» 12/29/2013, 00.00
Pope talks about the Holy Family as refugees, prays for the Synod
During the Angelus, Francis Pope compares the flight into Egypt to the "tragic fate of refugees" and of those hidden "exiles", like the elderly. "God is where man suffers." For him, 'Excuse me, thank you, sorry" are the three key expressions on which to build peace within families. He recites a prayer about Jesus, Mary and Joseph in preparation for the Consistory and the Synod on the family, and greets via link-up the faithful in Nazareth, Loreto and Barcelona.
Pope: a Bible for every family, to read it often, every day
At the Angelus, Pope Francis invites people to read the Sacred Book, "either individually or together, husband and wife, parents and children, maybe in the evening, especially on Sundays”. Copies of the Bible are distributed by the Pauline family, to celebrate the centenary of their foundation. Pray for the work of the Synod, "invoking the maternal intercession of the Virgin Mary."
Pope: Let us pray in silence for the families that are suffering, that they may not lack concrete help
On the feast day of the Holy Family, Francis calls on the faithful in St Peter's Square to pray in silence (and then with a Hail Mary) in support of families in need. The pontiff mentioned the importance of grandparents and intergenerational solidarity in households. At the end, his thoughts go to the plane that disappeared between Singapore and Indonesia, and for people in distress in the waters of the Adriatic, saying "I am close to you affection and prayer."
Pope: Parents and educators, instruments "of the love with which Jesus embraces the little ones"
At the Angelus, Pope Francis asks for prayers for the Synod on the family and asks people to welcome children "starving, abandoned, exploited, forced into the war, refused." Not a "fortress society", but a "society-family, to welcome, with proper rules, but welcome, always welcome, with love." Pray for the Synod. The beatification of Cistercian monk Pio Heredia and seventeen companions, martyrs of the Spanish Civil War. Thoughts for victims of Guatemala landslide and the flood in southern France.
The family of Jesus, Mary and Joseph, "an authentic school of the Gospel"
At the Angelus Pope Francis proposes a series of "evangelical virtues" that strengthen families, "meditation and prayer, mutual understanding and respect, self-sacrifice, work and solidarity." Families weakened by "misunderstandings and difficulties”. The need to communicate the joy of faith. Appeal for Cuban migrants. Thanks to a children's choir.
Political leaders should defend the marriage-based family, says the Pope
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