Loading
May Christ be always at the center of our lives, Pope tells Roman curia

.- During the traditional Christmas gathering with cardinals, archbishops, bishops and members of the Roman Curia, Pope John Paul recalled this Monday that Christ should be at the center of their lives as a way to give a faithful witness to the world.

At the beginning of his speech, the Pope recalled that the first gathering with members of the Curia took place exactly twenty-five years ago on December 22, 1978, and he thanked them for the service they render to the Successor of Peter.

“The purpose that moves us is the same: to announce the Gospel of Christ for the salvation of the world.  It is a mission that we want to carry out with a spirit of faith and with our soul ready for sacrifice, if necessary, even to the 'passio sanguinis' (shedding of blood.) May we never fail to be faithful to the One Who has linked us intimately to His priesthood!  May He and only He always be at the center of our life: Christ!  With the passage of the years, I am more and more convinced that Jesus asks us to be His witnesses, concerned solely about His glory and the well-being of souls.”

John Paul II emphasized that the “awareness of Christ's desire for unity among believers - 'ut unum sint' (‘may they be one’)- has moved me to intensify ecumenical contacts with representatives of the venerated Orthodox Churches, with the primate of the Anglican Communion and leaders of the other ecclesial Churches and communities.”

Referring then to Europe, the Holy Father emphasized that it continues to live through “a crucial phase in its history, while it expands its borders to other peoples and nations.  It is important that Europe, enriched throughout the centuries with the treasure of the Christian faith, confirm these origins and revive these roots. The most important contribution that Christians are called to give to the building of the new Europe is above all that of its faithfulness to Christ and to the Gospel.”

“Europe,” he continued, “needs, in the first place, saints and witnesses.”

In this sense, he recalled Blessed Mother Teresa of Calcutta, “icon of the good Samaritan who has become for everyone, believers and non-believers alike, a messenger of love and peace.”

The Pope told them “to be witnesses; teach peace! This is another commitment, so urgent in our time, which sees risks and threats on the horizon, for the peaceful co-existence of humanity.  Peace is still possible today and it is a duty.  I wanted to repeat this in my Message for the upcoming World Day of Peace.”


Ads by AdsLiveMedia(What's this?)

* The number of messages that can be online is limited. CNA reserves the right to edit messages for content and tone. Comments and opinions expressed by users do not necessarily reflect the opinions or beliefs of CNA. CNA will not publish comments with abusive language, insults or links to other pages

RESOURCES »

Ads by Google (What's this?)

Featured Videos

The renewal of the Legionaries of Christ
The renewal of the Legionaries of Christ
Presentation of the book "The Pastor"
Synod on the Family October 2014
Preferential option for the poor
God is alive, even in sport
'A forbidden God' named Best Film at the International Catholic Film Festival
Vatican backs a 'Pause for Peace' during World Cup final
The effects of religious violence in Sarajevo 
The origin of Corpus Christi 
Corpus Christi at the Vatican 
Homage to an Indian Cardinal
Train of the Child's Light
New book explaining gestures of the Mass
Encounter between Pope Francis and the Charismatic Renewal in the Spirit Movement.
Religious tensions subside amid Balkan floods
John Paul II Center for Studies on Marriage and Family
Saint John Paul II on cartoon
Syrian Christian refugees
Papal Foundation Pilgrimage
Exorcism or prayer of liberation?
Jul
23

Liturgical Calendar

July 23, 2014

Wednesday of the Sixteenth Week in Ordinary Time

All readings:
Today »
This year »

Catholic Daily

Gospel of the Day

Mt 13:1-9

Gospel
Date
07/23/14
07/20/14
07/19/14

Daily Readings


First Reading:: Jer 1:1, 4-10
Gospel:: Mt 13: 1-9

Saint of the Day

St. John Cassian »

Saint
Date
07/23/14

Homily of the Day

Mt 13:1-9

Homily
Date
07/23/14
07/21/14
07/20/14

Ads by AdsLiveMedia.com

Ads by AdsLiveMedia.com
     HTML
Text only
Headlines
  

Follow us: