Wednesday 28th February 2024

Home » Our Catholic Faith » Currently Reading:

Pope’s Message To Rimini Meeting . . . Signs Of Thirst For God And The Ultimate Meaning Of Life

September 3, 2014 Our Catholic Faith No Comments

VATICAN CITY (ZENIT) — Below is a translation of the message Cardinal Secretary of State Pietro Parolin sent August 23 on behalf of Pope Francis for the occasion of the 35th Edition of the Meeting for Friendship Among Peoples, August 24-28, in Rimini, Italy.
The meeting had the theme: “Towards the Fringes of the World and of Existence: Fate Has Not Left Man Alone.”
It was sent to Bishop Francesco Lambiasi of Rimini.
ZENIT News Agency provided the text and the translation from Italian; all rights reserved.

+    +    +

Most Reverend Excellency,
On the occasion of the 35th Meeting for Friendship Among Peoples, I am happy to send you, the organizers, the volunteers, and all those who will participate, the cordial greeting and blessing of His Holiness Pope Francis, along with my personal good wishes for this important initiative.
The subject chosen for this year — “Towards the Fringes of the World and of Existence” — elicits the constant solicitude of the Holy Father.
Since his episcopate at Buenos Aires, he is aware that the “fringes” are not only places, but also and above all persons, as he said in his intervention during the general congregations before the conclave:
“The Church is called to come out of herself and to go to the fringes, not only the geographic, but also the existential: those of the mystery of sin, of pain, of injustice, those of ignorance and the absence of faith, those of thought, those of all kinds of misery” (March 9, 2013).
Therefore, Pope Francis thanks the leaders of the meeting for having accepted and spread his invitation to walk in this perspective. An “outgoing” Church is the only possible one according to the Gospel; it is demonstrated by the life of Jesus, who went from village to village proclaiming the Kingdom of God and sent His disciples before Him. It was for this that the Father sent Him into the world.
The second part of the meeting’s theme is that “Fate Has Not Left Man Alone:” an expression of the Servant of God Luigi Giussani, who reminds us that the Lord has not abandoned us to ourselves, He has not forgotten us.
In ancient times, He chose a man, Abraham, and pointed him on the way towards the land He had promised him. And, in the fullness of time, He chose a young woman, the Virgin Mary, to become flesh and to come to dwell in our midst. Nazareth was truly an insignificant village, a “fringe” on the political and religious plane; but God looked precisely there, to bring His plan of mercy and fidelity to fulfillment.
A Christian is not afraid of being decentralized, of going to the fringes, because his center is in Jesus Christ. He frees us from fear; in His company, we can go forward safely anywhere, also in the dark moments of life, knowing that, wherever we go, the Lord always precedes us with His grace, and our joy is to share with others the Good News that He is with us.
After fulfilling a mission, Jesus’ disciples returned enthusiastic because of the success obtained. However, Jesus said to them: “Nevertheless, do not rejoice in this, that the spirits are subject to you; but rejoice that your names are written in heaven” (Luke 10:20-21). It is not for us to save the world; it is God alone who saves it.

