Pope Francis


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Europe finds new hope when man is the centre and the heart of her institutions. I am convinced that this entails an attentive and trust-filled readiness to hear the expectations voiced by individuals, society and the peoples who make up the Union. Sadly, one frequently has the sense that there is a growing split between the citizens and the European institutions.
Mar 24 2017
We can learn a lot about a person if we know what types of things he or she talks about or comments on the most frequently. There are numerous topics with which Pope Francis is associated, including May and Christmas. Most recently, Pope Francis has been quoted saying: “Europe finds new hope when she refuses to yield to fear or close herself off in false forms of security. Politics needs this kind of leadership which avoids appealing to emotions to gain consent but instead, in a spirit of solidarity and subsidiarity, devises policies that can make the union as a whole develop harmoniously. Without an approach inspired by those ideals, we end up dominated by the fear that others will wrench us from our usual habits, deprive us of familiar comforts, and somehow call into question a lifestyle that all too often consists of material prosperity alone.” in the article Pope urges EU: Resist ‘false’ security promised by populists. An other article where Pope Francis has been quoted is Europe must not 'close herself off in false forms of security', says pope.
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My aides and I are studying the possibility of a trip to South Sudan.

It is a scandal to say one thing and do another. That is a double life. There are many Catholics who are like this and they cause scandal. How many times have we all heard people say 'if that person is a Catholic, it is better to be an atheist.

For those who flee conflicts and terrible persecutions, often trapped within the grip of criminal organizations who have no scruples, we need to open accessible and secure humanitarian channels.

In this regard, the right to prior and informed consent should always prevail. Only then is it possible to guarantee peaceful cooperation between governing authorities and indigenous peoples, overcoming confrontation and conflict.

Do not allow those which destroy the earth, which destroy the environment and the ecological balance, and which end up destroying the wisdom of peoples.

It is our duty to prove our severity with priests who betray their mission, and with those, including bishops and cardinals, who protect them, as it has happened in the past.

To their families I offer my feeling of love and pain, and I ask, humbly, forgiveness. It is an absolute monstrosity, a horrendous sin, radically opposite to what Christ teaches.

Never wash your hands of problems. I live in peace. I do not know how to explain this.

I urge all those in government positions to combat this scourge with firmness, giving voice to our younger brothers and sisters who have been wounded in their dignity. All efforts must be made to eradicate this shameful and intolerable crime. They have been suffering for years, they have been tortured, killed, simply because they want to live their culture and their Muslim faith. Let us pray for them… for our Rohingya brothers and sisters.

Great sporting events like today's Super Bowl are highly symbolic, showing that it is possible to build a culture of encounter and a world of peace. By participating in sport, we are able to go beyond our own self-interest and in a healthy way we learn to sacrifice, to grow in fidelity and respect the rules. May this year's Super Bowl be a sign of peace, friendship and solidarity for the world.

Maybe I'm reckless but I must say I don't have any fear for myself but I'm always worried about the safety of those who travel with me and above all that of the people that I meet in various countries. There is always the risk of a rash gesture by a madman. But the Lord is always there.

I can't bring myself to move around in bulletproof cars or in closed popemobiles with bulletproof glass. I fully understand the needs of security and am grateful (to security forces) but a bishop is a pastor, a father, and there cannot be too many barriers between him and the people. Because of this, I said from the start that I would travel only if I could have contact with people.

The loss of the ties that bind us, so typical of our fragmented and divided culture, increases this sense of orphanhood and, as a result, of great emptiness and loneliness. The lack of physical (and not virtual) contact is cauterizing our hearts and making us lose the capacity for tenderness and wonder, for pity and compassion.

Unfortunately, violence has stricken even in this night of good wishes and hope. Pained, I express my closeness to the Turkish people. I pray for the many victims and for the wounded and for the entire nation in mourning. I ask the Lord to sustain all men of good will to courageously roll up their sleeves to confront the plague of terrorism and this stain of blood that is covering the world with a shadow of fear and a sense of loss.

