Pope Francis Defends Life From Conception to Natural Death During Angelus – February 7,2016

Pope Francis Defends Life From Conception to Natural Death During Angelus – February 7,2016

Also Makes Impassioned Plea to International Community for Peace in Syria

Pope Francis pray the angelus Sunday 14 june 2015

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Pope Francis has made an impassioned plea, condemning the violence in Syria and calling on the international community to find a solution.

Toward the conclusion of today’s Angelus Address at noon, the Pontiff told those in St. Peter’s Square he follows “with deep concern the dramatic fate of civilian populations involved in heavy fighting in Syria and forced to leave everything behind to escape the horrors of war.”

The Pope expressed his hope that they are provided the necessary help to ensure their survival and dignity.

“I appeal to the international community to not save any effort to urgently bring to the negotiating table, the parties,” he continued, stressing, “Only a political solution of the conflict will be able to guarantee a future of reconciliation and peace in that beloved and martyred country, for which I invite you to pray.”

The Holy Father then invited all faithful in the Square to join him in praying a Hail Mary for the war-torn nation.

Renewed Commitment to Defend Life

The Holy Father pointed out that today, in Italy, the Day for Life is celebrated and noted that he joins his fellow bishops in wishing, on the part of various educational and social institutions, “for a renewed commitment in favor of human life from conception to its natural end.”

“Our society must be helped to heal from all attacks on life, daring an inner change, which is shown by the works of mercy,” he said, adding how he encourages all those “who are committed to witnessing the culture of life.”

Must Vanquish Unbearable Shame

Also mentioning that tomorrow is the Day of Prayer and Reflection Against Trafficking of Persons, he said, this offers everyone “the opportunity to help the new slaves today to break the heavy chains of exploitation, to regain their freedom and dignity.”

Stressing how he thinks of how many men, women, and children this tragedy affects, he said, “We must make every effort to vanquish this crime, and this unbearable shame.”

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On ZENIT’s Web page:

Full Text: https://zenit.org/articles/angelus-address-on-meeting-gods-tenderness/

Pope at Angelus: Jesus Can’t Distance Self From Sinners Any More Than a Doctor From the Sick

Reminds All Fathful God’s Mercy Is Greater Than Our Sins

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“Do we really trust the Word of the Lord? Or do we let ourselves be discouraged by our failures?”

Pope Francis asked those present in St. Peter’s Square for his Angelus address at noon to contemplate this, and recall how God has promised to stay with us, even if we’ve sinned.

The Holy Father drew his inspiration from Luke’s Gospel reading today when Jesus tells Simon Peter to not be discouraged by past failed attempts to fish on the Sea of Galilee, and to try again. Trusting the Lord, he does, and the nets overfill.

Jesus told the fisherman not to fear and that he would make him a fisher of men. Despite feeling unworthy, he, along with James and John, trust Jesus, leave everything behind and follow him.

“In this Holy Year of Mercy,” the Pope stressed to the faithful, “we are called to comfort those who feel they are sinners and unworthy and downhearted for their mistakes, telling them the same words of Jesus: ‘Fear not.’”

“The mercy of the father is greater than your sins. Don’t fear,” he said, stressing, “It’s greater. ”

From a human point of view, he admitted, one could think there should be distance between the sinner and the saint. However, he explained, “the sinful condition requires the Lord not distance himself from the sinner, just as a doctor doesn’t distance himself from he who is sick.”

As the fishermen were summoned to Jesus, from that moment forward, to ‘fish’ men, instead, Francis said: “This is the logic that drives the mission of Jesus and the mission of the Church: to seek out, “fish” for men and women, to return full dignity and freedom to all, through the forgiveness of sins.”

“This is the essence of Christianity: to spread the regenerating and gratuitous love of God, with the attitude of acceptance and mercy, to everyone, because everyone can meet the tenderness of God and have fullness of life.”

Departing from his prepared text, the Pope added that this makes him think of confessors, who are the first to give God’s mercy. He noted how they follow Jesus’ example in this way, and that Saints Leopoldo Mandic and Padre Pio of Pietrelcina, the 20th Century Capuchin confessors, whose relics are now in St. Peter’s Basilica for the Jubilee Year of Mercy, as requested by Francis, were great models of this.

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ANGELUS ADDRESS: On Meeting God’s Tenderness

‘Today’s Gospel challenges us: Do we really trust the Word of the Lord? Or do we let ourselves be discouraged by our failures?’

Pope Francis pray the angelus Sunday 14 june 2015

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Below is a ZENIT translation of Pope Francis’ Angelus address today at noon to the faithful in St. Peter’s Square:

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Before the Angelus:

Dear brothers and sisters, Good morning!