The Desert

The men and women of our time run the great risk of living an individualistic sadness, isolated even in the midst of a quantity of consumer goods, of which, however, so many are excluded. Often styles of life prevail that induce to place one’s hope in economic security or in power or in purely earthly success. Christians also run this risk.
“It is evident,” states the Holy Father, “that in some places a spiritual ‘desertification’ has been produced, fruit of the plan of societies that wish to construct themselves without God” (apostolic exhortation Evangelii Gaudium, n. 86).
However, this must not discourage us, as Benedict XVI reminded us on opening the Year of Faith:
“In the desert, one turns to discover the value of what is essential to live; so in the contemporary world there are innumerable signs, often manifested in an implicit or negative way, of thirst for God, of the ultimate meaning of life. Necessary above all in the desert are persons of faith who, with their very life, indicate the way to the Promised Land and thus keep hope alive” (homily in the Holy Mass of the Opening of the Year of Faith, October 11, 2012).
Pope Francis invites us to collaborate, also with the Meeting for Friendship Among Peoples, to this essential return, which is the Gospel of Jesus Christ. “Christians have the duty to proclaim it without excluding anyone, not as one who imposes a new obligation, but rather as one who shares a joy, points out a beautiful horizon, offers a desirable banquet. The Church does not grow by proselytism but ‘by attraction’” (Evangelii Gaudium, n. 14), that is, “through a personal witness, a telling, a gesture, or a way that the Holy Spirit Himself can arouse in a concrete circumstance” (ibid., n. 128).
The Holy Father points out to the leaders and participants of the meeting two particular cares.
First of all, he invites never to lose contact with reality but, rather, to be lovers of reality. This is also part of Christian witness: In the presence of a dominant culture which puts appearance in the first place, what is superficial and provisional, the challenge is to choose and to love the reality.
Don Giussani left this in legacy as a program of life, when he said: “The only condition to be always and truly religious is to live the real without preclusions, that is, without denying or forgetting anything. In fact it would not be human, that is reasonable, to consider an experience limited to its surface, to the crest of the wave, without going down to the depth of its emotion” (The Religious Sense, p. 150).
Moreover, he invites us to always fix one’s eyes on what is essential. The most serious problems arise, in fact, when the Christian message is identified with secondary aspects that do not express the heart of the proclamation.
In a world in which, after two thousand years Jesus has become again an unknown in so many countries, also in the West, “it is appropriate to be realistic and not to take for granted that our interlocutors know the complete background of what we say or that they can connect our discourse with the essential nucleus of the Gospel that confers meaning, beauty, and attraction to it” (Evangelii Gaudium, n. 34).
Therefore, a world in such rapid transformation asks Christians to be ready to seek forms and ways to communicate, with a comprehensible language, the perennial novelty of Christianity. Also in this, one must be realistic. “Many times it is better to slow down one’s pace, put anxiety aside, and look into eyes and listen, or give up urgencies to accompany one who has stayed on the side of the street” (ibid., n. 46).

Mary’s Protection

His Holiness offers these reflections as a contribution to the week of the meeting, to all those taking part in it, in particular, to the leaders, the organizers and to the reporters who reach the fringes of the world and of existence, to witness that God the Father does not leave His children alone.
The Pope hopes that many will be able to relive the experience of Jesus’ first disciples who, meeting Him on the shore of the Jordan, heard Him ask them: “What are you looking for?”
May this question of Jesus always accompany the path of those who visit the Meeting for Friendship Among Peoples.
While asking to pray for him and for his ministry, Pope Francis invokes the maternal protection of the Virgin Mary and sends his heartfelt apostolic blessing to Your Excellency and to the meeting’s entire community.
Assuring Your Excellency of my personal best wishes, I take advantage of the circumstance to confirm my special regards.

From Your Most Reverend Excellency
Pietro Cardinal Parolin
To His Most Reverend Excellency
Francesco Lambiasi
Bishop of Rimini

+    +    +

(© Innovative Media Inc.)

Share Button

2019 The Wanderer Printing Co.

Vatican and USCCB leave transgender policy texts unpublished

While U.S. bishops have made headlines for releasing policies addressing gender identity and pastoral ministry, guidelines on the subject have been drafted but not published by both the U.S. bishops’ conference and the Vatican’s doctrinal office, leaving diocesan bishops to…Continue Reading

Biden says Pope Francis told him to continue receiving communion, amid scrutiny over pro-abortion policies

President Biden said that Pope Francis, during their meeting Friday in Vatican City, told him that he should continue to receive communion, amid heightened scrutiny of the Catholic president’s pro-abortion policies.  The president, following the approximately 90-minute-long meeting, a key…Continue Reading

