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Pope: Let us make sure that the Gospel becomes ever more flesh in our own lives
At the Angelus, Pope Francis reiterates that to "know Jesus", we must " read a passage every day, a passage from the Gospel” so as “to open our hearts to Jesus, and make him known to others better.” The mystery of evil leads us to close “the door in the face of the Son of God” and let in evil who “lies in wait at our door”. We should entrust ourselves to Mary, Mother of Jesus and our mother whom we contemplate in the manger.
27/01/2016 15:48:00 VATICAN
Pope: "Mercy cannot remain indifferent in face of the suffering of the oppressed"
During the general audience, Francis said that "The Lord’s mercy renders man precious, as a personal richness that belongs to Him, which He guards and with which He is pleased.” What is more, “in this Year of Mercy, we can also do the work of being mediators of mercy with works of mercy to come close, to give relief, to create unity. So many good things can be done.”
26/01/2016 14:21:00 VATICAN
For pope, Lent is a time to abandon the “proud illusion of our own omnipotence” that evil elicits in people and society
The title of the papal Lenten message for the Holy Year is ‘I desire mercy, and not sacrifice” (Mt 9:13). The works of mercy on the road of the Jubilee’. For the pope, “sinful structures” are “linked to a model of false development based on the idolatry of money.” And, “the danger always remains that by a constant refusal to open the doors of their hearts to Christ who knocks on them in the poor, the proud, rich and powerful will end up condemning themselves and plunging into the eternal abyss of solitude which is Hell.”
In his Jubilee message for boys and girls, pope calls for courage to go against the tide
Francis issues message for Jubilee days dedicated to youth, 23-25 April, on the theme of being ‘Merciful like the Father’. He tells young people that “To be merciful means to grow in a love which is courageous, generous and real. It means to grow physically and spiritually.” Likewise, “Jesus gives us this courage! … With him, we can do great things; he will give us the joy of being his disciples, his witnesses. Commit yourselves to great ideals, to the most important things.”
Pope: Church "needs" Jubilee of Mercy, it’s "what pleases God most”
"Even the necessary work of renewal of the institutions and structures of the Church is a medium that should lead us to have a living and life-giving experience of God's mercy which alone can guarantee the Church to be that city set on a hill that cannot remain hidden. Only a merciful Church shines". A "beautiful" and "easy" prayer "to say every day: 'Lord, I am a sinner; Lord, I am a sinner: Come with Your mercy".
The Holy Year of Mercy sums up “the mystery of the Christian faith”
The Bull of Indiction of the Extraordinary Jubilee, which will begin on 8 December 2015, and end on 20 November 2016, has been announced. It will be celebrated not only in Rome, but also in all the dioceses of the world and in the main shrines. The "Missionaries of Mercy" will lead the call to conversion, in particular to those who are far away, those engaged in organised violence and those who either perpetrate or participate in corruption.
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