Pope Francis expresses concern over escalating violence in Middle East

Blanche Robertson
May 17, 2018

The priest who summarized the findings at the evening meeting told the pope that a lack of education in the faith was identified by numerous groups; that lack was seen regarding basic church teachings but also regarding how the Gospel and its values could be brought to bear on modern problems. "I was 22 years old".

"The white garment, as it symbolically expresses what happens in the sacrament, proclaims the condition of those transfigured in divine glory", signifying a new life in Christ, he said.

Those being baptised are also given a candle, lighted from the Easter candle, as the priest says the words, "Receive the light of Christ". If children are being baptised, then it is the task of parents and godparents to nurture the flame, helping them to persevere in their faith.

While Santiago's Bishop Juan Ignacio Gonzalez said that resignations of at least 10 Chilean bishops are pending, the Chilean diocese has continued to deny any departures of its religious leaders. Christian education, he said, is a right of each child so that they can gradually come to know the plan of God for them.

Speaking earlier in the audience to a group of Polish World War Two veterans, he said: "We never learn".

Pope Francis (L) embraces his predecessor Pope Benedict XVI in March 2013.

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The Pope said that bishops should seek "the grace" to consider quitting if required.

A year later, Francis described it as a "beautiful gesture of nobility, of humility and courage", and that it "cleared a path for later popes to do the same", the Catholic news service Crux reported. "Do not be dismayed, for the power of the Holy Spirit enables you to do this, and holiness, in the end, is the fruit of the Holy Spirit in your life".

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"I express my great pain for the deaths and the wounded", he said.

Calling for "dialogue, justice and peace", Francis said violence "has never led to peace. War calls for war, violence calls for violence".

The Holy Father called on all parties concerned and the global community to renew their commitment to ensure that dialogue, justice and peace prevail.

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