Vatican Radio REPORT Pope Francis on Saturday addressed members of the Fondazione Centesimus Annus Pro Pontifice concluding their three-day conference here at the Vatican.
Instituted in 1993 by Blessed John Paul II two years after his
encyclical Centesimus Annus, the aim of the FCAPP, which celebrates its
20th anniversary this year, is to be a vehicle for lay education and
evangelization of Catholic social doctrine.
Speaking to members of the
organization, Pope Francis called attention to the theme of the conference:
“Rethinking solidarity for employment: the challenges of the 21st century.”
In light of the current economic crisis and the rapid spread of
unemployment, the pope said “There is no worse form of material poverty… than
that which makes it impossible to earn a living and which deprives someone of
the dignity of work.”
It is therefore not enough to help the poor, the
Holy Father said, but we must reform the system at the global level in a way
that is consistent with the fundamental human dignity.
The root causes of
the current crisis are not only economic and financial, but ethical and
anthropological, where the “idols of power, of profit, of money,” are valued
more than “the human person.”
Pope Francis said “We must return to the
centrality of man, to a more ethical view of business and human relations,
without the fear of losing something.”
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POPE FRANCIS - "A SIMPLE FAITH"
Vatican Radio REPORT: Those
who approach the Church should find the doors open and not find people who want
to control the faith. This is what the Pope said this morning during Mass in the
Casa Santa Marta.
The day's Gospel tells us that Jesus rebukes the
disciples who seek to remove children that people bring to the Lord to bless.
"Jesus embraces them, kisses them, touches them, all of them. It tires Jesus and
his disciples "want it to stop”. Jesus is indignant: "Jesus got angry,
sometimes." And he says: "Let them come to me, do not hinder them. For the
Kingdom of God belongs to such as these." "The faith of the People of God –
observes the Pope - is a simple faith, a faith that is perhaps without much
theology, but it has an inward theology that is not wrong, because the Spirit is
behind it." The Pope mentions Vatican I and Vatican II, where it is said that
"the holy people of God ... cannot err in matters of belief" (Lumen Gentium).
And to explain this theological formulation he adds: "If you want to know who
Mary is go to the theologian and he will tell you exactly who Mary is. But if
you want to know how to love Mary go to the People of God who teach it better. "
The people of God - continued the Pope - "are always asking for something closer
to Jesus, they are sometimes a bit 'insistent in this. But it is the insistence
of those who believe ":
"I remember once, coming out of the city of
Salta, on the patronal feast, there was a humble lady who asked for a priest's
blessing. The priest said, 'All right, but you were at the Mass' and explained
the whole theology of blessing in the church. You did well: 'Ah, thank you
father, yes father,' said the woman. When the priest had gone, the woman turned
to another priest: 'Give me your blessing!'. All these words did not register
with her, because she had another necessity: the need to be touched by the Lord.
That is the faith that we always look for , this is the faith that brings the
Holy Spirit. We must facilitate it, make it grow, help it grow. "
Pope also mentioned the story of the blind man of Jericho, who was rebuked by
the disciples because he cried to the Lord, "Jesus, Son of David, have mercy on
"The Gospel says that they didn’t want him to shout, they wanted him
not to shout but he wanted to shout more, why? Because he had faith in Jesus!
The Holy Spirit had put faith in his heart. And they said, 'No, you cannot do
this! You don’t shout to the Lord. Protocol does not allow it. And 'the second
Person of the Trinity! Look what you do... 'as if they were saying that, right?
And think about the attitude of many Christians:
"Think of the
good Christians, with good will, we think about the parish secretary, a
secretary of the parish ... 'Good evening, good morning, the two of us -
boyfriend and girlfriend - we want to get married'. And instead of saying,
'That's great!'. They say, 'Oh, well, have a seat. If you want the Mass, it
costs a lot ... '. This, instead of receiving a good welcome- It is a good thing
to get married! '- But instead they get this response:' Do you have the
certificate of baptism, all right ... '. And they find a closed door. When this
Christian and that Christian has the ability to open a door, thanking God for
this fact of a new marriage ... We are many times controllers of faith, instead
of becoming facilitators of the faith of the people. "
And 'there is
always a temptation - said the Pope - "try and take possession of the Lord." And
he tells another story:
"Think about a single mother who goes to church,
in the parish and to the secretary she says: 'I want my child baptized'. And
then this Christian, this Christian says: 'No, you cannot because you're not
married!'. But look, this girl who had the courage to carry her pregnancy and
not to return her son to the sender, what is it? A closed door! This is not
zeal! It is far from the Lord! It does not open doors! And so when we are on
this street, have this attitude, we do not do good to people, the people, the
People of God, but Jesus instituted the seven sacraments with this attitude and
we are establishing the eighth: the sacrament of pastoral customs!
"Jesus is indignant when he sees these things" - said the Pope -
because those who suffer are "his faithful people, the people that he loves so
"We think today of Jesus, who always wants us all to be closer to
Him, we think of the Holy People of God, a simple people, who want to get closer
to Jesus and we think of so many Christians of goodwill who are wrong and that
instead of opening a door they close the door of goodwill ... So we ask the Lord
that all those who come to the Church find the doors open, find the doors open,
open to meet this love of Jesus. We ask this grace. "
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