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  • 19/11/2017 - VATICAN

    People should not be afraid of God, as if he were "a master who wants to punish us". For the pope, “Jesus has always shown us that God is not a stern and intolerant master, but a father full of love, tenderness, and goodness. Therefore, we can and must have immense trust in Him.” The pontiff also urged “drivers to be prudent and respect the rules as the first form of protection of themselves and others.”




    19/11/2017 - VATICAN

    Taking care of the poor is an “evangelical duty”, pope says


    Francis celebrated Mass on the First World Day of the Poor noting that "God will not ask if we felt righteous indignation, but whether we did some good.” The “great sin” against the poor is “indifference”, turning away “from a brother or sister in need,” growing “indignant at evil but do[ing] nothing about it.” For the pope, “God will not ask if we felt righteous indignation, but whether we did some good.”


    18/11/2017 - VATICAN

    Pope: not everything that is technically possible is ethically acceptable


    Great progress in science raises "great and serious" questions. “Scientific and technological progress is needed for the good of all humanity, and its benefits cannot only profit a few”.


    17/11/2017 - VATICAN

    Pope: It is good to think every day when that 'the Lord will call me'


    For some this call will be sudden, for others after a long illness, we do not know. But "the call will be there!" And it will be a surprise, but then there will be the other surprise of the Lord: eternal life. For this reason, "the Church in these days tells us: stop a little, stop and think about death."


    17/11/2017 - VATICAN - MYANMAR

    Pope: In Myanmar, I come to encourage every effort to build harmony (Video)


    Francis’ video message on the eve of his November 26 to 30 journey. "I come to proclaim the Gospel of Jesus Christ, a message of reconciliation, forgiveness and peace".


    16/11/2017 - IRAQ

    Bishop Warduni calls for a new constitution for the rebirth of a secular and united Iraq


    For the Chaldean Church, it is crucial to revamp the foundational charter of the state on the basis of the principles of equality and human rights. Some sharia-based rules are unacceptable in a modern and civilian state. The conflict between Arabs and Kurds, and between Erbil and Baghdad, is likely to trigger a new Christian exodus.


    16/11/2017 - VATICAN

    Pope says euthanasia is always wrong, but so is overzealous treatment


    Francis sends a message to a meeting on end-of-life in which he says the sick must be accompanied with love in the last phase of their life, given information and allowed to decide. This requires “careful discernment of the moral object, the attending circumstances, and the intentions of those involved”. From this perspective, palliative care plays a major role.


    16/11/2017 - VATICAN

    Pope: God's kingdom is not ‘a spectacle, the Holy Spirit cultivates it out of sight


    The kingdom of God is always "a surprise" because it is "a gift given by the Lord". Jesus explains that "the kingdom of God does not come to attract attention, and no one will say, 'Here it is, or there it is.'" "It's not a show or even worse."


    15/11/2017 - IRAN

    As expression of solidarity pour in for earthquake victims, questions are raised about construction standards


    The number of victims keeps rising, topping 530. Rouhani pledges immediate action. Expressions of solidarity pour in from around the world. Doubts are emerging about the quality of the buildings constructed under Ahmadinejad's government. Since 1990, almost 100,000 people have died in earthquakes.


    15/11/2017 - VATICAN

    Pope: Mass is 'prayer', 'not time to talk'


    "Silence is so important. remember what I said last week: we do not go to a show: we go to meet with the Lord and silence prepares us and accompanies us. Being in silence together with Jesus. "


    14/11/2017 - VATICAN

    Pope to mark World Day of the Poor, with lunch for 1,500


    More than four thousand indigent will attend Mass. They will come from Rome and from Lazio, diocese including Paris, Lyon, Nantes, Warsaw, Krakow, Malines-Brussels and Luxembourg. Among the initiatives, a medical field hospital set up near the Vatican that will carry out free clinical tests, specialist medical examinations in cardiology, dermatology, infectivity, gynaecology and andrology.


    14/11/2017 - IRAQ

    Iraqi Priest: Situation for Christians in Mosul worse than when Isis arrived


    Arab-Kurdish and Sunnis-Shia clashes hinder the return of refugees. High danger of new violence, families spend the night in their cars and the children are traumatized. Fr Samir: serious economic problems, lack of food and heating oil, while governments and NGOs have suspended aid.  We need a "miracle".


