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    09/02/2016 - VATICAN

    "Forgiveness is a seed, God’s caress".  When a person approaches the confessional: "it is because he or she feels something weighing them down and wants to be freed", they may not know how to say it, but "tell them with gesture to come closer." "There is no need to ask questions."




    09/02/2016 - VATICAN

    "Missionaries of Mercy" will have faculty to absolve "most grave" sins


    Tomorrow Francis will grant them the authority to forgive those who steal consecrated hosts, use violence against the Pope, absolve an accomplice, illegitimately ordain a bishop, attempt to ordain a woman, violate the secrecy of the conclave, and even those who are complicit in an abortion or commit acts of pedophilia.


    08/02/2016 - INDIA

    For Guwahati archbishop, Cebu was one of Asia’s most inspiring faith events

    by Nirmala Carvalho

    Mgr Thomas Menamparampil, who addressed the International Eucharistic Congress with his catechesis titled ‘The Eucharist as mission, the mission as dialogue,’ saw joy in the faces of participants who paid attention even during the longest and most serious meetings. He stressed the importance of silent Eucharistic adoration to hear Jesus’ cry on the cross, and spoke about the meaning of work in India, “periphery of peripheries”.


    07/02/2016 - VATICAN

    Pope: stop the war in Syria and "dare" an inner change to defend life


    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 - PHILIPPINES

    For Card Tagle, 20 cents a day to save 25,000 children from hunger


    In his pastoral letter for Ash Wednesday, the archbishop calls on the faithful to replenish the ‘Pondo ng Pinoy’ programme. Feeding children is a concrete act of charity in the Extraordinary Jubilee of Mercy, and a lot can be done with a little for malnourished children.


    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".


    03/02/2016 - PHILIPPINES

    Mercy: Christians and Muslims visit prisoners



    Marking World Week for Inter-religious Harmony, youth groups have organized various charitable activities. PIME missionary: "The prisoners take turns to sleep, there are not enough beds. Thanks to the meeting with young people they experience dialogue and witness from inside their cells".


    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 - THAILAND – PHILIPPINES

    For a Thai Catholic, the Cebu Congress is just the beginning of a new evangelisation

    by Weena Kowitwanij

    Somchai Chaopatanawong is a member of a Basic Ecclesial Community in his native Thailand. Along with other fellow Thais, he flew to the Philippines for the conference, which ended on Sunday, 31 January. For him, it was a “wonderful 'miracle' to see so many Catholics and people from other religions meet."


    01/02/2016 - PHILIPPINES – MYANMAR

    IEC: for Card Bo, attacks on the family are worse than the nuclear bomb

    by Francis Khoo Thwe

    The Burmese bishop, who acted as papal legate at the congress in Cebu, led the final Mass of the event.  In his homily, he came down hard on the attacks on the family, the basic unit of society. He also praised the Philippines, a light for evangelisation and the mission of the third millennium. The Eucharist remains the source and summit of a life commitment.


    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 - VATICAN

    Pope: the mission and mercy are the foundation of the faith, and every Christian is a Christopher


    Francis opens the jubilee general audiences with a reflection on the "wonderful circularity" between mission and mercy. The actual sign that we met Jesus "is the joy we feel in communicating it to others”. For the pontiff, “this this is not proselytising. It is giving a gift. I give you what gives me joy.” The pope ends calling on the crowd to pray for Ms Elvira, who worked at Casa Santa Marta, and was called by the Lord.


    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 - PHILIPPINES – ASIA

    Eucharistic Congress: Card Tagle calls for an end to the throwaway culture


    In his address to the congress in Cebu on its fifth day, the Archbishop of Manila calls on politicians to stop throwing “away people’s taxes for your parties and shopping” and start using them “as gifts for social services”. The International Congress, which ends this Sunday, represents a new challenge, that of the Eucharist as a “third world war" against poverty.

     


    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.”


    28/01/2016 - PHILIPPINES

    Mindanao: former MILF terrorists to join government against ISIS


    The Moro Islamic Liberation Front announced the creation of a 12,000-strong task force to counter ISIS’ “distortions” of the Qurʼān. For an army spokesman, “Any initiative against extremism is welcome." The MILF is discussing with the government ways to prevent extremist groups from undermining peace talks.


    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."






    Editor's choices

    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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