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  • 19/02/2018 - VATICAN-RUSSIA-CHINA

    The Vatican’s latest openings to China resemble the path traced by the old Ostpolitik of Card. Agostino Casaroli. Then as now, the Holy See’s moves have provoked and provoke disagreements, criticism and charges of forgetting the persecuted Church and human rights violations. Casaroli himself had doubts about his effectiveness, although he was eager to implement the dimension of dialogue, rediscovered with the Second Vatican Council. Part One.


    by di Stefano Caprio*

    18/02/2018 - VATICAN

    Pope: Lent: temptation, conversion and good news


    At the Angelus, Pope Francis emphasizes that Lent is a time of "spiritual training" to overcome evil in us and around us. "In our life we ​​always need conversion, and the Church makes us pray for this". "Only God can give us true happiness: it is useless to waste our time looking for it elsewhere, in riches, in pleasures, in power, in careers". The invitation to young people to participate - even online – in the meeting in preparation for the October Synod. Message of affection to prisoners. A remembrance in prayer for the beginning of the Roman Curia’s spiritual exercises.


    17/02/2018 - HONG KONG - CHINA - VATICAN

    The Church 'doesn't care about politics and human rights' ... Wrong!

    by John Mok Cit Wai

    In an attempt to please China, several commentators dare to conceal or manipulate the teaching of the Church. The Church's mission is linked to support for human rights and commitment to society. Jesus never challenged the Roman Empire, but created a revolution. Msgr Romero defending the poor and the Church, had to face the military junta. A comment by John Mok Cit Wai.


    16/02/2018 - VATICAN

    Pope: fasting is real when concerned with helping others


    Fasting is "stripping oneself a little"; maybe thanking the Lord because we are able to fast: "poor people", they must fast because they do not have anything to eat "and you even despise them ". Do penance in peace: "You cannot talk to God on one side and talk to the devil on the other" because it is inconsistent.


    16/02/2018 - VATICAN

    Young people from all over the world in Rome in preparation for the October Synod


    From March 19 to 24, the Pre-Synodal Meeting will prepare a document that will flow into the working document of the Synod. An encounter to "listen" to young people. To participate concretely through social media, young people will simply have to go to the website www.synod2018.va, where they will find the link to register with the Facebook Group of one of the 6 languages ​​provided.


    15/02/2018 - VATICAN

    Pope encourages young priests to seek guidance in older priests


    The ages in the priesthood, with their peculiar characteristics, risks and potentialities were the subject of which Pope Francis spoke today to the clergy of Rome gathered in the Basilica of St. John Lateran for the traditional meeting of the beginning of Lent.


    14/02/2018 - VATICAN

    Lent is a time to defeat the demons of distrust, apathy and resignation, says pope


    In celebrating Ash Wednesday, Francis calls on the faithful to look and contemplate "the real face of Christ crucified out of love for everyone, without exception” and to “Return to the house of your Father”.


    14/02/2018 - VATICAN

    Pope: Prayer of the Faithful are for concrete needs of the Church and of the world


    Continuing his catechesis on Mass, Francis spoke of the Creed and the Prayer of the faithful, recalling Christ’s monition: "ask and you will be given". "We do not ask for this, because we have little faith, but if we had the faith Jesus speaks of, we would have everything". It a time to ask for the important things. But "the claims of worldly logic do not rise towards Heaven, just as self-referential requests remain unheard".

     


    13/02/2018 - VATICAN

    Pope: Mass with Patriarch Youssef, for 'a Crucified People'


    "We offer this Mass for the people, for the suffering people, for the Christians persecuted in the Middle East, who give their lives, give their goods, their properties because they are driven away".


    12/02/2018 - MIDEAST – UNITED STATES – RUSSIA

    As Mahmoud Abbas travels to Moscow seeking Russian support, tensions between Israel and Iran rise


    The Palestinian leader is set to meet Putin to boost ties with Russia ahead of UN Security Council meetings. For the first time Trump criticises Israel over the settlements and the failed peace process with the Palestinians. Iranian drone entered into Israel, but Tehran denies the claim. Israeli fighters carry out strikes in Syria; one is shot down.


    12/02/2018 - VATICAN

    Pope: patience, virtue of those who are persecuted, like Christians in the Middle East


    Unlike "defeat" and "resignation", Christian patience is the "virtue" of "those on a journey". "And when you go on a journey, many things happen that are not always good. The attitude of parents when a sick or disabled child is born, tells me so much about patience on the journey. 'But thank God he is alive!': These are the patient people".


