19/02/2017 - VATICAN
Jesus asks his disciples to suffer the bad, in fact, he asked them to react, however not with another evil, but with good. A prayer for the victims of violence in the Central Kasai region of the Democratic Republic of the Congo, in particular child soldiers, and those affected by the attacks in Pakistan and Iraq.
17/02/2017 - BANGLADESH
After a young Muslim is killed in Lokhipur, Catholics feel threatened and fleeby Sumon Corraya
The murder of a young man, who had a criminal record, has become a pretext for hatred against the Christian community. As the investigation gets underway, some local Muslims have threatened retaliation: “They killed one of ours, we will kill ten of them.” Christian leaders fear becoming targets, “ask for security”.
17/02/2017 - VATICAN
Pope: Unity in Diversity, where there is no dialogue there is violence
Visiting the University of Roma Tre, Francis answers questions from students. The fundamental importance of dialogue, the search for "truth, goodness and beauty"; unity that needs differences; integration and "respect" as a response to the fear of the migrant, "but each country has to see what number it can accommodate. It's true: you cannot welcome [migrants] if there are no possibilities[for them]".
16/02/2017 - VATICAN
Pope: “inclusion enriches every community and society”
Francis met with a delegation of athletes from Special Olympics, a global organisation present in 170 countries dedicated to sports for youth and adults with mental disabilities. " Sport also helps us to spread a culture of encounter and solidarity,” said the pontiff. “Together, athletes and helpers show us that there are no obstacles or barriers which cannot be overcome.”
16/02/2017 - VATICAN
Pope: we must keep the peace, but it is not easy because war begins in the human heart
"Within each of us is that seed of original sin, that is, the spirit of Cain which – for envy, jealousy, greed, and the desire to dominate – leads to war ". " give us the grace to say: ‘War is finished, crying. War is finished in my heart; war is finished in my family; war is finished in my neighborhood; war is finished in my workplace; war is finished in the world.’ In this way shall the dove, rainbow, and Covenant be strengthened".
15/02/2017 - VATICAN
Pope: Hope is "certain", based on the fact that God is right here with all of us
It is “an extraordinary gift of which we are called to make ourselves “channels” for all, with humility and simplicity". "We are invited to boast of the abundance of grace of which we are pervaded in Jesus Christ, through faith" and "our greatest pride is to have God as a Father who has no preference, who excludes no one, but who opens his home to all human beings, beginning with the last and most distant".
14/02/2017 - VATICAN
Pope: Courage, prayer and humility are traits of "real missionaries" like Cyril and Methodius
"The Word of God must be proclaimed with this frankness, with this force… with courage. The person who doesn't have courage – spiritual courage, courage of heart, who is not enamored of Jesus, and from there comes courage! – No, you will say, yes, something interesting, something moral, something that will do you good, a good philanthropy, but this is not the Word of God"
13/02/2017 - VATICAN
Pope: jealousy and envy can destroy the bond of brotherhood, even among priests and bishops
"This process must be nipped in the bud, at the very first sign of bitterness, stop. The bitterness is not Christian. Sorrow yes, bitterness no. Resentment is not Christian. Sorrow yes, bitterness no ".
12/02/2017 - VATICAN
Pope: insulting and offending the dignity of the person is "in line" with murder
Some behaviours "are the premise and reveal the same malevolence" of killing. "Like stealing, corruption and all other sins, adultery is first conceived in our hearts and once the wrong choice is made in the heart, it is then followed in actual behaviour.”
11/02/2017 - BANGLADESH
PIME vocational school in Dinajpur trains hundreds of poor youthby Sumon Corraya
A big local household appliance company has hired 43 young people who completed a two-year programme. Bipul and Laxmi, two young Hindus, are among them. Today they offer hope to their poor families. In Bangladesh unemployment exceeds 14 per cent and fuels crime.
