Posts

Church in UK: Archbishop leads call to tackle poverty on the doorstep

Vatican Radio

Church in UK: Archbishop leads call to tackle poverty on the doorstep

 

 

(Vatican Radio) Pope Francis has appealed to us to be a Church for the poor and the Catholic Church in England and Wales is answering that call by organizing a seminal conference to tackle rising levels of domestic poverty. Archbishop Peter Smith of Southwark spoke to Susy Hodges about why this initiative is so important.

Listen to the extended interview with Archbishop Smith:

In the aftermath of the economic crisis, Archbishop Smith says there is clear evidence that the poverty crisis is worsening and how more and more people in the United Kingdom “are finding it difficult to feed their families.” Read more

Pope Francis: Address to Pope Tawadros

Vatican Radio

Pope Francis: Address to Pope Tawadros

 

 

(Vatican Radio) Below please find the full text of Pope Francis’ address to the leader of the Coptic Orthodox Church in Egypt, Pope Tawadros II, whom he met on Friday May 10, at the Vatican

Your Holiness,

Dear Brothers in Christ,

For me it is a great joy and a truly graced moment to be able to receive all of you here, at the tomb of Saint Peter, as we recall that historic meeting forty years ago between our predecessors, Pope Paul VI and the late Pope Shenouda III, in an embrace of peace and fraternity, after centuries of mutual distrust. So it is with deep affection that I welcome Your Holiness and the distinguished members of your delegation, and I thank you for your words. Through you, I extend my cordial greetings in the Lord to the bishops, the clergy, the monks and the whole Coptic Orthodox Church. Read more

Vatican studies harmful effects of labor ‘outsourcing’

 

UCANEWS

Vatican studies harmful effects of labor ‘outsourcing’

 

The Pontifical Council for Justice and Peace has hosted a one-day conference on “industry and outsourcing” to discuss the effect of the practice of big corporations transferring operations to low-wage countries.

The Pontifical Council for Justice and Peace has hosted a one-day conference on “industry and outsourcing” to discuss the effect of the practice of big corporations transferring operations to low-wage countries.

“The young people are out on the streets in countries like Spain, Greece and even Italy because they are living with the human effects of big industries outsourcing their production to countries like Bangladesh, Haiti or Dhaka where they can pay workers a percentage of what they would have to pay in Milan,” says Fr. Michael Czerny, S.J. Read more

Pope: Dignity for the Dhaka workers, dignity for the jobless

Vatican Radio

Pope: Dignity for the Dhaka workers, dignity for the jobless

 

 

(Vatican Radio) A society that “does not pay a just wage”, that “does not give work” to people; a society that “that only looks to its balance books, that only seeks profit” is unjust and goes against God. It is work – not power, not money, not culture – that gives men and women a sense of dignity. By stripping them of work, society strips them of their God given dignity. Emer McCarthy reports: http://media01.radiovaticana.va/audiomp3/00369662.MP3

This was the focus of Pope Francis reflections at Mass Wednesday May 1st. The Holy Father marked the feast of St Joseph the Worker together with children and single mothers who are guests at the “Il Ponte” center for solidarity based in the port town of Civitavecchia north of Rome. Mass was concelebrated by the man who founded and runs the center for these families in need, Fr. Egidio Smacchia. Read more

Vatican: Passion of Our Lord Sermon [Full text]

Vatican Radio

Vatican: Passion of Our Lord Sermon [Full text]

(Vatican Radio) In silent procession, wearing red vestments, Pope Francis made his way down the nave of St Peter’s basilica as the sunset over the dome on Friday evening. There before the High Altar, he lay prostrate in prayer. This was the opening act of the liturgy of Our Lord’s Passion, the central commemoration of Good Friday, the memorial of Christ’s suffering and death for the salvation of mankind.

Emer McCarthy reports:

The Holy Father stood as three deacons, two Franciscans and a Dominican, chanted the account of the Passion according to St. John. As is tradition, the papal preacher, Capuchin Father Raniero Cantalamessa, delivered the Good Friday Sermon, this year titled “Justified as a Gift through Faith in the Blood of Christ”. Read more

Pope Francis washes the feet of young prisoners

Vatican Radio

Pope Francis washes the feet of young prisoners

(Vatican Radio) Pope Francis celebrates the Holy Thursday Mass of the Lord’s Supper in Rome’s “Casal del Marmo” juvenile detention facility and wash the feet of some of the young detainees.

While the practice of his predecessors has included washing the feet of priests or laypeople, the ceremony was normally held in either St. Peter’s Basilica or the Basilica of St. John Lateran.

It has been revealed that as archbishop of Buenos Aires, Pope Francis used to celebrate the Mass of the Lord’s Supper – which reflects on the call to imitate Christ by serving one another- in prisons, hospitals or shelters for the poor and marginalized.

“With the celebration at Casal del Marmo, Pope Francis will continue that practice, highlighting “the commandment of love” and service through the ritual of washing the feet of others. Read more

Pope: Mass of Our Lord’s Supper [Full text]

Vatican Radio

Pope: Mass of Our Lord’s Supper [Full text]

(Vatican Radio) The Washing of the Feet, or Mandatum, is an integral part of the Holy Thursday liturgy, the Missa in Coena Domini, or Mass of Our Lord’s Supper, which opens the East erTriduum

The Washing of the Feet is a sign of service. Or as Pope Francis told about 40 young detainees gathered around him for Mass in an inner city detention center, it is “Christ’s caress, because Jesus came just for this, to serve us, to help us”. Emer McCarthy reports:

On Thursday evening as the sun set over a rain washed Rome, Pope Francis crossed the Tiber River bound for the city’s juvenile prison, Casal del Marmo, which roughly translated into English reads, ‘Marble Home’. Read more

Pope: Open you hearts to the sweetness of God’s forgiveness

Vatican Radio

Pope: Open you hearts to the sweetness of God’s forgiveness

(Vatican Radio) Tuesday of Holy Week was marked in the Vatican by morning mass presided by Pope Francis in the chapel of Casa Sancta Marta. Holy See press office director Fr. Lombardi has informed press that the Pope has decided to stay at the residence close to the Paul VI audience hall for now. Pope Francis has moved into a larger apartment and goes each day to the Apostolic Palace for work. Tuesday mornings congregation was composed of guests currently lodging at the residence along with the Holy Father.

Commenting on the Gospel of the day, John Chapter 13, which recounts Judas’ betrayal of Christ, the Pope noted “everyone experiences the dark night of the sinner”, but Jesus “has an embrace” for us all. Read more

Pope Francis and creation

Vatican Radio

 

Pope Francis and creation

(Vatican Radio) Since the beginning of his Pontificate, Pope Francis has spoken of the importance of protecting creation. At his Installation Mass on Tuesday the Holy Father said, “let us be “protectors” of creation, protectors of God’s plan inscribed in nature, protectors of one another and of the environment.”

Speaking about Pope Francis’ message, FAO Assistant Director-General of Forests, Eduardo Rojas-Briales says, “His predecessor Benedict XVI had already started a very important environmental discourse.”

Pope Francis, he continued, has “strengthened this linkage between the religious message as well as the need to keep creation and to keep nature in a good state.”

Listen to Lydia O’Kane’s interview with Eduardo Rojas-Briales