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Sunday, 1 October 2017

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Pope to Cesena's citizens, clergy ‎
CESENA CITIZENS (Vatican Radio)  Pope Francis on Sunday delivered a lesson on good governance of a city saying it essentially consists in all working together for the common good with the help of good politics .   He was speaking to the people of the northern Italian city of Cesena where he arrived in the morning for a two-stop pastoral visit to the Emilia-Romagna region.  He later visited the regional capital, Bologna, from where he flew back to the Vatican in the evening.  Good politics Addressing Cesena's citizens in the heart of the city, Piazza del Popolo, the Pope explained that good politics is neither a servant nor a mistress, but a friend and collaborator .  Responsible, brave and prudent at the same time, healthy politics calls for greater involvement and inclusion of all leaving no one in the margins.  Such politics, he said, does not plunder and pollute natural resources , that are not a bottomless pit but a treasure given us by God to be used with respect and intelligence.    Good politics, the Pope further explained, harmonizes the legitimate aspirations of individuals and groups by holding the rudder firm in the interest of all citizens.  This, the Pope said, is the true face of politics, and this is why the social doctrine of the Church considers it a noble form of charity.   Corruption The Holy Father urged all, especially the young, to prepare themselves by assuming right from the start, the perspective of the common good, rejecting any form of corruption, even the least.   According to him, "corruption is the woodworm of the political vocation" that prevents the growth of civilization.   He also invited all to demand from "the protagonists of public life, coherence of commitment, preparation, moral uprightness, capacity for initiative, forbearance, patience and determination to address the challenges of today."  However, in this they must be realistic, without expecting impossible perfection. Youth and elderly Pope Francis urged that everyone's voice be heard, especially the young who can carry things forward, and the elderly, who with the wisdom of their age can advise young people and young politicians when they mistake. Noting that in recent years politics seemed to have retreated in the face of aggression and pervasiveness of other forms of power, such as financial and media, Pope Francis called for relaunching good politics and its specific ability to serve the public good by reducing inequalities, promoting the welfare of families with concrete measures, providing a solid framework of rights and duties and making them effective for everyone. The Pope greeted the sick people present at Piazza del Popolo, before proceeding to Cesena cathedral where he addressed representatives of the local Church.  There, in the chapel greeted a group of sick people.  CESENA CATHEDRAL The principal mission of Christ's disciples is proclaiming and witnessing the Gospel with joy said Pope Francis speaking to the clergy, consecrated persons, laypeople and pastoral counsellors, members of the Curia and parish representatives in the Cesena cathedral. Focusing on  evangelization, Pope Francis called on the clergy to rediscover the joy of being priests during the different stages of their personal and ministerial journey, to be called by the Lord to follow him to bring his word, his pardon, his love, his grace.   It is a call that never ceases to amaze us, he said.  To make evangelization effective Pope Francis gives them practical guidelines: A call to walk in fraternity and unity Evangelization, the Pope said, is effective to the extent there is sincere collaboration between different ecclesial movements and institutions. A  Church walking in fraternity and unity is itself  an effective witness to faith.  When love of Christ is above all, all legitimate needs will be set aside to meet the needs of the brothers  and always in Christ. A call to be sensitive to the needs of the poor The scars of Jesus'  remain visible even today  in so many men and women who live on the margins of society: marked by suffering, discomfort, abandonment  and poverty. Caring for their bodily and spiritual needs we are purified and transformed by the mercy of God.  Referring to the revolution of charity begun by St Vincent de Paul 400 years ago, the Holy Father said, "now we  too are called to carry on this revolution with apostolic zeal knowing that we cannot do anything on our own" without the Lord. A call to pray and meditate on the Word of God The Pope said, it is necessary to set aside adequate time for prayer and meditation of the Word of God for  prayer gives strength to our mission - as is proved by St. Teresa of Calcutta .  He explained that the constant encounter with the Lord in prayer becomes indispensable both for priests and for consecrated persons and for pastoral workers who are called to go out to the peripheries. "Our deep encounter with the Lord will help us see Jesus who met the people on the streets of Galilee and to look into the eyes of the other with respect and love and create a revolution of tenderness ."   A call to be with the young Pope Francis said it is the young people who most need to experience this love of Jesus.  The young who are a great resource need to be helped to discover the gifts of the Lord and not to fear the challenges of the present times.   He encouraged the clergy  to meet them, to listen to them, to walk with them, so that they may meet Christ and be receptive to his free message of love. A call to show proximity to families Stressing that a Church attentive to young people  is a church of the family, the Holy Father encouraged the clergy in their pastoral work towards families.  He assured them God's grace, his closeness and prophetic power  will help them even when they lack adequate support.  "We are  called  to be witnesses, mediators of this proximity to families." In conclusion the  Holy Father called them to be renewed each day through the  Eucharistic celebration and with their encounter with the  people of God to whom "we are sent".  He exhorted priests, consecrated, deacons, and lay faithful to walk together without being discouraged in the face of  difficulties but to be persistent in bearing witness to the Gospel.   In their  journey he encouraged them to always feel compelled and supported by the power of the Holy Spirit.  (from Vatican Radio)...
