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Pope at Angelus: Journey Through Lent Listening To Voice Of God


As Christians take our first steps on the Lenten path, Pope Francis invites us to confront our inner struggles and to allow the voice of God to speak to our hearts. By Linda Bordoni

On the first Sunday of Lent, Pope Francis took his cue from the Gospel of Mark that presents us with Jesus tempted in the desert (Mk 1:12-15).

Speaking during the Angelus address, the Pope reflected on the symbolic significance of the wilderness, urging Christians to "enter the wilderness, that is, silence, the inner world, listening to the heart, in contact with the truth."

In the desert, he continued, Christ “was with the wild beasts, and the angels ministered to Him. Wild beasts and angels were His company.”

But, in a symbolic sense, he explained, “they are our company too: indeed, when we enter the inner wildness, we can encounter wild beasts and angels there."

Beasts of the soul
“In the spiritual life, we can think of them [wild beasts] as the disordered passions that divide our heart, trying to take possession of it.”

Warning that they “entice us; they seem seductive,” the Pope said. “If we are not careful, we risk being torn apart by them.”

And giving a name to these “beasts” of the soul, he described them as “the lust for wealth, which imprisons us in connivance and dissatisfaction, the vanity of pleasure, which condemns us to restlessness and solitude, and the craving for fame, which gives rise to insecurity and a continuous need for confirmation and prominence.”

They are “wild” beasts, the Holy Father said, and as such, they must be tamed and fought; otherwise, they will devour our freedom.

“We need to go into the wilderness to become aware of their presence and to face them,” he stated.

God's messengers

Then, focusing on the angelic presence in the desert, the Pope said angels are "God’s messengers, who help us, who do us good; indeed, their characteristic, according to the Gospel, is service."

Contrasting this image with the possessive nature of disordered passions, he said they are "the exact opposite of possession, typical of the passions."

And highlighting the transformative power of divine inspirations, Pope Francis elaborated on the fact that "While temptations tear us apart, the good divine inspirations unify us in harmony: they quench the heart, infuse the taste of Christ, 'the flavour of Heaven'."

Thus, he upheld the need for silence and prayer to grasp these thoughts and feelings inspired by God, saying: "Lent is the time to do this."

Two questions

Pope Francis concluded with two crucial questions:

"What are the disordered passions, the 'wild beasts' that agitate in my heart?"

And, "To permit the voice of God to speak to my heart and to preserve it in goodness, am I thinking of retreating a little into the 'wilderness', that is, of dedicating space to consider this?"

“May the Holy Virgin,” he prayed, “who kept the Word and did not let herself be touched by the temptations of the evil one, help us during this season of Lent.”


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POPE PRAYS FOR SUDAN, NORTHERN MOZAMBIQUE AS CATHOLIC CHURCH ATTACKED

Pope Francis Urges Global Leaders To Push For Peace In Sudan And Northern Mozambique, Where A Catholic Mission Was Set Ablaze.

By Devin Watkins & Nathan Morley

“Wherever fighting occurs, people are exhausted, tired of war, which as always is pointless and inconclusive, and will only bring death, only destruction, and will never solve the problem.”

Pope Francis launched that appeal on Sunday after praying the Angelus prayer with pilgrims in St. Peter’s Square.

The Pope recalled that 10 months have passed since conflict broke out in Sudan, leading to a serious humanitarian situation.

“I once again ask the warring parties to stop this war, which causes so much harm to the people and the future of the country,” he said. “Let us pray that paths to peace are soon found to build the future of dear Sudan.”

Violences flares up in northern Mozambique
Pope Francis lamented a flare-up in “violence against defenseless populations, the destruction of infrastructure, and widespread insecurity” in the northern Cabo Delgado Region of Mozambique.

He noted that the Catholic mission of Our Lady of Africa in Mazeze was set ablaze.

According to Oliveira Amimo, the administrator of Mozambique’s Chiúre district, armed assailants destroyed the Catholic chapel and several people’s homes.

“Let us pray for peace to return to that tormented region,” said the Pope.

He also prayed for people suffering from conflict in other counties on the African continent, as well as in Ukraine and the Holy Land.

War, he recalled, “is always a defeat.”

“Let us instead pray tirelessly,” concluded Pope Francis, “because prayer is effective, and let us ask the Lord for the gift of minds and hearts dedicated concretely to peace.”

Misery continues in Sudan
Despite attempts to bring the brutal conflict in Sudan to an end, fighting is continuing in the country.

Sudan has been witnessing brutal armed clashes between the Sudanese army and the Rapid Support Forces––or RSF––since April 2023, with the two sides accusing each other of initiating the conflict.

Now, the Sudanese military––or SAF––have advanced in Omdurman for the first time since the war with the paramilitary RSF erupted.

Read the full article HERE!: https://www.vaticannews.va/en/pope/news/20...


