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Saturday, 2 September 2017

The Vatican: Pope Francis: prayers for Harvey victims

Pope Francis: prayers for Harvey victims
(Vatican Radio) Pope Francis has sent a Message to Cardinal Daniel DiNardo, Archbishop of Galveston-Houston and President of the United States Conference of Catholic Bishops, expressing his condolences to the loved-ones of the victims of hurricane Harvey, promising continued spiritual solicitude for all those affected, and asking for the prayerful solidarity that has already been shown, to continue in the days and weeks to come. Below, please find the full text of the Message ******************************************************** Message of the Holy Father addressed to Cardinal Daniel DiNardo, Archbishop of Galveston-Houston and President of the United States Conference of Catholic Bishops: His Holiness Pope Francis asks you kindly to convey the assurance of his spiritual closeness and pastoral concern to all those affected by the violent hurricane that swept through the states of Texas and Louisiana in these days.  Deeply moved by the tragic loss of life and the immense material devastation that this natural catastrophe has left in its wake, he prays for the victims and their families, and for all those engaged in the vital work of relief, recovery and rebuilding.  He likewise trusts that the immense and immediate needs of so many individuals and communities will continue to inspire a vast outpouring of solidarity and mutual aid in the best traditions of the nation.  With these sentiments, and with the renewed promise of his prayers, the Holy Father sends his blessing as a pledge of consolation, strength and peace in the Lord. Cardinal Pietro Parolin Secretary of State (from Vatican Radio)...
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Pope sends message to Astana Expo exhibit
(Vatican Radio) Pope Francis has sent a message to mark the National Day of the Holy See at Expo 2017 which is taking place in Astana, Kazakhstan and is devoted to the theme "Future Energy".  Listen to our report:   The Holy See has designed its pavilion at the Astana Expo on the theme: "Energy for the Common Good: Caring for our Common Home" and in his message to mark the National Day of the Holy See at this event the Holy Father stresses that "serious and responsible reflection is demanded on how mankind can, in coming years, draw on innovative technologies to make wise use of the energy resources that are our common legacy." He adds, that action must be taken now "to ensure that energy is used to improve our lives and to cause our human family to flourish, for by nature we are called to fruitful interaction, solidarity and love." Proper use of Energy resources In the message the Pope underlines that energy resources must not be allowed to fall prey to unscrupulous financial speculation or to become a source of conflict and encourages a cooperation between religions and broad-ranging and frank dialogue on all levels and among different sectors of society. In conclusion, the Holy Father says that "the way we use energy resources is a sign of how well "we are carrying out the task that, according to many religious traditions, has been entrusted to us by God, namely to care for the world around us and for our fellow human beings…".  "If our generation and use of energy are sustainable and grounded in solidarity, continues the Pope, we are doing our job well.  Otherwise, we are not.  At stake is our very dignity; at stake too are justice and peace."   The National Day of the Holy See at Expo 2017 is being celebrated on September 2nd.   Below find the English translation of the Pope's Message   Your Eminence, My Brother Bishops, Esteemed Authorities, Dear Brothers and Sisters,               I offer a warm greeting to all those taking part in the National Day of the Holy See at Expo 2017 in Astana.  My greeting also goes to all who have helped in various ways with the planning and realization of this event, and to the many visitors in attendance.             I am pleased that Kazakhstan is hosting this International Exhibition devoted to the theme: "Future Energy".  Serious and responsible reflection is demanded on how mankind can, in coming years, draw on innovative technologies to make wise use of the energy resources that are our common legacy.  We are all conscious of the fact that our use of those resources is critical for the health of our world and the welfare of our societies, a welfare that needs to be viewed in integral terms, and not simply as economic prosperity or greater capacity for consumption.  We must act now to ensure that energy is used to improve our lives and to cause our human family to flourish, for by nature we are called to fruitful interaction, solidarity and love.             For this reason, energy resources must not be allowed to fall prey to unscrupulous financial speculation or to become a source of conflict.  This calls for broad-ranging and frank dialogue on all levels and among different sectors of our societies.  "Future energy" does not have to do with researchers, technicians and investors alone; it also represents a challenge to the worlds of culture, politics, education and religion.  I gladly recall the growth of dialogue and cooperation between religions that has taken place in Kazakhstan, a land characterized by rich ethnic, cultural and spiritual traditions.  It is my hope that the different religions will take part in this dialogue, for their writings contain insights that "prove meaningful in every age; they have an enduring power to open new horizons…  The ethical principles capable of being apprehended by reason can always reappear in different guise and find expression in a variety of languages, including religious language" (Laudato Si', 199).  It is important for all of us to discover in our own religious traditions the inspiration and criteria that foster a courageous commitment to perseverance in bettering our relations and in living together as brothers and sisters.             The way we use energy resources is a sign of how well we are carrying out the task that, according to many religious traditions, has been entrusted to us by God, namely to care for the world around us and for our fellow human beings of every time and place.  If our generation and use of energy are sustainable and grounded in solidarity, we are doing our job well.  Otherwise, we are not.  At stake is our very dignity; at stake too are justice and peace.  It is to promote an awareness of this that the Holy See has designed its pavilion at the Astana Expo on the theme: "Energy for the Common Good: Caring for our Common Home".             May Almighty God, the Creator, grant that Expo 2017 provide timely lessons and lasting inspiration, and may he bless our common efforts to bring them to fruition.   From the Vatican, 2 September 2017                                         FRANCIS (from Vatican Radio)...
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Pope sends condolences on the death of Card Murphy O'Connor
(Vatican Radio) Pope Francis has sent a telegramme of condolence to the Archbishop of Westminster, Cardinal Vincent Nichols on the passing of Cardinal Cormac Murphy-O'Connor, Archbishop Emeritus of Westminster. The Holy Father said he was deeply saddened to learn of his death. In the telegramme the Pope recalled "with immense gratitude the late Cardinal's distinguished service to the Church in England and Wales, his unwavering devotion to the preaching of the Gospel and the care of the poor. He also remembered his far-sighted commitment to the advancement of ecumenical and interreligious understanding.   Below find Pope Francis' telegramme to Cardinal Vincent Nichols, Archbishop of Westminster:   Deeply saddened to learn of the death of Cardinal Cormac Murphy-O'Connor, Archbishop Emeritus of Westminster, I hasten to offer my heartfelt condolences to you and to the clergy and faithful of the Archdiocese.  Recalling with immense gratitude the late Cardinal's distinguished service to the Church in England and Wales, his unwavering devotion to the preaching of the Gospel and the care of the poor, and his far-sighted commitment to the advancement of ecumenical and interreligious understanding, I willingly join you in commending his noble soul to the infinite mercies of God our heavenly Father.  To all who mourn his passing in the sure hope of the Resurrection I cordially impart my Apostolic Blessing as a pledge of consolation and strength in the Lord.                                                              FRANCISCUS PP. (from Vatican Radio)...
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