Pope at Angelus: To stay with Jesus, follow Him and leave the restDuring his Sunday Angelus address, Pope Francis invites the faithful to leave aside that which holds them back from following the Lord, and to stay with Him. This was at the heart of Pope Francis Angelus address to the faithful gathered in a chilly St. Peter's Square. Today's Gospel reading according to St. Matthew narrated the call of the first disciples who, along the lake of Galilee leave everything to follow Jesus. From then on, they follow Jesus. Jesus, Pope Francis underscored, invites each of us to do this today.
Pope to Claretians: Always seek new ways to serve the LordAddressing some 120 members of the Institute of Theology of Religious Life in Rome as they celebrate its 50th anniversary, Pope Francis praises their precious academic work for consecrated life and encourages the Claretian missionaries not to tire of going to the frontiers and being bold in their mission. It is the first institution of its kind in the Catholic Church specialized in the field of Theology of Consecrated Life. Communion and fraternityThe Pope encouraged the Congregation to continue to serve consecrated life with the missionary Claretian spirit. He particularly emphasized the importance of promoting the encounter between different generations in consecrated life, as well as in the Church and in society as a whole. Concluding, Pope Francis invited those present to pray the Lord with him to be freed from the presumption of self-sufficiency, the spirit of worldly criticism, self-referentiality, and “from the diabolical deception of polarizations."2 months ago Herald Malaysia
The voice of laymen at FABC General ConferenceAmong those participating in the FABC General Conference in Bangkok are laymen who have been invited as guests. Oct 27, 2022Four laymen participating in the FABC General Conference, Bangkok, 26 October 2022By Sr Bernadette Mary Reis, fsp -- BangkokFour laymen attending the FABC General Conference in Bangkok shared their thoughts with Vatican News about why their presence and contribution at this meeting are important. Compared to the clergy, he says, laymen have a lot more contact with ordinary people. He has therefore been able to represent the grassroots at the FABC General Conference. “You can’t have a Bishops’ Conference and just have Bishops and Cardinals speaking.3 months ago Herald Malaysia
Cardinal Parolin at Caritas conference: 'Much still to be done to empower women'As a two-day Caritas Internationalis conference gets underway in Paris, Cardinal Secretary of State Pietro Parolin and various keynote speakers highlight the harsh realities and injustices many women face around the world, and pledge to work together to create a more just and equal society for all. Oct 28, 2022The Full Face of Humanity: Women in leadership for a just society (Caritas Internationalis.) Goals of Paris conferenceThe conference, taking place on 27-28 October, has three main aims, as stressed in opening remarks of the conference on Thursday in Paris' UNESCO building. Women in CaritasCaritas Internationalis Secretary General, Aloysius John, recognised the work that still needs to be done within Caritas to empower women. Looking to the futureOn Friday, the conference will reconvene in the Paris venue on the theme "Looking to the future".3 months ago Herald Malaysia
World Day of the Poor challenges us to to see Jesus in our brothers and sistersOne of the initiatives marking the VI World Day of the Poor is the re-opening of a mobile health clinic in St. Peter’s Square offering free screenings and care to those in need. Archbishop Fisichella talks about the Church’s witness to serve the poor in an increasingly unequal world. This service, Archbishop Fisichella agrees, is all the more urgent at a time in which the sheer numbers of poor people are increasing tenfold. “This is a peculiar moment for all people in the world, not just in this county,” but throughout the world the Archbishop said. “As Pope Francis repeats to us every day, the poor are close to us all the time.2 months ago Herald Malaysia
Q: Your Eminence, the Pope is preparing to leave for the Democratic Republic of Congo and South Sudan. Q: From Congo, the Holy Father will move on to South Sudan. When I was in South Sudan, the President himself reminded me of the Pope’s gesture which, he said, touched him deeply and moved him profoundly: we could say it was a prophetic gesture. Q: The Pope will visit South Sudan together with the Archbishop of Canterbury and the Moderator of the General Assembly of the Church of Scotland. Q: What is your personal wish for these peoples you have met and visited, and more generally for Africa?6 days ago Herald Malaysia
Pope: The Word of God calls to conversion, heals, raises upAt the Mass on Sunday of the Word of God, Pope Francis says the Word of God is for everyone, leading us to conversion, and making us heralds of the Good News of God’s boundless love for all. Jan 23, 2023By Thaddeus JonesPope Francis presided over the Mass celebrating this year’s Sunday of the Word of God marking the theme from John’s Letter, “We proclaim to you what we have seen” (1 Jn 1:3). Pope Francis instituted the annual celebration in 2019, calling for the Third Sunday in Ordinary Time to be devoted to the celebration, study, and dissemination of the Word of God. “Jesus wants to reach those far away, He wants to heal the sick, He wants to save sinners, He wants to gather the lost sheep and lift up those whose hearts are weary and oppressed. Bearing witness in word and deedFinally, we are called to bear witness to the Word of God that makes us heralds, the Pope concluded.12 days ago Herald Malaysia
Pope Francis with Mar Awa III, Catholicos Patriarch of the Assyrian Church of the East (ANSA)By Christopher WellsPope Francis received Mar Awa III at the Vatican on Saturday morning – the first visit of the head of the Assyrian Church of the East since his election as Catholicos-Patriarch in September 2021. The Assyrian Church of the East is an eastern Christian Church with historic roots in disputes over the Ecumenical Councils of Ephesus and Chalcedon. In the historic home of the Assyrian Church in the Middle East, many Christians have been forced to leave their homelands, while many others have struggled to remain. With Mar Awa, Pope Francis renewed his appeal for the rights of those Christians – especially the right to religious liberty and the right to full citizenship – to be respected. In particular, he thanked Mar Awa for his desire to find a common date for Easter, insuring the Catholicos-Patriarch that the Catholic Church is ready to accept any proposal that is made together.2 months ago Herald Malaysia