(Vatican Radio) Pope Francis on Sunday appealed for constructive dialogue between Institutions and civil society in Ukraine.
Addressing the crowds gathered in St. Peter’s Square for the Angelus Prayer, the Pope said he is praying for the people of Ukraine, in particular for those who have lost their lives during the violence of the past days, and for their families. He said he is praying the parties involved will avoid resorting to violent actions, and that the spirit of peace and the quest for common good may prevail.
Weeks of protests in Kiev have escalated into violent clashes between police and demonstrators angry that the government didn't sign a deal to bring it closer to the European Union.
Also in words after the Angelus, Pope Francis noted that there were many children in the Square and said his thoughts go to a three-year child, burnt to death by members of the Southern Italian Calabria mafia after his grandfather failed to pay a drug debt to mobsters. This violence against such a young child – he said – seems not to have precedents in the history of criminality. “Let’s pray for Cocò” – Francis continued – “who is surely in heaven with Jesus, and for those who have committed this crime: may they repent and convert to the Lord”.
And, reflecting on the Gospel reading for the day which tells of how Jesus began his public life in Galilee – a land of borders and of transit, a peripheral region where men of different races, cultures and religions met. The Pope pointed out that Galilee is similar to the world today: the presence of diverse cultures – he said - means there is need for encounter. This kind of context – he added – can frighten us and tempt us to build walls of protection. But Jesus – he pointed out – teaches us that the Good News that he brings is for all – not just for part of humanity.
And speaking of how Jesus chose his apostles among the simple people, the fishermen whom he called to make “fishers of men” – the Pope said “the Lord continues to walk the streets of our daily life calling us to go join Him and to work with Him for God’s Reign, in the ‘Galilee’ of our times”. “Each one you”- he said – “must realize that the Lord is watching you: if you hear Him saying ‘follow me’, you must have courage and go with Him. The Lord will never disappoint you”.
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Küng: "Concern for the Church has determined his life" "Looking back on every life there is light and shadow," said Bishop Küng, "and sometimes it comes at a controversial people on the own standpoint to decide where the light ends and the shadow begins. Bishop Kurt may have had weaknesses, his appearances and utterances must have irritated some people, yes annoyed and offended. We also not forget that the concern have around the Church and her mission determines his life. In this respect, it can be a role model for each and every one of us. " Kurt Krenn was born on 28June was born in 1936 in Rannariedl (Upper Austria), the second of six children of the teacher Karl Krenn, who died in the war family. He graduated in Oberkappel and high school in Schlierbach The elementary school. In 1954 he entered the seminary Linz and studied theology first at the Philosophical-Theological educational institution Linz, then philosophy and theology at the Gregorian University and Canon Law at the Lateran University in Rome. On 7 October 1962, he was ordained in the Church of St. Ignatius in Rome as a priest. This was followed by studies in Tübingen and Munich, where he was from 1966 - 1970 worked as an assistant at the Faculty of Theology. 1970 - 1975 he was a professor of philosophy at the Philosophical-Theological College in Linz and 3 semester lecturer at the Theological College of St. Pölten, 1975, he was a full professor at the Department of "Systematic Theology" at the Faculty of the University Catholic Theological Regensburg appointed. 'As a professor, he was adored by quite a few, "recalls Bishop Küng. "His manner of performance was distinguished by clarity and depth with the special ability to show the big picture as well as the references to the current problems. He had a very good memory and a brilliant formulation gift, was not very good with people, even with ordinary people in conversation. A large Diskutierfreudigkeit has always distinguished him. "Krenn has gladly done in his Regensburg time pastoral temporary workers in his home town, was also prepared for the celebration of religious services for special concern such as the protection of life. When Kurt Krenn on 3 March was appointed Auxiliary Bishop of Vienna in 1987, he learned from the beginning strong resistance, in which he did not shrink from the confrontation. Entrusted with the fields of art, culture and science, he could bring his concerns in lectures, sermons and interviews well discussed. "For him it was all about the mission of the Church as herald of truth for the people of all times, even our time," says Bishop Küng. "Especially engaged, he defended the right to protection of life of every human being from the moment of conception to natural death, trying to use every opportunity to study the role of the family in the development of society and the importance rooted in human nature itself and established human explain sexuality and to identify the correct understanding of conscience, especially in its relation to God's commandments. The discussions which he had caused, however, often violently. "Bishop Krenn's work as diocesan bishop of St. Pölten was then - probably just because of the previous discussions - "very difficult," says Küng. "It succeeded Bishop Krenn not to defuse the resulting polarization with time. These have even unfortunately reinforced over the years, a number of factors played a role. That is why it is still not easy, its person to be his efforts and his efforts justice. Those who knew him well know that he has not suffered from the situation a little, you should also not overlook the fact that under the stresses encountered many others suffered. "
GOOGLE translation from Kath Net