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The Vatican ^ | 7-8-2013 | The Pope

Posted on 07/09/2013 10:42:23 PM PDT by ClaytonP

Immigrants dying at sea, in boats which were vehicles of hope and became vehicles of death. That is how the headlines put it. When I first heard of this tragedy a few weeks ago, and realized that it happens all too frequently, it has constantly come back to me like a painful thorn in my heart. So I felt that I had to come here today, to pray and to offer a sign of my closeness, but also to challenge our consciences lest this tragedy be repeated. Please, let it not be repeated! First, however, I want to say a word of heartfelt gratitude and encouragement to you, the people of Lampedusa and Linosa, and to the various associations, volunteers and security personnel who continue to attend to the needs of people journeying towards a better future. You are so few, and yet you offer an example of solidarity! Thank you! I also thank Archbishop Francesco Montenegro for all his help, his efforts and his close pastoral care. I offer a cordial greeting to Mayor Giusi Nicolini: thank you so much for what you have done and are doing. I also think with affection of those Muslim immigrants who this evening begin the fast of Ramadan, which I trust will bear abundant spiritual fruit. The Church is at your side as you seek a more dignified life for yourselves and your families. To all of you: o’scià!

This morning, in the light of God’s word which has just been proclaimed, I wish to offer some thoughts meant to challenge people’s consciences and lead them to reflection and a concrete change of heart.

"Adam, where are you?" This is the first question which God asks man after his sin. "Adam, where are you?" Adam lost his bearings, his place in creation, because he thought he could be powerful, able to control everything, to be God. Harmony was lost; man erred and this error occurs over and over again also in relationships with others. "The other" is no longer a brother or sister to be loved, but simply someone who disturbs my life and my comfort. God asks a second question: "Cain, where is your brother?" The illusion of being powerful, of being as great as God, even of being God himself, leads to a whole series of errors, a chain of death, even to the spilling of a brother’s blood!

God’s two questions echo even today, as forcefully as ever! How many of us, myself included, have lost our bearings; we are no longer attentive to the world in which we live; we don’t care; we don’t protect what God created for everyone, and we end up unable even to care for one another! And when humanity as a whole loses its bearings, it results in tragedies like the one we have witnessed.

"Where is your brother?" His blood cries out to me, says the Lord. This is not a question directed to others; it is a question directed to me, to you, to each of us. These brothers and sisters of ours were trying to escape difficult situations to find some serenity and peace; they were looking for a better place for themselves and their families, but instead they found death. How often do such people fail to find understanding, fail to find acceptance, fail to find solidarity. And their cry rises up to God! Once again I thank you, the people of Lampedusa, for your solidarity. I recently listened to one of these brothers of ours. Before arriving here, he and the others were at the mercy of traffickers, people who exploit the poverty of others, people who live off the misery of others. How much these people have suffered! Some of them never made it here.

"Where is your brother?" Who is responsible for this blood? In Spanish literature we have a comedy of Lope de Vega which tells how the people of the town of Fuente Ovejuna kill their governor because he is a tyrant. They do it in such a way that no one knows who the actual killer is. So when the royal judge asks: "Who killed the governor?", they all reply: "Fuente Ovejuna, sir". Everybody and nobody! Today too, the question has to be asked: Who is responsible for the blood of these brothers and sisters of ours? Nobody! That is our answer: It isn’t me; I don’t have anything to do with it; it must be someone else, but certainly not me. Yet God is asking each of us: "Where is the blood of your brother which cries out to me?" Today no one in our world feels responsible; we have lost a sense of responsibility for our brothers and sisters. We have fallen into the hypocrisy of the priest and the levite whom Jesus described in the parable of the Good Samaritan: we see our brother half dead on the side of the road, and perhaps we say to ourselves: "poor soul…!", and then go on our way. It’s not our responsibility, and with that we feel reassured, assuaged. The culture of comfort, which makes us think only of ourselves, makes us insensitive to the cries of other people, makes us live in soap bubbles which, however lovely, are insubstantial; they offer a fleeting and empty illusion which results in indifference to others; indeed, it even leads to the globalization of indifference. In this globalized world, we have fallen into globalized indifference. We have become used to the suffering of others: it doesn’t affect me; it doesn’t concern me; it’s none of my business!

