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  • 26/09/2017 - VATICAN

    Familiarity with God and Jesus "is something more than being" disciples "or" friends "; it is not a "formal" or "educated" or "diplomatic" attitude. It is "being with him, watching him, listening to his Word, trying to practice it, talking to him."




    25/09/2017 - VATICAN

    Pope: Living with hopeful expectation for the "visit" that God makes to every Christian


    The Lord brings "consolation" that "moves you and increases in you the gifts of charity, of faith, of hope." "This is the real consolation. It's not fun - fun is not bad when it's good, we're human, we have to have it - but consolation takes you and the very presence of God feels and recognizes: this is the Lord. "


    24/09/2017 - VATICAN

    Pope: there are no unemployed in the Kingdom of God


    During the Angelus, Pope Francis explained the parable of the day workers called up at different times but paid the same remuneration. "Jesus wants to open our hearts to the logic of the love of the Father, which is free and generous.” US missionary Stanley Francis Rother, killed in 1981 by death squads in Guatemala, is beatified.


    23/09/2017 - VATICAN

    Pope tells Cistercians that from their silent cloisters comes the unceasing prayer for the Church and the world


    In his audience with the participants in the General Chapter of Order, Pope Francis urges them to continue their "assiduous prayer" as “lovers of prayer” dedicated to "sobriety" to overcome today's cultural context that exalts "ephemeral goods and illusory artificial paradises.” Monasteries are places of charity and hospitality, a "school of prayer, and a school of charity for all". Cistercian communities are present in Asia and the rest of the world.


    22/09/2017 - VATICAN

    ‘Educating to fraternal humanism’ 60 million students in Catholic schools and universities


    This is the goal of a document released 50 years after the encyclical ‘Populorum progressio’, which was presented today in the Vatican. Humanising education and promoting a culture of meeting and dialogue are urgent and necessary.


    22/09/2017 - PAKISTAN

    Eleven schools celebrate World Peace Day in Faisalabad

    by Shafique Khokhar

    The event was sponsored by the Holy Rosary Parish. Staging “such shows of peace” will make children “ambassadors of peace,” said Fr Shahzad. A “candle of peace” was lighted. Three groups call on the government to improve the situation of minorities who are often victims of kidnapping, conversions, and forced marriage.


    21/09/2017 - VATICAN

    Pope says he will never pardon people guilty of sexual abuses


    Francis met today with members of Pontifical Commission for the Protection of Minors. He acknowledged that the Church was late in dealing with these crimes, but insisted that her policy now was “zero tolerance”. More importantly, “we can listen with interest to the voices of the victims and the survivors, as we have much to learn from them and their personal stories of courage and perseverance.”


    21/09/2017 - VATICAN

    Pope: the mafia is the result of corruption, inequalities, poverty, and deviant politics


    Organised crime is fought at the political and economic levels against a financial system that “is now sovereign over democratic rules”. This requires “the construction of a new civil conscience [. . .] and working towards a new way of being citizens, including care and responsibility for others and for the common good”.


    21/09/2017 - VATICAN

    Pope: "Doctrine" does not come before mercy


    The scandals, "There are so many, many ... And always, even in the Church today. They say, 'No, you can not, it's all clear, it's all, no, no ... Those are sinners, we have to turn them away.' Many saints have also been persecuted or suspected. " "The door that leads to encounter with Jesus is recognizing ourselves as we are, the truth. Sinners ".


    20/09/2017 - VATICAN

    Pope: "Live, love, believe. And, by the grace of God, never despair "


    At a general audience devoted to hope, Francis urges us to believe in the future: "God does not disappoint: if He has put hope in our hearts, He does not want to aggravate it with continued frustrations. Everything is born to bloom in an eternal spring. " A prayer for the victims of the earthquake that struck Mexico.


    19/09/2017 - VATICAN

    Pope creates an Institute for Matrimonial and Family Sciences


    The new body replaces the one founded by John Paul II. The goal is to adapt to the journey undertaken by the Church with the Synods of 2014 and 2015 and with the Post-Synodal Apostolic Exhortation Amoris laetitia of 2016.


