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    30/06/2016 - VATICAN

    At today’s jubilee audience, Francis spoke about his recent visit to Armenia, and his coming trip to Georgia and Azerbaijan in September. It is "one thing to talk about mercy, it is another to live mercy" because "the works of mercy are not theoretical issues, but actual deeds. They force us to roll up our sleeves to alleviate suffering. "




    30/06/2016 - CHINA – VATICAN

    Mgr Ma Daqin, the Vatican and the Patriotic Association’s “crooked logic”

    by Gu Feng

    A priest in central China looks at the bishop of Shanghai’s volte-face, comparing him to John the Baptist who was jailed after he accused Herod. Because of their crooked logic, the Patriotic Association and the government seek to eliminate religion from the country. The Vatican is in danger of contradicting itself if it makes compromises with the Patriotic Association. Pope Benedict XVI described the latter as “incompatible” with Catholic doctrine in his Letter to Chinese Catholics, which Pope Francis has never disclaimed, but has instead reiterated.


    29/06/2016 - VATICAN

    Pope speaks about Peter and Paul, lights of the east and west, appeals after Istanbul attack


    At the Angelus prayer, Pope Francis talks about the two apostles who brought the faith to Rome. “They still want to carry Jesus, his merciful love, his consolation, his peace.” The pontiff welcomed the ecumenical delegation from Constantinople, as well as Chinese Catholics. Sharing the sorrow, he prays for the Turkish people after the Istanbul airport attack.


    29/06/2016 - VATICAN

    Pope: Prayer as the way out for the community in lieu of looking inward from persecution and fear


    On the Solemnity of the Holy Apostles Peter and Paul, Pope Francis greeted the delegation sent by the Ecumenical Patriarch of Constantinople. He expressed hope to see things go from "division to unity". He blessed the pallia for new major archbishops, a sign of communion with the See of Peter. Christian communities must be Churches “going out” through prayer to overcome fear and "Herod's complex", the feeling of persecution that drives inward when faced with dangers and “God’s surprises”.


    28/06/2016 - VATICAN

    Pope: mercy is the “criterion” for Catholic-Orthodox relations


    Francis welcomes a delegation from the Ecumenical Patriarchate, presently in Rome for the feast day of Saints Peter and Paul. “For divine mercy frees us of the burden of past conflicts and lets us be open to the future to which the Spirit is guiding us.” Bartholomew mentions the visit to Lesvos Island.


    27/06/2016 - RUSSIA

    Duma approves anti-terrorism measures that "threaten religious freedom"

    by Nina Achmatova

    Protestant leaders and human rights activists slam Yarovaya’s laws, a package of measures that, among other things, make it nearly impossible to carry out processions and limit "missionary activities".


    27/06/2016 - ASIA-UNITED KINGDOM

    Hong Kong and Asia are still suffering from Brexit: "a new era of great uncertainty"


    Analysts speak of "economic chaos" worse than the 2008 crisis. This morning the Pound fell more than 2%. Financial stocks linked to London still negative. At the China's central bank think that it will take 5-10 years to get over the bumps. Indian Manager: Just a temporary reaction.


    26/06/2016 - VATICAN - ARMENIA

    Pope in Armenia: religious freedom essential to the victory of peace


    At the conclusion of his visit Francis signed a joint declaration with Catholicos Karenin II. The "constant conflicts based on ethnicity, political and religious in the Middle East and other parts of the world." The willingness of the Catholic Church and the Armenian Apostolic Church to continue on the path towards full unity.

     


    26/06/2016 - VATICAN - ARMENIA

    The Pope in Armenia asks the Catholicos to bless "this our path towards full unity"


    Pope Francis attends the Armenian Apostolic divine liturgy. The program does not include a Catholic mass today, to emphasize the unique Eucharistic mystery. The "common wealth" of the two traditions; the intercession of the Spirit, the Mother of God, the saints, the Armenian martyrs to "re-found unity". "Let us pay heed to the younger generation, who seek a future free of past divisions" and the end of the "scandal" of division among Christians.


    25/06/2016 - VATICAN - ARMENIA

    Pope in Armenia: Memory, faith, mercy, the foundation for rebuilding Church and society


    In the city of Gyumri, marked by the genocide and by the earthquake, Pope Francis offers the "three stable foundations" to rebuild the person, the population, society. The invitation to young people to consecrate their lives to merciful love for the Church and the world "this is something that is needed in these troubled times, which is also a time of mercy".

     


    25/06/2016 - VATICAN - ARMENIA

    Pope in Armenia: reconciliation with Turkey and peace in Nagorno Karabakh


    At the ecumenical encounter and prayer for peace Francis says "we are walking together on a journey that has already taken us far". In the Middle East, "where so many of our brothers and sisters suffer violence and persecution on account of hatred and interminable conflicts.  Those conflicts are fueled by the proliferation of weapons and by the arms trade".

