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« Reply #8780 on: July 03, 2020, 08:41:51 PM »

 
Video, in English, at the link

https://www.catholicnewsagency.com/news/god-bless-america---pope-john-paul-ii-pope-benedict-xvi-and-pope-francis-speak-to-the-united-states-30234
‘God bless America’ - Popes speak to the United States

CNA Staff, Jul 3, 2020 / 11:20 am MT (CNA).- Pope John Paul II, Pope Benedict XVI, and Pope Francis each made apostolic visitations to the United States during the course of their pontificates. As the United States celebrates Independence Day, CNA remembers words to America from each of those popes:

Pope Francis

September 24, 2015, Address to a joint session of Congress.

….I think of the political history of the United States, where democracy is deeply rooted in the mind of the American people. All political activity must serve and promote the good of the human person and be based on respect for his or her dignity. “We hold these truths to be self-evident, that all men are created equal, that they are endowed by their Creator with certain unalienable rights, that among these are life, liberty and the pursuit of happiness” (Declaration of Independence, 4 July 1776).

If politics must truly be at the service of the human person, it follows that it cannot be a slave to the economy and finance. Politics is, instead, an expression of our compelling need to live as one, in order to build as one the greatest common good: that of a community which sacrifices particular interests in order to share, in justice and peace, its goods, its interests, its social life. I do not underestimate the difficulty that this involves, but I encourage you in this effort.

How essential the family has been to the building of this country! And how worthy it remains of our support and encouragement! Yet I cannot hide my concern for the family, which is threatened, perhaps as never before, from within and without. Fundamental relationships are being called into question, as is the very basis of marriage and the family. I can only reiterate the importance and, above all, the richness and the beauty of family life.

In particular, I would like to call attention to those family members who are the most vulnerable, the young. For many of them, a future filled with countless possibilities beckons, yet so many others seem disoriented and aimless, trapped in a hopeless maze of violence, abuse and despair. Their problems are our problems. We cannot avoid them. We need to face them together, to talk about them and to seek effective solutions rather than getting bogged down in discussions. At the risk of oversimplifying, we might say that we live in a culture which pressures young people not to start a family, because they lack possibilities for the future. Yet this same culture presents others with so many options that they too are dissuaded from starting a family.

A nation can be considered great when it defends liberty as Lincoln did, when it fosters a culture which enables people to “dream” of full rights for all their brothers and sisters, as Martin Luther King sought to do; when it strives for justice and the cause of the oppressed, as Dorothy Day did by her tireless work, the fruit of a faith which becomes dialogue and sows peace in the contemplative style of Thomas Merton.

In these remarks I have sought to present some of the richness of your cultural heritage, of the spirit of the American people. It is my desire that this spirit continue to develop and grow, so that as many young people as possible can inherit and dwell in a land which has inspired so many people to dream.

God bless America!
 
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« Reply #8781 on: July 05, 2020, 12:21:46 PM »

https://www.vaticannews.va/en/pope/news/2020-07/pope-angelus-gospel-14-sunday-ordinary-time-catechesis.html

Pope at Angelus: ‘the poor are the builders of the new humanity
05 July 2020, 12:15

Pope Francis reflects on the Gospel reading of the 14th Sunday in Ordinary Time noting that the solace that Christ offers to the weary and the oppressed is not merely psychological relief or almsgiving.
By Vatican News

Pope Francis addressed a scattering of well-distanced faithful in St. Peter’s Square on Sunday with a reflection on the Gospel reading of the day (Mt 11: 25-30), which he explained, is divided into three parts.

In the first part, he said, “Jesus raises a prayer of blessing and thanksgiving to the Father, because He revealed to the poor and to the simple the mysteries of the Kingdom of heaven.”

Then, he continued, “He reveals the intimate and unique relationship between Him and the Father.”

Finally, the Pope added, “He invites us to go to Him and to follow Him to find relief."
 
https://www.vaticannews.va/en/pope/news/2020-07/pope-implement-global-ceasefire-effectively-and-promptly.html
Pope: Implement global ceasefire effectively and promptly
05 July 2020, 12:13

https://zenit.org/2020/07/05/popes-angelus-address-jesus-offers-prayer-of-praise-and-thanksgiving/
Pope’s Angelus Address: Jesus Offers Prayer of Praise and Thanksgiving
JULY 05, 2020 12:48  JIM FAIR

Video, with English ccommentary, at the link below--
POPE'S ANGELUS OF 5 JULY 2020
https://www.vaticannews.va/en/pope-francis/angelus/2020-07/pope-s-angelus-of-5-july-2020.html
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« Reply #8782 on: July 05, 2020, 12:26:45 PM »

https://www.vaticannews.va/en/pope/news/2020-07/pope-telephone-call-corviale-rome-elderly-prayers.html

Pope: ‘care for the elderly, don’t leave them alone’
03 July 2020, 11:54

Pope Francis calls the parish priest of a community on the periphery of Rome that he visited in 2018 assuring the faithful there of his prayers and urging them not to leave the elderly alone during the summer months.
By Vatican News

It is not surprising that social services and assistance projects of all sorts pop up at the beginning of summer in Italy in an effort to accompany the many elderly people left alone in the cities during the hot months of July and August when families go on holiday and support systems close.

