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« Reply #5960 on: January 20, 2018, 09:19:17 PM »

http://www.vaticannews.va/en/pope/news/2018-01/peru-journey-pope-denounces-violence-against-women.html

Pope Francis denounces violence against women
20 January 2018, 22:41

Pope Francis at a Marian celebration in the Peruvian city of Trujillo  (AFP or licensors)
Speaking at a Marian celebration for “Our Lady of the Gate”, Pope Francis denounces violence against women and reminds the faithful that the Virgin Mary never abandons her children.
By Devin Watkins

Pope Francis spoke out against violence against women, which he called “a scourge that affects our American continent”.

The Holy Father’s words came during a Marian celebration held in Peru’s coastal city of Trujillo on Saturday.

“I ask you to fight against this source of suffering by calling for legislation and a culture that repudiates every form of violence.”

He said there are “numerous cases where women are killed” and that this type of violence is hidden “behind so many walls”.
 
http://www.vaticannews.va/en/pope/news/2018-01/peru-journey-pope-at-marian-celebration-full-text.html
Pope participates in Marian celebration in Trujillo: Full text
20 January 2018, 22:45

Pope Francis speaks at Marian celebration in Trujillo, Peru  (AFP or licensors)
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« Reply #5961 on: January 20, 2018, 10:14:37 PM »

hmmm...

https://www.catholicnewsagency.com/news/cardinal-omalley-popes-words-a-source-of-great-pain-for-abuse-survivors-99063

Cardinal O’Malley: Pope’s words ‘a source of great pain’ for abuse survivors

Boston, Mass., Jan 20, 2018 / 03:25 pm (CNA).- The chairman of the Vatican’s commission on sexual abuse has said that recent comments from Pope Francis were painful and alienating to survivors of clerical sexual abuse.

"It is understandable that Pope Francis’ statements yesterday in Santiago, Chile were a source of great pain for survivors of sexual abuse by clergy or any other perpetrator,” said Cardinal Sean O’Malley, Archbishop of Boston, in a Jan. 20 statement. 

The statement refers to a comment made by Pope Francis to a Chilean reporter Jan. 18. The Pope was asked about Bishop Juan Barros, a Chilean accused by four victims of clerical sexual abuse of colluding with their abuser to cover up his crimes. Barros, who has maintained his innocence, has been a subject of controversy since his 2015 appointment to lead the Diocese of Osorno.

“The day they bring me proof against Bishop Barros, I’ll speak," Pope Francis told the reporter. "There is not one shred of proof against him. It’s all calumny. Is that clear?”

O’Malley said that “not having been personally involved in the cases that were the subject of yesterday’s interview I cannot address why the Holy Father chose the particular words he used at that time.”

“What I do know, however, is that Pope Francis fully recognizes the egregious failures of the Church and its clergy who abused children and the devastating impact those crimes have had on survivors and their loved ones.”

The Pope has long been a defender of Barros.
 
http://www.vaticannews.va/en/church/news/2018-01/cardinal-o-malley-reaffirms-pope-s-commitment-to-abuse-victims.html
Cardinal O'Malley reaffirms Pope's commitment to abuse victims
20 January 2018, 18:42

https://twitter.com/roccopalmo
Rocco Palmo‏ @roccopalmo · 11h 11 hours ago 
As Pope’s “calumny” blast at Chilean abuse victims reverberates in visit’s aftermath (http://abcn.ws/2mXadzp  ), Francis’ lead US adviser Card Seán issues lengthy statement defending pontiff’s record while deeming survivors’ “great pain” over the remark as “understandable”:
 

https://twitter.com/Cindy_Wooden
 
Cindy Wooden Retweeted 
Barb Fraze‏ @bfraze · 11h 11 hours ago 
@CardinalSean is headed to Peru; spokesman says it is previously scheduled trip and has nothing to do with Barros statement. "I expect he will be with the Holy Father at some point as he normally is when he accompanies him on a Papal trip."
 
