- Associated Press
- Sep 28, 2016
Three identical cars that Pope Francis used during his July visit to Poland are being auctioned online by a Catholic Church charity to fund support for Syrian refugees and Polish people in need, following similar auctions after the pontiff’s visit to the United States last year.
In a meeting with roughly 30 members of his own Jesuit religious order in Poland in late July, Pope Francis said that young priests must be taught the fine art of discernment, because “not everything is black over white, or white over black. No! The shades of gray prevail in life.”
For a brief, shining moment during World Youth Day in Poland in late July, a downtown sports arena in Krakow was transformed into a holy spot called Mercy Centre. The fruit of love, labor, vision and prayer was an at-capacity venue, day after day after day, filled with 20,000 young people deepening their faith.
On Tuesday the Vatican released the transcript of a July 27 question-and-answer session Pope Francis held with the bishops of Poland, in which he seemed to suggest that the right way to resist secularism isn’t to prevail in intellectual arguments, but to “out-love” the opponents of the faith.
Speaking on Wednesday about his recent silent visit to Auschwitz and Birkenau, Pope Francis said, “Looking at the cruelty of the concentration camp, I thought about today’s cruelty, which is similar; not as concentrated as in that place, but around the world.”
World Youth Day offers an important opportunity for fostering vocations, with over a third of current U.S. seminarians citing previous Youth Days as a major influence. With vocations dwindling in much of the world, volunteers say the event provides a major forum for encouraging initial signs of interest.
The pope travels not because he thinks he is some international rock star on tour, but because he wants to see people focus their lives on Christ. Therein is our life. Therein is our credibility. Therein is the solution to the problems that plague the world.
Pope Francis said of his public tumble on Thursday at a Polish shrine, “I let myself fall, and this saved me. Because if I tried to resist it, I would have gotten hurt.” The pontiff was uninjured and complete all of the remaining events on his itinerary.