Holy See: underscored the importance of faith-based organizations to migrants

The Holy See has underscored the importance of faith-based organizations in providing protection and integration to migrants. Their efforts, alongside those of other key stakeholders, are essential in helping implement the Global Compact for Safe, Orderly and Regular Migration (GCM), the first intergovernmental agreement coordinated by the United Nations that will cover all dimensions of international migration.

The Holy See’s Permanent Observer pointed out that faith-based organizations are best equipped to deal with the migrants because of their “reach and presence at all points of the migratory journey, often filling gaps in services to migrants that governments and other civil society actors are unable or unwilling to fill on their own.”


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Church: Pope reiterates concern for migrants, refugees

Pope Francis sent a message to a June 5-8 international symposium entitled, “Toward a Greener Attica: Preserving the Planet and Protecting its People,” in Athens, Greece, sponsored by the Ecumenical Patriarchate of Constantinople.

In his message addressed to the symposium participants and host, Ecumenical Patriarch Bartholomew of Constantinople, the spiritual leader of some 300 million Orthodox Christians worldwide, Pope Francis recalled his visit to the Greek island of Lesbos on April 16, 2016, during which he together with Patriarch Bartholomew and Orthodox Archbishop Hieronymus II of Athens, expressed their concern and closeness to migrants and refugees stranded there, pending processing of their application for asylum..

The Holy Father noted that “it is not just the homes of vulnerable people around the world that are crumbling, as can be seen in the growing exodus of climate migrants and environmental refugees,” but as he pointed out in his environmental Encyclical “Laudato Si”, they are also “condemning future generations to live in a common home that is reduced to ruins.”

Pope: Fruits of the Mass destined to ripen every day

“The fruits of the Mass are destined to mature in everyday life. Mass is like the grain, the grain of wheat, which then in ordinary life grows, grows and matures in good works, in attitudes that make us look like Jesus”.

This was what Pope Francis said during the last general audience. “Mass is like the grain, the grain of wheat, which then in ordinary life grows, grows and matures in good works, in attitudes that make us look like Jesus,” he added.

Pope: Go to Mass to live more as Christians

Christians do not go to Mass to do a weekly task and then forget, no. Christians go to Mass to participate in the Lord’s Passion and Resurrection and then live more as Christians: the commitment to Christian witness opens up.

We leave the church to “go in peace” to bring God’s blessing in our daily activities, in our homes, in our work environments, among the occupations of the earthly city, “glorifying the Lord with our lives”.

But if we leave the church chatting and saying, “Look at this, look at that…”, with our long tongue, the Mass did not enter my heart. Why? Because I am not capable of living Christian witness.

Every time I leave Mass, I have to go out better than I did, with more life, with more strength, with more desire to give Christian witness”. This is what Pope Francis said during the last general audience in the Vatican.

Pope: Nurses, do not forget caresses medicine

“Don’t forget about caress medicine. That is so important. A caress, a smile is full of meaning for the sick. The gesture is simple, but it leads up. He feels accompanied, he feels close to the healing, he feels person, not a number. Do not forget”.

This is what Pope Francis said during an audience in Sala Nervi with the nurses of the Fnopi. “By caring for women and men, children and the elderly, at every stage of their lives, from birth to death, you are engaged in a continuous listening, aimed at understanding what the needs of that sick person are,” he added.

Expulsion of merchants from the temple, current precept

On March 4, Pope Francis commented on the Gospel episode of Jesus that threw migrants out of the temple, underlining how Christ said:

“Do not make the house of my Father a market. The Pontiff explains that this teaching is “always relevant, not only for ecclesial communities, but also for individuals, for civil communities and for societies. It is common, in fact, to take advantage of good activities, sometimes rightful ones, to cultivate private interests, if not even illegal ones”.

Pope: 11th March: Visit to Community of Sant’Egidio

“The Community of Sant’Egidio welcomes with joy the announcement of the visit of Pope Francis to Trastevere on 11 March for his fiftieth anniversary”.

This is what the Community itself says in a note. In the afternoon, in Piazza Santa Maria in Trastevere, the Pope will address a speech to the Community as a whole and celebrate a Liturgy of the Word.

Immaculate Conception, Pope: Thank you for your constant concern

“We want to thank you for the constant care with which we accompany our journey, the journey of families, parishes and religious communities; the journey of those who every day, sometimes with difficulty, cross Rome to go to work; of the sick, of the elderly, of all the poor, of so many people who have immigrated here from lands of war and hunger”.

This is what Pope Francis said in a prayer addressed to the Virgin, in Piazza di Spagna, in Rome, during the veneration of the Immaculate Conception.

“Thank you because as soon as we turn to you a fleeting thought or a look or a fleeting Maria, we always feel your maternal presence, tender and strong”.

The Kachin refugees give the Pope a wooden pastoral care

Yangon – Pope Francis during his apostolic visit to Myanmar, which began this morning, will use a wooden pastoral made by hand and donated by Catholic refugees from the Kachin ethnic minority, who are now in the refugee camp of the city of Winemaw in the Kachin state. population with a Christian majority, in the northern part of Myanmar.

This is revealed to Fides by Joseph Myat Soe, a secular Catholic active in the Kachin region, explaining that the faithful Kachin are now in the refugee camp of Winemaw due to the civil war between the Burmese army and the Kachin armed groups, in one of the ethnic conflicts that are registered in the country, composed, on a social level, by the majority of bamar (Burmese) and by 135 ethnic linguistic minorities.

As Myat Soe informs, the Kachin refugees offer this wooden pastoral care to the Holy Father “as a wish to restore peace in the Kachin state, since it will not be possible for them to attend Mass in Yangon, due to the state of poverty in which they live”.

Advent, Pope: “Time in which Lord comes to meet us”

“Today we begin the journey of Advent, which will culminate in Christmas. Advent is the time that is given to us to welcome the Lord who comes to meet us, also to verify our desire for God, to look ahead and prepare for the return of Christ.

He will return to us on the feast of Christmas, when we will remember his historical coming in the humility of the human condition; but it comes within us every time we are willing to receive it, and it will come again at the end of time to “judge the living and the dead”.

For this we must always be vigilant and wait for the Lord with the hope of meeting him. Today’s liturgy introduces us precisely to this evocative theme of vigilance and waiting “.

This is what Pope Francis said in the course of the A ngelus on December 3rd.