Here we can think of Manzoni’s character – "the Unnamed". The globalization of indifference makes us all "unnamed", responsible, yet nameless and faceless.

"Adam, where are you?" "Where is your brother?" These are the two questions which God asks at the dawn of human history, and which he also asks each man and woman in our own day, which he also asks us. But I would like us to ask a third question: "Has any one of us wept because of this situation and others like it?" Has any one of us grieved for the death of these brothers and sisters? Has any one of us wept for these persons who were on the boat? For the young mothers carrying their babies? For these men who were looking for a means of supporting their families? We are a society which has forgotten how to weep, how to experience compassion – "suffering with" others: the globalization of indifference has taken from us the ability to weep! In the Gospel we have heard the crying, the wailing, the great lamentation: "Rachel weeps for her children… because they are no more". Herod sowed death to protect his own comfort, his own soap bubble. And so it continues… Let us ask the Lord to remove the part of Herod that lurks in our hearts; let us ask the Lord for the grace to weep over our indifference, to weep over the cruelty of our world, of our own hearts, and of all those who in anonymity make social and economic decisions which open the door to tragic situations like this. "Has any one wept?" Today has anyone wept in our world?

Lord, in this liturgy, a penitential liturgy, we beg forgiveness for our indifference to so many of our brothers and sisters. Father, we ask your pardon for those who are complacent and closed amid comforts which have deadened their hearts; we beg your forgiveness for those who by their decisions on the global level have created situations that lead to these tragedies. Forgive us, Lord!

Today too, Lord, we hear you asking: "Adam, where are you?" "Where is the blood of your brother?"


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1 posted on 07/09/2013 10:42:23 PM PDT by ClaytonP
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To: ClaytonP

Who knew heathen religious holidays and fasts can yield spiritual fruit outside of Christianity? Thanks Francis for letting us know!

Joh_15:5 I am the vine, ye are the branches: He that abideth in me, and I in him, the same bringeth forth much fruit: for without me ye can do nothing.


3 posted on 07/09/2013 10:47:54 PM PDT by Greetings_Puny_Humans
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To: ClaytonP

Everybody LOVES Ramadan.


4 posted on 07/09/2013 10:50:43 PM PDT by Paladin2
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To: ClaytonP

5 posted on 07/09/2013 10:52:46 PM PDT by fieldmarshaldj (Resist We Much)
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To: ClaytonP
I am reminded of the scene in the original War Of The Worlds film where the preacher holds a bible in the air and approaches the alien spacecraft in friendship.
6 posted on 07/09/2013 10:54:26 PM PDT by Jeff Chandler (Harriet Meiers is looking pretty good right about now.)
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To: ClaytonP

And representatives of Islam will wish Christians a fruitful Lent and Jews a blessed Passover.


7 posted on 07/09/2013 11:04:25 PM PDT by informavoracious (We're being "punished" with Stanley Ann's baby. Obamacare: shovel-ready healthcare.)
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To: Greetings_Puny_Humans

There are millions of Christians in Muslim lands. If he said it the way you would maybe like him to say it Thousands to Millions would be slaughtered. It’s easy being a Cyberspace Christian. The Pope has more difficult job than you and I have.


8 posted on 07/09/2013 11:07:51 PM PDT by johngrace (I am a 1 John 4! Christian- declared at every Sunday Mass , Divine Mercy and Rosary prayers!)
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To: Jeff Chandler
Yeah.

Ended something like this:


9 posted on 07/09/2013 11:08:40 PM PDT by null and void (Republicans create the tools of oppression, and the democrats gleefully use them!)
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To: ClaytonP

If he doesn’t have anything intelligent to say he should simply refrain from speaking and smile pleasantly or something.


