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  • 22/01/2018 - VATICAN – PERU

    Francis celebrated his last Mass in Peru before returning to Rome before 1.3 million people. In his address, he urged them not to flee, but to resist the temptation to hide from "daily situations of pain and injustice". He also noted that “Jesus invites his disciples to experience in the present a taste of eternity: the love of God and neighbour. He does this the only way he can, God’s way, by awakening tenderness and love of mercy.”




    21/01/2018 - VATICAN - PERU

    Pope in Peru: Young people, the heart can’t be “photoshopped”, because that’s where real love is found


    At the Angelus in the Plaza de Armas, Pope Francis calls on young people to follow Jesus with all of themselves, without discouragement, in the example of St. Martin of Porres, the half-caste saint. Silent prayer for peace in the Republic of the Congo. To the bishops, the example of St. Turibius of Mogrovejo, an indefatigable evangelizer: "Today we would call him a 'street bishop'". To the contemplative religious the invitation to pray for the unity of the Peruvian Church.


    21/01/2018 - VATICAN - PERU

    Pope in Peru: Combat violence against women


    In the Marian celebration in Trujillo, Francis speaks of Mary, "a mestiza Mother, because in her heart all races find a place, for love seeks out every possible way to love and to be loved". He recommends priests and consecrated to remember the moment of their vocation to be, like the apostles, bearers of joy and builders of community.


    20/01/2018 - VATICAN - PERU

    Pope in Peru: before the 'storms' of life, always trust in Jesus


    Francis in Trujillo, the second city of the country, hit last year by floods due to the "Niño costiero". "There are things, as you well know, that can not be improvised and much less are bought. The soul of a community is measured by how it manages to come together to face times of difficulty and adversity, in order to keep hope alive".


    19/01/2018 - VATICAN – PERU

    Pope in Peru: Defending the Amazon, its land, its culture and above all its people


    Francis met today indigenous people whose land is threatened by business interests but also vy the type of conservationism that has no place for people. “I consider it essential to begin creating institutional expressions of respect, recognition and dialogue with the native peoples, acknowledging and recovering their native cultures, languages, traditions, rights and spirituality.”


    18/01/2018 - VATICAN - CHILE

    Pope in Chile: This land surrounded by the driest desert knows how to put on party clothes


    At the final Mass of his visit to Chile, at the Campus Lobito in Iquique, Pope Francis prayed for "the integration of peoples" in an region that has know emigration and immigration. He called on people to be like servants at Cana – “they too are part of the miracle” – and take care of the poor and those who have a "watered down" life. He crowned the statue of Our Lady of Carmel (Virgen de la Tirana), patron saint of Chile, and received a crosier and a cross made of salt crystals.


    18/01/2018 - VATICAN - CHILE

    Pope in Chile: to young people, always be "connected" to Jesus


    Francis reflects on the importance of always being connected online for young people today, so they don’t feel out of touch, disoriented, in a bad mood. With faith it is the same, "when we remain without this 'connection' that gives life to our dreams, the heart begins to lose strength". Call for Catholic Universities to propose a renewed humanism to today’s "liquid society", one that avoids falling into any kind of reductionism.


    18/01/2018 - INDIA

    Tamil Nadu, five gored to death in the 'Jallikattu' bull race


    The victims were watching the sporting event. Indian bullfighting is considered the oldest sport of modern times. The bullfighters do not use weapons, unlike the Spanish bullfighters.


    17/01/2018 - VATICAN - CHILE

    Pope in Chile: unity is not about being the same, but about reconciling diversity


    Francis celebrated Mass dedicated to the progress of peoples in a region where the Mapuche people still view themselves as victims of oppression and discrimination that have reduced their number. "The unity that our peoples need" comes from their recognition and solidarity. We “must abandon the notion that there are higher or lower cultures.”


    17/01/2018 - VATICAN

    Card Filoni celebrates the feast of Fr Paolo Manna at PIME in Rome

    by Bernardo Cervellera

    The Prefect of the Congregation for the Evangelisation of Peoples met PIME missionaries and the Missionaries of the Immaculate. Without proclamation the mission reduces the Church's work to that of an NGO.  The mission ad gentes must be reawakened. A Missionary Month will be held in 2019.


