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  • 23/03/2017 - VATICAN

    "When a people, a community, even a Christian community, a parish, a diocese, close their ears and become deaf to the Word of the Lord, they look for other voices, other lords, and end up with the idols, idols of the world, the worldliness, that society offers them. They walk away from the living God. "




    23/03/2017 - ASIA - ISLAM - GREAT BRITAIN

    Indian Church praying for the victims of London attack. The sympathy of world leaders


    Cardinal Gracias expresses deep sorrow for an attack that caused a "senseless loss of life." And prays God grant "peace, strength and consolation." Sympathy and solidarity from international leaders. Iran asks to stop the sale of the "weapons to terrorist groups ". Erdogan expresses solidarity with the British, but launches a new attack on Europe.


    22/03/2017 - VATICAN

    Pope: Protect water, a common good, also by enhancing the cultural and religious significance


    The Word of God "feeds a hope that concrete results in sharing in mutual service." "Our hope is not based on our own strength or means, but on the support of God and the faithfulness of His love, that is, on God's strength and consolation of God." "That of migrants is the biggest tragedy since the Second World War".


    21/03/2017 - VATICAN

    Pope tells young people to remember the past, to have courage in the present and hope for the future


    The Message for the 32nd World Youth Day was issued today centred on “The ‘great things’ that the Almighty accomplished’.” In her meeting with Elizabeth, Mary becomes a model. The pontiff calls on young people to avoid being couch potatoes, safe and cosy, urges them to rediscover the relationship with seniors. The Church experience is not a flash mob. The future should be experienced in a constructive way, and “the institutions of marriage, consecrated life and priestly mission” should not be devalued.


    21/03/2017 - VATICAN

    Pope: the forgiveness of sins "is a mystery" and the first step is shame


    Forgiveness received from God, "the wonder he created in your heart" must be able to "enter into your consciousness." "We ask for the grace of shame before God. It 'a great grace! Ashamed of our sins and thus we receive forgiveness and the grace of generosity to give it to others because if the Lord has forgiven me so much, who am I not to forgive? ".

     


    20/03/2017 - VATICAN

    Pope: St. Joseph gives young people "the ability to dream, to take risks"


    "The man who does not speak but obeys, the man of tenderness, the man capable of keeping promises so they may become solid, safe." He is also the guardian of God’s dream": the dream of God" to save us all ", of redemption, is confided to him.

     


    19/03/2017 - VATICAN

    Pope: Forgetful of great gift of baptism, we seek wells whose waters cannot quench our thirst


    At the Angelus Pope Francis comments on Christ’s dialogue with the Samaritan woman: "This Gospel is meant for us!". Lent opportunity to encounter Jesus "in prayer, in a heart to heart conversation, see his face in the face of a suffering brother or sister ". Solidarity with the people of Peru, hit by floods. The beatification in Bolzano of Josef Mayr-Nusser, Nazi martyr: a model for the laity and for fathers. 


    17/03/2017 - VATICAN

    Pope leads penitential liturgy


    Francis, who did not deliver the homily, was confessed for about five minutes and then confessed, for about 50 minutes, some of the faithful. This morning he said that the confessor must pray, discern – to avoid generalising – and remember that the confessional is also a place of evangelisation, because it allows an encounter with the true face of God, which is that of mercy.


    16/03/2017 - VATICAN

    Pope: "Cursed is the man who trusts in himself", in goods and not in the Lord


    Those who trust in riches, goods, "in the flesh" are on a dangerous road of sin, that always personalizes God, and leads to corruption, "from which there is no going back."

     


    16/03/2017 - VATICAN-LEBANON

    Pope: I will go to Lebanon and I will always remember it in my prayers


    Francis receives Lebanese President Michel Aoun, for whom "The coexistence of Lebanon occupies a special place in the heart of Pope Francis, who will respond to the invitation to visit the Land of the Cedars." Vatican appreciation for Lebanon's support to Syrian refugees.

