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Pope’s "great contentment" for ban on cluster bombs
In his Angelus, Benedict XVI entrusts the pastors of the church to the intercession of the Holy Curé of Ars. Commenting on today's Gospel he emphasizes that "a life dependent on fleeting realities, is foolishness. The man who trusts in the Lord, however, is not afraid of life's hardships, even the inescapable reality of death".
Castel Gandolfo (AsiaNews) - The entry into law today of the Convention on the prohibition of cluster bombs has been welcomed with "great satisfaction" by the Pope, who urged all States to subscribe to the Agreement and expressed the hope for “increasingly vigorous” progress “on this road, defending the dignity and human life, for the promotion of integral human development, the establishment of a peaceful international order and the achievement of the common good of all people and of all nations".
Benedict XVI expressed his satisfaction for an act in which he said the "international community has shown wisdom, foresight and ability to pursue a significant achievement in the field of disarmament and international humanitarian law" after the midday Angelus prayer in the courtyard of Apostolic Palace of Castel Gandolfo.
Before the Marian prayer, speaking to three thousand people present, the Pope mentioned some of the saints whose feast days occur around this time. Saint Ignatius of Loyola, Jesuit founder, St. Alphonsus Maria de 'Liguori, founder of the Redemptorists, Saint Eusebius, the first Bishop of Piedmont and St. John Vianney, the Curé of Ars, "whose example - said Benedict XVI – guided the recently concluded Year for Priests, and to whose intercession I again commend all the pastors of the Church. A common commitment to these saints was to save souls and serve the church with their gifts, helping to renew and enrich Her. "
"These men - he continued - gained 'wisdom of heart' (Ps 90.12), gathering to themselves all that does not corrupt and discarding all that changes over time: power, wealth and ephemeral pleasures. Choosing God they possessed all that is necessary, a foretaste of eternity right here on earth (cf. Eccles: 1-5).
The same argument, in today's Gospel, is at the heart of the parable of the rich fool, about which the Pope commented that "the foolish man in the Bible is the one who does not want to realize, from experience of the visible things that nothing lasts forever, but everything passes: youth, physical strength, comforts such as positions of power. A life dependent on such fleeting realities is foolishness. The man who trusts in the Lord, instead, is not afraid of life's hardships, even the inescapable reality of death: he is the man who gains “wisdom of heart”, just like the Saints. "
Pope: Convert the logic of profit to respond to famine and ecological emergencies
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Pope: let us learn from Mary to witness our faith, ready to pay in person
Jesus' came to show us what love is and the way that leads to life. If one says he has faith but does not love his brothers, he is not a true believer. May Mary ask for us the gift of courage, so that in every situation we testify that the cross of Christ is not a source of scandal for us, but of pride.
Pope: In the heart of summer, give first place to the Word of God
At his Angelus, Benedict XVI emphasizes that without the truth and love that Jesus gives us, "the most important activities loose value and give no joy," "All our action is reduced to sterile and unruly activism".
Pope: Earning our daily bread, above all our faith in Christ, the “true bread of life"
At the Angelus in Castel Gandolfo, Benedict XVI emphasizes that the daily concerns of work, feeding and clothing ourselves are important, they can not be our sole concern. Faith in Christ is not just following an idea, a project, but an encounter with a living Person. Jesus, true Bread of Life satiates our hunger for meaning and truth.
Pope: Follow God’s path in life, it will be too late to repent after death
Commenting on the parable of the rich man and Lazarus at the Angelus,, Benedict XVI emphasizes two things: the first that God loves the poor and raises them from humiliation and the second is that our eternal destiny is influenced by our behaviour. "
Pope Francis tells young people that “genuine love” is not a “soap opera”, but Christians’ real identity card
In his homily for the Jubilee of Teens, Pope Francis asked questions and gave answers to the 70,000 present. Stressing the great ideal of love as giving oneself “without being possessive”, he noted that freedom is “being able to choose the good”. He warned young people “who dare not dream,” telling them that “If you do not dream at your age, you are already ready for retirement”. He also received funds raised for the Ukraine, and appealed for the release of bishops and the priests held in Syria.
Odd alliance between the US and Iranian fundamentalists
Washington is still preventing the use of US dollars in transactions with Iranian banks, preventing business with the outside world in spite of the nuclear deal. This way, the US is helping Khamenei and the Revolutionary Guards, who want to torpedo the agreement in order to maintain their hold on power. Meanwhile, most Iranians hold down two or three jobs just to make ends meet. An unstable and bellicose Iran is a boon for arms sales. A report follows.
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