    17/01/2018 - VATICAN - CHILE

    Pope in Chile: the Church's mission is for everyone, avoid clericalism


    Francis met Chilean bishops and priests and visited a women's prison. With the priests he returned to talk about the drama of pedophilia and in the nunciature he received a small group of victims of sexual abuse by clergy. The meeting took place in a strictly private form and no one else was present.


    16/01/2018 - VATICAN – CHILE

    Pope in Chile: The Beatitudes are a 'new day' for those who continue to look to the future


    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 - SRI LANKA

    Sri Lankan Catholics and Anglicans to mark 2018 as the Year of the Good Shepherd and the Year of Youth

    by Melani Manel Perera

    The ceremonies took place on Saturday and Sunday. The Catholics also brought to a close the Year dedicated to Saint Joseph Vaz. During the Anglican ceremony, Rev Priyantha Wijegoonewardene took office as the new general secretary of the Ceylon Bible Society.


    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.


    15/01/2018 - SRI LANKA

    Colombo, reform the agricultural sector 'to save land and farmers'

    by Melani Manel Perera

    Chinthaka Rajapakse is the moderator of the Movement for Land and Agriculture Reform. A review of agricultural policies of the last three years. Among the advances, the ban on herbicides. Among the critical aspects, the requisition of land and the approval of laws for the exclusive benefit of global financial institutions.       


    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 - SRI LANKA

    Churches united in spreading the Bible for “the glory of God Almighty”

    by Melani Manel Perera

    Rev Priyantha Wijegoonewardene is the 27th general secretary of the association that translates, publishes and distributes Bibles. He served the council of the Baptist Churches. Spreading the word of God to the ends of the earth is one of the latter’s objectives.


    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 - SRI LANKA

    Ceremony in Colombo to remember Lasantha Wickremetunga, the Christian journalist killed in 2009

    by Melani Manel Perera

    He was shot in broad daylight. The investigations are in the final phase. “Justice need be done not as a favour,” his brother said, but “to prevent a repetition.”


    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 ".


    09/01/2018 - SRI LANKA

    Prime Minister: one billion dollars from Beijing for the Colombo Port City

    by Melani Manel Perera

    Legislation for the project will be presented in parliament in March. Construction of the first three 60-storey towers should start is June-July. This is the largest investment ever made in Sri Lanka.


    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 - SRI LANKA

    HRCSL slams police for serious human rights violations

    by Melani Manel Perera

    More than five thousand complaints have been filed in first nine months of 2017, 1,174 of which against the police. Detention and torture during interrogations are singled out. Lack of resources slows the wheels of justice.


    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". 






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    CHINA – VATICAN
    The Vatican asks legitimate bishops to step aside in favour of illegitimate ones

    John Baptist Lin

    Last December, Mgr Peter Zhuang Jianjian of Shantou (Guangdong) was forced to go to Beijing where "a foreign prelate" from the Vatican asked him to leave his see to illicit bishop Joseph Huang Bingzhang. He had received the same request last October. Mgr Joseph Guo Xijin, ordinary bishop of Mindong, is expected to become the auxiliary or coadjutor of illicit Bishop Vincent Zhan Silu. Sinicizing the Chinese Church means supporting the principle of independence and follow the leadership of the Communist Party.


    VATICAN - PERU
    Pope in Peru: Young people, the heart can’t be “photoshopped”, because that’s where real love is found



    At the Angelus in the Plaza de Armas, Pope Francis calls on young people to follow Jesus with all of themselves, without discouragement, in the example of St. Martin of Porres, the half-caste saint. Silent prayer for peace in the Republic of the Congo. To the bishops, the example of St. Turibius of Mogrovejo, an indefatigable evangelizer: "Today we would call him a 'street bishop'". To the contemplative religious the invitation to pray for the unity of the Peruvian Church.


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