And remarking on the upcoming International Children’s Day, Pope Francis said that it will be particularly significant for Christian communities in Syria where Catholics and Orthodox will hold a special prayer for peace, in which children will be the protagonists.“Syrian children invite children of the world to join them in their prayer for peace” he said.
A profession chosen out of love: 400 workers in the field of education and youth, from 39 countries, united by their dedication to the new generations. A difficult task? Yes, but possible when we do it together.
It's the first time that an encyclical is illustrated with pictures. The Vatican youtube channel has released a video, edited by Robert Duncan, who associates pictures and video-clips to the phrases used by Pope Francis in "Laudato si", the encyclial about "integral ecology"presented in the Synod hall today.
Some years have passed now since Chiara Lubich looked at the shop windows in a big city and said: “This rich world has captured Christmas and all that surrounds it, and has evicted Jesus!”That's why we Gen 4 all over the world have decided to make lots of little plaster models of Baby Jesus in a little manger. We wrap them up in cellophane and offer them to people so they can take Jesus home with them, and that way, Jesus returns to the heart of Christmas.
Would you like to learn how to make a Baby Jesus? Why don't you get together with all your friends! Have a great time!
Chiara Lubich answers questions from the youngest members of the Focolare Movement about Mary.
Please tell me about Mary. What was she like?
Mary was so very beautiful. She was beautiful to look at, her lovely face, the way she moved; and she was very beautiful inside, too, in her soul. As you know, all of us, when we are born, we are not that perfect because we are marked by originl sin. We inherited it from Adam and Eve, and it's like a stain, wich is why we need to be baptized and we need our belief in God in order to be made clean. Mary didn't need any of this, because she was already perfect and entirely beautiful when she was born. She was immaculate, and so very beautiful. God chose her because she was to become the Mother of Jesus. When she was still a little child, when she was your age, she went to the temple where she gave her life to God, saying, " I am all your, forever".
Tite is a gen 4 from Congo. He was born in Kinshasa in 1995. When he was 4 years old his mother died! He and Vouloir his brother of 6 months old went to live with their aunt Christine who is part of the Focolare Movement.