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  • 19/02/2017 - VATICAN

    Jesus asks his disciples to suffer the bad, in fact, he asked them to react, however not with another evil, but with good. A prayer for the victims of violence in the Central Kasai region of the Democratic Republic of the Congo, in particular child soldiers, and those affected by the attacks in Pakistan and Iraq.




    17/02/2017 - VATICAN

    Pope: Unity in Diversity, where there is no dialogue there is violence


    Visiting the University of Roma Tre, Francis answers questions from students. The fundamental importance of dialogue, the search for "truth, goodness and beauty"; unity that needs differences; integration and "respect" as a response to the fear of the migrant, "but each country has to see what number it can accommodate. It's true: you cannot welcome [migrants] if there are no possibilities[for them]".


    16/02/2017 - VATICAN

    Pope: “inclusion enriches every community and society”


    Francis met with a delegation of athletes from Special Olympics, a global organisation present in 170 countries dedicated to sports for youth and adults with mental disabilities. " Sport also helps us to spread a culture of encounter and solidarity,” said the pontiff. “Together, athletes and helpers show us that there are no obstacles or barriers which cannot be overcome.”


    16/02/2017 - VATICAN

    Pope: we must keep the peace, but it is not easy because war begins in the human heart


    "Within each of us is that seed of original sin, that is, the spirit of Cain which – for envy, jealousy, greed, and the desire to dominate – leads to war ". " give us the grace to say: ‘War is finished, crying. War is finished in my heart; war is finished in my family; war is finished in my neighborhood; war is finished in my workplace; war is finished in the world.’ In this way shall the dove, rainbow, and Covenant be strengthened".

     


    15/02/2017 - SYRIA

    As fighting intensifies in Southern Syria, Jordan gets ready to intervene


    The city of Dara'a is the scene of fierce fighting between Syria’s regular army and armed rebels. An intervention by Jordan seems a possibility. Jihadis want to “liberate” the country. Meanwhile, discussions centre on a possible Sunni zone from Dara'a to Deir Ez Zor.


    15/02/2017 - VATICAN

    Pope: Hope is "certain", based on the fact that God is right here with all of us


    It is “an extraordinary gift of which we are called to make ourselves “channels” for all, with humility and simplicity". "We are invited to boast of the abundance of grace of which we are pervaded in Jesus Christ, through faith" and "our greatest pride is to have God as a Father who has no preference, who excludes no one, but who opens his home to all human beings, beginning with the last and most distant".


     


    15/02/2017 - TURKEY

    Ankara, continues purges: 600 activists and pro-Kurdish politicians arrested


    Several political activists arrested accused of alleged links to the PKK, which Ankara considers a terrorist group. Mayors of towns with a Kurdish majority relieved of their duties. HDP leaders: arrests aim to weaken the opposition ahead of the referendum on the presidential system.


    14/02/2017 - VATICAN

    Pope: Courage, prayer and humility are traits of "real missionaries" like Cyril and Methodius


    "The Word of God must be proclaimed with this frankness, with this force… with courage. The person who doesn't have courage – spiritual courage, courage of heart, who is not enamored of Jesus, and from there comes courage! – No, you will say, yes, something interesting, something moral, something that will do you good, a good philanthropy, but this is not the Word of God"

     


    14/02/2017 - UNITED NATIONS - SYRIA

    Geneva, UN peace talks on Syria postponed to February 23


    The United Nations Special Envoy confirms that "the letters" of official invitation have been sent and delegations "will arrive around February 20". Behind the further delay the need to provide more time to the opposition to prepare for meetings. Tomorrow in Astana a new meeting between emissaries of Assad and rebel leaders.

     


    13/02/2017 - VATICAN

    Pope: jealousy and envy can destroy the bond of brotherhood, even among priests and bishops


    "This process must be nipped in the bud, at the very first sign of bitterness, stop. The bitterness is not Christian. Sorrow yes, bitterness no. Resentment is not Christian. Sorrow yes, bitterness no ".


    12/02/2017 - VATICAN

    Pope: insulting and offending the dignity of the person is "in line" with murder


    Some behaviours "are the premise and reveal the same malevolence" of killing. "Like stealing, corruption and all other sins, adultery is first conceived in our hearts and once the wrong choice is made in the heart, it is then followed in actual behaviour.”


