Take charge of your roots pope tells young indigenous
VATICAN (CNS): In a video message sent to the World Meeting of Indigenous Youth in Soloy, Panama, on January 18, Pope Francis urged the young people to “be grateful for the history of their people,” which will help them “go forward full of hope.”
He exhorted them, “Return to your culture of origins. Take charge of your roots, because from your roots comes the strength to make things grow, flourish and bear fruit.”
According to a press release, over 2,000 young indigenous people were expected to attend the January 17-21 meeting in preparation for World Youth Day (WYD).
The pope, who is scheduled to arrive in Panama on January 23, said he looked forward to meeting them at WYD and said their presence would be a way “of showing the indigenous face of our Church” as well as being a confirmation of the Church’s “commitment to protect our common home.”
He added that the gathering of young indigenous will “stimulate the search for answers from an evangelical perspective to the many scandalous situations in the world such as the marginalisation, exclusion and impoverishment that condemn millions of young people, especially youths from the original peoples.”
He exclaimed, “Take charge of your cultures, take charge of your roots!” adding, “A poet once said that ‘everything that blooms from a tree comes from that which is underground,’ the roots. But roots that grow toward the future, projected toward the future. This is your challenge today.”
Faith is passed on at home pope tells parents
VATICAN (CNS): Faith isn’t something learned just by studying the catechism but rather is a gift passed on to children by the example of their parents, Pope Francis said before baptising 27 babies on January 13.
Although children learn the tenets of the Catholic faith in catechism class, it is first transmitted in the home “because faith always must be transmitted in dialect: the dialect of the family, the dialect of the home, in the atmosphere of the home,” he said.
The pope celebrated the Mass and baptisms on the feast of the Baptism of the Lord, in the Sistine Chapel.
“The important thing is to transmit the faith with your life of faith: that they see the love between spouses, that they see peace at home, that they see that Jesus is there,” Pope Francis said during his brief, unscripted homily.
Catholics must continue seeking pardon for anti-Judaism pope says
VATICAN (CNS): A few decades of respectful Catholic-Jewish dialogue pale in comparison to “19 centuries of Christian anti-Judaism,” Pope Francis said, so Catholics must continue to ask forgiveness and forge new bonds of respect and friendship with the Jewish community.
“We must work with greater intensity to ask pardon and repair the damage,” the pope said in an introduction to The Bible of Friendship, a new Italian book of Christian and Jewish commentaries on passages from the first five books of the Bible, known collectively as the Torah or Pentateuch.
Pope Francis said the volume of commentaries “is an important tool for helping Catholics recognise the Jewish roots of their faith and for promoting concrete Catholic-Jewish cooperation in helping others.
“It is of vital importance for Christians to discover and foster knowledge of the Jewish tradition in order to understand themselves more authentically,” the pope said, adding that studying the Bible is an essential part of that effort.
Reading the Hebrew scriptures together and helps people discover the richness of the word of God. “The common objective will be to witness together to the love of the Father throughout the world,” he said.
Cardinal remembers one accusation against Archbishop McCarrick
WASHINGTON (CNS): The former archbishop of Washington, Donald Cardinal Wuerl, apologised on January 15 for what he called a “lapse of memory,” regarding abuse allegations involving his predecessor, Archbishop (formerly Cardinal) Theodore McCarrick.
In a letter issued in mid-January, the cardinal clarified that he knew of at least one abuse allegation, but he had “forgotten” about it.
In the letter sent to priests of the Archdiocese of Washington, Cardinal Wuerl acknowledged that he became aware of the allegation against now-Archbishop McCarrick after receiving a report in 2004 about a different allegation, but the “survivor also indicated that he had observed and experienced ‘inappropriate conduct’ by then-Bishop McCarrick.”
Other accusations followed about inappropriate behaviour with seminarians, but the archbishop has denied them. The Vatican is reportedly considering whether to laicise him. He lives in a Capuchin Franciscan friary in Kansas.