    14/11/2017 - IRAN - IRAQ

    Toll of earthquake victims rises, thousands in the cold. The Pope's condolences


    Prayers for the victims and those who have lost their loved ones. "Consolation and strength" to the authorities involved in rescue operations. In Iran, there are over 450 dead and 7,000 injured. Thousands spent the night in the frost.


    13/11/2017 - VATICAN

    Pope: woe to those who give scandal, they distance God’s people from the Lord


    "How many Christians, by their example, with their inconsistency, drive people away from the Faith: the incoherence of Christians is one of the readiest weapons the devil has to weaken the People of God." "Every shepherd must ask: How is my friendship with money? Or the shepherd who seeks to rise: vanity leads him to climb, instead of being gentle, humble, because meekness and humility favor closeness to the people."


    13/11/2017 - IRAN - IRAQ

    Earthquake on Iran-Iraq border: at least 211 dead and thousands injured


    Red Crescent: More than 70,000 people need shelter. In Iran, most of the damage and the victims, 15 km from the border. In Iraq, the biggest damage to the autonomous region of Kurdistan.


    12/11/2017 - VATICAN

    Pope: We are waiting for the Groom's coming. The sleep of death does not frighten us


    At the Angelus, Pope Francis explains the parable of the ten virgins. "Being ready to meet with Him." "Keeping vigil does not just mean not sleeping, but being prepared." "The lamp is the symbol of faith that illuminates our lives." "The oil is the symbol of charity that feeds, makes the light of faith fruitful and credible". The memory of 60 beatified in Madrid, martyrs of the Spanish Civil War between 1936 and '37


    10/11/2017 - VATICAN

    Pope says Christians can’t afford to be naïve in the face of scheming and corrupt


    "The web that the corrupt weave is powerful; they even arrive at behaving like the mafia ". But there are "cunning Christians", who have a "healthy mistrust," based on reflection and prayer, to have "the grace of being wise".


    10/11/2017 - VATICAN

    Pope: an 'effective and inclusive' progress for a world without atomic weapons


    Francis, receiving participants in the Symposium on Perspectives for a world free of nuclear weapons, and for an integral disarmament, spoke of a scenario characterized by "an unstable climate of conflict" and a "non-stop" arms race. "Weapons of mass destruction, particularly nuclear weapons, create nothing but a false sense of security. They cannot constitute the basis for peaceful coexistence between members of the human family, which must rather be inspired by an ethics of solidarity." 


    09/11/2017 - VATICAN

    Pope: to build, safeguard and purify the Church, we must start with ourselves


    "We are all sinners: all. All of us".  Therefore we must purify ourselves continually. We must also purify the community: the diocesan community, the Christian community, the universal community of the Church. To make it grow. "


    09/11/2017 - IRAQ

    Baghdad, the new law on civil status is 'similar to that of Daesh'


    Approval of some amendments that risk submitting the country to Sharia. It will be possible to lower the marriage age for girls to 12. Imbalance in rights of women and non-Muslims (especially for Christians and Sabean). Member of parliament for Mosul: New law drags the country back 100 years.


    08/11/2017 - VATICAN

    Pope: "It makes me so sad" to see people lift up their phones to take photos during Mass


    Today Francis began a cycle of catechesis devoted to the value and significance of Mass. "We cannot forget the great number of Christians who, throughout the world, in two thousand years of history, have endured to death to defend the Eucharist; and those who, even today, risk their life to participate in Sunday Mass. "


    08/11/2017 - IRAQ

    Archbishop of Basra: A Christian school open to all to counter poverty and illiteracy


    For the first time since 1970, a Christian educational institute is established in south Iraq. The opening is scheduled for the next school year. It will have Christian, Muslim, and Mandaean teachers. Msgr. Habib: Proclaiming God through "the education of new generations". Opening the doors of hope, creating employment for adults, and improving relations with Muslims.


