2014-05-21 17:41:40

Pope's general audience of May 21. Recalls upcoming Holy Land visit

May 21, 2014 – Pope Francis on Wednesday held his weekly general audience in the Vatican’s St. Peter’s Square. The public meeting is an opportunity for pilgrims and tourists visiting ‎Rome to see and hear the Pope, and also receive his blessing. The general audience of May 21st in ‎Rome’s St. Peter’s Square was on the Holy Spirit’s Gift of Knowledge. It ‎began with aides reading a ‎passage from the Book of Psalms.
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Pope Francis then delivered his main discourse in Italian - summaries of which were read out by aides ‎in various languages, including in English. But first, the aide greeted the Pope on behalf of the English-‎speaking pilgrims.‎
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… Dear Brothers and Sisters: In our continuing catechesis on the seven gifts of the Holy Spirit, we now consider the gift of knowledge. Through this spiritual gift, we are enabled to see every person, and the world around us, in the light of God’s loving plan. In a sense, we see the beauty, harmony and goodness of all creation with the eyes of God its maker. As is clear from the lives of Saint Francis of Assisi and so many other saints, the gift of knowledge gives rise to grateful contemplation of the world of nature and joyful praise of the Creator. The perspective given by this spiritual gift leads us to respect God’s gift of creation and to exercise wise stewardship of its resources for the benefit of the whole human family. It also prevents us from restricting our vision to the persons and things of this world alone, forgetting that in their order, value and beauty they point beyond themselves to God, their source and ultimate end. Let us ask the Holy Spirit to help us grow in the knowledge which enables us to perceive the love with which God guides the world, to respond with gratitude and to praise him for his infinite goodness and love.

Pope Francis then greeted the English-speaking pilgrims in Italian.‎
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… I greet all the English-speaking pilgrims taking part in today’s Audience, including those from England and Wales, Scotland, Sweden, Norway, India, Thailand, Singapore, Indonesia, Japan, South Africa, Canada and the United States. Upon all of you, and upon your families, I invoke the joy and peace of the Risen Lord. God bless you all!

Before his final blessing at the end of Wednesday’s general audience, Pope Francis reminded those ‎present that on Saturday, he was embarking upon a visit to the Holy Land, the land of Jesus. “It will ‎be a strictly religious visit,” he explained, speaking in Italian. His foremost motive, he explained, was ‎to meet Ecumenical Patriarch Bartholomew I of Constantinople, the spiritual head of Orthodox ‎Christians worldwide, whom he regards a brother. The occasion is the 50th anniversary of the historic ‎encounter between Pope Paul VI and then Patriarch Athenagoras I of Constantinople on Jan. 5, 1964. ‎‎“Peter and Andrew will once again meet each other and this is very beautiful,” Pope Francis said, ‎referring to the two disciples as the patrons of the Churches of Rome and Constantinople. The second ‎motive he explained, is to pray for peace in that land that suffers much. Even though, the Pope's May ‎‎24-26 visit to Jordan, Bethlehem and Jerusalem is primarily ecumenical, in a region so rich in history ‎and so ‎fraught with conflict, the Argentine Pope has in his schedule meetings with political leaders of ‎Jordan, the Palestine state and Israel, as well as religious leaders, including Christians, Jews and ‎Muslims. However, Pope Francis does not want that the strictly ecumenical visit be coloured by ‎political and sectarian motives. ‎
The Pope’s general audience concluded with his blessing.
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