05/29/2015VATICAN Pope: New Evangelization, address the "great challenges" of our time with a "renewed" language and bearing witness to the faith The challenge of the new evangelization and catechesis depends on one fundamental point: "how to encounter Christ, what is the most consistent place to find Him and follow Him." "The question of how we are educating in the faith, therefore, is not rhetorical, but essential. The answer requires courage, creativity and decision to undertake sometimes still unexplored roads. " Vatican City (AsiaNews) - The new evangelization is "being aware of the merciful love of the Father for us so we too can become instruments of salvation for our brothers and sisters", so fearlessly confronting the "great challenges" of our time with a "renewed " language and offering the...
05/28/2015VATICAN Pope: selfish, worldly or rigorous Christians, draw people away from Jesus There are three groups of Christians: those who instead of responding to the cry of the people asking for salvation distance them from Jesus because they only think about their "selfish" relationship with God, or because they worldly people or rigorists. And then there are Christians who really listen to the cry and live in accordance with their faith and help draw people closer to Jesus.
05/28/2015CHINA - RUSSIA Moscow wants to "restore" Russian sites and monuments in Northeast China by Nina Achmatova The Coordination Council of Russian Compatriots in the People's Republic has prepared a program which identifies seven objects of historical and artistic significance; these include churches and a cross on the site where a battle was fought in the Russo-Japanese War.
05/26/2015VATICAN Pope: Christianity is a radical choice: you cannot have "heaven and earth" "It's sad to see a Christian, whether it’s a lay person, consecrated, priest, or bishop - it’s sad when you see he wants two things: to follow Jesus and worldly things, to follow Jesus and worldliness." Jesus does not promise riches to his apostles, but the legacy of the Kingdom of heaven "but with persecution, with the cross."
05/25/2015RUSSIA Russia faces debate on the legalization of polygamy After the marriage between a Chechen police chief and a minor, who he took as his second wife, an official close to Kadyrov intends to "regularize" the practice, already widespread in the Muslim majority Russian Caucasus. The Kremlin keeps a low profile, while the Church defends Chechnya: "Media attack" launched by opponents of the traditional family.
05/24/2015VATICAN For pope, the missionary dimension is in the Church’s very nature and is "intrinsic to all forms of consecrated life" "In Jesus’ command to ‘go forth’, we see the scenarios and ever-present new challenges of the Church’s evangelizing mission,” said Pope Francis in his message for World Mission Day. “All her members are called to proclaim the Gospel by their witness of life. In a particular way, consecrated men and women are asked to listen to the voice of the Spirit who calls them to go to the peripheries, to those to whom the Gospel has not yet been proclaimed.”
05/20/2015VATICAN Pope: pray for the Catholics of China and for persecuted Christians "Religious freedom is a human right". In Italy the Pentecost Vigil will be recall our "many brothers and sisters exiled or killed simply because they are Christians." On May 24 the prayer to Our Lady of Sheshan. Chinese Catholics are "credible witnesses" of merciful love and live "spiritually united to the rock of Peter on which the Church is built." The family’s "natural vocation to educate", must not be replaced by "experts" and “intellectual critics".