Cindy Wooden Retweeted 
Cardinal Seán‏ @CardinalSean · 11h 11 hours ago 
Our prayers and concern will always be with the survivors and their loved ones.  http://ow.ly/D1me30hTLoZ
 
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« Reply #5962 on: January 20, 2018, 11:14:39 PM »

Pope Francis -- visit to Chile and Peru, Jan. 15-21

https://cruxnow.com/pope-in-chile-and-peru/2018/01/07/vatican-issues-updated-schedule-popes-trip-chile-peru/
Vatican issues updated schedule for pope’s trip to Chile, Peru
Catholic News Service
Jan 7, 2018

VATICAN CITY - Pope Francis is scheduled to visit Chile and Peru Jan. 15-21

The following is the schedule for the pope’s trip as updated Dec. 11 by the Vatican. Times listed are local, with Eastern Standard Time in parenthesis when it is different from local time
 
Sunday, Jan. 21 (Lima)

- 9:15 a.m. Mid-morning prayer with contemplative nuns at the Shrine of Our Lord of the Miracles. Homily by pope.
- 10:30 a.m. Prayer before the relics of Peruvian saints in the city’s cathedral.
- 10:50 a.m. Meeting with Peru’s bishops in the archbishop’s residence. Speech by pope.
- Noon. Recitation of the Angelus at Plaza de Armas.
- 12:30 p.m. Lunch at the apostolic nunciature.
- 4:15 p.m. Mass at Las Palmas Air Base. Homily by pope.
- 6:30 p.m. Departure ceremony at Jorge Chavez International Airport.
- 6:45 p.m. Departure by plane for Rome.

Monday, Jan. 22

- 2:15 p.m. (8:15 a.m.) Arrival at Rome’s Ciampino airport.

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« Reply #5963 on: January 20, 2018, 11:20:08 PM »

UPDATED Video uploads:  Pope Francis' Apostolic Journey to Chile and Peru

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« Reply #5964 on: January 21, 2018, 12:33:34 PM »

http://www.vaticannews.va/en/pope/news/2018-01/peru-journey-prayer-religious0.html

Pope tells cloistered nuns their vocation fundamental for the Church
21 January 2018, 15:36

Pope Francis greets contemplative nuns in Lima  (AFP or licensors)
On the last day of his apostolic visit to Peru, Pope Francis joined contemplative sisters from different orders for mid-morning prayer in the Shrine of Our Lord of Miracles in Lima.
By Linda Bordoni

Pope Francis on Sunday, the last day of his apostolic journey that has taken him to Chile and to Peru, told nuns from different orders of contemplative life in Peru that cloistered life can play “a fundamental role in the life of the Church”.

To the some 500 cloistered Sisters gathered in Lima’s Shrine of the Lord of Miracles, the Pope said cloistered life can attain a universal and missionary outreach.
 
http://www.vaticannews.va/en/pope/news/2018-01/peru-journey-prayer-religious.html
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« Reply #5965 on: January 21, 2018, 12:38:52 PM »

http://www.vaticannews.va/en/pope/news/2018-01/peru-journey-prayer-before-relics.html

Pope Francis prays before relics of Peruvian Saints
21 January 2018, 17:40

Pope Francis prays before the relics of Peru's Saints in Lima's Cathedral  (AFP or licensors)
On the last day of his apostolic journey to Peru, Pope Francis prayed before the relics the nation's most beloved saints.

Pope Francis on Sunday joined some two and a half thousand priests, religious, seminarians, consecrated lay people and members of ecclesial movements to pray before the relics of the Peruvian Saints in Lima’s Cathedral of Saint John the Apostle.

The relics of Saint Martin de Porres, Saint Rose of Lima, Saint Turibius of Mogrovejo, and Saint John Macias were brought from Santo Domingo Convent. Those of Saint Francis Solanus - enshrined at the Archbishop's Museum – were also put on display and placed besides the presbytery.

The Cathedral Basilica of St. John the Apostle and Evangelist, located in the historic center of Lima  was built in 1535 after Francisco Pizarro laid the first stone.

The building has suffered the devastating consequences of the earthquakes which have rocked Lima.

Above one of its oldest altars is the image of Our Lady of Evangelization, a gift from Emperor Carlos V. In Her hand, She holds a golden rose placed by Saint Pope John Paul II in 1988 during his second trip to the country.

