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  • 16/10/2017 - VATICAN

    During his visit to the UN agency, Francis spoke about how food security can affect human mobility. To overcome conflicts good will, dialogue, and disarmament are needed. "There is a re-emergence of the nonchalance towards the delicate balances of ecosystems, the presumption of being able to manipulate and control the planet’s limited resources, and greed for profit,” he said. “’I am hungry, I am a stranger, I am naked, sick, confined in a refugee camp’. It is a request for justice, not a plea or an emergency call.”




    16/10/2017 - VATICAN – HINDUS

    Vatican tells Hindus that diversity is a sign of richness, not intolerance


    In its message for the Diwali party, the Pontifical Council for Interreligious Dialogue states that for lasting peace and true harmony “tolerance is not enough. What is also needed is genuine respect and appreciation for the diversity of cultures and customs within our communities, which in turn contribute to the health and unity of society as a whole. To see pluralism and diversity as a threat to unity leads tragically to intolerance and violence.”


    15/10/2017 - VATICAN

    Pope: 35 new saints, people who have said yes to God with their lives


    They are mostly martyrs and related to Latin America, witnesses of the Gospel "to the end". The wedding guests in the Gospel story "are all of us". "The Lord desires us, seeks and invites us, and we does not content Himself with our fulfilling our duties and observing His laws, but wants with us to have a true communion of life, a relationship of dialogue, trust and forgiveness" .


    14/10/2017 - VATICAN

    Pope: Prayer and personal commitment to help the Pope's efforts for peace


    This is the request that Pope Francis expressed this morning in a meeting with the members of the Prayer League of Blessed Emperor Charles for peace among peoples. "The challenges of our times require the collaboration of all men of good will."


    14/10/2017 - BANGLADESH - VATICAN

    Dhaka, Catholics prepare to welcome the pope 'nourishing the spirit'

    by di Sumon Corraya

    Pope Francis will be in Dhaka from 30 November to 2 December 2017. In all parishes, the official prayer distributed of the apostolic journey. The faithful give what they can to help organize the event.


    13/10/2017 - VATICAN

    Pope: "be vigilant" not to fall into the ways of the world, which is "what the devil wants"


    Demons enter the life of man "even with their ideas and inspirations to help that man to live better ..." and "from within begin to change that man, but quietly, without making a noise." It is "a devilish possession". To "not fall" you have to look at Christ crucified, carry out an examination of conscience, and do charitable works.


    13/10/2017 - VATICAN - LEBANON

    Pope: Middle East and interreligious dialogue in meeting with Hariri


    Francis received Lebanese Prime Minister Rafic Hariri. The importance of intercultural and interreligious dialogue as well as "the value of collaboration between Christians and Muslims in promoting peace and justice, emphasizing the historical and institutional role of the Church in the country's life and the importance of Christian presence in the Middle East ".


    12/10/2017 - VATICAN - ITALY

    The fire of mission ad gentes helps Gospel wonder re-emerge

    by Piero Gheddo

    Pope Francis’ Message for World Mission Day 2017 to wake us up from our indifference. The testimonies of missionaries awaken enthusiasm at home. The words of Card. Martini. The stories of  Giovanni Mazzucconi (Papua New Guinea), Sr. Ida (India), Clemente Vismara (Myanmar), Marcello Candia (Brazil) bear fruits of commitment and the desire to imitate them.


    12/10/2017 - VATICAN

    Pope: Eastern Christians, victims of the "spread of international terrorism"


    Francis celebrates the centenary of the founding of the Pontifical Oriental Institute and the Congregation for the Oriental Churches. Created during the World War and while "another World War is in progress, albeit piecemeal". An "eminently ecumenical" horizon. "God does not forget His children, His memory is for the righteous, for those who suffer, who are oppressed and who are wondering why," yet they never cease to trust in the Lord. "


    12/10/2017 - VATICAN

    Pope says doctrine shouldn’t be kept in moth balls, it is a living reality that progresses


    Speaking at the meeting for the 25 years of the Catechism, Francis said that "It is not enough to find a new language to speak of the same faith; faced with the new challenges and perspectives that open to humanity, the Church urgently needs to express the novelties of the Gospel of Christ which, although contained in the Word of God, have not yet come to light."  The death penalty is "inadmissible".


