November 22, 2015

Positivity: Pope Francis — While worldly kingdoms dominate, Christ’s kingdom liberates

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From Vatican City:

Nov 22, 2015 / 09:37 am

In a world which employs “weapons of fear” and manipulation, the strength of Christ’s kingdom is founded in truth and love, Pope Francis said in his Sunday angelus address, during which he also remembered today’s persecuted Christians.

“The strength of Christ’s reign is love,” the pontiff said Nov. 22, centering his reflection on the Solemnity of Christ the King. Rather than oppressing us, Jesus’ Kingship “frees us from our weaknesses and miseries,” and encourages us on the path “reconciliation and forgiveness.”

“Christ is not a king who dominates us, who treats us as like subjects, but who elevates us to his own dignity.”

Speaking to the crowds gathered in St. Peter’s Square ahead of the Angelus, Pope Francis took a look at the account in John’s Gospel in which Jesus tells Pontius Pilot of his kingdom which is “not of this world.”

There are two logics here which are juxtaposed to each other, the Pope said: the logic of the world, and the logic of Gospel.

Worldly logic is rooted on “ambition and competition,” he said, and “fights with weapons of fear, blackmail, and manipulation of conscience.”

In contrast, the logic of the Gospel expresses itself “in humility and gratitude, silently yet effectively with the strength of the truth.” …

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Really? Media Meme: U.S. Does Not Face Same Terrorism Risks As Europe

In the wake of the Paris terrorist murder spress, a media narrative that the U.S. is somehow less vulnerable to terrorist attacks than countries in Europe has arisen.

The reasons given would be uproariously funny if the stakes weren’t so serious: “Geography and strict travel restrictions.” Additionally, according to the report where the meme appears to have originated, there is “one measure” which makes the U.S. “arguably” more vulnerable: guns.

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Positivity: Pope’s representative to US stresses Catholic identity in schools

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From Baltimore:

Nov 18, 2015 / 12:55 am

Catholic schools can embrace their identity through familiarity with Christ, devotion to the Virgin Mary and a commitment to Christian life and teaching, the apostolic nuncio to the United States told the nation’s bishops.

“Educational leaders should regain firm command of the helm of their institutions through the storms of the present times,” said Archbishop Carlo Maria Vigano.

“The course must always be set by Christ and his Church, never allowing influence or wealth to dictate what might be an improper orientation for a Catholic school or a university.”

The nuncio spoke to the U.S. bishops’ fall general assembly in Baltimore Nov. 16.

“While each college or university has its own particular mission, together they ultimately have the solemn obligation to teach the same doctrine of the universal Church and to define the moral obligation that marks us all as Catholic Christians,” he said.

The archbishop has served as apostolic nuncio – or papal representative – to the U.S. since 2011.

In his address to the bishops, he stressed that “(o)ur students should be taught how to pray, how to become familiar with Christ.”

“They should experience how enriching is the encounter with the poor, with the sick, with the elderly, and the immigrant, a reality often excluded from our privileged society. They should also experience, along with a great quality education, the inspiring devotion to Our Lady and a love for the missions.” …

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