    12/02/2018 - VATICAN – BANGLADESH

    Pope and Bangladesh leader discuss coexistence between religions and Rohingya


    The Church's contribution to the country, especially in education, was discussed. So was the government’s commitment to peaceful coexistence between the various religious communities and defence of minorities and refugees.


    11/02/2018 - VATICAN

    Pope: With hearts turned toward Lourdes, we contemplate Jesus as the true physician of our bodies and souls


    During the Angelus, Pope Francis said that today is the World Day of the Sick. The pontiff also registered via the Internet for World Youth Day in Panama in January 2019, and mentioned that 23 February will be day of prayer and fasting for peace in the Democratic Republic of Congo.


    09/02/2018 - VATICAN

    Pope calls for 'serious examination' of complicities that exist in human trafficking


    "Experience shows that such modern forms of slavery are far more widespread than previously imagined, even – to our scandal and shame –within the most prosperous of our societies," he told the "Santa Marta Group".


    09/02/2018 - CHINA – UNITED STATES

    Beijing taking steps to avert a possible trade war with Washington


    State Councillor Yang Jiechi met Rex Tillerson. High level talks could resume.  The threat of new duties on Chinese exports to the US looms over the horizon. The US, Japan and Europe are frustrated.


    09/02/2018 - IRAN – CHINA – RUSSIA

    China and Russia reiterate support for Iran nuclear agreement


    The JCPOA could collapse as a result of attacks and threats from the US president. Teheran and Beijing plan to work together to protect it. According to the Russia’s foreign minister, failure would have "very negative" consequences for the whole world. Iran does not intend to renegotiate.


    08/02/2018 - VATICAN

    Pope: a sinner can become a saint, but a corrupt person can’t


    "And here is the problem of the weakening of the heart. When the heart begins to weaken, it is not like a situation of sin: you commit a sin, and you realize it immediately. “I have committed this sin”; it’s clear. Weakness of the heart is a slow journey, that slides along step by step, step by step, step by step…".


    07/02/2018 - VATICAN

    Pope: join forces to prevent trafficking in people and protect victims


    Francis appeal on World Day against Trafficking. The hope of "a world in which conflicts can be resolved peacefully through dialogue and mutual respect" urged by the joint parade of the two Koreas at the Olympics. During the Mass, the Gospel should be heard "with an open heart" and the homily should be prepared and last "no more than 10 minutes".


    07/02/2018 - VATICAN-CHINA

    Msgr. Sanchez Sorondo in Wonderland

    by Bernardo Cervellera

    The President of the Pontifical Academy of Sciences exalts China as the best implementer of the Churches’ social doctrine. The bishop seems oblivious to the shantytowns of Beijing and Shanghai, the expulsion of migrants, oppression of religious freedom. Appreciation for the Paris Climate Agreement, but silence on the links between wealth, corruption and pollution. An ideological approach that makes a laughing stock of the Church.


    07/02/2018 - VATICAN-CHINA

    Msgr. Sanchez Sorondo: China, the best implementer of the social doctrine of the Church


    The chancellor of the Pontifical Academy of Sciences, back from a trip to Beijing, exalts China as a country where the "common good" is the primary value; where "there are no slums" or drugs, where the environment is respected. Not like the United States of Donald Trump. "Many meeting points" between China and the Vatican.


    06/02/2018 - TURKEY - VATICAN

    Erdogan's acrobatics and the art of bartering

    by NAT da Polis

    The political aims of the Turkish president’s Vatican visit. The alliance with Putin and purchase of weapons from Russia while remaining in NATO. The Sultan wants to take full advantage of Turkey's geopolitical position in the migrant flow to Europe; as a basis for a possible attack on Iran. But everything according to his personal ambition.


    06/02/2018 - VATICAN

    Pope: prayer, almsgiving and fasting against the devil who is behind false prophets


    Francis' message for Lent titled: "Because of the increase of iniquity, the love of many will grow cold". The false prophets are "snake charmers" who offer moments of pleasure disguised as happiness, that make us slaves of money, "charlatans" that offer simple and immediate solutions to suffering, from drugs to "disposable" relationships, to "a completely virtual life" that robs human relationships of meaning.


