POPE AT REQUIEM MASS: THE RESURRECTION IS THE AIM AND PURPOSE OF LIFE
Pope Francis celebrated a Requiem Mass in St. Peter’s Basilica this morning for the cardinals and bishops who died during the past year. His homily, consisting of reflections on the Resurrection, focused on Going to Jesus, Going Forth, Going toward Others, Going toward the End.
Click here to read more and to see the entire video of the papal Mass. https://www.vaticannews.va/en/pope/news/2019-11/pope-at-requiem-mass-the-resurrection-aim-and-purpose-of-life.html
POPE TO CATHOLIC UNIVERSITIES: EDUCATE STUDENTS TO SOCIAL, RELATIONAL RESPONSIBILITY
Pope Francis received members of the International Federation of Catholic Universities and reminded them that the fruits of study must have a relational and social purpose.
By Vatican News
“New Frontiers for University Leaders: The Future of Health and the University Ecosystem” is the theme of a forum being held in Rome dedicated to the topics and challenges currently driving university transformation.
Pope Francis outlined some of those challenges in his discourse. They include preparing new generations to become qualified professionals, but also “proponents of the common good, creative and responsible leaders in social and civil life, with a proper vision of the person and the world,” he said.
Universities today “need to consider what contribution they can and must make to the integral health of the person and to an inclusive ecology,” said the Pope.
Catholic universities, in particular, need to become places “where solutions for civil and cultural progress for individual persons and for humanity, marked by solidarity, are pursued with perseverance and professionalism,” he said.
The Pope noted how the development of “technoscience,” the way humanity interacts with technology, is “destined increasingly to influence people’s physical and psychological health.”
We need to remember that all teaching “entails asking ourselves about the why,” he said. “It requires a reflection on the foundations and purposes of every discipline.” Abstracting knowledge from its ethical dimension would mean abandoning the task of teaching, said the Pope.
Facing the questions of “why” involves the “typically epistemological character of education which concerns the whole span of knowledge,” continued Pope Francis. “The link between knowledge and purpose refers to the theme of intentionality and to the role of the subject in every cognitive process. Completely impersonal experiences do not exist,” he said.
In this light, universities have “an intellectual and moral energy whose responsibility goes beyond the person to be educated and extends to the needs of all humanity,” added the Pope.
The moral imperative of the International Federation of Catholic Universities, said Pope Francis, is to achieve “a more united international academic community,” in order to develop “a universal spirit aimed at increasing the quality of the cultural life of persons and of peoples.”
University ecosystems develop, said the Pope, “when every member of the university, by focusing on the whole person, cultivates a particular awareness of the context in which people live and grow, and of all that contributes to their advancement.”
Mind and Heart
The formation of leaders achieves its goal, continued Pope Francis, when it imbues the academic years with developing both “the mind and the heart, conscience, together with students’ practical abilities. … The fruits of study must always have a relational and social purpose,” stressed the Pope.
Saint John Henry Newman
Pope Francis concluded with a quote from Cardinal John Henry Newman, patron of the Federation of Catholic Universities.
The Church, wrote Newman, “fears no knowledge, but she purifies all; she represses no element of our nature, but cultivates the whole.”
PAPAL INTERVIEW AT THE END OF EXTRAORDINARY MISSIONARY MONTH: “WITHOUT JESUS WE CAN DO NOTHING”
At the end of the Extraordinary Missionary Month, Vatican News provided some extracts from the book-length interview of Gianni Valente from Fides News Agency with Pope Francis, in which the Pope emphasizes that, “Either the Church evangelizes or she is not Church.” The book, published by Libreria Editrice Vaticana and Edizioni San Paolo will be available in bookstores on November 5th.
Pope hands mission cross to a missionary (Vatican media) –
For those excerpts: https://www.vaticannews.va/en/pope/news/2019-11/pope-francis-interview-valente-mission-book.html