29/03/2017 - VATICAN
Our "great hope" that is founded in faith and promise "not to just of anyone, but of God." "We call today to the Lord for the grace to count not so much on our safety, on our own strength, but on the hope drawn by the promise of God."
28/03/2017 - VATICAN
Pope: follow Jesus by accepting the life we have, without being paralyzed by sloth
Sloth is a "bad sin", it means living just because “oxygen is free," is "by watching others who are happier than me"; it is full of "sadness", it makes you forget joy. "Sloth - said the Pope - is a shame that paralyzes us, we become paralytics. It stops us from walking. Even today the Lord looks at each of us, we all sin, we are all sinners but he is watching this sin, "he says," Get up. "
28/03/2017 - EGYPT - ISLAM
Secularism and citizenship: how Al Azhar could influence Arab-Islamic countriesby Luca Galantini
The Cairo conference studies proposals for equal rights for Christians and Muslims, and for a State separation from religion. Regional constitutions and especially the Arab League and Organization of the Islamic Conference Human Rights Charter need to be addressed. All this just one month before Pope Francis’ visit to Egypt.
28/03/2017 - VATICAN – UNITED NATIONS
Pope: peace cannot be based on the fear of nuclear war
In a message to the ‘United Nations Conference to Negotiate a Legally Binding Instrument to Prohibit Nuclear Weapons, leading towards their Total Elimination’, Francis said that dialogue must boost trust. “Humanity has the ability to work together in building up our common home; we have the freedom, intelligence and capacity to lead and direct technology, to place limits on our power, and to put all this at the service of another type of progress.”
26/03/2017 - VATICAN
Pope urges the faithful to abandon the false lights of prejudice towards others and self-interest
Baptism inspires us to follow Jesus and judge men and things according to a new scale of values that comes from God, as well as to walk in the light, that is to "abandon false lights”. Francis thanked Milan and the Milanese for the warm reception they showed him yesterday. He also said that it is true that "In Milan people are welcomed heart in hand”.
25/03/2017 - ITALY – VATICAN
Pope tells 80,000 youth that grandparents can help them find faith, says no to bullying
Parents should strive to educate children about contents, ideas, values and attitudes about life. He urged them to play with their children, take the time to go to Mass with them, visit a park, and remember that they can see and suffer when they argue.
25/03/2017 - ITALY – VATICAN
Pope: in a time marked by speculation, nothing and no one is "foreign" to God
Francis celebrated Mass in Monza before a million people according to organisers. This followed his visit to Milan’s San Vittore Prison where he had lunch with inmates. “The Lord loves me as much as he does you,” he told them. “Jesus himself is in you and in me; we are sinful brothers".
25/03/2017 - ITALY – VATICAN
Pope in Milan: pastors must teach how to choose in a society that has many cultures
Francis began his visit at the Case Bianche compound, home to three families. He met priests and consecrated people at the Cathedral where he talked about discernment. “Choose the peripheries, reawaken processes, ignite the spent and weakened hope of a society that has become insensible to the pain of others,” he said.
24/03/2017 - VATICAN - EU
Pope: Europe is not just an economy, but a way of conceiving man and a capacity for hope
Francis spoke to the heads of state and government of the 27 EU member states on the 60th anniversary of the Treaty of Rome. He told them that the Old Continent is a reality based on the centrality of man, effective solidarity, openness to the world, the pursuit of peace and development, and overture to the future. He also talked about "serious migration crisis" and the populism that is the "fruit of an egotism".
24/03/2017 - VATICAN - GREAT BRITAIN - ISLAM
London attack: The Pope's pain and that of a young Muslim
Pope Francis expresses "prayer and solidarity" for the victims killed in Westminster. A young Muslim apologizes to the victims because terrorists used his religion to cause such violence. Islam "has been taken hostage." Police release the name of the dead attacker: Khalid Massoud, 52, born in Britain. Perhaps he is of Pakistani or Afghan origin. The Islamic State claims him as "one of our soldiers."
23/03/2017 - VATICAN
Pope: if you do not listen to the Word of God, you end up confusing God with the devil
"When a people, a community, even a Christian community, a parish, a diocese, close their ears and become deaf to the Word of the Lord, they look for other voices, other lords, and end up with the idols, idols of the world, the worldliness, that society offers them. They walk away from the living God. "
23/03/2017 - ASIA - ISLAM - GREAT BRITAIN
Indian Church praying for the victims of London attack. The sympathy of world leaders
Cardinal Gracias expresses deep sorrow for an attack that caused a "senseless loss of life." And prays God grant "peace, strength and consolation." Sympathy and solidarity from international leaders. Iran asks to stop the sale of the "weapons to terrorist groups ". Erdogan expresses solidarity with the British, but launches a new attack on Europe.
22/03/2017 - VATICAN
Pope: Protect water, a common good, also by enhancing the cultural and religious significance
The Word of God "feeds a hope that concrete results in sharing in mutual service." "Our hope is not based on our own strength or means, but on the support of God and the faithfulness of His love, that is, on God's strength and consolation of God." "That of migrants is the biggest tragedy since the Second World War".
21/03/2017 - VATICAN
Pope tells young people to remember the past, to have courage in the present and hope for the future
The Message for the 32nd World Youth Day was issued today centred on “The ‘great things’ that the Almighty accomplished’.” In her meeting with Elizabeth, Mary becomes a model. The pontiff calls on young people to avoid being couch potatoes, safe and cosy, urges them to rediscover the relationship with seniors. The Church experience is not a flash mob. The future should be experienced in a constructive way, and “the institutions of marriage, consecrated life and priestly mission” should not be devalued.
