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  • 16/01/2018 - VATICAN – CHILE

    In his first mass, Francis said that Jesus “shakes us out of that negativity, that sense of resignation that makes us think we can have a better life if we escape from our problems” through consumerism. Peace is sown by reaching out to those who face difficulties, those who have not been treated as people.




    16/01/2018 - VATICAN - CHILE

    Pope in Chile: the future depends on ability to listen to the voice of the people


    Francis, on arriving in Santiago, meets with the authorities of the country states that "it is not possible to settle for what has already been achieved in the past and stop to enjoy it so that this situation leads us to disavow that many of our brothers still suffer from injustice that they call us all". The request for forgiveness for the "irreparable damage caused to children by ministers of the Church".


    15/01/2018 - VATICAN – CHILE

    On his way to Chile, pope gives journalists a picture of the 'Nagasaki child'


    Francis left Rome at 8:55 am and will arrive in Santiago, Chile at 8.10 pm. The picture, taken after the atomic bombing of Nagasaki in 1945, shows a child carrying his dead brother on his shoulders.


    14/01/2018 - VATICAN

    Pope: Seeking Jesus, meeting Jesus, following Jesus is the way


    During the Angelus, Pope Francis said that World Day of Migrants and Refugees will now be celebrated on the second Sunday of September, the next one being on 8 September 2019. “It is not enough to construct an image of God based on hearsay; we must go in search of the Divine Master and discover where He lives,” he said. The “role of a real witness [. . .] is fundamental,” he added, stressing the need to “overcome a religious practice that is habitual and obvious”. Lastly, the pontiff asked the faithful to pray for his visit to Chile and Peru, which starts tomorrow.


    14/01/2018 - VATICAN

    Pope: Migrants and local communities encountering Christ without fear


    Pope Francis celebrated Mass for World Day of Migrants and Refugees before thousands of believers, priests and choirs from African, Asian, Latin American. Around the altar of Confession stood the flags of the 49 countries from which migrants, refugees and asylum seekers have come. For the pope, it is urgent "to welcome, to know, and to acknowledge the other". For refugees it means "respecting the laws, the culture and the traditions of the countries that take them in." For host communities, this requires opening up “without prejudices to their rich diversity”. Host communities and refugees hold “fears”, but “Having doubts and fears is not a sin. The sin is to allow these fears to determine our responses”.


    13/01/2018 - VATICAN – CHILE

    Churches attacked on the eve of Pope Francis's trip to Chile and Peru


    Three churches in Santiago, Chile have been firebombed. In a fourth case, an explosive device was defused in time. This is the first time that a protest against Francis takes place over an apostolic trip. Pedophile priests and indigenous peoples in the Amazon are important problems. About 1.2 million people are expected in Santiago.  


    12/01/2018 - VATICAN

    Pope: prayer is born of faith and 'courage'


    It takes courage to "get to the Lord" and courage to "challenge the Lord" like the leper who said to Jesus: "If you want you can heal me". "The Lord has told us: 'Ask and it will be given to you’. We also take this Word and we trust, but always with faith and putting ourselves at stake. This is the courage that Christian prayer has. If a prayer is not courageous it is not Christian".


    11/01/2018 - CHINA – VATICAN

    The ten most important news stories for the Chinese Church in 2017

    by Peter Peng

    The year saw the passing of a number of individuals who defended the freedom of the Church, people like Mgr Luke Li Jinfeng and Fr Sun Zhenhua. It also saw Mgr Ma Daqin’s U-turn and his return to the Chinese Patriotic Catholic Association, and action to stop the demolition of a church in Wangcun. Above all, it was the year of 97 priestly ordinations in the official Church and a certain number in the underground community, a year of “difficulties and challenges” but also “opportunities and hope".


    10/01/2018 - VATICAN

    Pope: silence during mass to hear the voice of the Holy Spirit


    In the Mass, after the Penitential Act, our prayer takes a particular form in the oration called the 'Collect'. "With the invitation" pray ", the priest exhorts the people to gather with him in a moment of silence, in order to become aware of being in the presence of God and bring out, each one in their own heart, their personal intentions for Mass ".


    09/01/2018 - VATICAN

    Pope: an inconsistent pastor is 'a wound in the Church'


    What gives authority to a pastor is closeness: closeness to God in prayer and closeness to people. "Authority: authority, a gift of God. It only comes from Him. And Jesus gives it to his own. Authority in speaking, which comes from closeness with God and with people, always together ".


