9 August 2017

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9 August 2017

Postby Alice » Wed Aug 09, 2017 10:44 pm

Wednesday 9 August 2017

This morning Pope Francis held his weekly general audience in the Paul VI Hall

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9 August 2017

Postby Alice » Thu Aug 10, 2017 10:50 pm

Wednesday 9 August 2017

Pope Francis: Jesus did not create a Church of perfect people

The Paul VI Audience Hall has a capacity for more than 6,000 people, but sometimes even that number seems small and there are many pilgrims who are unable to enter. Pope Francis knows this and therefore goes to greet and bless them first.

In his catechesis, Pope Francis spoke of the forgiveness of God as the motor of hope. He said that Jesus' merciful heart makes Him open His arms to sinners.

POPE FRANCIS
"How many people continue today down a wrong path in life, because they can't find anyone willing to look at them in a different way, with their eyes, but even a better way, with the heart of God. This means with hope. On the contrary, Jesus sees a possibility of resurrection also in the one who has accumulated many sins."

Pope Francis explained that Jesus scandalized the men of His day by saying He could forgive sins and, that's why He died on the cross.

POPE FRANCIS
"He doesn't accept that human beings consume all of their existence with this indelible 'tattoo,' with this thought of not being able to be received by the merciful heart of God."

He also recalled that when Jesus founded the Church, He did not choose the best people or the least sinful.

POPE FRANCIS
"It benefits us to think that God has not chosen people who never messed up as the foundation to form His Church."

Before concluding, the pope, deeply affected, called for a cessation of violence in Nigeria and the Central African Republic.

POPE FRANCIS
"I hope that every form of hatred and violence will cease, and that more shameful crimes committed in places of worship where the faithful gather to pray will not be repeated."

In Nigeria, several people were murdered inside a church a few days ago. In Central African Republic, there was a violent attack against a religious mission, which killed 50 people. The pope asked the faithful to join him in the recitation of the Hail Mary.




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Pope speaks about the forgiveness of God at the General Audience

In his weekly catechesis, Pope Francis spoke about God's forgiveness and mercy, which even embraces those who are outcast and may seem untouchable.

He reminded those present that Jesus paid the price for this mercy and forgiveness by His death on the Cross. He said, “Our Lord died not because He healed the sick, but because He did what only God can do: forgive sins. This divine mercy both transforms us and renews our hope.”

SUMMARY OF POPE'S CATECHESIS IN ENGLISH

“Dear Brothers and Sisters,

In our continuing catechesis, we now consider God’s mercy as the driving force of Christian hope. When Jesus forgives the sinful woman, His action causes scandal, because it overturns the dominant attitude of the time. Instead of rejecting sinners, Jesus embraces them, those who are outcast, “untouchable.” With a compassion that literally causes him to tremble in His depths, He reveals the merciful heart of God. This astonishing attitude to those in desperate situations, even those who have made many mistakes in life, marks our Christian identity with the stamp of mercy, and gives a sure foundation to our hope. We who have experienced God’s forgiveness should avoid the danger of forgetting that this mercy was purchased at a great price: Christ’s death on the Cross. Our Lord died not because He healed the sick, but because He did what only God can do: forgive sins. This divine mercy both transforms us and renews our hope. Our Lord, who rejects no one, graciously bestows upon us the mission to proclaim his mercy to the world.

I greet the English-speaking pilgrims and visitors taking part in today’s Audience, particularly those from Malta, Nigeria, Guam, Canada and the United States of America. Upon all of you, I invoke the grace of the Lord Jesus, that you may be a sign of mercy and Christian hope in your homes and communities. May God bless you!”




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Pope Francis asks for an end to the violence in the Central African Republic and Nigeria

At the end of the General Audience, Pope Francis called for peace in two countries. On one hand, he called for the cessation of violence in Nigeria, where a church was attacked by a gunman who opened fire on parishioners during Sunday Mass. At least 12 people were killed and nearly 20 injured.

In the Central African Republic, violence between the séléka and anti-balaka factions is intensifying. In the last few hours, a religious mission has been looted and about 50 people have been killed.

CONDOLENCES FROM POPE FRANCIS
"I deeply grieve last Sunday's tragedy in Nigeria, inside a church where innocent people were murdered. And unfortunately, this morning added the news of the homicidal violence in the Central African Republic against the Christian communities. I hope that all forms of hatred and violence will cease and that no more shameful crimes perpetrated in places of worship will be repeated where the faithful gather to pray. Let us think of our brothers and sisters from Nigeria and the Central African Republic and pray together for all of them."



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