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    31/05/2016 - VATICAN

    "Christians with a grimace or disgruntled expression on their faces, sad Christians, are a very ugly thing.  It’s really ugly, ugly, ugly. However, they are not fully Christian. They think they are (Christians) but they are not fully so ." "The courage of women. The courageous women who are present in the Church: they are like Mary. Courageous: they get up and help other people”.




    31/05/2016 - ASIA

    Nearly 50 million modern slaves: 60% are in Asia


    Five Asian countries have the highest percentages of slaves: North Korea, Uzbekistan, Cambodia, India and Qatar. The largest number of slaves in the absolute sense is held by India, China, Pakistan, Bangladesh and Uzbekistan. Loan sharks also creating slavery. Slavery fueled by businesses in search of cheap labor; organized crime, which exploits human trafficking; the exploitation of man by man. The need for legislation, transparency in production chain, but also a change of mentality to combat consumerist frenzy.


    30/05/2016 - SINGAPORE

    Singapore’s St Francis of Assisi parish is home to thousands of economic migrants


    Immigration from Asian countries has boosted the congregation of 4,500 with half of its members now hailing from the Philippines, Myanmar, India, Sri Lanka, China and Vietnam. Scores of volunteers help provide free meals to the needy. The church houses a relic of Saint Alphonsa, the first Indian nun to be canonised.


    30/05/2016 - VATICAN

    Pope: The Church is not a closed system of standards, but open to prophecy


    "It would do us good to ask ourselves" if "Do I have the memory of the wonders that the Lord has wrought in my life? Can I remember the gifts of the Lord? I am able to open my heart to the prophets”, “am I open to that, or am I afraid, and do I prefer to close myself within the cage of the law? And in the end: Do I hope in the promises of God, as our father Abraham, who left his home without knowing where he was going, only because he hoped in God? ".

     


    29/05/2016 - VATICAN

    Pope: Whoever proclaims Jesus is called to serve and whoever serves announces Jesus


    At the Jubilee of Deacons, Pope Francis noted that being both apostle and servant means being "two sides of the same coin". Whoever serves should not be “a slave to his own agenda”; instead, he should “be ever ready to deal with the unexpected” as well as “God’s constant surprises”.


    28/05/2016 - VATICAN – SINGAPORE

    Pope meets Singapore president: Church and State collaboration good


    President Tony Tan Keng was received in the Vatican this morning. He also met Secretary of State Card Parolin and Secretary for Relations with States Mgr Paul Richard Gallagher. The Church is appreciated in the country, "especially in the educational and social fields".


    27/05/2016 - EGYPT-ISLAM-VATICAN

    Pope Francis and the Grand Imam of Al Azhar, the said and the "unsaid"

    by Samir Khalil Samir

    There are many positive aspects in the meeting between the Pope and the supreme Sunni authority, along with silence on some issues. For Al Tayyib Islam has nothing to do with terrorism. But Isis uses the black flag of Muhammad, the prophet's sword, the sentences of the Koran. The terrorists take their bloodthirsty statements from many imams. The urgency of a new renaissance of Islam, reinterpreting tradition in modernity: a task interrupted by fundamentalism.
     


    26/05/2016 - VATICAN

    Pope: “doing” the Eucharist with Jesus and breaking the bread and our life to “feed” our brothers


    Francis celebrated Corpus Domini in St John Lateran. “How many mothers, how many fathers, together with the slices of bread they provide each day on the tables of their homes, have broken their hearts to let their children grow, and grow well!  How many Christians, as responsible citizens, have broken their own lives to defend the dignity of all, especially the poorest, the marginalized and those discriminated!”


    26/05/2016 - CHINA - VATICAN

    Evangelize China for the good of society, demanding an end to persecution

    by Bernardo Cervellera

    Official and underground Christians have celebrated the World Day of Prayer for the Church in China, wanted by Benedict XVI. In a China marked by individualism and corruption, academics and scholars advise greater freedom for the economy and religious freedom for communities. Religions, viewed with suspicion by the leadership, are actually one of the few glues for a supportive and creative society. The strange silence of some commentators on persecution. The priority is formation of the clergy, the religious, the faithful. Now is the opportune time for the evangelization of China.

