11/26/2015VATICAN – KENYA Pope in Kenya: climate conference would be “catastrophic” if no global “transformational” agreement is reached In his address to United Nations Offices in Nairobi, Francis called for an “agreement based on the principles of solidarity, justice, equality and participation” to reduce the impact of climate change, fight poverty and respect human dignity. He tells priests and men and women religious to follow Jesus, and serve others, but not out of ambition or interest. Nairobi (AsiaNews) – This afternoon Pope Francis first held a special meeting with clergy, religious men and women, as well as seminarians at Nairobi’s St Mary's School. Later he addressed the...
11/26/2015MYANMAR – VATICAN Card Bo: Jubilee of Mercy for a future of peace and prosperity in Myanmar by Charles Maung Bo* In a pastoral letter for the Year of Jubilee, the archbishop of Yangon reminds the nation that it needs "mercy and compassion". The local Church’s task is to set an example and be a reference against a reality of indifference, hatred and violence. Following Laudato si’, people must show mercy to "a wounded planet." Guidelines are available at the national and parish levels.
11/26/2015VATICAN - KENYA Pope in Kenya: never violence in God's name, call to mission and to create a just society On his second day in Africa, Francis meets religious leaders and celebrates Mass. "The health of any society depends on the health of families." "Support for families in their mission within society, to welcome children as a blessing to our world and to defend the dignity of every man and every woman, because we are all brothers and sisters in the human family." "Interfaith understanding, friendship and cooperation in defending the dignity conferred by God on individuals and peoples".
11/25/2015VATICAN - KENYA Pope in Kenya: fear, mistrust and despair feed violence and terrorism Speaking to the country’s political, economic and cultural leaders, Francis spoke of building democracy and protecting creation. “We have a responsibility to pass on the beauty of nature in its integrity to future generations,” and “invest in them” as well as “show genuine concern for the needs of the poor”.
11/23/2015VATICAN – AFRICA In messages to Kenya, Uganda and Central Africa, pope says he is coming as a “messenger of peace" Ahead of his trip, Francis sends video messages to the three countries where he will travel between 25 to 30 November. In his message to the Central African Republic he notes that on the 29th, he will open Bangui Cathedral’s Holy Door “a bit ahead of the Holy Year of Mercy, which "will be for everyone, I hope, a providential time for authentic forgiveness, for giving and receiving, and for the renewal of love."
11/23/2015ITALY – VATICAN Praying for the pope and the Church is the path to salvation by Piero Gheddo From the beginning of his pontificate, Francis pleaded for the prayers of the people of God. Many have praised him but have also not responded to his request. The faithful have been affected by the scandals of a sick Church. Yet, prayer is the strongest weapon, especially by the laity.
11/22/2015VATICAN Pope: The logic of the Gospel is expressed in humility and selflessness For the Solemnity of Our Lord Jesus Christ, King of the Universe, the pope said, "The worldly logic rests on ambition and competition, and fights with the weapons of fear, blackmail and the manipulation of minds." Francis entrusts "the many Christians who are, unfortunately, still persecuted today" to the intercession of the new blessed proclaimed in Spain. He calls for a Hail Mary for his trip to Africa.
11/20/2015VATICAN Pope: priests, chosen "among men", to serve them with a"loving gaze" The family as the fundamental "vocational centre”. "They are not philanthropists or officials, but fathers and brothers. Closeness and visceral mercy, a loving gaze: we can evangelize with this witness of life". The importance of attention to vocational discernment: "when I realize that a young man is too rigid, too fundamentalist, I do not trust him”.
11/20/2015VATICAN Pope: Temptation of money and power, of "Holy bribe" ever present in Church "Where there is Jesus, there is no place for worldly society, there is no place for corruption! And this is a struggle we all face, this is the daily struggle of the Church: Jesus always, always with Jesus, always hanging on his every word, listening to his word; and never seek safety in the things of another master. Jesus told us that one cannot serve two masters: either God or riches; God or power".
11/19/2015VATICAN No changes to Pope’s visit to Central Africa and he will use an open top car Francis leaves on November 25 for a trip that will bring him to Kenya, Uganda and the Central African Republic. In the latter country it will open the Holy Door that will anticipate the start of the Jubilee in Africa. Father Lombardi rules out that the Pope will wear a bulletproof vest.
11/19/2015VATICAN Pope: "Jesus weeps" over "todays’ world at war" "Those who make war, they are cursed, they are criminals”. All conflict eventually leaves "ruins, thousands of children without education, so many innocent victims: so many!, and lots of money in the pockets of arms dealers." Mother Teresa, an "icon" of peacemakers.
11/18/2015VATICAN Pope: “On threshold of Jubilee": "no closed doors in the Church, all must remain open" "We are all sinners! We take advantage of this moment is and cross the threshold of this mercy of God. " There are many places "where closed doors have become normal. We must not give in to the idea that this is the system to follow, which also has security, to our life, our family life, city and society. Let alone the life of the Church. It would be terrible! An unwelcoming Church, as well as a family locked in on itself, demeans the Gospel and dries up the world. "