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Pope Creates Study Groups To Explore Themes From Synod’s First Session

Pope Francis establishes study groups to explore various themes that emerged from the Synod session in October 2023, and sets the dates for the second session of the 16th Ordinary General Assembly. By Vatican News

The General Secretariat of the Synod announced on Saturday that Pope Francis has set the dates for the second session of the 16th Ordinary General Assembly, which will take place from Wednesday, October 2, to Sunday, October 27, 2024.

The session will continue the work of the Synod on synodality on the theme "For a Synodal Church: Communion, Participation, and Mission."

It will be preceded by two days of spiritual retreat, from September 30 to October 1, with participants arriving in Rome on September 29.

Also on Saturday, Pope Francis released a chirograph establishing the creation of study groups to delve into some of the themes that emerged in the first Synod session.

The study groups will be formed among the competent dicasteries of the Roman Curia and the General Secretariat of the Synod, which will coordinate them.

In the chirograph dedicated to the collaboration between the curial dicasteries and the Secretariat of the Synod, Pope Francis recalls that the constitution on the Roman Curia Praedicate Evangelium states that the “life of communion makes the Church synodal."

The chirograph reiterates that the duties of the General Secretariat of the Synod, which depends directly on the Pontiff and "supports and accompanies the synodal process as established from time to time," include promoting the relationships between various bishops and local Churches in a synodal spirit and in communion with the Bishop of Rome.

The chirograph concludes by establishing that "the dicasteries of the Roman Curia collaborate, according to their respective specific competences, in the activity of the General Secretariat of the Synod, forming study groups that shall begin, following the synodal method, an in-depth study of some of the themes that emerged" in the first session of the Synod.

"These study groups are to be established by mutual agreement between the competent dicasteries of the Roman Curia and the General Secretariat of the Synod, to which coordination is entrusted,” reads the chirograph.

The document "Towards October 2024" by the General Secretariat of the Synod, published on December 11, 2023, already emphasized that the next session would focus on how to live synodality at all levels in the Church.

This new papal document clarifies that some of the most significant themes which emerged from listening to the Churches will require a substantial amount of time for theological, canonical, and pastoral reflection.

Following the synodal process, the study of these themes will involve experts from all continents and the dicasteries of the Roman Curia, according to their competences.

However, the chirograph defines neither which study groups to establish nor which themes they will explore.

The synthesis report approved by vote at the end of last October's session indicated several themes, such as the need to update some canonical norms, formation of ordained ministers, relationships between bishops and religious orders, and theological and pastoral research on the diaconate.

The study groups, as inferred from the document of the General Secretariat published in December and from Saturday’s papal chirograph, will serve as useful tools to assist the universal Church's reflections on various topics.

Read the full article HERE!: https://www.vaticannews.va/en/pope/news/20...


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Jailed Kremlin Critic Alexei Navalny Dies Aged 47

Russian prison officials say jailed Russian opposition politician Alexei Navalny - a vocal critic of President Vladimir Putin - has died. The 47-year-old allegedly "fell ill" during a walk, fainted, and died quickly after that. But questions remain about the circumstances surrounding his sudden death. By Stefan J. Bos

Russia's prison service in the Yamalo-Nenets Autonomous District claimed that Russia's famous anti-corruption crusader Alexei Navalny "felt unwell" after a walk Friday and "almost immediately lost consciousness."

It stressed that medical staff had been called but that they were unable to resuscitate Navalny. It said the cause of his death was being established.

However, the sudden death of the 47-year-old raised questions as it came amid a reported Kremlin crackdown on dissent and questions about the conditions in Russian prisons.


In recent years, Navalny had faced physical attacks, repeated arrests, investigations, and criminal proceedings, which he claimed were politically motivated.

Most notably, he survived an assassination attempt in 2020 that involved the nerve agent Novichok.

After the Novichok poisoning, Russian officials agreed to fly a comatose Navalny to Germany for treatment, with Navalny waking up and eventually recovering in Berlin's Charite hospital.

Staying in Germany

However, with Navalny staying in Germany for several months after his release from the hospital, Russian authorities warned he violated probation terms of an earlier court case and threatened to arrest him upon his return to Russia.

Despite the warning, Navalny chose to return to Moscow in January 2021. Russian authorities detained him at the airport, and the politician has been behind bars ever since.

His controversial convictions led to a prison sentence of more than 30 years.

Navalny will be remembered for publicly calling out graft at the top of the Kremlin hierarchy. "Together, we saw a huge bribe given to Putin," he told his many followers on

Read the full article HERE!: https://www.vaticannews.va/en/world/news/2...

