- Jul 9, 2020
“It’s easy to say: ‘God loves us,’” Pope Francis said during his weekly general audience. “But think a little; is each one of us capable of saying: ‘I am sure that God loves me?’ It is not so easy to say but it is true. This is a good exercise, to tell yourselves, ‘God loves me.’ This is the root of our security, the root of our hope.”
Pope Francis has chosen Father Giulio Michelini, a Franciscan professor of biblical theology, to lead his annual Lenten retreat. Michelini will lead meditations on the Gospel of Matthew’s description of the passion, death and resurrection of Jesus at the Pauline Fathers’ retreat center in Ariccia, 20 miles southeast of Rome.
Three days after Kenyan bishops appealed for food relief, the government declared the country’s drought a national disaster. Kenya’s food insecurity has nearly doubled so that now 1.25 million people are affected, according to the U.N. Office for the Coordination of Humanitarian Affairs.
A preacher “may say something interesting — something moral, something that will make you feel good, a philanthropic good — but there is no word of God,” Pope Francis said during Mass in the chapel of Domus Sanctae Marthae.
Christ “teaches how to do the will of God fully,” Pope Francis said Sunday during his Angelus address. With “a justice animated by love, charity, mercy, and therefore capable of realizing the substance of the commandments, avoiding the risk of formalism,” the pope added.
“In relation to recent events, the Council of Cardinals expresses its full support of the work of the Pope, while ensuring full adhesion and support to his person and his Magisterium,” a Vatican communique stated in the wake of several attacks and criticism toward Pope Francis’s pontificate.