    19/09/2017 - VATICAN

    Pope: The Christian must "draw close" to those who suffer to restore their dignity


    Following Christ’s example, we must suffer and empathize with the needy, not help them "from afar", because there are those who are dirty, who "do not shower," who "stink." With our "intercessory prayer," with our "work" as Christians, we must be able to help people who suffer, to "return to society", "family life", work; in short: to "everyday life".


    18/09/2017 - VATICAN

    Pope: Those who rule must pray, it is a sin not to pray for those who rule


    Whoever is in the government should be aware of being "subordinate" to the "people who gave them power, and God, from whom power comes through the people". The ruler who does not pray "closes in his own self-referentiality or in that of his party, in that circle from which he cannot escape; he is a man closed in on himself. "


    18/09/2017 - JAPAN - VATICAN

    Archbishop Kikuchi: In tune with the Pope and Card. Filoni for mission in Japan

    by Tarcisio Isao Kikuchi

    The bishop of Niigata and President of Caritas Japan comments on yesterday’s papal message sent to the bishops of Japan. The journey stages of Card. Filoni, which will also touch Fukushima. The question of the relationship with the Neocatechumenal Way is still "unresolved".


    18/09/2017 - VATICAN - JAPAN

    Pope to Japanese Bishops: Be the salt and light of society, even going against the trends


    During the pastoral visit of Card. Fernando Filoni, Prefect of Propaganda Fide, to the Land of the Rising Sun, Pope Francis urges the bishops and the Japanese Church to renew their missionary commitment to society, marked by suicides, divorces, religious formalism, material and spiritual poverty. The request to collaborate with ecclesial movements, perhaps in memory of the controversy with the Neocatechumenal Way.


    17/09/2017 - VATICAN

    Pope: Always, you must always forgive!


    At the Angelus, Pope Francis comments on the parable of the merciful king and the ruthless servant. It is necessary to forgive because "the human being, created in the image of God, is always greater than the evil that he commits." "The heavenly Father is full of love and wants to offer it, but he can not do this if we close our hearts to love for others."


    16/09/2017 - PAKISTAN

    Lahore, Christian condemned to death for 'blasphemy on Whatsapp'


    The sentence was issued on 14 September. Nadeem James was detained in July 2016. A friend accused him of sending a poem that offends Islam. The lawyer will appeal to the High Court. He has received death threats and remains in prison.


    15/09/2017 - PAKISTAN – MYANMAR

    Lahore Catholic NGO to help Rohingya in trouble

    by Kamran Chaudhry

    The ten-day mission involves the distribution of various items to a hundred families, moved by the need to help "Muslim brothers". Refugees “are ordinary, peace-loving people caught between rival groups."


    15/09/2017 - VATICAN

    Pope: Under the Cross Mary "gave birth to us all: She gave birth to the Church"


    The "mystery" of the Sorrowful Virgin "is more than to reflect, to contemplate". "Contemplate the Mother of Jesus, contemplate this sign of contradiction, for Jesus is the winner, but on the Cross."


    15/09/2017 - VATICAN ORTHODOX

    Catholic-Orthodox dialogue resumes. Moscow has a greater weight

    by Vladimir Rozanskij

    The Russian Orthodox return to the fore in the Joint Commission and focus on uniatism and "Primacy and Communion in the Second Millennium." Metropolitan Ioannis Zizioulas, historian of dialogue, replaced due to age limit. The fruits of the meeting at Cuba between Francis and Kirill and the visit of Card. Parolin to Moscow.


    14/09/2017 - VATICAN

    Pope: Christ cannot be reduced to that status of "spiritual master", nor can we lose hope in salvation


    On the day dedicated to the Exaltation of the Cross, Francis stressed how the latter represents a "mystery of love," one that is not easy to understand. When he wants to explain it to Nicodemus, as in today’s gospel, Jesus uses two verbs "to go up" and "come down". "Jesus came down from Heaven to bring all of us up to Heaven."


    14/09/2017 - VATICAN

    Pope: The task of the bishop is to "make the grace of the Spirit available to the flock"


    Spiritual and pastoral discernment, gifts of the Spirit, were the focus of a long talk that Francis gave today to the bishops appointed during the year. The bishop is not the self-sufficient 'Lord father,' nor the feared and isolated 'solitary pastor.'" "A bishop's discernment is always a communitarian action".