10 posted on 07/09/2013 11:15:01 PM PDT by steve86 (Acerbic by Nature, not NurtureĀ™)
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To: johngrace
Christians don't want him speaking for them, only catholics.

If he said it the way you would maybe like him to say it Thousands to Millions would be slaughtered.

Oh, so he is intimidated by them and wants to make nice with them. It's a shame he has no use for TRUTH but bows to'fear of man'! Jesus is TRUTH and He walked in Truth ALL the time.

It’s easy being a Cyberspace Christian.

And a Cyberspace Catholic - just agree with 'your leader'.

11 posted on 07/09/2013 11:18:57 PM PDT by presently no screen name
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To: ClaytonP

apart from God men’s good works are like soiled, dirty rags.


12 posted on 07/09/2013 11:22:53 PM PDT by Secret Agent Man (Gone Galt; Not averse to Going Bronson.)
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To: johngrace

he didn’t have to mention ramadan at all. that is the truth.


13 posted on 07/09/2013 11:24:12 PM PDT by Secret Agent Man (Gone Galt; Not averse to Going Bronson.)
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To: johngrace

ummm, you do know they are already slaughtering christians at a decent pace in many middle east and african muslim countries right now, yes?!?


14 posted on 07/09/2013 11:25:54 PM PDT by Secret Agent Man (Gone Galt; Not averse to Going Bronson.)
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To: johngrace

“There are millions of Christians in Muslim lands. If he said it the way you would maybe like him to say it Thousands to Millions would be slaughtered. It’s easy being a Cyberspace Christian. The Pope has more difficult job than you and I have.”


So you’re saying that the Pope said that they will reap spiritual fruits from their heathen holy month just to keep them from killing Christians?

How about say nothing? Or, perhaps, do what Peter did in the old days for those who threatened to kill and maim the body?

Act_2:38 Then Peter said unto them, Repent, and be baptized every one of you in the name of Jesus Christ for the remission of sins, and ye shall receive the gift of the Holy Ghost.


15 posted on 07/09/2013 11:32:46 PM PDT by Greetings_Puny_Humans
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To: presently no screen name

Really What’s your Truth? At least we know the Pope. Who are you Mister most christian with the phony name? What’s your real name brave one? Joke?


17 posted on 07/10/2013 12:14:30 AM PDT by johngrace (I am a 1 John 4! Christian- declared at every Sunday Mass , Divine Mercy and Rosary prayers!)
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To: johngrace
At least we know the Pope

I know JESUS as that's what it's all about. Fellowship with Him and do what He says.

"Then I will tell them plainly, 'I never knew you. Get away from me, you who practice evil!'"

God's Word is the final authority.

18 posted on 07/10/2013 12:23:20 AM PDT by presently no screen name
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To: presently no screen name

Okay? MR Anonymous? Your a brave One? lol!!


19 posted on 07/10/2013 12:27:23 AM PDT by johngrace (I am a 1 John 4! Christian- declared at every Sunday Mass , Divine Mercy and Rosary prayers!)
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To: Greetings_Puny_Humans; johngrace
Ramadan, which I trust will bear abundant spiritual fruit.

doesn't say what spiritual fruit (good or bad) or by whom... in short it's a nice platitude that says nothing really but has meat at the end with even to the spilling of a brother’s blood!

20 posted on 07/10/2013 12:31:41 AM PDT by Cronos (Latin presbuteros>Late Latin presbyter->Old English pruos->Middle Engl prest->priest)
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To: johngrace
The Pope is more brave than all of us put together. Unless you would like to declare your real name?

Really? So your new leader's real name is Francis? Like all your other leaders - they all went by different names.

You fail even by attempting to change the subject.

21 posted on 07/10/2013 12:33:58 AM PDT by presently no screen name
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To: presently no screen name

How do you explain Christ paying a Tax from a coin inside a fish. He was paying a satanic govt system called Rome in 30ish ad. I guess he was the Antichrist? Mr Anonymous? You do not not even have a info on your profile. Your so Brave? Always doing a pharisee act? Hmmmm....


