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    25/06/2016 - VATICAN - ARMENIA

    In the city of Gyumri, marked by the genocide and by the earthquake, Pope Francis offers the "three stable foundations" to rebuild the person, the population, society. The invitation to young people to consecrate their lives to merciful love for the Church and the world "this is something that is needed in these troubled times, which is also a time of mercy".

     




    25/06/2016 - VATICAN -ARMENIA

    The Pope at the Armenian Genocide Memorial: flowers and prayers for the victims


    Francis visits the "Hill of the Swallows," the Tzitzernakaberd Memorial Complex to commemorate those who died during the "Great Evil." A long silent prayer before the entrance of the building, then the Psalms and the Gospel in Armenian and Italian in the Flame Room of perpetual memory. Immediately after, a meeting with the descendants of those who were housed by Pope Benedict XV in Castel Gandolfo during the persecutions.


    24/06/2016 - VATICAN – ARMENIA

    Pope in Armenia condemns genocide, calls for action against those who use God to commit violence


    The ‘Great Evil’, the genocide that struck the Armenian people "was the first of the deplorable series of catastrophes of the past century, made possible by twisted racial, ideological or religious aims”. Hence, “it is vitally important that all those who declare their faith in God join forces to isolate those who use religion to promote war, oppression and violent persecution, exploiting and manipulating the holy name of God.”


    24/06/2016 - ORTHODOXY

    Pan-Orthodox Synod continues its proceedings

    by NAT da Polis

    The recognition of the Catholic Church as a true Church will be discussed in the next two days. So far, the meeting has agreed on the Orthodox Church’s mission in the world, fasting, impediments to marriage, and Churches’ declarations of autonomy. New national bishops’ conferences will include bishops from various rites and nations.


    24/06/2016 - VATICAN - ARMENIA

    Pope in Armenia: Ecumenism, collaboration, is also of value outside of Churches


    On arriving in Yerevan, Francis went to Etchmiadzin Cathedral. "For Armenia, faith in Christ has not been like a garment to be donned or doffed as circumstances or convenience dictate, but an essential part of its identity, a gift of immense significance, to be accepted with joy, preserved with great effort and strength, even at the cost of life itself".


     


    24/06/2016 - MYANMAR - THAILAND

    Muslim minority living in fear, after 200 Buddhists attack mosque in Bago


    An angry mob destroyed part of the building and damaged the Islamic cemetery, forcing Muslim families to take refuge at a police station. Aung San Suu Kyi arrived in Thailand yesterday to discuss, among other things, the situation of Muslim Rohingya in refugee camps.


    24/06/2016 - ASIA - GREAT BRITAIN

    Asian markets panic over the victory of Brexit


    "Leave" campaign wins with 52% of the votes. Stock markets plummet. The pound loses 10% of its value. Jump in price of gold and oil drops below $ 50 again. The UK might lose a lot of investment from Hong Kong, Malaysia, Singapore. The British move goes against projects of a Euro-Asian market and communications network.


    23/06/2016 - ARMENIA – VATICAN

    Pope Francis in Armenia, a pilgrim in the land of Christian martyrs

    by Pierre Balanian

    This visit is first and foremost a way of sharing with the first Christian people in history, marked by the genocide. There is also the ecumenical value of fraternity with the Armenian Apostolic Church, and the prophetic quality for peace in the Caucasus, a crossroad between Asia and Europe. Here are the views of a Diaspora Armenian.


    23/06/2016 - VATICAN – CHINA

    Pope is praying for Mgr Ma Daqin, the Vatican had no "role" in his statement


    Vatican Press Office Fr Federico Lombardi dispels all doubts and suspicions among Chinese Catholics with respect to Mgr Daqin’s “volte face” vis-à-vis the Chinese Patriotic Catholic Association.


    23/06/2016 - ASIA - GREAT BRITAIN

    Asia looks with interest to Brexit economy


    Most in favor of "remain" campaign because it gives more stability to general situation. For China, an exit would lead to a loss of Great Britain’s influence. Fears of multinationals that have their headquarters in London. The problems of goods and the common market.

     


    22/06/2016 - VATICAN

    Pope: Refugees are our brothers, we must welcome them


    At the General Audience Francis urges people to "touch the excluded" and the poor who need us. "Every night I pray: 'Lord, if you want you can make me clean' and I say five Our Fathers, one for each of Jesus’ wounds". "The grace working in us does not seek sensationalism. Usually it moves quietly and without fanfare".


