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Posted on 09/10/2013 3:26:14 PM PDT by 2ndDivisionVet
Pope Francis urged members of religious orders on Tuesday to use empty convents and other structures to house refugees fleeing war and hardship, not as hotels.
The pope spoke during a visit to refugees at a Jesuit-run center in Rome's historic center.
Francis urged members of religious orders to welcome refugees "in the empty houses and convents. Dear religious men and women, the church does not need the empty convents to be turned into hotels to earn money....
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Not a popular stance, I’ve been to Rome, seen the Afghanistan youth fleeing the Taliban, and didn’t want to fight for a corrupt government. I applaud the Pope for being a person of strong decision and principled. At least there is ONE leader in the world.
"Blessed are the merciful, for they shall obtain mercy." The merciful are those who practice the works of mercy, corporal and spiritual, who help others not from human or natural motives simply, but from supernatural ones, from faith, from love of God.
To such people, Christ at the day of judgment will say: "Come, blessed of my Father, take possession of the kingdom prepared for you from the foundation of the world; for I was hungry and you gave me to eat; I was thirsty and you gave me to drink; I was a stranger, and you took me in ..." (Matt. 25:34-35).
"Blessed are they who suffer persecution for justice sake, for theirs is the kingdom of heaven." Those are blessed who suffer for Christ, religion, or some Christian virtue. They will receive an eternal reward.
Those who faithfully observe the entire law of God and defend the cause of His Church, procure His glory and save souls. In this world those who are active in preserving the rights of the Church are often ridiculed and persecuted; they will be especially blessed.
Aren’t there any refugees taken in by Catholics he can visit?
Maybe he’s converting the SJ’s
and don’t forget the note he sent Putin before Putin suggested Syria hand over weapons. Now Putin is being strategic but Pope Francis inserted leadership there as well. Interesting times. VERY interesting.
thank you and many blessings to you Salvation.
"The pope's private visit follows his July trip to Lampedusa, the southern Italian island that is a main port of entry each year for migrants reaching Europe via Libya or Tunisia, to draw attention to refugees' plight."
I wonder if the pope considered my suggestion, and has some room left for some of the Mexicans encouraged to the US by the USCCB "immigration reform" efforts?
A lot of these religious orders have shrunk in size and need the money raised by converting those former convents, priests homes, etc., in order to support their members, especially the elderly ones.
Instead, Pope Francis now wants these religious orders to turn theses facilities into refugee camps for the mostly Muslim people who are entering Italy illegally.
What am I missing here? It seems the Italians have the same type of illegal immigrant problem that the US has except it is magnified by the fact that their illegals happen to be Muslims. Does the Pope want the Italians to commit suicide?
As a Catholic, I am beginning to have some significant doubts about this Pope’s heavy emphasis on love of the poor. Loving the poor is one thing, bringing us all down to their level is something entirely different.