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    10/02/2016 - VATICAN

    During Ash Wednesday Mass, Francis stressed states that at this liturgical time God invites us to "be reconciled" to Him and to "return" to Him "with your whole heart." After the service, the pope commissioned the Missionaries of Mercy to “open the doors of the heart, to overcome shame,” and not to “flee from the light”.




    10/02/2016 - VATICAN

    Jubilee an occasion for solidarity, says Pope, "if the jubilee does not reach our pockets it is not a true jubilee"


    "Let us pray, that during the Jubilee the Lord remove this desire to have more from all our hearts". "We should all ponder whether we have too much. But why not give something to those who have nothing? ".Condemnation of usury which leads so many “in desperation, to suicide."


    09/02/2016 - VATICAN

    For pope, the Missionaries of Mercy should bear witnesses of how God loves and forgives


    “[W]e are called to be the living expression of the Church that, as a mother, welcomes anyone who approaches her,” said the pontiff. “Being a confessor in accordance with Christ’s heart is like covering a sinner’s heart with the blanket of mercy, so that he or she may not feel ashamed anymore and regain the joy of their filial dignity". Sadly, “One can do a lot of harm to a soul if it is not accepted as by a father, as by a mother Church."


    09/02/2016 - INDIA

    Rising violence against Christians in Uttar Pradesh ahead of state elections

    by Nirmala Carvalho

    The state’s legislative assembly is set for renewal next year. For the Global Council of Indian Christians, acts of violence and incidents of discrimination against the Christian minority have reached a crescendo. A pastor and two worshipers have been arrested in Noida. The pastor of the Mission India Church was held for hours without charges along with 20 other religious leaders in Robertsganj.


    09/02/2016 - VATICAN

    Pope: The confessor who feels himself to be a sinner is man of forgiveness, reconciliation


    "Forgiveness is a seed, God’s caress".  When a person approaches the confessional: "it is because he or she feels something weighing them down and wants to be freed", they may not know how to say it, but "tell them with gesture to come closer." "There is no need to ask questions."


    09/02/2016 - VATICAN

    "Missionaries of Mercy" will have faculty to absolve "most grave" sins


    Tomorrow Francis will grant them the authority to forgive those who steal consecrated hosts, use violence against the Pope, absolve an accomplice, illegitimately ordain a bishop, attempt to ordain a woman, violate the secrecy of the conclave, and even those who are complicit in an abortion or commit acts of pedophilia.


    08/02/2016 - INDIA

    For Indian cloistered nuns, the Consecrated are a pledge of God’s love for the world


    Religious from various congregations accepted the invitation from Sister Gemma, prioress of the monastery of Baroda, to celebrate together the end of the Year of Consecrated life. Such a meeting is very important “in a world threatened by terrorism, greed, and from offences to human life”. The various participants renewed the vows to their orders. “It was a great joy to witness so much brotherly love and unity from the various religious congregations."


    08/02/2016 - INDIA

    For Guwahati archbishop, Cebu was one of Asia’s most inspiring faith events

    by Nirmala Carvalho

    Mgr Thomas Menamparampil, who addressed the International Eucharistic Congress with his catechesis titled ‘The Eucharist as mission, the mission as dialogue,’ saw joy in the faces of participants who paid attention even during the longest and most serious meetings. He stressed the importance of silent Eucharistic adoration to hear Jesus’ cry on the cross, and spoke about the meaning of work in India, “periphery of peripheries”.


    08/02/2016 - NEPAL

    Nepal, border with India reopened after five months of embargo

    by Christopher Sharma

    Yesterday vehicles passed through Raxaul-Birgunj mountain pass without difficulty. It is the thoroughfare for about 70% of all incoming goods. India applied trade bloc since Nepal adopted its first democratic Constitution. The population is at its lowest point. Expert: "People are not interested in political wrangling.  They are just trying to survive ".


    07/02/2016 - VATICAN

    Pope: stop the war in Syria and "dare" an inner change to defend life


    At the Angelus Francis launches appeals also to eradicate new forms of slavery and sends greetings of peace and serenity for the Chinese New Year. He asks for prayers for the meeting with "my brother Kirill." "The essentials" of Christianity is "the essence of Christianity: to spread the regenerating and gratuitous love of God, with attitude of welcome and mercy to everyone, so that everyone can meet the tenderness of God and have the fullness of life."


    06/02/2016 - VATICAN

    Pope: prayer works miracles, it is a key that opens God’s heart “which is never padlocked"


    Greeting the Padre Pio Prayer Groups Francis says that prayer "is not a good practice for peace of  heart,  neither a pious way to obtain from God what we need. If it were so, it would be moved by a subtle selfishness: I pray to feel good, like taking an aspirin. No, it is not this. I pray to get this thing. That is just making a deal. Neither is it this. Prayer is something else. Prayer, is a work of spiritual mercy". " In a word, it means entrusting: entrust the Church, people, situations to the Father, so that He may care for them".


