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  • 17/11/2017 - VATICAN

    For some this call will be sudden, for others after a long illness, we do not know. But "the call will be there!" And it will be a surprise, but then there will be the other surprise of the Lord: eternal life. For this reason, "the Church in these days tells us: stop a little, stop and think about death."




    17/11/2017 - VATICAN - MYANMAR

    Pope: In Myanmar, I come to encourage every effort to build harmony (Video)


    Francis’ video message on the eve of his November 26 to 30 journey. "I come to proclaim the Gospel of Jesus Christ, a message of reconciliation, forgiveness and peace".


    16/11/2017 - VATICAN

    Pope says euthanasia is always wrong, but so is overzealous treatment


    Francis sends a message to a meeting on end-of-life in which he says the sick must be accompanied with love in the last phase of their life, given information and allowed to decide. This requires “careful discernment of the moral object, the attending circumstances, and the intentions of those involved”. From this perspective, palliative care plays a major role.


    16/11/2017 - VATICAN

    Pope: God's kingdom is not ‘a spectacle, the Holy Spirit cultivates it out of sight


    The kingdom of God is always "a surprise" because it is "a gift given by the Lord". Jesus explains that "the kingdom of God does not come to attract attention, and no one will say, 'Here it is, or there it is.'" "It's not a show or even worse."


    15/11/2017 - VATICAN

    Pope: Mass is 'prayer', 'not time to talk'


    "Silence is so important. remember what I said last week: we do not go to a show: we go to meet with the Lord and silence prepares us and accompanies us. Being in silence together with Jesus. "


    14/11/2017 - VATICAN

    Pope to mark World Day of the Poor, with lunch for 1,500


    More than four thousand indigent will attend Mass. They will come from Rome and from Lazio, diocese including Paris, Lyon, Nantes, Warsaw, Krakow, Malines-Brussels and Luxembourg. Among the initiatives, a medical field hospital set up near the Vatican that will carry out free clinical tests, specialist medical examinations in cardiology, dermatology, infectivity, gynaecology and andrology.


    13/11/2017 - VATICAN

    Pope: woe to those who give scandal, they distance God’s people from the Lord


    "How many Christians, by their example, with their inconsistency, drive people away from the Faith: the incoherence of Christians is one of the readiest weapons the devil has to weaken the People of God." "Every shepherd must ask: How is my friendship with money? Or the shepherd who seeks to rise: vanity leads him to climb, instead of being gentle, humble, because meekness and humility favor closeness to the people."


    12/11/2017 - VATICAN

    Pope: We are waiting for the Groom's coming. The sleep of death does not frighten us


    At the Angelus, Pope Francis explains the parable of the ten virgins. "Being ready to meet with Him." "Keeping vigil does not just mean not sleeping, but being prepared." "The lamp is the symbol of faith that illuminates our lives." "The oil is the symbol of charity that feeds, makes the light of faith fruitful and credible". The memory of 60 beatified in Madrid, martyrs of the Spanish Civil War between 1936 and '37


    10/11/2017 - CHINA – VATICAN

    Mgr Han Zhihai goes from underground to official bishop of Lanzhou

    by Li Yuan

    Government representatives say that the transition from underground to official bishop is the result of negotiations with the Vatican. The ceremony took place with the reading of the "Letter of Approval" by the Council of Bishops and the candidate’s “patriotic” pledge. Mgr Han Zhihai is a "smart steward". On 16 November 16, the ordination of another official bishop is scheduled to take place in Handan.


    10/11/2017 - VATICAN

    Pope says Christians can’t afford to be naïve in the face of scheming and corrupt


    "The web that the corrupt weave is powerful; they even arrive at behaving like the mafia ". But there are "cunning Christians", who have a "healthy mistrust," based on reflection and prayer, to have "the grace of being wise".


    10/11/2017 - VATICAN

    Pope: an 'effective and inclusive' progress for a world without atomic weapons


    Francis, receiving participants in the Symposium on Perspectives for a world free of nuclear weapons, and for an integral disarmament, spoke of a scenario characterized by "an unstable climate of conflict" and a "non-stop" arms race. "Weapons of mass destruction, particularly nuclear weapons, create nothing but a false sense of security. They cannot constitute the basis for peaceful coexistence between members of the human family, which must rather be inspired by an ethics of solidarity." 