    11/10/2017 - VATICAN

    Pope: On Fatima Anniversary, pray the Rosary for peace in the world


    The "vigilant expectation" of the Christian who does not look at the flow of events with pessimism. "Resignation is not a Christian virtue. Christians do not raise their shoulders or bend their heads in front of a destiny that seems inevitable. " "Jesus wants our existence to be laborious, that we never drop our guard, to welcome with gratitude and astonishment every new day given to us by God".


    11/10/2017 - VATICAN - ASIA

    Two centenaries for the Eastern Churches

    by Stefano Caprio

    Tomorrow Pope Francis goes to the Pontifical Oriental Institute together with patriarchs and metropolitans of the Eastern Catholic Churches to celebrate the centenary. The occasion is also the centenary of the birth of the Vatican Congregation for the Oriental Churches. The richness of oriental traditions, their experience of coexistence (and persecution) with other religions, their life alongside Latin traditions.


    11/10/2017 - UN - ASIA

    U.N. Chief says death penalty has 'no place in 21st century’


    He urged member states that still carry out executions to join the 170 countries that have halted or abolished the practice. China, Iran, Saudi Arabia and Iraq responsible for 87 per cent of all recorded executions. In 2016, executions worldwide were down 37 per cent from 2015. The risk of a miscarriage of justice is an "unacceptably high price" to pay.

     


    10/10/2017 - VATICAN - MYANMAR - BANGLADESH

    Pope Francis travels to Yangon and Dhaka, to meet Asia’s smaller Churches

    by Bernardo Cervellera

    The Holy See's press office publishes the detailed itinerary of the papal journey. The various meetings with political personalities, such as Aung San Suu Kyi, and those with Catholic communities and representatives of religions. Laity and coexistence between religions. The Churches of Bangladesh and Myanmar "peripheries" and "insignificant", poor and evangelizing, reflections of Pope Francis's dream. Suggestions for India and China.


    10/10/2017 - VATICAN

    Pope: the 'rigid' forget that God's justice is manifest in His becoming mercy, becoming forgiveness


    "God's omnipotence is seen, manifested above all in His mercy and forgiveness." "It is not easy to understand God's mercy, it is not easy. It takes so much prayer to understand this, because it is a grace. "


    09/10/2017 - VATICAN

    Pope: Look at people from on high only when you are helping them to their feet


    "It’s a very common attitude: To just look at misfortune, look at a bad thing, and move on. And then read about it in newspapers, a bit of scandal or sensationalism. " In the Good Samaritan there is "the mystery of Christ" who "he became servant, bent low, abnegated himself, and died for us."


    07/10/2017 - VATICAN

    For pope, priestly training depends first of all on God’s actions


    Priestly training “is not resolved by some cultural upgrading or some local initiative,” but is first and foremost “placing oneself in the presence of the Lord”, and letting oneself be moulded by God who, like a potter, puts his creature on the wheel and moulds him.


    06/10/2017 - VATICAN

    Pope: shame for sins is a grace, because it opens the way to forgiveness


    Shame "opens the door to healing". And when the Lord sees us so, ashamed of what we have done, and humbly ask for forgiveness, He is the omnipotent: He erases, embraces us, cares for us, and forgives us.


    06/10/2017 - VATICAN

    Pope: Everyone must commit to protecting children from the dark net


    The "serious phenomena" online that primarily affects children, from pornography to live-online rape and violence. Do not underestimate the problem, do not rely solely on automatic technical solutions, such as filters built on more sophisticated algorithms, do not ideologize the freedom of the network. The Rome Declaration.


    05/10/2017 - VATICAN

    Pope: a people "without roots or who loses its roots, is a sick people"


    "The man and woman who find their roots, who are faithful to their membership, are a man and a woman of joy and this joy is their strength." The "nostalgia of migrants", those who are "far from home and want to come back".


    05/10/2017 - VATICAN - IRAQ

    Pope: Iraq needs "a process of national reconciliation"


    Francis, receiving the participants in the Chaldean Synod urges them to "be builders of unity ". For some regions of Iraq "a tragic page has come to an end" and in the current context there are "new uncertainties about the future". "Difficulties that still remain despite what has been done in the reconstruction work especially on the Nineveh Plain."