    06/02/2016 - INDIA

    Bishop of Vijayawada: Let's join together and work for the Kingdom of God

    by di Benigna Menezes*

    Msgr. Joseph Raja Rao Thelagathoti is the new bishop of the Indian diocese. The ceremony for his installation was held on February 2. The bishop's seat was vacant for three years. Over 10 thousand faithful crowd the square in front of the sanctuary where the consecration was celebrated. The Apostolic Nuncio Msgr. Pennacchio, 12 bishops and more than 1,000 priests from around the world paid homage to the new bishop.


    06/02/2016 - RUSSIA - VATICAN

    Francis and Kirill, a Holy Alliance for the future of Christians and the world

    by Vladimir Rozanskij

    The meeting between the Pope and the Patriarch of Moscow Kirill has been eagerly desired for quite some time. Expected under John Paul II; hoped for with Benedict XVI, it has taken time to realize. Catholics and Orthodox face the same challenges of persecution and relativism. Orthodox nationalism, backed by Putin, causes some reticence. The Middle East crisis and risk of Russia’s isolation fosters collaboration.


    06/02/2016 - RUSSIA - VATICAN

    Moscow and Rome: A history of clashes and dialogue

    by Ieromonaco Ioann

    Good relations until the fifteenth century. The Council of Florence, the Union of Brest and the birth of the Catholic Churches of the Eastern rite. The anti-Christian persecution of the Soviet Union and the conflict between Catholics and Orthodox in Ukraine. The Catholic mission in Russia.


    05/02/2016 - RUSSIA – VATICAN

    For Russian Patriarchate, the “genocide of the Christian population” made the Kirill-Francis meeting urgent


    Metropolitan Hilarion told a press conference that despite unresolved issues such like the expansion of the Greek Catholic Patriarchate in Ukraine, the Moscow Patriarchate hopes that the meeting "will open a new page in the relations between the two Churches”.


    05/02/2016 - VATICAN - RUSSIA

    Francis to meet Kirill in first meeting in history between a pope and a patriarch of Moscow


    Their meeting will take place in Cuba, where Francis will stop before he travels to Mexico. The two are expected to sign a joint statement after a two-hour private talk.


    05/02/2016 - INDIA – AUSTRALIA

    India-Australia interfaith pilgrimage, to reinvigorate the dialogue between faiths

    by Nirmala Carvalho

    Australian religious leaders arrive tomorrow in the Indian capital. From here, they embark on a pilgrimage across the country. Islam expert Fr Victor Edwin SJ has arranged various meetings and visits, including to a Delhi mosque and shrine.


    05/02/2016 - VATICAN

    Pope: "God’s style is not man's", God wins with humility


    Commenting on the death of John the Baptist, Francis invites us to "ask the Lord for the grace of humility that John had without bestowing us with the merits or glories of others. And above all, the grace that there is always space in our lives for Jesus to grow and that we abase ourselves, to the very end. "


    04/02/2016 - INDIA

    Uttar Pradesh, Christian's head shaved and publically humiliated over alleged forced conversions

    by Nirmala Carvalho

    The man was taken forcefully by a mob of 200 Hindu extremists. He is accused of having lured three men under the pretext of attending a meditation session. Police opened three cases, one against the Christian and two against extremists. Christian leader. "The accusations do not hold up. No sensible person would ever do what they say. Christians always respect the laws ".
     

     


    04/02/2016 - VATICAN

    Pope: the best inheritance we can leave is faith in God who "never disappoints"


    Thinking of our "final passage" which is "a light which illuminates life", "is a reality that we must always have before us".  We must ask God to not fear death.


    03/02/2016 - VATICAN

    Pope: God wants to save us all; His mercy "fulfills justice"


    Forgiving and helping the offender to recognize and reject evil is also "a way to resolve conflicts within families, in relationships between spouses or between parents and children, where the offended love the offender and want to save the relationship that binds them to each other. Do not cut off that relationship." "It is a great responsibility to be confessors, so great, because the son, the daughter who comes to you only wants to have a father. And you, the priest, you're there in the confessional, you stand there in the place of the Father who does justice with His mercy".


    02/02/2016 - VATICAN

    Pope calls on consecrated persons to be a sign of God’s closeness and sharing of humanity’s wounds today


    In the Mass ending the Jubilee of Consecrated life, Francis said, “woe betide routine in spiritual life; woe betide the crystallization of our charisms in abstract doctrine”. In fact, “Our founders were moved by the Spirit and they were not afraid to get their hands dirty with everyday life, with people’s problems, they were not afraid to courageously walk the geographic and existential peripheries.”


