As I prepare to visit Myanmar, I want to send a word of greeting and friendship to all its people. I look forward to this time we will have together.
I am coming to proclaim the Gospel of Jesus Christ, a message of reconciliation, forgiveness and peace. My visit is meant to confirm the Catholic community of Myanmar in its worship of God and in its witness to the Gospel, which teaches the dignity of every man and woman, and commands us to open our hearts to others, especially to the poor and those in need.
At the same time, I wish to visit the nation in a spirit of respect and encouragement for every effort to build harmony and cooperation in the service of the common good. We are living at a time when religious believers and people of good will everywhere sense the need to grow in mutual understanding and respect and to support each other as members of our one human family. For all of us are God’s children.
I know that many in Myanmar are working hard to prepare for my visit, and I thank them. I ask everyone to pray that my days among you will be a source of hope and encouragement to everyone. Upon you and your families, I invoke the divine blessings of joy and peace!
See you soon!
In one manner, we are ‘all God’s children’ but not in the sense that Francis meant it. This is a typical example of how Francis twists the Faith every so slightly to make it mean the opposite of what has been traditionally taught by the Church. Francis uses this term after stating that, “We are living at a time when religious believers and people of good will everywhere sense the need to grow in mutual understanding and respect and to support each other as members of our one human family.” The Baltimore Catechism #3 says, “The chief creatures of God are angels and men” (Q. 214) and “Baptism is a Sacrament which cleanses us from original sin, makes us Christians, children of God, and heirs of heaven.” (Q. 621). So how can the 51.5 million people of Myanmar (Burma) ‘all be children of God’ when the population is 87.9% Buddhist, 6.2% Christian, 4.3% Moslem, and 1.6% other? Does Francis understand the Sacrament of Baptism?