This is the prayer offered by Pope Francis before the Relics:
 
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« Reply #5966 on: January 21, 2018, 12:45:50 PM »

http://www.vaticannews.va/en/pope/news/2018-01/peru-journey-pope-to-bishops-full-text.html

Pope Francis speaks to Peru's bishops: Full text
21 January 2018, 17:16

Pope Francis speaks to Peru's bishops in Lima  (Vatican Media) 
We bring you the full text of Pope Francis' prepared remarks delivered to the bishops of Peru in the Archbishop's Residence in Lima on the final day of his Apostolic Visit.

Address of the Holy Father
 Meeting with the Peruvian Bishops
 Lima, Archbishop’s House
 Sunday, 21 January 2018

Dear Brother Bishops,

         Thank you for the kind words addressed to me by the Cardinal Archbishop of Lima and the President of the Episcopal Conference in the name of all present.  I have looked forward to being here with you.  I recall with pleasure your visit ad limina last year.
 
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« Reply #5967 on: January 21, 2018, 12:55:18 PM »

http://www.vaticannews.va/en/pope/news/2018-01/peru-journey-pope-angelus-discouragement.html

Pope appeals to Congolese authorities to avoid violence
21 January 2018, 18:19

Pope Francis prays the Angelus with Peruvians in Lima  (De Carolis)
Praying the Angelus with the faithful in Peru, Pope Francis appeals to authorities in the Democratic Republic of Congo to do everything in their power to avoid all forms of violence.
By Devin Watkins

Pope Francis has appealed to authorities in the Democratic Republic of Congo to do everything in their power to avoid all forms of violence.

"I ask the authorities and those responsible and all those in this beloved country that they use maximum commitment and effort to avoid all forms of violence and look for solutions in favor of the common good," he said.

His comments came ahead of the Angelus prayer in the Peruvian capital of Lima on Sunday.

Police in Congo used tear gas and gunfire to disperse thousands of demonstrators on the same day, killing at least 5 people and injured dozens more. The country's Catholic Church had called for peaceful protests, but the government banned the marches.

Saintly examples

Speaking ahead of the Angelus prayer, Pope Francis also invited the people of Peru to have courage and to follow the many saintly examples the Church of their country offers them

http://www.vaticannews.va/en/pope/news/2018-01/peru-journey-pope-prays-angelus-full-text.html
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« Reply #5968 on: January 21, 2018, 03:56:50 PM »

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https://www.washingtonpost.com/world/the_americas/the-latest-pope-greets-prisoners-at-residence-in-peru/2018/01/21/5103970e-feb9-11e7-86b9-8908743c79dd_story.html?utm_term=.8f5546ee08d3

The Latest: Cardinal who rebuked pope helps celebrate Mass
January 21 at 4:32 PM

LIMA, Peru — The Latest on Pope Francis’ visit to Peru (all times local):

4:25 p.m.

The American cardinal who publicly rebuked Pope Francis over his remarks about Chilean sex abuse victims is concelebrating Francis’ final Mass in Peru.

Cardinal Sean O’Malley is the archbishop of Boston and Francis’ top abuse adviser.

He is one of dozens of bishops and cardinals celebrating the Sunday service under a huge, tented altar set up on a dusty Lima airfield, the last event of the pontiff’s weeklong visit to Chile and Peru.

O’Malley publicly rebuked Francis on Saturday for accusing victims of Chile’s most notorious pedophile priest of slandering another bishop with their claims.

The cardinal said the pope’s words were “a source of great pain for survivors of sexual abuse.”

Francis is likely to face questions about the issue on his in-flight news conference while returning to Rome.
 
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« Reply #5969 on: January 21, 2018, 05:50:05 PM »

http://www.vaticannews.va/en/pope/news/2018-01/peru-journey-mass-at-las-palmas-airbase-lima.html

Pope Mass in Lima: Jesus walks in our cities rekindling hope
21 January 2018, 20:45

Pope celebrates Mass at Las Palmas airbase Lima  (AFP or licensors
In the final Mass of his Apostolic Journey to Latin America, Pope Francis underlined how Jesus continues to walk in our cities and streets, “in order to rekindle the flame of hope and the aspiration that breakdown can be overcome by fraternity, injustice defeated by solidarity, violence silenced by the weapons of peace.”

The Pope during his homily at Las Palmas Airbase in Lima drew inspiration from the readings of the day in which the Lord speaks to Jonah saying, “Arise, go to Nineveh, that great city, and proclaim to it the message that I tell you” and in which Jesus sets out towards Galilee to preach the Good News.
 