    09/11/2017 - VATICAN

    Pope: to build, safeguard and purify the Church, we must start with ourselves


    "We are all sinners: all. All of us".  Therefore we must purify ourselves continually. We must also purify the community: the diocesan community, the Christian community, the universal community of the Church. To make it grow. "


    08/11/2017 - VATICAN

    Pope: "It makes me so sad" to see people lift up their phones to take photos during Mass


    Today Francis began a cycle of catechesis devoted to the value and significance of Mass. "We cannot forget the great number of Christians who, throughout the world, in two thousand years of history, have endured to death to defend the Eucharist; and those who, even today, risk their life to participate in Sunday Mass. "


    07/11/2017 - VATICAN

    Pope: Those who lose the ability to feel loved by God lose everything


    God's initiative is gratuitous, salvation is gratuitous, the Lord "does not ask for anything in return": "Only love, fidelity, as He is love and He is faithful." "Salvation is not bought".


    06/11/2017 - VATICAN

    Pope: God is faithful, He responds to our sins with mercy


    The gifts God makes are "irrevocable", so is "the gift of election, promise, and covenant." "Each of us is an elected one, an elect of God. Each one of us brings a promise that the Lord has made." "I think it would do all of us good today to think about our election, the promises the Lord has made to us, and how I live this covenant with the Lord."


    06/11/2017 - JAPAN - USA - ASIA

    Trump’s trip to Asia: one eye on North Korea, one on trade


    North Korean threat on agenda in meetings with leaders in Japan, South Korea, China. But also the balance of trade. Attempts to encircle Chinese economic power in talks with Hanoi and Manila. Overcoming the Asia-Pacific area, which now becomes "Indo-Pacific".


    04/11/2017 - VATICAN

    Pope calls for reflection on xenophobic reactions to migrants in Christian countries


    Speaking to members of the International Federation of Catholic Universities, Francis said that “it is appropriate to initiate further studies on the remote causes of forced migrations, with the aim of identifying practicable solutions also in the long term”. In universities, welcoming, protecting, promoting, and integrating newcomers are needed in the areas of research, teaching, and social promotion.


    03/11/2017 - VATICAN

    Pope: Even in the face of death, the Christian remains "a man of hope"


    At Mass in suffrage of the cardinals and bishops who died during the year, Francis recalls that "the awakening from death is not in itself a return to life": "many" will awaken. “Yet awakening from death is not in itself a return to life: some will awake for eternal life, others for everlasting shame.  Death makes definitive the “crossroads” which even now, in this world, stands before us: the way of life, with God, or the way of death, far from him”.


    03/11/2017 - UZBEKISTAN - USA

    Isis claims Manhattan attack: Saipov is 'our soldier'


    Yesterday the statement on the Islamic group's propaganda site. The attack was a year in planning. Local imam: he knew his religion badly.


    02/11/2017 - VATICAN – ITALY

    Pope prays at the Ardeatine Caves


    Francis addressed the “God of Abraham, of Isaac, of Jacob” who made covenant with man, forever, the “God of each of the 335 men murdered”.


    02/11/2017 - VATICAN - ITALY

    Pope: No more war, its only fruit is death, 'our self-destruction'


    Marking the Feast of All Souls, Francis celebrated Mass at the American Cemetery in Nettuno. "When so many times in history men think of a war, they are convinced of bringing a new world, they are convinced of making a 'spring'. It ends in a winter, ugly, cruel, with the reign of terror and death."


    02/11/2017 - UZBEKISTAN - USA

    Sayfullo Saipov, the Uzbek Manhattan attacker, radicalized in the United States


    It is the fourth attack by an Uzbek. Saipov followed Isis ideology online. In Uzbekistan he lived with the "secular" and "modern" family, and he did not attend the mosque. The forgotten generation of the Uzbeks, set out to seek their fortune and unprepared to the West. Tashkent supported the US in Afghanistan with the Taliban and al-Qaeda.


