Let’s begin with a summary of Pope Francis' weekly general audience which took place earlier today at St. Peter’s Square.
Greeting the pilgrims who gathered there, the Pope reminded Christians that Jesus came to heal and to save us from death. Here is the summary.
Before the conclusion of the Pope’s general audience, he condemned and express his sorrow for the terrorist attack that took place on Saturday, an attack which caused the death of more than 300 people in the Somali capital, Mogadishu.
“This terrorist act deserves the fiercest condemnation because it falls on a population that is already suffering deeply”. The Pope said he is praying for the dead and wounded, for their families and for the whole people of Somalia. “I implore the conversion of those who are violent and send my encouragement to those, who with enormous difficulties, are working for peace in that tortured land”.
Mogadishu erupted into chaos on Saturday when a minivan and a truck carrying explosives ignited near an area that housed many embassies, UN offices, and peacekeeping forces. A second explosion caused a nearby fuel truck to ignite, causing a massive fireball to erupt in the area. Nearly 70 people are still missing from Saturday's bomb blast that killed more than 300 people in one of the world's deadliest attack in years.
In other news, in Rome today, delegates from the Religions for Peace, World Conference had a special audience with the Pope, where he told them that religions are called to a moral alliance to promote respect for the dignity of the person and care of Creation.
“Religions, with their spiritual and moral resources, have a specific and ?unique role to play, in building ?peace,” the Pope ?told a delegation of 80 members of the group. “They cannot be neutral, much less ?ambiguous, where peace is concerned.” The Pope once again strongly denounced violence in the name of religion saying, “they gravely offend God, ?who is peace and the source of peace, and has left in ?human beings a reflection of his wisdom, power ?and beauty.”
Religions for Peace is the world’s largest multi-religious coalition whose goal is to advance common action among the world’s religious communities.
And some sad news from the Philippines today, Cardinal Ricardo Vidal, Archbishop emeritus of Cebu passed away today after a series of health complications. This story now, from our friends at Rome Reports.
That's all for today. Join us again tomorrow when we bring you more news and stories from the Perspective of a Catholic lens.
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