Posts tagged ‘Pope’

#ShortNews: Papal backing for ‘Laudato Si’ Pledge Campaign’

Pope Francis has endorsed an effort by the Global Catholic Climate Movement to persuade 1 million Catholics to show their support for Laudato Si‘ by pledging to live more simply and to pray for the protection of the environment.

The “Laudato Si‘ Pledge Campaign” has already been endorsed by Cardinal Peter Turkson, the head of the Vatican’s new dicastery for intergral human development; and by Cardinals Reinhard Marx of Munich and Blase Cupich of Chicago.

http://catholicclimatemovement.global/

#ShortNews: Pope to G20: give priority to the poor

In a message to world leaders participating in the G20 meeting in Hamburg, Germany, Pope Francis urged them to “give absolute priority to the poor, refugees, those suffering, the displaced, those excluded, without national, racial, religious or cultural distinction.”

To provide for sustainable and equitable growth, the Pontiff said, world leaders must agree to “resolve economic differences peacefully and to agree on common financial and trade rules to allow integral development of all.” He also insisted that achieving worldwide development “will not be possible unless all parties commit themselves to substantially reducing levels of conflict, halting the present arms race, and renouncing direct or indirect involvement in conflicts.”

Pope Francis made a special plea for help from the world’s wealth nations to those who are living now in acute need “in South Sudan, the Lake Chad basin, the Horn of Africa, and Yemen.” He reported that 30 million people in those regions are facing an imminent danger of starvation.”

http://en.radiovaticana.va/news/2017/07/07/pope_francis_message_to_g20/1323678

#ShortNews: Pope’s July 2017 prayer intention: lapsed Christians

Pope Francis’s prayer intention for July is for lapsed Christians, that “our brothers and sisters who have strayed from the faith, through our prayer and witness to the Gospel, may rediscover the merciful closeness of the Lord and the beauty of the Christian life.”

The Apostleship of Prayer, an apostolate of the Society of Jesus entrusted with the monthly intentions, has offered a reflection based on the prayer intention, and will likely soon release a video in which Pope Francis discusses the intention.

http://www.apostleshipofprayer.org/reflectionsmonthly

#ShortNews: Pope Francis: ‘in God’s love is the source of all our hope’

Continuing his series of Wednesday general audiences devoted to Christian hope, Pope Francis devoted his June 14 audience to the relationship between God’s love and our hope.

“In our catechesis on Christian hope, we have found the source of that hope in God’s unconditional love, revealed for us in the coming of the Son and the gift of the Holy Spirit,” the Pope said to pilgrims in St. Peter’s Square.

“None of us can live without love,” he continued, according to the Vatican’s official English-language summary of the audience. “Happiness comes from the experience of knowing love, freely given and received. So much unhappiness in our world is born of the feeling of not being loved for our own sake.”

http://www.catholicculture.org/culture/library/view.cfm?recnum=11525

#ShortNews: Turn to St. Anthony, Pope encourages faithful

At the conclusion of his June 14 general audience, Pope Francis recommended devotion to St. Anthony of Padua (1195-1231), whose memorial the Church celebrated the previous day.

Describing the saint as a “distinguished preacher and patron of the poor and the suffering,” the Pope told pilgrims in St. Peter’s Square:

Dear young people, imitate the linearity of his Christian life; dear people who are sick, never tire of asking God the Father with his intercession for what you need; and you, dear newlyweds, compete in his school in knowledge of the word of God.

http://press.vatican.va/content/salastampa/en/bollettino/pubblico/2017/06/14/170614a.html

#ShortNews: Pope Francis’ prayer intention for June 2017: end arms trade

Pope Francis has released a video message with his prayer intention for June 2017: the elimination of the arms trade.

In his video, distributed through the Apostleship of Prayer, the Pontiff says:

It is an absurd contradiction to speak of peace, to negotiate peace, and at the same time, promote or permit the arms trade.

Is this war or that war really a war to solve problems or is it a commercial war for selling weapons in illegal trade and so that the merchants of death get rich?

Let us put an end to this situation. Let us pray all together that national leaders may firmly commit themselves to ending the arms trade which victimizes so many innocent people.

#ShortNews: Turn to Our Lady, Help of Christians

At the conclusion of his May 24 general audience, Pope Francis recalled the traditional observance of the day as the feast of Our Lady, Help of Christians.

“The memorial of the Blessed Virgin Mary Help of Christians, whom we remember today, makes us aware of the greatness of the gift of protection of the Mother of the Son of God for each one of us,” the Pope told Polish pilgrims in St. Peter’s Square. “I entrust our lives to her. In doubt, we often invoke her protection.”

Later, he said in Italian:

I address a special greeting to the young, the sick and newlyweds. Today we celebrate the memory of Mary Help of Christians. Dear young people, learn to love in the way of the Mother of Jesus; dear people who are sick, in suffering ask for the heavenly intercession of the Holy Virgin with the prayer of the Rosary, and you, dear newlyweds, like Our Lady, always know how to listen to God’s will for your family.

http://press.vatican.va/content/salastampa/en/bollettino/pubblico/2017/05/24/170524c.html