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Pope: the hope of Advent to end all wars
Pope Francis mentions the prophecy of Isaiah, turning "swords" into "ploughshares" and "spears" in "pruning hooks". Humanity must find a shared horizon for its existence. The Church and the world are walking together toward the final goal. The Virgin Mary is the model to emulate. The Pontiff's thoughts also go out to people living with AIDS, grateful to missionaries and health care workers who quietly stand by them.
21/08/2016 12:27:00 VATICAN
Pope: The door of God's mercy is always wide open. For everyone!
The goal, says Pope Francis before the Angelus prayer, "is Jesus himself. He leads us into fellowship with the Father, where we find love, understanding and protection. But why is this door is narrow? It is a narrow door not because it is oppressive, but because it asks us to restrict and limit our pride and our fear, to open ourselves with a humble and trusting heart to Him, recognizing ourselves as sinners, in need of his forgiveness. " An appeal for peace "in dear Turkey ".
Pope: Let us pray in silence for the families that are suffering, that they may not lack concrete help
On the feast day of the Holy Family, Francis calls on the faithful in St Peter's Square to pray in silence (and then with a Hail Mary) in support of families in need. The pontiff mentioned the importance of grandparents and intergenerational solidarity in households. At the end, his thoughts go to the plane that disappeared between Singapore and Indonesia, and for people in distress in the waters of the Adriatic, saying "I am close to you affection and prayer."
30/11/2005 VATICAN - WORLD AIDS DAY
Pope: "I feel near to people with AIDS and their families"
Benedict XVI encouraged those fighting against AIDS and made an appeal to the international and church communities for World AIDS Day. The Pope also recalled the Shoah, "an indelible disgrace in the history of mankind".
27/06/2016 18:12:00 ARMENIA – VATICAN
Francis’s visit and the mission entrusted to the Armenian people
The pope did not waver from calling evil by its name, recognising the right of the Armenian people to remember. However, remembrance can no longer be an end in itself; it must become the vocation of the Armenian people and Diaspora. Armenians must become ambassadors and a bridge between cultures they met after the genocide, working for peace and religious coexistence. A Diaspora Armenian writes.
01/12/2004 WORLD AIDS DAY - VATICAN
The Vatican on Aids: "Chastity and fidelity, means to defeat the fatal virus"
A message from the Pontifical Council for Health Pastoral Care. Special care for women struck by the disease. More than 25% of centres for victims of AIDS in the world are Catholic.
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