    08/01/2018 - VATICAN

    Pope: the devil pushes us to scorn those who are weak


    “[W]hen we already desire to perform a good act, like an act of charity, we say ‘It’s the Holy Spirit inspiring me to do this’. And when we realise we harbour within ourselves the desire to attack someone because they are weak, we have no doubt: It is the devil.”


    08/01/2018 - VATICAN

    Pope: respect for the rights of persons and nations essential for peace


    In his address to diplomats, Francis asks for the solution to conflicts - starting with Syria - and tensions - from Korea to Ukraine, Yemen, South Sudan and Venezuela - and augurs that migrants and the "discarded" be welcomed, like unborn children and the elderly and respect for freedom of religion and opinion, the right to work.


    07/01/2018 - VATICAN

    Pope: Remember your baptism, do not consign it to past


    At the Angelus on the Feast of the Baptism of the Lord, Pope Francis invokes "the maternal protection of the Mother of God" for the children baptized this morning and for those recently baptized. "The great humility of Jesus", his readiness "to immerse himself in the river of humanity, to take upon himself the shortcomings and weaknesses of men". "It is the Spirit who opens the eyes of the heart to the truth, the whole truth". Remember the date of our baptism. Greetings to the faithful from South Korea. 


    07/01/2018 - VATICAN

    Pope at baptism: The transmission of faith can only take place in the dialect of the family


    At Mass on the Feast of the Baptism of the Lord, Pope Francis baptizes 34 children in the Sistine Chapel. "The dialect" is the "language of love". "Then the catechists will come to develop this transmission of faith with ideas and explanations". "The dialect of children" is "a language that Jesus really likes". 


    06/01/2018 - VATICAN

    Pope wishes Eastern Churches a happy Christmas. Be careful, like the Magi


    At the Angelus, Pope Francis wishes that the Christmas celebration "will be a source of new spiritual vigor and communion among all of us Christians". The Youth Mission Sunday. "Follow the example of the Magi: be ready to meet Jesus in our lives".


    06/01/2018 - VATICAN

    Pope: Like the Magi we journey to see the star, set out, to freely bring gifts


    At Mass for the solemnity of the Epiphany, Pope Francis suggests we imitate the Magi: to lift "our eyes to the sky", not to be satisfied with "drifting". "Success, money, careers, honors, pleasures sought as the purpose of our existence ... shine for a while, but they soon crash and their glow fades. They are shooting stars ". "To freely give for the Lord, without expecting something in return: this is a sure sign of having found Jesus".


    02/01/2018 - RUSSIA

    Putin's Russia turns to Asia

    by Vladimir Rozanskij

    The "Asian turnaround" in politics and the economy is increasingly evident. Among many successes, the failure of Russia’s exclusion from the Pyeongchang Winter Olympics. But South Korea promises "nine cooperation bridges" and a warm welcome for Moscow athletes.


    01/01/2018 - VATICAN

    Pope: Let us not suppress hope in the hearts of migrants and refugees!


    During the Angelus, Pope Francis called on everyone to "be committed to ensuring a future of peace for refugees, migrants and everyone [else].” He also expressed appreciation "for the many initiatives of prayer and action for peace" all over the world, and offered his greetings for the New Year.


    01/01/2018 - VATICAN

    Pope: The year opens in the name of the Mother of God

    by Papa Francesco

    At Mass for the Solemnity of Mary Mother of God and of the 51st World Day of Peace, Pope Francis exalts the figure of Mary, through whom "God is close to humanity as a child to the mother who bears him in her womb". "Humanity is dear and sacred to the Lord". " The Gospel does not report a single word of hers in the entire account of Christmas.... His Mother joins her Son and keeps these things in silence". The Church is " is mother and woman. While a man often abstracts, affirms and imposes ideas, a woman, a mother, knows how to “keep”, to put things together in her heart, to give life".


    31/12/2017 - VATICAN

    Pope expresses closeness to Egypt’s Orthodox Copts, offers a 'special greeting' to families


    During the Angelus, Pope Francis prayed for the victims of the Cairo attacks and the conversion of “all violent hearts”. Speaking about the Holy Family, he said that "the child belongs to God" and the parents "are the guardians of his life, not the owners". Even for the families that have been “wounded” or marked by “failure”, the “path of resurrection” is open.  The pontiff calls on people to thank God for the past year and every good thing they may have received.


