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  • 22/03/2017 - VATICAN

    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".




    22/03/2017 - NEPAL

    Nepali Catholics call for peaceful participation in local elections

    by Christopher Sharma

    The first local elections in 19 years have raised great expectations but also generated a lot of tension. Madhesi parties are protesting, demanding changes to the constitution before the vote. Encouraged by victories in India, Nepal’s Hindu monarchists want to restore a Hindu monarchy. The government defends the country’s secular nature.


    21/03/2017 - NEPAL – CHINA – TIBET

    Police arrest hundreds of Tibetans in the wake of Pema Gyaltsen’s self-immolation in Kardze

    by Christopher Sharma

    Fifty-eight years after Tibet’s uprising, protests continue in favour of the freedom of the Tibetan people and the return of the Dalai Lama. India and China are in a standoff over the spiritual leader of Tibetan Buddhism. Nothing is known of the conditions of Pema Gyaltsen, who sacrificed himself in a week-end protest.


    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."


    14/03/2017 - NEPAL

    Bulldozers tear down earthquake shanty town in Kathmandu


    Some 2,000 people lived in the Chuchepati camp. The 2015 earthquake destroyed nearly a million buildings. Nepali authorities are late in rebuilding. Some 41,000 have been rebuild and aid handed out 450,000 families out of a total of 600,000.


    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."

     


    12/03/2017 - VATICAN

    Pope: Violence against young people is a “hidden Scream” that we must listen to


    The Cross "is not some home furnishing nor an ornament to wear, but a call to the love with which Jesus sacrificed himself to save humanity from evil and sin. " the pope expresses his "closeness" to the people of Guatemala after fire ravages a youth shelter.


    11/03/2017 - CHINA – TIBET

    Internet blocked in Sichuan on the anniversary of Tibet’s national uprising


    The move began yesterday till 17 March. Chinese authorities want to prevent Tibetans from receiving news about events abroad. In India, the Tibetan Diaspora organised a march; in Nepal, the government banned any commemoration.


    10/03/2017 - NEPAL

    Nepal, Christian parties united in local elections: the first after 19 years

    by Christopher Sharma

    The local elections will be held May 14. The four Christian political parties want to have more weight in the country. The election is the first in 19 years. Two problems to solve: who will lead the coalition and the symbol of the party.

     


    08/03/2017 - NEPAL

    Kathmandu: Catholic activists slam the trafficking of enslaved women

    by Christopher Sharma

    The victims are sold for organs or as sex slaves for militant Islamists. Women from Nepal’s Tamang, Rai Thakuri ethnic groups are particularly at risk because of their "fair and beautiful" skin. The government's work is affected by the problem’s links to organised crime. Various women’s groups organised activities and events to mark the day.


    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.


    07/03/2017 - NEPAL

    Nepal police opens fire on protesting Madhesi: four dead and scores wounded

    by Christopher Sharma

    Clash occurred during a campaign rally by an opposition Communist Party. The tribal minority complains of discrimination and wants an autonomous province. The first local elections in 19 years are set for May.


    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."

     


    03/03/2017 - NEPAL

    International investors in Kathmandu: Funds in exchange for political stability

    by Christopher Sharma

    "Nepal Investment Summit 2017" underway, strongly supported by the local government initiative. More than 250 investors from around the world are discussing the fight against poverty, crime control and the growing Islamic terrorism. Continuous changes at the top do not create favorable conditions for funding; pockets of poverty are reservoir for the recruitment of extremists.

     


    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. "


    01/03/2017 - NEPAL

    For Nepali youth, Communism has failed, call for conversion to God’s love

    by Christopher Sharma

    Some Christian and non-Christian students react to Pope Francis' Lent message. Some young people read the recently released message. Some “non-Catholics said that that the Pope's message about Lent is applicable to Nepal’s context,” says Catholic youth leader. “My friends and I would like to welcome God’s grace through conversion,” student says.






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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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