Wednesday, September 24, 2014

From Pope Francis - September 24, 2014

GENERAL AUDIENCE

Saint Peter's Square
- Wednesday, 24 September 2014 -

Pope Francis reflects on his recent trip to Albania during General Audience

Pope Francis reflected on his visit to Albania during his General Audience. The Pope said that the "peaceful coexistence and dialogue” between the different religious communities in the country is exemplary, after suffering "for years under a godless and inhuman regime”.

SUMMARY OF THE POPE'S CATECHESIS

Dear Brothers and Sisters:  

My apostolic journey to Albania this past Sunday was meant to be a sign of my closeness, and that of the universal Church, to the Albanian people, who suffered for years under a godless and inhuman regime, but are now working to build a peaceful society marked by mutual respect and cooperation in the service of the common good.  

Particularly significant in this regard is the spirit of coexistence and dialogue between Albania’s different religious communities, all of whom endured bitter persecution for their belief in God.  
In my meeting with the followers of the various religions, I encouraged this important witness, which respects and builds upon the identity of each.  With our Catholic brothers and sisters I honoured the heroic testimony of the many martyrs whose sufferings have brought forth fruits of spiritual rebirth and I invited Christians to be a leaven of goodness, charity and reconciliation in Albanian society.  

Through the prayers of Our Lady of Good Counsel, may God continue to inspire the Albanian people to build a society of justice, peace and solidarity.

I greet the new students of the Venerable English College in Rome and I assure them of my closeness in prayer as they begin their studies for the priesthood.  Upon all the English-speaking pilgrims taking part in today’s Audience, including those from England, Ireland, Scotland, Denmark, Norway, the Netherlands, India, China, Japan, Kenya, Australia, New Zealand, Canada and the United States, I invoke the joy and peace of the Lord Jesus.  God bless you! 



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Saturday, September 20, 2014

Caring for God's Creations - a panel discussion on Monday, September 22nd


FAN (Franciscan Action Network) is organizing an interfaith panel discussion on Monday, September 22nd from 7:00-8:30 pm at San Damiano Hall, located at Church of  St. Francis of Assisi, 135 West 31st Street, between 6th and 7th Avenues. RSVP to: events@franciscanaction.org.

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Jewish Holy Days


Beginning September 25th until October 17th, The Jewish Community will be celebrating the following holy days: Rosh Hashana, (New Year) and Yom Kippur (the Day of Atonement) is the holiest day of the Jewish year, and provides prophetic insight regarding the Second Coming of Mashiach, the restoration of national Israel, and the final judgment of the world.

Let us all pray for peace in Jerusalem.

Wednesday, September 17, 2014

From Pope Francis - September 17, 2014

GENERAL AUDIENCE

Saint Peter's Square
- Wednesday, 17 September 2014 -

Pope Francis: If someone feels the call to be a missionary, then do it!

A christian must go out and make the message of the Gospel known. The Pope thanked missionaries for the work they carry out, just like the apostles did, during his General Audience. 

POPE FRANCIS

"They left everything to announce Jesus Christ. We thank the Lord because our Church has so many missionaries, and has had many missionaries. And we need more still!”

The Pope had a message for the youth who are discerning to follow their example of announcing the Gospel.

POPE FRANCIS

"Maybe among so many young men and women there is someone who has the desire to become a missionary. "Go forward, this is beautiful! To bring the Gospel of Jesus. Be courageous.”

During the General Audience, Pope Francis explained why the Creed says that the Church is "Catholic and Apostolic”. He said that it is Catholic because it has a universal message that is destined for all people, races and cultures. He added that it is apostolic  because it is missionary, like Jesus' first disciples. 

POPE FRANCIS

"If the apostles remained there, in the Cenacle, instead of going out to the preach the Gospel, the Church would only be the Church of that people, of that city. But they all went around the world, from the moment the Church was born, from the moment the Holy Spirit came. This is why we go out.”

Pope Francis sent a message of encouragement to Middle Eastern Christians as well, saying that "despite the difficulties, to be courageous and joyful bearers of the message of salvation.”

Before concluding his audience, he reminded those present of his trip to Albania on Sunday and asked them to accompany him with their prayers. 


