19 February 2018

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07/30/2017 VATICAN

Pope: everyone against the modern slavery of human trafficking. Treasure and pearl

Pope Francis has Hail Mary recited at the Angelus “to support the victims of trafficking and convert the hearts of traffickers.” The world seems to be getting used to this "aberrant plague", which is “ugly, cruel, criminal!" The pontiff mentioned the parables of the treasure and precious pearl. The quest "is the essential condition for finding". The discovery of the treasure and the pearl entails "sacrifice, detachment and renunciation”. The joy of the farmer and merchant in the parable "is the joy of each of us when we discover the closeness and consoling presence of Jesus in our lives."

Vatican City (AsiaNews) – Pope Francis issued a strong appeal against human trafficking, a form of "modern slavery". At the end of Angelus's prayer with pilgrims in St Peter's Square, the pontiff said that today is “World Day against Trafficking in Persons promoted by the United Nations".

"Every year, thousands of men, women and children are innocent victims of labour and sexual exploitation and organ trafficking,” he said. “It seems that we are so accustomed to it that we consider it a normal thing. This is ugly, cruel, criminal! I would like to call on everyone to counter this aberrant plague, a form of modern slavery. Let us pray together to the Virgin Mary to support the victims of trafficking and convert the hearts of traffickers. Let us pray together to Our Lady: Hail Mary . . .".

Earlier, Francis spoke about today’s gospel (17th Sunday, Year A, Matthew 13:44-52), in particular the two parables about the treasure hidden in the field and the precious pearl, for which the farmer "decides to put at risk all of his possessions in order not to miss a very exceptional opportunity," and the merchant who "decides to bet everything on that pearl, to the point of selling everything" else he has.

"These similarities point to two characteristics concerning the possession of the Kingdom of God: quest and sacrifice. The Kingdom of God is offered to everyone, but it is not made available on a silver plate; it requires dynamism: it is about seeking, walking, doing. The attitude of quest is the essential condition for finding. It is necessary that the heart burn from the desire to attain the precious good, that is, the Kingdom of God that is present in the person of Jesus. He is the hidden treasure, he is the pearl of great value. He is the fundamental discovery, which can become a turning point in our lives, filling it with meaning."

"Estimating the irreplaceable value of the treasure leads to decisions that also involves sacrifice, detachment and renunciation,” Francis explained. “When the treasure and the pearl are discovered, when we find the Lord, we must not let this discovery become sterile; we instead must sacrifice everything else to it. It is not a question of despising the rest, but of subordinating it to Jesus, placing Him in first place, placing grace in first place. Christ’s disciple is not the one who deprived himself of something essential; it is the one who has found much more: he found the full joy that only the Lord can give. It is the evangelical joy of the healed patient, the forgiven sinner, the thief to whom the door of paradise has been opened."

"The joy of the Gospel fills the heart and the whole life of those who encounter Jesus. Those who let themselves be saved by Him are freed from sin, sadness, inner void, and isolation. With Jesus Christ, joy is always born and reborn (cf. Evangelii Gaudium, No. 1). Today we are exhorted to contemplate the joy of the farmer and merchant in the parable. It is the joy of each of us when we discover the proximity and consoling presence of Jesus in our lives. This presence transforms the heart and opens us to the needs and the acceptance of our fellow human brings, especially the weaker ones. Let us pray, through the intercession of the Blessed Virgin Mary, so that each of us may know, with daily words and deeds, the joy of finding the treasure of the Kingdom of God, that is, the love that the Father has given us through Jesus.”

See also

26/11/2013 VATICAN
Pope: "A missionary and pastoral conversion" for a Church open to changing its structures
The Apostolic Exhortation " Evangelii Gaudium”. Evangelization, the programmatic manifesto of the papacy, must find "new paths" and "creative methods" . A "healthy decentralization”. An economic system "unjust at its roots". "Authentic attacks on religious freedom". "There is an inseparable link between our faith and the poor ". " No one can demand from us that we relegate religion to the secret intimacy of the individual". Islamic countries must "ensure freedom to Christians to worship and live their faith."

31/03/2014 ITALY - VATICAN
The 'Joy of the Gospel' to wake up the world and the mission
A new book on Pope Francis' Apostolic Exhortation, by Fr Giuseppe Buono PIME, helps us read 'Evangelii Gaudium' from its true missionary point of view. The path of conversion to Christ is like the journey of the missionary who goes among the people not to become "like them", but "one of them".

14/03/2014 KOREA
Korea, records sales (even among non-Christians) for Evangelii Gaudium
Since the publication in Korean two weeks ago, Pope Francis’ apostolic exhortation has sold 25 thousand copies compared to the usual quantity of 4 thousand for papal documents. Catholic publishing sources explain: "It’s because of the Pope's impending visit, but also to its simple language and its discussion of current issues such as social inequality".

28/07/2014 INDIA
Andhra Pradesh, a study of Evangelii Gaudium for the Year of Consecrated Life
In Vijayawada religious, priests and nuns took part in a seminar to study the apostolic exhortation. A reflection on the present condition of the Church. The need to lead the world today "to Christ for salvation." Mary "star of evangelization."

18/11/2013 VATICAN
Pope to end the Year of Faith with Apostolic Exhortation 'Evangelii gaudium'
The document will be presented symbolically to a bishop, a priest and a deacon at the Mass that ends the Year of Faith, a ritual that will see for the first time the public exhibit of the relics of Saint Peter. The other "events" that will bring to a close this period include Pope Francis' visit on Thursday to the monastery of the Camaldolese Nuns on the Aventine Hill, as well as his presence on Saturday at the induction of new catechumens.

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