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Monday, 7 August 2017

The Vatican: Pope Francis sends message to Asian Youth Day 2017 in Indonesia

Pope Francis sends message to Asian Youth Day 2017 in Indonesia
(Vatican Radio)  Pope Francis has sent a message to the 7th Asian Youth Day which took place in Indonesia, saying he prays that the young people of Asia "respond with faith and courage to their vocation". In the message, signed by the Cardinal Secretary of State Pietro Parolin, the Pope greeted the young people of Asia gathered in Yogyakarta with "prayerful best wishes" as the event came to a close on Sunday. Pope Francis invited them "to look to the Mother of the Lord as a model of missionary discipleship, to speak to her as they would to a mother, and to trust always in her loving intercession." "In this way, as they seek to follow Christ Jesus more closely, they too, like the young woman of Nazareth, can truly 'improve the world and leave an imprint that makes a mark on history'". Finally, the Holy Father imparted his Apostolic Blessing "as a pledge of peace and joy in the Lord." Please find below the full message: His Holiness Pope Francis sends warm greetings and prayerful best wishes to all gathered in Yogyakarta for the seventh Asian Youth Day.  He prays that young people from across Asia will listen ever more attentively to God's call and respond with faith and courage to their vocation.  As they prepare for the next World Youth Day, His Holiness invites them to look to the Mother of the Lord as a model of missionary discipleship, to speak to her as they would to a mother, and to trust always in her loving intercession.  In this way, as they seek to follow Christ Jesus more closely, they too, like the young woman of Nazareth, can truly "improve the world and leave an imprint that makes a mark on history" (Message to Young People, 21 March 2017).  Entrusting all the youth and their families to the maternal intercession of Our Lady, Pope Francis gladly imparts his Apostolic Blessing as a pledge of peace and joy in the Lord. Cardinal Pietro Parolin Secretary of State (from Vatican Radio)...
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Pope sends video message to Church in Peru
(Vatican Radio) Pope Francis has sent a video message to Catholics in Peru, ahead of his planned pastoral visit there next January . The short video message was published on the website of the archdiocese of Lima by Archbishop Juan Luis Cipriani Thorne. Listen to our report:  In the message Pope Francis talks about the wealth of human resources that characterize the past and present of the Church in the South American nation. Peru has many great saints, he says, who have contributed to the building up of the Church, helping it to move from fragmentation to unity. Saints work for unity A saint, the pope continues, is someone who always work to create unity, just as Jesus did, and a saint must always follow in his footsteps. In the video the pope invites all Peruvians to follow on this path and to work for unity, looking to the future with hope, rather than with bitterness or skepticism. A Christian always looks ahead with hope, he concludes, because he or she always hopes to see the realization of what the Lord has promised. Pope to visit Chile and Peru Pope Francis is scheduled to travel to Chile and Peru from January 15th to 21st, visiting the Peruvian cities of Puerto Maldonado and Trujillo, as well as the capital Lima. (from Vatican Radio)...
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Pope Francis sends condolences for Nigeria church attack
(Vatican Radio) Pope Francis on Monday sent a message of condolences following an attack at a Church in southeastern Nigeria. At least 11 people were killed and 18 others were wounded when gunmen opened fire on worshippers who had gathered early on Sunday at St Philip's Catholic church in Ozubulu near the city of Onitsha. In the message, signed by Vatican Secretary of State, Cardinal Pietro Parolin, the pope says he is "deeply saddened to learn of the loss of life and injury". He extends his "heartfelt condolences" to the local bishop and to "all the faithful of the diocese of Nnewi, in particular the families of the deceased and all those affected by this tragedy." Police said they believe the attack may have been linked to drug trafficking and was carried out following a feud between local residents and member of the community living outside Nigeria. Please see below the full text of the message from Pope Francis to the bishop of the diocese of Nnewi in Nigeria The Right Reverend Hilary Paul Odili Okeke Bishop of Nnewi Deeply saddened to learn of the loss of life and injury following the violent attack in Saint Philip's Catholic Church, Ozubulu, His Holiness Pope Francis extends heartfelt condolences to you and to all the faithful of the Diocese of Nnewi, in particular the families of the deceased and all those affected by this tragedy. Upon the entire Diocese, His Holiness willingly invokes the divine blessings of consolation and strength.                                                                  Cardinal Pietro Parolin                                                                 Secretary of State (from Vatican Radio)...
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