Today we want to think of those who suffer persecution and to be close to them with our affection, our prayers and our tears. Yesterday on Christmas Day, the persecuted Christians in Iraq celebrated Christmas in their destroyed Cathedral. This was an example of fidelity to the Gospel.

Today this message goes out to the ends of the Earth to reach all peoples, especially those scarred by war and harsh conflicts that seem stronger than the yearning for peace.

Today also the same indifference can exist, when Christmas becomes a feast where the protagonists are ourselves, rather than Jesus; when the lights of commerce cast the light of God into the shadows; when we are concerned for gifts, but cold toward those who are marginalized.

This worldliness has taken Christmas hostage. It needs to be freed.

Let us allow ourselves to be challenged by the children who are not allowed to be born, by those who cry because no one satiates their hunger, by those who do have not toys in their hands, but rather weapons. We have to free ourselves of it!

Jesus was born rejected by some and regarded by many others with indifference. Today also the same indifference can exist, when Christmas becomes a feast where the protagonists are ourselves, rather than Jesus; when the lights of commerce cast the light of God into the shadows; when we are concerned for gifts, but cold toward those who are marginalized.

Let us also allow ourselves to be challenged by the children of today's world, who are not lying in a cot caressed with the affection of a mother and father, but rather suffer the squalid mangers that devour dignity: hiding underground to escape bombardment, on the pavements of a large city, at the bottom of a boat over-laden with immigrants.

Let us allow ourselves to be challenged by the children who are not allowed to be born, by those who cry because no one satiates their hunger, by those who do have not toys in their hands, but rather weapons.

O' Mary, our Immaculate Mother, I bring you, Mother, all the workers, men and women, and I especially entrust you those who out of necessity strive to carry out an undignified job and those who have lost their jobs or can't find one.

The means of communication have their own temptations, they can be tempted by slander, and therefore used to slander people, to smear them, this above all in the world of politics. They can be used as means of defamation.

And since people have a tendency towards the sickness of coprophagia, a lot of damage can be done.

I'd like to recall today the Brazilian people's sorrow.

The 'distraction' or delay in implementing global agreements on the environment shows that politics has become submissive to a technology and economy which seek profit above all else.

If a person is gay and seeks God and has good will, who am I to judge him?

Lest any obstacle arise between the request for reconciliation and God's forgiveness, I henceforth grant to all priests, in virtue of their ministry, the faculty to absolve those who have committed the sin of procured abortion.

In the same way, however, I can and must state that there is no sin that God's mercy cannot reach and wipe away when it finds a repentant heart seeking to be reconciled with the Father.

May every priest, therefore, be a guide, support and comfort to penitents on this journey of special reconciliation.

I henceforth grant to all priests, in virtue of their ministry, the faculty to absolve those who have committed the sin of procured abortion. The provision I had made in this regard, limited to the duration of the Extraordinary Holy Year, is hereby extended .

Mercy cannot become a mere parenthesis in the life of the church; it constitutes her very existence.

I ask you to be welcoming to all, witnesses of fatherly love whatever the gravity of the sin involved, attentive in helping penitents to reflect on the evil they have done, clear in presenting moral principles, willing to walk patiently beside the faithful on their penitential journey, farsighted in discerning individual cases and generous in dispensing God's forgiveness.

An enemy because they come from a distant country or have different customs. An enemy because of the color of their skin, their language or their social class. An enemy because they think differently or even have a different faith.

Mindful of the contributions that the Hispanic community makes to the life of the nation, I pray that the Encuentro will bear fruit for the renewal of the American society and for the church's apostolate in the United States.

Our great challenge is to create a culture of encounter which encourages individuals and groups to share the richness of their traditions and experience; to break down walls and to build bridges.