     


    25/06/2016 - VATICAN -ARMENIA

    The Pope at the Armenian Genocide Memorial: flowers and prayers for the victims


    Francis visits the "Hill of the Swallows," the Tzitzernakaberd Memorial Complex to commemorate those who died during the "Great Evil." A long silent prayer before the entrance of the building, then the Psalms and the Gospel in Armenian and Italian in the Flame Room of perpetual memory. Immediately after, a meeting with the descendants of those who were housed by Pope Benedict XV in Castel Gandolfo during the persecutions.


    24/06/2016 - VATICAN – ARMENIA

    Pope in Armenia condemns genocide, calls for action against those who use God to commit violence


    The ‘Great Evil’, the genocide that struck the Armenian people "was the first of the deplorable series of catastrophes of the past century, made possible by twisted racial, ideological or religious aims”. Hence, “it is vitally important that all those who declare their faith in God join forces to isolate those who use religion to promote war, oppression and violent persecution, exploiting and manipulating the holy name of God.”


    24/06/2016 - ORTHODOXY

    Pan-Orthodox Synod continues its proceedings

    by NAT da Polis

    The recognition of the Catholic Church as a true Church will be discussed in the next two days. So far, the meeting has agreed on the Orthodox Church’s mission in the world, fasting, impediments to marriage, and Churches’ declarations of autonomy. New national bishops’ conferences will include bishops from various rites and nations.


    24/06/2016 - VATICAN - ARMENIA

    Pope in Armenia: Ecumenism, collaboration, is also of value outside of Churches


    On arriving in Yerevan, Francis went to Etchmiadzin Cathedral. "For Armenia, faith in Christ has not been like a garment to be donned or doffed as circumstances or convenience dictate, but an essential part of its identity, a gift of immense significance, to be accepted with joy, preserved with great effort and strength, even at the cost of life itself".


     


    24/06/2016 - ASIA - GREAT BRITAIN

    Asian markets panic over the victory of Brexit


    "Leave" campaign wins with 52% of the votes. Stock markets plummet. The pound loses 10% of its value. Jump in price of gold and oil drops below $ 50 again. The UK might lose a lot of investment from Hong Kong, Malaysia, Singapore. The British move goes against projects of a Euro-Asian market and communications network.


    23/06/2016 - ARMENIA – VATICAN

    Pope Francis in Armenia, a pilgrim in the land of Christian martyrs

    by Pierre Balanian

    23/06/2016 - VATICAN – CHINA

    Pope is praying for Mgr Ma Daqin, the Vatican had no "role" in his statement


    Vatican Press Office Fr Federico Lombardi dispels all doubts and suspicions among Chinese Catholics with respect to Mgr Daqin’s “volte face” vis-à-vis the Chinese Patriotic Catholic Association.


    23/06/2016 - ASIA - GREAT BRITAIN

    Asia looks with interest to Brexit economy


    Most in favor of "remain" campaign because it gives more stability to general situation. For China, an exit would lead to a loss of Great Britain’s influence. Fears of multinationals that have their headquarters in London. The problems of goods and the common market.

     


    22/06/2016 - RUSSIA – CHINA

    Vladimir Putin in Beijing to discuss energy, transport and trade

    by Nina Achmatova

    Russia’s president will meet his Chinese counterpart next Saturday. Although the meeting’s agenda has not yet been made public, some 30 deals are expected to be signed. China would like to share in Rosneft’s privatisation.


    22/06/2016 - VATICAN

    Pope: Refugees are our brothers, we must welcome them


    At the General Audience Francis urges people to "touch the excluded" and the poor who need us. "Every night I pray: 'Lord, if you want you can make me clean' and I say five Our Fathers, one for each of Jesus’ wounds". "The grace working in us does not seek sensationalism. Usually it moves quietly and without fanfare".


    21/06/2016 - VATICAN

    For pope, the death penalty is unacceptable and contradicts God’s plan


    In a video message, Francis addressed the 6th World Congress against the Death Penalty, which opened today in Oslo. “The commandment ‘Thou shalt not kill’ has absolute value and applies both to the innocent and to the guilty.” The pontiff also called for improved living conditions for prisoners.


    21/06/2016 - CHINA - VATICAN

    Vatican silence over Shanghai’s Mgr Ma Daqin causing confusion and controversy

    by Bernardo Cervellera

    For some, Mgr Ma’s blog post praising the Patriotic Association and acknowledging his mistakes is nothing but “dirt”. For others, he chose humiliation for the “sake of his diocese”. Many wonder why the Holy See has remained silent about the article’s content and the bishop’s persecution. Some suspect the Vatican views the episode in positive terms. Yet, the Ma Daqin affair raises a major question. Has Benedict XVI’s Letter to Chinese Catholics (which describes the Patriotic Association as “incompatible with Catholic doctrine”) been abolished? If it has, who did it? A journey of compromises without truth is full of risks.


