Pope Francis appealed October 13, 2019, for peace in Ecuador, where violence in recent days has included riots and attacks on government buildings. His remarks came during the Angelus prayed with the faithful in St. Peter’s Square.
“Together with all the members of the Synod of Bishops for the Pan-Amazonian Region, especially those from Ecuador, I follow with concern all that is happening in the last weeks in that country,” the Holy Father said. “I entrust it to our common prayer and to the intercession of the new Saints, and I unite myself to the grief for the dead, the wounded and the dispersed. I encourage the seeking of social peace, with particular attention to the most vulnerable populations, to the poor and to human rights.”
Only by “responding to and concretley realising the demands of citizens, is it possible to rebuild social harmony” in Hong Kong, says Card. John Tong, Apostolic Administrator of the Diocese.The Cardinal published a letter inviting citizens and faithful to “regain hope” (Sat, 12 Oct 2019). “Violence is not the solution to the current problem, but only causes deeper and deeper wounds,” says the Cardinal.
Dear friends of Hong Kong,
The riots which began as a result of the extradition law not only are not improving, indeed they are worsening. As a citizen of Hong Kong, this pains me deeply. I am a religious and not a politician; in fact, I’m not here to propose a possible solution to this problem. However, thanks to my faith, I am firmly convinced that the Lord is the master of human history, what is happening cannot be explained with common sense and the people involved do not know how to deal with it. And yet, I firmly believe that God accompanies us during difficult times.
Many faithful have asked me: “Besides prayer, what else can we do?” I know that prayer does not change others, but I think it can convert our heart by helping us to face the test and find hope. I know that most listeners are not believers and that it is possible to lose control during this period of repeated disorders. In such situations, I suggest you take a deep breath and remember how we overcame past challenges, finding hope. And if all this negative information affects our inner peace, I advise people to confide in some trusted friend who understands you; this helps us move forward.
To read the full letter: http://www.asianews.it/news-en/Card.-Tong-appeals-against-violence:-Restore-hope-and-trust-48254.html
Guinean Cardinal Robert Sarah, prefect of the Congregation for Divine Worship and the Sacraments, said the people who portray him as an opponent of Pope Francis are being used by the devil to help divide the Church.
“The truth is that the Church is represented on earth by the vicar of Christ, that is by the Pope. And whoever is against the Pope is, ipso facto, outside the Church,” the cardinal said in an interview published on October 7 in Corriere della Sera, an Italian daily.
Catholics today must ask themselves if they truly believe the faith the Church always has taught, the faith of their ancestors, is still valid today, Cardinal Sarah told Corriere. “We are called to rediscover the truth of these (teachings) both with the incomparable analysis of Benedict’s thought and with great and sunny industriousness of Francis.”