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    07/02/2016 - VATICAN

    At the Angelus Francis launches appeals also to eradicate new forms of slavery and sends greetings of peace and serenity for the Chinese New Year. He asks for prayers for the meeting with "my brother Kirill." "The essentials" of Christianity is "the essence of Christianity: to spread the regenerating and gratuitous love of God, with attitude of welcome and mercy to everyone, so that everyone can meet the tenderness of God and have the fullness of life."




    06/02/2016 - VATICAN

    Pope: prayer works miracles, it is a key that opens God’s heart “which is never padlocked"


    Greeting the Padre Pio Prayer Groups Francis says that prayer "is not a good practice for peace of  heart,  neither a pious way to obtain from God what we need. If it were so, it would be moved by a subtle selfishness: I pray to feel good, like taking an aspirin. No, it is not this. I pray to get this thing. That is just making a deal. Neither is it this. Prayer is something else. Prayer, is a work of spiritual mercy". " In a word, it means entrusting: entrust the Church, people, situations to the Father, so that He may care for them".


    06/02/2016 - RUSSIA - VATICAN

    Francis and Kirill, a Holy Alliance for the future of Christians and the world

    by Vladimir Rozanskij

    The meeting between the Pope and the Patriarch of Moscow Kirill has been eagerly desired for quite some time. Expected under John Paul II; hoped for with Benedict XVI, it has taken time to realize. Catholics and Orthodox face the same challenges of persecution and relativism. Orthodox nationalism, backed by Putin, causes some reticence. The Middle East crisis and risk of Russia’s isolation fosters collaboration.


    06/02/2016 - RUSSIA - VATICAN

    Moscow and Rome: A history of clashes and dialogue

    by Ieromonaco Ioann

    Good relations until the fifteenth century. The Council of Florence, the Union of Brest and the birth of the Catholic Churches of the Eastern rite. The anti-Christian persecution of the Soviet Union and the conflict between Catholics and Orthodox in Ukraine. The Catholic mission in Russia.


    05/02/2016 - RUSSIA – VATICAN

    For Russian Patriarchate, the “genocide of the Christian population” made the Kirill-Francis meeting urgent


    Metropolitan Hilarion told a press conference that despite unresolved issues such like the expansion of the Greek Catholic Patriarchate in Ukraine, the Moscow Patriarchate hopes that the meeting "will open a new page in the relations between the two Churches”.


    05/02/2016 - VATICAN - RUSSIA

    Francis to meet Kirill in first meeting in history between a pope and a patriarch of Moscow


    Their meeting will take place in Cuba, where Francis will stop before he travels to Mexico. The two are expected to sign a joint statement after a two-hour private talk.


    05/02/2016 - VATICAN

    Pope: "God’s style is not man's", God wins with humility


    Commenting on the death of John the Baptist, Francis invites us to "ask the Lord for the grace of humility that John had without bestowing us with the merits or glories of others. And above all, the grace that there is always space in our lives for Jesus to grow and that we abase ourselves, to the very end. "


    04/02/2016 - VATICAN

    Pope: the best inheritance we can leave is faith in God who "never disappoints"


    Thinking of our "final passage" which is "a light which illuminates life", "is a reality that we must always have before us".  We must ask God to not fear death.


    03/02/2016 - PAKISTAN

    Pakistan shut down 182 madrassas since Peshawar massacre


    Pakistani authorities are pursuing a broad strategy to counter Islamic terrorism, detaining thousands of people, seizing hate speech material, freezing bank accounts, and closing religious seminaries. Law enforcement agencies have also gone after extremist groups’ money and the media tools they use to spread radical ideas.


    03/02/2016 - VATICAN

    Pope: God wants to save us all; His mercy "fulfills justice"


    Forgiving and helping the offender to recognize and reject evil is also "a way to resolve conflicts within families, in relationships between spouses or between parents and children, where the offended love the offender and want to save the relationship that binds them to each other. Do not cut off that relationship." "It is a great responsibility to be confessors, so great, because the son, the daughter who comes to you only wants to have a father. And you, the priest, you're there in the confessional, you stand there in the place of the Father who does justice with His mercy".


    02/02/2016 - VATICAN

    Pope calls on consecrated persons to be a sign of God’s closeness and sharing of humanity’s wounds today


    In the Mass ending the Jubilee of Consecrated life, Francis said, “woe betide routine in spiritual life; woe betide the crystallization of our charisms in abstract doctrine”. In fact, “Our founders were moved by the Spirit and they were not afraid to get their hands dirty with everyday life, with people’s problems, they were not afraid to courageously walk the geographic and existential peripheries.”


