Skip to comments.Pope Francis: Angelus greetings to faithful, catechists, Orthodox Patriarch
Posted on 09/29/2013 4:02:51 AM PDT by markomalley
Pope Francis prayed the Angelus with the faithful gathered in St Peters Square at the end of Mass to mark the worldwide Day for Catechists, organised by the Pontifical Council for the Promotion of the New Evangelisation. In his brief remarks, the Holy Father thanked the scores of thousands of catechists who came from all around the world to participate in the two-day catechetical conference sponsored by the same Pontifical Council, and make pilgrimage to the tombs of the Apostles. Pope Francis also had special greetings for His Beatitude, Youhanna X, the Greek Orthodox Patriarch of Antioch and All the East. The Pope said that the Patriarchs presence offers an invitation to all the Christian faithful everywhere to renew their prayers for peace in Syria and throughout the entire Mideast region. Below, please find Vatican Radios translation of the Holy Fathers remarks before the Angelus prayer.
Dear brothers and sisters,
Before concluding this celebration, I would like to greet you all and thank you for your participation, especially the catechists come from so many parts of the world.
A special greeting to my brother, His Beatitude Youhanna X, greek orthodox Patriarch of Antioch and All the East. His presence invites us to pray once again for peace in Syria and the Middle East.
I greet the pilgrims who have come from Assisi on horseback, as well as the Italian Alpine Club, on the 150th anniversary of its founding.
Saludo con afecto a los peregrinos de Nicaragua, recordando que los pastores y fieles de esa querida Nación celebran con alegría el centenario de la fundación canónica de la Provincia eclesiástica. [I greet with affection the pilgrims from Nicaragua, recalling that the pastors and the faithful of that beloved nation are celebrating with joy the hundredth anniversary of the canonical foundation of their Ecclesiastical Province.]
With joy we recall that yesterday, in Croatia, Miroslav Buleić, a diocesan priest, who was martyred in 1947, was beatified. We praise the Lord, who gives the defenseless the strength to offer the ultimate witness.
The catechist is one who feeds and create in others "the memory of God," without which a human being - not excluding a Christian - is likely to drain and become similar to the rich of the Gospel, which incapable of thinking for himself. And 'the basic concept of the homily that Pope Francis gave this morning at the Mass for the Day of catechists came from all over the world to celebrate the Year of Faith. St. Peter's Square and Via della Conciliazione have collected 100,000 people. The service of Alessandro De Carolis:
The attack homily immediately touches the button on which Papa Francesco beats for days: What if a Christian - like the rich man of the Gospel remembered by the Sunday liturgy - Welcomes only their well-being while ignoring the many Lazarus who ask for aid? The question lingers for a few moments in the sky of Rome, dark and foreboding of rain, which seems in keeping with the tone unusually severe with which the Pope develops his reflection. Shortly before, in Piazza S. Peter packed by a crowd of between 80 and 100 thousand people, echoed the warning of the prophet Amos: "Woe to the careless of Zion" and "eat, drink, sing, have fun and do not care about other people's problems." These are people, says the Pope, who is on the brink of an abyss of dehumanization:
"If things, money, worldliness become the center of our lives we grab, we own and we lose our own identity as men. Look good: the rich man of the Gospel has no name, it is simply 'rich'. The things that he possesses are his face, he has no other. "
These impersonal beings, who have come to steal humanity from the things they have, they have - Pope observes Francis - a deficiency common to have lost the "memory of God":
"If there is no memory of God, everything is flattened, everything goes on the ego, on my well-being. The life, the world, the others, they lose consistency, do not count for anything, it all boils down to a single dimension: the have. If we lose the memory of God, even we ourselves lose consistency, we empty ourselves, we lose our face like the rich man of the Gospel! Who runs after the anything he himself becomes void - says another great prophet, Jeremiah. We are made in the image and likeness of God, not in the image and likeness of things, of idols. "
In this contrast of opposites, it appears clear-cut image of the catechist, who is none other than the man or woman - Pope asserts Francis - "that holds and nourishes the memory of God," and driven by it and who is awakened in others. His model indicates, it is Mary who after welcoming the announcement of the Angel "does not think the honor, prestige," but part to help her cousin Elizabeth and raising her Magnificat "memory of God's" occurred in his life:
"The catechist is indeed a Christian who puts at the service of this memory, not to be seen, not to speak of himself, but to talk about God, his love and his faithfulness. Speak and convey all that God has revealed, the doctrine in its entirety, without cutting or adding. "
"The same Catechism - Papa Francesco notes - what is it but God's memory, the memory of his action in the history of his having drawn near to us in Christ, present in his word, in the sacraments, in his Church, in its love? ". Thus, the identikit of the catechist who trace at the end Papa Francesco is rich in solar antithesis to the Gospel and its ruthless indifference towards the poor Lazarus:
"The catechist is a man of God's memory if it has a constant, vital relationship with Him and with one another, if it is a man of faith, that you really trust God and He puts his safety if he is a man of charity, love, which sees everyone as a brother, if he is a man of "hypomone", patience, perseverance, which can cope with the difficulties, trials and failures, with serenity and hope in the Lord, if it is gentle man, capable of understanding and of mercy. "
Before the final blessing, Archbishop Rino Fisichella, president of the Pontifical Council for the New Evangelization, Pope presented to the catechists and catechists came to Rome from every latitude - from Vietnam as Haiti, Syria, Nigeria - which has said, are the "tangible sign that Christianity is alive and continues to be announced."
Thus, the Angelus, starred in St. Peter's Square a few minutes before noon, closed the celebration, preceded by some special greetings of Pope Francis, one of which was emphasized by a large round of applause:
"A special greeting to my brother, His Beatitude Youhanna X, greek orthodox Patriarch of Antioch and All the East. Its presence invites us to pray once again for peace in Syria and the Middle East. "
Bear in mind that this was an auto-translation...
I think the autotranslation is interesting. It makes me focus on figuring out the meaning, sort of like when I read the Bible in Spanish.