Once again, the media’s haste to further their own agenda has caused them to misquote a comment made by Pope Francis during a meeting with Palestinian President Mahmoud Abbas in which he supposedly referred to the president as “an angel of peace”.
During his Wednesday audience on this feast of Our Lady of Fatima, Pope Francis said there are three phrases which, when said out of love and respect rather than mere courtesy, have great power to strengthen family life.
According to new revelations about the pope’s entrance into social media several years ago, the papal Twitter account was bombarded with so much abuse and vulgarity shortly after it opened that the Vatican considered shutting it down.
Even though politics may be “dirty”, frustrating and fraught with failure, Catholics need to “get right in there” and become involved, says Pope Francis, even though some may consider it to be a “form of martyrdom”.
Continuing his catechesis on the family, Pope Francis dedicated this morning’s general audience to the complementarity between man and woman, saying that a failed alliance between men and woman “makes our emotional life arid and obscures the heaven of hope.”
Pope Francis chose the Eve of Divine Mercy Sunday to present the official Bull of Indiction of the Extraordinary Jubilee of Mercy which will begin on December 8, 2015, and lead the faithful into a year dedicated to “living out in our daily lives the mercy which God constantly extends to all of us.”
Just a day after delivering a powerful Urbi Et Orbi message calling upon the world to embrace humility and peace, Pope Francis expressed hope that the world community will not be “silent and inactive” in the fact of the unspeakable crimes being committed against Christians around the world.