» 09/12/2013, 00.00
VATICAN - THAILAND
Pope receives Thai Prime, understanding and cooperation between Church and State
In the "cordial discussions" at the Vatican Ms. Yingluck Shinawatra stresses the importance of intercultural and interreligious dialogue.
Pope: The piety gifted us by the Holy Spirit is not pietism, no to "false piety”
At the general audience, Francis continues his series on the gifts of the Holy Spirit speaking of mercy, which "indicates our belonging to God". "If the gift of piety makes us grow in our relationship and communion with God and leads us to live as His children, at the same time it helps us to pour this love out on others and recognize them as brothers and sisters”.
Pope: The Resurrection "is not a happy ending in a movie" but "a humble victory of God, that humanly looks like a failure"
"So often we feel horrified by the hurt and pain that surrounds us and we ask, "Why does God allow this? . "It wounds us deeply to see suffering and death, especially that of the innocents". "This is the mystery of evil". Two children join Francis on the back of his jeep.
Pope: the Holy Spirit tells us that God loves us "like a father"
At the general audience, Francis speaks of the Third Person of the Trinity, "an inexhaustible source of God's life in us", "living water" promised in abundance and forever by Jesus, and guides us on the path of love, mercy and forgiveness. "Do we act according to God? Or do we let ourselves be guided by so many other things that are not really God?" is the question everyone should answer in their heart.
Pope: Holy Week, "stepping outside" of a "tired faith" to reach out to others, especially those most forgotten
First general audience of Francis, dedicated to the beginning of the Easter Triduum. "On the cross, Jesus" loved me and gave himself for me. "Each of us can say, 'He loved me and gave himself for me.' Everyone can say this 'for me'." Appeal for " an immediate halt to the violence and looting, and a political solution to the crisis" engulfing the Central African Republic.
Pope: bishop or priest not at “loving” service of community "are wrong"
With the Sacrament of Holy Orders , the bishop or the priest are placed “at the head", or in other words "at the service" of the community entrusted to them , that is their "family" and not their "property". We must help them to continue "to pray, to listen to the Word of God which is their daily bread, to celebrate the Eucharist every day and to regularly go to confession" and "pray for those who are in trouble".
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