Posts tagged ‘Pope’

#ShortNews: Pope’s January prayer intention: religious freedom in Asia

In the vastly diversified cultural world of Asia, the Church faces many risks and her task is made more difficult by the fact of her being a minority.

These risks, these challenges are shared with other minority religious traditions, with whom we share a desire for wisdom, truth and holiness.

When we think of those who are persecuted for their religion, we go beyond differences of rite or confession : We place ourselves on the side of the men and women who fight to avoid renouncing their religious identity.

Let us pray for all of them, so that Christians, and other religious minorities in Asian countries, may be able to practice their faith in full freedom.

Read More: http://www.vaticannews.va/en/pope/news/2018-01/pope–let-us-pray-for-religious-liberty-in-asia.html

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#ShortNews: Pope Francis preaches on God’s tenderness

The tenderness of God, as his defining trait, was at the heart of the Pope’s homily this morning at Mass at the Casa Santa Marta. The theme was taken from the first reading from the Book of the Prophet Isaiah and the psalm where God says of himself: “… his tenderness expands over all creatures”.

“It seems that our God wants to sing us a lullaby. Our God is gifted at this. His tenderness is this: he is a father and a mother. Many times he said: “But if a mother forgets her son, I will not forget you. He carries us in his deep within. He is the God who with this dialogue makes himself small to make us understand, to make us trust in him and we can tell him with the courage of Paul who changes the word and says: “, Abba Father”. Father … It’s the tenderness of God.”

The great that becomes small and the small that is great.

Read More : http://en.radiovaticana.va/news/2017/12/14/pope_at_mass_the_tenderness_of_god_is_father_and_mother/1354759

#ShortNews: Pope begs forgiveness for suffering of Rohingya

After meeting several Rohingya Muslims and hearing their stories in Bangladesh on 1st December 2017, Pope Francis uttered a moving prayer from the heart, affirming their dignity and asking forgiveness on behalf of all who persecute the Burmese minority.

“In the name of all who have persecuted you and persecute you, that have done you harm, above all, the world’s indifference, I ask for forgiveness. Forgiveness,” the Pope said Dec. 1.

Read More: https://www.catholicnewsagency.com/news/with-plea-for-forgiveness-pope-embraces-rohingya-in-bangladesh-68560

#ShortNews: Pope signals opposition to Trump plan for Jerusalem embassy

Speaking after his catechesis to the crowds in the Paul VI Hall during the weekly General Audience, the Pope said “my thoughts go to Jerusalem and I cannot keep silent my deep concern for the situation that has been created in the past days”.

“At the same time, he continued, I would like to make a heartfelt appeal for everyone’s commitment to respect the city’s status quo, in conformity with the pertinent United Nations Resolutions”.

Listen to the report by Philippa Hitchen and read more http://en.radiovaticana.va/news/2017/12/06/pope_francis_general_audience_appeal_jerusalem/1353163

#ShortNews: Pope begs forgiveness for suffering of Rohingya

The Pope’s meeting with the Rohingya is significant, as their plight has been an underlying theme throughout his visit to both Burma and Bangladesh. After meeting several Rohingya Muslims and hearing their stories in Bangladesh, Pope Francis uttered a moving prayer from the heart, affirming their dignity and asking forgiveness on behalf of all who persecute the Burmese minority.

“In the name of all who have persecuted you and persecute you, that have done you harm, above all, the world’s indifference, I ask for forgiveness. Forgiveness,” the Pope said. Although there’s “little we can do because your tragedy is very hard and great,” he told them “we give you space in the heart.”

https://www.catholicnewsagency.com/news/with-plea-for-forgiveness-pope-embraces-rohingya-in-bangladesh-68560

#ShortNews: Nuclear weapons inherently immoral, Pope says

Pope Francis issued an unmistakable condemnation of nuclear weapons on November, declaring that “the threat of their use, as well as their very possession, is firmly to be condemned.”

“Weapons of mass destruction, particularly nuclear weapons, create nothing but a false sense of security,” the Pontiff said. “They cannot constitute the basis for peaceful coexistence between members of the human family.”

Pope Francis acknowledged that a “certain pessimism” prevails among world leaders about the prospect for disarmament, since years of work have not produced progress toward the abolition of nuclear armaments. On the contrary, he observed, “the instruments of international law have not prevented new states from joining those already in possession of nuclear weapons.”

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http://press.vatican.va/content/salastampa/en/bollettino/pubblico/2017/11/10/171110e.html

#ShortNews: Pope: Celebrating the Saints who transmit the light of God

The Pope explained that “Saints are our brothers and sisters who have received the light of God in their hearts and have transmitted it to the world, each according to their own “tonality”. This is the purpose of life, continued Pope Francis, to pass on the light of God; and also the purpose of our lives….”

“Whoever is with Jesus is blessed, he is happy, noted the Pope, adding that happiness is not in having something or becoming someone, “no, the real happiness is to be with the Lord and to live for love, he said.”

http://en.radiovaticana.va/news/2017/11/01/pope_angelus_celebrating_the_saints_who_transmit_the_light_/1346374