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The US president again attacks Tehran. The Iranian leadership tries to tone down the situation, stressing that it does not want a war. Riyadh joins the confrontation, accusing the Islamic Republic of a recent series of incidents. Chaldean patriarch: "Great fear" among the people. The danger is militias and fundamentalist groups that want to open conflict.

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At the opening the Bishops’ Assembly, Francis referred to a “possible" synod of the Italian episcopate. He called on its members to reflect on "any lack of collegiality and participation in the condition of the Conference".

| 20/05/2019
| VATICAN – ITALY
by Bernardo Cervellera

Pope Francis met with PIME missionaries - gathered in Rome for the General Assembly - and some representatives of the general direction of the Immaculate Missionaries.  The proposal of St. Paul VI's Evangelii Nuntiandi.  "There is no real evangelization if the name, the teaching, the life, the promises, the Kingdom, the mystery of Jesus of Nazareth, Son of God, are not proclaimed".  Do not confuse evangelization with proselytism.  The "joy of evangelizing".

 

| 20/05/2019
| VATICANO-PIME

With his "new commandment" to "love one another as I love you", Jesus "asks us to love each other not only and not so much with our love, but with his, which the Holy Spirit infuses in our hearts if we invoke him with faith. This way - and only this way - we can love each other not only as we love ourselves, but as He loves us, that is immensely more.”

| 19/05/2019
| VATICAN

On the fifth anniversary of Amoris Laetitia, the chosen theme "aims to bring out family love as a vocation and way of holiness, to understand and share the profound and salvific meaning of family relationships in everyday life".

| 17/05/2019
| VATICAN

Receiving the Brothers of the Christian Schools, Francis recalls the ideals that moved St. John the Baptist de La Salle. "His vision of the school led him to develop ever more clearly the persuasion that education is a right for everyone, including the poor."

| 16/05/2019
| VATICAN

With the invocation "deliver us from evil" which is in the Our Father, "Jesus teaches his friends to put the invocation of the Father before everything, even and especially at times when the evil one makes his threatening presence felt".

| 15/05/2019
| VATICAN

Born in Milan in 1827, he took part in the Five Days of Milan. Missionary in Oceania, he founded the Sisters of Reparation upon his return to Italy.

| 14/05/2019
| VATICAN

The four councilors were also elected: Fr. Fabio Motta, from the mission in Guinea Bissau; Fr. Xavier Lourdh, from the mission in Japan; Brother Massimo Cattaneo, from the Bangladesh mission; Fr. Raffaele Manenti, a former missionary in India and Thailand, up until now the spiritual director in the PIME theological seminary.

| 14/05/2019
| ITALY-VATICAN

Two oil tankers flying Saudi flags, one from Norway and one from the United Arab Emirates hit. Abu Dhabi speaks of a "serious" episode. Tehran hopes for a thorough investigation to shed some light. News sources deny the version of the incident. The US secretary of state in Brussels in search of allies for the war against the Islamic Republic.

| 14/05/2019
| GULF - USA - EU

The decision taken "considering the considerable flow of people who go to Medjugorje and the abundant fruits of grace that came from it".  But this does not mean authentication of the supposed apparitions.

| 13/05/2019
| VATICAN - BOSNIA HERZEGOVINA
by Bernardo Cervellera

The interview with Card. Parolin was published yesterday evening at 11.53pm on the Global Times website. For the publisher it is a sign of "positive developments" in China-Vatican relations. Card Parolin sends a fraternal embrace above all to "those who have suffered the most and continue to suffer".

| 13/05/2019
| VATICAN - CHINA

Good Shepherd Sunday, Pope Francis invites two new priests - among the 19 he has just ordained - to bless the people with him from the window of the apostolic palace.  The Good Shepherd "speaks, knows, gives eternal life, safeguards".  The sheep "listen to my voice", "follow me".  A round of applause for all mothers on Mother's Day.

 

| 12/05/2019
| VATICAN

The Pontifical Council for Interreligious Dialogue issued a message addressed to Muslims on the occasion of Ramadan, noting that “We Muslims and Christians are called to open ourselves to others, knowing and recognizing them as brothers and sisters. In this way, we can tear down walls raised out of fear and ignorance and seek together to build bridges of friendship that are fundamental for the good of all humanity.”

| 10/05/2019
| VATICAN

The US institution is back in Vatican this year. “It is a joy for me to be with you once again,” the Pope said, “and to express my gratitude for the generous support you offer to me and to the Church in so many parts of the world.”

| 10/05/2019
| VATICAN
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The Prefect of the Congregation for the Evangelisation of Peoples is in Bangkok. His pastoral visit will end on 21 May in Ayutthaya, the cradle of Thai Christianity. The first missionaries to settle in Siam were two Portuguese Dominicans in 1567. Today ...
| 16/05/2019
| THAILAND
 
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| 21/04/2019
| VATICAN
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