» 01/26/2014, 00.00
Pope: Jesus teaches us to bring the Gospel to the outskirts and among the least
At the Angelus Francis sends greetings of "a life full of joy and hope" to the Chinese, Korean and Vietnamese people who are preparing to celebrate the Lunar New Year . In Ukraine he hopes for "a constructive dialogue between the institutions and the civil society." A thought for Coco Campolongo, the toddler killed and then burned.
Vatican City ( AsiaNews) - Jesus
began his mission, starting from Galilee , "the outskirts" , and
chose as his disciples people who had a "low profile", "this teaches
us that no one is excluded from God's salvation, indeed, that God prefers to
begin from the outskirts, from the least among us to then reach out to everyone".
was the Pope's Angelus reflection on the Gospel this Sunday that recounts the
beginning of Jesus' public life in the towns and villages of Galilee.
From Galilee to the Far East,
because at the end of the Marian prayer, Pope Francis noted that "in the coming
days, millions of people who live in the Far East or who are scattered in
various parts of the world, among them Chinese, Korean and Vietnamese, celebrate
the Lunar New Year. I wish all of them a life full of joy and hope. May the irrepressible
yearning for fraternity, which dwells in their hearts, find in the intimacy of
the family a privileged place to be
discovered, educated and realized. This will
be a valuable contribution to the building of a more humane world, where peace
Before speaking of the New Lunar
Year to 50 thousand people present in St Peter's Square, the Pope recalled that
"this Sunday's Gospel recounts the beginning of Jesus' public life in the
towns and villages of Galilee". "It
is a border land, a transit area, where people of different race, culture and
religion meet. Galilee becomes the symbolic place for the opening of the Gospel
to all peoples. From this point of view, Galilee is
similar to the world today: the coexistence of different cultures, the need for
encounter and confrontation. We, too, are immersed every day in a ' Galilee of
the Gentiles ' , and in this context we may become afraid and give in to the
temptation to build fences to feel safer, more protected. Yet Jesus teaches us
that the Good News is not reserved for a certain section of humanity, it is for
everyone. It is Good News destined for those who are waiting to receive it, but
also to those who perhaps are not waiting for anything and who do not even have
the strength to seek and ask for it".
"Starting from Galilee,
Jesus teaches us that no one is excluded from God's salvation, indeed, that God
prefers to start from the outskirts, from the least, to reach everyone. He teaches
us a method, his method , but it expresses a content, the Father's
mercy. " Each Christian and every community
must discern the path that the Lord points out, but all of us are asked to obey
his call to go forth from our own comfort zone in order to reach all the
"peripheries" in need of the light of the Gospel" (Apostolic
Exhortation . Evangelii gaudium, 20).
Jesus begins his mission not only from a decentralized place, but also among
people of a 'low-profile', so to speak. He choose for his future apostles and
the first disciples, not among scholars, scribes and doctors of the law, but to
the humble and simple people , who are preparing in earnest for the coming of
the Kingdom of God. Jesus calls them where they work, on the shore of the lake
where they are fishing. He calls them, and they immediately follow. They leave
their nets and go with Him, their lives become an extraordinary and fascinating
"The Lord also calls us today!
He walks the streets of our daily lives, he even walks in this square, He calls
us to go with Him, with Him to work for the Kingdom of God , in "the
Galilee" of our times. And if someone feels
that the Lord is calling, take courage, follow him , the Lord never
disappoints. We must let His gaze fall upon us and follow him! So that the joy
of the Gospel reach the ends of the earth and no place on the outskirts is
devoid of its light".
The Pope had various appeals to
make following the recitation of the Angelus prayer. He spoke of Ukraine and his closeness in
prayer to the nation and its people "especially those who lost their lives
these days and their families. I hope -
he added - that a constructive dialogue between the institutions and the civil
society will develop, avoiding any recourse to violent actions, that the spirit
of peace and the pursuit of the common good prevail in every heart".
The Pope also recalled that today
"we mark the World Day for Leprosy Sufferers.
