On the day dedicated to the memory of the Blessed Virgin Mary, Mother of the Church, Francis says that "the Church is feminine, because she is 'church', 'bride': she is feminine. And she is a mother, she gives birth. Bride and mother ".
Those who embrace the Lord are destined to "martyrdom", to "carry the cross", to be led where they do not want to go. But this is the compass that guides the pastor's journey. " Prepare for trials; prepare to leave everything behind, so that another may come and do different things ". The pastor "does not stick his nose in the lives of others, he does not waste time on gossip, in ecclesiastical gossip".
“We must go on that path, men and women united who always seek to go forward on the path of unity – not any false unity, which has no substance, but only serves to get ahead and condemn people and promote interests that are not ours: the interests of the prince of this world, which is destruction.”
Bad weather makes it hard for Saudi experts to see the new moon. Working hours are cut in the UAE where the authorities have issue warnings against car and domestic accidents. About a thousand prisoners are pardoned. Mideast airlines in offer iftar meals.
This is stated in the document "Oeconomicae et pecuniariae quaestiones. Considerations for an Ethical Discernment Regarding Some Aspects of the Present Economic-Financial System" a document from the Congregation for the Doctrine of the Faith and the Dicastery for Integral Human Development.
The document "Oeconomicae et pecuniariae quaestiones" published today asks people to work to combine "technical knowledge and human wisdom", interests and charity, exchange and gift. All the crises of the last 10 years. The lack of ethics makes financial institutions, banks and companies "criminal associations". Not a populist trick, but the Social Doctrine of the Church. The commitment of civil society. The dignity of the ordinary person across cultures.
Francis receives a Thai Buddhist delegation. Christians and Buddhists "are witnesses in the world of the values of justice, peace and the protection of human dignity". Dialogue and peace in the meeting with a delegation of Dharmic religions.
The occasion could be the Island’s Eucharistic Congress. Abp. Hung will see the Pope on May 14th on his ad limina visit. "China and Taiwan are two churches, two nations, two different ways of life". On the island there are 300 priests and nuns from mainland China who study at the Catholic University of Furen.
Pope Francis meets with 100,000 members of the Neocathecumenal Way, together with 16 cardinals and 90 bishops. Representatives of dozens of Asian countries were present in the rally. The pontiff comments on Jesus words: “Therefore go and make disciples of all nations” (Mt 28, 19). Benediction of crosses, handed in to 34 members sent on mission ad gentes. Some of Rome parishes’ communities are sent on mission to Italian capital peripheral areas.
The inter-Korean summit between Moon Jae-in and Kim Jong-un opens up prospects for peace and unity for the entire Korean people. Families divided by the war meet. Opportunity for the Korean Church to offer a greater commitment to aid and interpersonal relations with the North. Seoul has never forgotten to pray for the North and its martyrs. An interview with the archbishop of Seoul and apostolic administrator of Pyongyang.
Liao Yiwu, a Chinese writer in exile, appeals for the wife of dissident Liu Xiaobo to emigrate to Germany. In one of her last phone calls, the woman cried continuously and said that "it is easier to die than to live". "Dona. Dona ", a Yiddish song, as a symbol of her personal holocaust.