It is the symptom of a spiritual sclerosis when we are only interested in objects to be produced rather than in persons to be loved. This is the origin of the tragic contradiction of our age: as progress and new possibilities increase, which is a good thing, less and less people are able to benefit from them.

I want to tell you, every time I visit a prison I ask myself: 'Why them and not me? We can all make mistakes: all of us. And in one way or another we have made mistakes.

At times we get stuck in our own ideologies or absolutize the laws of the market even as they crush other people. At such times, we imprison ourselves behind the walls of individualism and self-sufficiency, deprived of the truth that sets us free.

Today we celebrate the Jubilee of Mercy for you and with you, our brothers and sisters who are imprisoned.

If we read carefully the declaration by St. John Paul II, it is going in that direction.

St. Pope John Paul II had the last clear word on this and it stands, this stands.

We too must look with love and honesty at our past, recognizing error and seeking forgiveness, for God alone is our judge.

The spiritual experience of Martin Luther challenges us to remember that apart from God, we can do nothing.

If we don't do it, we Christians hurt ourselves by division.

I express my closeness to the population of central Italy hit by the earthquake.

He never stayed in the parish office. He got on his mule and went out to find people like a priest of the street – to the point of getting leprosy.

I want to share your sorrow, a deep sorrow when I think of many children, many families, whose lives have been broken in such a dramatic way. To assure each of you of my compassion, my closeness and my prayer.

Our only answer to this world at war has a name: it's called fraternity.

We are called to serve the crucified Jesus in all those who are marginalized; to touch his sacred flesh in those who are disadvantaged, in those who hunger and thirst, in the naked and imprisoned, the sick and unemployed, in those who are persecuted, refugees and migrants.

Lord, have mercy on your people. Lord, forgiveness for so much cruelty.

Go to that place of horror without speeches, without crowds. Alone, enter, pray.

I would like to draw near to all children who are sick, to stand at their bedside, and embrace them. I would like to listen to everyone here, even if for only a moment, and to be still before questions that have no easy answers. And to pray.

Not a war of religion. There is a war of interests. There is a war for money. There is a war for natural resources. There is a war for domination of peoples. This is the war.

What was her name? I don't know – a little girl without a name. She is in heaven and watching us. Let's close our eyes, think about her and give her a name.

If we want to rethink our society, we need to create dignified and well-paying jobs, especially for our young people. To do so requires coming up with new, more inclusive and equitable economic models, aimed not at serving the few, but at benefiting ordinary people and society as a whole.

It's a drop of water in the sea. But after this drop, the sea will never be the same.

We must never forget, however, that migrants, rather than simply being a statistic, are first of all people who have faces, names and individual stories.

We see and will continue to see problems both inside and out. They will always be there.

Oh Cross of Christ, today too we see you in expressions of fundamentalism and in terrorist acts committed by followers of some religions which profane the name of God and which use the holy name to justify their unprecedented violence.

A person who advocates building walls for solutions is "not Christian.

In certain cases, as in this one, such as the one I mentioned of Blessed Paul VI, it was clear.

I would only say this man is not a Christian if that is what he says.

A person who only thinks about building walls again and again, and not building bridges, is not a Christian.

I would also like to exhort doctors to do everything to find vaccines against the mosquitoes that bear this illness. We have to work on that.

Abortion isn't a lesser evil, it's a crime. Taking one life to save another, that's what the Mafia does. It's a crime. It's an absolute evil.

Abortion is not a lesser evil. It is a crime. It is killing one person to save another. It is what the Mafia does. It is a crime. It is an absolute evil.

Work towards integration, all doors are open, but we cannot say, From here on they can have communion. This would be an injury also to marriage, to the couple. It wouldn't make them do the path of integration.

I would also say a man who does not know how to have a relationship of friendship with a woman...he's a man who is missing something. A friendship with a woman is not a sin, it's a friendship. We have not understood the good that a woman do for the life of a priest and of the church in the sense of counsel, help, healthy friendship.

