God of Kindness, that you contemplate your Son Jesus, we feel called to be generous, to put in first place the needs of our brothers and sisters before our own comfort and safety. Help us not to be indifferent and lazy to perform the well that is within our reach. We ask that your grace will be the strength of doctors and the volunteer staff that serve the victims of war. Be their refuge in moments of discouragement and tiredness, so that their example may be light in the midst of darkness. Our Father…
Francis receives the participants in the Plenary Assembly of the Pontifical Academy for Life, meeting in plenary to discuss “Roboethics. People, machines and health “. Technology is useful if at the service of man, machines are used for the development of society and the planet “.
Vatican City – Artificial devices that simulate human capabilities “are inextricably devoid of human quality. It must be taken into account to guide the regulation of their use, and the research itself, towards a constructive and equitable interaction between human beings and the latest versions of machines. In fact, they spread in our world and radically transform the scenario of our existence. If we can also put these references in practice, the extraordinary potential of the new discoveries will radiate their benefits on each person and on the whole of humanity,” said Pope Francis this morning.
was receiving the participants at the Plenary Assembly of the Pontifical
Academy for Life which is celebrated this year on the 25th anniversary of his
birth. The pontiff opened his speech by thanking the presidents and the members
of the Academy who – in these first 25 years – have carried out a
“competent service” with “generous commitment” for the
protection and promotion of human life. Immediately after, Francesco addressed
the plenary topic: “Roboethics. People, machines and health”.
Pope noted: “We live in a world full of contrasts, and we see a dramatic
paradox: just when humanity possesses the scientific and technical capacities
to achieve a fairly widespread well-being, according to God’s mandate, we
observe instead an exacerbation of conflicts. and a growth in inequality. The
enlightenment myth of progress is dwindling and the accumulation of the
potential that science and technology have provided us do not always give the
desired results. In fact, on the one hand, technological development has
allowed us to solve problems that were insurmountable until a few years ago,
and we are grateful to the researchers who have achieved these results; on the
other hand, difficulties and threats are sometimes more insidious than the
previous ones “.
“being able to do”, he adds, “risks obscuring the person doing
it. The technocratic system based on the criterion of efficiency does not
respond to the most profound questions that man poses; and if on the one hand
it is not possible to do without its resources, on the other it imposes its
logic on those who use them. Yet the technique is characteristic of the human
being. It should not be understood as a force that is alien and hostile to it,
but as a product of its ingenuity through which it provides for the needs of
living for oneself and for others. It is therefore a specifically human way of
inhabiting the world “.
this brings with it a serious problem: “Instead of delivering the tools
that improve their care to human life, there is the risk of giving life to the
logic of the devices that decide its value. This overturning is destined to
produce nefarious outcomes: the machine is not limited to driving alone, but
ends up guiding man. Human reason is thus reduced to an alienated rationality
of effects, which cannot be considered worthy of man “.
denouncing the serious damage to the environment created by a mad rush to
innovation, Francis recalled the message he sent to the Davos Forum in January
2018: “Artificial intelligence, robotics and other technological
innovations must be used to serve humanity and to protect our common home
instead of the exact opposite, as unfortunately they provide some estimates.
The inherent dignity of every human being must be firmly placed at the center
of our reflection and action “.
Pope noted that there is a very real risk “that man is being
technologized, rather than technology humanized: so-called ‘intelligent
machines’ are hastily attributed skills that are properly human. We need to
understand better what the intelligence, the conscience, the emotionality, the
affective intentionality and the autonomy of moral action mean in this context.
In fact, artificial devices that simulate human capabilities are devoid of
human quality. It must be taken into account to guide the regulation of their
use, and the research itself, towards a constructive and equitable interaction
between human beings and the latest versions of machines. In fact, they spread
in our world and radically transform the scenario of our existence. If we can
also put these references in practice, the extraordinary potential of the new
discoveries will radiate their benefits on each person and on the whole of
humanity “. – AsiaNews
The case of a
student in Harbin who used a device to copy texts hundreds of times sparks
controversy. The issue has been read 13 million times in social media in a
country caught between innovation and tradition.
Beijing – The case of a Chinese schoolgirl buying a so-called
copying robot to write her homework has got many social media users chattering.
girl, anonymous for privacy reasons, bought a device that perfectly copies a
person’s writing. This enabled her to avoid copying herself.
text hundreds of time is common practice and is considered essential to
memorise the classics and improve spelling.
girl’s mother, surnamed Zhang, was angered by her daughter’s trick and smashed
the machine. “It can help you with homework, but can it help you on tests?” she
was quoted as saying.
issue made its way onto social media where users are divided. Some view the use
of the device as legitimate, whilst others see it as a scam.
