The lent season is here again and Pope Francis has called on people around the world to carry and read the bible with as much devotion as they do their mobile phones and also urge families not to have too many children than they can properly raise.
“What would happen if we treated the bible like we do our mobile phones?”
The Catholic Holy Father addressed pilgrims at St. Peter’s Square on the first Sunday of lent, March 5, and he continued:
“If we turned around to retrieve it [Bible] when we forgot it? If we carried it with us always, even a small pocket version? If we read God’s messages in the bible like we read messages on the mobile phone?”
According the Pope, the bible is paradoxical and is meant to be a source of reflection and aid to resist daily temptations. In one of his sermon on 2016, the 80 years old described the internet, social media and text messages as “a gift of God” if used wisely.
Pope Francis said that “it is not technology that determines whether or not a communication is authentic, but rather the human heart and our capacity to use wisely the means at our disposal.”
He also reportedly said smartphones should be banned from the family dinner table and children should not have computers in their rooms.
During a Vatican-run workshop on ‘Biological Extinction: How to save the natural world on which we depend,’ botanist and environmentalist, Peter Raven, who presented a solution to securing the world’s sustainability said:
“We need at some point to have a limited number of people which is why Pope Francis and his three most recent predecessors have always argued that you should not have more children than you can bring up properly.
“The best step forward is to begin curbing population growth with a focus on the family and education.”
The Catholic Church condemns every artificial method of birth control and its Catechism teaches that “every action which, whether in anticipation of the conjugal act, or in its accomplishment, or in the development of its natural consequences, proposes, whether as an end or as a means, to render procreation impossible is intrinsically evil” since it destroys the unitive and procreative integrity of the marital act. Hence the Church states that married couple who wishes to postpone pregnancy for a “grave” reason may do so by not engaging in the marital act during the fertile period.
Hence the Church states that married couple who wishes to postpone pregnancy for a “grave” reason may do so by not engaging in the marital act during the fertile period.
Statement on Vatican workshop also pointed at the vast economic inequality between rich and the poor around the world. They discussed that 19% of the world’s wealthiest people use well over half of the world’s resources as measured by their consumption, noting that per capita income of the richest 1.4 billion people averages $41,000; while in sharp contrast, the poorest 1 billion people, in Sub-Saharan Africa, have an average income of $3,500.
This they say, makes the wealthy substantially responsible for the increase in global warming.