“The Bishop of Rome will not rest, so long as there are men and women, of any religion, affected in their dignity, deprived of life’s basic necessities, robbed of a future, forced to the status of refugees and displaced persons. Today, along with the pastors of the Churches of the East, we make an appeal: that the right of all people to a decent life and to freely profess their faith be respected.” – Papa Francisco
Francis Pope wrote his first apostolic exhortation Evangelii Gaudium!
Next Sunday, 24th November, the day of closing the Year of Faith will hold a ‘Joyful’ moment. Papa Francis will deliver the Apostolic Exhortation “Evangelii Gaudium”. This is Papa’s first official document after the encyclical “Lumen Fidei” (The light of faith) which he co-wrote with Papa Emeritus Benedict XVI. In his Exhortation, the Pope entrusts every baptised Catholic with the mission of becoming an evangeliser.
The Church is emphasizing on her mission and if you closely watch, the word ‘mission’ is booming in church. A missionary boom is imminent. The missionary boats started sailing and are you in the same boat?
Do not die like my secular friends, evangelise someone somewhere before you die. I pray let this be a wake-up call for all sleepy, Catholics in maintenance mode.
I am dedicating this post to all my friends and bloggers with the name ‘Joy’ because ‘Gaudium Evangelii’ means ‘The Joy of the Gospel’
ROME — Pope Francis could be at risk from the ‘Ndranghetaorganized crime organization, according to a leading anti-mob prosecutor who has himself been the target of threats from the mafia.
Nicola Gratteri, 55, a state prosecutor in the southern Italian region of Calabria, where the ‘Ndrangheta is most active, said the pope’s effort to reform the church is making the ‘Ndrangheta “very nervous.”
The organization is considered by experts in Italy to be the most dangerous, most unified and most difficult to penetrate mafia-type organization in the country.“I cannot say if the organization is in a position to do something like this, but they are dangerous and it is worth reflecting on,” Gratteri warned. “If the godfathers can find a way to stop him, they will seriously consider it.
God’s hands are hands that are wounded from love. I could never imagine those hands giving us a slap, Never. Never.
“Our God, like a Father with his child, teaches us to walk, teaches us to walk along the path of life and salvation. It’s God’s hands who caress us in our moments of pain and who comforts us. God’s hands are hands that are wounded from love. I could never imagine those hands giving us a slap, Never. Never. Even when he scolds us, he does it with a caress.” – Papa Francis