Weibo, China’s equivalent of Twitter, the topic was read over 13 million times
by 19 February.
user, using the online alias Rain, said that she was a teacher and had been
using the machine for over a year.
explained that she had spent a week writing thousands of characters to create
her own font, and added that nobody could tell the difference between what the
robot wrote and her own work. – AsiaNews/Agencies, 02/25/2019
In his message for Lent, Pope Francis
warns that once God’s law is forsaken, the law of the strong over the weak
– Pope Francis is
calling on the faithful not to let the Lenten season of grace pass in vain, and
to live as children of God acknowledging and obeying His law, in particular in
regards to our brothers and sisters and to creation.
In this year’s Lenten message, the Pope invites believers to prepare to celebrate the paschal mystery with mind and heart renewed, warning that “Sin leads man to consider himself the god of creation, to see himself as its absolute master and to use it, not for the purpose willed by the Creator but for his own interests”.
Pope’s Lenten message was released on Tuesday during a press conference at the
Holy See Press Office. The theme chosen this year is “For
the creation waits with eager longing for the revealing of the children of God”
begins on Ash Wednesday, 6 March, and will conclude on Holy
Saturday, 20 April, the day before Easter.
us leave behind our selfishness and self-absorption, and turn to Jesus’ Pasch.
Let us stand beside our brothers and sisters in need, sharing our spiritual and
material goods with them”.
is one of the key passages of Pope Francis’ Lenten Message for
2019. Reflecting on a verse from St. Paul’s Letter to the Romans, the Pope
highlights how the season before Easter must be a time to “welcome Christ’s
victory over sin and death into our lives”, and attract “its transforming power
to all of creation”
to the faithful to not allow this season of grace to pass in vain, Pope Francis
says that if, “the Lent of the Son of God ‘was an entry into the desert of
creation to make it become again that garden of communion with God” that it was
before the original sin, Christians today are invited “to embody the paschal
mystery more deeply and concretely in their personal, family and social lives,
above all by fasting, prayer and almsgiving.”
Fasting, the Pope says, means
turning away from the temptation to “devour” everything to satisfy our
voracity; Prayer teaches us to abandon idolatry and the
self-sufficiency of our ego; Almsgiving, whereby we escape from the
insanity of hoarding everything for ourselves in the illusory belief that we
can secure a future that does not belong to us.
we follow this journey, he said it “is possible to rediscover the joy of God’s
plan for creation and for each of us, which is to love him, our brothers and
sisters, and the entire world, and to find in this love our true happiness”.
path to Easter, therefore, demands that “we renew our faces and hearts as
Christians through repentance, conversion and forgiveness” the Pope said
pointing out that it is a call that involves the whole of creation.
“eager longing”, this expectation of all creation, Pope Francis says, will be
fulfilled in the revelation of the children of God, that is, when Christians
and all people enter decisively into the “travail” that conversion entails. – Linda Bordoni
Second Reading 1 Corinthians 15:45-49 As we bear the image of Adam, so we will bear the image of the one from heaven.
Gospel Reading Luke 6:27-38 Jesus teaches his disciples to be merciful as God is merciful.
Background on the Gospel Reading
Today’s gospel reading is a continuation of the teaching that began in last Sunday’s gospel. We continue to hear Jesus’ Sermon on the Plain. Recall that in Luke’s Gospel, this teaching is addressed to Jesus’ disciples. This is in contrast to the parallel found in Matthew’s Gospel, the Sermon on the Mount, in which Jesus’ words are addressed to both the disciples and to the crowds.
These words from Jesus’ teaching are familiar to us. They constitute the crux and the challenge of what it means to be a disciple: Love your enemies, turn the other cheek, give to those who ask, do unto others, lend without expecting repayment, judge not lest you be judged.
There are several similarities between Luke’s and Matthew’s report of Jesus’ great teaching. Both begin with the Beatitudes. Matthew includes nearly all the content that Luke does; the Sermon on the Mount in Matthew’s Gospel is longer than Luke’s Sermon on the Plain. There are, however, differences in language and nuance. For example, Matthew presents this portion of the teaching as a contrast between Jesus’ teaching and the teachings of the law and the prophets. This is in keeping with Matthew’s concern to address his predominantly Jewish audience. It is likely that Luke omits this contrast because it was unnecessary for the Gentile believers for whom Luke is writing.
