Pope Francis spoke about the trip to Greece and Cyprus, synodality, and accepting the resignation of Archbishop Michel Aupetit.
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“Don’t be satisfied with publishing a few posts or tweets. Don’t settle for virtual encounters, look for real ones, especially with those who need you: don’t look for visibility, but for the invisible. This is original, revolutionary.”
Pope Francis reflected on hope and the call to conversion after offering Mass in Athens’ Megaron Concert Hall on Dec. 5.
Pope Francis praised Greece as “a land that is a gift, a patrimony of mankind, on which the foundations of the West have been built.”
Pope Francis Apologizes for Mistakes of Catholics in Meeting with Greek Orthodox Leaders in Athens, Greece
When Pope Francis arrived at the archbishopric, an Orthodox cleric started to protest, shouting “Pope, you are a heretic! Pope, you are a heretic!” before he was taken away by police.
“In some societies, concerned for security and dulled by consumerism, weariness and malcontent can lead to a sort of skepticism about democracy.”
“Cyprus, as a crossroads of civilizations, has an innate vocation to encounter, favored by the welcoming character of the Cypriot people."
Pope Francis landed Thursday afternoon in Cyprus for the start of a five-day trip that will also take him to Athens, Greece, and the island of Lesbos.
Inspired by the name of the Apostle Barnabas, the official theme of the Pope’s trip to Cyprus is “Comforting each other in faith."
A new program from Caritas aims to help families with basic food needs and assistance in medical and utilities bills.