» 03/26/2013, 00.00
In the footsteps of Pope Francis, young Nepali Catholics are ready for mission
Nearly a thousand people took part in Palm Sunday Mass at Kathmandu Cathedral. Most were young, many non-Christians. The Catholic Church has a mission in a country hit by a crisis that touches politics, economics and values.
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Bangkok, prayers for Pope Francis and Benedict XVI on Palm Sunday
Over one thousand faithful at Mass in the cathedral of the Assumption, chaired by the President of the Episcopal Conference and concelebrated by Card. Kitbunchu .The homily delivered by Pope Francis at the inaugural mass of his pontificate distributed to those present.
Pope: Holy Week, God’s way is humility, it is Jesus’ way, and “we will take this path”
During Palm Sunday Mass, which begins Holy Week, Pope Francis cited the example of people “who, in silence and hiddenness, sacrifice themselves daily to serve others: a sick relative, an elderly person living alone, a disabled person . . .” He also cited today’s martyrs, persecuted because of their faith, a “cloud of witnesses”. Palm Sunday also marks the celebration of the 30th World Youth Day. Deacons of the Pontifical Institute for Foreign Missions provided the service to the pope and the altar. The pope called on young people to come in pilgrimage to Krakow in 2016. He also mentioned the victims of the plane crash in the French Alps.
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Pope on Palm Sunday: Jesus, at the height of annihilation, reveals the true face of God, which is mercy
At the beginning of Holy Week, Pope Francis urges us to look at the crucifix, the "cathedra of God", where "the Son of God", "emptied" and "humbled" himself" and encourages us to "learn about the humble love which saves and gives life, so that we may give up all selfishness, and the seeking of power and fame". The Pope brings to mind "the many marginalized, the many refugees" left to die in indifference. Tens of thousands of young people in preparation for the World Youth Day in Krakow in July.
Pope asks, Am I like Pilate? When the situation gets tough, do I wash my hands?
In an unscripted speech for his Palm Sunday homily, the pontiff asks, "Am I able to welcome Jesus as he enters Jerusalem? Am I like the Pharisees, like the man from Cyrene, like the crowd that chose Barabbas? Or am I like the apostle who wanted to solve everything with the sword? Or like the courageous women at the sepulchre? Where is my heart? Let this question accompany us throughout the week. Afterwards, during the Angelus, he saw young Brazilians hand over the cross to young Poles. "John Paul II will be patron of World Youth Day. God willing, I shall be in Korea in August."
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Nepali Hindu woman who celebrated Palm Sunday to become Catholic soon
Jyoti Shrestha participated in the Mass along with scores of Hindus and Buddhists. "In our religion, many suffer from discrimination, whilst in Christianity there is equality." For Apostolic Vicar Mgr Paul Simick, who led the liturgy, "We have to think whether we are ready to die for Jesus or not. If we are not ready to die for him, then we must at least be prepared to live for Jesus”.
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