Another point of contrast between Matthew and Luke’s presentation is the terminology. In Luke, Jesus contrasts the behavior of his followers with the behavior of “sinners.” In Matthew, Jesus contrasts the behavior desired with the behavior of tax collectors and Gentiles. Matthew concludes the teaching about love of enemies with the admonition to be perfect as God is perfect; Luke concludes by emphasizing God’s mercy.
In both Gospels, Jesus’ words challenge those who would follow him to be more like God. God loves us beyond our expectations, beyond anything we can possibly imagine. In response to God’s love, we are to love as God loves, beyond expectations and with a depth beyond imagining. – loyolapress.com
Purak, PAPAR – A total of 162 participants (62 males and 100
females), from various
parishes in the Archdiocese of Kota Kinabalu, Diocese of Keningau and
even as far as from the neighbouring country Brunei attended the vocation Seminar
held from 15 – 17 Feb 2019 at Pace Bene retreat Centre. This vocation Seminar
was jointly organized by the Council of Religious (COR) in the Archdiocese of
Kota Kinabalu which is currently headed by Br.Thomas Paul, SG.
According to Fr. Valentine Gompok (OFM Cap), one of the members of the organizing committee, the Council of Religious (COR), initiated this joint vocation Seminar 10 years ago as a way of collaboration among the various congregations serving in the archdiocese of Kota Kinabalu for vocation promotion. Five years later the COR extended an invitation to other congregations from other dioceses within Malaysia to come and participate in the Seminar. And for the first time this year, the Order of the Pious School (Piarist) (Sch.P) Philippines secured permission from the Archbishop to participate.
This yearly vocation seminar is intended to be an eye opener
and give a kind of exposure to the youths of the various religious
congregations presently serving in the archdiocese as well as other dioceses
within Malaysia or even outside Malaysia.
Six women religious congregations and eight male religious
orders were present to showcase or share with the participants about their respective
Charism and Mission: the Franciscan Sisters of the Immaculate Conception
(FSIC), Good Shepherd Sisters (RGS), Daughters of St. Paul (FSP),
Franciscan Missionary of Mary (FMM) Sisters from Petaling Jaya &
Singapore, Sisters of the Divine Saviour (SDS) or Salvatorian, based in
Melaka Johor Diocese, De La Salle Brothers (FSC), Brothers
of St. Gabriel (SG), Marist Brothers of the School (FMS), Clerical Society of the
Most Holy Trinity of Mirinae (SST), Order of Franciscan Friar Minor (OFM),
Order of Franciscan Friar Minor Capuchin (OFM Cap), Order of the Pious School
(Piarist) (Sch.P) and Society of Jesus also known as the Jesuits (SJ). And
though not physically present, the Order of Discalced Carmelite Nuns (OCD) was
with the team spiritually. A presentation on their Congregation’s Charism and
Mission was done by Sr.Bibianah,fsp on their behalf.
The seminar started with the registration, followed by opening Mass, concelebrated by 6 priests from various orders. After dinner there were ice-breaker activities and then the logistic and safety briefing before the night prayer.
A talk on religious Vocation was given by Fr. Valentine, OFMCap, on the Second day. He explained to the participants about the importance of prayers in religious life and the 3 vows which they profess. A topic on Discernment and some practical and helpful examples on how to discern their religious vocation was also given by Br.Egbertus Jaikol, FSC.
to the large number of participants, the organizing committee decided to divide
the afternoon session on the second day into male and female categories. During
this time, the various religious congregations accordingly took turns to
present their respective charism and mission to the participants. On Sunday,
another talk on Spiritual life was given by Fr. Raphael, OFMCap. He highlighted
our connectedness with God in Spirit as we have been created in His image and
the duration of the seminar, the schedule was arranged in such a way that the
participants shared responsibility to clean the refectory and wash plates after
each meal. There was time for group
dynamics, praise and worship, personal and community prayer, an hour of
adoration, as well as allotted time for spiritual direction. Before the Seminar ended a piece of paper
with the list of the various congregations were distributed to the candidates and
each candidate was encouraged to put a check on a particular congregation which
they would like to know more and the next day return the filled up form to the
congregation concerned. This way will be helpful to follow up the candidate and
assist them to make further discernment in their vocation.
