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  • 18/09/2017 - VATICAN

    Whoever is in the government should be aware of being "subordinate" to the "people who gave them power, and God, from whom power comes through the people". The ruler who does not pray "closes in his own self-referentiality or in that of his party, in that circle from which he cannot escape; he is a man closed in on himself. "




    18/09/2017 - JAPAN - VATICAN

    Archbishop Kikuchi: In tune with the Pope and Card. Filoni for mission in Japan

    by Tarcisio Isao Kikuchi

    The bishop of Niigata and President of Caritas Japan comments on yesterday’s papal message sent to the bishops of Japan. The journey stages of Card. Filoni, which will also touch Fukushima. The question of the relationship with the Neocatechumenal Way is still "unresolved".


    18/09/2017 - VATICAN - JAPAN

    Pope to Japanese Bishops: Be the salt and light of society, even going against the trends


    During the pastoral visit of Card. Fernando Filoni, Prefect of Propaganda Fide, to the Land of the Rising Sun, Pope Francis urges the bishops and the Japanese Church to renew their missionary commitment to society, marked by suicides, divorces, religious formalism, material and spiritual poverty. The request to collaborate with ecclesial movements, perhaps in memory of the controversy with the Neocatechumenal Way.


    17/09/2017 - VATICAN

    Pope: Always, you must always forgive!


    At the Angelus, Pope Francis comments on the parable of the merciful king and the ruthless servant. It is necessary to forgive because "the human being, created in the image of God, is always greater than the evil that he commits." "The heavenly Father is full of love and wants to offer it, but he can not do this if we close our hearts to love for others."


    16/09/2017 - VATICAN

    Pope to the Sacred Heart Missionaries: 'Good Wine' and mission among Young People


    In an audience with the group of participants in the general chapter, Pope Francis calls on them to find "possible new ways" to live the charism of the congregation founded in 1854. To learn from Jesus to "love with a human heart." The educational emergency to "accompany young generations". Valorise the laity and not give in to the evil of clericalism.


    15/09/2017 - VATICAN

    Pope: Under the Cross Mary "gave birth to us all: She gave birth to the Church"


    The "mystery" of the Sorrowful Virgin "is more than to reflect, to contemplate". "Contemplate the Mother of Jesus, contemplate this sign of contradiction, for Jesus is the winner, but on the Cross."


    15/09/2017 - VATICAN ORTHODOX

    Catholic-Orthodox dialogue resumes. Moscow has a greater weight

    by Vladimir Rozanskij

    The Russian Orthodox return to the fore in the Joint Commission and focus on uniatism and "Primacy and Communion in the Second Millennium." Metropolitan Ioannis Zizioulas, historian of dialogue, replaced due to age limit. The fruits of the meeting at Cuba between Francis and Kirill and the visit of Card. Parolin to Moscow.


    14/09/2017 - INDONESIA

    From the Indonesian Church comes an impulse of tolerance towards the Ahok effect

    by Mathias Hariyadi

    Various assemblies of Indonesian religious renewed their commitment to pluralism. Sisters and priests visit various religious and cultural centres. Community initiatives and organisations promote interfaith dialogue.


    14/09/2017 - VATICAN

    Pope: Christ cannot be reduced to that status of "spiritual master", nor can we lose hope in salvation


    On the day dedicated to the Exaltation of the Cross, Francis stressed how the latter represents a "mystery of love," one that is not easy to understand. When he wants to explain it to Nicodemus, as in today’s gospel, Jesus uses two verbs "to go up" and "come down". "Jesus came down from Heaven to bring all of us up to Heaven."


    14/09/2017 - VATICAN

    Pope: The task of the bishop is to "make the grace of the Spirit available to the flock"


    Spiritual and pastoral discernment, gifts of the Spirit, were the focus of a long talk that Francis gave today to the bishops appointed during the year. The bishop is not the self-sufficient 'Lord father,' nor the feared and isolated 'solitary pastor.'" "A bishop's discernment is always a communitarian action".


    14/09/2017 - VATICAN-YEMEN

    Medical care for Fr. Tom Uzhunnalil, who met the Pope yesterday


    The priest, released after 18 months of kidnapping in Yemen, will remain in the Vatican "to secure his wellbeing and allow for his full recovery." Father Tom tried to kiss Pope Francis' feet, who raised him and kissed his hands. "I've always felt Jesus next to me." Renewed thanks to the sultan of Oman. The Major Rector: No ransom was paid.