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Peru Journey Mass at Las Palmas airbase Lima Full Text
21 January 2018, 20:58

Crowds at Las Palmas Air base in Lima  (AFP or licensors
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« Reply #5970 on: January 21, 2018, 06:00:02 PM »

https://zenit.org/articles/pope-francis-dear-peruvian-brothers-sisters-you-have-so-many-reasons-for-hope/

Pope Francis: ‘Dear Peruvian Brothers, Sisters, you have so many Reasons for Hope.’ 
January 21, 2018

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The following is the Vatican-provided text of the Holy Father’s final blessing on January 21, 2018, at the conclusion of Holy Mass at Las Palmas Air Base.
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I thank Cardinal Juan Luis Cipriani, Archbishop of Lima, for his kind words, you my  Brother Bishops for your presence, and all those who have helped to make this visit leave me with such an indelible impression.

I am grateful to all who have made this journey possible. Above all, I thank President Pedro Pablo Kuczynski, the civil authorities and the thousands of volunteers whose quiet and selfless devotion made everything run smoothly. I am grateful to the organizing committee and to all those whose dedication and efforts made my visit possible. Being with you has been very good for me. I thank you.

I began my pilgrimage among you by speaking of Peru as a land of hope. A land of hope because of its biodiversity and the beauty of its landscapes, which help us to discover the presence of God.

A land of hope because of its rich traditions and customs, which have shaped the soul of this people.
 
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« Reply #5971 on: January 21, 2018, 08:51:30 PM »

http://www.vaticannews.va/en/pope/news/2018-01/peru-journey-farewell-ceremony.html

Pope Francis bids farewell to Peru
22 January 2018, 01:12

Pope Francis departs Peru following his Apostolic Visit  (AFP or licensors)
Pope Francis urges the people of Peru to “protect their hope”, as he leaves the country, the final stop on his journey in Latin America.

Pope Francis has departed Lima following a farewell ceremony at the city’s airport. The Pope’s plane took off at around 7.10pm local time. Before boarding the Pope met with the President of Peru and his wife.

Following Mass earlier at the Las Palmas airbase in Lima, the Holy Father, in farewell greetings, thanked everyone who had made his journey possible. He said, "I began my pilgrimage among you by speaking of Peru as a land of hope.  A land of hope because of its biodiversity and the beauty of its landscapes, which help us to discover the presence of God. A land of hope because of its rich traditions and customs, which have shaped the soul of this people.  A land of hope for its young people, who are not the future but the present of Peru.”
 
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« Reply #5972 on: January 22, 2018, 02:05:37 PM »

http://www.catholicnews.com/services/englishnews/2018/pope-apologizes-to-sex-abuse-victims-defends-accused-chilean-bishop.cfm

Pope apologizes to sex abuse victims, defends accused Chilean bishop
By Junno Arocho Esteves Catholic News Service
1.22.2018 10:00 AM ET

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ABOARD THE PAPAL FLIGHT FROM PERU (CNS) -- Pope Francis apologized to victims of clergy sex abuse, saying he unknowingly wounded them by the way he defended a Chilean bishop accused of covering up abuse by his mentor.

Speaking with journalists on his flight to Rome from Lima, Peru, Jan. 21, the pope said he only realized later that his words erroneously implied that victims' accusations are credible only with concrete proof.

"To hear that the pope says to their face, 'Bring me a letter with proof,' is a slap in the face," the pope said.

Pope Francis was referring to a response he gave in Iquique, Chile, Jan. 18 when local reporters asked about his support for Bishop Juan Barros of Osorno, given accusations that the bishop may have been aware of abuse perpetrated by his former mentor, Father Fernando Karadima. The priest was sentenced to a life of prayer and penance by the Vatican after he was found guilty of sexually abusing boys.
 
https://www.catholicnewsagency.com/news/full-text-of-pope-francis-in-flight-press-conference-from-peru-94699
Full text of Pope Francis’ in-flight press conference from Peru

Vatican City, Jan 22, 2018 / 10:57 am (CNA/EWTN News).- In a conversation with journalists on his return flight from Peru to Rome on Sunday, Pope Francis discussed the people of Peru and Chile, clerical sexual abuse, his recent in-flight marriage celebration, and the Amazon region, among other topics.
 