Jordan Juhakim from Stella Maris Parish, was grateful for having participated in the vocation Seminar. He came to understand better the life of religious priests, brothers and sisters. He said that he encountered various challenges on his way to Purak. He took a train to Papar and he lost his way. From the train station he had to walk for 2 hours 45 minutes to reach Purak. Notwithstanding the challenges along the way, it didn’t dampen his Spirit. Instead he learned patience and perseverance amidst challenges and he realized that Jesus is truly the way and the Truth and the life.
Likewise, Mary Kasmih from St. Peter Claver Church, Ranau, a first time participant expressed her joy and contentment for the opportunity to join in the Seminar. All the sessions had given her better understanding about religious life and she also learned many things from the various congregations.
After the closing Eucharistic celebration, Br.Thomas, SG, in his concluding speech thanked all the Franciscan Sisters, the staff and management of Pace Bene under the Supervision of Sr. Juliana, the superior of the Retreat Centre, who allowed the religious and participants to occupy the place for the weekend seminar free of charge. He also thanked all the various congregations as well as the participants of the vocation seminar from far and near who contributed to the success of the Seminar. It was surely a memorable moment for all especially those who participated in the Vocation Seminar for the first time. – kkdiocese.net
First Reading Isaiah 6:1-2a,3-8 Isaiah describes his vision and call from the Lord.
Responsorial Psalm Psalm 138:1-5,7-8 A song of thanks to God who saves us
Second Reading 1 Corinthians 15:1-11 (shorter form, 1 Corinthians 15:3-8,11) Paul reminds the Corinthians of the gospel that he announced to them.
Gospel Reading Luke 5:1-11 The fishermen (Simon, James, and John) leave their fishing boats and follow Jesus.
Background on the Gospel Reading
Last Sunday, we heard how Jesus was rejected in his hometown of Nazareth. In the verses that follow, Jesus travels to the town of Capernaum and begins his ministry of teaching and healing. While in Capernaum, Jesus cures a man possessed with a demon and heals Simon’s mother-in-law. After spending some time there, Jesus prepares to preach in other places. The fact that Jesus had previously been in Simon’s home and healed his mother-in-law suggests that this encounter is not the first between Jesus and Simon Peter. We can read today’s Gospel, therefore, as a description of the developing relationship between Jesus and Simon Peter.
In today’s Gospel, Jesus teaches from Simon’s boat. Jesus turns to Simon and instructs him about where to lower the fishing nets. Simon and others have been fishing throughout the night and have not caught anything. Simon protests, claiming that such an effort would be futile. Simon ultimately obeys Jesus and lowers his nets into the deeper water as directed. Notice here that Peter calls Jesus by the title “master.” He already recognizes Jesus as a person of authority. They catch so many fish that the nets begin to tear; Jesus’ presence has created abundance out of scarcity, just as it did at the wedding feast at Cana, which we heard at Mass just a few weeks ago.
Simon Peter becomes a follower of Jesus immediately. He calls Jesus “Lord”—the title given to Jesus after his Resurrection—and protests his worthiness to be in Jesus’ presence. Today’s Gospel, therefore, marks a turning point in the relationship between Jesus and Peter.
Two of Simon’s partners are also named as witnesses to the event described in today’s Gospel: Zebedee’s sons, James and John. Yet Jesus’ words are addressed only to Simon. Jesus gives Simon a new job, telling him that he will become a different kind of fisherman. No longer will he catch fish; instead he will catch people. In these words, we hear the beginning of the leadership role that Peter will have within the community of disciples. Peter was chosen for this role. His task will be to bring others to Jesus. Already he is doing so; the Gospel tells us that all the fishermen with Peter also left their nets and followed Jesus.
We continue to speak of Peter’s leadership and influence in the Church today when we call the pope the “successor of Peter.” We participate in the mission of the Church when we bring people to Christ through the example and positive influence of our lives. – loyolapress.com
KOTA KINABALU – In union with all the religious men and women throughout the world, the various religious congregations in the Archdiocese of Kota Kinabalu gathered together on 2nd February 2019 at St. Paul’s Hill Chapel at Montfort, Kinarut to mark the 23rd world day of Consecrated life on the feast of the Lord’s Presentation. The World day of Consecrated life was first mooted by the late Saint Pope John Paul II in 1997. It was intended to help the entire Church to esteem ever more greatly the witness of those persons who have chosen to follow Christ by means of the practice of the evangelical counsels. At the same time, it is intended to be a suitable occasion for consecrated persons to renew their commitment and rekindle the fervour which should inspire their offering of themselves to the Lord.
