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  • 24/03/2017 - VATICAN - EU

    Francis spoke to the heads of state and government of the 27 EU member states on the 60th anniversary of the Treaty of Rome. He told them that the Old Continent is a reality based on the centrality of man, effective solidarity, openness to the world, the pursuit of peace and development, and overture to the future. He also talked about "serious migration crisis" and the populism that is the "fruit of an egotism".




    24/03/2017 - VATICAN - GREAT BRITAIN - ISLAM

    London attack: The Pope's pain and that of a young Muslim


    Pope Francis expresses "prayer and solidarity" for the victims killed in Westminster. A young Muslim  apologizes to the victims because terrorists used his religion to cause such violence. Islam "has been taken hostage." Police release the name of the dead attacker: Khalid Massoud, 52, born in Britain. Perhaps he is of Pakistani or Afghan origin. The Islamic State claims him as "one of our soldiers."


    23/03/2017 - PALESTINE – ISRAEL

    As peace is ever remote, more Palestinians in Jerusalem apply for Israeli citizenship


    More than a thousand families applied for Israeli citizenship in 2016, up from 69 in 2003. However, red tape is an obstacle and more than half of all applications are rejected. Israel’s hold over the city is getting stronger with more settlements. Behind the trend is a desire to lead a normal life and avoid the fear of losing residency rights.


    23/03/2017 - VATICAN

    Pope: if you do not listen to the Word of God, you end up confusing God with the devil


    "When a people, a community, even a Christian community, a parish, a diocese, close their ears and become deaf to the Word of the Lord, they look for other voices, other lords, and end up with the idols, idols of the world, the worldliness, that society offers them. They walk away from the living God. "


    23/03/2017 - ASIA - ISLAM - GREAT BRITAIN

    Indian Church praying for the victims of London attack. The sympathy of world leaders


    Cardinal Gracias expresses deep sorrow for an attack that caused a "senseless loss of life." And prays God grant "peace, strength and consolation." Sympathy and solidarity from international leaders. Iran asks to stop the sale of the "weapons to terrorist groups ". Erdogan expresses solidarity with the British, but launches a new attack on Europe.


    22/03/2017 - VATICAN

    Pope: Protect water, a common good, also by enhancing the cultural and religious significance


    The Word of God "feeds a hope that concrete results in sharing in mutual service." "Our hope is not based on our own strength or means, but on the support of God and the faithfulness of His love, that is, on God's strength and consolation of God." "That of migrants is the biggest tragedy since the Second World War".


    21/03/2017 - VATICAN

    Pope tells young people to remember the past, to have courage in the present and hope for the future


    The Message for the 32nd World Youth Day was issued today centred on “The ‘great things’ that the Almighty accomplished’.” In her meeting with Elizabeth, Mary becomes a model. The pontiff calls on young people to avoid being couch potatoes, safe and cosy, urges them to rediscover the relationship with seniors. The Church experience is not a flash mob. The future should be experienced in a constructive way, and “the institutions of marriage, consecrated life and priestly mission” should not be devalued.


    21/03/2017 - VATICAN

    Pope: the forgiveness of sins "is a mystery" and the first step is shame


    Forgiveness received from God, "the wonder he created in your heart" must be able to "enter into your consciousness." "We ask for the grace of shame before God. It 'a great grace! Ashamed of our sins and thus we receive forgiveness and the grace of generosity to give it to others because if the Lord has forgiven me so much, who am I not to forgive? ".

     


    20/03/2017 - VATICAN

    Pope: St. Joseph gives young people "the ability to dream, to take risks"


    "The man who does not speak but obeys, the man of tenderness, the man capable of keeping promises so they may become solid, safe." He is also the guardian of God’s dream": the dream of God" to save us all ", of redemption, is confided to him.

     


    19/03/2017 - VATICAN

    Pope: Forgetful of great gift of baptism, we seek wells whose waters cannot quench our thirst


    At the Angelus Pope Francis comments on Christ’s dialogue with the Samaritan woman: "This Gospel is meant for us!". Lent opportunity to encounter Jesus "in prayer, in a heart to heart conversation, see his face in the face of a suffering brother or sister ". Solidarity with the people of Peru, hit by floods. The beatification in Bolzano of Josef Mayr-Nusser, Nazi martyr: a model for the laity and for fathers. 


