Now, with the Pope back in Rome after his historic trip to Fatima he addressed as usual, the crowds yesterday in St.Peter’s square during his weekly Regina Coeli prayer where, he reflected on his journey and said, “At Fatima I was immersed in the prayer of the faithful-holy People. A prayer that for one hundred years has flowed there, like a river for the maternal protection of Mary for the whole world.”
One of the main highlights of the Pope’s pilgrimage in Fatima was the Canonization Mass on Saturday, when he canonized two of the visionaries of Fatima: Francisco and Jacinta Marto. With the canonization, the Pope said, “I wanted to propose to the whole Church their example of their adhesion to Christ and to evangelical witness… And I also want to propose to the whole Church to have the heart of children.” He said their sanctity is not “a consequence of the apparitions, but of the fidelity and ardour with which they corresponded to the privilege they had received of being able to see the Virgin Mary.”..
AND of course, on the flight back to Rome, the Pope had an open-mic session with the journalists where he answered many questions on a wide range of topics which included, his upcoming meeting with the US President and what the world can expect from that meeting. To that, the Pope simply responded: What can the world expect? Peace. And what, am I going to talk about from now-on with whomever? is Peace.
I never make a judgment on a person without listening to them. I believe that I shouldn't do this. In our talk, things will come out, I will say what I think, he will say what he thinks, but I never, ever, wanted to make a judgment without hearing the person.
And when asked, what the Pope expects from a meeting with a head of state who thinks so contradictory to himself, the Pope answered: Always there are doors that are not closed. I'll look for those doors that are at least open a little bit, then enter and talk about common things and go on. Step by step. Peace is handcrafted. It is made every day. Also friendship among people, mutual knowledge, esteem, is handcrafted. It's made every day. Respect the other, say that which one thinks, but with respect. We'll walk together. Someone may think one way or the other, but say that. Be very sincere with what everyone thinks, no?
If you are interested, you can read the entire script of the in-flight press conference at the Catholic News Agency site listed below
Now before the Pope went to Fatima, the Catholic Bishops of Quebec had their Ad Limina pilgrimage and meeting with the Pope which marks the end of the series of four 2017 Ad Limina visits by the Bishops of Canada.
During this meeting, the Pope told the bishops "You've got to go, and it's going to be messy. Don’t wait for some well-researched, detailed plan with action items and measurable goals. You must go out and share the Gospel”, the Pope told them.
Archbishop Duroche told CNS that the Quebec Bishops spoke about Quebec as being one of the most Catholics societies to become one of the most secularized societies. Pope Francis "realizes we're not alone in that", the Archbishop said, and the Pope mentioned similar situations in the Netherlands, Belgium, Ireland and parts of Spain.
The Pope, the Archbishop said, urged the bishops to start immediately, even without detailed plans and even knowing,.. that some of what they try, will fail". It fits in with what I've told priests when I've said, 'We're going to try this' or 'We're going to try that' and they say, 'We tried that before and it didn't work,'" the archbishop said. The Pope responsed was a hockey reference: "You won't score every time you shoot on goal, but if you stop trying after three failures, you might as well put away your skates".
It’s been 10 years since the bishops had made an "ad limina," Archbishop Durocher said and his "heart is torn" because so many people back home are suffering the effects of severe flooding.
Catholics in South Korea have high expectations for unity, equality and an end to corruption under the country's newly elected president, Moon Jae-in.
In a congratulatory message to President-elect Moon the head of the Korean bishops' conference, Archbishop Hyginus Kim Hee-joong, said the country needed "a credible leader who keeps principle,s and may the new president, be a great leader who can make democracy take root in this country and bring peace and prosperity to the Korean people,"
An official from the Korean bishops' general secretariat told CNS the church expects Moon and his new administration to remain true to his words in his victory speech in which he said he would "communicate with people at all times. and will yield the presidential imperial power, to people as much as possible.
President-Elect Moon, is a Catholic and member of South Korea's Democratic Party, that won last weeks election with 41 percent of the vote among a slate of 13 candidates in that country.
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