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Tuesday, 28 November 2017

The Vatican: Pope sends telegramme of condolence following terror attacks in Egypt

Pope sends telegramme of condolence following terror attacks in Egypt
(Vatican Radio) Pope Francis has sent a telegramme of condolence for Friday's attack on a mosque in Egypt, saying he was "profoundly grieved to learn of the great loss of life caused by the terrorist attacks on Rawda mosque in North Sinai". ​ At least 235 people were killed as they gathered for Friday prayers at the al-Rawda mosque in the town of Bir al-Abed.​ ​Witnesses said dozens of gunmen arrived in off-road vehicles and bombed the mosque before opening fire on people as they attempted to flee. Signed by Cardinal Secretary of State Pietro Parolin, the telegramme says, "In expressing his solidarity with the Egyptian people at this hour of national mourning, [Pope Francis] commends the victims to the mercy of the Most High God and invokes divine blessings of consolation and peace upon their families." The Pope ​also ​ renewed "his firm condemnation of this wanton act of brutality directed at innocent civilians gathered in prayer". Finally, Pope Francis said he joins "all people of good will in imploring that hearts hardened by hatred will learn to renounce the way of violence that leads to such great suffering, and embrace the way of peace."     (from Vatican Radio)...
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Pope: Pastoral Consolation, the goal of new matrimonial norms
(Vatican Radio) Pope Francis on Saturday addressed the participants of a training course for clerics and laity held by the Apostolic Tribunal of the Roman Rota. In his prepared remarks, Pope Francis focused on new matrimonial norms and Super Rato procedures . In particular the Pope said, "it is necessary to give greater attention and proper analysis to the two recent motu proprios: Mitis Iudex Dominus Iesus and Mitis et misericors Iesus , in order to apply the new procedures that have been established." Spirit of the Synod These two measures, he said arose "from a synodal context, and are the expression of a synodal path." The Pope explained that the Synod had the purpose of promoting and defending marriage and the Christian family. Listen to the report:  Pope Francis also urged those gathered to strive to be missionaries and witnesses of the spirit of the Synod when they return to their communities. He stressed the importance of "pastoral consolation ," which is the goal of the new matrimonial norms. "Let that synodal spirit," he said, "become the basis of your action in the Church, especially in such a delicate field as marriage and the family." The Pope told the participants, that they were called " to be close to the loneliness and suffering of the faithful waiting for ecclesial justice and to provide the help needed to regain the peace of their consciences and the will of God on readmission to the Eucharist." Role of Diocesan Bishop During his discourse Pope Francis said he had decided to definitively clarify some of the fundamental aspects of the two recent motu proprios, in particular the role of the diocesan bishop. In a series of points the Holy Father said the diocesan bishop was the natural judge in the new "shorter process." He added that the shorter process was not simply another option that the Bishop may choose; rather, it is an obligation that comes from his consecration and the mission that has been entrusted to him. The Pope also underlined several fundamental criteria for the shorter process: mercy, in the first place, and closeness and gratuity , which the Holy Father said "are the two pearls the poor need, and which the Church must love above all else." (from Vatican Radio)...
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Pope at Angelus: We will be judged on love
(Vatican Radio) In his Angelus address on Sunday, Pope Francis reflected on the last judgement , the subject of the day's Gospel reading. He noted that this is the last Sunday of the liturgical year, the day on which the Church celebrates the Solemnity of Christ the King of the Universe . Christ's kingship, he said, is one "of guidance and service, but it is also a kingship that at the end of time will be asserted in judgement." The vision of the second coming of Christ, presented in the Gospel, introduces the final judgment, when all of humanity will appear before Him, and Jesus, exercising His authority, will separate one from another, "as the shepherd separates the sheep from the goats." Pope Francis recalled the criteria that Jesus says will be the foundation of His judgment: "What you did for the least of my brothers, that you did on to me." This sentence, the Pope said, "never fails to strike us, because it reveals to us" the end to which God is willing to go on account of His love for us. God goes so far as to identify Himself with us, not when we are "happy and healthy, but when we are in need." Thus, the Pope said, "Jesus reveals the decisive criteria of His judgment, that is, the concrete love for our neighbour in difficulty." Likewise, those who cursed, in the Gospel account, are judged for failing to aid their brothers and sisters in their need. Pope Francis repeated, "At the end of our life we will be judged on love, that is, on our concrete commitment to love and to serve Jesus in our smallest and most needy brothers." The Holy Father reminds us that Jesus will come at the end of time to judge all nations ; but He also " comes to us every day , in so many ways, and asks us to welcome Him." The Pope concluded his reflection with the prayer that "the Virgin Mary might help us to encounter Him and to receive Him in His Word and in the Eucharist , and at the same time in our brothers and in our sisters who suffer hunger, illness, oppression, injustice. May our hearts be able to welcome Him in the 'today' of our life, so that we might be welcomed by Him into the eternity of His Kingdom of light and of peace." Listen:  (from Vatican Radio)...
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