» 05/18/2014, 00.00
Pope: conflicts in the Church can be solved through "discussion and prayer," not idle chat, envy and jealousy"
"Problems are not solved by pretending they do not exist." The apostles chose men capable of providing charity, "not because they were business experts, but because they were honest men of good reputation, filled with the Holy Spirit."
(AsiaNews) - Conflicts that exist in the Church are solved through "discussion,
scrutiny and prayer," not through "idle chat, envy and jealousy," Pope Francis
said as he commented, before the Regina Caeli, the passage in the Acts of the Apostles
in today's readings that refers to "the first tensions and the first
disagreements" that emerged in the early Church, pointing out that "problems
are not solved by pretending they do not exist," but through discussion
and dialogue because "in life, there are conflicts," and "the problem is how to face them."
a crowd of some 80,000 people that gathered in St Peter's Square for the
recitation of the Marian prayer, the pope spoke about what happened when the early
Christian community, "favoured by being members of a single, Jewish ethnic
group and culture [. . .] opened itself to the Greek cultural world" and" lost
its homogeneity and experienced its first difficulties. As the winds of discontent
rose, complaints were heard, and rumours of favouritism and unfair treatment
started to fly. Things that occur in our own parishes. Community help for the disadvantaged
- widows, orphans and more generally the poor - seemed to have favoured Jewish Christians
with such a conflict, the Apostles took matters in their own hands. They called
a meeting, open to their disciples as well, and they all discussed the issue
together. Everyone. Problems are not solved by pretending they do not
exist! An open discussion between pastors and the other faithful is great. This
way they came to a division of tasks."
made a proposal that everyone accepted: they would devote themselves to prayer
and to ministering the Word, whilst seven men, the deacons, would serve in the soup
"The seven were
not chosen because they were business experts, but because they were honest men
of good reputation, filled with the Holy Spirit and wisdom. Their service came
into being through the Apostles laying their hands upon them. Hence, out of discontent
and favouritism came a solution.
the Church are solved through discussion and prayer with the certainty that idle
chat, envy and jealousy can never bring harmony and peace. When we let the Holy
Spirit guide us, it leads us to harmony. No idle chat, no envy, no jealousy. Do
Virgin Mary," he concluded, "help us be docile vis-à-vis the Holy Spirit so
that we may regard each other with esteem and converge more and more deeply in
faith and charity, keeping an open heart to the needs of our brothers."
recitation of the Regina Caeli, Pope Francis spoke about "Bishop Anton
Durcovici, martyr of the faith, who was beatified yesterday in Iaşi, Romania. A
zealous and courageous pastor, he was persecuted by the Communist regime in
Romania and died in prison in 1951. He died of hunger and thirst. Together with
the faithful of Iaşi and all Romania, let us give thanks to God."
The pope also
called on the faithful to pray for "our brothers and sisters" who are
suffering from the "serious floods that have devastated large parts of the
Balkans, especially in Serbia and Bosnia."
14/08/2016 12:42:00 VATICAN
Pope: The Church does not need bureaucrats, but passionate missionaries
At the Angelus, Pope Francis says there is always need in the Church for the "fire" of the Spirit who "makes us creative and encourages us to set out, to even walk on unexplored or inconvenient roads, offering hope to those we meet" . The invitation to "take five minutes and ask: How is my heart? Is it cold, warm or is able to receive this fire? ". Thanks to the "many priests and religious who, all over the world, are dedicated to the proclamation of the Gospel with great love and loyalty, often even at the cost of life." The memory of St. Maximilian Kolbe.
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.”
22/05/2017 15:39:00 VATICAN
Pope: Only the Holy Spirit can lead us to testify that Jesus is the Lord
The Holy Spirit is "a gift, the great gift of Jesus,” who does not lead us astray. “It is precisely within our hearts that we carry the Holy Spirit. The Church calls the Spirit ‘the sweet guest of the heart’: He is there. But He cannot enter a closed heart. ‘Ah, but where can one buy the keys to open the heart?’ No! That too is a gift.”
Pope: The piety gifted us by the Holy Spirit is not pietism, no to "false piety”
At the general audience, Francis continues his series on the gifts of the Holy Spirit speaking of mercy, which "indicates our belonging to God". "If the gift of piety makes us grow in our relationship and communion with God and leads us to live as His children, at the same time it helps us to pour this love out on others and recognize them as brothers and sisters”.
Pope: the Holy Spirit, the "unknown of our faith," is "God reminding us" of our salvation
During the Mass celebrated this morning, Francis reflects on the remarks of a group of Christians from Ephesus: "we have not even heard that there is a Holy Spirit." Even today, "many Christians do not know who the Holy Spirit is, what the Holy Spirit is." The Spirit is "God active in us," a "God who helps us remember" who "awakens our memory." Jesus himself says to the Apostles before Pentecost: the Spirit that God will send in my name, "will remind you of everything I have said."
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.
24/05/2017 CHINA- VATICAN
19/05/2017 BANGLADESH - SAUDI ARABIA
AsiaNews IS ALSO A MONTHLY!
AsiaNews monthly magazine (in Italian) is free.