11/02/2017 - VATICAN
Pope Francis sends the archbishop of Warsaw to Medjugorje only for pastoral reasons
The pope wants to understand more the needs of the faithful who come on pilgrimage to Bosnia-Herzegovina. The commission that investigated the authenticity of the apparitions finished its work long ago. Francis often jokes about ‘Our Lady the postwoman’ delivering appearances on command, or the ‘Virgin Mary superstar’ but never explicitly in relation to Medjugorje.
10/02/2017 - VATICAN
Pope: The devil deceives us with "dialogue” that leads to corruption
At Mass in Santa Marta, Pope Francis points out that you should not "talk with the devil ", instead we must pray. The devil, "the father of lies", deceives and "leaves you naked."
09/02/2017 - VATICAN
Pope: "Without woman, there is no harmony in the world"
"This is the great gift of God has given us: woman." "Exploiting people is a crime against humanity: it is true. But taking advantage of a woman is more than this: it is destroying the harmony that God wanted to give to the world. It destroys. "
09/02/2017 - VATICAN
Pope says anti-Semitism is "contrary to Christian principles and every vision worthy of the human person”
During a meeting with a delegation from the Anti-Defamation League, Francis said that “Faced with too much violence spreading throughout the world, we are called to a greater nonviolence, which does not mean passivity, but active promotion of the good.”
09/02/2017 - VATICAN-CHINA-HONG KONG
Card. Tong’s article on China-Holy See dialogue, arouses joy and dismayby Bernardo Cervellera
The Hong Kong bishop’s optimism over a change in the method of appointing bishops and the function of the Patriotic Association. But it is unclear whether it is real change or just nominal, in words. Underground bishops are patriotic and love their country, but the Party is suspicious of them. Freedom in episcopal appointments is “essential", but the bishops are not free to exercise their ministry. Patriotic bishops controlled in their visits with members of the universal Church. The "bugs" (hidden microphones) in a bishop’s office.
09/02/2017 - HONG KONG-CHINA-VATICAN
Card. Tong: The future of Sino-Vatican dialogue from an ecclesiological point of viewby Card. John Tong
The Hong Kong Cardinal outlines the steps that hope to propel dialogue between China and the Holy See. Themes include the Pope's role in the appointment of bishops; A change of vision in the Patriotic Association; the possible integration of the underground bishops in the Episcopal Conference. A new article by card. John Tong, following a previous article published a few months ago on "Communion of the Church in China with the universal Church."
08/02/2017 - VATICAN – CHINA
As Vatican defends China over organ trafficking, Huang Jiefu says he plays no diplomatic role
08/02/2017 - VATICAN
Pope callas for prayers "for our Rohingya brothers and sisters "
They are "tortured, killed, just because they carry on their traditions, their Muslim faith." Christian hope is not only personal, but it has a "Community, ecclesial breath", all are called to pray for one another and invoke the Holy Spirit, to "make us understand that we need not fear that the Lord is near, and takes care of us; and it is He who shapes our communities. "
07/02/2017 - VATICAN
Pope: Lent a time of conversion, it invites to listen assiduously to the Word of God
In the Message for Lent 2017, Francis comments on the parable of the rich man and poor Lazarus saying that it "teaches us that the other is a gift. The right relationship with people is to recognize the value of" gratitude. "The Holy Spirit will guide us to make a real journey of conversion, to rediscover the gift of the Word of God, to be cleansed of sin that blinds us and serve Christ present in the needy.
07/02/2017 - VATICAN
Pope: God gave man His DNA, made him lord of creation and gave him woman to accompany him
There are three of the greatest gifts to man at creation. "We ask for the grace to keep this identity of children, to work on the gift he has given us and carry on with our work, and the grace to learn to love more each day."
06/02/2017 - VATICAN
Health care providers, must never deviate from respect for the dignity of the person
The XXV World Day of the Sick and Pastoral health care workers presented at the Vatican. Not everything that is technically possible is ethically acceptable. This includes euthanasia and aggressive therapy, cloning, and the attempts of gestation of human embryos in animal or artificial wombs, abortion. Instead "deep palliative sedation" in the stages close to the time of death and the respect of the will of the person.
