Pope Francis: It is time for humanity to change course
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Pope Francis greets Neapolitans during his visit to Naple in June, 2019 (Vatican Media) By Christopher Wells In a wide-ranging interview with Neapolitan newspaper Il Mattino , Pope Francis emphasizes once again the need to address the ongoing problems of war, pandemic, and poverty by working together for the common good.Peace talks between Azerbaijan and Armenia in 2021 VATICAN: Pope Francis on Sunday expressed his spiritual closeness to the families of victims in recent fighting that erupted between Azerbaijan and Armenia, urging both parties to respect the ceasefire in view of a peace agreement.“Landings” participants and facilitators praying the Rosary while walking around the resort.Fr Xavier Andrew, the Ecclesiastical Assistant for the Archdiocesan Ministry of Ecumenical and Interreligious Affairs (AMEIA) during the PMEIA meeting at the Church of Our Lady of Fatima.
“Only by discovering what unites us, brothers and sisters, will we find the way out of the crisis we are going through, which did not begin today…” Although the interview focused especially on issues facing Naples and southern Italy, Pope Francis made it clear that the problems they are facing “are global issues,” questions that “concern the future of the whole world.” “We have not awakened to wars and planetary injustice, we have not listened to the cry of the poor, and of our gravely ill planet.He prayed that the Lord may give strength to the communities there.” A time to change course Pope Francis insisted on the need to “change course,” saying we are all challenged to do so.If you fall within either of these categories … Landings may be what you are looking for.Today, he said, “is a time of trial, a time of choice… It is time to reset the course.--.” In particular, he pointed to the need for sustainable and integral development and new ways of understanding the economy and progress; of debt-relief for developing countries; and the need to put an end to the exploitation of the earth, the arms race; and, the exploitation of people, especially children.Of late, our relationships with them have become stronger.
In order to respond to these crises, the Pope said creativity directed to the common good is necessary, while repeating once again that the course we choose to pursue is important.Guided by the Holy Spirit, the process requires confidentiality and encourages mutual respect.Justice and forgiveness, the pillars of true peace Addressing the question of war, Pope Francis said that today we are measured by the war in Ukraine, but also by many other wars.He quoted St John Paul II, who, writing in the wake of the terrorist attack on 9/11, said that “the shattered order cannot be fully restored until justice and forgiveness are combined.” “The pillars of true peace are justice and forgiveness, which is a particular form of love,” he said, adding, “There is a time for everything.This inaugural session was focused on getting approximately 20 parish ministry heads to experience the programme firsthand, before leading a team to run the Landings programme for their parishioners.Before forgiveness comes the condemnation of evil.” PMEIA chairperson, Ruben Soosai, mentioned that OLF’s PMEIA conducted the First Harmony Walk on February 23, 2018 and the second on Sept 21, 2019.
It is essential, however, not to cultivate war, but to prepare peace, to sow peace.” Ecological commitment must be a priority The Pope also addressed the issue of care for the environment, especially in the context of the Terra dei Fuochi (the “land of fires”) near Naples, and the recent devastating floods in the Italian region of Marche.Also present was Fr Gregory, who shared about entering through the narrow door and the need to get rid of our excess baggage.He repeated once again that “everything is connected,” saying we must “start again” from this awareness.“Today, it is indispensable,” he said, “that every single person and the entire international community assume as a priority the ecological commitment to collegial, solidarity-based, and far-sighted actions.” Politics, the highest form of charity The interview with the Holy Father touched on a number of other topics, including the role of the Church in politics, which the pope described as “the art of encounter” and “the highest form of charity”; the “scourge” of organized crime; and what the world can learn from the Global South in terms of solidarity and its relationship with time, with history, and with the land.When we have these issues, we constantly look over our shoulders, incessantly obsessing over who might play us out.Fr Xavier then opened the floor to questions from the attendees.
The full text of the Pope Francis’ interview, in the original Italian, can be found on Vatican News Italian page:.
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