Here is CNA's full transcript of the Pope's in-flight press conference:
 
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« Reply #5973 on: January 23, 2018, 09:41:43 PM »

http://www.vaticannews.va/en/pope/news/2018-01/pope-to-davos-economc-forum--opportunites-for-integral-developme.html#.WmcX0qBJc_E.twitter

Pope to Davos Economic Forum: Opportunites for integral development
23 January 2018, 10:41

Photo outside the Davos Congress Centre ahead of the opening of the World Economic Forum  (AFP or licensors)
Pope Francis in a message for the opening of the World Economic Forum in Davos, says it is vital to safeguard the dignity of the human person, in particular by offering to all people real opportunities for integral human development.

The World Economic Forum was established in 1971 as a not-for-profit foundation and has its headquarters in Geneva.

It’s aim is to demonstrate entrepreneurship in the global public interest while upholding the highest standards of governance and brings together people from all walks of life who can promote positive change.

In his message to the Executive Chairman of the Forum, Professor Klaus Schwab to mark the opening of the annual meeting in Davos, Pope Francis notes that this year’s theme Creating a Shared Future in a Fractured World is very timely adding that “at the level of global governance, we are increasingly aware that there is a growing fragmentation between States and Institutions.”
 
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« Reply #5974 on: January 24, 2018, 02:52:31 PM »

http://www.vaticannews.va/en/pope/news/2018-01/pope-francis-yazidi-persecuted.html

Pope Francis calls for respect for the rights of the Yazidis
24 January 2018, 14:16

Pope Francis addresses representatives of the Yazidi community exiled in Germany  (Vatican Media)
Before the General Audience on Wednesday morning Pope Francis received a group of representatives of the persecuted Yazidi communities from Syria and Iraq who have found shelter in Germany and spoke of the rights of all minorities to be able to profess their faith and maintain their identity.
By Linda Bordoni

Pope Francis has raised his voice in favour of Yazidi rights describing the persecuted community  as “innocent victims of a senseless and inhumane barbarity.

He was speaking to a group of Yazidi refugees from Iraq and Syria whom he received in the Vatican before the Wednesday General Audience.
 
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« Reply #5975 on: January 24, 2018, 03:29:52 PM »

Photo gallery at the link

http://www.vaticannews.va/en/pope/news/2018-01/pope-reflects-on-apostolic-journey-to-chile-and-peru.html

Pope reflects on Apostolic Journey to Chile and Peru
24 January 2018, 12:35

Pope Francis at the General Audience in St Peter's Square on Wednesday  (AFP or licensors)
Pope Francis focused on the highlights of his Apostolic Visit to Chile and Peru in his catechesis at the weekly General Audience.
By Christopher Wells

In his first General Audience following his Apostolic Visit, Pope Francis called for a round of applause for the people of Chile and Peru who he was able meet on his journey. He thanked all those who helped make the visit possible, especially the tens of thousands of mostly young people who offered their time and talent as volunteers.
 
https://zenit.org/articles/general-audience-on-apostolic-visit-to-peru-and-chile/
GENERAL AUDIENCE : On Apostolic Visit to Peru and Chile 
January 24, 2018

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« Reply #5976 on: January 24, 2018, 04:00:00 PM »

http://www.vaticannews.va/en/pope/news/2018-01/pope-world-communications-day-message-2018-truth-journalism-fake.html

Pope Francis releases 2018 World Communications Day message
24 January 2018, 12:01

Booklet of Pope Francis' World Communications Day message  (Vatican Media @Vatican Media)
In his message for the World Communications Day 2018, Pope Francis calls for a “journalism for peace” in response to the threat of fake news, which “thrives on the absence of healthy confrontation with other sources of information”.

Pope Francis on Wednesday released his message for World Communications Day, which is held annually on the Sunday before Pentecost, falling this year on 13 May 2018.

“The truth will set you free” (Jn 8:32). Fake news and journalism for peace” is the theme of the Pope’s message.

The Holy Father explores what makes fake news ‘fake’, how to recognize it, truth as an antidote, and how a “journalism for peace” takes people as its focus.

