- Jun 23, 2021
“Each life is sacred,” Pope Francis said to thousands gathered in St. Peter’s Square. “Let’s pray together for those children who are in danger of interruption of pregnancy and for those who are nearing the end of life,” he added on the day of the Italian observance of the Day for Life.
In his noontime Angelus address on New Year’s Day, Pope Francis extolled peace and reconciliation but also acknowledged the realities of an oft-violent world, expressing his closeness in prayer to the dead and injured and their families in a New Year’s Eve attack on a nightclub in Istanbul.
Pope Francis reminds the faithful that with Christmas just around the corner, it’s important to stop and make time to reflect on the holiday by looking at the Nativity scene. “This week let us try to find a moment to pause, to have a bit of silence,” the pope during the Angelus on Sunday.
Pope Francis encouraged the faithful to say ”yes” to God, just like the Virgin Mary, in his message for the Solemnity of the Immaculate Conception. “Hers is a full yes, without conditions,” he said. “We are experts in the ‘half-yes:’ we are good at pretending not to understand what God wants.”
Advent is an invitation “to sobriety, to not be dominated by the things of this world, Pope Francis said Nov. 27 in St. Peter’s Square. “If, on the contrary, we are conditioned and overpowered by them, it is not possible to perceive that which is much more important: our final encounter with the Lord.”
“Corruption produces addiction, and it generates poverty, exploitation, suffering. And how many victims there are in the world today!” Pope Francis said on Sunday, returning to an anti-corruption theme that’s been a cornerstone of his social teaching from the beginning.
Pope Francis during his Sunday Angelus address in St. Peter’s Square prayed for the victims of political violence in the west African nation of Gabon, where critics accuse the government of fraud and intimidation, and he supported the country’s bishops call for dialogue.
After at least 50 people were killed and 94 wounded when a suicide bomber blew himself up during a wedding ceremony in Turkey, Pope Francis on Sunday offered his prayers for the victims and asked for peace to be given to all.