03/09/2014VATICAN Pope: Do not argue with Satan, defened yourself with the Word of God Pope Francis dedicates his Sunday Angelus to the Gospel of the first Sunday of Lent on Christ’s temptation in the desert, "Jesus does not dialogue with Satan, as Eve did in the Garden of Eden . Jesus knows that there is no dialogue with Satan, because he is too cunning. This is why Jesus, instead of entering into a dialogue like Eve, chooses to take refuge in God's Word and responds with the power of this Word. We should remember this when we are tempted". Vatican City (AsiaNews) - Lent "is a fitting occasion for all of us
to undertake a journey of conversion, by sincerely taking this Gospel passage into
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03/06/2014VATICAN Pope: Time of mercy, closeness to wounded for entire Church Encountering priests of the diocese of Rome, Francis says that “we must think of the Church today like a ‘field hospital'". "I always carry a small cloth pouch" containing a cross, in memory of a "great confessor", and when I have bad thoughts about someone my hand reaches for it". Confessors must be neither too "lax" nor too "rigorous".
03/06/2014THAILAND PIME missionary in Thailand looks at initiatives for the poor and support for catechumens at Lent For Fr Adriano Pelosin, parish priest in Pathumthani, the Church shows concern for the most marginalised sectors of society. From housing renovation in the slums to a shelter for abandoned children, solidarity expresses itself in a number of projects launched by the faithful. Next Sunday, the ceremony of the election of catechumens will include eight Iranian Muslims.
03/04/2014VATICAN Pope: Remember that among Christians "there are more martyrs today than in the early days of the Church" "The world does not tolerate the divinity of Christ. It doesn’t tolerate the announcement of the Gospel. It does not tolerate the Beatitudes". "They are condemned because they have a Bible. They can not make the sign of the Cross", "they can not go to Mass, because it is forbidden". How often "does a priest come in secret, among them, they pretend they are having a meal, taking tea and there they celebrate Mass", "so they will not see them".
02/27/2014VATICAN Pope: bishops are not managers but witnesses to the Risen Christ who lives for and near his flock Francis chaired a meeting of the Congregation for Bishops today. For him "To identify a bishop, it is not necessary to list his human, intellectual cultural or even pastoral skills". To "choose," we "need to elevate ourselves, to rise to the 'upper level'. We must rise above and overcome any eventual preferences, sympathies, provenances or tendencies to arrive at God's broad horizon".
02/26/2014THAILAND Bangkok's political crisis leads to economic crisis as imports and tourism drop In January, imports plunged by 15.5 over 2013, the worst result in four years. Computers and parts were down 19 per cent from a year earlier. Exports are off 2 per cent. Thai Airways report losses in excess of US$ 360 million. Hotels confirm a drop in the number of visitors, a trend that is expected to continue.