Thursday, January 28, 2016

From Pope Francis - January 27, 2016

GENERAL AUDIENCE

Saint Peter's Square
- Wednesday, 27 January 2016 -

"May warring siblings forgive each other during the Year of Mercy."


The weekly general audience has returned to St. Peter's Square, where thousands of pilgrims can show their affection for Pope Francis. He returned to his catechesis on mercy with a message for families who may be fighting amongst themselves.

POPE FRANCIS

"I think of the many siblings that have become estranged from family and do not speak. And this Year of Mercy is a good opportunity for them to reconnect, embrace, and forgive each other. To forget the bad things.”

Recalling the story of Moses, who saved the Jewish people from slavery in Egypt, the Pope explained that God is not indifferent to the suffering of mankind.

POPE FRANCIS

"The mercy of God is not indifferent to the pain of the downtrodden, the cry of whose tho suffer violence, slavery, or are condemned to death. It makes us feel impotent and tempts us to harden our hearts. God, in turn, 'is not indifferent,' he does not abandon, but instead acts and saves.”

The Pope insisted that God loves every person in a special and privileged way. He encouraged people to discover that reality.

The audience ended on a colorful note, thanks to these circus performers.

POPE FRANCIS

"I thank you for the nice display. You are creators of beauty. You make beauty and beauty does good for the soul. Beauty brings us closer to God. Behind this show of beauty, there are so many hours of training. Continue forward, continue. And thank you.”

A circus has performed at the Vatican before, but it was perhaps the first time that the Pope said their work brings people closer to God.


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Friday, January 22, 2016

From Pope Francis - January 20, 2016

GENERAL AUDIENCE

Saint Peter's Square
- Wednesday, 20 January 2016 -


The Pope calls for Protestants, Orthodox, and Catholics 
to “move beyond divisions”.


Every Wednesday, whenever the general audience is held inside, Pope Francis walks through the central passage of Paul VI Hall. He's accompanied by collaborators and guards, many of whom take care of gifts handed to the Pope.

In addition to letters and sweets, he receives plenty of other items. This pilgrim gave the Pope a small statue of Our Lady. It doesn't look like it was easy to bring over.

This week's catechesis focused on the Week of Prayer for Christian Unity. It's celebrated every year by Protestants, Orthodox, and Catholics. The Pope began by recalling that all three confessions share the same baptism.


POPE FRANCIS

"This is experience of grace creates an unbreakable bond between the baptized. In a way, we really consider ourselves brothers and sisters and members of only one people of God, capable of announcing the wonders that He has made from simple testimony and fraternal unity.”

The Pope recalled that God displays his mercy through the Sacrament of Baptism. That grace, he added, is much more powerful than what divides Christians today.

POPE FRANCIS

"We ask that all disciples of Christ will find a way of working together to bring the mercy of God to every corner of the planet.”


The gifts did not stop coming when the audience came to a close. This Argentine bishop gave the Pope a carving of the "cowboy priest” Jose Gabriel del Rosario Brochero.


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Thursday, January 7, 2016

This innovative “video of the Pope”
is causing a sensation


Traditionally, Christians pray for the Pope's intentions that are publish on a monthly basis. However, from now on, Pope Francis will be announcing these intentions in a spot like this. The aim is to increase His outreach in a more modern and powerful way.

The project is an initiative of La Red Mundial de Oración del Papa and was conducted by La Machi Communications agency in collaboration with ROME REPORTS and the Vatican Television Center.



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Sunday, January 3, 2016

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Friday, January 1, 2016

Pope's prayer intentions for January: Dialogue, peace, and unity

Pope Francis wants 2016 to be a year of dialogue, openness, and peace. That's why his first universal prayer intention of the year is "that sincere dialogue among men and women of different faiths may produce the fruits of peace and justice.”


January 25th is the Feast of the Conversion of Saint Paul, a date which falls under the Week of Prayer for Christian Unity. The Pope's evangelization intention is "that by means of dialogue and fraternal charity and with the grace of the Holy Spirit, Christians may overcome divisions.”






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