23 posted on 07/10/2013 12:45:23 AM PDT by johngrace (I am a 1 John 4! Christian- declared at every Sunday Mass , Divine Mercy and Rosary prayers!)
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What's wrong - so ashamed at your posting - At least we know the Pope - you simply had to change the subject? This article is not about cyberspace - so either stay on track and defend the indefensible words of your leader or zip the lip about freepers and their screen names.

Catholics always mock when they fail and change the subject. It's being deceptive, the result of 'you know the pope' and NOT JESUS WHO IS TRUTH.

24 posted on 07/10/2013 12:45:28 AM PDT by presently no screen name
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To: Greetings_Puny_Humans

I am pointing out something. He is out there your not like him. Mr Critical?


25 posted on 07/10/2013 12:46:58 AM PDT by johngrace (I am a 1 John 4! Christian- declared at every Sunday Mass , Divine Mercy and Rosary prayers!)
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To: Greetings_Puny_Humans

I am an administrator for a blog. People post their real names. It keeps the riffraff down. There are alot of people who are too comfortable to just criticize while being nameless here. It surely is amazing.


26 posted on 07/10/2013 12:53:18 AM PDT by johngrace (I am a 1 John 4! Christian- declared at every Sunday Mass , Divine Mercy and Rosary prayers!)
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You show you are so clueless about GOD'S WORD, you should be ashamed to post.

I guess he was the Antichrist?

Guessing' The Christ is the anti christ shows a warped depraved mind. If your lips burn one day, you know why. Though not surprised a 'subject' of the seven hills will speak about the anti-christ.

27 posted on 07/10/2013 12:54:39 AM PDT by presently no screen name
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To: presently no screen name

Classic stereotypes. Then you judge a person. God will judge us all not you. lol


28 posted on 07/10/2013 12:56:47 AM PDT by johngrace (I am a 1 John 4! Christian- declared at every Sunday Mass , Divine Mercy and Rosary prayers!)
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To: presently no screen name

I did not call Christ the anti-christ. Gee putting words in others mouths. What a farce? Hello.....


29 posted on 07/10/2013 12:58:24 AM PDT by johngrace (I am a 1 John 4! Christian- declared at every Sunday Mass , Divine Mercy and Rosary prayers!)
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Sure they post their real names on the internet - you already proved you are so easily deceived.

EVEN ‘FRANCIS’ doesn’t go by his REAL NAME! He should change it to Pope Ramadan!


30 posted on 07/10/2013 12:59:15 AM PDT by presently no screen name
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It was question. Gee do we know how to read? hello again...


31 posted on 07/10/2013 12:59:29 AM PDT by johngrace (I am a 1 John 4! Christian- declared at every Sunday Mass , Divine Mercy and Rosary prayers!)
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To: presently no screen name

Yes but we can see his original name. What are talking about?


32 posted on 07/10/2013 1:02:21 AM PDT by johngrace (I am a 1 John 4! Christian- declared at every Sunday Mass , Divine Mercy and Rosary prayers!)
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To: presently no screen name

http://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Pope_Francis


33 posted on 07/10/2013 1:03:23 AM PDT by johngrace (I am a 1 John 4! Christian- declared at every Sunday Mass , Divine Mercy and Rosary prayers!)
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To: johngrace

Jorge Mario Bergoglio


34 posted on 07/10/2013 1:04:00 AM PDT by johngrace (I am a 1 John 4! Christian- declared at every Sunday Mass , Divine Mercy and Rosary prayers!)
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It's not judging - it's a warning. Some just are hell bent to learn the hard way, though, because they are unteachable.

God will judge us all not you.

And how do you think He will judge one who 'guesses' His Son is the Anti Christ? It sure sounds like this will be His response. "Then I will tell them plainly, 'I never knew you. Away from me, you evildoers!'

35 posted on 07/10/2013 1:04:48 AM PDT by presently no screen name
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To: johngrace

Show me I said you ‘called’. Can’t you keep it honest ONE TIME?