     


    15/03/2017 - ITALY

    Jesus teaches us how to become missionaries

    by Piero Gheddo

    The "new evangelisation" calls for a new Christian consciousness, that of having to represent Jesus to the people Christians meet. It requires overcoming the barrier of secularism, whereby talking about religious topics is seen an inappropriate, almost a taboo that prevents many from expressing the religious feeling we all carry in our hearts.


    15/03/2017 - VATICAN

    Pope: Sin of taking work from people is "very serious”


    "This work gives us dignity, and those in charge of people, leaders, have an obligation to do everything possible so that every man and every woman can work and thus hold their heads high, face others, with dignity". "We are called to love, to love", but we must avoid the risk that our charity is "hypocritical."


    15/03/2017 - MYANMAR

    Ko Ni had found a "loophole" to abolish the Constitution. The military had him killed


    So says the assistant of the Muslim lawyer, assassinated in late January. A  single vote in Parliament would suffice, by simple majority, to "abolish" the Charter and "pave the way for a new decision”. His murder a “signal from military” to those who work for reform. "Climate of fear" within the NLD.


    14/03/2017 - MYANMAR

    Political, ethnic and religious leaders to meet in Mandalay for peace talks led by the NLD

    by Yaung Ni Oo

    The goal of next Saturday’s meeting is to ease sectarian tensions and foster dialogue among ethnic groups and religions. National political leaders are expected. The country’s federalisation will be on the agenda to protect minority groups. For NLD leader, problems can be dealt without violence.


    14/03/2017 - VATICAN

    Pope: conversion is turning away from evil and learning to do good, not in words but in "getting things done"


    " Along the path of life, of the Christian life one learns every day. You have to learn every day to do something, to be better than the day before. " " He, the Lord, names three concrete things, but there are many: seek justice, relieve the oppressed, give orphans justice, defend the cause of the widow… but concrete things."

     


    13/03/2017 - MYANMAR - VATICAN

    Diplomatic relations between the Vatican and Myanmar approved


    Parliamentary approval on March 10. Myanmar opens to relations with other six countries. The Vatican proposal was issued on February 8, 2017.  Cardinal Charles Bo, the Nuncio Msgr. Paul Tsang in-Nam and Fr. Maurice Nyunt Wai protagonists of the historic agreement.


    10/03/2017 - VATICAN

    Pope: prayers, not "optional celibacy” are the answer to the crisis of vocations


    In a long interview published in the German weekly Die Zeit, Francis described himself as a “sinner” and “fallible. He also spoke about the "viri probati", "piecemeal World War", criticism and posters, and populism in Europe.


    10/03/2017 - MYANMAR - CHINA

    Clashes between rebels and government forces: 20,000 civilians flee to China


    Thousands receive Chinese humanitarian aid. New violence erupted on 6 March. At least 30 people were killed on the border between Myanmar and China following a surprise raid launched by the rebels. The intensification of the conflict has raised tensions between the two countries. The Chinese foreign minister: "Restore peace and stability at the border areas."

     


    09/03/2017 - MYANMAR

    Myanmar, journalist accused of libel against a nationalist monk


    The reporter faces three years in prison. The cleric had called the killers of a Muslim lawyer opponent of military power "defenders of race and religion,". The accused: "unacceptable incitement to hatred."

     


    07/03/2017 - MYANMAR

    Bible reading and educational activities at summer camp organised by Pathein Diocese

    by Yaung Ni Oo

    Over a hundred youth attended the gathering, including AVSI sponsored children. Reading and listening to the Word of God was the camp’s main activity. All “religions are based on love and sharing of one's life,” said one young participant.


    07/03/2017 - ASIA

    At least 900 million people paid bribes in 2016 in Asia-Pacific region


    Transparency International found that India and Vietnam are the most corrupt whilst Japan, South Korea, Hong Kong and Australia are the least. The poor suffer the most, but in Myanmar, Vietnam and Cambodia the richest are asked for bribes the most. Bribes “can kill”. Many governments remain lukewarm towards the problem.


