Posts Tagged ‘Mercy’

Smell of the sheep in Ukraine is death and scorched homes

Monday, May 2nd, 2022
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There’s no doubt suffering has its own unique smell and associations, a priest serving in Ukraine says. For him, the smell of burned homes and lives is tied to the metaphoric “smell of sheep”. Francis says priests need to learn what suffering smells like. It will be coming from human lives and they need to Read more

Pope fears self-righteous perfect Christians

Thursday, April 28th, 2022
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Pope Francis says the Lord does not expect us to be “perfect Christians,” and he (the pope) is afraid when he sees righteous and self-assured Christians. Francis told a crowd at the Vatican on Sunday that the Lord would prefer us “to seek him, to call on him or even, like Thomas, to protest, bringing Read more

Culture warrior Catholics empty of positive faith

Monday, November 16th, 2020
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Culture warrior Catholics are falling prey to fundamentalism and bigotry says a Czechoslovakian academic. Warning the positive content of faith has become emptied, Father Tomáš Halík quotes the former Archbishop of Milan, Carlo Maria Martini; “I am not so much afraid of people who do not have faith; what disturbs me are people who do Read more

Priest finds niche with Bangkok’s poorest

Monday, June 29th, 2020
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Redemptorist Father Joe Maier, 80, opened his first school in Bangkok’s market-side slum district of Klong Toey in a swine slaughterhouse more than 40 years ago. So it is not surprising when he explains that he comes from the “wrong side of the tracks” in his native Seattle. For that is largely where he has Read more

Judge your own heart first – not that of those in need

Monday, July 15th, 2019
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Helping a person in need requires compassion toward their situation, Pope Francis said Sunday, encouraging Catholics to think first about their own hardness of heart, not the sins of others. “If you go down the street and see a homeless man lying there and you pass by without looking at him, or you think: ‘Eh, Read more

Dialogue and mercy at the heart of theological development

Monday, June 24th, 2019
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Theological development comes through dialogue, Pope Francis said in a speech at the Pontifical Theological Faculty of Southern Italy in Naples. He also identified an aggressive defence of doctrine as unhelpful as it seeks to impose its beliefs on others. Fidelity to the Gospel “implies a style of life and of proclamation without a spirit Read more

The good, the bad and the merciful: Pope Francis after six years

Thursday, March 14th, 2019
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Six years ago, on March 13, the College of Cardinals surprised the world with the election of the Argentine Jesuit Jorge Bergoglio as pope. Taking the name Francis, he won the admiration and respect of Catholics and non-Catholics alike with his simplicity and concern for the poor and marginalized. With each passing year, however, criticism Read more

Mercy focus at disgraced cardinal’s funeral

Monday, April 9th, 2018

Mercy and prayers for Cardinal Keith O’Brien and for those he offended were asked for at O’Brien’s funeral last week. His failings were made public in 2013 when a British weekly newspaper revealed he had made sexual advances to seminarians more than 20 years earlier. O’Brien admitted and apologised for his actions. In 2015 he Read more

Francis’ paradigm shift: mercy migrants marriage

Thursday, March 15th, 2018
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Whenever Pope Francis visits prisons, during his whirlwind trips to the world’s peripheries or at a nearby jailhouse in Rome, he always tells inmates that he, too, could have ended up behind bars: “Why you and not me?” he asks. That humble empathy and the ease with which he walks in others’ shoes have won Read more

Stop – World Day of Poor is about you!

Thursday, November 9th, 2017

Pope Francis founded the World day of Poor a year ago on the “notion of reciprocity, of sharing with each other of what each other has,” Msgr. Geno Sylva says. Sylva is an English-language official of the Pontifical Council for the Promotion of the New Evangelisation. He went on to explain the World day of Read more