» 06/11/2014, 00.00
Pope: The corrupt, exploiters and arms traders "will have to answer to God"
At the general audience Francis speaks of "fear of God", a gift of the Holy Spirit. Appeals against child labor where "millions of children are forced to work in degrading conditions, exposed to forms of slavery and exploitation, as well as abuse, mistreatment and discrimination."
Pope: God's people bring light into this world where "the devil acts, but God is stronger"
"Woe to those who stifle children in their joyful enthusiasm of hope!: the cry of Francis at the end of the general audience, marking today's World Day Against Child Labour. "God invites everyone to be part of his people," even "those who feel distant", "who are fearful and indifferent." Too many wars among Christians, even in the workplace and in the family: "We all have likes and dislikes, perhaps we are angry with someone. And so, we pray for those with whom we are angry: This is a big step in the law of love."
Pope: new "heartfelt appeal to Syrian authorities and the international community” to “silence the weapons"
At the General audience, Francis recalls "my fellow Jesuit" Father Frans van der Lugt , who was killed in Homs. A new cycle of catechesis dedicated to the gifts of the Holy Spirit. The first, "wisdom " that is not "human wisdom" but "seeing the world, situations, problems, everything, through the eyes of God."
Pope appeals for nuns abducted in Syria and "for all the people kidnapped during the conflict "
During the general audience in his continuing reflection on the "Creed" , he spoke of the " resurrection of the body". The Pope underlined that we are "the disciples of the One who came , comes every day and will come at the end of the world" and since Jesus is risen, "he has opened the way" and will resurrect us too: "this is not a lie. If Jesus is alive, do you think that will leave us to die and never share in his resurrection? " .
Pope appeals for the Holy Land, "building peace is difficult, but living without peace is a torment"
"Unacceptable episodes of violence that have not even spared places of worship." The "universal call to holiness" which concerns not only consecrated persons, but is a "gift" offered to all Christians, towards which we must take "small steps", in everyday life. "Money is not to be considered idol to be served, but a means to pursue the common good."
Pope: seek forgiveness of sins in Jesus through the Church, even though "we are ashamed"
Francis, "concerned about what is happening these days in Kiev" invites "all parties to cease all violence and to seek harmony and peace in the country". “We can not forgive ourselves” because "the forgiveness of our sins is not the result of our efforts" but a "gift" that "derives directly from the paschal mystery".
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