    05/03/2017 - VATICAN

    Pope: In Lent, treat the Bible like our mobile phone, always have it at hand


    At the Angelus Pope Francis says we should “always have the Bible close at hand”, open it "several times a day"; read "the messages of God" for strength in "spiritual warfare" against Satan during Lent. Tonight the Pope and the Curia begin the Lenten spiritual exercises. 


    03/03/2017 - VATICAN

    Pope: true fasting is to help others and not do penance while performing injustices


    God delights in "the penitent heart", "the heart that feels it is a sinner and knows it is a sinner." "The other is ‘hypocritical' fasting – this is the word so often used by Jesus - it's a fast to be seen or to feel right but in the meantime I do injustice, I am not just, I exploit people."

     


    02/03/2017 - VATICAN

    Wealth redistribution is a "prerequisite" for saving the environment and biodiversity


    A workshop organised by the Pontifical Academy of Sciences and the Pontifical Academy of Social Sciences concludes that responsibility for degradation lies with the “enormous increase in economic activity based on profit and on the use of fossil fuels”, and the rich are main culprit.


    02/03/2017 - VATICAN

    Pope: "There is no God without Christ," a god without Christ, is "disembodied", not real


    God made flesh is the foundation of works of mercy. "The wounds of our brothers are the wounds of Christ, they are the wounds of God, because God is made Christ. The second reality. We cannot live Lent without this reality. We must convert, not to an abstract God, but to the concrete God who is made Christ"

     


    02/03/2017 - VATICAN

    Pope: Pray with me for Christians "persecuted because they are Christians" (Video)


    Francis' video message for March prayer intention. Those who persecute and kill do not distinguish between Catholics, Orthodox and Protestants.


    01/03/2017 - VATICAN

    Abuse survivor Marie Collins resigns from the Pontifical Commission for the Protection of Minors


    In an article she cites the lack of resources, inadequate staff, slow progress, and cultural reluctance as her reasons to quit. She especially mentions resistance by people and offices of the Roman Curia to the Commission's recommendations "despite their approval by the pope". She will nevertheless continue to cooperate with the Commission in an "educational role."


    01/03/2017 - VATICAN

    Pope: Lent, "the path from slavery to freedom", "from death to life"


    Francis celebrates Ash Wednesday. Lent is "a time of grace" which recalls "the breath" of the creator, time to free ourselves from asphyxiation selfishness, to say no to pollution caused by indifference, hypocrisy that soothes the conscience, to ask ourselves " what would become of us if God had closed the doors? ".

     


    01/03/2017 - VATICAN

    Pope: Lent, a journey of hope, because "oriented" towards Easter


    "The fact that Jesus has opened the way for eternal life" does not mean that He has done it all and we must not do anything, that he has passed through the Cross, and we 'go to heaven in a carriage'. Not so. Our salvation is certainly his gift, but because it is a love story, it requires our 'yes' and our participation, as demonstrated by our Mother Mary, and after her, all the saints. "


    28/02/2017 - VATICAN

    Pope: each country should accept all the migrants it can accommodate


    In an interview, Francis stressed the need to integrate and not ghettoise those fleeing war or famine. The latter have a right to emigrate. A homeless Polish man attended seminary with John Paul II.






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    VATICAN
    Pope tells young people to remember the past, to have courage in the present and hope for the future



    The Message for the 32nd World Youth Day was issued today centred on “The ‘great things’ that the Almighty accomplished’.” In her meeting with Elizabeth, Mary becomes a model. The pontiff calls on young people to avoid being couch potatoes, safe and cosy, urges them to rediscover the relationship with seniors. The Church experience is not a flash mob. The future should be experienced in a constructive way, and “the institutions of marriage, consecrated life and priestly mission” should not be devalued.


    AFGHANISTAN
    Fr. Moretti: The Little Sisters of Jesus, for 60 years " Afghan among Afghans"



    They have lived for 60 years at the service of the needy. They remained in Kabul under Soviet occupation, the Taliban control and the NATO bombing. Respected by all, even by the Taliban. This February their experience will end, according to Fr. Moretti "an example for us all."


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