37 posted on 07/10/2013 1:07:14 AM PDT by presently no screen name
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“I am pointing out something. He is out there your not like him. Mr Critical?”


Since he’s out there and I’m not, he should do a better job at watching what he says instead of appeasing Muslims and giving credibility to their religion.


38 posted on 07/10/2013 1:09:15 AM PDT by Greetings_Puny_Humans
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So you are just a busy body wanting to know people’s names on the internet. God speaks about ‘busybodies’.

You can’t handle your Ramadan pope so you got ‘into names’ - and only put your foot in your own mouth because of it as your ‘point’ turned out to be dull. That’s the result of defending the indefensible.


39 posted on 07/10/2013 1:12:03 AM PDT by presently no screen name
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Don’t feed the protestant heretics. Always remember their first response is non serviam to anything that doesn’t comport to fall into line with their own understanding of Christianity. That’s what it means to protest. They have the perfect righteous faith for a small God who resides in a small box.


40 posted on 07/10/2013 1:14:42 AM PDT by JPX2011
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To: Greetings_Puny_Humans

‘Their leader’ Francis is he’s doing the same as obama. And I am NOT surprised by it.


41 posted on 07/10/2013 1:14:44 AM PDT by presently no screen name
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To: JPX2011
Don't talk about God who you don't know. Speak about allah and 'your leader' who cannot speak the truth about ramadan all you want. Coward! And you speak about heretics? LOL!

with their own understanding of Christianity.

PROJECTION! All you know is about catholicsm which has nothing to with Christianity. God's Word is the FINAL authority for Christians.

42 posted on 07/10/2013 1:23:04 AM PDT by presently no screen name
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To: ClaytonP

Bombadan will bear abundant explosions.


43 posted on 07/10/2013 1:25:04 AM PDT by Fresh Wind (The last remnants of the Old Republic have been swept away.)
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It isn’t projection unless you consider yourself a protestant heretic. I would say however, that one sure does place limits on God when they suggest that the true God cannot appear during a spiritual exercise of another faith. I don’t discount the possibility which is what I believe Pope Francis is trying to say. But to those whose god is small, that is not possible and ergo they don’t believe in the true God.


44 posted on 07/10/2013 1:28:59 AM PDT by JPX2011
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To: JPX2011; All

I notice the Catholics are more hostile than normal in this thread. This is why I’m glad I escaped out of Catholicism. I don’t have to sit here and become agitated from the embarrassing stuff God’s Mouth Piece on Earth says.


45 posted on 07/10/2013 1:32:55 AM PDT by Greetings_Puny_Humans
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To: ClaytonP

That is now 2 goofball things this il papa has said I find

Divergent from my beliefs as a Christian

Good luck guys


46 posted on 07/10/2013 1:38:13 AM PDT by wardaddy (the next Dark Ages are coming as Western Civilization crumbles with nary a whimper)
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To: ClaytonP

That is now 2 goofball things this il papa has said I find

Divergent from my beliefs as a Christian

Good luck guys


47 posted on 07/10/2013 1:38:44 AM PDT by wardaddy (the next Dark Ages are coming as Western Civilization crumbles with nary a whimper)
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To: presently no screen name

Bttt


48 posted on 07/10/2013 1:39:57 AM PDT by wardaddy (the next Dark Ages are coming as Western Civilization crumbles with nary a whimper)
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To: Greetings_Puny_Humans

I don’t post a lot. But I’ve been a lurker since ‘97 when I was 18 and have followed the Religion forum for years. So what made me respond tonight? When I see a bunch of jackals, posing as confessed Christians sic themselves on a fellow Catholic and declare non-serviam to a charitable response by the Pope simply by virtue of their protestant mindset. So if I seem hostile, maybe people should look in the mirror.


49 posted on 07/10/2013 1:44:23 AM PDT by JPX2011
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To: Greetings_Puny_Humans

There is no way to pass this one off as a media distortion. Its a direct quote from his sermon.


50 posted on 07/10/2013 1:45:02 AM PDT by ClaytonP
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