#ShortNews: Jesus entrusts you with a mission

“…Be careful when faced with this bitterness! Be careful!

The Lord is the first to tell you no! This is not the way to go. He is alive and he also wants you to be alive. He wants you to share all your gifts and charisms, all your dreams and your talents (cf. ibid., 1). The Lord calls each of us by name and says: Follow me! He does not call us to run after mirages, but to become missionary disciples here and now. He is the first to reject all those voices that would lull you to sleep, make you passive, numb and apathetic, and thus prevent you from seeking new horizons. With Jesus, there are always new horizons to be sought. He wants to change us and to make our lives a mission. But he tells us one thing: he tells us not to be afraid to get our hands dirty.

The Lord is not looking for lone adventurers. He gives us a mission, yes, but he does not send us out alone to the front lines….”

Read the Pope’s address to those present at the prayer vigil with young people during his trip in Mozambique, Madagascar and Mauritius (4 to 10 September 2019); http://press.vatican.va/content/salastampa/en/bollettino/pubblico/2019/09/07/190907e.html

#ShortNews: Pope: ‘it’s an honor that Americans attack me’

The Italian daily newspaper Il Messaggero on Aug. 20 published a story headlined, “A plot from the USA to make the Pope resign.” A cover of Seneze’s book accompanied the article.

“He reads Il Messaggero every day so when he saw the cover of the copy I was holding, he instantly recognized it,” Seneze told the Register aboard the papal plane today, adding that the book was published in French today.

“When I explained the picture to the Pope, he said: ‘Per me è un onore che mi attaccano gli americani (For me it’s an honor that Americans attack me).’”

Vatican press spokesman Matteo Bruni later confirmed the remark but was quick to offer an explanation: “In an informal context, the Pope wanted to say that he always considers criticisms an honor, particularly when they come from authoritative thinkers and, in this case, an important nation.”

Source: http://www.ncregister.com/blog/edward-pentin/honor

#ShortNews: Pope prays for peace ahead of 80th anniversary of beginning of World War II

Sunday, 1 September, marks 80 years since the outbreak of the Second World War. On that day in 1939, Germany invaded Poland, leading Britain and France to declare war on Adolf Hitler’s Nazi state, two days later. Pope Francis recalled that tragic day on Wednesday, as well as the commemorations to be held in Warsaw, Wielun, and other Polish cities.

“We shall all pray for peace, so that the tragic consequences of hate – which brought only destruction, suffering, and death – may never be repeated,” he said.

The Pope also invited everyone to pray to God, so that “peace may reign in the hearts of all and in families, societies, and amongst peoples.”

Source: https://www.vaticannews.va/en/pope/news/2019-08/pope-francis-80th-anniversary-world-war-2.html

#ShortNews: “Welcome the fire of God’s love”

“Dear brothers and sisters, good morning!

In today’s Gospel (Lk 12:49-53), Jesus warns the disciples that the time to make a decision has come. His coming into the world, in fact, coincides with the time to make decisive choices: choosing the Gospel cannot be postponed. And to better understand His call, He uses the image of fire that He Himself came to bring to earth. Thus, He says: “I have come to set the earth on fire, and how I wish it were already blazing”…

Jesus reveals to His friends, and also to us, His most ardent desire: to bring to earth the fire of the Father’s love, which lights up life and through which, man is saved. Jesus calls us to spread this fire in the world, thanks to which, we will be recognized as His true disciples. The fire of love, lit by Christ in the world through the Holy Spirit, is a fire without limits. It is a universal fire. This has been seen since the early days of Christianity: the witness to the Gospel has spread like a beneficial fire, overcoming every division between individuals, social categories, peoples and nations. Witness to the Gospel burns. It burns every form of particularism and maintains charity open to everyone, with a preference for the poorest and the excluded.”

Read full version the translation of the address Pope Francis gave before and after praying the midday Angelus with those gathered in St. Peter’s Square, 18th Aug 2019: https://zenit.org/articles/popes-angelus-address-on-letting-jesus-fire-change-our-hearts-renew-our-lives-full-text/

#ShortNews: A Christian always walks forward

“A Christian is a missionary who, urged forward by the Holy Spirit, lives his or her Baptism as yeast in society, spreading the message of Jesus.” This is the heart of a brief video message that Pope Francis sent to the participants a 3-day National Missionary Congress, organized by Indonesia’s Catholic Church.

Speaking in Italian, the Pope exhorts the Congress participants to reflect well on the theme. “When we are baptized, we receive the Holy Spirit, who is a treasure; we receive the message of Jesus, the Gospel within us,” the Pope says in the video message that was projected during the opening ceremony.

The Pope draws attention to the two words of the theme, “Baptized and Sent”. “When you have a beautiful thing and are enthusiastic about it,” he says, “you feel the impetus to share it and give it to others.” “Baptized and Sent”, he says, are the two things that must be the leitmotif of the Congress.

Source: https://www.vaticannews.va/en/pope/news/2019-08/pope-francis-video-message-indonesia-national-missionary-congres.html#play

#ShortNews: Be transformed into missionary disciples

Pope Francis has sent a message to participants of Cuba’s Second National Youth Day which is celebrated, this year, on August 1. In his letter Pope encouraged Youth Day participants to be, like Mary: “witnesses of His Resurrection” and willing to let themselves be transformed into missionary disciples, “so that many other young people may discover the presence of the Lord Jesus, listen to His call, grow in His friendship, and, in this way, live an existence founded on faith and mercy.”

“With these sentiments”, the message concludes, “the Holy Father prays to God our Lord, through the intercession of the Our Lady of Charity of El Cobre, to protect all young Cubans with His infinite love, accompanying them in all moments of their lives.”

Cuba’s Second National Youth Day is celebrated throughout the island in all of its Catholic dioceses.

Source: https://www.vaticannews.va/en/pope/news/2019-08/pope-message-national-youth-day-cuba.html

#ShortNews: Pope reflects on the Our Father, a ‘most precious gift’ of Jesus

“…So, one day, they wait for Jesus to conclude His prayer in a secluded place, and then they ask, “Lord, teach us to pray” (v. 1). In response to the explicit question of the disciples, Jesus does not give an abstract definition of prayer, nor does He teach an effective technique for praying and “obtaining” something. Instead He invites His disciples to experience prayer, placing them directly in communication with the Father, inspiring in them a nostalgia for a personal relationship with God, with the Father. Here lies the novelty of Christian prayer! It is a dialogue between people who love each other, a dialogue based on trust, supported by listening and open to solidarity. It is a dialogue of the Son with the Father, a dialogue between children and their Father. This is Christian prayer.

When Jesus teaches us, the Lord’s prayer makes us enter into God’s paternity and shows us the way to enter into a prayerful and direct dialogue with Him, via the path of filial confidence. And it is a dialogue between the father and his son, of the son with his father. What we ask in the Lord’s prayer is already all realized for us in the Only-begotten Son: the sanctification of the Name, the advent of the Kingdom, the gift of bread, forgiveness and liberation from evil. As we ask, we open our hand to receive. To receive the gifts that the Father showed us in the Son. The prayer that the Lord has taught us is the synthesis of every prayer, and we always address it to the Father in communion with our brothers. Sometimes it happens that in prayer there are distractions but many times we feel the desire to stop at the first word – “Father” – and feel that paternity in the heart.”

To read full version of Holy Father Francis words at the Angelus prayer, click here; http://press.vatican.va/content/salastampa/en/bollettino/pubblico/2019/07/28/190728a.html