» 11/01/2013, 00.00
Pope: the Saints tell us to trust the Lord and not be afraid to go against the tide
On the Solemnity of All Saints, Pope Francis reminds us that "life's goal is not death" but heaven. The saints are not supermen, but ordinary people who lived following Jesus; people who loved others instead of hating them, in the spirit of the beatitudes. This afternoon, the Pope will celebrate Mass at the Verano cemetery and pray especially for Christians who died "because of persecution."
Pope: Holocaust Remembrance Day, a warning to respect human dignity
At the Angelus, Benedict XVI speaks of Holocaust memorial Day, World Leprosy Day and Day of Prayer for Peace in Holy Land. Today's Gospel "makes us think about how we live Sunday: day of rest and family, but above all the Lord’s Day".
Pope: Be followers of Jesus, the Lamb of God who takes away (and upon himself) the sins of the world
At the Angelus, Pope Francis insists on Christ’s example that only love conquers evil and sin. The Church is not "a besieged citadel", but "a city set on a mountain, open, welcoming and supportive". Thanks to the Scalabrini for their efforts on behalf of migrants and against the "merchants of human flesh".
Faced with the evil of the world, Christians choose the path of humility and responsibility
Benedict XVI baptised 20 children. The society of our times, which often "views those who live the faith in Jesus as old-fashioned and outdated," also "shows that it has not understood anything about the relationship with God" that leads to a full life. On the Day of Migrants, the pontiff compares migration flows to a "pilgrimage of faith and hope."
Pope: Let us pray to the Virgin Mary to favour in youth a response to God’s calling
Parents and priests are the “mediators” who can help young people discover their vocation, especially that of total consecration. He greets representatives of Rome’s migrant communities on World Day of Migrants and Refugees and invites people to take part in the Week of prayer for Christian Unity from 18 to 25 January.
Pope:candidates for priesthood do not think of security in life or social positions
Benedict XVI ordains 14 new priests of the diocese of Rome. "Whoever wants above all to achieve a personal ambition, achieve personal success, will always be a slave to himself and public opinion." He should instead have "the courage to say yes to another will" conforming himself to God. An appeal for Kyrgyzstan.
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