     


    25/05/2016 - VATICAN

    Pope: "Our duty to protect all children, especially those exposed to high risk of exploitation"


    Prayer keeps the faith and transforms our desire modeling it according to the will of God, but "it is not a magic wand." A prayer for the victims of Monday's bombings in Syria. May Mary  "convert the hearts of those who sow death and destruction."


    25/05/2016 - EGYPT-VATICAN

    Pope-Grand Imam of Al Azhar: Egypt’s press enthusiastic and "political" comments


    Al Sisi mediation praised for success of encounter. Amazement at the sobriety of the Vatican statement. A corrective measure for Islamophobia generated by the Islamic State. A reader: I believe in Pope Francis and his smile

     


    24/05/2016 - CHINA – VATICAN

    At least 20,000 Catholics pray at Sheshan for the Church in China

    by Victoria Ma

    Pilgrims came from other dioceses like Ningbo and Taiyuan. Some groups organised web prayers. Under house arrest since 2012, Mgr Thaddeus Ma Daqin was not present. The Diocese of Shanghai organised a solemn pilgrimage.


    24/05/2016 - SINGAPORE – ITALY – VATICAN

    Singapore president in Italy to meet Pope Francis


    Tony Tan Keng Yam arrived in Rome on Sunday. He will visit the Holy See next Saturday, a first for a Singapore president. This “is a significant event” for the Catholic Church in the city-state. “We are fortunate to be held in high regard and receive great support from the government.”


    24/05/2016 - VATICAN

    Dublin, 2018 the World Meeting of Families on "The Gospel of the Family: Joy for the World"


    The event presented today at the Vatican, will be the first after the Synod and the publication of "Amoris laetitia". It is part of a process of discernment and encouragement, accompaniment and animation of families.


    24/05/2016 - VATICAN

    Pope: Holiness is "a journey to God’s presence", a step forward every day


    On the journey we need courage, hope, grace, conversion. "Nothing great, mortification: no, it's simple. The path to holiness is simple. Do not go back, but always move forward, right? And with fortitude ".

     


    23/05/2016 - VATICAN - ISLAM

    Pope receives grand imam of Al-Azhar, dialogue and not violence between Catholicism and Islam


    The meeting focused “on the shared commitment of the authorities and the faithful of the great religions for peace in the world, the rejection of violence and terrorism, the situation of Christians in the context of conflicts and tensions in the Middle East and their protection" .


    23/05/2016 - VATICAN - ISLAM

    Meeting between Pope Francis and the Imam of Al Azhar "for dialogue and peace in the world"

    by Bernardo Cervellera

    Egyptian Catholic Church spokesman: "Happy for this meeting." Vicar of Al Azhar: "A message of tolerance." The highs and lows of the Al Azhar-Vatican relationship. The breakthrough with Al Sisi and his project to modernize Egypt and the teaching of Islam.

     


    22/05/2016 - VATICAN

    Pope: May Chinese Catholics become concrete sign of love and reconciliation


    After the Angelus, Francis remembers the Day of Prayer for the Church in China, which falls on May 24: "Let us ask Mary to give to his children in China the ability to discern at all times the signs of the loving presence of God, that always welcomes and forgives. " Before the Marian prayer, a reflection on the Holy Trinity: "This feast invites us to engage in the daily events to be leaven of communion, of consolation and of mercy."


    20/05/2016 - VATICAN

    Pope: Understanding for human weakness, but no "negotiating" on the truth


    "May Jesus teach us to have at heart a great adhesion to the truth, and also at heart a great understanding and accompaniment for all our brothers who are in difficulty."

     


    19/05/2016 - VATICAN

    Pope: "fear and misunderstanding" should not hamper action in favour of those forced to emigrate


    In his meeting with new ambassadors, Francis insisted that international action should help people stay at home and “remove weapons” from those who perpetrate violence and engage in human and drug trafficking. The pontiff also expressed solidarity with persecuted Christian communities.


    19/05/2016 - VATICAN

    Pope: The exploitation of labour is a mortal sin


    "We consider this drama of today: the exploitation of the people, the blood of these people who become slaves, the traffickers of people—and not just those who deal in prostitutes and children for child labour, but that trafficking we might call “civilized”: “I’ll pay you this much, without vacation, without health care, without… everything under the table… But I will become rich!”'.


