Pope: 'current migration crisis greatest tragedy after WW2'
(Vatican Radio) Pope Francis has called for an ongoing commitment to welcome and integrate forced migrants and refugees and described the current migration phenomenon as the world’s greatest tragedy after the Second World War.
Speaking on Wednesday to crowds gathered in St. Peter’s Square for the weekly General Audience, the Pope also continued his catechesis on Christian hope and appealed to the faithful to ‘re-discover’ the Sacrament of Reconciliation.
Pope: The Spirit makes us free, without compromise, rigidity
(Vatican Radio) Never forget that our faith is concrete, and rejects compromises and idealizations. That was the message of Pope Francis at the morning Mass at the Casa Santa Marta.
Among those present at the Mass were the Cardinal counselors of the C-9, who are meeting with the Holy Father on Monday. The Pope reflected on the liberty the Holy Spirit gives us, which brings about the proclamation of the Gospel without compromises or rigidity.
Pope to join youth in prayer ahead of Synod
Young Catholics will pray together with Pope Francis at a vigil to mark the 32nd World Youth Day.
The meeting on April 8 at the Basilica of Saint Mary Major will be the first between the pontiff and young people in the journey of preparation for the Synod of Bishops in October 2018 that will explore the theme of “Youth, Faith and Vocational Discernment”.
The event, one of many to take place at a diocesan level on Palm Sunday this year, will also form part of the build up to the next international World Youth Day that will take place in Panama in 2019.
Card. Nichols writes Pope Francis on 4th anniv. of election
Vatican Radio) The President of the Catholic Bishops' Conference of England and Wales, Cardinal Vincent Nichols of Westminster, has written to Pope Francis on behalf of the whole Conference, to offer con-gratulations on the fourth anniversary of the Holy Father's election to the See of Peter, which took place on march 13, 2013.
Cardinal Nichols offers expressions of gratitude for the Holy Father's steadfast leadership.
Pope: Luther’s intention was to renew the Church, not divide her
Vatican Radio) Pope Francis on Thursday said that “the intention of Martin Luther five hundred years ago was to renew the Church, not divide her”.
Speaking to members of an Ecumenical Delegation from Finland who are in the Vatican to take part in the Week of Prayer for Christian Unity, the Pope recalled his visit to Sweden last October and said that the “gathering there gave us the courage and strength, in our Lord Jesus Christ, to look ahead to the ecumenical journey that we are called to walk together.”
The Pope ended his speech with off-the-cuff remarks thanking the bishop leading the delegation for having brought his grandchildren to the audience and pointing out that "we need the simplicity of children: they will show us the path that leads to Jesus Christ."
Pope Francis: New Year's address to Diplomatic Corps
Vatican Radio) Pope Francis on Monday appealed to all religious authorities to join in “reaffirming unequivocally that one can never kill in God’s name,” saying the world is “dealing with a homicidal madness which misuses God’s name in order to disseminate death, in a play for domination and power.”
The Holy Father was giving his annual address to the Diplomatic Corps accredited to the Holy See. “Fundamentalist terrorism is the fruit of a profound spiritual poverty, and often is linked to significant social poverty,” – the Pope said – “It can only be fully defeated with the joint contribution of religious and political leaders.”