    01/02/2016 - VATICAN

    Pope: consecrated life is prophecy, proximity and hope


    In an unscripted address to the participants in the Year of Consecrated Life, Francis condemns "terrorism of gossip", says obedience is not a "discipline", but "gift of the heart", like that of Jesus, that true hope is not found in money but only in the Lord, and appeals for prayer for the gift of new vocations, so that as communities get older, they avoid  "artificial insemination", that is, welcoming candidates without ‘serious’ consideration.


    01/02/2016 - PAKISTAN

    Pakistan: Catholics oppose Ulema’s revision of blasphemy laws

    by Kamran Chaudhry

    The Council for the Islamic ideology has proposed to amend the blasphemy laws in order to bring them into line with the Koran and the Sunna. Catholics fear a further tightening of laws which have already led to violence. Between 1987 and 2014, 166 Christians sentenced to death for insulting Muhammad; another 25 cases in 2015.

     


    01/02/2016 - VATICAN

    Pope: humility is the way of holiness and "the only path to humility is through humiliation"


    Commenting on the story of King David, Francis notes that he was a sinner, but not corrupt. "The end of David, which is holiness, is through the humiliation. The end of the holiness that God gives to His children, gives to the Church, is through the humiliation of His Son, who is insulted and hung on the cross - unfairly ... And this Son of God who humbles himself, He is the path holiness. "

     


    31/01/2016 - VATICAN – PHILIPPINES

    Pope to Cebu: Christ’s presence, a promise of joy and an invitation to mission


    sIn a video-message for the conclusion of the 51st International Eucharistic Congress, Francis stresses the joy of the meeting that "brought together so many people from the vast continent of Asia,” where bearing witness to Jesus takes place “through the testimony of lives”.  The next Congress will be held in Budapest, Hungary, in 2020.


    31/01/2016 - VATICAN

    Pope: The only privilege in the eyes of God is not to have any privileges


    Speaking about today’s Gospel, Francis focused on the temptation "to which religious men are always exposed, to which we are all exposed, and from which we should definitely stay away. What is this temptation? It is the temptation of considering religion as a human investment so that we start to ‘bargain’ with God for our own self-interest." Young members of Rome’s Azione Cattolica were in the square for the annual Peace Caravan. The pope pleaded for people living with leprosy, a disease that still “affects mostly the poorest and the most marginalised”.


    30/01/2016 - PAKISTAN

    Jubilee of students in Lahore: Be peaceful channels against the scourge of terrorism

    by Kamran Chaudhry

    Students from two Catholic high schools take part in Jubilee Mass with parents and teachers. For principal, “Young people are compassionate by nature,” and adults “should stimulate their interest towards others" in the Year of Jubilee.


    29/01/2016 - VATICAN

    Pope: "We are all sinners, Lord, but never corrupt!"


    Commenting on the story of David and Bathsheba, Francis warns that "corruption is a sin that is easier for all of us who have some power, be it ecclesiastical, religious, economic, or political . . . Because the devil makes us feel secure: 'I can do it’."


    29/01/2016 - VATICAN

    Jubilee: 1,392,000 pilgrims have already visited in Rome, says Mgr Fisichella


    On February 10, the Missionaries of Mercy will receive a papal mandate giving them the authority to forgive the sins that are the prerogative of the Apostolic See. The relics of Saint Leopold Mandić and Saint Pio of Pietrelcina will be in Rome between February 3 and 11.


    28/01/2016 - VATICAN

    Pope says no to embryos, the sick and senior citizens as “disposable material”


    The Church, although sensitive to the issue of bioethics, “does not claim any privileged role in this field.” What matters is serving “humanity, as a whole, every man and woman, by paying special attention – as someone pointed out – to the most vulnerable and disadvantaged, those who are struggling to make their voice heard, or cannot yet, or no longer can, make themselves heard.”


    28/01/2016 - VATICAN

    Pope: a Christian must be a witness to the "light of Jesus" and "magnanimous"


    “When a Christian prefers not to show the light of God but chooses his own darkness, the latter enters his heart because he is afraid of the light. Since he likes idols, which are darkness, more, he is missing something, and is not a true Christian.” However, when one enters the “light of Jesus, when one enters into Jesus’ friendship, when one lets oneself be guided by the Holy Spirit, then the heart becomes open, magnanimous . . ."


    28/01/2016 - VATICAN

    Pope calls for Mary’s disposition towards the sick, and reliance on merciful Jesus


    In his message for World Day of the Sick, which will be solemnly celebrated in the Holy Land to encourage dialogue with Jews and Muslims, Francis highlights Mary’s concern, in which “we see reflected the tenderness of God. This same tenderness is present in the lives of all those persons who attend the sick and understand their needs, even the most imperceptible ones, because they look upon them with eyes full of love.”


