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Reaction to Jerusalem decision requires ‘wisdom and prudence,’ Vatican says

December 11th, 2017 Posted in Vatican News

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VATICAN CITY (CNS) — Following days of violence and backlash after U.S. President Donald Trump’s decision to recognize Jerusalem as the capital of Israel, the Vatican appealed for “wisdom and prudence” to prevail.

The Holy See “reiterates its own conviction that only a negotiated solution between Israelis and Palestinians can bring a stable and lasting peace and guarantee the peaceful coexistence of two states within internationally recognized borders,” the Vatican said in a Dec. 10 statement.

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Pope speaks out as Trump announces U.S. embassy move to Jerusalem

December 6th, 2017 Posted in Vatican News Tags: , , ,

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VATICAN CITY (CNS) — Following reports that U.S. President Donald Trump planned to recognize Jerusalem as the capital of Israel, Pope Francis expressed his concern that such a move would further destabilize the Middle East.

Pope Francis said he could not “keep silent about my deep concern” for Jerusalem and urged respect for “the status quo of the city in accordance with the relevant resolutions of the United Nations.”

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Papal message: ‘Vocation is today! The Christian mission is now!’

December 5th, 2017 Posted in Vatican News, Vocations

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VATICAN CITY (CNS) — Men and women contemplating a vocation to the priesthood, consecrated life or marriage should not be afraid because God wants only for them to experience the joy that comes from serving others, Pope Francis said.

“Our slowness and our sloth” should not delay a response and Christians need not be “fearful of our limitations and sins, but instead open our hearts to the voice of the Lord,” the pope said in his message for the 2018 World Day of Prayer for Vocations.

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Pope, conference of bishops president pray for Egyptian attack victims

November 27th, 2017 Posted in Vatican News

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VATICAN CITY (CNS) — Pope Francis led pilgrims in prayer for the victims of a bombing at a mosque in Egypt’s northern Sinai region.

Addressing thousands of people gathered in St. Peter’s Square, Pope Francis said he received news of the attack with “great sorrow.”

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‘Papal’ Lamborghini gift to be auctioned off for charity

November 16th, 2017 Posted in Uncategorized

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VATICAN CITY (CNS) — While a Lamborghini would make a stylish popemobile, Pope Francis has decided to auction off the one he was given by the Italian automaker to aid several charities close to his heart. Read more »

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Mass is a time of silence and prayer, not idle chitchat, pope says

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VATICAN CITY (CNS) — Mass is the highest form of prayer and not an appropriate moment for small talk, Pope Francis said.

At church, Catholics should spend their time in silence before Mass, preparing “to meet with Jesus” instead of engaging in “chitchat,” the pope said Nov. 15 during his weekly general audience.

“Silence is so important,” he said. “Remember what I told you last time: we are not going to a show. Silence prepares us and accompanies us.” Read more »

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Starving children are victims of human greed, pope says

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VATICAN CITY — Thousands of starving children around the world today are innocent victims sacrificed upon the altar of the god of money because of humanity’s greed and attachment to wealth, Pope Francis said.

In his homily at Mass in the Casa Santa Marta Oct. 23, Pope Francis said the day’s Gospel reading of the parable

Pope Francis said Oct. 23 that starving children around the world are victims of humanity’s greed and attachment to wealth. Above, a mother feeds her child with a peanut-based paste for treatment of severe acute malnutrition  in Juba, South Sudan. South Sudan’s Catholic bishops asked for the world’s help to prevent  starvation that threatens the lives of more than 5 million people. (CNS photo/Siegfried Modola, Reuters)

of the rich man who stores up treasure for himself “isn’t a fairy tale that Jesus invented; it is today’s reality.”

“Let us think about just one case: 200,000 Rohingya children in refugee camps. There are 800,000 people there; 200,000 are children. They barely have food to eat, are malnourished, without medicine. Even today this happens. This isn’t something the Lord said long ago. No, it is today!” the pope said.

The Rohingya, a mostly Muslim ethnic group in Myanmar, have been fleeing the country for Bangladesh. Pope Francis is scheduled to visit both countries in late November.

Like the rich man in the day’s Gospel parable, he said, people today often focus solely on accumulating their wealth “in that movement of exasperated consumerism,” believing it will “prolong their lives.”

“So many people live only for this and life has no meaning,” he said. “They do not know what it means to be rich in what matters to God.”

The thirst for money and earthly goods, Pope Francis said, continues in today’s world where “starving children who do not have medicine, education and are abandoned” become unwitting victims to “an idolatry that kills, that makes human sacrifices.”

Christians have the duty to pray not only so that God may “touch the hearts of those people who worship money,” but also that they would not fall into that idolatry of money, rather that they would seek the true wealth that comes from God, the pope said.

“That is the only path. Wealth, but in God. And it isn’t a contempt for money. No, it is about greed,” Pope Francis said. “To live attached to the god of money.”

     

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Pope: Catholics, Methodists can strengthen each other through shared witness of faith

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VATICAN CITY — Catholics and Methodists can strengthen each other through a shared witness of faith, especially through acts of love toward the poor and the marginalized, Pope Francis said.

The mutual call to holiness shared by both communities “is necessarily a call to communion with others, too,” the pope said Oct. 19. Read more »

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Women must not be subjugated, but eliminating differences between sexes ‘isn’t right,’ pope says

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VATICAN CITY — While societies must find a way to overcome the subjugation of women, pretending there are no differences between men and women or even using technology to change a person’s sex is not the answer, Pope Francis said.

Using science “to radically eliminate any difference between the sexes, and, as a result, the covenant between man and woman, is not right,” the pope said Oct. 5, opening the Pontifical Academy for Life’s general assembly. Read more »

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Christians aren’t ‘whiny and angry,’ they find hope in the Resurrection, pope says

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VATICAN CITY — Real hope lies in the proclamation of Jesus’ death and resurrection, not just with one’s words but also in deeds, Pope Francis said.

Christians are called to be witnesses of the resurrection through “their way of welcoming, smiling and loving” instead of just “repeating memorized lines,” the pope said Oct. 4 during his weekly general audience. Read more »

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