The extremist Islamist party has violently attacked France over the Muhammad cartoons. Paris urges its citizens and businesses to leave Pakistan.
Hope is needed most to cope with today’s suffering and angst. Transcending human optimism, it “has its basis in something religious: God loves us, and therefore cares for us through his providence”.
Organised by the Pontifical Council for Culture and the Cura and STOQ foundations, the meeting will look at medical innovation and the possibility of creating new approaches and interdisciplinary partnerships to cure diseases and improve health, well-being and understanding of human uniqueness. A message from Pope Francis is expected to conclude the event.
Pope Francis and the universal Church are called upon to stop the closure of Catholic orphanages for mentally and physically disabled children. It is time to review the Sino-Vatican Agreement. After hopes were raised, everything is now being betrayed in the name of politics.
"We see it in certain groups that come to an agreement to bring about changes in the life of the Church, all the media that inform ... But prayer is not seen". General audience dedicated to "The Church teacher of prayer". Monasteries "vital cells, not only for the ecclesial fabric but for society itself".
The perspective of synodality "active participation of all the faithful in the mission of the Church". For women "an important role to play in the human formation of future priests". The issue of celibacy "must be addressed on the horizon of vocation". Clericalism "a danger for both priests and the faithful: it identifies the priesthood with power and not with service".
On Divine Mercy Sunday, Pope Francis celebrates mass in the church of Santo Spirito in Sassia with a congregation of missionaries of Mercy, prisoners and detainees, migrants and refugees, nurses and hospital nuns. "Jesus brings about “the resurrection of the disciples” through his mercy. The peace of Jesus makes the disciples pass "from remorse to mission". Pooling resources "is not communism, it is pure Christianity". " Let us not live a oneway faith, a faith that receives but does not give, a faith that accepts the gift but does not give it in return." The Regina Caeli and the greeting to those present.
A commentary on the Gospel of the Second Sunday of Easter, B (John 20, 19-31).
The two women are accused of having thrown away an adhesive label with devotional phrases. One of them risked being killed by a colleague of hers. An investigation has started. The accusation probably arose from disagreements at work or personal interests. Bishop of Faisalabad: It is time to change the blasphemy law.
Message from Francis to the global symposium "Faith and Flourishing: Strategies for Preventing and Healing Child Sexual Abuse." May the initiative contribute "to a greater awareness of the gravity and extent of child sexual abuse".
In a letter sent to the participants in the 2021 Spring Meeting of the World Bank and the International Monetary Fund, Francis calls for the search for the common good to guide finance. Wealthy nations should pay their "ecological debt", "We particularly need a vaccine solidarity that is rightly financed".
The Archbishop of Lahore welcomed Muhammad Shoaib Suddle, one of Pakistan's foremost Supreme Court officials and anti-terrorism experts. Stressing the importance of the site to millions of pilgrims who visit it every year, Archbishop Sebastian Shaw mentioned the provincial government's commitment to building a new road.
In his Easter greetings to Christians, the politician claimed that "minorities enjoy full freedom in Lahore." The tears of Mrs. Nageena, whose 15-year-old daughter was kidnapped more than a year and a half ago: "If what happened to me had happened to these politicians would they have the courage to say the same?".
“When we pray, we never do it alone: even if we don't think about it, we are immersed in a majestic river of invocations that precedes us and continues after us”. Francis recalled "in prayer the victims of the floods that hit Indonesia and East Timor in recent days". Vatican Athletics continue in their commitment to "spreading the culture of fraternity in the sports field".
Young people killed in Myanmar, oppressed in Bangkok, imprisoned in Hong Kong, with no prospects for the economic crisis ...Pope Francis’ long list of social "plagues". Easter is not a vague symbol or psychological consolation. Nor is it just a past event.