03/06/2014 VATICAN Pope: Time of mercy, closeness to wounded for entire Church Encountering priests of the diocese of Rome, Francis says that “we must think of the Church today like a ‘field hospital'". "I always carry a small cloth pouch" containing a cross, in memory of a "great confessor", and when I have bad thoughts about someone my hand reaches for it". Confessors must be neither too "lax" nor too "rigorous". 03/05/2014 VATICAN Pope: Lent, a time of conversion to be able to "react to the reality of evil that always challenges us " Francis points out two "commitments" for the period leading up to Easter: live the redemptive work of Christ with greater awareness and live our baptism with greater commitment. The "risk of not no longer being shocked by the sad reality that surrounds us", such as violence, injustice, "a society that claims it can make do without God". 03/04/2014 VATICAN Pope: Remember that among Christians "there are more martyrs today than in the early days of the Church" "The world does not tolerate the divinity of Christ. It doesn’t tolerate the announcement of the Gospel. It does not tolerate the Beatitudes". "They are condemned because they have a Bible. They can not make the sign of the Cross", "they can not go to Mass, because it is forbidden". How often "does a priest come in secret, among them, they pretend they are having a meal, taking tea and there they celebrate Mass", "so they will not see them". 03/03/2014 VATICAN Pope: May God send us priests and nuns free from the idolatry of vanity, power and money "How many young people feel this ' call ' to get closer to Jesus in their hearts, and are enthusiastic " and "want to follow him, but when they have a heart full of something else and are not brave enough to empty it, the take a step back, and that joy becomes sadness".
03/02/2014 VATICAN Pope launches "pressing appeal" for Ukraine, for "all initiatives in favor of dialogue and harmony" "This week we begin Lent, which is the journey of the People of God towards Easter, a journey of conversion, to combat evil with the weapons of prayer, fasting and mercy". "The shroud has no pockets! It is better to share, because we bring into Heaven only what we have shared with others". 02/28/2014 VATICAN Pope: when a marriage fails "do not condemn" instead “accompany” those involved "Do not apply casuistry to their situation" because casuistry always hides "a trap". "Christ wed the Church! And you can not understand Christ without the Church, and you can not understand the Church without Christ." 02/28/2014 JAPAN Dena Merriam, leader of the Global Peace Initiative for Women, wins the Niwano Peace Prize The organisation's purpose is to empower women, facilitate reconciliation in conflict and post-conflict areas, and offer spiritual resources to help address critical global problems. Since its founding, the GPIW has organised roundtables in Israel/Palestine, Iraq, Sudan, Afghanistan, Cambodia and Kashmir. 02/27/2014 VATICAN Pope: bishops are not managers but witnesses to the Risen Christ who lives for and near his flock Francis chaired a meeting of the Congregation for Bishops today. For him "To identify a bishop, it is not necessary to list his human, intellectual cultural or even pastoral skills". To "choose," we "need to elevate ourselves, to rise to the 'upper level'. We must rise above and overcome any eventual preferences, sympathies, provenances or tendencies to arrive at God's broad horizon". 02/27/2014 VATICAN Pope to Focolari: A great need for the witness of a lifestyle which displays the novelty gifted us by Jesus Receiving the bishops who are friends of the Movement, Francis points out that “when a person realizes that reciprocal love between Christians is possible and is capable of transforming inter-personal relationships, he or she feels drawn to discover or to rediscover Christ". 02/27/2014 VATICAN Pope: inconsistency between Christian life and faith causes scandal, "it does so much damage”, it "kills" "If you find yourself in front of an atheist and he tells you that he does not believe in God, you can read him a whole library, where it says that God exists and also prove that God exists, and he will still not believe. But if you give a coherent witness of Christian life to this atheist, something will begin to work in his heart". 02/26/2014 VATICAN Pope: the Anointing of the Sick does not "bring bad luck" but "Jesus" to give the sick strength and hope At the general audience Pope Francis highlights the true meaning of a sacrament that "is not a taboo" but "the whole Christian community that tightens, as a single body, with Jesus around sufferers and family members". An appeal for Venezuela. 02/25/2014 VATICAN Pope: families, pray for the Church to help families face their present challenges with the light and strength that comes from the Gospel. The Letter from Francis ahead of the Extraordinary Synod in October dedicated to the family. "Truly, Jesus brings together and unites generations! He is the inexhaustible font of that love which overcomes every occasion of self-absorption, solitude, and sadness".
02/25/2014 VATICAN Pope: war leaves children starving in refugee camps as lords of war who make and sell weapons throw parties "Wars, hatred, enmity - he replied - can not be bought at the market: they are here in our hearts". "This spirit of war, which leads us away from God, is not only far from us" it is "also in our homes”. "How many families are destroyed because the father, the mother is unable to find the path of peace and prefer war". 02/24/2014 VATICAN Pope sets up a new structure to co-ordinate Vatican economic and administrative affairs The Secretariat for the economy will run all administrative and economic activities within the Holy See and the Vatican City State under Card George Pell who is currently the archbishop of Sydney.
02/24/2014 JAPAN Bishops of Japan: A solemn mass in Sendai for the victims of the earthquake and tsunami 02/24/2014 VATICAN Pope: "An absurdity to love Christ without the Church, to feel Christ but not the Church" 02/23/2014 VATICAN Pope: Work for Church unity with the new cardinals 02/23/2014 VATICAN Pope: Cardinals must be holy for they enter the Church of Rome, not a court 02/22/2014 VATICAN Pope: Church asks new cardinals for "communion", "courage", "witness", "prayer" and "compassion" 02/21/2014 VATICAN Pope: consistory, prayer for Christians victims of persecution 02/21/2014 VATICAN Pope: "a faith that does not lead to witness, is not faith. It is words, nothing more than words”. 02/20/2014 VATICAN Pope: "looked down upon and mistreated" the family "teaches acceptance and solidarity " 02/20/2014 VATICAN Pope: "Jesus did not say ‘Know me’ to Peter and his apostles, he said 'Follow me!' 02/19/2014 VATICAN Pope: seek forgiveness of sins in Jesus through the Church, even though "we are ashamed" 02/18/2014 INDIA - CHINA India keeping "tabs" on China, its army and relations with Pakistan 02/18/2014 VATICAN Pope: "Temptation grows, infects and justifies itself", only the Word of Jesus liberates 02/17/2014 VATICAN Pope and Council of Cardinals to examine the Holy See's economic and administrative restructuring 02/17/2014 VATICAN Pope: the "exemplary" patience of an adult, "the patience of God", in times of trail
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