    13/09/2017 - VATICAN

    Pope: Trip to Colombia to bless the reconciliation effort


    "A country with strong Christian roots, but where" it is evident that the evil one wanted to divide the people to destroy the work of God. " "Peace is also founded, and perhaps above all, on the blood of many witnesses of love, truth, justice, and even true martyrs, killed for faith," such as Bishop Jesús Emilio Jaramillo Monsalve, and Pedro María Ramírez Ramos, a priest, beatified in Villavicencio ".


    13/09/2017 - VATICAN-OMAN

    The Holy See thanks Oman for the release of Fr. Tom


    Sultan Qabus's commitment to securing the release was decisive. The priest was traced thanks to "some Yemeni parties". Fr. Tom will be in Rome for a few days. The "strength in faith and perseverance" of his family. Today Salesian homes around the world, will celebrate with a Mass of Thanksgiving and Eucharistic adoration.


    11/09/2017 - VATICAN – COLOMBIA

    Pope on climate change, "Man is stupid, stubborn, someone who does not see"


    On his flight back to Rome, Francis talked about climate change, Venezuela and migrants. Italy and Greece are doing a good job on migrants, accepting and integrating, “But a government must handle this problem with the virtue of prudence.” He also hopes Trump will go back on his decision concerning the "dreamers".


    11/09/2017 - CHINA-VATICAN

    New regulations on religions: Annihilate underground communities, suffocate official communities

    by Bernardo Cervellera

    Few articles added to the draft. Religions viewed not as the "opium" but the "plague" of peoples. Spasmodic control at all levels of political power of official religions. Massive fines for members of unofficial communities. Seizure and closure of "illegal sites" by the State. Expulsions from schools for "proselytism" activities.


    11/09/2017 - VATICAN-COLOMBIA

    Pope in Colombia: political peace is not enough to make peace, it is a "social and cultural pact"


    From Cartagena the last stop of the trip to Colombia, Francis makes an appeal to "take the first step" towards reconciliation. "Put an end to drug trafficking," which sows "death and destruction, destroying so many hopes and destroying so many families."


    10/09/2017 - VATICAN – COLOMBIA

    Pope: the vocations of the consecrated are a promise “of a new beginning for Colombia”


    Pope Francis met thousands of priests, men and women religious, seminarians, and their families at Medellín’s La Macarena event centre. Many young people discovered their vocation in a context of violence. A priest, a Carmelite nun, of a seminarian's mother bore witness to their experience. The pontiff is optimistic about young people and stressed the importance of having "communities with a contagious apostolic zeal, which inspire and attract others.” He called to dwell in Christ by standing by the people in prayer, study and joy.


    09/09/2017 - VATICAN – COLOMBIA

    Pope in Colombia calls on “the Church to commit itself, with greater boldness, to forming missionary disciples”


    During the Mass, Francis told those present that “Even if it may seem that you are getting yourself dirty or stained, get involved,” which means “to be brave” and have “evangelical courage”. For him, “the Church is not a customs house. She wants open doors because the heart of her God is not only open, but pierced by the love that has become pain."

     


    09/09/2017 - INDONESIA

    From Pontianak to Guangdong, a brother and sister discover their Chinese roots

    by Mathias Hariyadi

    Anna and Petrus crown their dream of meeting their relatives. Millions of Chinese left Shantou for Southeast Asia in the early 1900s. The Chinese are one of Indonesia’s most important ethnic groups. Under Suharto's regime, Chinese products and traditions were banned.


    08/09/2017 - VATICAN – COLOMBIA

    Pope in Colombia: Reconciliation means opening a door, not legitimising injustices


    Francis travelled to Villavicencio for a visit centred on national reconciliation. During his stay, he beatified a bishop and a priest killed "in hatred of the faith". “In communities where we are still weighed down with patriarchal and chauvinistic customs, it is good to note that the Gospel begins by highlighting women who were influential and made history.”


    08/09/2017 - VATICAN-COLOMBIA

    Pope in Colombia: Only Jesus can disperse the "dense darkness that threatens life"


    One million people at the first Mass celebrated by Francis on his trip to Colombia. The darkness of social injustice, the interests of those who exploit for themselves what is destined for everyone, the lack of respect for life, the thirst for vengeance, the insensitivity to the pain of so many victims.


