Pope Francis has visited his predecessor Paul VI in Rome. and canonized the murdered Salvadoran Archbishop Romero. In addition to these, five others were added to the list of Catholic saints, including Catherine Kasper.
Francis paid tribute to Paul VI. as a "prophet of a Church that goes out, has foresight and cares for the poor.". His abiding reminder to the Church, he said, was the Second Vatican Council (1962-1965), whose "wise helmsman" Paul VI. had been. But his work as pope has also been accompanied by "troubles and by incomprehension," Francis said. Paul VI, who was born Giovanni Battista Montini near Brescia, was especially remembered. especially through his encyclical "Humanae vitae" (1968) on sexual ethics. But his doctrinal letter "Populorum progressio" (1967) on global development and economic ethics ies was also groundbreaking.
Pope Francis praised Romero for his closeness to the poor and to the people. Romero had "renounced worldly protections, even his own security" in order to "lay down his life in accordance with the Gospel". In a similar way, Catherine Kasper and the other saints would have lived "without lukewarmness, without calculation, with the passion to risk something and to let go" in the discipleship of Jesus. Under Paul VI. ended the Second Vatican Council in 1965, during which the church reformed its approach to the modern world.
Archbishop Romero, an important representative of liberation theology, was shot in 1980 after standing up against the Salvadoran military junta. Catherine Kasper founded an association for the care of the sick and elderly in 1845, which later became the Congregation of the Dernbach Sisters. Today it counts about 600 sisters.
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Numerous high delegations traveled to Rome for the canonization, including the heads of state of El Salvador, Panama and Chile. In honor of the founder of the order, Nazaria Ignazia March Mesa (1889-1943), who came from Spain, Queen Sofia of Spain attended the ceremony.
The Pope Emeritus Benedict XVI. stayed away from the celebration. The 91-year-old is no longer as agile as he was a few months ago, Cardinal Angelo Becciu, prefect of the Congregation for the Causes of Saints, said ahead of the event. Paul VI. at his last consistory on the 27th. June 1977 Joseph Ratzinger, later to become Benedict XVI., elevated to the rank of cardinal.
Cardinal Angelo Becciu, prefect of the Congregation for the Causes of Saints, in his presentation of the saints, highlighted the commitment of the later Paul VI. for persecuted Jews. Giovanni Battista Montini held a senior position in the Vatican Secretariat of State from 1937 onwards. Becciu praised the assassinated Salvadoran Archbishop Romero for his commitment to the poor amid "social and political oppression". Despite her humble origins, Katharina Kasper of the Westerwald region launched a great work of preaching and promoting social welfare, Becciu said.
Pope: "Jesus is radical. He gives everything and demands everything"
At the service, Pope Francis wore a belt that Romero had worn at the altar at the moment of his assassination. The pope also used a chasuble worn by his predecessor Paul VI. and its chalice. During canonization ceremony, Pope Francis said church must say goodbye to old certainties. She must ask herself whether she is preaching only good commandments or following Jesus in love, they say. She must ask for the grace to let go of wealth and "longing for status and power", he said.
Francis criticized in the Church a ballast that slows down its missionary mission, and secular ties. Without a "progress in love" the life of Christians and the church would sicken from "egocentric complacency". In doing so, one ends up with a life "without momentum, where a little narcissism covers the dreariness of remaining unfinished," the Pope said.
"Jesus is radical. He gives everything and demands everything: he gives total love and demands an undivided heart," the Pope said. Jesus was "not satisfied with a percentage of love: we cannot love him with twenty, fifty or sixty percent. 'It's either all or nothing,' Francis said. Wealth is dangerous because having too much and wanting too much suffocates the heart. "Where money takes center stage, there is no place for God and no place for man," the pope said.