Francis says “sadness is not a Christian attitude”. Speaking to the faithful at
morning Mass he commented on how it is possible to overcome the difficulties of
life with the support and closeness of the Holy Spirit.
Francis reflected on the Holy Spirit, the protagonist, he said, of the Gospel
passage of the day. He was speaking during his homily at Mass on Tuesday
morning at the Casa Santa Marta
on Jesus’ farewell speech to the disciples before going to Heaven, the Pope
said He gives us a true catechesis on the Holy Spirit.
disciples, he noted, are sad to hear that their Master will soon leave them,
but Jesus reproaches them pointing out that although “grief has filled your
hearts, (…) it is better for you that I go”.
can one not be sad?” he continued, and said that “to counter sadness, we pray
to the Lord to keep the renewed youth of the spirit within us”.
It is the
Holy Spirit, the Pope said, who ensures that we continue to be renewed and
youthful in our faith.
Christians must not be
Spirit, Pope Francis explained, gives us the capacity to carry our crosses. He
reflected on the reading from the Acts of the Apostles that tells of how Paul
and Silas, who had been stripped, beaten, chained and imprisoned, sang hymns to
Spirit, he said, renews everything. The Holy Spirit accompanies us in life and
sustains us. And calling the Spirit the ‘Paraclete’, the Pope explained the
meaning of this “strange” word – which – he said, refers to “He who is near me
and supports me so that I don’t fall, so I keep my spirit youthful”.
Christian is always young,” the Pope continued, and when the heart of a
Christian begins to age, so does his Christian vocation.
you are young in heart and soul, or you are not fully Christian” he said.
Daily dialogue with the
Spirit allows us to go forward:
said that there is sorrow and pain in all of our lives, but he highlighted the
example of Paul and Silas who were beaten and were suffering, and yet, he said
“they were full of joy, they sang…”
explained that this is where the “youthful” part comes in as youth looks ahead
with hope. But to be able to have this youthful attitude, he added, we need a
daily dialogue with the Holy Spirit, who is always with us.
the great gift that Jesus left us: this support, which allows us to go forward”
Sin makes the soul grow
old, the Spirit keeps it young:
Francis concluded his homily with words of encouragement and hope saying that
even if we are sinners, the Spirit helps us to repent and look ahead: “speak to
the Spirit who will give you support and restore your youthfulness”.
the other hand, he said ages one: “the soul ages, everything ages”.
there are difficult moments, but in these moments “we feel that the Spirit
helps us to move forward (…) and to overcome difficulties. Even martyrdom,”
ask the Lord not to lose this renewed youthfulness, not to be Christians who
have retired and have lost their joy,” he said: “a Christian never retires, a
Christian lives because he is young – when he is a true Christian”.
Vatican announces the date of the canonization of Blessed John Henry Newman
along with four others on the third Sunday of October 2019.
At a Consistory of cardinals on Monday, Pope Francis formally approved Blessed John Henry Newman’s canonisation along with that of Sister Mariam Thresia, of GiuseppinaVannini, of Dulce Lopes Pontes and of Margarita Bays.
February, the Pope signed a decree recognising a second miracle attributed to
Blessed John Henry Newman, the inexplicable healing of a woman with a
Henry Newman was one of the most prominent converts to Catholicism from
Anglicanism of the 19th century. He was already an esteemed Anglican theologian
when he founded the Oxford Movement to return the Church of England to its
Catholic roots, before himself converting to the Catholic faith. He was
renowned as a brilliant thinker and was made a cardinal by Pope Leo XIII. He
died in Birmingham in 1890, aged 89, after founding the Birmingham Oratory.
Thresia of India is the founder of the Congregation of the Sisters of the
Sister GiuseppinaVannini is the founder of the Daughters of
Sister Dulce Lopes Pontes of the Congregation of the
Missionary Sisters of the Immaculate Conception of the Mother of God.Marguerite Bays of Switzerland, of the Third Order of
Saint Francis of Assisi.
Photo/Gregorio Borgia) Pope Francis celebrates Mass in Camerino, Italy, Sunday,
June 16, 2019.
Francis called Friday for a reform of the way theology is taught in Catholic
schools, saying students must learn about dialogue with Judaism and Islam, and
that overall there must be greater freedom in theological research and academic
Jesuit pope made the call during a speech at the Jesuit-run theology university
in Naples. It follows his outreach this year to the Muslim world with the
signing of a joint statement with the imam of Cairo’s Al Azhar, the seat of
Sunni learning, establishing the relationship between Catholics and Muslims as
brothers, with a common mission to promote peace.
speech, Francis said dialogue and partnership with the Muslim world is
necessary “to build a peaceful existence, even when there are the troublesome
episodes by fanatic enemies of dialogue.”
theology students must learn the culture, language and way of thinking of Jews
and Muslims, he said, “to better understand and live out our relationship.”
theologically doctrinaire papacies of St. John Paul II and Pope Benedict XVI,
Francis has stressed instead the need to “walk together” with interfaith
partners, often joking that theologians should ruminate on a deserted island
while religious leaders press ahead with dialogue on the ground. He has also
called for a more pastoral, merciful and conscience-driven approach to sticky
theological problems, such as Communion for the civilly remarried.
Francis on Monday addressed members of Catholic Airport Chaplaincies who are
meeting in Rome for a seminar dedicated to their “Catholic civil aviation
chaplains and members of the airport chaplaincy at the service of integral
human development. The 17th International Seminar is being promoted
by the Dicastery for Promoting Integral Human Development.
ministering to the millions of people who travel by air each day, Pope Francis
told pastoral workers “you are called to bring the message and presence of
Christ… and to bring to everyone, whether Christian or not, the Good News of God’s
tender love, hope, and peace”.