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Visit Bologna: Meeting with workers and Angelus
(Vatican Radio) Arriving at Bologna following a morning visit to the town of Cesena, Pope Francis greeted representatives of the world of labour ahead of the Sunday Angelus. In his address to works, Pope Francis emphasized that it is only together that we can come through the present economic crisis and "build the future." Only dialogue, he said, can help us find new and effective answers that can help everyone. The Holy Father noted that in the region of Bologna, there has been a long experience of cooperation, an experience "that gives birth to the fundamental value of solidarity. Solidarity, he said, must never be bent toward to the logic of financial profit, which would harm the most needy amongst us. "Seeking a more just society," he continued, "is not a dream of the past but a commitment, a work, that today needs everyone" to cooperate. In particular, the Pope said we must never grow used to the situation of youth unemployment, and job loss. People must never be treated merely as statistics. Speaking to the challenge of fighting poverty, Pope Francis said we cannot truly help the poor without offering them the possibility of finding work and dignity. He pointed to the recent "Pact for Work," which say all the elements of society, including the Church, "sign a common commitment to help one another in the search for permanent answers, not charity (It: elemosine = almsgiving). This, he said, "is an important method that I hope can bear the hoped-for fruits." The economic crisis, the Pope said, "has a European and a global dimension"; and it is also "an ethical, spiritual, and human crisis." And, in strong terms, he says it is rooted in "a betrayal of the common good, on the part of powerful individuals and groups." And so, he said, it is necessary "to take away the centrality of the law of power and assign it to the person and the common good." But in order to do so, he continued, it is necessary to increase opportunities for dignified work. Pope Francis delivered his address in the piazza in front of the Basilica of Saint Petronius, known as "Father and Protector." This saint, the Pope said, is always represented holding the city in his hands. "From this we can see physically three constitutive elements of your city," he said: "the Church, the Community, and the University." "When these three elements dialogue and collaborate among themselves," he said, "it strengthens the precious humanism that they express, and the city, so to speak, 'breathes,' has a horizon, and is not afraid to confront the challenges that are present." He concluded his address by encouraging those present to appreciate this humanism "in order to seek wise and far-seeing solutions to the complex problems of our time, seeing them, yes, as difficulties, but also as opportunities for growth and improvement." Following his address, the Holy Father led the faithful in the recitation of the Angelus, and afterwards had lunch with the poor in the Basilica.  (from Vatican Radio)...
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Pope in Bologna - meeting with migrants
(Vatican Radio)  Pope Francis is on a day-long visit to the northern Italian region of Emilia-Romagna on Sunday, where he is visiting the cities of Cesena and Bologna.  After holding two meetings in Cesena, he flew to Bologna where his first appointment was the with migrants housed at a regional centre at Via Enrico Mattei.  Christ – accepted or rejected Addressing a round a thousand of them housed there, Pope Francis said that many who don't know them and are afraid, judge them from far with harshness and coldness.  But, he said one needs to see them from nearby with mercy, for unless we see our neighbour with mercy , we cannot understand his suffering and problems.  "In you, as in every stranger who knocks at our door, I see Jesus Christ, who identifies himself with the stranger of every age and condition, accepted or rejected," the Holy Father told the migrants. "Fighters of hope" The Pope said he was among them because he wanted to carry their eyes in his eyes, their heart in his heart.  "I want to carry with me your faces that are asking to be remembered, helped, I'd say "adopted", because in the end you look out for someone who bets on you, gives you confidence and helps you find that future for which you have hoped and arrived here."  But alas some couldn't  made it, swallowed by the desert or the sea .  "People don't remember them," the Pope said, "but God knows their names and welcomes them to Himself."   The Holy Father thus invited all present there to a moment of silence to remember and pray for them. Reminding the migrants that they are "fighters of hope," the Pope wished that their hope may never turn into delusion, or worse still, despair, thanks to the many who help them.   In turn, he urged the migrants to work hard for a welcoming city, and follow the laws of the land. Integration Regarding the phenomenon of migrants and refugees, the Pope called for vision and great determination to prevent distortion or exploitation which, he said, becomes even more unacceptable because they are committed on the poor. He urged that increasing number of countries take up private and community support programs for accepting and opening up humanitarian corridors for refugees in more difficult situations to spare them unbearable waiting period and lost time.   Integration, the Pope said, begins with knowing the story of the other. Noting some underage boys and girls among the migrants, the Holy Father said they particularly need tenderness and protection. Pope Francis concluded his meeting with migrants, commending the generosity of Bologna and its Church, saying, "The city is not afraid to donate the five loaves and the two fish."  "Providence will intervene and everyone will be satisfied," he added. Before and after his talk, the Holy Father took ample time to meet and greet the migrants individually.    (from Vatican Radio)...
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