Pope laments killing of Jesuit priest in Syria
An impassioned plea for an end to war in his General Audience
Picture: AFP Photo
At the end of today's general audience, the Pope recalled the murder of "my Dutch Jesuit brother of 75, who arrived in Syria about 50 years ago, he always good towards all , with gratitude and love, and therefore he was loved and respected by Christians and Muslims,” Jorge Mario Bergoglio said.
“His brutal murder - he added - filled me with profound sorrow and it made me think a lot of people still suffering and dying in that tormented country, my beloved Syria, already too long in the throes of a bloody conflict, which continues to reap death and destruction.
"I think also of the many people who have been abducted, Christians and Muslims, Syrian and from other countries, among which there are bishops and priests. I ask the Lord that they may soon return to their loved ones and their families and communities.
"I cordially invite you all to join me in prayer for peace in Syria and the region, and launch a heartfelt appeal to the Syrian authorities and the international community: I beg you, silence the weapons, put an end to the violence! No more war! No more destruction!
"Respect humanitarian law, care should be taken of the population in need of humanitarian assistance and the desired peace reached through dialogue and reconciliation.”
After the series of catecheses on the Creed and the sacraments the Pope began a new series of catecheses dedicated to the gifts of the Holy Spirit. "The Holy Spirit is "God's gift" par excellence, a gift from God, and in turn communicates different spiritual gifts to those who welcome him. The Church identifies seven…: wisdom, understanding, counsel, fortitude, knowledge, piety and fear of God.”
He then went on to explain the first one, wisdom. “Wisdom is not merely human wisdom; it is the grace of being able to see everything with the eyes of God. Often we see things as we want to see them or according to our heart, with love, with hate, with envy... no this is not God's eyes. Wisdom is what the Holy Spirit does within us so that we can see everything with God's eyes. This is the gift of wisdom.”
Source: Vatican Insider/La Stampa
Retired Bishop Francis Tong Hui spent 15 years in a communist prison
Two Pilar Society priests are determined to begin work in Muslim-majority Mauritania
After questioning His existence, Philippine president claims God warned him against cussing
President Joko Widodo establishes task force targeting widespread extortion practices by govt, public sector officials
Indigenous communities end month-long march to Manila to assert their rights