Pope Francis’s calls for a wave of prayer in support of the Caritas hunger campaign.
Food is not just a basic need but it is also a right. It is a right which is trampled on every day for the 842 million children, women and men who are hungry in the world.
“We are in front of a global scandal of around one billion – one billion people who still suffer from hunger today. We cannot look the other way and pretend this does not exist. The food available in the world is enough to feed everyone.”
Watch Pope Francis’s video message for the launch of One Human Family, Food for All.
EVANGELII GAUDIUM - “THE JOY OF THE GOSPEL”: FIRST APOSTOLIC EXHORTATION OF POPE FRANCIS
Pope Francis’ first Apostolic Exhortation has just been published! You can read the full text here: http://bit.ly/1gemT9Z
Introduction: “THE JOY OF THE GOSPEL fills the hearts and lives of all who encounter Jesus. Those who accept his offer of salvation are set free from sin, sorrow, inner emptiness and loneliness. With Christ joy is constantly born anew. In this Exhortation I wish to encourage the Christian faithful to embark upon a new chapter of evangelization marked by this joy, while pointing out new paths for the Church’s journey in years to come.”
According to the Catholic Herald, 21st November, 2013.:
Pope Francis said he goes to Confession every two weeks, knowing that God never tires of forgiving those who repent, but also knowing that having a priest say “I absolve you” reinforces belief in God’s mercy.
Using the literal Italian translation of a Spanish saying, “It’s better to turn red once than yellow a thousand times,” Pope Francis said he knows some people are embarrassed to confess their sins to a priest, but it is the best path to spiritual healing and health.
At his weekly general audience in St. Peter’s Square yesterday, Pope Francis reflected on the forgiveness of sins as one of the missions Jesus entrusted to his apostles and their successors.
In a world often dominated by “individualism and subjectivism,” he said, many people — including many Catholics — say that God will forgive their sins and they have no need of the sacrament of confession and the ministry of a priest.
“Certainly, God forgives every repentant sinner, but the Christian is bound to Christ and Christ is united to his church,” the Pope said. “God, in his sovereign mercy, forgives everyone, but he wanted those who belong to Christ and his church to receive forgiveness through the community’s ministers.”
“Priests, too, need confession, even bishops. We are all sinners. Even the Pope goes to Confession every two weeks because the Pope, too, is a sinner,” he said. “My confessor hears what I say, offers me advice and forgives me. We all need this.”
Through the presence and words of a priest, he said, penitents have “the certainty of forgiveness in the name of the church.”
The church, he said, is not the “master” of forgiveness of sins, but is its servant and “rejoices every time it can offer this gift.”
Pope Francis said the ministry of the confessor is “very delicate,” which is why the priest must recognize that he, too, is a sinner forgiven by God, the Pope said. He must not “mistreat the faithful, but be meek, benevolent and merciful, knowing how to sow hope in the penitent’s heart and, especially, recognize that the brother or sister approaching the sacrament of reconciliation is seeking forgiveness just like the many people who approached Jesus seeking healing.”
“If a priest can’t be like this, it would be better if he did not administer the sacrament until he changes,” Pope Francis said. “The faithful have the right to find in their priests a servant of God’s forgiveness.”
At the end of his audience, Pope Francis asked Catholics to join him today in offering material support to and praying for cloistered nuns, who “dedicate themselves to God in prayer and silent work.”