    20/06/2016 - ORTHODOX

    Despite the absence of some Churches, Pan-Orthodox Synod opens

    by NAT da Polis

    The leaders of the Churches of Antioch, Russia, Georgia and Bulgaria are not present. They decided not to come a week ago, despite agreeing to the gathering and its agenda. The Orthodox Church must urgently meet the challenges of the contemporary world. Synodality must be a permanent feature of the Church. Pope Francis sent his greetings and prayers.


    20/06/2016 - VATICAN

    Pope: Only God can judge, “look in the mirror" before judging others


    "Why do you see the speck that is in your brother’s eye and not notice the log that is in your own?". Judging is wanting to take God’s place, "as a bad judge." "And also, my opinion is poor judgment. It lacks something so important about God's judgment, it lacks mercy".


    20/06/2016 - UN

    More than 65 million refugees worldwide


    It is the highest ever recorded figure. The data published on the occasion of World Refugee Day. 50% come from Syria, Afghanistan, Somalia. 80% are housed in poor countries. Europe's divisions. The positive example of Iran. Pope Francis’s admonition.


    19/06/2016 - VATICAN

    Pope: The world needs Christ, his salvation, his merciful love more than ever


    Speaking at the Angelus Pope Francis reiterated the question in today's Gospel, “Who is Jesus for the people of our time? Who is Jesus for each of us?” Sadly, “Many people feel an emptiness around and in themselves; others live in restlessness and uncertainty because of insecurity and conflict”. He recited the Ave Maria for the Pan-Orthodox Synod in Crete. Tomorrow is the UN’s World Refugee Day. Speaking about refugees, he said we must “meet them, welcome them, listen to them, and become peacemakers in accordance with God’s will."


    18/06/2016 - VATICAN

    Pope: on conversion, Jesus persuaded people with kindness and love


    In today’s jubilee audience, Pope Francis focused on conversion, the "first word" of Jesus 'preaching. With "the Holy Spirit,” he seeded “in us the restlessness to change life and be a little better.” He noted that the conversions of Matthew and Zacchaeus took place "because they felt loved by Jesus and, through Him, by the Father."


    17/06/2016 - VATICAN

    Pope urges laity to look "outside", to those who are distant, to families in need, to unexplored areas


    Receiving the Pontifical Council for the Laity, Francis speaks of the reform of the Curia, and indicates the fields in which they can act. "We need well-trained lay people, animated by a sincere and limpid faith, whose life has been touched by the personal and merciful encounter with the love of Christ Jesus."

     


    17/06/2016 - VATICAN - ISLAM

    Christians and Muslims must work together to help those in need


    Message of the Pontifical Council for Interreligious Dialogue for Ramadan. Faced with so many victims of conflict and violence "it is vital that all work together to assist those in need, regardless of their ethnicity or their religious beliefs."

     


    16/06/2016 - VATICAN

    Pope: pastoral outreach should “accommodate, accompany, discern and integrate” families


    Francis opened the Ecclesial Conference of the Diocese of Rome, dedicated to Amoris laetitia. He called for “Reflecting on the lives of our families, as they are” rather than ideologising, avoiding a “separatist logic”, and giving seniors some room.






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    CHINA – VATICAN
    Mgr Ma Daqin, the Vatican and the Patriotic Association’s “crooked logic”

    Gu Feng

    A priest in central China looks at the bishop of Shanghai’s volte-face, comparing him to John the Baptist who was jailed after he accused Herod. Because of their crooked logic, the Patriotic Association and the government seek to eliminate religion from the country. The Vatican is in danger of contradicting itself if it makes compromises with the Patriotic Association. Pope Benedict XVI described the latter as “incompatible” with Catholic doctrine in his Letter to Chinese Catholics, which Pope Francis has never disclaimed, but has instead reiterated.


    CHINA - VATICAN
    Mgr Ma Daqin’s volte-face, a cross to bear for the sake of Shanghai

    p. Pietro dalla Cina

    The auxiliary bishop of Shanghai holds dear the welfare of his diocese and intends to carry alone the burden of his statements of four years ago. Fr Lombardi’s clarification on the role of the Holy See dispels any doubt: the Letter of Benedict XVI to the Chinese Church is still valid; thus the Chinese Patriotic Catholic Association's position is not accepted by the Vatican. A Chinese priest comments. Translation by AsiaNews.


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