URBI ET ORBI MESSAGE OF POPE FRANCIS
Easter Sunday, 31 March 2013
So this is the invitation which I address to everyone: Let us accept the grace of Christ’s Resurrection! Let us be renewed by God’s mercy, let us be loved by Jesus, let us enable the power of his love to transform our lives too; and let us become agents of this mercy, channels through which God can water the earth, protect all Creation and make justice and peace flourish.
Peace to the whole world, torn apart by violence linked to drug trafficking and by the iniquitous exploitation of natural resources! Peace to this our Earth! May the risen Jesus bring comfort to the victims of natural disasters and make us responsible guardians of Creation.
CELEBRATION OF PALM SUNDAY OF THE PASSION OF OUR LORD
Saint Peter’s Square, XXVIII World Youth Day, Sunday, 24 March 2013
Let us look around: how many wounds are […]
The International Day on 18 December provides an opportunity to promote awareness of issues relating to Migrants and increase the knowledge of the social, economic and demographic processes affecting families. For copies of the prayer in 18 languages go to: http://jpicformation.wikispaces.com/EN_18Dec
ORACION POR LOS NOMADAS ENTRE FRONTERAS – JORNADA MUNDIAL DE LOS EMIGRANTES (18 DE DICIEMBRE):Este Día Internacional brinda la oportunidad de promover la conciencia sobre las realidades de los migrantes, ampliando la comprensión de los factores sociales, económicos y demográficos que repercuten en los mismos. Para copias de la oración en 18 idiomas ver: http://jpicformation.wikispaces.com/EN_18Dec
PRIÈRE POUR CEUX QUI SONT MIGRANTS – JOURNÉE MONDIALE DES MIGRANTS (18 DÉCEMBRE): Cette Journée Internationale offre l’opportunité de promouvoir la conscience des réalités concernant les migrants, en agrandissant la connaissance des procès sociaux, économiques et démographiques qui ont un effet sur elles. Per le copie della preghiera in 18 lingue vai a: http://jpicformation.wikispaces.com/EN_18Dec
International Day of Families on May 15 was proclaimed by the UN General Assembly resolution in 1993 and reflects theimportance the international community attaches to families. The International Day provides an opportunity to promote awareness of issues relating to families and increase the knowledge of the social, economic and demographic processes affecting families. Our colleagues at the Justice and Peace Commission of religious men and women have put together a prayer in 18 languages for everyone to use. This is a reflective prayer accompanied by symbolic action. Take it slowly using background music. If possible create a space for a spiral. Mark off 9 positions for candles to be lit as the reflection proceeds.
By Archbishop Leo Jun Ikenaga, President of the Catholic Bishops’ Conference of Japan
On Sunday March 11 this year, it will be one year since the Great East Japan Earthquake.
This earthquake was the most serious disaster involving the whole area of eastern Japan since the Great Hanshin-Awaji Earthquake, which occurred 17 years ago on January 17, 1995. I request that the Catholic churches across the country hold masses and prayer gatherings in commemoration of victims and for the earliest possible reconstruction of the disaster areas.
What happened on March 11, 2011 will never be forgotten in our lifetime. The earthquake, which was huge in size and long in duration, left us astonished. Immediately after that, tragic news was successively received and even those who were not directly hit by the earthquake were also deeply shocked. Especially, the horrific tsunami killed nearly 20 thousand people and caused immeasurable damage. Moreover, the accident […]
By Bishop Theotonius Gomes CSC, President of Caritas Bangladesh
One essential aspect of the mystery of the human person is its union of the earthly body and the heavenly soul, a union on earth destined for eternity.
On earth, the body has to be a true home for the eternal spirit; in eternity the soul has to be home of the risen body.
On earth, food assists the body in its essential function to keep “body and soul together” towards the fulfillment of that mystery of the human person.
Thus ‘food security’ is hardly a mere earthly affair, it has eternal overtures.
The Lord’s Prayer is no common petition. It is the prayer for the coming of the Kingdom of God. In it we pray for the “daily bread”, the everyday food of the poor leading to the eternal bread of tomorrow for all.
Scripture refers to food as the basic earthly need:
At creation, no […]
By Kim Pozniak
When I arrived in South Sudan’s future capital Juba yesterday, the joyous preparations for independence were immediately apparent.
Landing at the airport, another passenger pointed out the newly installed lights along the runway to allow for night flights. Everywhere you look there are small signs of progress.
Driving along Juba’s bumpy, dusty roads, you see women cleaning the streets. Signs for the long expected independence have been put up along small storefronts, on crumbling walls and white washed tree trunks.
Spending my first day in Juba, I spoke with many people about their hopes and dreams for the new nation. I want to tell you about two of them.
Taban Benneth, 25, works as a driver for Catholic Relief Services (CRS) and plans to see the celebrations firsthand so he can tell his children and grandchildren that he was there when the flag was raised for the first time.
“I’m really happy […]
Novena for South Sudan
South Sudan emerges as a new nation on 9 July 2011. The Catholic Church in Sudan is inviting all people of goodwill to take part in nine days of prayer for the future of the new state.
This novena begins on June 29, 2011 and ends on July 7, 2011.
Day One: Dignity of the Human Person
Day Two: Common Good
Day Three: Rights and Responsibilities
Day Four: Preferential Option for the Poor
Day Five: Solidarity
Day Six: Integrity of Creation
Day Seven: Reconciliation
Day Eight: Subsidiarity or Participatory Government
Day Nine: Peace
Prayer for Republic of South Sudan
God of Mercies,
We thank you for your great love for us.
We ask you to guide all our leaders
in the process of nation building.
Grant them your wisdom, compassion and fortitude.
give us courage to reject ethnic resentment
as well as ethnic conflicts.
Through the intercession of St. Josephine Bakhita,
help us to overcome hurt, hostility and bitterness in our hearts
so that we become […]
Caritas and other NGOs and church bodies have organised a prayer vigil in Rome to remember the migrants who have died trying to reach Europe. Other vigils are being held in Spain and Belgium. Don Andrea la Regina from Caritas Italiana was at last night’s gathering.
They say that over 1,800 people drowned at sea while trying to reach Europe in the first five months of this year. That’s what they say, but in reality we can’t know the true figure as many people are clandestine and their bodies aren’t always found. Sometimes these people are whole families: mothers and fathers and their children.
Last night’s vigil in the church of Santa Maria in Trastevere was called “To die of hope”. The hope of many is to find a better life. They leave war-torn countries and places of hunger to take a chance on life in Europe.
Archbishop Antonio Maria Veglió from […]