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.
It loves the poetry, the atmosphere, the friendship that Christmas brings, the gifts it suggests, the lights, the stars, the songs. Let us, at least in our own homes, shout out Who is born, celebrating His coming as never before!
Jesus gave himself to us, and so we also want to give ourselves to others!
For the children who are suffering from hunger and sickness in Africa: from Sierra Leone and the Central African Republic
The project called “Jesus has been left out”, wants to bring Jesus back to the centre of Christmas. The project stared from an article that Chiara Lubich wrote where she told her experience of a time when she was walking down a street in Zurich. The windows were all displaying Christmas decorations but none of them had anything showing what Christmas was really about. The money raised from this Project each year is sent to those most in need.
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