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Human Fraternity: Young People Prepare Guide To Solidarity For Universities

Eleven university students from around the world travel to Abu Dhabi to discuss how the principles of the Document on Human Fraternity (https://www.vatican.va/content/francesco/en/travels/2019/outside/documents/papa-francesco_20190204_documento-fratellanza-umana.html) can be concretely realized. By Alessandro Di Bussolo

The guide is the work of eleven university students selected for the “Human Fraternity Fellows program for the promotion of intercultural and interreligious harmony.” The students travelled to Abu Dhabi from 3-10 February for a week of dialogues, lectures and guided tours, on the occasion of the fifth anniversary of the Document.

A guide to help young people experience fraternity
As part of their visit to Abu Dhabi, the fellows took part in the third discussion panel of the “Majlis of Human Brotherhood” on the afternoon of 4 February at the Abrahamic Family House. They also participated in the roundtable of the Zayed Prize for Human Brotherhood, on the morning of February 6 in the Emirates Palace Hotel.

Speaking with Vatican Media, Egyptian judge Mohamed Abdelsalam, secretary general of the Muslim Council of Elders and the Zayed Prize, who has worked on this project from the beginning, said the “practical guide” being produced by the students aims at “illustrating how young people can experience human fraternity in their communities and on college campuses.”

A new “practical guide to solidarity solutions” aims at bringing the values of the Document for Human Fraternity, signed five years ago by Pope Francis and the Grand Imam of Al-Azhar Al-Tayyeb, to young people, starting with university communities and campuses around the world.

The guide is the work of eleven university students selected for the “Human Fraternity Fellows program for the promotion of intercultural and interreligious harmony.” The students travelled to Abu Dhabi from 3-10 February for a week of dialogues, lectures and guided tours, on the occasion of the fifth anniversary of the Document.
A Guide To Help Young People Experience Fraternity

As part of their visit to Abu Dhabi, the fellows took part in the third discussion panel of the “Majlis of Human Brotherhood” on the afternoon of 4 February at the Abrahamic Family House. They also participated in the roundtable of the Zayed Prize for Human Brotherhood, on the morning of February 6 in the Emirates Palace Hotel.
Speaking with Vatican Media, Egyptian judge Mohamed Abdelsalam, secretary general of the Muslim Council of Elders and the Zayed Prize, who has worked on this project from the beginning, said the “practical guide” being produced by the students aims at “illustrating how young people can experience human fraternity in their communities and on college campuses.”

The students will continue to meet online, as they did from October 2023 until the eve of the Abu Dhabi trip, to finalize the guide, which will be published as an e-book.

Online Dialogues Promoted by Georgetown University.

Joining Judge Abdelsalem, was the representative of Georgetown University in Washington, which is promoting the fellowship program with the High Committee for Human Fraternity. Thomas Banchoff, the director of the Berkley Center and vice president for global engagement at the U.S. university, emphasized that the Human Fraternity Fellowship, “recognizes that universities, as microcosms of larger societies, can be fertile ground for cultivating mutual understanding and respect between different faiths.”

The program’s first offering was four “Global Dialogues on Human Fraternity,” held online from February to March 2023 and hosted by Georgetown, which for 90 minutes featured more than a hundred young students from 40 countries sharing their impressions of the Human Fraternity Document, discussing its relevance to their local contexts and campus communities, and proposing creative ideas for promoting intercultural and interfaith solidarity in practice.

Human Fraternity fellows: from left, Ishan, Sofia, Shaddy, and Aisha
Human Fraternity fellows: from left, Ishan, Sofia, Shaddy, and Aisha
Sofia: 'We will continue to meet'

From among those taking part in the dialogues, eleven students were selected, who then met in person in Abu Dhabi after having identified, in initial online interviews, some of the obstacles to interfaith dialogue and inclusivity within their university settings and beginning to explore solutions that build on the principles outlined in the Document.

“Today, after this experience, we have become a group of friends who over the years will continue to share” online and in person, “what we have learned here in Abu Dhabi, including with other students at our universities,” emphasized Sofia Lanza, who is majoring in Middle Eastern Studies at the University of Edinburgh in Scotland.

A practical approach to interreligious dialogue
As secretary and interreligious officer of the Catholic Students’ Union at her university, Sofia is committed to promoting understanding and dialogue between different religious communities, especially through communication.

She explains that she wanted to participate in the program because she would like to see “a more practical approach to interfaith dialogue,” which she considers “too diplomatic” today. “So many times,” she tells Vatican Media, “confrontations and debates between people of different faiths are not understood by young people because they seem so distant from us, almost surreal, whereas this program gives us a chance to actually experience this dialogue as our own, and I want to do my part.”

Sofia says the Document on Human must become “a document that we can use every day, in our lives and at university, and that we can refer to when we want to speak and make peace. For the youth of today and for the youth of tomorrow.”

Read the full article HERE!: https://www.vaticannews.va/en/world/news/2...


HIS HOLINESS POPE FRANCIS WILL BE ON SPIRITUAL EXERCISES THE WHOLE WEEK. PLEASE KEEP HIM LIFTED UP IN PRAYER. THANK YOU. TENKI.






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