical missionary societies which " are and must be experienced as an instrument of service for the mission of the particular Churches, against the backdrop of the mission of the universal Church". "Missionary ervour ever be obtained as the result of reasoning or calculation."
Life "must always be defended and protected" and despite difficult days, it is full of a grace to marvel at. "The beauty and mystery of Creation generate in the heart of man the first movement that arouses prayer".
The United States did not thwart the resolution, presented by the European Union. China backs it as well. The discussion on Taiwan’s observer status was postponed. The race for vaccine is on.
Francis sent a video message to young people in the Archdiocese of Krakow for the centenary celebrations of the birth of the Karol Wojtyła. “Love and care for the family is a characteristic feature of John Paul II. His teachings are a secure point of reference for finding concrete solutions to the difficulties and challenges that modern-day families face.”
At the annual meeting of the UN health body, the US president asked for "substantial improvements" within 30 days. Moon Jae-in is requesting more powers from the WHO so that countries are forced to report the presence of epidemics and effectively share data. Xi Jinping promises to allocate $ 2 billion over two years to help developing countries fight coronavirus. He maintains China has been "transparent". Entry of Taiwan as an observer postponed.
Francis celebrates mass in the chapel of St. Peter's Basilica where Pope Wojtyla's tomb is on the 100th anniversary of his birth (May 18, 1920). "Let us pray to him today that he give us all, especially the pastors of the Church to all, the grace of prayer, the grace of proximity and the grace of justice-mercy, mercy-justice".
Pope Francis prayed the Regina Caeli from the Library of the Apostolic Palace. Tomorrow at 7am, he will lead the Mass in St Peter's Basilica, at the altar over the tomb of Pope John Paul II, in a worldwide broadcast. Francis greeted children who had to delay their First Communion because of the pandemic. Laudato Si’ week began yesterday.
During the final Mass streamed live from Casa Santa Marta, Pope Francis prayed for those whose work “no one sees, but one that is necessary to survive.” For the pontiff, “we live in a society that lacks the Father”. “Wars, be they big or small, always have a dimension of being orphans because the Father who makes peace is missing.”
Created by Pope Francis, the commission is linked to the Dicastery for Promoting Integral Human Development. It has a year to study, suggest and design new ways of social life and economic models. Greater agricultural production is needed. Because of coronavirus outbreak, 350 million children do not even get one meal a day. Caritas is helping more than 7.8 million people in 14 countries. Sanctions against Iran, Lebanon, Syria, Libya, and Venezuela should be dropped whilst the debt of poor countries should be cancelled. Military spending should be diverted to food production.