Federal judge rules in favor of Gov. DeSantis’ mask mandate ban

MIAMI (LifeSiteNews) – A federal judge this week handed Florida Republican Gov. Ron DeSantis another legal victory on his mask mandate ban for schools. On Wednesday, Judge K. Michael Moore of the Southern District of Florida denied a petition from…Continue Reading

The Eucharist should not be received unworthily, says Nigerian cardinal

Priests have a duty to remind Catholics not to receive the Eucharist in a state of serious sin and to make confession easily available, a Nigerian cardinal said at the International Eucharistic Congress on Thursday. “It is still the doctrine…Continue Reading

Donald Trump takes a swipe at Catholics and Jews who did not vote for him

Donald Trump complained about Catholics and Jews who did not vote for him in 2020. The former president made the comments in a conference call featuring religious leaders. The move could be seen to shore up his religious conservative base…Continue Reading

Y Gov. Kathy Hochul Admits Andrew Cuomo Covered Up COVID Deaths, 12,000 More Died Than Reported

When it comes to protecting people from COVID, Andrew Cuomo is already the worst governor in America. New York has the second highest death rate per capita, in part because he signed an executive order putting COVID patients in nursing…Continue Reading

Prayers For Cardinal Burke . . . U.S. Cardinal Burke says he has tested positive for COVID-19

VATICAN CITY (CNS) — U.S. Cardinal Raymond L. Burke said he has tested positive for the virus that causes COVID-19. In an Aug. 10 tweet, he wrote: “Praised be Jesus Christ! I wish to inform you that I have recently…Continue Reading

Democrats Block Amendment Banning Late-Term Abortions, Stopping Abortions Up to Birth

Senate Democrats have blocked an amendment that would ban abortions on babies older than 20 weeks. During consideration of the multi-trillion spending package, pro-life Louisiana Senator John Kennedy filed an amendment to ban late-term abortions, but Democrats steadfastly support killing…Continue Reading

Transgender student wins as U.S. Supreme Court rebuffs bathroom appeal

WASHINGTON (Reuters) -The U.S. Supreme Court on Monday handed a victory to a transgender former public high school student who waged a six-year legal battle against a Virginia county school board that had barred him from using the bathroom corresponding…Continue Reading

New York priest accused by security guard of assault confirms charges have now been dropped

NEW YORK, June 17, 2021 (LifeSiteNews) — A New York priest has made his first public statement regarding the dismissal of charges against him.  Today Father George W. Rutler reached out to LifeSiteNews and other media today with the following…Continue Reading

21,000 sign petition protesting US Catholic bishops vote on Biden, abortion

More than 21,000 people have signed a letter calling for U.S. Catholic bishops to cancel a planned vote on whether President Biden should receive communion.  Biden, a Catholic, supports abortion rights and has long come under attack from some Catholics over that…Continue Reading

Bishop Gorman seeks candidates to fill two full time AP level teaching positions for the 2021-2022 school year in the subject areas of Calculus/Statistics and Physics

Bishop Thomas K. Gorman Regional Catholic School is a college preparatory school located in Tyler, Texas. It is an educational ministry of the Catholic Diocese of Tyler led by Bishop Joseph Strickland. The sixth through twelfth grade school provides a…Continue Reading

Untitled 5 Untitled 2

Attention Readers:

  Welcome to our website. Readers who are familiar with The Wanderer know we have been providing Catholic news and orthodox commentary for 150 years in our weekly print edition.

  Our daily version offers only some of what we publish weekly in print. To take advantage of everything The Wanderer publishes, we encourage you to su
bscribe to our flagship weekly print edition, which is mailed every Friday or, if you want to view it in its entirety online, you can subscribe to the E-edition, which is a replica of the print edition.
  Our daily edition includes: a selection of material from recent issues of our print edition, news stories updated daily from renowned news sources, access to archives from The Wanderer from the past 10 years, available at a minimum charge (this will be expanded as time goes on). Also: regularly updated features where we go back in time and highlight various columns and news items covered in The Wanderer over the past 150 years. And: a comments section in which your remarks are encouraged, both good and bad, including suggestions.
  We encourage you to become a daily visitor to our site. If you appreciate our site, tell your friends. As Catholics we must band together to rediscover our faith and share it with the world if we are to effectively counter a society whose moral culture seems to have no boundaries and a government whose rapidly extending reach threatens to extinguish the rights of people of faith to practice their religion (witness the HHS mandate). Now more than ever, vehicles like The Wanderer are needed for clarification and guidance on the issues of the day.