21/03/2017 - VATICAN
Pope: the forgiveness of sins "is a mystery" and the first step is shame
Forgiveness received from God, "the wonder he created in your heart" must be able to "enter into your consciousness." "We ask for the grace of shame before God. It 'a great grace! Ashamed of our sins and thus we receive forgiveness and the grace of generosity to give it to others because if the Lord has forgiven me so much, who am I not to forgive? ".
20/03/2017 - VATICAN
Pope: St. Joseph gives young people "the ability to dream, to take risks"
"The man who does not speak but obeys, the man of tenderness, the man capable of keeping promises so they may become solid, safe." He is also the guardian of God’s dream": the dream of God" to save us all ", of redemption, is confided to him.
19/03/2017 - VATICAN
Pope: Forgetful of great gift of baptism, we seek wells whose waters cannot quench our thirst
17/03/2017 - VATICAN
Pope leads penitential liturgy
Francis, who did not deliver the homily, was confessed for about five minutes and then confessed, for about 50 minutes, some of the faithful. This morning he said that the confessor must pray, discern – to avoid generalising – and remember that the confessional is also a place of evangelisation, because it allows an encounter with the true face of God, which is that of mercy.
16/03/2017 - SRI LANKA
Saint Joseph Vaz, a pioneer in interfaith dialogue and a promoter of the laity in Sri Lankaby Melani Manel Perera
This year has been dedicated to the Apostle of Sri Lanka. Born in India, he landed on the island in 1687 during the persecution by Dutch Calvinists. At that time there were no priests. He set up a religious congregation to train missionaries. He worked for the poor and the sick, for dialogue with other religions, and for the development of lay leaders.
16/03/2017 - VATICAN
Pope: "Cursed is the man who trusts in himself", in goods and not in the Lord
Those who trust in riches, goods, "in the flesh" are on a dangerous road of sin, that always personalizes God, and leads to corruption, "from which there is no going back."
16/03/2017 - VATICAN-LEBANON
Pope: I will go to Lebanon and I will always remember it in my prayers
Francis receives Lebanese President Michel Aoun, for whom "The coexistence of Lebanon occupies a special place in the heart of Pope Francis, who will respond to the invitation to visit the Land of the Cedars." Vatican appreciation for Lebanon's support to Syrian refugees.
15/03/2017 - ITALY
Jesus teaches us how to become missionariesby Piero Gheddo
The "new evangelisation" calls for a new Christian consciousness, that of having to represent Jesus to the people Christians meet. It requires overcoming the barrier of secularism, whereby talking about religious topics is seen an inappropriate, almost a taboo that prevents many from expressing the religious feeling we all carry in our hearts.
15/03/2017 - VATICAN
Pope: Sin of taking work from people is "very serious”
"This work gives us dignity, and those in charge of people, leaders, have an obligation to do everything possible so that every man and every woman can work and thus hold their heads high, face others, with dignity". "We are called to love, to love", but we must avoid the risk that our charity is "hypocritical."
14/03/2017 - VATICAN
Pope: conversion is turning away from evil and learning to do good, not in words but in "getting things done"
" Along the path of life, of the Christian life one learns every day. You have to learn every day to do something, to be better than the day before. " " He, the Lord, names three concrete things, but there are many: seek justice, relieve the oppressed, give orphans justice, defend the cause of the widow… but concrete things."
12/03/2017 - VATICAN
Pope: Violence against young people is a “hidden Scream” that we must listen to
The Cross "is not some home furnishing nor an ornament to wear, but a call to the love with which Jesus sacrificed himself to save humanity from evil and sin. " the pope expresses his "closeness" to the people of Guatemala after fire ravages a youth shelter.
10/03/2017 - SRI LANKA
Some 90 per cent of Sri Lanka’s women suffer sexual harassment on public transitby Melani Manel Perera
The finding is based on a survey of some 2,500 women carried out by the United Nation Population Fund. About 60 per cent of the victims do not know that harassment is punishable by law.
10/03/2017 - VATICAN
Pope: prayers, not "optional celibacy” are the answer to the crisis of vocations
In a long interview published in the German weekly Die Zeit, Francis described himself as a “sinner” and “fallible. He also spoke about the "viri probati", "piecemeal World War", criticism and posters, and populism in Europe.
07/03/2017 - ASIA
At least 900 million people paid bribes in 2016 in Asia-Pacific region
Transparency International found that India and Vietnam are the most corrupt whilst Japan, South Korea, Hong Kong and Australia are the least. The poor suffer the most, but in Myanmar, Vietnam and Cambodia the richest are asked for bribes the most. Bribes “can kill”. Many governments remain lukewarm towards the problem.
05/03/2017 - VATICAN
Pope: In Lent, treat the Bible like our mobile phone, always have it at hand
At the Angelus Pope Francis says we should “always have the Bible close at hand”, open it "several times a day"; read "the messages of God" for strength in "spiritual warfare" against Satan during Lent. Tonight the Pope and the Curia begin the Lenten spiritual exercises.
03/03/2017 - VATICAN
Pope: true fasting is to help others and not do penance while performing injustices
God delights in "the penitent heart", "the heart that feels it is a sinner and knows it is a sinner." "The other is ‘hypocritical' fasting – this is the word so often used by Jesus - it's a fast to be seen or to feel right but in the meantime I do injustice, I am not just, I exploit people."
02/03/2017 - VATICAN
Wealth redistribution is a "prerequisite" for saving the environment and biodiversity
A workshop organised by the Pontifical Academy of Sciences and the Pontifical Academy of Social Sciences concludes that responsibility for degradation lies with the “enormous increase in economic activity based on profit and on the use of fossil fuels”, and the rich are main culprit.
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