With so much suffering, poverty and exploitation in the world, missionary work must also include reaching out to people whose hearts are closed to receiving immigrants and refugees, Pope Francis told Jesuits in Myanmar.
On Pope Francis’ Dec. 13 weekly general audience he said, “How can we carry out the Gospel without drawing the energy needed to do it, one Sunday after another, from the limitless source of the Eucharist.”
The Italian and English translations of the “Our Father” can give believers the wrong impression that God can and does lead people into temptation, Pope Francis said.
A Nativity scene and Christmas tree, like those displayed in St. Peter’s Square, are visible reminders of God’s benevolence and closeness to all men and women, Pope Francis said.
Advent is a time to be watchful and alert to the ways one strays from God’s path, but also to signs of his presence in other people and in the beauty of the world.
Pope Francis said each human being is created in God’s image and likeness at the end of an interreligious gathering in Dhaka, Bangladesh, Dec. 1 when he met with Rohingya refugees.
In a message sent Dec. 1, the pope said to foster vocations, the church must trust young people who, “despite belonging to the ‘selfie’ generation, look for full meaning in their lives, even when they do not always look for it where it can be found.”
Pope Francis flew halfway around the world to let all the people of Myanmar and Bangladesh know that he sees them as children of God. But he went especially to let the Rohingya know.
Cardinal Blase J. Cupich, who heads the Archdiocese of Chicago, will make a pastoral visit to Puerto Rico Dec. 3-6 on behalf of Pope Francis.
Pope Francis met Nov. 29 with members of the State Sangha Maha Nayaka Committee, a government-appointed group of senior Buddhist monks who oversee some 500,000 monks and novices in Myanmar, where close to 90 percent of the population follows Buddhism.