Protests against police brutality erupted in Africa’s most populous country Oct. 7 as demonstrators called for the abolition of a police unit known as the Special Anti-Robbery Squad (SARS).
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Blessed Carlo Acutis, a Catholic teen with an aptitude for computer programming, became the first millennial to be declared ‘Blessed’ on Oct. 10.
Reflecting on Sunday’s Gospel, the pope said that “living a Christian life is not made up of dreams or beautiful aspirations, but of concrete commitments, in order to open ourselves ever more to God's will and to love for our brothers and sisters.”
In his address, the pope reflected on the day’s Gospel reading (Matthew 16:13-20), in which Peter professes his faith in Jesus as the Messiah and Son of God.
Pope Francis described the story of the sower as “somewhat the ‘mother’ of all parables,” because it focuses on a fundamental element of the Christian life: listening to the Word of God.
The UN Secretary General Antonio Guterres first called for a global ceasefire on March 23 with Pope Francis echoing this appeal the following week.
Pope Francis said in addition to persecution, another tangible situation a disciple of Jesus may find him or herself facing is hostility toward the faith and the Word of God.
The Holy Father prayed a Hail Mary for Syrians threatened by the violence, called for the elimination of human trafficking worldwide.
‘Our Lady, who unties the knots of life, frees us from the pretense of believing we are righteous and makes us feel the need to go to the Lord ...’