#ShortNews: Pope: ‘foolish lie’ to connect Islam with terrorism

“It may be on the lips of many, but that equation is a foolish lie.” This is how Pope Francis defined the equation that many make between Muslims and terrorists. He did so in the extensive interview with the director of the Echo of Bergamo newspaper, published today 24 May 2018, on the occasion of the arrival in the city of the urn with the remains of Saint John XXIII, who thus returns for the first time to his land. The most important role of religions, Bergoglio said, “is that of promoting the culture of encounter, along with the promotion of true education in responsible behavior in caring for creation”.

Francis recalled the “Good Pope”, whom he canonized, defining him as “a man, a saint who did not know the word “enemy “, and added that he was “aware of the Church’s call to serve all men and women and not only Catholics; to defend first and foremost the rights of the human person and not only those of the Catholic Church. aware that the Pope must build bridges…”.

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#ShortNews: Muslims join Catholics in welcoming appointment of new Pakistani cardinal

Muslim politicians and activists have joined Pakistan’s Christian minority to welcome the country’s new cardinal, the archbishop of Karachi, Mgr Joseph Coutts.

In a surprise move in yesterday’s Regina Caeli, Pope Francis announced that he was appointing 14 new cardinals, three of whom from Asia, during the consistory of 29 June.

The pontiff stressed that the places from which the new cardinals come from “express the universality of the Church, which continues to proclaim the merciful love of God to all men and women of the earth”.

When they heard about the appointment, Pakistani Christians praised the Lord. Pakistan has been without a cardinal since the death in 1994 of its first prince of the Church, Mgr Joseph Cordeiro, who had served as archbishop of Karachi since 1958.

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#ShortNews: ‘Become bold witnesses of God’s love in a wounded world,’ Pope tells confirmandi

Dearest brothers and sisters of the diocese of Pontoise!

You are gathered today in the joy of this “Grand Assembly” of Pentecost. Together with you, like the pastor with his flock, there presides my dear brother in the episcopate, Msgr. Stanislas Lalanne, to whom I address a special greeting.

How good it is to see how fifteen thousand Christians pray with hearts willing to receive the Holy Spirit of God! His effective action will bring you abundant fruits of love, joy, peace, patience, benevolence, goodness, faithfulness, meekness and self-mastery (cf. Gal 5: 22-23).

Today, more than a thousand young people and adults will receive the sacrament of Confirmation. You will thus become bold witnesses of God’s love in a wounded world, especially in the existential peripheries where countless men and women await the Lord’s consolation. May that consolation arrive through you, authentic missionary disciples of Christ; may it reach those who are discouraged along the way, through the tenderness of your words and the caresses of your deeds, and in this way propagate God’s mercy and love, spreading it like the perfume of the holy oil of Confirmation that you will receive today!

May Mary, the Mother of Jesus who gathers us in prayer, help you to receive the Holy Spirit fruitfully in your life. I bless you all with affection. And please, do not forget to pray for me! Thank you.

Taken from: http://press.vatican.va/content/salastampa/en/bollettino/pubblico/2018/05/20/180520e.html