    21/06/2016 - VATICAN

    For pope, the death penalty is unacceptable and contradicts God’s plan


    In a video message, Francis addressed the 6th World Congress against the Death Penalty, which opened today in Oslo. “The commandment ‘Thou shalt not kill’ has absolute value and applies both to the innocent and to the guilty.” The pontiff also called for improved living conditions for prisoners.


    21/06/2016 - CHINA - VATICAN

    Vatican silence over Shanghai’s Mgr Ma Daqin causing confusion and controversy

    by Bernardo Cervellera

    For some, Mgr Ma’s blog post praising the Patriotic Association and acknowledging his mistakes is nothing but “dirt”. For others, he chose humiliation for the “sake of his diocese”. Many wonder why the Holy See has remained silent about the article’s content and the bishop’s persecution. Some suspect the Vatican views the episode in positive terms. Yet, the Ma Daqin affair raises a major question. Has Benedict XVI’s Letter to Chinese Catholics (which describes the Patriotic Association as “incompatible with Catholic doctrine”) been abolished? If it has, who did it? A journey of compromises without truth is full of risks.


    20/06/2016 - ORTHODOX

    Despite the absence of some Churches, Pan-Orthodox Synod opens

    by NAT da Polis

    The leaders of the Churches of Antioch, Russia, Georgia and Bulgaria are not present. They decided not to come a week ago, despite agreeing to the gathering and its agenda. The Orthodox Church must urgently meet the challenges of the contemporary world. Synodality must be a permanent feature of the Church. Pope Francis sent his greetings and prayers.


    20/06/2016 - VATICAN

    Pope: Only God can judge, “look in the mirror" before judging others


    "Why do you see the speck that is in your brother’s eye and not notice the log that is in your own?". Judging is wanting to take God’s place, "as a bad judge." "And also, my opinion is poor judgment. It lacks something so important about God's judgment, it lacks mercy".


    20/06/2016 - UN

    More than 65 million refugees worldwide


    It is the highest ever recorded figure. The data published on the occasion of World Refugee Day. 50% come from Syria, Afghanistan, Somalia. 80% are housed in poor countries. Europe's divisions. The positive example of Iran. Pope Francis’s admonition.


    18/06/2016 - VATICAN

    Pope: on conversion, Jesus persuaded people with kindness and love


    In today’s jubilee audience, Pope Francis focused on conversion, the "first word" of Jesus 'preaching. With "the Holy Spirit,” he seeded “in us the restlessness to change life and be a little better.” He noted that the conversions of Matthew and Zacchaeus took place "because they felt loved by Jesus and, through Him, by the Father."


    17/06/2016 - VATICAN

    Pope urges laity to look "outside", to those who are distant, to families in need, to unexplored areas


    Receiving the Pontifical Council for the Laity, Francis speaks of the reform of the Curia, and indicates the fields in which they can act. "We need well-trained lay people, animated by a sincere and limpid faith, whose life has been touched by the personal and merciful encounter with the love of Christ Jesus."

     


    17/06/2016 - VATICAN - ISLAM

    Christians and Muslims must work together to help those in need


    Message of the Pontifical Council for Interreligious Dialogue for Ramadan. Faced with so many victims of conflict and violence "it is vital that all work together to assist those in need, regardless of their ethnicity or their religious beliefs."

     


    17/06/2016 - THAILAND

    Blitz on Dhammakaya Buddhist temple fails, “corrupt” abbot still at large


    The police raided the Wat facilities late afternoon yesterday. Phra Dhammachyao, accused of embezzling 40 million dollars, was not found. Some faithful stopped agents from entering into certain areas of the compound. Police: "We know that the abbot is still inside. Our work is not finished".

     


    16/06/2016 - VATICAN

    Pope: pastoral outreach should “accommodate, accompany, discern and integrate” families


    Francis opened the Ecclesial Conference of the Diocese of Rome, dedicated to Amoris laetitia. He called for “Reflecting on the lives of our families, as they are” rather than ideologising, avoiding a “separatist logic”, and giving seniors some room.


    16/06/2016 - VATICAN

    Pope: even beneath the tears and bloodshed caused by violence and persecution, there is light


    Receiving participants in the Reunion of Aid Agencies for the Oriental Churches (ROACO), Francis recommends "communion in the witness of the one Saviour" by Latin rite and Eastern Catholics.

