11/22/2014VATICAN Pope: "A missionary Church can only 'go out', without fear of meeting others, to discover new things" Christians must proclaim the Gospel "to everyone without distinction, not proselytising, to tell others about what we have and what we want to share without forcing anyone”. “Going out means overcoming the temptation of talking among ourselves and forgetting the many who wait for a word of mercy from us, a word of comfort, of hope." “The mission is accomplished by all Christians, not just the few. It is a task for children as well”. Vatican City
(AsiaNews) - Pope Francis spoke today to the participants in Italy's National
Missionary Congress on the theme of 'Going to
to the great city of Nineveh', namely about the
need for a missionary Church, one that involves lay people as well as...
11/22/2014VATICAN Pope: mission to evangelise is the real reason to renew one's life Francis makes a number of suggestions to the participants of the Third World Congress of Ecclesial Movements and New Communities, like preserving "the freshness of charisma," respecting people's freedom in their education and always seeking Communion, whilst remembering that to achieve this goal "conversion must be missionary".
11/21/2014VATICAN Pope: the migrant, "a reminder of the need to eradicate inequality, injustice and abuses" Migration "remains an aspiration to hope… to seek a better future wherever that may be". Those who leave their country should not be seen as a problem, but a person who contributes to the economic development and a possible "partner in the construction of richer communities", "stimulating the development of inclusion, creativity and respect for the dignity of all".
11/21/2014VATICAN Pope: churches must never become businesses Redemption is free " when the Church or churches start doing business, then it is said that salvation is not so free ...". "There are two things that the people of God cannot forgive: a priest attached to money and a priest who mistreats people. This they cannot forgive!"
11/20/2014VATICAN Pope at FAO: food is not a commodity subject to speculation, the hungry "ask for dignity, not for charity" The "challenge" of solidarity and the "paradox of plenty": "there is food for everyone, but not everyone can eat". "The the struggle against hunger and malnutrition is hindered by “market priorities”, and the “primacy of profit”. The "moral obligation to share the economic wealth of the world." "A source of inspiration is natural law, inscribed in the human heart, that speaks a language that everyone can understand: love, justice, peace, elements that are inseparable from each other"
11/20/2014VATICAN Pope: Jesus weeps before the closure of our hearts, as he wept over Jerusalem "I ask myself: today we Christians who know the faith, the catechism, who go to Mass every Sunday, we Christians, we pastors are we content with ourselves? Because we have organized everything and do not need new visits from the Lord ... And the Lord continues to knock on the door of each one of us and of His Church, the pastors of the Church”.
11/19/2014HONG KONG - CHINA Occupy Central condemns attack on Hong Kong's parliament by Paul Wang Four of the protesters, some of whom used metal barriers and bricks to break LegCo windows, have been arrested. This is the first violent incident in almost 50 days of peaceful and calm protest. The action was apparently prompted by rumours concerning a new law cracking down on the Internet. Occupy Central reiterates the non-violent nature of the pro-democracy movement.
11/18/2014VATICAN - SYMPOSIUM Pope, hopeful that the AsiaNews Symposium will encourage evangelical zeal in Asia A telegram from the pope blesses the 2014 international meeting by the PIME agency, its speakers, organisers and all those in attendance. The pontiff is "hopeful that this blessed occasion can be an intense experience of reflection and communion, promoting a renewed apostolic zeal in favour of proclaiming the Gospel in Asia."
11/18/2014HONG KONG-CHINA-SYMPOSIUM Card. Zen: Ready to go to jail for Democracy in Hong Kong Speaking at the AsiaNews International Symposium 2014, the bishop emeritus of the Territory tells of how Beijing banned any Papal visit: " John Paul II was not even allowed to enter the Territory for the conclusion of the Synod on Asia”. In conclusion, the bishop announces: "I hope to have time to hand myself over to police along with other Democrats for occupying public space. I will pray for you all".
11/18/2014HONG KONG - CHINA Hong Kong, police removed the barricades from Occupy Admiralty High Court injunction requiring the release of some areas occupied by students and members of the Occupy Central. The protesters "do not want to protest" against this move, but protest leaders ask the government for a political solution "without hiding behind the courts."
11/17/2014CHINA - VATICAN Is Pope Francis optimistic about the Church in China? by card. Joseph Zen Ze-kiun
Whilst open to acts of good will, the pontiff reiterated the relevance of Benedict XVI's Letter to Chinese Catholics. He also deplored the bishops' lack of freedom, making it clear that dialogue requires openness as well as coherent values. Christians are never pessimistic because they know that everything is in the hands of Providence. It would also be wrong to give up fidelity for immediate results.