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Friday, 1 September 2017

The Vatican: Pope Francis' prayer intention for September: 'For parishes at service of mission'

Pope Francis' prayer intention for September: 'For parishes at service of mission'
(Vatican Radio)  Pope Francis has released a video message accompanying his monthly prayer intention for September. This month's intention is for parishes at the service of the mission: "That they not be simple offices, but that animated by a missionary spirit, may be places where faith is communicated and charity is seen." The text of the video message reads: Parishes must be in contact with homes, with people's lives, with the life of society. They have to be houses where the door is always open so as to go forth toward others. And it is important that this going-forth follows a clear proposal of faith. The doors must be opened so that Jesus can go out with all of the joy of his message. Let us pray for our parishes, that they not be simple offices, but that animated by a missionary spirit, may be places where faith is communicated and charity is seen. The Pope's  Worldwide Prayer Network of the Apostleship of Prayer  developed the "Pope Video" initiative to assist in the worldwide dissemination of monthly intentions of the Holy Father in relation to the challenges facing humanity. (from Vatican Radio)...
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Pope Francis and Patriarch Bartholomew: praying for creation
(Vatican Radio) Pope Francis has issued a Joint Message with the Ecumenical Patriarch of Constantinople, Bartholomew I , to mark the Sept. 1 st World Day of Prayer for Creation . Released on Friday morning, the Message invites all the faithful and every person of good will to  reflect prayerfully on how to live in a simply and use the goods of the created order responsibly. Focus on prayerful solidarity "On this occasion," the Joint Message from Francis and Bartholomew reads, "we wish to offer thanks to the loving Creator for the noble gift of creation and to pledge commitment to its care and preservation for the sake of future generations." Click below to hear our report The Message goes on to say, "We urgently appeal to those in positions of social and economic, as well as political and cultural, responsibility to hear the cry of the earth and to attend to the needs of the marginalized, but above all to respond to the plea of millions and support the consensus of the world for the healing of our wounded creation." History The Orthodox Church has commemorated this Day since 1989 , when Patriarch Bartholomew instituted the annual recurrence.  Pope Francis made the World Day of Prayer for Creation a Catholic celebration in 2015 . (from Vatican Radio)...
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Programme for Pope's visit to Colombia presented to the press
Pope Francis' Apostolic Visit to Colombia was presented to the press on Friday at the Holy See Press Office. Starting on 6th and ending on 11th September, in the footsteps of Pope Paul VI and Pope Saint John Paul II who travelled to Colombia in 1964 and in 1986 respectively, this will be Francis' 20th journey abroad  It will not be the first time Jorge Bergoglio visits Colombia as he was there as a priest in the 1970s and twice as a Bishop and member of the Latin American Episcopal Conference - CELAM. As was noted at the press conference, it is inevitable that the eyes of the world view this visit through a political perspective as the Colombian people commit to push forward a peace process. The government, in  fact, signed an agreement with the FARC rebel group in November last year following 52 years of conflict which has left 260,000 people dead, 60,000 unaccounted for, and over 7 million displaced. Thus, the papal visit comes at a key moment in the peace process which has been strongly supported by the Catholic Church and by the Pope himself.  But Holy See Press Office Director, Greg Burke , stressed that as always, the Pope's visit is of a purely pastoral nature, and that he is travelling to the overwhelmingly Catholic country to bring the message of the Gospel to his flock and to encourage Colombians on their journey of faith and reconciliation. Listen :  During the five-day visit Pope Francis will visit four cities making day trips from the capital Bogotà where he will be based, to Villavicencio, Medellin and Cartagena. As always he will be meeting with political and with Church leaders, but also with groups of victims, with families, with disabled people, with poor people, with former guerrillas, with his brother bishops, with  CELAM as well as with priests, nuns, religious and laypeople. In Villavicencio he will beatify two Catholic priests killed during the conflict and in Cartagena he will pray at the Church of St. Peter Claver. Francis will preside over Mass in all four cities and his discourses and homilies are expected to touch on issues that are particularly poignant to Colombians such as the care for creation, the power of reconciliation, the defense of life and the upholding of human dignity and rights.   (from Vatican Radio)...
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