09 Dec 2015 News Vatican Comments (1)

The Holy Father performs the annual veneration of the Immaculate Conception

In keeping with the tradition, Pope Francis performed the annual veneration of the Blessed Virgin Mary on the Feast of the Immaculate Conception, held at the Sp…

Read more

17 Nov 2014 Q&A Comments (51)

How can I explain the Trinity to a Oneness Pentecostal?

Full Question How can I explain the Trinity to a "Oneness" Pentecostal who says that Jesus is the only God and that the Father and the Holy Spirit are mani…

Read more

06 Sep 2014 USA Comments (1)

Supreme Court asked to defend Seal of Confession in La. case

Baton Rouge, La., Sep 6, 2014 / 07:32 am .- The Diocese of Baton Rouge, Louisiana, is appealing to the U.S. Supreme Court to review a ruling that a diocesan pri…

Read more

23 Nov 2015 Middle East - Africa News No comments

Pope Francis strongly condemns Mali attack as his African visit draws near

On Friday 20th November, 2015 Radisson Blu Hotel in Bamako of Mali was attacked by a group of Islamic gunmen. The Gunmen came into the Hotel building, said noth…

Read more

22 Jan 2016 Q&A Comments (13)

Can we contracept for medical reasons?

Full Question My husband and I want another baby but were told by my doctor that because of my health problems we should use contraceptives for at least a …

Read more

06 Jun 2015 Vatican Comments (1)

Australian bishops: ‘Don’t mess with marriage’

The bishops of Australia have released “Don’t Mess with Marriage," a pastoral letter on the same-sex marriage debate. “It is unjust, gravely unjust, to legit…

Read more

17 Mar 2015 Q&A Comments (8)

Were Jesus' words about "eating his body" just a metaphor meant to shake up his listeners?

Full Question My Baptist friend says that when Jesus talks in John 6 about "eating his flesh and drinking his blood," he was using a shocking metaphor to s…

Read more

07 Jun 2016 News Comments (1)

Spanish cardinal reported over ‘hate crime’

Critics want Cardinal Antonio Cañizares charged with encouraging a criminal act Feminist groups in Spain have called for the government to prosecute Cardinal A…

Read more

29 Oct 2015 News Vatican No comments

Pope Francis Points out the Regulations and laws that will guide the new Roman Curia office he established

Since Pope Francis created a new office in the Roman Curia on Thursday 22nd of October, there have been serious talks as to whether he will as well reform the l…

Read more
  • 1
  • 2
  • 3

Pope Francis: ‘Innocent people are paying the ultimate price for war in Syria’

Pope Francis was speaking after the recitation of the Angelus prayer in St Peter’s Square on Sunday

Innocent men, women and children are paying the ultimate price in the continuing conflict raging in Syria, especially in Aleppo, where they are caught in the crossfire between rebel and government forces, Pope Francis said.

“It is unacceptable that so many innocent people — even many children — must pay the price for this conflict, the price for the closed hearts of the powerful and their lack of will for peace," the Pope said on August 7 in his remarks after the recitation of the Angelus prayer.

The Pope expressed his sorrow following news that rebel alliance forces had broken through the Syrian government’s siege of Aleppo, the country’s largest city.

An estimated 300,000 residents were trapped in war-torn Aleppo at the beginning of August while hundreds of thousands have fled since the start of the civil war. Although food aid was brought into the city by rebel forces, Syrian and Russian forces continued air strikes in an attempt to regain control of the city. The civil war has claimed the lives of nearly 400,000 people since it began in 2012.

Pope Francis led visitors at St Peter’s Square in a moment of silence before praying a “Hail Mary" for the victims of the ongoing conflict.

“We are close to our Syrian brothers and sisters with prayer and with solidarity and we entrust them to the maternal protection of the Virgin Mary," he said.

Speaking before the prayer, the Pope reflected on the Sunday Gospel reading in which Jesus tells his disciples to “sell your belongings and give alms" in order to have “an inexhaustible treasure in heaven that no thief can reach nor moth destroy."

Jesus invites Christians to use goods and wealth according to the logic of God and love of others rather than through “attachment and selfishness," the Pope said.

“We can be attached to money, we can have many things but in the end, we can’t take them with us. Remember that ‘the burial shroud does not have pockets,’" he said.

In the Gospel reading, he said, Jesus uses three parables to teach his disciples vigilance, reminding them to “be prepared, awake and busy" by serving others.

The story of “the unjust administrator," who abuses his authority while his master is away “describes a situation that frequently happens" today, the pope said.

“So many injustices, violence and daily evils arise from the idea of behaving like the master of other people’s lives," he said. “We have only one master (and) he does not like to call himself ‘master’ but rather ‘father.’ We are all servants, sinners and children, he is the only father."

Looking forward to the joys of eternity, the Pope said, does not exempt Christians from the obligation of making the world “more just and more inhabitable."

“On the contrary, it is precisely this hope of possessing the kingdom in eternity that drives us to work to improve the conditions of earthly life, especially for our weakest brothers and sisters," he said.


Leave a Reply

  1. most read post
  2. Most Commented
  3. Choose Categories