28/10/2016 - VATICAN
Addressing participants in the International Conference for episcopal vicars and delegates for Consecrated Life Francis asked them to "be close to consecrated persons, with tenderness and love" and to promote the different charisms. Consecrated persons must live their autonomy "in close relation with insertion, in such a way that the charismatic freedom and the catholicity of consecrated life are also expressed in the context of the particular Church".
28/10/2016 - VATICAN
Pope: Jesus praying is "the cornerstone" of the Church and all of our lives
"The cornerstone of the Church is our Lord in front of the Father who intercedes on our behalf, who is praying for us. We pray to Him but the key thing is that He is praying for us". "We are all like a building, but the foundation is Jesus, Jesus praying for us. Jesus praying for me. "
27/10/2016 - VATICAN
Pope: God weeps over disasters, wars, over killed children
"Someone said that God became man in order to cry, cry at what his children had done." "He weeps for this humanity that does not understand the peace that He gives us the peace of love."
27/10/2016 - VATICAN
Pope calls for “concerted, active and constant effort" against human trafficking
Francis today received the participants at the Conference, promoted in the Vatican, the so-called "Santa Marta Group" against trafficking in human beings. The group is led by Cardinal Vincent Nichols, Archbishop of Westminster and Bernard Hogan-Howe, head of London's Metropolitan Police.
26/10/2016 - VATICAN
Pope in Sweden: Catholics and Lutherans are "on the right path" for new agreements
A briefing outlines Francis’s visit on 31 October and 1 November to commemorate the 500th anniversary of the Lutheran Reformation. The Joint Declaration on Justification notes no agreement on three points, relative to the ministry, the Church and the Eucharist.
26/10/2016 - VATICAN
Pope: Migrants, "closure is not a solution," indeed it ends up favoring criminals
"The only solution is that of solidarity, solidarity with the migrant, solidarity with the foreigner”. And even with those who are "naked", those who have lost their dignity like the women victims of trafficking and "those who do not have a job, a house, a fair wage".
25/10/2016 - VATICAN
Pope: God's Kingdom is "a journey" and the law is not to be studied, but experienced
God’s Kingdom "is created every day, through our docility to the Holy Spirit, which is what unites our little pinch of leaven or tiny seed to the power that helps them to grow." If we do not evolve, we become rigid and "rigidity orphans us, leaving us without a father."
25/10/2016 - VATICAN
For the Church, cremation is legitimate, but ashes must be respected
"Instructions" from the Congregation for the Doctrine of the Faith. Preference for burial, "because with it you show a greater esteem for the dead", but confirming the legality of cremation, provided that it does not deny Christian doctrine. The ashes cannot be kept at home, or dispersed, divided, used to make objects.
25/10/2016 - VATICAN - HINDUS
Vatican Message to Hindus: Promoting hope among families
A message to mark Diwali and the beginning of the year. Although “ today the very notion of family is being undermined by a climate that relativizes its essential significance and value", as well as by wars, poverty and migration, "there are strong signs of renewed hope due to the witness of those who hold fervently to the enduring importance of marriage and family life".
24/10/2016 - VATICAN - CHINA
The new bishop of Changzhi and the many voices on China-Vatican dialogueby Bernardo Cervellera
The ordination will take place on November 10 in the Cathedral. The bishop had been appointed by the Holy See at least two years ago. But he was waiting for the green light from Beijing. Similar situation in Chengdu. Fears for the presence of excommunicated bishops. Reconciliation between illegitimate and official bishops is not brought about by political gestures, but depends on personal and canonical procedures. A meeting between the Chinese delegation and the Vatican is not "imminent".
24/10/2016 - VATICAN
Pope: Do not live by the rigidity of the law, but meekness, kindness, and forgiveness which are gifts from God
"There is always something hidden behind the rigidity, in many cases a double life; but there is also some sort of illness. How the rigid suffer: when they are sincere and they realize this, they suffer! Because they fail to have the freedom of God's children. They do not know how to walk according to the law of the Lord and they are not blessed."
24/10/2016 - FRANCE
Evacuation of migrants from Calais 'Jungle' begins
Over a thousand police deployed to remove between 6-8 thousand refugees. Most of them are from Afghanistan, Sudan and Eritrea. Calais residents complain of lack of security and failing businesses. It's the fourth time that the campsite near the port has been evacuated.
23/10/2016 - VATICAN
Pope: the cruelty of those who kill children in Iraq “makes us weep”
"Our hearts are shocked by the heinous acts of violence that have been committed for far too long against innocent citizens, be they Muslim, Christian or members of other ethnic groups and religions." World Mission Day “is time of courage”.
22/10/2016 - VATICAN
For pope, dialogue is "an expression of the great need for God's love"
About 100,000 people gathered today for Pope Francis’ jubilee audience on how dialogue “breaks down the walls of divisions and misunderstandings, builds bridges of communication, and does not allow anyone to turn inward into his or her own world” but “invites us to stand before others seeing them as a gift of God”. “The Church too lives of dialogue with the men and women of every age, to understand the needs that are at the heart of every person and contribute to achieving the common good.”
21/10/2016 - VATICAN
Pope: Humility, gentleness and patience to build unity in the Church
"A large heart, there is room for everybody. And this creates the bond of peace; this is the worthy manner in which to behave to create the bond of peace which is the creator of unity."
20/10/2016 - VATICAN
Pope: To really know Jesus we need to pray, worship and recognize our sins
It’s not enough to read the Gospel and study the catechism. We have to be like St. Paul and "plunge" into the "immense sea that is the person of Christ."