    17/03/2017 - VATICAN

    Pope leads penitential liturgy


    Francis, who did not deliver the homily, was confessed for about five minutes and then confessed, for about 50 minutes, some of the faithful. This morning he said that the confessor must pray, discern – to avoid generalising – and remember that the confessional is also a place of evangelisation, because it allows an encounter with the true face of God, which is that of mercy.


    16/03/2017 - VATICAN

    Pope: "Cursed is the man who trusts in himself", in goods and not in the Lord


    Those who trust in riches, goods, "in the flesh" are on a dangerous road of sin, that always personalizes God, and leads to corruption, "from which there is no going back."

     


    16/03/2017 - VATICAN-LEBANON

    Pope: I will go to Lebanon and I will always remember it in my prayers


    Francis receives Lebanese President Michel Aoun, for whom "The coexistence of Lebanon occupies a special place in the heart of Pope Francis, who will respond to the invitation to visit the Land of the Cedars." Vatican appreciation for Lebanon's support to Syrian refugees.

     


    16/03/2017 - ISRAEL - PALESTINE - UN

    UN report attacks "the apartheid regime" of Israel in the Territories. Guterres distances himself


    A CESAO, ESCWA document denounces "racial discrimination" to "dominate" the Palestinian people. Protests of the Jewish state, which speaks of an attempt to "falsify" the only "true democracy." Washington "shocked". UN spokesman: It does not reflect the view of the Secretary-General.

     


    15/03/2017 - ITALY

    Jesus teaches us how to become missionaries

    by Piero Gheddo

    The "new evangelisation" calls for a new Christian consciousness, that of having to represent Jesus to the people Christians meet. It requires overcoming the barrier of secularism, whereby talking about religious topics is seen an inappropriate, almost a taboo that prevents many from expressing the religious feeling we all carry in our hearts.


    15/03/2017 - VATICAN

    Pope: Sin of taking work from people is "very serious”


    "This work gives us dignity, and those in charge of people, leaders, have an obligation to do everything possible so that every man and every woman can work and thus hold their heads high, face others, with dignity". "We are called to love, to love", but we must avoid the risk that our charity is "hypocritical."


    12/03/2017 - VATICAN

    Pope: Violence against young people is a “hidden Scream” that we must listen to


    The Cross "is not some home furnishing nor an ornament to wear, but a call to the love with which Jesus sacrificed himself to save humanity from evil and sin. " the pope expresses his "closeness" to the people of Guatemala after fire ravages a youth shelter.


    10/03/2017 - VATICAN

    Pope: prayers, not "optional celibacy” are the answer to the crisis of vocations


    In a long interview published in the German weekly Die Zeit, Francis described himself as a “sinner” and “fallible. He also spoke about the "viri probati", "piecemeal World War", criticism and posters, and populism in Europe.


    09/03/2017 - ISRAEL – PALESTINE

    As restoration work on Holy Sepulchre ends, Franciscan friar urges pilgrims to come to the Holy Land


    The inauguration is set for 22 March in a “simple” joint ceremony based on unity between Greek Orthodox, Armenians and Latins, this according to Fr Sinisa Srebenovic. The work "brought together even more" the three great communities. Work on the basilica floor is the next step.


    07/03/2017 - ASIA

    At least 900 million people paid bribes in 2016 in Asia-Pacific region


    Transparency International found that India and Vietnam are the most corrupt whilst Japan, South Korea, Hong Kong and Australia are the least. The poor suffer the most, but in Myanmar, Vietnam and Cambodia the richest are asked for bribes the most. Bribes “can kill”. Many governments remain lukewarm towards the problem.


    06/03/2017 - HOLY LAND

    Mgr Pizzaballa speaks about Lent in the Latin Patriarchate


    The apostolic administrator looks at the Patriarchate’s administrative and financial errors. Lent is a way to conversion. Priests and the community are committed. The treasure will shine in earthen vessels.


