- Oct 19, 2020
“From the simplicity of mothers, of grandmothers, this is the cornerstone. We are not princes, sons of princes or counts or barons, we are simple people, of common folk,” Pope Francis told the Marian Fathers of the Immaculate Conception at the Vatican on February 18.
“Faced with this kind of rejection, rooted ultimately in self-centeredness and amplified by populist demagoguery, what is needed is a change of attitude to overcome indifference and to counter fears with a generous approach of welcoming those who knock at our doors,” Pope Francis told participants of the VI International Forum on Migration and Peace.
The menorah, the seven-armed candelabrum described in the Jewish Torah and depicted in Jewish and Catholic and secular art over the centuries will be showcased at the Vatican museums starting in May. It will be the first exhibit hosted by the Vatican and Rome’s ancient Jewish community.
“For me, I was surprised,” said Nur Essa, a Muslim Syrian woman whose family was brought to Rome from Lesbos by Pope Francis. “(He is) very open to all of the cultures, all of the religions, and he sets an example for all the religious people in the world, because he uses religion to serve the human being.”
In his first visit to a Roman parish since posters went up around town on Feb. 4 charging that the pontiff lacks mercy, Pope Francis on Sunday insisted that pursuing a vendetta and talking behind people’s backs “is not Christian,” urging believers to pray for people who don’t like them.
Pope Francis has again tried to bring light to an area of the world that doesn’t get enough attention but that is full of war and suffering. During his address to the crowd in St. Peter’s square, Francis reminded people of the plight of those living in violence happening in Congo.