It is a crime. It is to kill someone in order to save another. That is what the Mafia does.

What temptation can come to us from places often dominated by violence, corruption, drug trafficking? What temptations can we have in face all of that that?What temptations might we face with this reality, which seems to have become a permanent system? I think we can sum it up in a word: resignation.

Your people have been misunderstood and excluded from society. Some have even considered you inferior, (as well) your values, cultures, your tradition.

This meeting of the Primates of the Catholic Church and the Russian Orthodox Church, after a long preparation, will be the first in history and will mark an important stage in relations between the two Churches. The Holy See and the Moscow Patriarchate hope that it will also be a sign of hope for all people of good will.

The reform will move forward with determination, clarity and firm resolve because the church can always be reformed.

But remember, peace without love, friendship and tolerance is nothing. I hope that all Central Africans can see peace.

Here I think of the importance of our common belief that the God whom we seek to serve is a God of peace. His holy name must never be used to justify hatred and violence.

To the extent that our societies experience divisions, whether ethnic, religious or economic, all men and women of good will are called to work for reconciliation and peace, forgiveness and healing.

Allow me to remember the five Chinese men and two women, who died two years ago due to a fire in the industrial zone of Prato. It is a tragedy of exploitation and of inhumane living conditions.

Furthermore, as is clearly evident, the pope is carrying out his very intense activity in a totally normal way.

The holy spouses Louis Martin and Marie-Azelie Guerin practiced Christian service in the family, creating, day by day, an environment of faith and love.

Foreigners, their children who don't receive a proper education, those deprived of medical insurance, the homeless and the forgotten elderly are all becoming part of an urban landscape that slowly but surely we're getting used to seeing and feeling in our hearts.

We must not be taken aback by their numbers, but rather view them as persons, seeing their faces and listening to their stories, trying to respond as best we can to their situation. To respond in a way which is always humane, just and fraternal.

We, the people of this continent, are not fearfull of foreigners, because most of us were once foreigners. Building a nation calls us to recognize that we must constantly relate to others, rejecting a mindset of hostility in order to adopt one of reciprocal subsidiarity.

It seems clear to me also that climate change is a problem that can no longer be left to future generations.

I urge political leaders to persevere on this path and to develop all its potentialities as a proof of the high service which they are called to carry out on behalf of the peace and well-being of their peoples, of all America, and as an example of reconciliation for the entire world.

I ask everyone to make an effort so that the voice of the poorest will be heard at the table where the world looks for a solution to the complex social-environmental crisis, to listen to the voice of the poorest countries and the poorest human beings.

Faced with the tragedy of tens of thousands of refugees, the Gospel calls us and asks us to show solidarity to the most vulnerable and those who have been abandoned – to give them a real hope. Every parish, every religious community, every monastery, every sanctuary of Europe, take in one family.

Going through the holy door obliges us to be merciful like the Good Samaritan.

Our house is going to ruin, and that harms everyone, especially the poorest. Mine is therefore, an appeal for responsibility, based on the task that God gave man in creation: that he keep the garden in which he was placed.

The bicentenary of Latin America's cry for independence was an idea born from the absence of freedoms, a feeling of being exploited, or stripped, by those who held power.

I give a blessing to each one of you, for your families, and for this great people, the noble Ecuadorian people.

The shroud should spur people to reflect not only on the face and the broken body of Jesus, but at the same time, on the face of every suffering and unjustly persecuted person.

What has happened to you, Europe, the mother of peoples and nations, the mother of great men and women who upheld, and even sacrificed their lives for, the dignity of their brothers and sisters?

How do we take care of those who, after the irreversible failure of their marriage bond, have taken up a new union? These people are not at all excommunicated. They are not excommunicated, , and they must not be treated as such. They still belong to the church.

Peace and liberty for the victims of drug dealers, who are often allied with the powers who ought to defend peace and harmony in the human family. And we ask peace for this world subjected to arms dealers, who make their money from the blood of men and women.

