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Pope Francis

 

Migrants & Refugees

On 22nd September, Pope Francis said that the mass arrival of migrants and refugees may have its challenges, but also gives us the opportunity to be missionaries – even without leaving home. “Contemporary migratory flows constitute a new missionary ‘frontier,’ a privileged opportunity to announce Jesus Christ and his Gospel without moving from our own environment,” the Pope said. In personal encounters with refugees and migrants, especially those from different faiths, we can “concretely bear witness to the Christian faith,” finding a “fertile ground for the development of a genuine and enriching ecumenical and interreligious dialogue.”

The Pope also said that the arrival of Christian, and particularly Catholic, migrants is an opportunity for the Church in Europe to more fully realize its catholicity, its universality, which is part of the Creed we confess every Sunday at Mass. “In recent years, many particular Churches in Europe have been enriched by the presence of Catholic migrants who have brought their devotions and their liturgical and apostolic enthusiasm,” he said.

Faced with the massive and complex migration flows of the last several years, and the crisis it has presented for current migration policies, the Church intends simply to remain faithful to her mission: “to love Jesus Christ, to adore and love him, particularly in the poorest and most abandoned,” the Pope said. The Church’s love towards her brothers and sisters from other countries is a maternal love which “demands to be manifested concretely at all stages of the migratory experience, from departure to journey, from arrival to return…” And the hope is that each local Church can contribute to this in its own way according to its own abilities. “Recognizing and serving the Lord in these members of his ‘journeying people’ is a responsibility that unites all particular Churches in the profusion of a constant, coordinated and effective effort,” he stated.

 

The Pope Tweets        @Pontifex                  Sep 21

I appeal for peace and disarmament: in this world wounded by violence, we need fraternity among peoples.

 

Pope Francis’s  Prayer Intention for September 2017

We think of being a missionary as someone who takes the Christian message to far flung parts of the world. But being a missionary begins here at home. Pope Francis suggests that being a missionary starts by demonstrating our faith and charity from within our own parishes. There are hundreds of ways to do this. Here are a couple of starting points:-

•          Take the church newsletter round to someone who is housebound.

•          Involve our children and grandchildren with a group such as the CAFOD or SVP        Youth.

•          Give somebody a lift to church on a weekly basis.

•          Share Church activities and fundraising efforts on your Facebook page.

We are asked to join in Pope Francis’s monthly prayer intention:

“….That our parishes, animated by a missionary spirit, may be places where faith is communicated and charity is seen”