Catholic, conservative, orthodox, and loyal to the Magisterium have been this journal’s hallmarks for five generations. God willing, our message will continue well into this century and beyond.

Joseph Matt
President, The Wanderer Printing Co.

Untitled 1


Today . . .

Texas attorney general targets Catholic nonprofit, alleges it facilitates illegal immigration

Washington, D.C. Newsroom, Feb 21, 2024 / 21:15 pm Texas Attorney General Ken Paxton is trying to shut down a Catholic nonprofit organization in El Paso based on allegations that the group may be facilitating illegal immigration, harboring immigrants who entered the country illegally, and engaging in human smuggling.  Paxton filed a lawsuit against the nonprofit Annunciation House, which has operated in the state for nearly 50 years. The lawsuit asks the District Court of El Paso…Continue Reading

Irreverent funeral service at St. Patrick’s Cathedral for trans activist sparks outcry

A raucous funeral liturgy for a high-profile trans activist and sex-worker advocate was held Thursday in New York City’s St. Patrick’s Cathedral, sparking an outcry on social media that the iconic church was misused to advance an ideological agenda at odds with Catholic teaching. The Manhattan cathedral hosted the Feb. 15 funeral service for Cecilia Gentili, an activist who helped to decriminalize sex work in New York, lobbied for “gender identity” to be added as…Continue Reading

Ted Cruz demands DC preserve bodies of five late-term aborted babies for investigation

Texas Republican Sen. Ted Cruz is demanding that the remains of five late-term aborted babies in Washington, D.C., not be discarded before an autopsy is done to determine whether federal law was violated by the abortionist responsible for their deaths. “To be clear, the remains of these five children are critical evidence in the congressional oversight that the Subcommittee on the Constitution will conduct in the imminent future,” Cruz said in his Feb. 8 letter,…Continue Reading

Vatican doctrine office releases note on discerning the validity of the sacraments

The Vatican Dicastery for the Doctrine of the Faith (DDF) released a note on Saturday on discerning the validity of the sacraments. The new document signed by Pope Francis and DDF Prefect Cardinal Victor Fernández is titled “Gestis Verbisque,” or “Deeds and Words.”  Fernández wrote in his introduction to the text that the note on the sacraments was written “to help bishops in their task as promoters and custodians of the liturgical life of the particular Churches…Continue Reading

Bishop Strickland Tapped as CPAC Keynote Speaker

Bishop Joseph Strickland, the former Roman Catholic bishop in Texas who was removed by Pope Francis for his traditional teachings, will be a keynote speaker at the annual CPAC gala dinner next month in Washington, D.C. Strickland, who has risen to national prominence in the wake of his firing by the pope, is set to speak at CPAC’s annual Ronald Reagan Dinner on Feb. 23. CPAC host Matt Schlapp told Newsmax that the bishop has…Continue Reading

The King of Kings

Cindy Paslawski We are at the end of the Church year. We began with Advent a year ago, commemorating the time awaiting the coming of the Christ and we are ending these weeks later with a vision of the future, a vision of Christ the King of the Universe on His throne before us all.…Continue Reading

7,000 Pro-Lifers March In London

By STEVEN ERTELT LONDON (LifeNews) — Over the weekend, some seven thousand pro-life people in the UK participated in the March for Life in London to protest abortion.They marched to Parliament Square on Saturday, September 2 under the banner of “Freedom to Live” and had to deal with a handful of radical abortion activists.During the…Continue Reading