    05/03/2017 - VATICAN

    Pope: In Lent, treat the Bible like our mobile phone, always have it at hand


    At the Angelus Pope Francis says we should “always have the Bible close at hand”, open it "several times a day"; read "the messages of God" for strength in "spiritual warfare" against Satan during Lent. Tonight the Pope and the Curia begin the Lenten spiritual exercises. 


    03/03/2017 - VATICAN

    Pope: true fasting is to help others and not do penance while performing injustices


    God delights in "the penitent heart", "the heart that feels it is a sinner and knows it is a sinner." "The other is ‘hypocritical' fasting – this is the word so often used by Jesus - it's a fast to be seen or to feel right but in the meantime I do injustice, I am not just, I exploit people."

     


    03/03/2017 - ISRAEL – PALESTINE

    Uri Avnery: the Sergeant Azaria affair mirrors a rift in Israeli society

    by Uri Avnery

    The soldier who shot a wounded and helpless young Palestinian man has failed to show repentance. The trial has been used to protest against the army and the state structure. A deep hatred between Ashkenazi and Mizrahi persists. Even the military is no longer a guarantor of unity. Ending the occupation would heal cleavages. Courtesy of Gush Shalom.


    02/03/2017 - VATICAN

    Wealth redistribution is a "prerequisite" for saving the environment and biodiversity


    A workshop organised by the Pontifical Academy of Sciences and the Pontifical Academy of Social Sciences concludes that responsibility for degradation lies with the “enormous increase in economic activity based on profit and on the use of fossil fuels”, and the rich are main culprit.


    02/03/2017 - VATICAN

    Pope: "There is no God without Christ," a god without Christ, is "disembodied", not real


    God made flesh is the foundation of works of mercy. "The wounds of our brothers are the wounds of Christ, they are the wounds of God, because God is made Christ. The second reality. We cannot live Lent without this reality. We must convert, not to an abstract God, but to the concrete God who is made Christ"

     


    02/03/2017 - VATICAN

    Pope: Pray with me for Christians "persecuted because they are Christians" (Video)


    Francis' video message for March prayer intention. Those who persecute and kill do not distinguish between Catholics, Orthodox and Protestants.


    01/03/2017 - VATICAN

    Abuse survivor Marie Collins resigns from the Pontifical Commission for the Protection of Minors


    In an article she cites the lack of resources, inadequate staff, slow progress, and cultural reluctance as her reasons to quit. She especially mentions resistance by people and offices of the Roman Curia to the Commission's recommendations "despite their approval by the pope". She will nevertheless continue to cooperate with the Commission in an "educational role."


    01/03/2017 - VATICAN

    Pope: Lent, "the path from slavery to freedom", "from death to life"


    Francis celebrates Ash Wednesday. Lent is "a time of grace" which recalls "the breath" of the creator, time to free ourselves from asphyxiation selfishness, to say no to pollution caused by indifference, hypocrisy that soothes the conscience, to ask ourselves " what would become of us if God had closed the doors? ".

     


    01/03/2017 - PALESTINE – ISRAEL

    For Prof Osama Hamdan, Palestinian youth need hope


    The Jerusalem-based scholar talks about the lack of expectations for the future among young Palestinians. Some escape via education or migration. Others choose death and terrorism.






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    VATICAN
    Pope tells young people to remember the past, to have courage in the present and hope for the future



    The Message for the 32nd World Youth Day was issued today centred on “The ‘great things’ that the Almighty accomplished’.” In her meeting with Elizabeth, Mary becomes a model. The pontiff calls on young people to avoid being couch potatoes, safe and cosy, urges them to rediscover the relationship with seniors. The Church experience is not a flash mob. The future should be experienced in a constructive way, and “the institutions of marriage, consecrated life and priestly mission” should not be devalued.


    AFGHANISTAN
    Fr. Moretti: The Little Sisters of Jesus, for 60 years " Afghan among Afghans"



    They have lived for 60 years at the service of the needy. They remained in Kabul under Soviet occupation, the Taliban control and the NATO bombing. Respected by all, even by the Taliban. This February their experience will end, according to Fr. Moretti "an example for us all."


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