Thursday, 13 December, 2018


Pope Francis bemoans 2017 as a year of war, lies and injustice

Pope prays to ‘convert hearts’ of terrorists who struck Egypt’s Christians Pope Francis bemoans 2017 as a year of war, lies and injustice
Bennie Garza | 12 January, 2018, 21:35

The pope then offered greets to groups on hand in St. Peter's Square on a chilly Roman New Year's Day, including pilgrims from NY and a musical band from California.

Celebrating evening prayer December 31 and offering thanks to God for the year that was ending, Pope Francis gave a special acknowledgement to people - especially parents and teachers - who are "artisans of the common good", working to help their families, neighbors and communities each day without fanfare. May the Lord grant us [the opportunity] to work with generosity in this new year to realise a more supportive and welcoming world.

Standing on the central balcony of St. Peter's Basilica on a clear, crisp Christmas day, Pope Francis spoke about the world's children before formally giving his blessing "urbi et orbi" (to the city and the world).

"We desire to and must assume fully, before God, our brothers and creation, our own responsibility". "And this moves us deeply, for great is the tenderness of our Father".

"Even when these people don't generate any news, they make up the majority of the people who live in Rome", Francis said. "Through their eyes we see the drama of all those forced to emigrate and risk their lives to face exhausting journeys that end at times in tragedy".

The pope also sought to encourage peace in Colombia during a trip in September and lobbied US President Donald Trump to address climate change issues in May.

Pope Francis also drew people's attention to the fact that in the Gospel stories of Jesus' birth, Mary is silent.

"The fruits of war" is written in Italian on the reverse side with the Pope's signature. Amid heightening tensions between North Korea and the West, Francis expressed concern about nuclear arsenals.

Pope Francis thinks humanity vati-can do better, and said that mankind had "wasted" its chance at 2017.

But children suffer greatly not only because of war, conflict and migration. He singled out parents and educators who try to raise young people with a sense of responsible ethics.

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