The Gospel of this Sunday from St. Luke speaks of the call of Jesus’ first disciples (Lk 5:1-11). The event takes place in a context of everyday life: there are some fishermen on the shore of Lake Galilee, who, after working the night before without catching anything, are washing and putting their nets in order. Jesus went up into the boat of one of them, that of Simon called Peter, and asks him to put out a short distance from the shore and he begins to preach the Word of God to the crowds that had gathered.  When he finished speaking, he said to Peter to put out into deep water and lower the nets for a catch. Simon had already known Jesus and experienced the miraculous power of His word, and therefore, replied: “Master, we have worked hard all night and have caught nothing, but at your command I will lower the nets.”(v. 5). And this faith is not disappointed: in fact, they had caught such a great number of fish that their nets were tearing (cf. v. 6).

In the face of this extraordinary event, the fishermen are overcome with amazement. Simon Peter fell at Jesus’ feet, and said: “Depart from me, Lord, for I am a sinful man.” It was a miraculous sign that convinced him that Jesus is not only a terrific teacher, Whose word is true and powerful, but that He is the Lord, the manifestation of God. And this close presence arouses in Peter’s a strong sense of his own pettiness and unworthiness. From a human point of view, one could think there should be distance between the sinner and the saint. In truth, his own sinful condition requires the Lord to not distance himself from him, the same way a doctor cannot create distance from he who is sick.

Jesus’ response to Simon Peter is reassuring and decisive: “Do not be afraid; from now on you will be catching men.” (v. 10). And again, the fisherman from Galilee, placing his trust in this word, leaves everything and follows Him, Who has become his Master and Lord. And James and John, companions of Simon Peter, did too. This is the logic that drives the mission of Jesus and the mission of the Church: to seek out, “fish” for men and women, to return the full dignity and freedom to all, through the forgiveness of sins. This is the essence of Christianity: to spread the regenerating and gratuitous love of God, with the attitude of acceptance and mercy to everyone, because everyone can meet the tenderness of God and have fullness of life. And here, in a particular way, I think of confessors. They are the first that are to give the mercy of God, following the example of Jesus, like how our two brother saints, Father Leopold [Mandic] and Father Pio, did.

Today’s Gospel challenges us: Do we really trust the Word of the Lord? Or do we let ourselves be discouraged by our failures? In this Holy Year of Mercy, we are called to comfort those who feel they are sinners and unworthy and downhearted for their mistakes, telling them the same words of Jesus: “Fear not.” The mercy of the father is greater than your sins. Don’t fear. It’s greater. Let’s pray that the the Virgin Mary helps us to understand more and more that being a disciple means to put our feet on the footprints left by the Master: they are the footprints of divine grace that regenerates life for all.

[Original text: Italian] [Translation by Deborah Castellano Lubov]After the Angelus:

I follow with deep concern the dramatic fate of civilian populations involved in heavy fighting in Syria and forced to leave everything behind to escape the horrors of war. I hope that, with generous solidarity,  they are lent the necessary help to ensure their survival and dignity, and I appeal to the international community to not save any effort to urgently bring to the negotiating table, the parties. Only a political solution of the conflict will be able to guarantee a future of reconciliation and peace in that beloved and martyred country, for which I invite you to pray a lot. And also now, let’s pray together to Blessed Mary, for beloved Syria  […Hail Mary …]

Dear Brothers and Sisters,

Today, in Italy, we celebrate the Day for Life, on the theme: “Mercy makes life bloom.” I join the Italian bishops in wishing, on the part of various educational and social institutions, for a renewed commitment in favor of human life from conception to its natural end. Our society must be helped to heal from all attacks on life, daring an inner change, which is shown by the works of mercy. I greet and encourage university teachers in Rome and those who are committed to witness the culture of life.

Tomorrow, we celebrate the Day of Prayer and Reflection Against Trafficking of Persons, which offers everyone the opportunity to help the new slaves today to break the heavy chains of exploitation, to regain their freedom and dignity. I think in particular of so many women and men, and so many children! We must make every effort to vanquish this crime, and this unbearable shame.

And tomorrow, in the Far East and in various parts of the world, millions of men and women celebrate the Lunar New Year. I wish everyone to experience serenity and peace within their families, which are the first place where you live and transmit the values ​​of love and brotherhood, coexistence and sharing, attention and care of others . May the New Year bring fruits of compassion, mercy and solidarity. And these brothers and sisters in the Far East, tomorrow they celebrate the Lunar New Year, let’s greet them with an applause from here!

I greet all the pilgrims, parish groups and associations from Italy, Spain, Portugal, Ecuador, Slovakia and other countries. Too many to list them all! I cite only the candidates of the Dioceses of Treviso, Padua, Cuneo, Lodi, Como and Crotone. And I salute the priests of the Mexican College of Rome, here with other Mexicans: thank you for your commitment to accompany with prayer the Apostolic Trip to Mexico that I will make in a few days. And also the encounter that I’ll have in Havana with my dear brother [Patriarch] Kirill [of Moscow].

I wish you all a good Sunday. Please do not forget to pray for me. Good lunch and goodbye!

[Original Text: Italian] [Translation by Deborah Castellano Lubov]

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