Pope Francis presided over Mass in St. Peter's Square on Sunday morning. At noon, he delivered his Easter message and the Urbi et Orbi blessing. That blessing only occurs on Christmas, Easter and after the papal election.
Despite the rain, thousands of people packed St. Peter's Square to attend Easter Mass on Sunday, April 5th, 2015, and to hear the traditional Urbi et Orbi blessing the Pope gives from the balcony of St. Peter's Basilica.
In his message, he prayed for peace in the Middle East and Africa. He then called on people of good will to pray for the 148 victims who were killed on Holy Thursday in a Kenyan University. The victims were targeted for being Christian.
POPE FRANCIS "May constant prayer rise up from all people of goodwill for those who lost their lives – I think in particular of the young people who were killed last Thursday at Garissa University College in Kenya –, for all who have been kidnapped, and for those forced to abandon their homes and their dear ones.”
Pope Francis has often lashed out against a throw away culture, where the vulnerable, be it the unborn or the elderly, are seen as unworthy of respect or even life.
POPE FRANCIS March 5, 2015 "People will always be precious beings, despite being afflicted by old age and illnesses. People are in fact, a natural treasure for themselves and others. They are loved by God.”
French economist and author Pierre de Lauzun is the winner of this year’s “Economy and Society Award” of the Centesimus Annus – Pro Pontefice Foundation.
He was selected in particular for his 2013 book dedicated to a Christian perspective of finance from medieval banking to contemporary financial models: "Finance. Un regard chrétien. De la banque médiéval à la mondalisation financière".
The prestigious international Award was announced today at a press conference in the Vatican.
During the event presided over by jury members, the winners of the “youth” section of the Award were also announced along with their theses focusing on the importance and influence of the Social Doctrine of the Church on international relations, and on scientific debate.
Owing its name and birth to Saint John Paul II’s 1991 Encyclical “Centesimus Annus” – the Foundation’s main aim is to promote and raise awareness of Christian Social Doctrine among professionals whose work has an impact on society.