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Pope Francis

“In these joyful days of Easter, our continuing catechesis on Christian hope looks to the Risen Jesus.  Saint Paul tells the Corinthians that Jesus himself is our hope.  His resurrection is the event that grounds our faith; without our confident belief in its historical reality, the Christian faith would be a mere human philosophy, and Jesus himself simply another great religious figure.  Our belief is based on the testimony of those who encountered the Risen Christ, from Saint Peter and the group of the Twelve to Saint Paul, who was converted by his dramatic meeting with the Lord on the road to Damascus.  Encountering Christ in faith is always a surprise; it is a grace given to those whose hearts are open.”

PopeFrancis                                                                                                                                                                                         General Audience   19 April 2017 (extract)


   Joy of the Gospel          Love in the Family

“Mission is at once a passion for Jesus and a passion for his people.  When we stand before Jesus crucified, we see the depth of his love which exalts and sustains us, but at the same time, unless we are blind, we begin to realize that Jesus’ gaze, burning with love, expands to embrace all his people.  We realize once more that he wants to make use of us to draw closer to his beloved people.  He takes us from the midst of his people and he sends us to his people,”

Pope Francis                              

Apostolic Exhortation                    November 2013   Paragraph 268 (Extract)

“Just as God asks us to be his means of hearing the cry of the poor, so too he wants us to hear the cry of the elderly.  This represents a challenge to families and communities, since the Church cannot and does not want to conform to a mentality of impatience, and much less of indifference and contempt, towards old age.  We must reawaken the collective sense of gratitude, of appreciation, of hospitality, which makes the elderly feel like a living part of the community.”     Pope Francis                                    Apostolic Exhortation   March 2016 Paragraph 191  (Extract)

   Care of our Common Home

The notion of the common good also extends to future generations. The global economic crises have made painfully obvious the detrimental effects of disregarding our common destiny, which cannot exclude those who come after us. We can no longer speak of sustainable development apart from intergenerational solidarity. Once we start to think about the kind of world we are leaving to future generations, we look at things differently; we realize that the world is a gift which we have freely received and must share with others.

Pope Francis   Encyclical   May 2015   Paragraph 159 (extract)