In the Archdiocese of
Kota Kinabalu, this is only the 12th year that we are celebrating the World day
of consecrated life together as a religious body. It was initiated by the
Council of religious (COR) in 2007 which was then headed by Br. Francis Chua,
SG. As in the past years, the celebration this time was preceded by the triduum
of holy hours in the evenings: at the
Carmelite Chapel on 30th January animated by the Marist and the La Salle
Brothers, Stella Maris adoration chapel on 31st January animated by the
Franciscan Sisters and at St. Michael’s Church Penampang on 01st February
animated by the Good Shepherd Sisters and the Daughters of St. Paul. According
to Br. Thomas Paul, the present chairperson of the Council of religious in the
Archdiocese of Kota Kinabalu, it was a kind of a pilgrimage to prepare our
hearts for the actual celebration of the World day of Consecrated Life.
More than 100 religious
from various congregations and secular institutes turned up for the celebration:
Montfort Brothers (SG), La Salle Brothers (FSC), Marist Brothers (FMS), Clerical
Society of the Holy Trinity (SST), Good Shepherd Sisters (RGS), Franciscan
Sisters (FSIC), Daughters of St. Paul (FSP), and the third order of Carmelite
as representative of the Discalced Carmelite Nuns (OCD).
Quoting from the Pope’s
writings, the Archbishop, in his homily explained in brief the meaning of the
presentation of Jesus, also known as the feast of the Encounter, where Jesus
came to meet His people for the first time in the temple represented by Simeon
and Anna who had the faith to recognize Him as the Saviour of the world. He
said, regardless of whether we are old or young, Jesus comes continually to
present himself to us in our daily life. He wants to meet us daily especially
in the celebration of the Eucharist and wants to establish a relationship, an
encounter with each one of us.
The Archbishop then posed a question, have you met him personally? When and what was your first experience in your encounter with Jesus in your life? Did we recognize him as did Simeon and Anna? Did our hearts burn with fire when we encountered Him? He reminded us to keep the fire of the first experience burn bright in our lives so that we can shine the light of Christ in the world and so that others in turn may recognize Christ through us.
After the homily, the religious renewed their religious consecration together in the presence of the Archbishop who accepted their prayers of commitment.
The joyful atmosphere of the celebration was enhanced with the attendance of some friends and families who lived near the Montfort residential campus and also with the full support and attendance of more than 150 students and staff from the Montfort training centre. They sang very well during the Mass and some of the boys even helped as altar servers.
After the final
blessings, the chairperson Br. Thomas, thanked the Archbishop for his
willingness to grace the celebration. He also thanked the Montfort Management
centre for their kindness in allowing the religious to make Montfort Youth
Training Centre a venue for their gathering this year.
Archbishop John Wong,
on the other hand also apologized on behalf of his priests who could not make
it to be with the religious on this occasion due to the fact that it was
Saturday and the priests are busy in their respective parishes. The Archbishop went
on to express his gratitude and appreciation to all the religious for their
dedication and contribution of services in their various charisms in building
up the Kingdom of God in the Archdiocese of Kota Kinabalu. He also assured the
religious of his continual support and prayers for them in his daily recitation
of the Holy Rosary.
As usual the celebration was not complete without fellowship. The festive lunch was graciously sponsored by the Montfort brothers.
Vatican City – The Vatican announced Wednesday that Pope St. Paul VI’s feast
day will be celebrated annually on May 29 as an optional memorial.
after becoming Pope, Saint Paul VI lived with his gaze constantly fixed on
Christ whom he considered and proclaimed as a necessity for everyone,” Cardinal
Robert Sarah, prefect of the Congregation for Divine Worship, commented on the
declaration, published Feb. 6, the pope who guided the Church through the
Second Vatican Council will have his memorial inserted into the renewed General
Roman Calendar and liturgical books that he promulgated in 1969.
The date of
the memorial, May 29, is significant as the ordination anniversary of Paul VI
— then Giovanni Battista Montini — to the priesthood in 1920. Just four years
later, Montini began his service to the Holy See, serving both Pope Pius XI and
Pius XII. He was made Archbishop of Milan and then a cardinal before being
elected pope in 1963.