    08/09/2017 - VATICAN-COLOMBIA

    Pope to CELAM: Hope in the face of youth, women, lay people


    In his encounter with the bishops of the entire Latin American continent, Pope Francis invites us not to dwell on past memories, but to "concretize" the hope that comes from the faith. "Encountering the living Christ", "going out", enhancing the "religiousness of the people", through "passion for evangelization". Accompanying young people; to valorize women; pushing lay people to social commitment.


    08/09/2017 - VATICAN - COLOMBIA

    Pope tells Colombia to open its heart as the People of God and be reconciled


    At Parque Las Malocas, in the presence of the victims of violence, military, police and ex-guerrillas, Pope Francis celebrated the Great Meeting for National Reconciliation. Some victims and two former guerrilla fighters related their testimonies. The land of Colombia is "sacred ground” because it was "watered by the blood of thousands of innocent victims and by the heart-breaking sorrow of their families and friends.”


    07/09/2017 - VATICAN – COLOMBIA

    Pope in Colombia: bishops must talk about freedom, as pastors, not as politicians


    Colombia’s bishops must be in the frontline to “touch the wounded flesh” of their country and people to help them overcome the violence and the inequality that underlie the weakness of so many families and young people threatened ‘by spiritual emptiness and seeking to escape through drug use, frivolous lifestyles and a rebellious spirit.”


    07/09/2017 - VATICAN – COLOMBIA

    Pope in Colombia: Reconciliation is based on the rule of law and forgiveness


    In his first meeting in the South American country, Francis calls for the inclusion of all citizens, especially the weak, as well as the protection of the family, life and nature. “Just laws are needed” to “help overcome the conflicts that have torn apart this nation for decades; laws are required which are not born from the pragmatic need to order society but rather arise from the desire to resolve the structural causes of poverty that lead to exclusion and violence.”


    06/09/2017 - VATICAN – COLOMBIA

    Pope arrives in Colombia tonight to support reconciliation


    Pope today tweeted, “Dear Friends, please pray for me and all of Colombia, where I will be travelling for a journey dedicated to reconciliation and peace.” His difficult trip includes several stages.


    04/09/2017 - INDONESIA

    Islamists turn the Rohingya case against President Widodo and Indonesian Buddhists

    by Mathias Hariyadi

    Buddhists of Chinese origin have been accused of complicity with their coreligionists in Myanmar. Protests break out across the country. The Widodo administration is accused of violating the rights of Rohingya Muslims. The president sends foreign minister to Myanmar and Bangladesh on a humanitarian mission. For the Indonesian ambassador to Myanmar, there is “no genocide".


    04/09/2017 - KOREA-ASIA

    Global reactions to the 'earthquake' of Pyongyang's nuclear test.


    UN Security Council convokes  emergency meeting for this afternoon.  Yesterday’s hydrogen almost 10 times stronger than the previous one. North Korea celebrates "perfect success". Seoul and Tokyo demand maximum increase in sanctions to bring Kim Jong-un to the negotiating table. Military exercises with missiles in the south. Threats to military operations by the US. For some analysts, the aim is to provoke China's embarrassment.


    03/09/2017 - VATICAN

    Pope: The temptation to follow a Christ without a Cross. Prayer for Flooders in South Asia and Texas


    "Spiritual closeness to the people of South Asia "and "active participation in the suffering of Texas residents affected by a hurricane." "Jesus reminds us that his way is the way of love, and there is no true love without self-sacrifice." Mary "help us not to be afraid to suffer for the love of God and of our brothers and sisters."


    02/09/2017 - VATICAN-KAZAKHSTAN

    Pope to Astana Expo: Religions also work for future energy


    The Papal Message on the occasion of the National Day of the Holy See at the international exhibition dedicated to future energy. Energy resources must not be " to unscrupulous financial speculation or to become a source of conflict". "The health of the planet," "the welfare of our societies," "our own dignity," "justice and peace," is in play.






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    CHINA-VATICAN
    New regulations on religions: Annihilate underground communities, suffocate official communities

    Bernardo Cervellera

    Few articles added to the draft. Religions viewed not as the "opium" but the "plague" of peoples. Spasmodic control at all levels of political power of official religions. Massive fines for members of unofficial communities. Seizure and closure of "illegal sites" by the State. Expulsions from schools for "proselytism" activities.


    CHINA – VATICAN
    Mgr Peter Shao Zhumin under guard in a Beijing hospital

    Bernardo Cervellera

    He underwent an ear operation. He was banned from attending the funeral of an elderly witness to the faith, Fr John Wang, who spent 12 years of in a prison camp. The bishop’s secretary was also taken to prevent him from attending Fr Wang’s funeral.


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