» 05/24/2013, 00.00
Pope: governments should seek incisive initiatives and new approaches to protect the dignity of refugees
In his meeting with members the Pontifical Council for the Pastoral Care of Migrants and Itinerant People, Francis spoke about human trafficking, including that of children. "It is despicable, a disgrace to societies that claim to be civilised! Pimps and clients at every level ought to seriously examine their conscience before themselves and before God." As well as welcoming them, the Church should "give a voice to those who cannot cry out their pain and oppression."
Vatican City AsiaNews) - Pope Francis calls "on government leaders,
lawmakers and the entire international community to look at the reality of
people forcibly uprooted and undertake incisive initiatives and new approaches
to protect their dignity, improve their quality of life and cope with the
challenges that arise from modern forms of persecution, oppression and slavery.
It is about, I emphasise, human beings, who appeal for outreach and support,
who need urgent action, as well as understanding and kindness. Their condition
cannot leave anyone indifferent."
The Plenary Assembly of the Pontifical Council for the Pastoral Care of
Migrants and Itinerant People gave the pope an opportunity to speak to its
participants and make his appeal. The council itself is meeting to discuss a paper,
'Welcoming Christ in Refugees and forcibly displaced Persons', which reflects
the Church's pastoral concern over forced migration.
"The document," the pope said, "draws attention to the millions of
refugees, displaced and stateless persons, as well as the [victims of] the scourge
of human trafficking, which is increasingly drawing children into the worst
forms of exploitation, armed conflict included. I reiterate here that 'human
trafficking' is despicable, a disgrace to societies that claim to be civilised!
Pimps and clients at every level must seriously examine their conscience before
themselves and before God!
"Today the Church reiterates its strong plea for the protection of the
dignity and centrality of each person, for respect of fundamental rights, as evinced
by its social doctrine, rights that it wants extended to where they are denied
to millions of men and women on every continent. In a world where there is a
lot of talk about rights, how many times is human dignity trampled on?"
In the belief that "we are in fact a single human family, with many
differences, walking towards unity, valorising solidarity and dialogue between
peoples," the Church views itself "as a mother whose maternal concern takes
the form of special tenderness and closeness to those who are forced to flee
their country and live between uprootedness and integration. Christian
compassion, which means 'suffering with', is expressed above all in a
commitment to know the events that force people out of their homeland and,
where necessary, give a voice to those who cannot cry out their pain and
"In this, you have an important task to fulfil, which is to raise
awareness among Christian communities about the fate of fellow Christians whose
existence has been scared by violence, abuse, distance from the family,
traumatic events, escape from home, and uncertainty about the future in the
refugee camp. Since all of these factors dehumanise, they must also push every
Christian and every community to pay real attention. "
In his address, the Pope also focused on another aspect of hospitality,
urging people "to see also the light of hope in the eyes and hearts of
refugees and people forcibly uprooted. Such hope is expressed in expectations
for the future, in a desire to build relations of friendship, in a wish to
participate in the life of the host society through learning its language, finding
work and educating one's children. I admire the courage of those who hope to resume
gradually a normal life, waiting for joy and love to come back and cheer up their
existence. All of us can and must nurture this hope!"
"As a Church, we must remember that by healing the wounds of refugees,
displaced persons and victims of trafficking, by identifying with outsiders,
with those who suffer, with the innocent victims of violence and exploitation,
we put into practice the commandment of love that Jesus left us. We should read
Chapter 25 in the Gospel of Matthew more often, for it speaks of the final
judgment (31-46). On this, I would also like to draw the attention of each pastor
and each Christian community to the journey of faith of Christian refugees forcibly
uprooted from their countries as well as that of Christian migrants. They
require special pastoral care that respects their traditions and accompanies
them through to a harmonious integration into the Church organisations of the
places in which they live. May our Christian communities truly be places of hospitality,
of listening, and communion!"
25/09/2015 VATICAN – UNITED STATES
At the UN, pope speaks for environmental protection, against human exclusion
Francis calls on the United Nations assembly to take "concrete steps" to get “effective, practical and immediate access, on the part of all, to essential material and spiritual goods”. He urges an end to abusive and usurious relations with poor countries, and a stop to the persecution of religious minorities.
For pope, men religious must face today's culture, and in brotherhood be an alternative to the culture of individualism
First, men religious must be the centre of attraction because in the face of those "truly religious life, people ask: 'What is this? What drives this person to go beyond the worldly horizon?' [. . .] True prophecy is never ideological; it is not 'fashionable'. It is always a sign of contradiction according to the Gospel".
For Pope, creative entrepreneurship and societal solidarity needed to overcome crisis
Unemployment "is the consequence of an economic system that can no longer create jobs because it has placed an idol called money at its centre." In reality, "employment is not only about economics and profits but also about man and his dignity. Without a job, dignity is harmed! Anyone who is unemployed or underemployed is likely, in fact, of finding himself at the margins of society, a victim of social exclusion."
12/05/2014 ISRAEL - VATICAN
Patriarch of Jerusalem: The Pope's visit "poisoned" by hate speech
Fouad Twal complains about a certain laxity on the part of the government , unable to curb anti-Christian hate speech and graffiti . The bishops fear mounting hatred of the imminent visit of the pope. Jews, Christians and Muslims demonstrate: "Racism screams, while the government is silent".
Pope: Be followers of Jesus, the Lamb of God who takes away (and upon himself) the sins of the world
At the Angelus, Pope Francis insists on Christ’s example that only love conquers evil and sin. The Church is not "a besieged citadel", but "a city set on a mountain, open, welcoming and supportive". Thanks to the Scalabrini for their efforts on behalf of migrants and against the "merchants of human flesh".
Card. Tong’s article on China-Holy See dialogue, arouses joy and dismay
The Hong Kong bishop’s optimism over a change in the method of appointing bishops and the function of the Patriotic Association. But it is unclear whether it is real change or just nominal, in words. Underground bishops are patriotic and love their country, but the Party is suspicious of them. Freedom in episcopal appointments is “essential", but the bishops are not free to exercise their ministry. Patriotic bishops controlled in their visits with members of the universal Church. The "bugs" (hidden microphones) in a bishop’s office.
Card. Tong: The future of Sino-Vatican dialogue from an ecclesiological point of view
Card. John Tong
The Hong Kong Cardinal outlines the steps that hope to propel dialogue between China and the Holy See. Themes include the Pope's role in the appointment of bishops; A change of vision in the Patriotic Association; the possible integration of the underground bishops in the Episcopal Conference. A new article by card. John Tong, following a previous article published a few months ago on "Communion of the Church in China with the universal Church."
18/02/2017 CHINA - VATICAN
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