#ShortNews: “Wherever you are, invoke the Father”, The Holy Father concluded his cycle of catechesis

Jesus prayed in this way. Sometimes He used expressions that are certainly very distant from the text of the Lord’s Prayer. Think of the initial words of Psalm 22, which Jesus pronounces on the cross: “My God, my God, why have You forsaken me?” (Mt 27: 46). Can the Heavenly Father abandon His Son? No, certainly not. And yet love for us, sinners, led Jesus to this point: to experiencing God’s abandonment, His distance. But even the anguished cry is still “My God, My God”. In that “my” there is the nucleus of the relationship with the Father, there is the nucleus of faith and prayer.

This is why, starting from this nucleus, a Christian can pray in every situation. He can take on all the prayers of the Bible, of the Psalms in particular; but he can also pray with many expressions that in millennia of history have sprung from the heart of man. And let us never cease to tell the Father of our brothers and sisters in humanity, so that no-one of them, the poor especially, may remain without consolation and portion of love.

At the end of this catechesis, let us repeat that prayer of Jesus: “I praise you, Father, Lord of heaven and earth, because You have hidden these things from the wise and the learned, and revealed them to little children” (Lk 10: 21).

Read the full Pope’s General Audience here; http://press.vatican.va/content/salastampa/en/bollettino/pubblico/2019/05/22/190522b.html

#ShortNews: Europe should open its doors to refugees, papal almoner says

Since the migrant crisis of 2015, one of the pope’s most emphatic and consistent messages has been the need to welcome refugees, who he believes have been exploited by fear-mongering European nationalists.

“I respectfully suggest,” Francis said, “that you not close your eyes, your hearts or your hands, in accordance with your best tradition, to those who knock at your door.”

Source: https://www.nytimes.com/2019/05/05/world/europe/pope-francis-bulgaria.html

#ShortNews: ‘Our God is not a God of revenge,’ shrine rector says a month after Sri Lanka attacks

The world was shocked and outraged to hear about a string of coordinated suicide bomb attacks on 3 churches and 3 hotels in Sri Lanka on Easter Sunday, the holiest day of Christians. The bombings, claimed by the so-called Islamic State, killed more than 250 people and injured some 500.

The priest said they never gave up their faith and continue to pray and celebrate Mass inside the shrine saying, “Our God is not a god of revenge. He is the God of love.”

He recalled the words of Jesus as he was dying on the cross – “Father forgive them, they don’t know what they are doing.” He said Sri Lanka’s Catholics have the same sentiments, saying they have to show to the world that they are the followers of Jesus who asked his disciples to love one another as He loved them.

Source: https://www.vaticannews.va/en/church/news/2019-05/sri-lanka-anthony-shrine-colombo-interview-raj.html