» 08/25/2013, 00.00
Pope: Let the clatter of arms stop in Syria, let the international community show greater sensitivity
Expressing "great suffering and concern" for Syria and "the proliferation of massacres and atrocities", the pope calls on the parties to meet and talk to stop this "war between brothers." a as a gate that is always open, Jesus invites everyone to come in. Such a gate is "narrow, [. . .] not because it is a torture chamber, but because it calls upon us to open our hearts to Him." The Holy Father ends by offering the faithful his best wishes for a safe return from holidays, back to their daily work full of hope.
01/09/2013 VATICAN - SYRIA
Pope: a day of prayer for peace in Syria and in the world
Francis makes his "the cry of peace" that "rises from every corner of the earth, from every nation, from every heart". Concern for the Syrian conflict and "the dramatic developments that lie ahead ." The "judgment of God" and of history for the use of chemical weapons. The international community must promote initiatives of dialogue. "
Pope: Christian families are missionary families, who guard the faith by sharing their witness
Pope Francis told families to "keep the faith", not by being "defensive", but by being warn and open to others. He also called on them to recite the Lord's Prayer and Rosary as a family. Joy in the family is guaranteed by the "Lord [who] is near", who "hears the cry of the lowly and [. . .] frees them from evil." At the end of his address, the Holy Father left the crowd with a question, "which you will take home with you", i.e. "How is joy in your family? In your house?" He also prayed before the icon of the Presentation at the Temple, which was followed by the Angelus. Philadelphia will be the next venue for the International Meeting of Families, in September 2015.
Pope: urgent appeal for the release of Fr. Dall'Oglio, kidnapped two years ago in Syria
At the Angelus, Pope Francis recalls the Jesuit priest, the two Orthodox bishops and all those who have been kidnapped, calling on all present to join him in the recitation of a Hail Mary. Joined by the presence of two young people, he opens registration for WYD in Krakow and registers himself as teh first pilgrim online with a tablet. Commenting on today's Gospel: "Who among us does not have his" five loaves and two fish "? If we are willing to put them in the hands of the Lord, they will be a bit more love in the world to go around".
28/02/2016 14:13:00 VATICAN
Pope: "hope" for a truce in Syria
During the Angelus, Francis called for negotiations to share evenly the burden front-line nations must bear in helping migrants. "God does not allow tragedies in order to punish faults", he does not “penalise” for some grave offence and the victims of some tragedies are not worse than others.
Pope to catechists: If there is no memory of God, everything ends up being about “me”, my own comfort, about having
At the Mass for the Day of the Catechists an appointment for the Year of Faith , Francis urges catechists to be "God's memory" and to awaken it in others. Communicating doctrine " in its entirety, without taking from it or adding to it" . The greeting to the Orthodox Patriarch of Antioch and prayers for Syria and the Middle East.
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