Wednesday, December 11, 2013
Five Things To Remember On Dec. 11
1. The news broke this morning that Time Magazine has named Pope Francis its "Person of the Year" for 2013.
2. The Vatican's response to the honor reflected the Pope's humility. "As for the Pope himself, he’s not someone who seeks fame and success, because he has put his life at the service of announcing the Gospel of the love of God for mankind. It is pleasing to the Pope that this service should appeal and give hope to women and men. And if this choice of ‘Person of the Year’ should mean that many people have understood this message - at least implicitly - the Pope is really happy about this."
3. Pope Francis has put the focus on the poor during his pontificate and the hungry. He called hunger a scandal today after starting a wave of prayer to bring awareness to the issue.
4. Tomorrow is the Feast of Our Lady of Guadalupe and Pope Francis has a message for the Americas. He said: "Mary’s embrace of all the peoples of the vast expanses of America – the peoples who already lived there, and those who were yet to come. Mary’s embrace showed what America – North and South – is called to be: a land where different peoples come together; a land prepared to accept human life at every stage, from the mother’s womb to old age; a land which welcomes immigrants, and the poor and the marginalized, in every age. A land of generosity. That is the message of Our Lady of Guadalupe, and it is also my message, the message of the Church. I ask all the people of the Americas to open wide their arms, like the Virgin, with love and tenderness."
5. God loves you.