In hope we entrust to the merciful Lord the framework recently agreed to in Lausanne, that it may be a definitive step toward a more secure and fraternal world.

Corruption stinks and a corrupt society stinks! So go ahead and clear your souls and clean up the city and clean up society so that there is no longer that stink of corruption.

This is the only way to lead to peace and concord in this martyred land.

I cannot insult and provoke a person continually because I risk making them angry and I risk getting a reaction that is not correct.

May all people here find inspiration and strength to build a future of reconciliation, justice and peace for all the children of this beloved land.

May the gesture of directing their thought and prayer to the Father each time they cross the threshold of their cell signify for them their passage through the Holy Door.

My thoughts go to all children that are killed and abused today. Children displaced because of wars and persecution, abused and exploited under our eyes and our complicit silence.

As religious leaders, we are obliged to denounce all violations of the human dignity.

As a result, the great ideas which once inspired Europe seem to have lost their attraction, only to be replaced by the bureaucratic technicalities of its institutions.

Our societies are defined by a growing individualism and division, and it's depriving the the weakest of a life with dignity and it provokes uprisings against the (public) institutions.

Don't tell anyone: 'You can't say that'. You must talk about everything you know, in a spirit of freedom of speech. The presence of the pope is a guarantee for all and a safeguard of the faith.

In these cases, where there is an unjust aggression I can only say that it is licit to stop the unjust aggressor. I underscore the verb 'to stop'. I am not saying bombing or making war, but stopping him. One nation cannot decide alone.

We don't teach our children to plant bombs. We teach them peace, but we have to build a wall for those who teach the other side.

The time has come to put an end to this situation which has become increasingly unacceptable.

We pray in a particular way for Syria, that all those suffering the effects of the conflict can receive much needed humanitarian aid and that neither side will again use deadly force, especially against the defenceless civilian population.

I feel compelled to personally take on all the evil that some priests – quite a few in number, (although) obviously not compared to the number of all priests – to personally ask for forgiveness for the damage they have done for having sexually abused children.

The church is aware of this … personal, moral damage carried out by men of the church, and we will not take one step backward with regards to how we will deal with this problem, and to the sanctions that must be imposed.

I wanted to give you New Year's greetings. I'll see if I can reach you later. God bless you.

If our heart is closed, if we are dominated by pride, deceit, and the constant pursuit of self interest, then darkness falls within and around us.

Let's unite our efforts so that tragedies like this are not repeated. Only strong cooperation involving everyone can help prevent them.

At this point I ask myself: Is it possible to change direction? Can we get out of this spiral of sorrow and death? Can we learn once again to walk and live in the ways of peace? Yes we all can.

The Church needs you. Your enthusiasm, your creativity, and the happiness that characterises you. Just three words: go without fear!

He offers us the possibility of a fruitful and happy life with him, a future with eternal life.

Let us look to the pastoral needs of those on the outskirts, to bring the Gospel to those who are farthest way, with those who do not usually go to church. They are the VIP guests. Go to the crossroads, go and find them.

Our society has forgotten what it means to cry with others, to empathise. It's the globalisation of indifference, which has taken away our ability to feel.

I think of how many, and not just young people, are unemployed, often due to a purely economic conception of society that seeks selfish profit outside the parameters of social justice.

The Baptism that makes us children of God, and the Eucharist that unites us to Christ, must become life. That is to say: they must be reflected in attitudes, behaviors, actions and choices.

We saw the beauty and the strength of the Christian communion from Lebanon and and the friendship of so many Muslim brothers: and many others.

And that must be done especially for the poorest, the weakest the least important, those who Matthew lists in the final judgement on love: the hungry, the thirsty, the strange, the naked, the sick, those in prison.

As you know the duty of the conclave is to give Rome a bishop. It seems that my brother cardinals went almost to the end of the world!

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