This disease, although in decline, unfortunately still affects many people in
conditions of severe poverty. It is important to keep solidarity for these
brothers and sisters alive.
We must assure them of our prayers, and we also pray for all those who care for
them and who, in many ways, strive to defeat this disease".
The Pope's final thoughts went to
Coco Campolongo, the Italian toddler whose burned body was discovered in a car.
us pray with Coco - he said - who without any doubt is in heaven with Jesus,
for these people who have committed this crime, that they repent and be
The appointment with the Pope
concluded with two young children from Catholic Action Rome, who, as every
year, at the conclusion of the "Caravan of Peace" read a message and released
two white doves.
Children and young people can be peacemakers too, says the Pope
World Leprosy Day is remembered.
30/08/2014 VIETNAM - KOREA - VATICAN
Archbishop of Saigon: Pope Francis in Korea, a source of joy for mission
The president of the Vietnamese Bishops' Conference was a delegate at the Pope’s Asian visit. He emphasizes the Pope’s openness, dialogue and attention to reality of the Church in Vietnam. The bishop praises the dynamism of the Church in Korea and the strong presence of the laity and young people in missionary work.
22/07/2014 VIETNAM - KOREA - VATICAN
Young Vietnamese Catholics "in Korea to welcome the Pope, our father in faith"
Msgr. Joseph Thiên Vũ Văn, president of the Commission for Pastoral Youth Care of the national bishops: "Our delegation to the Asian Youth Day will consist of about 30 young people. Like the Church of Vietnam, the Korean also shed blood for the faith. And this blood proves our loyalty, we hope that they are worthy descendants of the martyrs". The challenges of youth ministry and the opportunity to share experiences and issues with peers from across Asia.
16/08/2014 KOREA - CHINA - VATICAN - AYD
Luca Chang, from Nanjing to Seoul to say "thank you" to the Pope, and that the Chinese Church "loves you"
The young university student won a scholarship to study at a university in Korea. Because of that, he was able to come to the peninsula for Francis' apostolic visit. Together with two seminarian friends, he is attending Asian Youth Day and is hoping to meet the pope soon. "Our government is schizophrenic in religious matters, but that does not bother us that much. We call priests close to the authorities 'Red Guards'. It is important to be here to show the unity of the universal Church, even in difficult times."
29/01/2017 13:55:00 VATICAN
Pope: "if in our communities there were more poor in spirit, there would be fewer divisions, conflicts and controversies"
“The happiness of the poor in spirit has two dimensions: towards goods and God. With respect to material goods, this poverty in spirit is sobriety: not necessarily surrender, but the ability to taste what is essential, sharing; the ability to renew every day the wonder for the goodness of things without added weight in the opacity of voracious consumption: the more I have, the more I want.”
Pope: together with the faithful in China on 24 May to celebrate Our Lady of Sheshan
During the Regina Caeli, Pope Francis speaks about the World Day of Prayer for the Church in China, instituted by Benedict XVI. Chinese Catholics must make a “personal contribution to communion among believers and to harmony in the whole society." AsiaNews Symposium on the Church in China is set for this week. Francis appeals for peace in the Central African Republic, and for loving “one another following the example of the Lord”. For him, “Sometimes conflicts, pride, envy, and divisions leave a blotch on the beautiful face of the Church.” Five new cardinals will be named, including a bishop from Laos.
May 24, 2017: 'China, the Cross is Red', AsiaNews Symposium
The event will be held to mark the World Day of Prayer for the Church in China. A title with many meanings: the Cross is red from the blood of the martyrs; From attempts to suffocate the faith with state control; Bceause of the contribution of hope that Christianity gives to a population tired of materialism and consumerism that is seeking new moral criteria. The theme is also about the great and unexpected religious rebirth in the country. Guests to include: Card. Pietro Parolin, Msgr. Savio Hon, the sociologist of religions Richard Madsen, the testimonies of Chinese priests and laity.
18/05/2017 ASIA - VATICAN
AsiaNews IS ALSO A MONTHLY!
AsiaNews monthly magazine (in Italian) is free.