    11/02/2017 - VATICAN

    Pope Francis sends the archbishop of Warsaw to Medjugorje only for pastoral reasons


    The pope wants to understand more the needs of the faithful who come on pilgrimage to Bosnia-Herzegovina. The commission that investigated the authenticity of the apparitions finished its work long ago. Francis often jokes about ‘Our Lady the postwoman’ delivering appearances on command, or the ‘Virgin Mary superstar’ but never explicitly in relation to Medjugorje.


    10/02/2017 - VATICAN

    Pope: The devil deceives us with "dialogue” that leads to corruption


    At Mass in Santa Marta, Pope Francis points out that you should not  "talk with the devil ", instead we must pray. The devil, "the father of lies", deceives and "leaves you naked."

     


    10/02/2017 - RUSSIA - TURKEY - SYRIA

    Russian raid kills three Turkish soldiers. Moscow and Ankara strengthen their cooperation on Syria


    Russian jest hit a building near the town of al-Bab. Inside there were no militants of the Islamic State, but Ankara soldiers. 11 soldiers wounded. Putin calls Erdogan to express "sadness and sorrow." Both fronts have opened an investigation to clarify the sequence of events.


    09/02/2017 - TURKEY – CHINA – UNITED STATES

    CIA chief in Turkey to discuss Syrian conflict and Islamic State


    Forty-eight hours after Trump and Erdoğan spoke, Mike Pompeo made a surprise visit in Turkey. Washington and Ankara are trying to restore relations after the tensions of recent years. The extradition of Islamic preacher Gülen is an obstacle. Trump sends letter to Xi Jinping expressing hope for "constructive" relations between Beijing and Washington.


    09/02/2017 - VATICAN

    Pope: "Without woman, there is no harmony in the world"


    "This is the great gift of God has given us: woman." "Exploiting people is a crime against humanity: it is true. But taking advantage of a woman is more than this: it is destroying the harmony that God wanted to give to the world. It destroys. "

     


    09/02/2017 - VATICAN-CHINA-HONG KONG

    Card. Tong’s article on China-Holy See dialogue, arouses joy and dismay

    by Bernardo Cervellera

    The Hong Kong bishop’s optimism over a change in the method of appointing bishops and the function of the Patriotic Association. But it is unclear whether it is real change or just nominal, in words. Underground bishops are patriotic and love their country, but the Party is suspicious of them. Freedom in episcopal appointments is “essential", but the bishops are not free to exercise their ministry. Patriotic bishops controlled in their visits with members of the universal Church. The "bugs" (hidden microphones) in a bishop’s office.

     


    09/02/2017 - HONG KONG-CHINA-VATICAN

    Card. Tong: The future of Sino-Vatican dialogue from an ecclesiological point of view

    by Card. John Tong

    The Hong Kong Cardinal outlines the steps that hope to propel dialogue between China and the Holy See. Themes include the Pope's role in the appointment of bishops; A change of vision in the Patriotic Association; the possible integration of the underground bishops in the Episcopal Conference. A new article by card. John Tong, following a previous article published a few months ago on "Communion of the Church in China with the universal Church."


     


    08/02/2017 - TURKEY – ENGLAND

    Bartholomew and Welby call for an end to all modern forms of slavery in a joint statement


    The communiqué by the Ecumenical Patriarch and the Archbishop of Canterbury came at the end of a forum held in Istanbul. States should pursue perpetrators, protect victims, and promote hope.


    08/02/2017 - VATICAN – CHINA

    As Vatican defends China over organ trafficking, Huang Jiefu says he plays no diplomatic role


    Conference participants criticise China, claiming it hides trafficking in prisoners’ organs. ““Are they doing any illegal transplantation of organs in China? We can’t say. But we want to strengthen the movement for change,” said Mgr Sánchez Morondo. Huang was invited to the Vatican only as transplant expert. Some suspect that the Holy See wants to ingratiate itself with Beijing to continue their dialogue.


    08/02/2017 - VATICAN

    Pope callas for prayers "for our Rohingya brothers and sisters "


    They are "tortured, killed, just because they carry on their traditions, their Muslim faith." Christian hope is not only personal, but it has a "Community, ecclesial breath", all are called to pray for one another and invoke the Holy Spirit, to "make us understand that we need not fear that the Lord is near, and takes care of us; and it is He who shapes our communities. "

     


    08/02/2017 - TURKEY

    Erdogan’s purges continue: 4500 civil servants dismissed


    These include 2,585 employees of the Ministry of Education, 893 of the Gendarmerie, 10 of the Supreme Court, 10 from the High Electoral Council and 88 from public television channel TRT. One of the most influential professors of Constitutional Law also fired. 41 thousand people arrested following the failed coup.

