26/09/2017 - PHILIPPINES – VATICAN
"Share the Journey" seeks to promote a culture of encounter with migrants and refugees. The campaign will run until 2019. More than 160 Caritas members are involved around the world. The ACT Alliance, a coalition of 146 churches and faith-based organisations, supports it. “I hope the global migration and refugee situation will lead the whole world in a corporate examination of consciousness and our value systems," the cardinal said.
by Santosh Digal
26/09/2017 - VATICAN
Pope: "Familiarity" with Jesus is to live freely in his home, sharing our problems
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.
23/09/2017 - PHILIPPINES
Philippines ranked third in terms of world ocean pollution
Multinationals contribute to the problem by selling cheap disposable plastic products. Greenpeace points the finger at Nestlé, Unilever and Procter & Gamble as some of the worst offenders.
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.
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 ".
21/09/2017 - PHILIPPINES
Manila, Duterte tells son: 'If guilty, you're dead'
Paul Duterte is accused of association with crime and drug trafficking. The young politician denies having smuggled 120 million euros worth of methamphetamine. Opposition deputies say that president and family have long been involved in illicit activities.
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".
19/09/2017 - PHILIPPINES
Mgr Edwin dela Peña: Christians and Muslims for Peace in Marawiby Santosh Digal
The Church must be a “reconciling presence". We need to build bridges, not division and hate. The Filipino Church and Caritas are committed to the displaced. Young Moro design and sell t-shirts to raise funds.
18/09/2017 - PHILIPPINES
Marawi: Fr. Chito, free after 4 monthsby Santosh Digal
The Filipino army intervened near the mosque of the terrorists stronghold of Bato. Joy for his release. The conflict is about to end, but the city is destroyed. Plans for reconstruction. Mindanao bishops condemn terrorism.
18/09/2017 - VATICAN
Pope: Those who rule must pray, it is a sin not to pray for those who rule
18/09/2017 - JAPAN - VATICAN
Archbishop Kikuchi: In tune with the Pope and Card. Filoni for mission in Japanby 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 - VATICAN
Pope to the Sacred Heart Missionaries: 'Good Wine' and mission among Young People
In an audience with the group of participants in the general chapter, Pope Francis calls on them to find "possible new ways" to live the charism of the congregation founded in 1854. To learn from Jesus to "love with a human heart." The educational emergency to "accompany young generations". Valorise the laity and not give in to the evil of clericalism.
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 weightby 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 - PHILIPPINES
Duterte reduces funding for the Human Rights Commission to around US$ 20 for 2018
The Commission has repeatedly criticised the government for extrajudicial killings. Outraged Filipinos take to the Internet. Duterte also plans to cut next year’s spending on drug rehabilitation centres by 75 per cent. The Church is involved in helping and rehabilitating addicts.
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 - PHILIPPINES
Duterte’s war on drugs is unjustified, says Mgr Pabilloby Santosh Digal
The war on drugs “is nothing but extra-judicial killing". More than 12,000 people have died in police operations. Church outreach towards addicts and families includes relief and rehabilitation. Government figures about drug addiction are inflated.
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".
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