    02/02/2016 - INDIA

    Msgr. Mascarenhas: A hospital for the poor and tribals in Ranchi


    Msgr. Theodore Mascarenhas is the Auxiliary Bishop of Ranchi, Jharkahand. The hospital will have 500 beds and will train nurses and health workers among "their own people". The bishop has tribal origin and underlines the importance of reinvigorating the pride of their culture "in the formation of faith."


    02/02/2016 - INDIA

    Tamil Nadu, priest and three Catholics assaulted and accused of "killing" a child in a center for AIDS patients

    by Nirmala Carvalho

    The priest is still in shock and in intensive care suffering from head injuries. Hindu radicals suspected of attack in attempt to publicize today’s visit by Narendra Modi to Coimbatore. The police fail to help the victims. The "Assisi Snehalaya center ", founded by the Franciscans 12 years ago, praised for his service. Card. Gracias: The Catholic Church in India offers the largest health service, after the government, without distinction of race or creed.

     


    01/02/2016 - VATICAN

    Pope: consecrated life is prophecy, proximity and hope


    In an unscripted address to the participants in the Year of Consecrated Life, Francis condemns "terrorism of gossip", says obedience is not a "discipline", but "gift of the heart", like that of Jesus, that true hope is not found in money but only in the Lord, and appeals for prayer for the gift of new vocations, so that as communities get older, they avoid  "artificial insemination", that is, welcoming candidates without ‘serious’ consideration.


    01/02/2016 - VATICAN

    Pope: humility is the way of holiness and "the only path to humility is through humiliation"


    Commenting on the story of King David, Francis notes that he was a sinner, but not corrupt. "The end of David, which is holiness, is through the humiliation. The end of the holiness that God gives to His children, gives to the Church, is through the humiliation of His Son, who is insulted and hung on the cross - unfairly ... And this Son of God who humbles himself, He is the path holiness. "

     


    31/01/2016 - VATICAN – PHILIPPINES

    Pope to Cebu: Christ’s presence, a promise of joy and an invitation to mission


    sIn a video-message for the conclusion of the 51st International Eucharistic Congress, Francis stresses the joy of the meeting that "brought together so many people from the vast continent of Asia,” where bearing witness to Jesus takes place “through the testimony of lives”.  The next Congress will be held in Budapest, Hungary, in 2020.


    31/01/2016 - VATICAN

    Pope: The only privilege in the eyes of God is not to have any privileges


    Speaking about today’s Gospel, Francis focused on the temptation "to which religious men are always exposed, to which we are all exposed, and from which we should definitely stay away. What is this temptation? It is the temptation of considering religion as a human investment so that we start to ‘bargain’ with God for our own self-interest." Young members of Rome’s Azione Cattolica were in the square for the annual Peace Caravan. The pope pleaded for people living with leprosy, a disease that still “affects mostly the poorest and the most marginalised”.


    30/01/2016 - VATICAN

    Pope: the mission and mercy are the foundation of the faith, and every Christian is a Christopher


    Francis opens the jubilee general audiences with a reflection on the "wonderful circularity" between mission and mercy. The actual sign that we met Jesus "is the joy we feel in communicating it to others”. For the pontiff, “this this is not proselytising. It is giving a gift. I give you what gives me joy.” The pope ends calling on the crowd to pray for Ms Elvira, who worked at Casa Santa Marta, and was called by the Lord.


    30/01/2016 - INDIA

    Smiling is possible for people living with leprosy in Swarga Dwar


    Tomorrow is the 63rd World Leprosy Day. Last year, India had the most new leprosy cases in the world: 125,785.  With Brazil and Indonesia, that represents 81 per cent of all cases. PIME missionary Fr Bala Swamy Thota runs a dispensary in Taloja founded by F. Torriani. Despite his condition, one resident, Mahesh, “is happy here because he found friends”.






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    CHINA – VATICAN
    Global Times: the pope should accept the independence of the Chinese Church



    After 24 hours of silence, China’s media today published excerpts, comments and editorials about Pope Francis’ interview with Asia Times. Although the pope did not address religious issues or Church problems, many saw the interview as an attempt to improve diplomatic relations between China and the Vatican, and advised Francis to accept Mao Zedong’s "three principles of independence" (theology, administration, jurisdiction), which would leave the power to appoint bishops in the hands of the Party. The People's Daily’s Global Times publishes an editorial on the issue.


    INDIA – PHILIPPINES
    Archbishop of Guwahati: In Asia religion is not dying, the faithful take strength from the Eucharist



    Mgr Menamparampil is among the speakers at the International Eucharistic Congress in Cebu, Philippines. He was also a conflict mediator between various ethnic groups. He told AsiaNews about the value of the Congress for the Catholic Church in Asia and how people can bear witness the Gospel today, even amid tensions and violence of those who "hate us." "with the same pain in our hearts that we descend to our depths during a Eucharistic adoration."


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