Pope Francis Discusses The End Of The World.
Pope Francis addresses humans' ancient question on when and how the end of the world will take place. On Nov 27, he addressed pilgrims during his weekly General Audience in St Peter's Square.
Pope Francis said people had been spontaneously thinking about how the final passage will take place and what will happen to humanity and to the world that surrounds humans. He said these questions exist and, in fact, even the disciples of Jesus had the very same questions. He added these questions are ancient human questions.
He said even the Church knows no answer to these questions. Church leaders do not know the time for the "consummation of the earth and of humanity." Yes, the Earth is already deformed by sin and this world shall pass away. However, God promised a new dwelling place and a new Earth is being prepared; in this new world, justice will abide and God shall answer and quenched humans' longing for peace - Pope Francis highlighted quoting the Second Vatican Council's Pastoral Constitution on the Church in the Modern World.
With this, Pope Francis said, the end of the world is not actually a destruction of the world but rather a transformation to a new truthful and beautiful universe. "It is not an annihilation of the universe and all that surrounds us, rather it brings everything to its fullness of being, truth and beauty," the Pope told the pilgrims.
The Church shall evolve towards this transformation, towards the "new Jerusalem," or "Paradise." He emphasised this transformation is more than a place but a state of being. "We will all find ourselves up there! All of us in heaven," - thinking this way strengthens our soul, he said.
(http://www.news.va/en/news/pope-francis-at-the-general-audience) Read Pope Francis' full address .
In his mass in Casa Santa Marta on Nov 28, he had also spoken in the same tune. He spoke of the fall of Babylon and Jerusalem from which the First Reading from Revelation and the Gospel from St Luke Chapter 21 highlighted the end of this world. He said these two cities fell for different reasons.
Babylon fell because of its corruption, and corrupt culture makes people believe they were already in heaven - such is also the case at present. Babylon symbolises every people, culture and society who turned away from God.
Jerusalem fell because it was distracted. He said Jesus was knocking at Jerusalem's door but it was not willing to receive Jesus.
The Pope said, people should ask whether they are like the corrupt Babylon or the distracted Jerusalem. He said with many people and nations living with hatred and spiritual worldliness, the end times becomes true. "All of this will fall! Let us ask the Lord for the grace to be prepared for the banquet that awaits us," the Pope said.
(http://www.news.va/en/news/pope-at-santa-marta-depression-and-hope) Read Pope Francis' Full address.
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|Publication:||International Business Times - US ed.|
|Date:||Nov 28, 2014|
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