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Friday, September 12, 2014

"Living with the Word: A Conversation about Jesus" - September 18th, 2014


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Wednesday, September 10, 2014

From Pope Francis - September 11, 2014

GENERAL AUDIENCE

Saint Peter's Square
- Wednesday, 11 September 2014 -

Pope: Church teaches mercy by example, not by philosophies


With over 30,000 pilgrims attending today's General Audience, Pope Francis continued his catechetical series on the Church as a mother, highlighting its works of mercy. 

The Pope said that the Church, like Jesus, teaches us by example and not by mere words or philosophies.

POPE FRANCIS

"The Mother Church teaches us to give food and drink to those who are hungry and thirsty, to clothe those who are naked. And how does it do it? By the example of so many saints who have done this in an exemplary way. But also, by the example of so many fathers and mothers, who teach their children that what is leftover to us if for those who are needy.”

He also said that the Church teaches us not only to be close to those who are imprisoned, but to not judge them as well. 

POPE FRANCIS

"The Mother Church teaches us to be close to those who are imprisoned. 'But Father, no, this is dangerous. They are bad people!' But each one of us is capable of the same. Listen well: Each one of us is capable of doing the same thing that man or that woman  in prison has done! We all have the ability to sin and to do the same! To make mistakes in life. They are not worse than you or me.”

Citing the example of Blessed Mother Teresa of Calcutta, the Pope said the Church also teaches us to care for the sick and dying. 

POPE FRANCIS

"Even here, mercy gives peace to those departed and those who stay, making them feel that God is greater than death, and that remaining in Him, even the final moment is a 'see you later'. Blessed Teresa understood this very well.” 

Pope Francis concluded that the Church has learned the path of mercy through Jesus and that to change the world, we must be good to others as Christ was to us.


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Wednesday, September 3, 2014

From Pope Francis - September 3, 2014

GENERAL AUDIENCE

Saint Peter's Square
- Wednesday, 3 September 2014 -


Pope expresses closeness with Christians in Iraq 
and prays for WWII victims


Over 20,000 pilgrims packed St. Peter's Square for Pope Francis' weekly General Audience. 

The Pope talked about the Church as a mother, saying that it has the Virgin Mary as its model.

POPE FRANCIS

"Looking at Mary, we discover the beautiful and tender face of the Church. Looking at the Church, we recognize the sublime features of Mary. We Christians, we are not orphans, we have a mom, we have a mother and this is great! We are not orphans! The Church is a mother. Mary is a mother.”

The Pope explained that like a mother, the Church seeks to help Her children live a life full of joy and peace. The Church also has the courage to defend her children when they are in danger. 

POPE FRANCIS

"This is the Church! This is the Church that we all love. This is the Church that I love: a mother who has in Her heart the good of her own children. Who is capable of giving Her life for Her children. We must not forget that the Church is not just the priests, or us bishops. No, it is all of us, the Church is all of us. Agreed?”

The Pope greeted the pilgrims present especially those who cames from Iraq. He also assured his closeness to those suffering persecution.

POPE FRANCIS

"Today, I want to reassure my closeness to Christians, to the defenseless and persecuted. You are in the heart of the Church. The Church suffers with you and the Church is proud of you. It's proud to have sons and daughters like you. You are its strength and you offer a concrete and authentic testimony of salvation, forgiveness and love. I send all of you a hug. May the Lord bless and protect you.” 

The Pope also made mention of the 75th anniversary of the beginning of World War II. Remembering those who died in the conflict, the Pope said that "especially today, we are in need of peace.”


Pope to Christians in Iraq: The Church is proud to have 
you as sons and daughters

As the Pope led his general audience, he prayed for persecuted Christians in Iraq. He highlighted his spiritual closeness, adding that the Church is proud to have them as sons and daughters.

POPE'S ADDRESS TO PERSECUTED CHRISTIANS

"Today, I want to reassure my closeness to Christians, to the defenseless and persecuted. You are in the heart of the Church. The Church suffers with you and the Church is proud of you. It's proud to have sons and daughters like you. You are its strength and you offer a concrete and authentic testimony of salvation, forgiveness and love. I send all of you a hug. May the Lord bless and protect you.”


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