Thursday, October 29, 2015

From Pope Francis - October 28, 2015

GENERAL AUDIENCE

Saint Peter's Square
- Wednesday, 28 October 2015 -

Pope's General Audience dedicated to inter-religious dialogue.


This week's general audience marks the 50th anniversary of 'Nostra Aetate' Declaration, which defines the relationship between the Catholic Church and non-Christian religions. 

In his catechesis, the Pope encouraged all believers to embrace diversity and to work together 'in confronting the many problems affecting our human family.'

READ THE POPE'S CATECHESIS: 

Dear Brothers and Sisters, 

Today’s Audience marks the fiftieth anniversary of the Second Vatican Council’s Declaration Nostra Aetate on the Church’s Relation to Non-Christian Religions. I welcome the followers of the different religions who have joined us, especially those who have come from great distances. The Council’s Declaration was an expression of the Church’s esteem for the followers of other religious traditions, and her openness to dialogue in the service of understanding and friendship. 

The past fifty years have seen much progress in this regard. In a special way, we give thanks to God for the significant advances made in relations between Christians and Jews, and in those between Christians and Muslims. The world rightly expects believers to work together with all people of good will in confronting the many problems affecting our human family.

It is my hope that the forthcoming Jubilee of Mercy will be an occasion for ever greater interreligious cooperation in works of charity, reconciliation and care for God’s gift of creation. As we look to the future of interreligous dialogue, let us pray that, in accordance with family, peacefully united in and through our diversities

Speaker: I greet the English-speaking pilgrims and visitors taking part in today’s Audience, including those from England, Wales, Ireland, Sweden, Denmark, Finland, Nigeria, Israel, Australia, Indonesia, Japan and the United States of America. In a particular way I greet the ecumenical delegation from Korea, and I renew my thanks to the representatives of the different religions who have joined us today. God bless you all. 


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Thursday, October 22, 2015

From Pope Francis - October 21, 20

GENERAL AUDIENCE

Saint Peter's Square
- Wednesday, 21 October 2015 -

Faithfulness to one's spouse doesn't limit liberty-it enhances it.

In his weekly general audience, Pope Francis reflected on faithfulness between husband and wife. It's one of the pillars that build a healthy family life, he said, but it's a factor that's being threatened as people steer away from long term commitments. 

POPE FRANCIS

"Currently, some factors like the search for personal satisfaction at all costs, or the non negotiable exaltation of liberty, have weakened this promise. Faithfulness is dishonored through broken promises, or when spouses take the word with leniency.”  

Being faithful to one's spouse, he added, gives life to beauty and makes the bond of marriage, all that more powerful. It's something that affects not just family life, he said, but society as a whole. 

POPE FRANCIS

"Faithfulness also includes caring and educating one's children. It means caring for the elderly in our families. It means protecting and helping the most fragile members of our family. Helping one another by enhancing our strengths  and accepting our weaknesses.”

Every day, he added, millions of families build on this faithfulness even though often times, it's ignored by society. 

POPE FRANCIS

"It's necessary for society to re-integrate the honor that comes with faithfulness. Knowing that the promise men and women commit to, depends on the grace and mercy of God. The bond that comes from the love or friendship is beautiful and it never destroys liberty.” 


Since Bishops taking part in the Synod had the day off today, many of them attended the Pope's general audience. Before concluding, the Pope asked all Christians for their prayer, so that the Synod of the Family may carry out its mission. 


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Thursday, October 15, 2015

From Pope Francis - October 14, 2015

GENERAL AUDIENCE

Saint Peter's Square
- Wednesday, 14 October 2015 -


"Nurture your children's faith."


In his weekly catechesis, Pope Francis talked about raising children and keeping the promise of loving them. He emphasized the importance of fostering a 'mysterious relationship by leaving room for God in their young lives.' 

When this promise is broken, said the Pope, a 'scandal' follows. The Church, he added, also makes promises to children through Baptism. 

SUMMARY OF POPE'S CATECHESIS: 

Dear Brothers and Sisters


In our catechesis on the family, we now consider the promises we make to our children by bringing them into the world.  The greatest of these is love; every child trusts that he or she will be loved and cared for.  

When that promise is broken, the result is a "scandal” which Jesus condemns, telling us that their angels in heaven stand in God’s presence (cf. Mt 18:10).  The Church too, in Baptism, makes promises to our children, promises to be kept by parents and the Christian community as a whole.  In experiencing human love, each child comes to sense the presence of a God who loves children. 

 It is important for us to foster this mysterious relationship by leaving room for God in their young lives.  Parents, in and through the love they show for their children, help them to appreciate their identity and uniqueness as sons and daughters of God.  
Jesus taught us to become like little children; in protecting our children, and protecting the family, may we keep the great promise which God has given to us in them, and through them, to our human family.


Speaker: I greet the English-speaking pilgrims and visitors taking part in today’s Audience, including those from England, Scotland, Ireland, Norway, the Netherlands, Australia, Papua New Guinea, India, Indonesia, Japan, the Philippines, Thailand, Canada and the United States of America.  I ask you to pray for the Synod on the Family, and to be witnesses of God’s presence in the world through your family life.  God bless you all!


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Thursday, October 1, 2015

From Pope Francis - September 30, 2015

GENERAL AUDIENCE

Saint Peter's Square
- Wednesday, 30 September 2015 -

Pope Francis recalls his trip to Cuba and the United States
in general audience.


Pope Francis recalled his visit to Cuba and the United States, especially his stop at the World Meeting of Families with which he concluded his trip. 

He thanked his hosts Raul Castro, Barack Obama and Ban Ki-moon. He said that it was no coincidence that the World Meeting of Families was held in the United States, a country that has proven that it can develop economically and technologically without forgetting its religious roots.


SUMMARY OF THE CATECHISM OF THE POPE IN ENGLISH:

Dear Brothers and Sisters:  

My recent apostolic journey to Cuba and the United States of America was centred on the Eighth World Meeting of Families.  In Cuba, I wished to embrace all Cubans without exception, to proclaim the transforming power of God’s mercy, and to renew the hope expressed by Saint John Paul II that Cuba will open itself to the world and the world to Cuba.  

As a sign of hope and building new bridges, I then travelled to Washington, where, in addressing the nation’s leaders, I recalled the contribution which America’s tradition of religious freedom has made to the life of the nation.  


Before the United Nations in New York, I renewed the Church’s encouragement for its efforts to promote peace, justice, integral human development and care for creation.  My visit culminated in the World Meeting of Families in Philadelphia.  There we celebrated the beauty of God’s plan for the family, which, as the fruitful covenant between a man and a woman, is the key to a future of authentic prosperity and solidarity for our world. 


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