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  • » 05/15/2016, 13.50


    Pope: being Christian means witnessing with our own lives

    "Love for a person, and also to the Lord, is not proven with words, but with deeds." "Being a Christian does not mean primarily belonging to a certain culture or adhering to a certain doctrine, but rather binding one’s own life, in all its aspects, to the person of Jesus and, through him, to the Father".


    Vatican City (AsiaNews) - Being Christians, keeping the commandments "it is to be understood in an existential sense, so that one’s entire life is involved. In fact, being a Christian does not mean primarily belonging to a certain culture or adhering to a certain doctrine, but rather binding one’s own life, in all its aspects, to the person of Jesus and, through him, to the Father”, this is why Jesus promised the' outpouring of the Holy Spirit, as the Pope recalled the day of Pentecost, before the recitation of the Regina Caeli.

    This was what was highlighted by the Pope to the 50 thousand people present in St Peter's Square, "the liturgy invites us to open our minds and our hearts to the gift of the Holy Spirit, whom Jesus promised several times to his disciples, the first and principal gift that He won for us with His resurrection. This gift, Jesus himself prayed to the Father, as shown in today's Gospel, which takes place at the Last Supper. Jesus tells his disciples: "“If you love me, keep my commandments. And I will ask the Father, and He will give you another Paraclete to be with you always.” These words, the Pope said, “remind us above all that love for a person, and also for the Lord, is shown not with words but with facts.” The command to keep and observe the commandments must likewise be understood in such a way that they affect our whole life.

    In fact, the Pope said, “being Christians does not primarily mean pertaining to a certain culture or adhering to a certain doctrine, but rather, joining one’s very life, in every aspect, to the person of Jesus, and, through Him, to the Father.” It is precisely for this reason that Jesus promises to send the Holy Spirit: it is through the gift of the Spirit, “the love which unites the Father and the Son, and proceeds from them,” that we are able to live the very life of Jesus."

    "Thanks to the Holy Spirit, Love that unites the Father and the Son and proceeds from them, we can all live the same life of Jesus. The Spirit, in fact, teaches us all things, that the only thing necessary: ​​to love as God loves . in promising the Holy Spirit, Jesus calls him "another Paraclete" (v. 16), which means Comforter, Advocate, Intercessor, that is, one who assists us, protects us, is on our side on the journey of life and in the struggle for good and against evil. Jesus says "another Paraclete" because the first is he, he himself, who was made flesh precisely to take upon himself our human condition and free it from the slavery of sin. In addition, the Holy Spirit exercises a function of teaching and memory. Learning and memory. There told Jesus: "The Counselor, the Holy Spirit, whom the Father will send in my name, he will teach you everything and remind you of all that I have said to you" (v. 26). The Holy Spirit does not bring a different teaching, hat the Holy Spirit does not bring a teaching different from that of Jesus, but helps make Jesus’ teaching present and active in our lives, so that the passage of time it is neither not erased nor faded”.

    "The Holy Spirit grafts this teaching in our heart, it helps us to internalize it, making it part of us, flesh of our flesh. At the same time, it prepares our hearts to be able to receive the words and examples of the Lord. Every time that the word of Jesus is greeted with joy in our hearts, this is the work of the Holy Spirit ".

    After the Marian prayer, finally, Francis said that "today, very appropriate in the context of Pentecost, I release my Message for the World Mission Day, which is celebrated every year on the third Sunday in October. May the Holy Spirit give strength to all the missionaries ad gentes and support the mission of the Church throughout the world ".

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    Pope: Pentecost, the Church of multiple languages and cultures, sacrament of peace
    Benedict XVI emphasises catholicity and universality as characteristics of the Church born from the Spirit on the day of Pentecost. Its unity is not that of a federation. The pontiff recalls his message to the UN. The Church works for peace and reconciliation among peoples, with commitments "at the highest levels" and with daily life among the peoples. An appeal for Lebanon.

    19/05/2013 VATICAN
    Pope to Movements: man is in crisis. No to a church closed in on itself, but a Church that goes out,
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    08/06/2014 VATICAN
    Pope: Pentecost, an event that is renewed. The life-giving Spirit teaches us, reminds us, makes us speak with God and men
    During the celebration in St. Peter’s basilica, Pope Francis emphasizes that the Spirit is the "teacher of life", not just of doctrine. He "reminds us” of all that Jesus did and pushes us to respond. Christians without memory, "prisoners of the moment." The Spirit gifts us prayer and prophecy to speak to men "frankly, to openly show contradictions and injustices, but always with gentleness and constructive intent". Without the Spirit there is no mission. Mary and the Church.

    08/06/2014 VATICAN
    Pope: Pentecost gave birth to a Church that “surprises and unsettles”
    At the Regina Caeli, Pope Francis says a Church without surprises is a “weak, sick, Church that needs to be hospitalized and in the intensive care unit”. "The Church of Pentecost is a Church that can never settle with being innocuous and decorative ... Even if this message brings us problems and often leads to martyrdom." "Thanks” for the prayers ahead of the invocation for peace to be held later this evening at the Vatican, together with the Patriarch of Constantinople, Shimon Peres and Mahmoud Abbas.

    15/05/2016 13:30:00 VATICAN
    Pope: "essential purpose" of Jesus' mission to free us from condition of "orphans"

    " In our own day also, we see various signs of our being orphans: in the interior loneliness which we feel even when we are surrounded by people, a loneliness which can become an existential sadness; in the attempt to be free of God, even if accompanied by a desire for his presence; in the all-too-common spiritual illiteracy which renders us incapable of prayer; in the difficulty in grasping the truth and reality of eternal life".

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    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

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    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.


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