    14/09/2017 - VATICAN-YEMEN

    Medical care for Fr. Tom Uzhunnalil, who met the Pope yesterday


    The priest, released after 18 months of kidnapping in Yemen, will remain in the Vatican "to secure his wellbeing and allow for his full recovery." Father Tom tried to kiss Pope Francis' feet, who raised him and kissed his hands. "I've always felt Jesus next to me." Renewed thanks to the sultan of Oman. The Major Rector: No ransom was paid.


    13/09/2017 - PAKISTAN

    School uniform became son’s shroud, says father of murdered Christian student

    by Kamran Chaudhry

    Sharoon Masih was murdered by his classmates on the third day of school. For the National Commission for Justice and Peace, the boy’s murder is the fault of school authorities. His death was not the result of “a fight among teenagers, but in fact it was caused by intolerance, discrimination and inhuman attitude”.


    13/09/2017 - VATICAN

    Pope: Trip to Colombia to bless the reconciliation effort


    "A country with strong Christian roots, but where" it is evident that the evil one wanted to divide the people to destroy the work of God. " "Peace is also founded, and perhaps above all, on the blood of many witnesses of love, truth, justice, and even true martyrs, killed for faith," such as Bishop Jesús Emilio Jaramillo Monsalve, and Pedro María Ramírez Ramos, a priest, beatified in Villavicencio ".


    13/09/2017 - VATICAN-OMAN

    The Holy See thanks Oman for the release of Fr. Tom


    Sultan Qabus's commitment to securing the release was decisive. The priest was traced thanks to "some Yemeni parties". Fr. Tom will be in Rome for a few days. The "strength in faith and perseverance" of his family. Today Salesian homes around the world, will celebrate with a Mass of Thanksgiving and Eucharistic adoration.


    12/09/2017 - PAKISTAN

    Punjab, Christian student killed, victim of religious racism

    by Shafique Khokhar

    Sheron Masih was 17 years old and had just begun attending public school. Classmates beat him to death with sticks because he tried to drink water. His murder, "just the tip of the iceberg; below, a great mountain of hatred and discrimination against minorities. "


    11/09/2017 - VATICAN – COLOMBIA

    Pope on climate change, "Man is stupid, stubborn, someone who does not see"


    On his flight back to Rome, Francis talked about climate change, Venezuela and migrants. Italy and Greece are doing a good job on migrants, accepting and integrating, “But a government must handle this problem with the virtue of prudence.” He also hopes Trump will go back on his decision concerning the "dreamers".


    11/09/2017 - PAKISTAN

    Injured Faisalabad Christian sanitation worker still waiting for justice

    by Shafique Khokhar

    Kashif Masih has received very little compensation from his employer. Most street cleaners in the province are Christians. They have no insurance or medical coverage, and suffer from discrimination.


    11/09/2017 - CHINA-VATICAN

    New regulations on religions: Annihilate underground communities, suffocate official communities

    by Bernardo Cervellera

    Few articles added to the draft. Religions viewed not as the "opium" but the "plague" of peoples. Spasmodic control at all levels of political power of official religions. Massive fines for members of unofficial communities. Seizure and closure of "illegal sites" by the State. Expulsions from schools for "proselytism" activities.






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    ISRAEL – PALESTINE
    New Vicar of Jerusalem to focus on young people and education, future of peace and hope



    Mgr Giacinto-Boulos Marcuzzo stressed the importance of education to ensure the future of new generations. The Church is a sign of "unity" in a context "marked by divisions" and a bridge in interfaith dialogue. The situation has gone from euphoria for peace to resignation over permanent conflict. He appeals to Western Christians to come as pilgrims to the Holy Land.


    NEPAL
    As Dashain starts, mass slaughter of animals sparks protest by Buddhists and animal rights activists

    Christopher Sharma

    The 15-day event is the most important religious celebration in Nepal. Animal rights activists have gone to Hindu temples to raise awareness among believers. The stench of rotting dead animals fills the areas near the places of worship. Police have been deployed to prevent confrontation.


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