    27/01/2016 - VATICAN

    Pope: "Mercy cannot remain indifferent in face of the suffering of the oppressed"


    During the general audience, Francis said that "The Lord’s mercy renders man precious, as a personal richness that belongs to Him, which He guards and with which He is pleased.” What is more, “in this Year of Mercy, we can also do the work of being mediators of mercy with works of mercy to come close, to give relief, to create unity. So many good things can be done.”


    26/01/2016 - VATICAN – IRAN

    Pope Francis and Rouhani discuss Iran's role in Mideast peace and religious freedom


    During a 40-minute meeting, Iranian President Hassan Rouhani and Pope Francis discussed terrorism and arms trafficking, as well as “the importance of interreligious dialogue and the responsibility of religious communities in promoting reconciliation, tolerance and peace." Upon leaving, the Iranian leader asked the pontiff to pray for me."


    26/01/2016 - VATICAN

    For pope, Lent is a time to abandon the “proud illusion of our own omnipotence” that evil elicits in people and society


    The title of the papal Lenten message for the Holy Year is ‘I desire mercy, and not sacrifice” (Mt 9:13). The works of mercy on the road of the Jubilee’. For the pope, “sinful structures” are “linked to a model of false development based on the idolatry of money.” And, “the danger always remains that by a constant refusal to open the doors of their hearts to Christ who knocks on them in the poor, the proud, rich and powerful will end up condemning themselves and plunging into the eternal abyss of solitude which is Hell.”


    26/01/2016 - SRI LANKA

    Sri Lankan activists call on Pakistan to release fisherfolk rights activist

    by Melani Manel Perera

    A well-known trade unionist and head of the Pakistan Fisherfolk Forum, Saeed Baloch was arrested in Karachi, and is currently being held at a secret location. No formal charges have been laid against him, but under Pakistani law, anyone suspected of terrorist activity can be locked up for up to three months without charges being laid. Currently, three fisherfolk activists are languishing in Pakistani jails.


    25/01/2016 - VATICAN

    Pope asks “for mercy and forgiveness for the behavior of Catholics towards Christians of other Churches” that did not reflect Gospel values


    On the final day of the Week of Prayer for Christian Unity, Francis said that “there can be no Christian unity without mercy and forgiveness.” Christians are making “important steps towards unity” listening “to the Word of God together and seek[ing] to put it into practice”. As they share the mission of proclaiming God’s merciful love as well as walk and work together, they realise that they are "already united in the name of the Lord.”


    25/01/2016 - PAKISTAN

    Charsadda massacre: Catholics hold a National day of prayer

    by Jibran Khan

    Anglicans and Pentecostals also took part in the initiative. From Rawalpindi to Mardan, hundreds of people prayed for the victims of the Bacha Khan University attack, calling for peace and tolerance in the country. For Muslim leader, "This is a great gesture by the Church,” adding “We will work together for peace” and promote “peaceful coexistence."


    25/01/2016 - VATICAN – SWEDEN

    Pope to travel to Sweden in October for "ecumenical commemoration" of 500th anniversary of the Protestant Reformation


    The Catholic Church and the Lutheran World Federation will hold a joint ceremony on 31 October in Lund. The event will include a common worship based on the recently published Catholic-Lutheran “Common Prayer” liturgical guide. This will be followed in 2017 by the 50th anniversary of the international Lutheran-Catholic dialogue, which led to significant ecumenical results, including the Joint Declaration on the Doctrine of Justification.


    24/01/2016 - VATICAN

    Pope: Evangelising the poor is "the priority"; it is not "social work, much less about political activity”


    Before the Angelus, Pope Francis reaffirmed that evangelising the poor is "the mission of Jesus" and "the mission of the Church, and of every baptised person", asking “are we faithful to Christ’s plans?” May Mary “help us strongly feel the hunger and thirst of the Gospel that is in the world, especially in the heart and the flesh of the poor.”






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    CHINA – VATICAN
    Global Times: the pope should accept the independence of the Chinese Church



    After 24 hours of silence, China’s media today published excerpts, comments and editorials about Pope Francis’ interview with Asia Times. Although the pope did not address religious issues or Church problems, many saw the interview as an attempt to improve diplomatic relations between China and the Vatican, and advised Francis to accept Mao Zedong’s "three principles of independence" (theology, administration, jurisdiction), which would leave the power to appoint bishops in the hands of the Party. The People's Daily’s Global Times publishes an editorial on the issue.


    INDIA – PHILIPPINES
    Archbishop of Guwahati: In Asia religion is not dying, the faithful take strength from the Eucharist



    Mgr Menamparampil is among the speakers at the International Eucharistic Congress in Cebu, Philippines. He was also a conflict mediator between various ethnic groups. He told AsiaNews about the value of the Congress for the Catholic Church in Asia and how people can bear witness the Gospel today, even amid tensions and violence of those who "hate us." "with the same pain in our hearts that we descend to our depths during a Eucharistic adoration."


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