     


    16/06/2016 - VATICAN

    Pope: Sowing joy and beauty "in a world with a somber and sad face" is an act of mercy


    Francis thanks participants in the Jubilee for Circus and Travelling Show People "you are artisans of beauty" and "do not know the good you do”. He caresses a tiger cub.

     


    16/06/2016 - VATICAN

    Pope: Pray the Our Father, forgetting all insults, "the best prayer we can say"


    "Father", the word that Jesus used in the most intense moments, is "the cornerstone" of prayer, "it is a call to the One who gave us the child's identity." "Unless we feel that we are his children, without considering ourselves as his children, without saying ‘Father,’ our prayer is a pagan one, it’s just a prayer of words."

     


    15/06/2016 - VATICAN

    Pope: How often we feel annoyed by those in need


    At the General Audience Francis emphasizes that Jesus begins "at the service" of those in need, "pours out his mercy on all those whom he met", gathers them into a new people. "So many people, even today, are marginalized because of a disability, physical or otherwise".

     


    14/06/2016 - VATICAN

    Ecclesial movements and Church hierarchy are "co-essential" and must live in harmony


    A Letter Iuvenescit Ecclesia (The Church rejuvenates), published today by the Congregation for the Doctrine of the Faith states that the “institutional” Church  is not in opposition to a Church "of charity." The problem of "recognition" of "authentic" charismatic gifts and the "criteria" for such recognition.


    14/06/2016 - VATICAN

    Pope: Praying for our enemies is the "perfection" Jesus spoke of


    "This prayer will do two things: It will make [your enemy] improve, because prayer is powerful, and will make us more children of the Father". Jesus offers "many examples" to show the commandments in a new light. "Thou shalt not kill", he says, can also mean not to insult a brother and on and on up to emphasize that love is "more generous than the letter of the Law".

     


    13/06/2016 - VATICAN

    Pope: poverty and hunger, neither "natural" or abstract, but people who suffer


    Visiting the World Food Programme, Francis denounces that while aid is hampered by ideology and bureaucracy, weapons "circulate with brazen and virtually absolute freedom in many parts of the world.  As a result, wars are fed, not persons.  In some cases, hunger itself is used as a weapon of war".


    12/06/2016 - VATICAN

    Pope: The true meaning of life also involves acceptance of suffering


    Francis celebrates the Jubilee of Disabled and Sick People: "We are in an age when care for one’s body has become an obsession and a big business. anything imperfect has to be hidden away, since it threatens the happiness and serenity of the privileged few and endangers the dominant model". Jesus is "the doctor who treats with the medicine of love ". An Angelus an appeal against child slavery: "We must renew efforts to remove the causes of this phenomenon."

     


    11/06/2016 - VATICAN

    Pope: Diversity is a resource. The Church must welcome all or close its doors


    Francis holds audience with participants in the Convention "... and you will always eat at my table!", Promoted by the Italian national catechetical office disabled persons’ section. He responds to questions posed by two girls with disabilities: "Shaking hands is communion, but many think it is more convenient to ignore diversity". To the priests who do not welcome he proposes "a pastoral ear". The full text of this unscripted speech.






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    CHINA - VATICAN
    Vatican silence over Shanghai’s Mgr Ma Daqin causing confusion and controversy

    Bernardo Cervellera

    For some, Mgr Ma’s blog post praising the Patriotic Association and acknowledging his mistakes is nothing but “dirt”. For others, he chose humiliation for the “sake of his diocese”. Many wonder why the Holy See has remained silent about the article’s content and the bishop’s persecution. Some suspect the Vatican views the episode in positive terms. Yet, the Ma Daqin affair raises a major question. Has Benedict XVI’s Letter to Chinese Catholics (which describes the Patriotic Association as “incompatible with Catholic doctrine”) been abolished? If it has, who did it? A journey of compromises without truth is full of risks.


    CHINA – VATICAN
    Mgr Ma Daqin: the text of his “confession”

    Mons. Taddeo Ma Daqin

    Four years after quitting the Chinese Patriotic Catholic Association, the bishop of Shanghai “admits” his faults on his blog, praising the organisation that controls the Church. We publish his article, almost in its entirety. Translation by AsiaNews.


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