By Ann Schneible
PHOTO: Pope Francis at the papal ordination of priests in St. Peter’s Basilica on April 26, 2015. Credit: Bohumil Petrik/CNA.
Vatican City, May 15, 2015 / 11:40 am (CNA/EWTN News).- In his daily homily on Friday Pope Francis said that Christian communities become “sick” when they live in fear and fail to be joyful – even when times are difficult.
“When the Church is fearful and when the Church does not receive the joy of the Holy Spirit, the Church is sick, the communities are sick, the faithful are sick,” the Pope said during Mass at the Santa Marta residence May 15.
He added that the Christian community grows “sick with worldliness” when “it does not have the joy of Christ.”
“A Christian without joy is not Christian. A Christian who continually lives in sadness is not Christian. And a Christian who, in the moment of trial, of illness, of so many difficulties, loses peace – something is lacking in him.”
These two words – “fear” and “joy” – and what each means for the Christian community, were at the center of the Holy Father’s homily.
Speaking first on fear, Pope Francis explained: “A fearful Christian is a person who has not understood the message of Jesus.”
This kind of fear provokes a self-centered selfishness which leads to a sort of paralysis. It “harms us. It weakens us, it diminishes us. It even paralyzes us,” the Pope said.
Recalling how Jesus told Saint Paul to speak and not be afraid, he said: “Fear is not a Christian attitude.”
Rather, it is an attitude of a “caged animal” who lacks the freedom to look forward, create, and do good, being prevented by a sense of danger.
“This fear is a vice,” he added.
Pope Francis said this fear and lack of courage jeopardizes the health of those communities which to forbid everything in an effort to always be safe.
“It seems they have written on the gateway: ‘Forbidden,’” he said. “And you enter into this community and the air is stale, because it is a sick community.”
Pope Francis celebrated Christmas Eve with a late-night Mass in St. Peter’s Basilica at the Vatican on Wednesday, after placing a phone call to Iraqi refugees forced to flee their homes by Muslim militants. Francis told refugees at the tent camp in Ankawa, a suburb of Irbil in northern Iraq, that they were like Jesus, forced to flee because there was no place for them. For Christians, Christmas marks the birth of Jesus in a Bethlehem barn manger, chosen because there was no room for his parents at an inn.
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Pope offers Christmas phone greetings to Iraqi refugees
© AFP/File | Pope Francis waves to the crowd at St Peter‘s Square on December 17, 2014, at the Vatican
VATICAN CITY (AFP) – (press here – if you wish-but nothing will happen 🙂 )
Pope Francis spoke by telephone to Iraqis living in a displaced people’s camp near the main Kurdish city Arbil on Wednesday, assuring them they were in his Christmas thoughts.
The refugees were among those driven from their homes around Mosul last summer in an offensive by the jihadist Islamic State group (IS), and the pontiff used a satellite phone connection provided by Catholic channel TV 2000 to offer them his support.
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||The movement against violence is intended to be an ecumenical one, applicable to all nations. Discuss.
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He was just standing there, not doing anything special. As a Syrian priest he must have felt a little out of place among the Roman people mourning that day for the dead Pope. As a good preacher, he … continue reading
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Adoramus Te Christe – G. Palestrina – St. Peters Basilica in the Vatican
Libertyville High School Choir performing at St. Peters Basilica – Spring Break Tour, March 2011
Dr. Jeffrey Brown, conductor
Adoramus Te Christe,
Et benedicimus Tibi:
Adoramus Te Christe,
Et benedicimus Tibi:
Quia per sanctam crucem tuam
Adoramus Te Christe,
Et benedicimus Tibi,
Adoramus Te Christe
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At the Vatican in Rome, St. Peter is honored as bishop of Rome and the first pope. The current pope, wearing his triple crown and vestments of gold cloth, is carried in his chair of state in a spectacular procession up the nave of St. Peter’s Basilica. He is deposited behind the altar on a richly decorated throne that enshrines the plain wooden chair on which St. Peter is believed to have sat. The ceremony dates back to at least 720 and is regarded as one of the most magnificent ecclesiastical observances to be held at St. Peter’s. More… Discuss
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Solemnity of Sts Peter and Paul
Papal Mass – Holy Mass and imposition of the Pallium on new Metropolitan Archbishops
Vatican Basilica, 29 June 2013
Solennità dei Santi Pietro e Paolo
Cappella Papale – Santa Messa e imposizione del Pallio ai nuovi Metropoliti
Basilica Vaticana, 29 giugno 2013
Hochfest Peter und Paul
Papstmesse – Heilige Messe mit Übergabe der Pallien an die neuen Metropolitan-Erzbischöfe
Vatikanische Basilika, 29. Juni 2013
Giovanni Pierluigi da Palestrina
Tu es Petrus, motet a 6vv
Cappella Musicale Pontificia Sistina; Thomanerchor, Leipzig
Tu es Petrus
et super hanc petram ædificabo ecclesiam meam
et portæ inferi non prævalebunt adversus eam.
Et tibi dabo claves regni cælorum.
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With a capacity of over 60,000 people, St. Peter’s Basilica is the one of the world’s largest churches as well as one of the world’s holiest Catholic sites. Begun by Pope Julius II in 1506 and completed more than a century later, it was built to replace Old St. Peter’s, erected by Constantine over Peter’s traditional burial site. Michelangelo and Bernini were among its many architects, and a number of their masterpieces adorn its interior. Why is St. Peter’s not considered a cathedral? More… Discuss
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