04/18/2015TAIWAN Catholic teachers: the Gospel of the family in the digital age by Xin Yage A three-day seminar to absorb the wealth of the Synod on the Family and focus on strategies for accompanying youth. The mission of 4 thousand Catholic teachers in the island. Taipei (AsiaNews) - The annual meeting of Catholic teachers in Taiwan took place a few days ago. With more than 70 participants from all over the island, the educators gathered in Taipei April 15 to 17 to reflect, discuss, share,...
04/16/2015VATICAN More Catholic believers and priests in the world
The Statistical Yearbook of the Church shows an increase in both the number of Catholics – 1.254 billion – and their share – 17.7 per cent – of the world’s population. In Asia, Catholics rose by 17.4 per cent and now constitute 3.2 of the continent’s population.
04/14/2015VATICAN Pope calls on Church to go “forth,” proposes vocation as “exodus” for young people with shattered “dreams” In his Message for the 52nd World Day of Prayer for Vocations (26 April), Pope Francis calls on young people to overcome uncertainty, worries and problems that threaten to paralyse “their youthful enthusiasm”. A vocation means “leaving behind our comfort and the inflexibility of our ego in order to centre our life in Jesus Christ.” It is not a flight “from the world” but a “specific, real and total commitment”. It means “a Church which is less concerned about herself, her structures and successes, and more about her ability to go out and meet God’s children wherever they are, to feel compassion (com-passio) for their hurt and pain."
04/14/2015TAIWAN Taiwan, "Pope Francis’ style" hits bookstores by Xin Yage The Kuangchi Press, led by Father Moses Khan, has published books by US author Chris Lowney on Pope Francis translated in Chinese: "Doing the laundry, getting his shoes dirty, listening to the sound of the churchbell: these are the images that can summarize the ' Pope's work ".
04/13/2015VATICAN Pope: The Church speaks with the freedom and courage of the Spirit The Holy Spirit "is the only one able to give us this grace of courage to proclaim Jesus Christ." "And that courage is what distinguishes us from simple proselytizing. We do not do advertising, Jesus Christ as says, to have more 'partners' in our 'spiritual society'. "
04/12/2015VATICAN Pope: Like Thomas, we contemplate the wounds of the Risen One and, in the Jubilee, we welcome God’s love After the Mass for the centennial of the Armenian Genocide, Francis spoke during the Regina Coeli about the apostle’s “struggle”. Thomas “is not someone who just accepts things; he wants to find out about things, check them out in person, have his own personal experience.” Meanwhile, “Jesus was waiting for him, patiently”. The Jubilee “will be an intense and long period of time to welcome the immense riches of God’s merciful love”. The pope also expressed his Easter greetings to the Eastern Churches.
04/12/2015VATICAN Pope: as the extermination of human beings continues, we need a change of heart Before the memorial Mass marking the centennial anniversary of the Armenian genocide, which he described as "the first genocide of the twentieth century”, Pope Francis spoke about the Armenian martyrs. “It is necessary,” he said, “indeed a duty, to honour their memory, for whenever memory fades, it means that evil allows wounds to fester.” In his homily, he mentioned how to do this when he said that the saints "teach us that the world is changed starting with the conversion of one's heart, and this is done through God’s mercy.”
04/11/2015VATICAN The Holy Year of Mercy sums up “the mystery of the Christian faith” The Bull of Indiction of the Extraordinary Jubilee, which will begin on 8 December 2015, and end on 20 November 2016, has been announced. It will be celebrated not only in Rome, but also in all the dioceses of the world and in the main shrines. The "Missionaries of Mercy" will lead the call to conversion, in particular to those who are far away, those engaged in organised violence and those who either perpetrate or participate in corruption.
04/11/2015VATICAN – LEBANON Divine Mercy’s amazing moment with the Armenian people by Fady Noun Tomorrow’s Mass in Saint Peter's will commemorate the Armenian genocide that occurred in the final years of the Ottoman Empire and all the genocides of which man has been capable. Divine Mercy is the answer to the disorientation of the West and the new barbarism that is destroying the Churches of the East under the guise of a return to Islam. Pope Francis calls for acts of reconciliation between Armenians and Turks. The ecumenism of the blood is like that of patristic times. Saint Gregory of Narek will be proclaimed Doctor of the Universal Church.