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IMAGE: CNS photo/Gregory A. ShemitzBy Junno Arocho EstevesVATICANCITY (CNS) -- Men and women contemplating a vocation to the priesthood,consecrated life or marriage shouldnot be afraid because Godwants only for them to experience the joy that comes from servingothers, Pope Francis said. "Our slowness and our sloth"should not delay a response and Christians need not be "fearful ofour limitations and sins, but instead open our hearts to the voice of theLord," the pope said in his message for the 2018 World Day of Prayer forVocations."Itwill not fill our hearts if we keep standing by the window with the excuse ofwaiting for the right time, without accepting this very day the risk of makinga decision," the pope wrote. "Vocation is today! The Christianmission is now!"Thepapal message for the day of prayer, which will be observed April 22, wasreleased Dec. 4 at the Vatican. The 2018 theme is "Listening, discerningand living the Lord's call."Inhis message, Pope Francis said God's call "is...
(Vatican Radio)  Pope Francis on Monday released his message for the 2018 World Day of Prayer for Vocations, reflecting on the three aspects of every vocation: listening, discerning, and living.The 55th recurrence of the Day for Vocations is to be commemorated next year on 22 April.Listening, discerning, and living: these lie at the heart of Pope Francis’ message for next year’s World Day of Prayer for Vocations.The Holy Father said 2018 is a special year for vocations, because the Synod of Bishops will reflect on young people, especially “the relationship between young people, faith, and vocation”.Pope Francis reminded Christians that God never ceases to call men and women to follow Him.“We are not victims of chance or swept up in a series of unconnected events; on the contrary, our life and our presence in this world are the fruit of a divine vocation,” he said.He said the mystery of the Incarnation shows that God constantly “comes ...
The Southern African Catholic Bishops’ Conference (SACBC) has embarked on an awareness campaign for the Care of Creation, under the title, “Cry of the Earth – Cry of the Poor.”The launch took place during the September celebration of Spring Day, and the World Day of Prayer for the Care of Creation at the Bishops’ Conference Secretariat -Khanya House. The campaign is inspired by Pope Francis’ historic encyclical Laudato Sì.In his homily, Father Sakhi Mofokeng, the Secretary for the Southern African Catholic Bishops’ Conference, department for Formation, Life, and Apostolate of the Laity told SACBC Staff that human beings have a vital role in caring for the creation of God.Father Sakhi said that  God who is sovereign created humanity and entrusted him with the responsibility of taking care of the whole creation.“Because of this responsibility the goal of mankind is (to) show God’s righteous rule over all creation,&rdq...
Cardinal Gracias in his message for the World Day of Prayer for the Care of Creation has invited all faithful to invoke God’s help for the protection of God’s Creation. The Day of Prayer for the Care of Creation was marked on  September 1 and had special importance in this its third year.Card. Oswald Gracias, archbishop of Mumbai and President of the Federation of Asian Bishops (FABC), in his message of Aug 16, had appealed to all Catholics to observe this day as a day of prayer so that we can become aware of our Christian vocation to be stewards of God’s Creation.Quoting Pope Francis’  Encyclical Laudato Si', the Cardinal said that the Holy Father reminds us  that "the ecological crisis summons us to a profound spiritual conversation: Christians are called to an ecological conversation, whereby the effects of their encounter with Jesus Christ becomes evident in their relationship with the world around them."“In prayer and...
“Whatever we do to the environment will eventually come back to us”,  said Card. Tagle during mass to mark the World Day of Prayer for the Care of Creation on Sept 1.During homily Cardinal Luis Antonio Tagle of Manila stressed that human being is inseparable with the environment. He said the world is facing a lot of environmental concerns which could have been averted if only people were aware of the consequences of their actions to the environment. “We should be wise by being caring, by being responsible because in the end we would be destroyed by the very destructive culture that we have propagated,” the Cardinal said.Around 2,000 people gathered at the Luneta Park to highlight initiatives that respond to the challenges of ecological crisis. The gathering was a celebration of a global prayer movement for the care of environment initiated  by Pope Francis.The event also starts the archdiocese’s month-long observance of the Season of Creatio...