“A saint is
someone who brings divine grace to fruition in what they do, conforming their
own life to Christ, Pope Saint Paul VI did this by responding to the call to
holiness as a Baptized Christian, as a priest, as a Bishop, and Pope, and he
now contemplates the face of God,” Cardinal Sarah wrote.
The feast day
for canonized saints is typically chosen as the date of their death, or “birth
to eternal life,” Sarah explained, but Pope Paul VI died on August 6, 1978, a
date which is already celebrated in the Church as the Feast of the
Transfiguration of the Lord.
his death, Paul VI wrote in his meditation, “Pensiero alla morte,” “I pray that
the Lord will give me the grace to make of my approaching death a gift of love
to the Church. I can say that I have always loved her and I feel that I have
lived my life for her and for nothing else.”
For Paul VI,
“the Church was always, indeed his constant love, his principal concern, the
object of constant reflection, the first and most fundamental thread of his
whole pontificate. He wished nothing other than the Church would have a greater
knowledge of herself in order to be ever more effective in proclaiming the
Gospel,” Sarah said.
With the papal
decree, the Vatican also published the new texts for the memorial of St. Paul
VI to be added to the Roman Calendar, Missal, Liturgy of the Hours, and
prayer resonates with all that God accomplished in his faithful servant: ‘who
entrusted your Church to the leadership of Pope Saint Paul VI, a courageous
apostle of your Son’s Gospel’, and it asks: ‘grant that, illuminated by
his teachings, we may work with you to expand the civilization of love,’” Sarah
“Here is synthesized the principal characteristics of his pontificate and his
teaching: a Church, which belongs to the Lord (Ecclesiam Suam), dedicated to
the proclamation of the Gospel, as recalled in Evangelii nuntiandi,
and called to bear witness that God is love.”
reading in the Office of Readings for Paul VI’s memorial is taken from passages
of his homily during the last public session of the Second Vatican Council on
Dec. 7, 1965.
Paul VI was
canonized by Pope Francis on Oct. 14, 2018 along with Oscar Romero, and five
other new saints. As pope, Paul VI oversaw much of the Second Vatican Council,
which had been opened by Pope St. John XXIII, and in 1969 promulgated a new
Roman Missal. He died in 1978, and was beatified by Pope Francis Oct. 19, 2014.
Apart from his
role in the council, Paul VI is most widely known for his landmark
encyclical Humanae Vitae, which was published in 1968 and
reaffirmed the Church’s teaching against contraception in wake of the sexual
Paul VI also made
history as the first pope to leave Europe. With his first apostolic journey to
the Holy Land in 1964, Paul VI paved the way for the frequent worldwide travels
that characterize the modern papacy with trips to Jordan, India, the U.S.,
Turkey, Colombia, Uganda, Indonesia, Pakistan, and Iran, among others.
explained, “Like Saint Paul he spent his life for the Gospel of Christ,
crossing new boundaries and becoming its witness by proclamation and dialogue,
a prophet of a Church facing outwards, looking to those far away and caring for
the poor.”- Courtney Grogan, 6Feb2019, (CNA/EWTN News)
Pope Francis’ historic visit to the United Arab Emirates is being widely seen as a milestone in interreligious dialogue.
Vatican – Bishop Miguel Ángel Ayuso, Secretary of the Pontifical Council for Interreligious Dialogue, told Vatican News that the Abu Dhabi document signed by the Pope and the Grand Imam of Al-Ahzar, is a precious roadmap for peace, and contains indications that must be spread throughout the world.
Bishop Ayuso describes the Pope’s journey
to the Gulf Region as historical.
He says Pope Francis was a
true “peacemaker” in this journey to the Arab Emirates, and that the signing of
the “Human Fraternity for World Peace and Living Together” Document,
together with the Great Imam of Al-Azhar, calls on each of us to become
instruments of much needed inter-religious dialogue and peace.
This document, he says, has
its roots in the necessity to safeguard the future of mankind and of the world
and is particularly poignant in the face of “a wounded humanity”.
As Secretary of the Pontifical Council
for Interreligious Dialogue, Bishop Ayuso issues an appeal to make the text of
the Declaration known, through the will of Pope Francis, to all men and women
of good will also through social media, describing it as “road map of
interreligious dialogue for the future”.
“Because universal fraternity is key” he says “so that through a culture of dialogue, joint collaboration and mutual knowledge may be the pillars for building a better world”. – Linda Bordoni,07Feb2019
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