- Dec 10, 2019
Pope Francis on Sunday prayed that God will liberate the world from the “inhuman violence” of terrorism, in the wake of incidents over the past week in Burkina Faso, Barcelona and Finland that left a total of 34 people dead. The pontiff has long condemned terrorism, especially when it’s religiously-inspired, insisting that it’s “blasphemy” to kill in the name of God.
The joy that Mary brings while carrying Jesus is expressed in the Magnificat, Pope Francis told faithful gathered in St. Peter’s square on the feast of the Assumption, which “praises the loyal and merciful God, who carries out his design of salvation with the little ones and the poor, with those who have faith in Him, who trust his Word, like Mary.”
Reflecting on Sunday’s Gospel at his address before his weekly Angelus prayer, Pope Francis said that those who “consult the horoscopes and fortune tellers,” instead of clinging to the word of the Lord, “begin to sink.” He also called on the Virgin Mary to intercede to help the faithful “stay on the boat of the Church” avoiding the temptation of “amusing” yet insecure boats of ideologies.
Pope Francis said summer is a perfect time for refocusing on the essentials. “In this period, students are free from scholastic duties and many families are taking their vacation; it’s important that in the time of rest and detachment from daily concerns, they can re-energize the forces of body and spirit, deepening their spiritual path.”
Pope Francis has called for “moderation and dialogue” during the unrest in the Holy Land after Israel installed metal detectors at the Western Wall/Noble Sanctuary in Jerusalem. Christians and Muslims fear the move violates the “Status Quo” which has governed access to several Jewish, Christian, and Muslim holy sites for centuries.
During the Angelus on Sunday, Pope Francis said Jesus wants to pull “us out from [the] quicksand” of dark moments, and give all people a way out of sadness, which allows them to raise their eyes “toward the one who really loves us.”