    28/12/2017 - VATICAN

    23 missionaries killed in 2017


    For the eighth consecutive year, the highest number of murders is recorded in America, where 11 pastoral workers were killed (8 priests, 1 religious, 2 lay people); Africa follows, with 10 pastoral workers (4 priests, 1 religious, 5 lay people); in Asia 2 pastoral workers were killed (1 priest, 1 lay person). From 2000 to 2016, 424 pastoral workers were killed in the world, including 5 bishops. 


    27/12/2017 - VATICAN

    Pope: if we take away Jesus there is no Christmas, it is another festivity, but it is not Christmas


    "In our time, especially in Europe, we are witnessing a sort of" distortion "of Christmas: in the name of a false respect for those who are not Christians, who often hide the aim to marginalize the faith". Jesus is "the gift", "that's why at Christmas we exchange gifts. The true gift for us is Jesus, and like him we want to be a gift for others ".


    26/12/2017 - VATICAN

    Pope: St. Stephen, Christ's message is unsettling, and unsettles us


    At the Angelus, Pope Francis explains the "very strong" link between the feast of the first martyr and Christmas. The message of Jesus "challenges worldly religious power and provokes consciences". Stephen’s words of forgiveness to his persecutors, "humanly unthinkable expressions", "possible only because the Son of God came to earth and died and rose for us".


    25/12/2017 - VATICAN

    Pope: at Christmas, we see Jesus in the suffering of the children of the world


    Francis’s Christmas message centred on the Middle East, Yemen and Africa but also Korea, Ukraine and Venezuela. He mentioned the pain of the children forced to become soldiers or suffer from hunger or are forced to migrate or are victims of traffickers. "May our hearts not be closed as they were in the homes of Bethlehem.”


    25/12/2017 - VATICAN

    Pope: at Christmas, may “none have to feel there is no room for them”


    During Midnight Mass, Francis said that it is time to turn “the power of fear into the power of charity,” one that that leads to “a new imagination of charity”. In the footsteps of Joseph and Mary, "We see the tracks of millions of persons who do not choose to go away but [are] driven from their land", who leave out of hope or just to survive the Herods who spill innocent blood "to impose their power".


    24/12/2017 - VATICAN

    Pope: The Gospel of the Annunciation, prayer for peace in the world and for Mindanao


    At the Angelus, Pope Francis recalls the victims of Tropical Storm Tembin, in the Philippines, which has caused hundreds of deaths and launches a new appeal for the release of all kidnapped persons. The "contrast" between the promises of the angel, "which opens unheard-of perspectives" and the response of Mary "short" and "humble". Find a few moments to stop in silence before the nativity scene "to worship in our hearts the mystery of true Christmas, that of Jesus".


    23/12/2017 - EDITORIAL

    Christmas and rejection: 'He came among His own people, but they did not accept him'

    by Di Bernardo Cervellera

    The first Christmas, when Christ came, was not a warm and loving experience. Friendship, gifts, gratitude, help for the poor are fruits of that Christmas, the consequence of conversion to Him. Rejection marks the celebrations of the Christian refugees in Mosul, those of India and China. Christmas has become a dangerous celebration to be suppressed as much as possible, even in Italy. But not even the persecution of Herod could prevent the fascination that Christ exercises on the hearts of so many.


    22/12/2017 - ITALY

    Fr Gheddo donates corneas, funeral to be held in S. Anna Church in Milan


    A chapel of rest with his body will remain open all of today in Via Mosè Bianchi 94, Milan. Condolences are coming in from all over the world. Many priests are grateful to him for his work in support of the mission and vocations.


    22/12/2017 - VATICAN - HOLY LAND

    Pope: dialogue between religions and cultures is important for Jerusalem 'at this time’


    Message from Francis to the international conference dedicated to the 800th anniversary of the Custody of the Holy Land. "Following the example of Saint Francis, spread friendship, solidarity and peace everywhere".


    21/12/2017 - VATICAN

    “I don’t want undeclared and precarious jobs in the Vatican,” pope says


    In his greetings for Christmas, Francis spoke to Vatican staff, focusing on four words: work, family, gossip, and forgiveness.






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