     


    07/02/2017 - VATICAN

    Pope: Lent a time of conversion, it invites to listen assiduously to the Word of God


    In the Message for Lent 2017, Francis comments on the parable of the rich man and poor Lazarus saying that it "teaches us that the other is a gift. The right relationship with people is to recognize the value of" gratitude. "The Holy Spirit will guide us to make a real journey of conversion, to rediscover the gift of the Word of God, to be cleansed of sin that blinds us and serve Christ present in the needy.

     


    07/02/2017 - VATICAN

    Pope: God gave man His DNA, made him lord of creation and gave him woman to accompany him


    There are three of the greatest gifts to man at creation. "We ask for the grace to keep this identity of children, to work on the gift he has given us and carry on with our work, and the grace to learn to love more each day."


    06/02/2017 - VATICAN

    Health care providers, must never deviate from respect for the dignity of the person


    The XXV World Day of the Sick and Pastoral health care workers presented at the Vatican. Not everything that is technically possible is ethically acceptable.  This includes euthanasia and aggressive therapy, cloning, and the attempts of gestation of human embryos in animal or artificial wombs, abortion. Instead "deep palliative sedation" in the stages close to the time of death and the respect of the will of the person.


    06/02/2017 - VATICAN

    Pope: the Christian is a "slave" of love, not of duty, or the "rigidity of closed Commandments "


    God created the world "to share its fullness to have someone to whom and with whom to share its fullness." "Each of us should ask ourselves how we live these two wonders, the wonder of creation and even more wonder of re-creation."


    06/02/2017 - KAZAKHSTAN - SYRIA

    Astana, the new round of talks on ceasefire in Syria


    Today's meeting was attended by Russian, Iranian and Turkish delegates, together with representatives of the United Nations. Jordanian diplomats present for the first time. The talks focused on the "control principle" of the truce in force since the end of December. The Syrian Democratic Forces prepare new phase in Raqqa offensive, jihadi stronghold in Syria.


    05/02/2017 - VATICAN

    Pope: Day for Life in the wake of St. Theresa of Calcutta, to counter throw away logic and population decline


    At the Angelus Pope Francis expresses unity with the Italian bishops. "Every life is sacred." "Both the child about to be born and the person who is going to die." Christians must "be the light and salt in your daily life environment". "Keep away from the pollutants germs of selfishness, envy, slander". Our communities must shine "as places of welcome, solidarity and reconciliation".


    03/02/2017 - VATICAN

    Pope: may the nonviolence become the characteristic style of politics


    In a message addressed to the World Summit of Nobel Peace Laureates Francis writes that "when the victims of violence are able to resist the temptation of revenge, they become the most credible promoters of nonviolence and peace-building".

     


    02/02/2017 - VATICAN

    Pope calls on Religious to bring Christ to his people


     On the Feast of the Presentation of Our Lord and the XXI World Day for Consecrated Life, Francis exhorts consecrated to shun the "temptation of survival", which can render "dreams of the elders" sterile. In the multi-cultural transformation that we are going through is important that "the men and women religious insert themselves with Jesus in life, at the very heart of these major transformations. The mission - in accordance with any particular charism - is one that reminds us that we were invited to be the leaven of this concrete mass".






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    VATICAN-CHINA-HONG KONG
    Card. Tong’s article on China-Holy See dialogue, arouses joy and dismay

    Bernardo Cervellera

    The Hong Kong bishop’s optimism over a change in the method of appointing bishops and the function of the Patriotic Association. But it is unclear whether it is real change or just nominal, in words. Underground bishops are patriotic and love their country, but the Party is suspicious of them. Freedom in episcopal appointments is “essential", but the bishops are not free to exercise their ministry. Patriotic bishops controlled in their visits with members of the universal Church. The "bugs" (hidden microphones) in a bishop’s office.

     


    HONG KONG-CHINA-VATICAN
    Card. Tong: The future of Sino-Vatican dialogue from an ecclesiological point of view

    Card. John Tong

    The Hong Kong Cardinal outlines the steps that hope to propel dialogue between China and the Holy See. Themes include the Pope's role in the appointment of bishops; A change of vision in the Patriotic Association; the possible integration of the underground bishops in the Episcopal Conference. A new article by card. John Tong, following a previous article published a few months ago on "Communion of the Church in China with the universal Church."


     


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