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  • 22/10/2017 - VATICAN

    Pope Francis plans an Extraordinary Missionary Month for October 2019 to awaken the commitment of the missio ad gentes and transform ordinary pastoral outreach along missionary lines. The goal is to move away from tiredness, formalism and self-preservation. From Benedict XV's missio ad gentes to Vatican II, from Pope John Paul II to Evangelical Gaudium, this is the Church’s “essential task”,




    22/10/2017 - VATICAN

    Pope: October 2019, an Extraordinary Missionary Month for evangelisation ad gentes


    During the Angelus Pope Francis mentioned World Mission Day, entrusting “the mission of the Church in the world" to Saint John Paul II. A Letter by the pontiff about the centennial of Benedict XV's ‘Maximum Illud’ is released. "Contrasting God to Caesar would be fundamentalism." More than a hundred Claretians are canonised, martyrs of the Spanish Civil War, "to support Christians who event nowadays are subjected to discrimination and persecution in different parts of the world." The pope calls for prayers for peace in the world and Kenya.


    21/10/2017 - VATICAN

    Cardinal Filoni: World Mission Day is not a question for only priests and religious


    "The Christian faith is born precisely because, as Saint Matthew says in Chapter 28, Jesus gave the last commandment, the last mandate to his disciples: Thus go, baptise, and make disciples.” The number of Catholics in the world is up, but their proportion is down. The number of bishops is up, as are permanent deacons, but that of priests and religious is down.


    20/10/2017 - VATICAN

    Pope: to overcome the current social order model, transform it from within


    Inequality and exploitation "are not a fatality nor a historical constant," but depend on human action and economic rules. The call to “eliminate the pressures of public and private lobbyists that defend sectoral interests" and that "political action is truly in the service of the human person, the common good and respect for nature".


    20/10/2017 - VATICAN

    Pope: Jesus asks for truth, coherence of life and rejection of hypocrisy


    "Our actions are the response to God’s gratuitous love, which rectifies us and always forgives us. And our path to holiness lies in always receiving this forgiveness. " The hypocrites "trick the soul, live by trickery, holiness is a trick to them. Jesus always asks us to be truthful, but truthful in our heart and if something appears that this truth appears, that is in our heart. "


    19/10/2017 - MYANMAR

    Yangon, interreligious dialogue is the key to reconciliation


    Fr Mark Tinwin, who teaches at a Yangon seminary, speaks about the matter. For him, when the people of Myanmar will live in peace and harmony, the nation will be able to work on economic development and social progress by focusing on education, health, employment, social security and infrastructure. The Catholic Church is committed to national unity, and the promotion of dialogue in families and villages.


    19/10/2017 - VATICAN

    Pope: Catholics and Methodists as brothers and sisters on the journey together


    Francis expressed his desire to continue the path of rapprochement to a delegation of the Methodist World Council on the occasion of the 50th anniversary of the start of the Methodist-Catholic theological dialogue. For him, “As we look to the future, beyond the past fifty years, one thing is certain: we cannot grow in holiness without growing in communion.”


    19/10/2017 - SOUTHEAST ASIA

    Beijing becoming a major weapons supplier in Southeast Asia


    China won a US$ 148 million contract to supply the Thai military with 49 tanks. Malaysia has bought 18 frigates for coastal defense. Indonesia has obtained Chinese-made radar and command systems. China is Myanmar’s largest arms supplier.


    19/10/2017 - VATICAN

    Pope: Salvation is "free", do not close the door to anyone seeking it


    "The doctors of the law are not just of those times, there are so many even today. That is why we need to pray for shepherds. Pray so that we do not lose the key to knowledge and do not close the door to ourselves and the people who want to enter. "


    18/10/2017 - MYANMAR

    For Yangon priest, Myanmar Catholics “long for” the word of God

    by Inviato di AsiaNews

    Since Aung San Suu Kyi came to power, people feel greater religious freedom. The Myanmar Church offers many faith training programmes. The Archdiocese of Yangon is involved in many initiatives.


    18/10/2017 - VATICAN

    Pope says for believers “death is a door wide open” for doubters “it is a flickering light”


    Christian hope and the reality of death was the theme of catechesis for the general audience. "I invite you now, perhaps, to close your eyes and to think of that moment: of our death. Let us each think of our own death, and imagine the moment that will come when Jesus takes us by the hand and will say, 'Come, come with me, arise.' There hope will end and reality begins, the reality of life."


    18/10/2017 - VATICAN

    Pope: All religions are called to invoke peace


    Francis receives delegates from the "World Conference of Religions for Peace". "All men of good will, especially those who hold responsibilities, are called to work for it." "Whoever commits violence or justifies it in the name of religion severely offends God".


    17/10/2017 - MYANMAR – VATICAN

    Myanmar bishops express gratitude to Pope Francis for his three gifts

    by Inviato di AsiaNews

    A solemn mass of thanksgiving is held at the Cathedral of the Immaculate Conception. For Card Charles Maung Bo, this "is a historic moment for all of us and for the Church in Myanmar”. The new nuncio, Mgr Paul Tschang In-Nam, calls on Catholics to work for national peace and reconciliation.


    17/10/2017 - VATICAN

    Pope: not listening to the Word of God is "foolish" and leads to corruption


    The doctors of the Law are only concerned with the external appearance of things, foolish those who follow "idols," like consumerism, foolish those Christians who have become "ideologues of Christianity." "The fool does not listen, he thinks he is listening, but he does not listen. And for this reason the Word of God cannot enter into the heart, and there is no place for love. "


    17/10/2017 - BANGLADESH

    Teknaf, boat carrying Rohingya capsizes leaving 12 dead

    by Sumon Corraya

    In September, 60 refugees drowned in these waters, another 30 in October. More than half a million Rohingya have entered Bangladesh to escape the violence. Only this week about 50,000 have crossed the border. The Catholic Church's commitment to refugees.


    16/10/2017 - VATICAN

    Pope tells FAO to use love and solidarity against war and climate change that cause migration


    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.”


    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 - MYANMAR

    Rohingya, Aung San Suu Kyi and Card. Bo call for Rakhine's unity and development


    Assistance, repatriation and resettlement of refugees are the goals of the latest government initiative. Card. Charles Maung Bo supports the Democratic leader's efforts. Thousands of people at the interreligious event wanted by the Lady.


    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 - BANGLADESH

    Cox's Bazaar: Caritas distributes food to 70,000 Rohingya

    by Sumon Corraya

    Dhaka's government grants permission to bring food and basic necessities for 60 days. The social arm of the Catholic Church collaborates with the World Food Program in the Ukhiya refugee camp. Every day volunteers distribute beans, hot meals, sugar and oil.


    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 - MYANMAR

    The commitment of young people, the "backbone" of Taungngu diocese

    by Thiri Aung

    Celebrations for the 150th anniversary of evangelization. Tourism and the prevention of human trafficking at the center of the last youth meeting. Preparations for Pope's Visit. A homage to PIME missionaries in the history of the Burmese Church.


    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.

     






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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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