    06/02/2018 - CHINA-VATICAN

    Card. Zen: Do not manipulate Pope Benedict XVI’s Letter

    by Card. Joseph Zen

    The bishop emeritus of Hong Kong comments on some statements and publications of the past few days, after the declaration of the Vatican press office on the "presumed difference of thought and action between the Holy Father and his collaborators in the Roman Curia on issues relating to China". The accusation of Card. Zen: the Letter of Benedict XVI to Chinese Catholics is only partially quoted. Comfort to the faithful of the underground communities forced "to enter the lion’s cage".


    05/02/2018 - VATICAN - TURKEY

    Pope receives Erdogan: Jerusalem, but also refugees, human rights and the condition of Catholics


    The Turkish president meets Francis: the situation in the Middle East and the need to "promote peace and stability in the region through dialogue and negotiation, with respect for human rights and international law". Beyond the cordial climate and the good relations existing on the diplomatic level, there no full religious freedom in Turkey.


    05/02/2018 - VATICAN

    Pope: learning adoration, what we will do in Heaven


    In front of the glory of God, words disappear, we do not know what to say, added Francis. As it is said in the liturgy of tomorrow, Solomon, in fact, can only say two words: "listen and forgive". And the conclusion is "to worship in silence with all the history on and ask:"Listen and forgive ".


    04/02/2018 - VATICAN

    Pope: A day of prayer and fasting for peace on February 23


    At the Angelus, Pope Francis invites Christians and all people of goodwill to pray for peace for the world and especially for the Democratic Republic of Congo and for South Sudan, afflicted by violent civil wars and millions of refugees. The question: "What can I do for peace?". "Victories gained through violence are false victories; while working for peace is good for everyone ". The miracles of Jesus and the awakening of faith in the people he meets. The streets are the place of the mission for the Church "under the sign of going out". The beatification of Teresio Olivelli, martyr in the concentration camp of Hersbruck. The Day for Life.


    02/02/2018 - VATICAN

    The youthfulness of an institute of consecrated life lies in its roots, in listening to its elders, pope says


    On World Day of Consecrated Life, Pope Francis tells consecrated men and women that “we can never leave others behind, never pass over generations, but must accompany one another daily, keeping the Lord always at the center.”


    02/02/2018 - FRANCE – ISLAM

    Daesh is not alone in justifying sexual slavery, there is al Azhar too (II)

    by Hocine Drouiche

    The “intellectual” leaders of the Islamic State continue to justify the enslavement of non-Muslim women as part of the "spoils of war". In doing so, they go along with many of today’s Muslim scholars. Conservative circles have put up a resistance to an historical and contextual re-examination of Islam’s sacred texts. This is the second part (out of three) of an analysis by Imam Hocine Drouiche. The first part was published yesterday.


    02/02/2018 - CHINA-VATICAN

    The tears of Chinese bishops. A portrait of Msgr. Zhuang, bishop of Shantou

    by Padre Pietro

    A priest of the official Church, recalls the 88 year old bishop that the Vatican wants to replace with an illegitimate bishop, to please the regime. Mons. Zhuang Jianjian became an underground bishop at the behest of the Vatican in 2006. Card. Zen and Msgr. Zhuang, image of the faithful Church, "which provokes an immense sadness and a sense of impotence". The hopes of card. Parolin to console "the past and present sufferings of Chinese Catholics".


    01/02/2018 - VATICAN

    Pope: death is 'a fact', 'a legacy', 'a memory'


    "I am not the master of time", "repeating this helps", recommended Francis, because "it saves us from that illusion of the moment, of taking life as a chain of interlinking moments, which makes no sense".






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    The tears of Chinese bishops. A portrait of Msgr. Zhuang, bishop of Shantou

    Padre Pietro

    A priest of the official Church, recalls the 88 year old bishop that the Vatican wants to replace with an illegitimate bishop, to please the regime. Mons. Zhuang Jianjian became an underground bishop at the behest of the Vatican in 2006. Card. Zen and Msgr. Zhuang, image of the faithful Church, "which provokes an immense sadness and a sense of impotence". The hopes of card. Parolin to console "the past and present sufferings of Chinese Catholics".


    CHINA - VATICAN - HONG KONG
    Card. Zen on the bishops of Shantou and Mindong

    Card. Joseph Zen

    The bishop emeritus of Hong Kong confirms the information published in recent days by AsiaNews and reveals details of his conversation with Pope Francis on these topics: "Do not create another Mindszenty case", the primate of Hungary whom the Vatican forced to leave the country, appointing a successor in Budapest, at the will of the communist government of the time. 


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