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Pope Francis reflects on God’s Providence, appeals for peace in Ukraine

Catholic World News - March 03, 2014

Reflecting on the Mass readings of the day, Pope Francis devoted his Sunday Angelus address to the “beautiful thought” of God’s Providence.

The Pope said that it is tempting in the face of human misery to regard Jesus’ words on the Father’s providential care as “abstract, if not illusory.” In reality, Jesus’ words about God and mammon are “more relevant than ever”: seeking first the kingdom of God leads us to share our goods with the poor, and thus God’s Providence “passes through our service to others.”

“The shroud does not have pockets!” the Pope continued. “It is better to share, because we bring into heaven only what we have shared with the others.”

After invoking Our Lady as the Mother of Divine Providence and praying the Angelus, Pope Francis reminded the faithful of the approaching season of Lent and appealed for peace in Ukraine. “It is my wish that all the components of the country will endeavor to overcome misunderstandings and build together the future of the nation,” he said. “I make a heartfelt appeal to the international community to support every initiative on behalf of dialogue and harmony.”

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