» 08/07/2013, 00.00
VATICAN - ARGENTINA
Pope: 'Looking those most in need in the eye, that's what makes us Christians'
The Pope sends a video message to his old archdiocese, which today celebrates the liturgical memorial of St Cajetan patron saint "of bread and work". To the faithful who queue for hours to kiss the statue of the saint, Francis says: "We must be able to reach out to eachother. We must build, create,construct a culture of encounter. "
Pope: "The root of all evil" is "the economy of exclusion and of iniquity", it is "an economy that kills"
"Renouncing the absolute autonomy of markets and financial speculation and acting first on the structural causes". "Politics, much maligned, is a lofty vocation, one of the most valuable forms of charity because it seeks the common good". "The pillars of those called to administer public life" are "the dignity of the human person and the common good." "Feeling ourselves to be custodians and not masters of the earth", that" it is not a legacy that we have received from our parents but a loan that our children make to us".
16/10/2013 VATICAN - FAO
Pope: hunger, "a scandal" caused by slavery of individualism and profit at all costs
Francis' message to FAO for the World Food Day. Global era sees growing tendency to individualism that leads to indifference to those who die from hunger. Food waste , "one of the fruits of the ' culture of waste' that often leads men and women to sacrifice themselves to the idols of profit and of consumption "
Pope John Paul II "helped believers throughout the world not to be afraid to call themselves Christian"
In a video message broadcast on Polish TV, Francis expresses the gratitude of the people of God for the Polish Pope "for his tireless service, his spiritual leadership, for having introduced the Church into the third millennium of faith and for his extraordinary testimony of holiness".
Pope: "I distrust a charity that costs nothing and does not hurt"
In his message for Lent, the Pope invites us to witness to the Gospel message to those who live in "material, moral and spiritual poverty". By becoming "poor" in Jesus, "God did not let our salvation drop down from heaven, like someone who gives alms from their abundance out of a sense of altruism and piety".
05/07/2016 13:57:00 VATICAN - SYRIA
For pope, no military solution in Syria is possible, only a national unity government can do
Francis issues a video message in support of Caritas Internationalis’s ‘Syria, peace is possible’ campaign. “While the people suffer, incredible quantities of money are being spent to supply weapons to fighters. And some of the countries supplying these arms are also among those that talk of peace. How can you believe in someone who caresses you with the right hand and strikes you with the left hand?”
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