Thursday, November 26, 2015

Pope Francis in Kenya

State House in Nairobi, Kenya
- Wednesday, 25 November 2015 -

Terrorism and violence feed on poverty and fear.


With these 21 canon salvos, Pope Francis was welcomed to the State House in Kenya, President Uhuru Kenyatta's official residence.

Afterward, the Pope planted a tree in the presidential complex. He followed a Kenyan custom, in which children plant trees to signify hope in the future.

The Kenyan president spoke before Pope Francis and discussed the many challenges his country faces.

UHURU KENYATTA
President of Kenya

"Your Holiness, like you, as a nation we want to combat the vices of corruption, which sacrifices people and our environment in the pursuit of illegal profit. Indeed, it misdirects resources, sows hatred, and divides our people.”

Speaking before the country's top political leaders and diplomats, the Pope delivered a speech focused on ecology and social inequality.

He praised the natural beauty of Kenya and asked for Kenyans to be sensible and responsible in the face of the grave environmental crisis the entire world is facing.

POPE FRANCIS

"In a world which continues to exploit rather than protect our common home, they must inspire the efforts of national leaders to promote responsible models of economic development.”

In the face of division and injustice, the Pope explained, all people are called to seek out reconciliation, peace, and healing.

POPE FRANCIS

"Experience shows that violence, conflict and terrorism feed on fear, mistrust, and the despair born of poverty and frustration.”

With that in mind, he invited politicians to work tirelessly to preserve the values that sustain democracy. He told them they must truly practice a vocation of service to all of the Kenyan public, with integrity and transparency.

POPE FRANCIS

"I ask you in particular to show genuine concern for the needs of the poor, the aspirations of the young, and a just distribution of the natural and human resources with which the Creator has blessed your country.”

Pope Francis again thanked them for the warm welcome. He said God bless Kenya in Swahili, and the crowd went wild.


"God bless Kenya!”


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Thursday, November 19, 2015

From Pope Francis - November 18, 2015

GENERAL AUDIENCE

Saint Peter's Square
- Wednesday, 18 November 2015 -

Pope Francis discusses the upcoming Jubilee of Mercy 
during the general audience.


Pope Francis spoke about the upcoming Jubilee of Mercy, which will begin on December 8th, during his general audience. He also mentioned the Holy Door, which will be opened during an official ceremony. The Pope added that all are welcome to God's mercy, and for that reason the Church must always keep all of its doors open to all, especially those who seek forgiveness and mercy.

SUMMARY OF THE POPE'S CATECHESIS IN ENGLISH

Dear Brothers and Sisters:

As the extraordinary Holy Year of Mercy approaches, today we consider the great open door of God’s mercy, symbolized by the Holy Doors which will open in Churches throughout the world. The recent Synod of Bishops on the Family encouraged families in a particular way to enter this door of mercy and to open the doors of their hearts to others.

Jesus tells us that he stands knocking at our door, asking that we open it to him (Rev 3:20). How important it is for us to be good doorkeepers, capable of opening our doors and making our homes places of encounter and welcome, especially to our brothers and sisters in need! Jesus also tells us that he himself is the door (Jn 10:9) which leads to salvation; if we pass through him, we will find lasting security and freedom.  As guardians of that door, we in the Church are called to be welcoming to all who seek to enter the fold of the Good Shepherd. 

May the doors of our Christian homes be signs and symbols of the door of God’s mercy, a door ever open to all who knock and desire to meet Jesus.


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Thursday, November 12, 2015

From Pope Francis - November 11, 2015

GENERAL AUDIENCE

Saint Peter's Square
- Wednesday, 11 November 2015 -

"Put down your cell phones and talk to one another."


To start off his weekly general audience, Pope Francis made his way through St. Peter's Square, in the popemobile, blessing crowds along the way. 

In his catechesis, Pope Francis talked about the family, focusing on the need to restore the basics, starting with actually having a conversation with one another at the dinner table.   

POPE FRANCIS 

"A family that rarely eats together, or a family where no one speaks, opting instead to watch television or look at smartphones, is not much of a family.” 

Reflecting on the Gospel reading, the Pope said that through the Eucharist, Jesus shows just how important food is- to nurture the body and soul. Food, he added, is meant for social interaction. 

POPE FRANCIS

"Families should speak at the table. They should listen. No silence! I'm not talking about a reflective silence, this silence is one of selfishness. Everyone does their own thing. One watches television, someone is on the computer and no one talks. No! No more silence. Let's restore family interaction.” 

He said it's unacceptable for rich countries to waste food, while people in other parts of the world go hungry. Furthermore, he said it's a contradiction, that to solve the issue, even more money is spent. 

POPE FRANCIS

"This senseless issue distracts us from true hunger of the body and the soul.” 


Keeping in line with the theme of the family, the Pope also congratulated newlywed couples attending the audience, calling on them to be open to life. 



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Thursday, November 5, 2015

From Pope Francis - November 4, 2015

GENERAL AUDIENCE

Saint Peter's Square
- Wednesday, 4 November 2015 -

Pope's General Audience focuses on family and forgiveness.


Pope Francis focused the catechesis of his weekly general audience on how families can teach forgiveness. He said the family is the first place where people learn the virtue.

Further, the Pope added that he hopes the Jubilee of Mercy will encourage families to become more forgiving.

SUMMARY OF THE POPE'S CATECHESIS

Dear Brothers and Sisters:

Following the recent Assembly of the Synod of Bishops which reflected on the vocation and mission of the family, today we reflect on the importance of the family as the place where we learn the value of forgiveness. Each day, in the words of the Our Father, we ask God to forgive us and to grant us the grace to forgive others. As difficult as forgiveness may be, it is essential for our personal growth, our capacity to acknowledge our failures and to mend broken relationships.


It is a virtue we learn first in the family. Forgiveness strengthens families in love and, through them, makes society as a whole more loving and humane. It is a solid rock on which to build our lives and an eloquent sign of our Christian discipleship and obedience to the Father’s will. May the coming Jubilee of Mercy encourage families everywhere to rediscover the power of forgiveness, and enable the great family of the Church to proclaim the power of God’s reconciling love at work in our world.


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