Pope Francis is recommending that people leave behind all sorts of useless baggage to rediscover what really matters in life.
He also advises people to avoid “empty chatter”. The Pope expressed his reflections as he celebrated New Year’s Day Mass in St Peter’s Basilica in Rome. His advice also included setting aside a moment of silence each day to be with God.
He said doing so would help keep our freedom from being corroded by the banality of consumerism.
Pope Francis has a prodigious, and deeply admirable, work ethic, but an article in Irish Catholic newspaper questions why the pope might want to consider following the Italian lead for ferragosto and taking a break in mid-August. Generally speaking, Rome goes into near-total hibernation around the month of August; the city empties out, restaurants and shops are closed, TV airs re-runs and basically everyone takes a long nap. The old joke is that only two things move in the Eternal City during this time of August: cani e americani, or “dogs and Americans”..Read More
In a recent article published by the Irish Examiner, Margaret Hickey explains how Pope Francis cannot be accused of not leading the way by example. With scuffed black shoes and a second-hand car he models the frugality he extols. If more celebrities followed his example, frugality could be cool as well as virtuous. And that might help keep the planet cool too. In his recent encyclical on the environment, Laudato Si, Pope Francis reminds us that planet Earth is like a sister with whom we share our life and a beautiful mother who opens her arms to embrace us…Read More
In his first published book as Pope, The Name of God Is Mercy, Pope Francis shares with us his vision and understanding of God’s mercy. In nine chapters which start with ‘The Time of Mercy’ and conclude with ‘How to live the Jubilee well’, we have a road map and personal guide for the Year of Mercy 2016. The cover of the book bears the signature of the Pope himself. The new book which is published by Pan Macmillan, is in the form of a book-length interview conducted by Vatican expert and La Stampa journalist Andrea Tornielli in which he expands on the Pope’s vision of God’s mercy…Read More
Pope Francis has cleared the way for Mother Teresa to be made Saint by approving a decree recognising a second miracle attributed to her intercession with God which is a necessary event for such a move in the Catholic church. Mother Teresa’s second miracle involved the inexplicable healing of a man in Brazil who was suffering from a viral brain infection that resulted in multiple abscesses with hydrocephalus, according to Church officials. A Vatican medical commission deemed the recovery “inexplicable in the light of present-day medical knowledge”…Read More
Papal documents like the recent Laudato Si by Pope Francis aren’t usually the top choice resource for teachers, particularly at primary school level. However, Pope Francis’ recent pronouncement on the environment and our modern lifestyle in his encyclical Laudato Si has proven to be accessible for all ages. This is what student teachers at Mary Immaculate College Limerick found when they decided to explain what Laudato Si was all about to a class of 12-year-olds at Corbally’s Scoil Íde…Read More
The “climate change pope” Pope Francis also known as the “pope of the poor” returned to Spanish-speaking South America for the first time as pontiff yesterday, stressing the importance of protecting the needy and the environment from exploitation and – in a nation whose president was booed as his vehicle followed the papal motorcade – to foster dialogue among all sectors of society. The environmental message – from a pope who last month issued a treatise staking the Earth’s preservation as a core mission – is particularly relevant for Ecuador, a Pacific nation that is home to one of the world’s most species-diverse ecosystems but is also an OPEC country heavily dependent on oil. High crude prices allowed Mr Correa to lift 1.3 million people out of poverty in his eight years in office…Read More (PDF)
The recent Pope Francis Encyclical on the environment and climate change is now available from the Abbey Bookshop in Limerick and at the Abbey Bookshop website. The controversial encyclical is openly critical of much of our modern throwaway lifestyle which shows little or no regard for poor people or the planet. In the Pope Francis Encyclical, the Pope highlights how the degree of human intervention in the environment, mostly in the service of business and consumerism, is actually making our earth less rich and less beautiful, ever more limited and grey, even as technological advances and consumer goods continue to abound limitlessly. In the Popes words “each year hundreds of millions of tons of waste are generated, much of it non-biodegradable, highly toxic and radioactive, from homes and businesses, from construction and demolition sites, from clinical, electronic and industrial sources. The earth, our home, is beginning to look more and more like an immense pile of filth. In many parts of the planet, older people lament that once beautiful landscapes are now covered with rubbish”…Read More