    07/11/2017 - VATICAN

    Pope: Those who lose the ability to feel loved by God lose everything


    God's initiative is gratuitous, salvation is gratuitous, the Lord "does not ask for anything in return": "Only love, fidelity, as He is love and He is faithful." "Salvation is not bought".


    06/11/2017 - VATICAN

    Pope: God is faithful, He responds to our sins with mercy


    The gifts God makes are "irrevocable", so is "the gift of election, promise, and covenant." "Each of us is an elected one, an elect of God. Each one of us brings a promise that the Lord has made." "I think it would do all of us good today to think about our election, the promises the Lord has made to us, and how I live this covenant with the Lord."


    06/11/2017 - JAPAN - USA - ASIA

    Trump’s trip to Asia: one eye on North Korea, one on trade


    North Korean threat on agenda in meetings with leaders in Japan, South Korea, China. But also the balance of trade. Attempts to encircle Chinese economic power in talks with Hanoi and Manila. Overcoming the Asia-Pacific area, which now becomes "Indo-Pacific".


    05/11/2017 - VATICAN

    Pope on the bad use of authority, and the beatification of Sr Rani Maria in Indore


    During the Angelus, Pope Francis criticised those who "have authority, be it civilian and ecclesiastical”. For him, “Authority provides help, but if it is exercised badly, it becomes oppressive, it does not allow people to grow, and creates a climate of mistrust and hostility that can also lead to corruption”. Indeed, “I personally feel sorry to see people who psychologically live by chasing honours”. The martyred Regina (Rani) Maria Vattalil is beatified. "Her sacrifice is a seed of faith and peace, especially in India” where she was known as ‘Sister smile’.


    04/11/2017 - VATICAN

    Pope calls for reflection on xenophobic reactions to migrants in Christian countries


    Speaking to members of the International Federation of Catholic Universities, Francis said that “it is appropriate to initiate further studies on the remote causes of forced migrations, with the aim of identifying practicable solutions also in the long term”. In universities, welcoming, protecting, promoting, and integrating newcomers are needed in the areas of research, teaching, and social promotion.


    04/11/2017 - SYRIA

    As Syrian army retakes Deir al-Zor, the Islamic State finds itself in a corner


    Islamic State's territory is now reduced to a city in Syria and a village in Iraq. But even without a land base, it remains dangerous as its members could reorganise themselves into an insurgency.


    03/11/2017 - IRAQ

    Iraqi Priest: The 'military defeat' of Isis does not erase the jihadist threat


    With the Battle of Al-Qaim, the Islamic State has lost its last bastion in the country. UN: jihadists massacred hundreds of civilians in Mosul. Fr. Samir: Cultural, political and economic development or Daesh will return "in a new guise". Tensions between Erbil and Baghdad have dampened the joy of defeating Isis.


    03/11/2017 - VATICAN

    Pope: Even in the face of death, the Christian remains "a man of hope"


    At Mass in suffrage of the cardinals and bishops who died during the year, Francis recalls that "the awakening from death is not in itself a return to life": "many" will awaken. “Yet awakening from death is not in itself a return to life: some will awake for eternal life, others for everlasting shame.  Death makes definitive the “crossroads” which even now, in this world, stands before us: the way of life, with God, or the way of death, far from him”.






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    HONG KONG - CHINA - VATICAN
    Mass for a deceased underground priest. Card. Zen asks for God ‘s grace to save the Church in China and the Holy See from the 'precipice'

    Li Yuan

    Fr. Wei Heping, 41, died in mysterious circumstances, his body dumped in a river in Taiyuan (Shanxi). For the police claim he committed suicide. Family members are not allowed to even see the autopsy report. For Card. Zen the Holy See (which "is not necessarily the Pope") seeks a compromise at all costs with the Chinese government, risking "to sell out the faithful Church". Justice and Peace publish a booklet about Fr. Wei, not to forget.


    VATICAN - ITALY
    Pope: No more war, its only fruit is death, 'our self-destruction'



    Marking the Feast of All Souls, Francis celebrated Mass at the American Cemetery in Nettuno. "When so many times in history men think of a war, they are convinced of bringing a new world, they are convinced of making a 'spring'. It ends in a winter, ugly, cruel, with the reign of terror and death."


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