    04/10/2017 - VATICAN

    Pope: The task of Christians is to be missionaries of hope


    This is demonstrated by the "many Christians who did not abandon their people when the time of persecution came. They stayed there, where even tomorrow was uncertain, where nothing could be done, they were hoping for God. " In March 2018 a pre-synodal meeting with young Catholics, young people from different Christian denominations and other religions and non-believers.


    03/10/2017 - VATICAN

    Pope: have the courage to follow "patient" Jesus, who went alone to the Cross


    Jesus is "firm and obedient" to the will of the Father, but before this decision, before the path to Jerusalem and the Cross, the disciples do not follow their Master. Speak with Jesus, asking him: "How often do I try to do many things and do I not look at you, at what you have done for me? You have come with patience - the patient man, patient God - with patience you tolerate my sins, my failures”.


    03/10/2017 - VATICAN-ASIA-USA

    Condolences from the Pope and Asia for Las Vegas massacre


    A telegram signed by Card. Parolin to the bishop of Las Vegas. Condolences of South Korean President and Chinese Xi Jinping. 59 people killed and more than 500 injured. The killer is a 64 year old man, very rich, maybe a psychopath. The Islamic State claims the attack, but claim without foundations.


    02/10/2017 - VATICAN

    Pope: an "evangelisation of gestures" standing with the "littlest ones"


    This is how Francis described what the Little Sisters of Jesus do. In situations that are “difficult from a human point of view, [. . .] they are not primarily concerned with caring, educating, and catechising, but with loving, being with the littlest ones, just as Jesus did, to announce the Gospel with the simple life of work, presence, friendship, unconditional welcome.”


    02/10/2017 - VATICAN - ASIA

    The world is in urgent need of the Church's mission

    by Bernardo Cervellera

    October is a month devoted to awakening the call to mission among Christians. In the world there is indifference or enmity towards God and the Church. Religions are considered the source of all wars. Christianity is the encounter with a Person who changes the life of the believer and places him at the service of the wounds of the world, torn by frustrations and fratricidal wars. The example of the Patriarch of Baghdad and of the President of South Korea.


    01/10/2017 - VATICAN - ITALY

    In Bologna, Pope calls on Italy and Europe to valorize humanism


    On a pastoral visit to Bologna (and Cesena), Pope Francis calls for collaboration between the Church, the university and city council to give a "horizon" to the life of the city. Solidarity and dialogue between the social partners to overcome the economic crisis, which has an ethical root: "At the root there is a betrayal of the common good by both individuals and groups of power. It is therefore necessary to remove the centrality of the law of profit and assign it to the person and to the common good. " The beatification of Slovak Salesian Titus Zeman.


    30/09/2017 - LAOS

    Vientiane, the fastest growing ivory market


    Increased sales aided by slow application of anti-trafficking laws and cheap prices. Beijing pledging to eliminate sales by the end of the year, demand moves across the border. Chinese visitors buy 80% of ivory for sale in Laos. Survival of the African elephant at risk.


    29/09/2017 - VATICAN

    Pope: announcing mercy, the task of those who proclaim the Gospel


    In a meeting with the Pontifical Council for Promoting New Evangelisation, Francis stressed the contribution that individual peoples and cultures make to the journey of the People of God and to the complex interviewing of interpersonal relationships that allow people to experience the deep unity and humanity of the Community of believers.


    29/09/2017 - VATICAN

    Pope: Angels are our “brothers” on the path to salvation


    On the day of the feast of the three Archangels Michael, Raphael and Gabriel, Francis highlights their role in divine design: Michael defends against the devil, Gabriel brings good news, Raphael walks with us.






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    MYANMAR
    Rohingya not only group persecuted in Myanmar, Christian minorities are as well



    Ethnic Kachin, Chin and Naga endure suffering. Religious discrimination is in some cases even institutionalised. Christians are seen as the expression of a foreign religion, outside of the nationalist view. For years the military regime has applied stringent discriminatory measures.


    VATICAN - ASIA
    The world is in urgent need of the Church's mission

    Bernardo Cervellera

    October is a month devoted to awakening the call to mission among Christians. In the world there is indifference or enmity towards God and the Church. Religions are considered the source of all wars. Christianity is the encounter with a Person who changes the life of the believer and places him at the service of the wounds of the world, torn by frustrations and fratricidal wars. The example of the Patriarch of Baghdad and of the President of South Korea.


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