06/02/2017 - VATICAN
Pope: the Christian is a "slave" of love, not of duty, or the "rigidity of closed Commandments "
God created the world "to share its fullness to have someone to whom and with whom to share its fullness." "Each of us should ask ourselves how we live these two wonders, the wonder of creation and even more wonder of re-creation."
06/02/2017 - BANGLADESH
Thousands of Bangladeshi Catholics and others celebrating the relics of St Anthony of Padua (photos)by Sumon Corraya
The remains arrived 1 February. On the 8th, they will continue their pilgrimage to India and the United States. At least 70,000 people came to the shrine of St Anthony in Panjora; other 40,000 came to the Tejgoan Church, Dhaka. Card D'Rozario is behind the visit.
05/02/2017 - VATICAN
Pope: Day for Life in the wake of St. Theresa of Calcutta, to counter throw away logic and population decline
At the Angelus Pope Francis expresses unity with the Italian bishops. "Every life is sacred." "Both the child about to be born and the person who is going to die." Christians must "be the light and salt in your daily life environment". "Keep away from the pollutants germs of selfishness, envy, slander". Our communities must shine "as places of welcome, solidarity and reconciliation".
03/02/2017 - VATICAN
Pope: may the nonviolence become the characteristic style of politics
In a message addressed to the World Summit of Nobel Peace Laureates Francis writes that "when the victims of violence are able to resist the temptation of revenge, they become the most credible promoters of nonviolence and peace-building".
03/02/2017 - BANGLADESH - VATICAN
Pope Francis creates the new archdiocese of Chittagong in Bangladeshby Sumon Corraya
Msgr. Moses Costa is the new archbishop. The appointment was announced by Msgr. George Kocherry, apostolic nuncio in the country. The Catholic religion arrived there in the mid 1500s with Portuguese missionaries. Today the faithful are almost 49 thousand; 8 diocesan priests, 10 religious priests and 71 nuns.
02/02/2017 - VATICAN
Pope calls on Religious to bring Christ to his people
On the Feast of the Presentation of Our Lord and the XXI World Day for Consecrated Life, Francis exhorts consecrated to shun the "temptation of survival", which can render "dreams of the elders" sterile. In the multi-cultural transformation that we are going through is important that "the men and women religious insert themselves with Jesus in life, at the very heart of these major transformations. The mission - in accordance with any particular charism - is one that reminds us that we were invited to be the leaven of this concrete mass".
02/02/2017 - BANGLADESH
More than 5,000 students attend the funeral of Br John Rozario, a well-known Catholic educatorby Sumon Corraya
Bangladesh’s first native educator, who ran three high schools, died yesterday at the age of 81. Muslim and Hindu students remember him as an example for the religious life “with a pure soul and kind heart." Under his stewardship, schools prospered and acquired prestige.
02/02/2017 - JAPAN - UNITED STATES
The movie ‘Silence’, apostasy and the joy of martyrdomby Bernardo Cervellera
The movie is not an apology for apostasy. It has the courage to raise religious questions about God, suffering, his silence in an age of indifference. It reiterates the topicality of martyrdom, but lacks the Catholic joy shown by Japanese saints and all the martyrs of the Church. Japan is not a "swamp," but a land of concerns and conversions.
01/02/2017 - BANGLADESH
Tight controls on insults to the religious sentiment at Dhaka’s book fairby Sumon Corraya
Prime Minister Sheikh Hasina opened the month-long Amar Ekushey Fair today. February is considered the "month of the language". The event is a venue for thousands new books. Plainclothes agent will monitor stalls to ensure respect for religions.
01/02/2017 - VATICAN
Pope: Christian hope "is not something that may or may not happen, it's a certain reality"
"Each time we are confronted with death, or that of a loved one, we feel that our faith is tested. All our doubts emerge". "Our resurrection and that of loved ones, then, is not something that will happen or not, but it's a certain reality, as it is rooted in the event of the resurrection of Christ. Hope therefore means learning to live in expectation".
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