An Appeal For Prayer For The Armenian People

By RAYMOND LEO CARDINAL BURKE (Editor’s Note: His Eminence Raymond Cardinal Burke on August 29, 2023, issued this prayer for the Armenian people, noting their unceasing love for Christ, even in the face of persecution.) + + On the Feast of the Beheading of St. John the Baptist, having a few days ago celebrated the…Continue Reading

Robert Hickson, Founding Member Of Christendom College, Dies At 80

By MAIKE HICKSON FRONT ROYAL, Va. (LifeSiteNews) — Robert David Hickson, Jr., of Front Royal, Va., died at his home on September 2, 2023, at 21:29 p.m. after several months of suffering and after having received the Last Rites of the Catholic Church. He was surrounded by friends and family.Robert is survived by me —…Continue Reading

The Real Hero Of “Sound of Freedom”… Says The Film Has Strengthened The Fight Against Child Trafficking

By ANA PAULA MORALES (CNA) —Tim Ballard, a former U.S. Homeland Security agent who risked his life to fight child trafficking, discussed the impact of the movie Sound of Freedom, which is based on his work, in an August 29 interview with ACI Prensa, CNA’s Spanish-language news partner. “I’ve spent more than 20 years helping…Continue Reading


Our Catholic Faith (Section B of print edition)

Catholic Replies

Editor’s Note: This lesson on medical-moral issues is taken from the book Catholicism & Ethics. Please feel free to use the series for high schoolers or adults. We will continue to welcome your questions for the column as well. The email and postal addresses are given at the end of this column. Special Course On Catholicism And Ethics (Pages 53-59)…Continue Reading

Color Politics An Impediment To Faith

By FR. KEVIN M. CUSICK The USCCB is rightly concerned about racism, as they should be about any sin. In the 2018 statement Open Wide Our Hearts, they affirm the dignity of every human person: “But racism still profoundly affects our culture, and it has no place in the Christian heart. This evil causes great harm to its victims, and…Continue Reading

Trademarks Of The True Messiah

By MSGR. CHARLES POPE (Editor’s Note: Msgr. Charles Pope posted this essay on September 2, and it is reprinted here with permission.) + + In Sunday’s Gospel the Lord firmly sets before us the need for the cross, not as an end in itself, but as the way to glory. Let’s consider the Gospel in three stages.First: The Pattern That…Continue Reading

A Beacon Of Light… The Holy Cross And Jesus’ Unconditional Love

By FR. RICHARD D. BRETON Each year on September 14 the Church celebrates the Feast Day of the Exultation of the Holy Cross. The Feast Day of the Triumph of the Holy Cross commemorates the day St. Helen found the True Cross. It is fitting then, that today we should focus on the final moments of Jesus’ life on the…Continue Reading

Our Ways Must Become More Like God’s Ways

By FR. ROBERT ALTIER Twenty-Fifth Sunday In Ordinary Time (YR A) Readings: Isaiah 55:6-9Phil. 1:20c-24, 27aMatt. 20:1-16a In the first reading today, God tells us through the Prophet Isaiah that His thoughts are not our thoughts and His ways are not our ways. This should not come as a surprise to anyone, especially when we look at what the Lord…Continue Reading

The Devil And The Democrats

By FR. DENIS WILDE, OSA States such as Minnesota, California, Maryland, and others, in all cases with Democrat-controlled legislatures, are on a fast track to not only allow unborn babies to be murdered on demand as a woman’s “constitutional right” but also to allow infanticide.Our nation has gotten so used to the moral evil of killing in the womb that…Continue Reading

Crushed But Unbroken . . . The Martyrdom Of St. Margaret Clitherow

By RAY CAVANAUGH The late-1500s were a tough time for Catholics in England, where the Reformation was in full gear. A 1581 law prohibited Catholic religious ceremonies. And a 1584 Act of Parliament mandated that all Catholic priests leave the country or else face execution. Some chose to remain, however, so they could continue serving the faithful.Also taking huge risks…Continue Reading