A presence of availability
described their activity as “primarily a presence of availability”,
representing “God’s ever-present love” to all they meet. “Your witness, and the
message you communicate in that particular moment, can leave a life-long
Father said he was pleased to see their focus on integral human development,
which “embraces a variety of particular concerns”. “I urge you to carry out
your ministry with commitment and enthusiasm”, he said, “gazing with the heart
of Christ upon the thousands of faces passing by, so that everyone can sense
A space to encounter God
urged pastoral concern for pilots and cabin crew, as well as speaking about the
importance of providing opportunities in airports for people to have an
“encounter” with God “in prayer and in the sacraments.” Pope Francis also spoke
out in favour of migrants and refugees who pass through airports, highlighting
the necessity for pastoral workers to ensure their “human dignity”, and that
their rights might be “safeguarded”.
that the many commitments of civil aviation chaplains “can prove physically and
spiritually draining”, the encouraged chaplains “to involve others”, and
especially lay people, in their mission.
spirit must be the inspiration and guide to all our activity”, Pope Francis
said in conclusion, before entrusting them all to the Blessed Virgin Mary under
the title of “Our Lady of Loreto, Patroness of Civil Aviation”.
when Catholics try to talk to young people about vocational discernment,
“it’s as if we were speaking Esperanto to them, because they don’t
understand a thing,” Pope Francis said.
pastors, religious and other adults must learn to speak young people’s language
and must avoid exercising undue pressure on young men and women to enter a
seminary or join a religious order, the pope said June 6 at a gathering of people
doing vocations work in Europe.
advent of new technologies and social media, he added, young people today know
how to contact others, “but they do not communicate.”
is perhaps the challenge that we have with young people,” the pope said.
“Communication; communion; we must teach them that computers are good,
yes; to have some form of contact, but this isn’t language. This is a ‘gaseous’
language. The true language is to communicate, to speak.”
in the Congress for the Pastoral Care of Vocations in Europe were in Rome to
study ways to implement the recommendations made during the Synod of Bishops on
young people and vocational discernment in October.
from his prepared speech, the pope said he preferred to speak “a bit off
the cuff with what comes from my heart.”
the words of Pope Benedict XVI, Pope Francis said the “church grows
through attraction, not proselytism” and recalled a time when several
Italian religious orders went to the Philippines in the early 1990s to search
for vocations to bring back to Italy.
vocations “isn’t about looking where to take people like those nuns”
who would “go there and brought girls here,” he said. “I wanted
to clear this up because the spirit of proselytism hurts us.”
the church must help young people learn how “to dialogue with the
Lord” and how to ask him, ‘What do you want from me?'”
is important, it is not an intellectual conviction,” the pope said.
“No, the choice of a vocation must be born from dialogue with the Lord, no
matter what their vocation is.”
people, he said, must be helped to get to the point where they can say,
“The Lord inspires me to go forward this way in life, on this path.”
Francis said helping young people discern their vocation is tiring work and
requires “so much patience and a great capacity to listen.”
“It isn’t easy, it isn’t easy, but you
can’t go forward with preconceived notions or purely doctrinal impositions, in
the good sense of the word: ‘You must do this!'” the pope said. “No,
you must accompany, guide and help so that the encounter with the makes them
see what their path in life is.”
Francis said Sunday that his relationship with Benedict XVI gives him strength
and reminds him of the living tradition of the Church.
hear him speak, I become strong. I hear this story of the Church,” Pope Francis
said of Benedict in an in-flight press conference June 2.
aboard the papal flight returning from Romania, Francis said that each time he
visits the pope emeritus, he feels more like family.
time I go to visit him I feel like that, I take his hand and get him to talk.
He speaks little, slowly, but with the same depth, as always — because
Benedict’s problem is his knees, not his head,” he said.
“He has a
great lucidity, as always,” Francis added.
Francis commented that Benedict XVI reminds him that “the tradition of the
Church is always in motion.” He compared tradition to “a tree that grows,
flourishes, and bears fruit.”
is the guarantee of the future and not the keeper of the ashes. It’s not a
museum,” he said, paraphrasing a quote from composer Gustav Mahler.
Francis also commented on the future of Europe following the European
Parliament elections on May 26.
must talk … If Europe does not look well at future challenges, Europe will
wither, it will be withered,” he said.
do not let Europe be overcome by pessimism and ideologies,” he said. “Because
Europe is attacked not with cannons or bombs, but with ideologies. Ideologies
that are not European, that come from outside and are born in small groups in
Europe,” Pope Francis said. “Pray for Europe, for unity, for the Lord give us
Francis commented that Romania has not suffered from a demographic winter seen
in other countries in Europe, but has had “an impressive level of births.”
his apostolic visit to Romania May 31 – June 2, Pope Francis traveled to the
cities of Bucharest, Sumuleu-Ciuc, Iași, and Blaj. He celebrated Mass at a
Marian pilgrimage site in Transylvania, and presided over the beatification of
seven martyred Greek-Catholic bishops in a Greek-Catholic Divine Liturgy.
poor weather conditions, Pope Francis had to travel by car rather than by
helicopter as scheduled. Francis said that the unexpected storm was “a grace
from God” because he was able to see the “beautiful landscape.”
“I have crossed the whole of Transylvania. It is
beautiful and I have never seen anything like it,” he said.