World Communications Day is the only worldwide celebration called for by the Second Vatican ‎Council ‎‎(“Inter Mirifica”, 1963).

The Holy ‎Father's message is traditionally published in conjunction with January ‎‎24, feast of St. Francis de ‎Sales, patron of journalists, to allow bishops' conferences, diocesan offices and ‎communications ‎organizations sufficient time to prepare audiovisual and other materials for national ‎and local ‎celebrations.

The first World Communications Day was observed on May 7, 1967, under the pontificate of Blessed Pope Paul VI, who wanted to draw attention to the communications media and the enormous power they have for cultural transformation. This year’s observance is the 52nd edition.

Please find below the official English-language translation of the Pope’s message:
 
http://www.vaticannews.va/en/vatican-city/news/2018-01/vatican-media-prefect-reflects-on-popes-communications-day-messa.html
Vatican Media Prefect reflects on Pope’s Communications Day message
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« Reply #5977 on: January 25, 2018, 06:04:31 PM »

https://zenit.org/articles/pope-christians-face-dangers-that-demean-human-dignity/

Pope: Christians Face Dangers that Demean Human Dignity 
January 25, 2018

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Christians today face dangers that demean their human dignity, according to Pope Francis. But we also “experience the tenderness of God, who in our daily life saves us lovingly from sin, from fear, and from anguish.”

His remarks came January 25, 2018, in his homily in the Basilica of Saint Paul Outside-the-Walls, where he presided over the celebration of the Second Vespers of the Solemnity of the Conversion of Saint Paul the Apostle, at the end of the 51st Week of Prayer for Christian Unity, on the theme: Powerful is Your Hand, Lord (Cf. Exodus 15:1-21).
 
https://zenit.org/articles/popes-homily-on-solemnity-of-the-conversion-of-saint-paul-full-text/
Pope’s Homily on Solemnity of the Conversion of Saint Paul (Full Text) 
End of the Week of Prayer for Christian Unity
January 25, 2018

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« Reply #5978 on: January 26, 2018, 04:07:33 PM »

http://www.vaticannews.va/en/pope-francis/mass-casa-santa-marta/2018-01/pope-homily-santa-marta.html

Pope: transmit the faith with the courage of truth and witness
26 January 2018, 15:13

Pope Francis celebrates Mass at the Casa Santa Marta
During his homily at morning Mass in the Casa Santa Marta Pope Francis reflected on the how we announce the Gospel message saying that words are empty if they do not reflect real life.
By Linda Bordoni

At the heart of Pope Francis’ homily on Friday morning in the Casa Santa Marta was a reflection on how to transmit the faith.

Taking his cue from the liturgical reading of the day in which the apostle Paul addresses his disciple Timothy recalling his “sincere faith” that first lived in his grandmother and then in his mother, the Pope highlighted the words that indicate how faith is to be transmitted: “son”, as Paul calls Timothy, “mother,” “grandmother,” and finally "testimony".

The 'folly of preaching' according to Paul
 
The Pope said that Paul generated Timothy with the “folly of preaching.” He said that in the reading a mention is also made of “tears” because, he explained, Paul does not sweeten his preaching with half-truths, he does so with courage because the announcement of the Gospel “cannot be lukewarm”.

“Preaching is - allow me the word – ‘a slap’. A slap that moves you and pushes you forward” he said.
 
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« Reply #5979 on: January 26, 2018, 04:22:01 PM »

http://www.vaticannews.va/en/pope/news/2018-01/pope-telegramme-train-accident-italy.html

Pope sends condolences for Italy train crash victims
26 January 2018, 10:14

Train crash in Italy  (AFP or licensors)     
Pope Francis has sent a telegramme of condolences to the families of victims of a train accident in Italy that killed three people on Thursday.

In the telegramme signed by the Vatican Secretary of State, Cardinal Pietro Parolin, the Pope expressed his sorrow for the grave accident and said he participates in the grief of those affected by the dramatic event.

Assuring his prayers and intercession for those who have tragically died, he also said he is praying for the recovery of wounded passengers of the rush-hour train to Milan.   

13 people were seriously injured in the accident, five of them in critical condition.

The tragedy happened when several carriages of a regional train derailed early Thursday morning at a station outside Milan.
 
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