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Pope: death is 'a fact', 'a legacy', 'a memory'
"I am not the master of time", "repeating this helps", recommended Francis, because "it saves us from that illusion of the moment, of taking life as a chain of interlinking moments, which makes no sense".
The joy of the Church in Africa, fruit of the seed sowed by missionaries, Pope says
Benedict XVI is grateful for the experience he had during his trip to Cameroon and Angola. He appreciated the joy and sense of the sacred found in the communities he visited, noting the fruitfulness of the missionaries’ work. He urges young people to attend the Mass to mark the fourth anniversary of the death of John Paul II.
Pope says death penalty "is unacceptable," offends the dignity of life and "contradicts God's plan"
Francis writes to the President of the International Commission against the Death Penalty. For the rule of law it "represents a defeat, because it forces people to kill in the name of justice" and thus "loses all legitimacy" faced with the possibility of judicial errors. Yes to a "universal moratorium" on executions, "in view of the abolition of capital punishment." Life imprisonment "can be considered a hidden death penalty.
03/11/2017 13:21:00 VATICAN
Pope: Even in the face of death, the Christian remains "a man of hope"
At Mass in suffrage of the cardinals and bishops who died during the year, Francis recalls that "the awakening from death is not in itself a return to life": "many" will awaken. “Yet awakening from death is not in itself a return to life: some will awake for eternal life, others for everlasting shame. Death makes definitive the “crossroads” which even now, in this world, stands before us: the way of life, with God, or the way of death, far from him”.
17/11/2017 14:19:00 VATICAN
Pope: It is good to think every day when that 'the Lord will call me'
For some this call will be sudden, for others after a long illness, we do not know. But "the call will be there!" And it will be a surprise, but then there will be the other surprise of the Lord: eternal life. For this reason, "the Church in these days tells us: stop a little, stop and think about death."
05/06/2016 13:35:00 VATICAN
Pope: Christ’s Passion is God's response to man’s “desperate and at times indignant cry” over pain and death
At the canonisation Mass for Blesseds Stanislaus Papczyński (1631-1701) and Maria Elizabeth Hesselblad (1870-1957), Pope Francis stressed "God’s victory over suffering and death”. When God responds "to our own death, however it may come about”, he “does not say: ‘Hold on to it; sort it out yourself!’ Instead, he says: ‘Give it to me’.” Indeed, “Jesus asks to take our death upon himself, to free us from it and to restore our life.” When it comes to us sinners, “He says to Mother Church: “Give me your children”, which means all of us. He takes our sins upon himself, takes them away and gives us back alive to the Mother Church.” The pontiff greeted the delegations from Poland and Sweden and recited the Angelus prayer.
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