A big thank you to Pope Francis
from the Franciscan Renewal Center in Scottsdale, Arizona.
“In this universe, shaped by open and intercommunicating systems, we can discern countless forms of relationship and participation. This leads us to think of the whole as open to God’s transcendence, within which it develops. Faith allows us to interpret the meaning and the mysterious beauty of what is unfolding. We are free to apply our intelligence towards things evolving positively, or towards adding new ills, new causes of suffering and real setbacks. This is what makes for the excitement and drama of human history, in which freedom, growth, salvation and love can blossom, or lead towards decadence and mutual destruction. The work of the Church seeks not only to remind everyone of the duty to care for nature, but at the same time ‘she must above all protect mankind from self-destruction’,” (Encyclical Letter “Laudato Si” of Pope Francis on Care For Our Common Home, #79).
To view the entire encyclical letter click here: In English
Para ver la carta encílica completa, haga click aquí: En Español
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Oscar Romero Beatified On May 23rd
On May 23rd, Pope Francis beatified Romero, which is an official step toward sainthood. For the people of Latin America, especially El Salvador, Romero has long been considered a martyr and a saint but now it is official according to the Church. Oscar Romero was the archbishop of El Salvador in the early years of its bloody civil war. He was a voice for the oppressed and an advocate for the people. He spoke out against the military’s abuse of its power and is inhumane treatment of the Salvadoran people. He called for unity and justice in Latin America and because of this, he was targeted by those in power. In 1980, he was assassinated while giving mass but instead of stifling his message, his assassins ensured that Romero would be remembered forever by those for whom he advocated: the poor, the oppressed, and the voiceless.
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