19/10/2016 - HONG KONG – CHINA – VATICAN
On “Hong Kong sectors” supposedly "against Francis"by John Mok Chit Wai
19/10/2016 - VATICAN
Pope: "Our relationship with God passes through giving food to the hungry and drink to the thirsty"
"It is necessary to cultivate a public conscience that preserves food and access to water as universal rights of all human beings, without distinction or discrimination". "One of the consequences of the so-called 'wellbeing' is to lead people to withdraw into themselves, making them insensitive to the needs of others."
18/10/2016 - VATICAN-ASIA
The "enemies" of Pope Francisby Bernardo Cervellera
The charge made against AsiaNews that we are against the Pope and in favor of Putin, is an opportunity to outline what motivates our commitment to evangelization. And also to ask for greater professionalism from those who write about the Pope. The Pope does not need public defenders. Facilitating dialogue between "conservatives" and "progressives" to realize the Council and concern ourselves with the world so that it encounters Jesus Christ. Christ’s “enemies” were also his "friends."
18/10/2016 - VATICAN
Pope: The shepherd who follows Jesus, although abandoned by everyone, always has the Lord by his side
At the end of their lives apostles, prophets and martyrs experienced loneliness, difficulties, they were stripped, abandoned, but the Lord remained by their side. "Pray for the pastors who are at the end of their lives and who are waiting for the Lord to take them with Him."
18/10/2016 - ISLAM – FRANCE
How to stop radical Islam in Franceby Hocine Drouiche
As terror attacks multiply, it is no longer enough to say that “they have nothing to do with Islam” or that “Islam is peace". What is needed is reform within Islam to reconcile faith and reason, spirituality and the values of secularism, freedom, and equality. The imam of Nîmes, vice president of the Conference of Imams of France has some proposals to erase fear and establish the coexistence of Muslims in Europe.
16/10/2016 - VATICAN
Pope: saints, men and women who struggle with prayer
At the Mass in St Peter’s Square, Pope Francis canonizes seven new saints from Europe and Latin America and Central Europe. Among these two martyrs,"Dear Brochero", dear to the pope, and the Carmelite Elizabeth of the Trinity. " To pray is not to take refuge in an ideal world, nor to escape into a false, selfish sense of calm. On the contrary, to pray is to struggle, but also to let the Holy Spirit pray within us". World Day against Poverty.
15/10/2016 - INDIA - VATICAN
Indian Jesuit: Fr. Arturo Sosa is the new Superior General, from the peripheries of the world and attentive to socialby Keith D’Souza*
Yesterday the General Congregation elected the Venezuelan p. Arturo Sosa Abascal to guide the Society of Jesus. As the Pope, he is a native of South America. Combine theological reflection with social issues. The vast experience of government “useful” in a context which is increasingly "globalized."
15/10/2016 - VATICAN
Pope to elderly: Society needs your smile and the beautiful brightness of your eyes
Pope Francis meets with members of the National Older Workers Union and the Italian Seniors Federation, in the context of the national Day of the Elderly. "Maturity and wisdom accumulated over the years" are vital to the Church and to society. Elderly should not be marginalized or considered “unproductive". "In countries that have suffered a severe religious persecution, the grandparents passed on the faith to new generations." Pray to "the grandmother of Jesus, Saint Anne" to be "good and wise grandparents."
15/10/2016 - ASIA
"Monumental" international agreement against greenhouse gases
Rich nations - the EU, US, and others - will reduce the use of fluoro-hydrocarbons by 10% by 2019. But China - main producer - will begin the reduction by 2029. India will reduce by 10% only in 2032.
14/10/2016 - VATICAN
Pope: The good leaven of truth and the bad leaven of hypocrisy
At Mass at Santa Marta, Pope Francis indicates children as a " model of good leaven": at confession they speak “truthfully” of concrete things. "The hypocrite is a simulator": "They say one thing and do another." "The hypocrite is a nominalist, believes that by saying they do everything."
14/10/2016 - UNITED NATIONS
For new UN secretary Guterres, “human dignity the core of my work”
The General Assembly unanimously votes for Mr Guterres who was picked by the Security Council a few days ago. For outgoing secretary general, he is a “super choice”.
13/10/2016 - VATICAN
For pope, Christians are "blessed, because they are chosen, because they are forgiven, because they forge their way”
“Each of us has been dreamt by the Father as a father and a mother dreams of their awaited baby.” We feel like “a fan of a football team". But when “A man or woman who does not feel forgiven,” they are not “fully Christian". Instead, the latter "is a man or a woman forging towards fullness, towards an encounter with Christ who redeemed us”.
13/10/2016 - VATICAN
Pope: Lutherans and Catholics walking on the road that goes from conflict to communion
Speaking to a German ecumenical pilgrimage Francis reflects on his upcoming journey to Lund, Sweden, "and together with the Lutheran World Federation, we will remember, after five centuries, the beginning of Luther's reform and thank the Lord for fifty years of official dialogue between Lutherans and Catholics. "
13/10/2016 - VATICAN
Pope: Reception, protection and integration for migrant children
Francis message for the next World Day of Migrants is titled "Child migrants, vulnerable and voiceless". The phenomenon of migration "is not divorced from the history of salvation, in fact, is part of it." Children "who in a threefold way are defenceless: they are children, they are foreigners, and they have no means to protect themselves.".
12/10/2016 - VATICAN
Pope: the “enemy” teaches us "the ecumenism of blood"
Those who persecute Christians make no distinction between Catholics, Orthodox or Protestants. The path to unity is not only the work of theologians, however important it may be, but it is also praying for each other, and working together for those in need.
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