IMAGE: CNS photo/Mohammad Ponir Hossain, ReutersBy Cindy WoodenVATICAN CITY (CNS) -- Environmental destruction is a sign ofa "morally decaying scenario" in which too many people ignore or denythat, from the beginning, "God intended humanity to cooperate in the preservationand protection of the natural environment," said the leaders of theCatholic and Orthodox churches.Marking the Sept. 1 World Day of Prayer for Creation, PopeFrancis and Ecumenical Patriarch Bartholomew of Constantinople issued a jointmessage.They urged government and business leaders "to respondto the plea of millions and support the consensus of the world for the healingof our wounded creation."Looking at the description of the Garden of Eden from theBook of Genesis, the pope and patriarch said, "The earth was entrusted tous as a sublime gift and legacy."But, they said, "our propensity to interrupt theworld's delicate and balanced ecosystems, our insatiable desire to manipulateand control the planet's limited reso...
(Vatican Radio) Pope Francis has issued a Joint Message with the Ecumenical Patriarch of Constantinople, Bartholomew I, to mark the Sept. 1st World Day of Prayer for Creation.Released on Friday morning, the Message invites all the faithful and every person of good will to  reflect prayerfully on how to live in a simply and use the goods of the created order responsibly.Focus on prayerful solidarity“On this occasion,” the Joint Message from Francis and Bartholomew reads, “we wish to offer thanks to the loving Creator for the noble gift of creation and to pledge commitment to its care and preservation for the sake of future generations.”Click below to hear our report The Message goes on to say, “We urgently appeal to those in positions of social and economic, as well as political and cultural, responsibility to hear the cry of the earth and to attend to the needs of the marginalized, but above all to respond to the plea of millions and support the ...
(Vatican Radio) The Day of Prayer for the Care of Creation is being marked today September 1 and has special importance in this its third year.It is a Joint Message which was released on Friday morning from Pope Francis and Ecumenical Patriarch Bartholomew, who for the first time are writing together on Themes of the Day, inviting all the faithful and men of good will to prayer and to reflect on how to live in a simple and solid manner, responsibly using earthly goods.The Day of Prayer for the Creation of the Creation was instituted by Pope Francis in 2015. The Orthodox Church has commemorated the Day since 1989. Below find the English Language translation of the Joint Message from Pope Francis and Ecumenical Patriarch Bartholomew JOINT MESSAGEof  Pope Francis and Ecumenical Patriarch Bartholomewon the World Day of Prayer for CreationThe story of creation presents us with a panoramic view of the world. Scripture reveals that, “in the beginning”, God...
(Vatican Radio)  Pope Francis on Wednesday appealed for “a respectful and responsible attitude towards Creation” ahead of the third World Day of Prayer for the Care of Creation.At his General Audience, the Pope said he and “our dear brother Bartholomew, Ecumenical Patriarch of Constantinople” had prepared a Message to be released on September 1.“In [the message],” the Holy Father said, “we invite all to assume a respectful and responsible attitude towards Creation.”He said the two Church leaders “also appeal, to all who occupy influential roles, to listen to the cry of the Earth and the cry of the poor, who suffer most from ecological imbalances.”World Day of Prayer for Care of CreationPope Francis declared September 1 as World Day of Prayer for the Care of Creation in 2015 and celebrated a special Liturgy of the Word in St. Peter’s Basilica to mark its first occurrence.The Orthodox Church has commemorated the ...
By Carol GlatzVATICAN CITY (CNS) -- Together with the head of theOrthodox Church, Pope Francis urged people to be respectful and responsibletoward creation while being aware of how disrupted ecosystems impact the poor.To mark the World Day of Prayer for the Care of CreationSept. 1, the pope said he and Ecumenical Patriarch Bartholomew ofConstantinople "prepared a message together."Although the text was not published immediately, PopeFrancis told people at his general audience Aug. 30 that the message would bean invitation to all people "to adopt a respectful and responsibleapproach toward creation.""Furthermore," he said, "we appeal tothose who hold an influential role to listen to the cry of the earth and thecry of the poor, who suffer more because of ecological imbalances."Pope Francis instituted the world day of prayer for theCatholic Church in 2015, joining with the ecumenical patriarchate, who hasobserved the Sept. 1 day of prayer since 1989.The annual World Day of Prayer for ...
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