    18/05/2016 - VATICAN

    Pope: "to ignore the poor is to show contempt for God"


    "God's mercy towards us is related to our mercy towards our neighbor. When this is lacking, then [God’s mercy] finds no place in our closed heart, it cannot enter". "Good and evil has been distributed to compensate the earthly injustice." "A lasting peace" for Ukraine.


    17/05/2016 - VATICAN

    Pope: Love of power and money, the "worldly temptation" of the Church


    "On the path that Jesus points us to move forward, service is the rule. The greatest is the one  who serves, those who are at the service of others, not those who boast, that seek power, money ... vanity, pride ... No, these are not great”.


    16/05/2016 - VATICAN

    Pope: priests belong to God, are poor to the poor, and must not have ambitions or seek material goods


    Francis presided over the opening of the General Assembly of Italian bishops whose main topic is the renewal of the clergy. “Belonging to the Lord, to the Church, [and] to the Kingdom” is what characterises the priestly life. It is a "treasure" that bishops must safeguard and promote "with patience and willingness of time, hands and heart."


    15/05/2016 - VATICAN

    Pope: Mission is a "great work of spiritual and material mercy “


    "Missionary Church, witness of mercy" is the title of Francis' message for the 90th World Mission Sunday, which will be celebrated Sunday, October 23, 2016, published today. The growing presence of women and families.

     


    15/05/2016 - VATICAN

    Pope: "essential purpose" of Jesus' mission to free us from condition of "orphans"


    " In our own day also, we see various signs of our being orphans: in the interior loneliness which we feel even when we are surrounded by people, a loneliness which can become an existential sadness; in the attempt to be free of God, even if accompanied by a desire for his presence; in the all-too-common spiritual illiteracy which renders us incapable of prayer; in the difficulty in grasping the truth and reality of eternal life".


    14/05/2016 - VATICAN

    Pope: Pity is not pietism, it is an aspect of God's mercy


    "Often the Gospels speaks of the spontaneous cry that people who were sick, possessed, poor or afflicted addressed to Jesus: ‘Have pity on me." And "how often do we see people so attached to cats to dogs, and then they leave their hungry neighbor without help".

     


    13/05/2016 - SINGAPORE

    Singapore archbishop calls on the faithful to be proud of Jesus, fight for his values


    In his Pentecost message, Mgr William Goh tells the faithful to be proud of Christ and renew their commitment to society. "We cannot afford to remain as spectators on the sidelines when our faith is challenged, denigrated and ridiculed.” He also highlights the limits of the Church in the city-state, with congregations that are "too concerned with the 'doing'”and members who are too individualistic.


    13/05/2016 - VATICAN

    Pope: migrant crisis and the fight against poverty a moral rather than economic issue


    Beyond the immediate and practical aspect of providing material support to our brothers and sisters, the international community is called upon to identify political, social and economic responses long-term matters that cross national and continental borders and involve the whole human family".

     


    13/05/2016 - VATICAN

    Pope: women must count for more in the Church, even in decision making


    Francis announces his intention to create a commission to study the question of “women deacons" in the early Church. Men and women "should be complementary, and it is important that women are involved in consultations". A woman may give the homily during a Liturgy of the Word, but not in the Mass.






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    IRAQ
    Baghdad Patriarch calls on Christians and Muslims to pray for peace between May and Ramadan

    Joseph Mahmoud

    Baghdad’s Queen of the Rosary Church will host an interfaith prayer against violence and terrorism next Monday. The Chaldean Patriarch launched the initiative, reiterating there are no military options but prayer against conflicts affecting "innocent people". He also urged Muslims to think about renewing their way of thinking and culture.


    EGYPT-ISLAM-VATICAN
    Pope Francis and the Grand Imam of Al Azhar, the said and the "unsaid"

    Samir Khalil Samir

    There are many positive aspects in the meeting between the Pope and the supreme Sunni authority, along with silence on some issues. For Al Tayyib Islam has nothing to do with terrorism. But Isis uses the black flag of Muhammad, the prophet's sword, the sentences of the Koran. The terrorists take their bloodthirsty statements from many imams. The urgency of a new renaissance of Islam, reinterpreting tradition in modernity: a task interrupted by fundamentalism.
     


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