Though the internet has made it easier for us to connect with others, it is also used to exploit and abuse children. We must call for all abusers and enablers of online crimes against children to be held accountable and face justice.
Series: World Youth Day Lisbon 2023
The Marian icon Salus Popoli Romani will be a sign of Mary’s maternal presence beside the young people. The youth know that they have a Mother who looks after them, who loves them, who cares for them.
Abuse against children is prevalent among people closest to them. We, as true believers of Christ, must stand against this abuse and protect the children.
Christians should be at the forefront of defending child rights and campaigning for stronger laws to protect children. Church leaders and laypeople must denounce the evil of child abuse by the clergy.
Jesus taught us to forgive and pray for our enemies and to reject all kinds of violence and killing. We must call for the abolition of the death penalty because it goes against His teaching.
Gratitude is the best attitude in the sunset years of life. The rest of our lives can become the best years of our lives if we spend our sunset years with reparation, intercession, and purification.
Though there have been many doubts weighing upon the organizers, including the logistics of the event and the health of the Pope, there is every reason to be optimistic that World Youth Day in Lisbon will be an unforgettable success.
Gaudete et Exsultate (GE) is the third Apostolic Exhortation issued by Pope Francis, following Evangelii Gaudium (2013) and Amoris Latetitia (2016). It is a call to the holiness of life, clearly echoing the universal call to holiness found in Vatican II.
Rising inequality prepares the ground for violence. Pope Francis is the first to admit that “inequality eventually engenders violence.”
The third words from the cross: ‘Woman, here is your son’. Then he said to the disciple, ‘Here is your mother,’ bespeaks the mutual relationship between the Son and the Mother and its consequences for us: all human beings become children of a Mother who stands to protect and embrace all in her arms and heart.