Pope Francis does not forget those who are alone and in need, as demonstrated by a personal telephone call to a Rome parish priest of the suburban “Corviale” area, one of those “geographical peripheries” that is also very much an “existential periphery” at the heart of his apostolate of inclusion.
 
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« Reply #8783 on: July 05, 2020, 12:32:50 PM »

https://www.vaticannews.va/en/pope/news/2020-07/covid-19-pope-francis-continues-his-gestures-of-closeness.html

Covid-19: Pope Francis continues his gestures of closeness
03 July 2020, 15:04

Pope Francis supports efforts against Covid-19 with a donation to the World Food Programme.
By Vatican News

Pope Francis, continuing his many gestures of closeness in recent times amid the Covid-19 crisis, has donated 25,000 Euros to the World Food Programme (WFP).

Announcing the Pope’s donation on Friday, the Dicastery for the Promotion of Integral Human Development said in a statement that it is “an immediate expression of the Holy Father’s closeness” to people affected by the pandemic and those "engaged in essential services in favour of the poor."

The Holy Father made this donation through the Dicastery in collaboration with the Holy See’s Permanent Representative to the Food and Agriculture Organization (FAO), the International Fund for Agricultural Development (IFAD) and the World Food Programme (WFP).
 
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« Reply #8784 on: July 05, 2020, 12:36:15 PM »

https://www.vaticannews.va/en/pope/news/2020-07/pope-francis-cooperatives-day-climate-renewable-energy-justice.html

Pope: cooperatives for clean energy against climate change
04 July 2020, 16:58

In a tweet to mark the International Day of Cooperatives, Saturday, Pope Francis notes that cooperatives across the globe are making a real difference in the fight against climate change.
By Robin Gomes

For the past 97 years, the International Day of Cooperatives has been celebrated each year on the first Saturday of July.  Since 1995, the United Nations and the International Cooperative Alliance have chosen the theme of the annual day. The focus for this year is on climate action for sustainable development for a healthier, fairer and more united economy.

In a tweet for Saturday’s observance, Pope Francis also focused on the role of cooperatives in the fight against climate change.  “In some places, cooperatives are being developed to exploit renewable sources of energy which ensure local self-sufficiency,” the Pope wrote on his Twitter account @Pontifex.  “They can make a real difference in the fight against climate change, thanks to a strong sense of community and a deep love for the land,” he added.
 
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« Reply #8785 on: July 05, 2020, 12:41:08 PM »

https://www.vaticannews.va/en/vatican-city/news/2020-07/pope-francis-appoints-new-apostolic-nuncio-to-united-kingdom.html

Pope Francis appoints new Apostolic Nuncio to Great Britain
04 July 2020, 11:52

Archbishop Claudio Gugerotti has been named as the Apostolic Nuncio to Great Britain.
By Vatican News

Pope Francis has named Archbishop Claudio Gugerotti as Apostolic Nuncio in Great Britain.

Since November 2015, Abp Gugerotti has held the post Apostolic Nuncio to Ukraine. He has previously served as the Pope's representative to Georgia and Armenia, as well as to Azerbaijan (2001-2011), and later as Nuncio to Belarus (2011-2015).

The Apostolic Nuncio represents the Holy Father to the Church in the UK. His role is equivalent to that of an ambassador, representing the Holy See to the UK Government - the Apostolic Nuncio to the Court of St. James's.
 
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« Reply #8786 on: July 07, 2020, 07:44:00 PM »

https://www.vaticannews.va/en/pope/news/2020-07/pope-francis-to-celebrate-anniversary-mass-of-lampedusa-visit.html

Pope to celebrate Mass for 7th anniversary of Lampedusa visit
06 July 2020, 13:17

Pope Francis will celebrate Mass on Wednesday to mark the seventh anniversary of his first papal trip outside Rome, which saw him visit the Italian island of Lampedusa to offer comfort to migrants.
By Devin Watkins

The Director of the Holy See Press Office, Matteo Bruni, announced Monday that Pope Francis will celebrate Mass on 8 July to commemorate his pastoral visit to Lampedusa.

The Pope will preside at Mass at 11 AM Rome time in the chapel of the Casa Santa Marta, with only a handful of Vatican employees present.

“Given the health situation, only the staff of the Migrants and Refugees Section of the Department for Promoting Integral Human Development will participate in the Mass,” Bruni said.
 
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