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  • 23/09/2017 - VATICAN

    In his audience with the participants in the General Chapter of Order, Pope Francis urges them to continue their "assiduous prayer" as “lovers of prayer” dedicated to "sobriety" to overcome today's cultural context that exalts "ephemeral goods and illusory artificial paradises.” Monasteries are places of charity and hospitality, a "school of prayer, and a school of charity for all". Cistercian communities are present in Asia and the rest of the world.




    23/09/2017 - ISRAEL – PALESTINE

    New Vicar of Jerusalem to focus on young people and education, future of peace and hope


    Mgr Giacinto-Boulos Marcuzzo stressed the importance of education to ensure the future of new generations. The Church is a sign of "unity" in a context "marked by divisions" and a bridge in interfaith dialogue. The situation has gone from euphoria for peace to resignation over permanent conflict. He appeals to Western Christians to come as pilgrims to the Holy Land.


    22/09/2017 - VATICAN

    ‘Educating to fraternal humanism’ 60 million students in Catholic schools and universities


    This is the goal of a document released 50 years after the encyclical ‘Populorum progressio’, which was presented today in the Vatican. Humanising education and promoting a culture of meeting and dialogue are urgent and necessary.


    21/09/2017 - VATICAN

    Pope says he will never pardon people guilty of sexual abuses


    Francis met today with members of Pontifical Commission for the Protection of Minors. He acknowledged that the Church was late in dealing with these crimes, but insisted that her policy now was “zero tolerance”. More importantly, “we can listen with interest to the voices of the victims and the survivors, as we have much to learn from them and their personal stories of courage and perseverance.”


    21/09/2017 - VATICAN

    Pope: the mafia is the result of corruption, inequalities, poverty, and deviant politics


    Organised crime is fought at the political and economic levels against a financial system that “is now sovereign over democratic rules”. This requires “the construction of a new civil conscience [. . .] and working towards a new way of being citizens, including care and responsibility for others and for the common good”.


    21/09/2017 - VATICAN

    Pope: "Doctrine" does not come before mercy


    The scandals, "There are so many, many ... And always, even in the Church today. They say, 'No, you can not, it's all clear, it's all, no, no ... Those are sinners, we have to turn them away.' Many saints have also been persecuted or suspected. " "The door that leads to encounter with Jesus is recognizing ourselves as we are, the truth. Sinners ".


    21/09/2017 - HOLY LAND

    For Mgr Marcuzzo, the attack against St Stephen’s Church in Beit Jimal is a sign of fanaticism


    The Salesian place of worship is located 27 km west of Jerusalem. The attackers caused huge damage, breaking statues and stained glass. The heads of the Catholic Church in the Holy Land condemned the attack. For the Vicar to Jerusalem, the act of vandalism “fits in with the pattern of past incidents”.


    20/09/2017 - VATICAN

    Pope: "Live, love, believe. And, by the grace of God, never despair "


    At a general audience devoted to hope, Francis urges us to believe in the future: "God does not disappoint: if He has put hope in our hearts, He does not want to aggravate it with continued frustrations. Everything is born to bloom in an eternal spring. " A prayer for the victims of the earthquake that struck Mexico.


    20/09/2017 - UN - ISRAEL - IRAN

    Netanyahu to the UN: Iranian curtain descends on the Middle East


    Applause for Trump's speech. Criticism of the nuclear agreement. When "the sun sets" on the restrictions, a dark shadow will be cast over the whole Middle East and the world. " He also accused the UN of not being able to distinguish "black and white, right and wrong" when it comes to Israel.


    19/09/2017 - VATICAN

    Pope creates an Institute for Matrimonial and Family Sciences


    The new body replaces the one founded by John Paul II. The goal is to adapt to the journey undertaken by the Church with the Synods of 2014 and 2015 and with the Post-Synodal Apostolic Exhortation Amoris laetitia of 2016.


    19/09/2017 - VATICAN

    Pope: The Christian must "draw close" to those who suffer to restore their dignity


    Following Christ’s example, we must suffer and empathize with the needy, not help them "from afar", because there are those who are dirty, who "do not shower," who "stink." With our "intercessory prayer," with our "work" as Christians, we must be able to help people who suffer, to "return to society", "family life", work; in short: to "everyday life".


    18/09/2017 - UNITED NATIONS – IRAQ

    UN and Iran oppose Kurdistan referendum, Israel supports it


    The United Nations Secretary-General comes out against the vote, saying it weakens the fight against the Islamic State. Iran is ready to close the border in case of independence. Rhetoric notwithstanding, Barzani’s move is designed to keep himself in power. Israel backs Kurdistan, sending a message to the United States and Turkey.


    18/09/2017 - VATICAN

    Pope: Those who rule must pray, it is a sin not to pray for those who rule


    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."


    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 - 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 - ISRAEL – PALESTINE

    Jubbet al-Dhib’s new “illegal” school inaugurated after the previous one was demolished by soldiers


    Israeli troops stormed the village with tear gas and grenades. For Palestinian Education Ministry, rebuilding the school is a challenge to Israel’s colonial policies. Five schools are at risk in the area.


    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 in Colombia: working for the dignity of everyone, especially the poor and the excluded


    From Cartagena, on the last stop of his visit to Colombia, Francis made an appeal “for the rejection of all violence in political life” in Venezuela. He also visited the shrine of Saint Peter Claver, ‘the slave of the blacks forever” who “witnessed in a formidable way to the responsibility and care that we should have for one another.”


    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."

     






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

    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".


    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.


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