    01/11/2017 - VATICAN

    Pope's pain for terrorist attacks in Somalia, Afghanistan and New York


    At Angelus, Pope Francis asks for prayers so that "the Lord convert the hearts of terrorists and free the world from hatred and murderous folly that abuses the name of God to sow death." The Solemnity of All Saints, "is our feast". "Whoever is with Jesus is blessed, he is happy. Happiness is not in having something or becoming someone, no, the real happiness is to being with the Lord and living for love. " Tomorrow the visit and prayer at the American Cemetery at Anzio and Fosse Ardeatine. "Wars produce nothing but cemeteries and deaths."


    31/10/2017 - VATICAN – LUTHERANS

    Catholics and Lutherans, 500 years after the Reformation on the way towards unity


    A joint statement highlights the steps taken this year, full of “remarkable ecumenical events”, noting “We recognize that while the past cannot be changed, its influence upon us today can be transformed to become a stimulus for growing communion, and a sign of hope for the world”.


    31/10/2017 - VATICAN

    Pope: you have to 'get your hands dirty' to make the Kingdom of God grow


    "So often we see teh preference for a pastoral work of preservation and not one that allows the Kingdom to grow. We stay exactly as we are, tiny, over there where we are safe and sound ... And the Kingdom does not grow. " Within us "there is a force that triggers this: there is the Holy Spirit," which "gives us hope". Concretely, this means to let "these forces of the Spirit" "help us grow" toward the fullness that awaits us in glory.


    30/10/2017 - VATICAN

    Pope: The good shepherd is close to the people, he is moved by them


    "The greatest shepherd, the Father, taught us how to be a good shepherd: he lowered Himself, emptied himself, abased Himself, took on servant status. "But, and these others, those who follow the path of clericalism, who do they draw near to?" They draw near to those in power or money or influence. And they are the bad shepherds. "


    29/10/2017 - VATICAN

    Pope: Without love, both life and faith remain sterile


    At the Angelus, Pope Francis emphasizes the way Jesus lived: "preaching and working for what really matters and is essential, that is, love." "Jesus wants to make it clear that without love of God and neighbor there is no true fidelity." "We need to receive in us the ability to love that comes from God Himself." In Brazil yesterday Murialdo priest Giovanni Schiavo, was beatified.


    28/10/2017 - VATICAN

    Pope: humanitarian law and conscience to alleviate the atrocities of wars


    The protection of victims of conflicts in the face of "testimonies of atrocious crimes, real offenses against people and their dignity, committed in contempt of every elementary consideration of humanity". "A conversion of hearts is needed, an opening to God and neighbor, which drives people to overcome indifference and to live in solidarity, as a moral virtue and social attitude, from which a commitment can be made to suffering humanity".


    26/10/2017 - VATICAN

    Pope calls the “small glass palace" in space


    Francis spoke for about 25 minutes with the astronauts of the International Space Station. "Thank you for representing the whole human family in the great research project of this space station,” he told them.


    26/10/2017 - VATICAN

    Pope: "Easy-going Christians, don’t exist," Jesus has led the fight against the devil


    "The fight Jesus wages against the devil, against evil, is not something old, it is a modern thing, a thing of today, of all days", "Changing our way of thinking, changing our way of feeling. Your heart, which was worldly, pagan, now becomes Christian with the strength of Christ: to change, this is conversion. And changing your manner of acting: your works must change. "






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    HONG KONG - CHINA - VATICAN
    Mass for a deceased underground priest. Card. Zen asks for God ‘s grace to save the Church in China and the Holy See from the 'precipice'

    Li Yuan

    Fr. Wei Heping, 41, died in mysterious circumstances, his body dumped in a river in Taiyuan (Shanxi). For the police claim he committed suicide. Family members are not allowed to even see the autopsy report. For Card. Zen the Holy See (which "is not necessarily the Pope") seeks a compromise at all costs with the Chinese government, risking "to sell out the faithful Church". Justice and Peace publish a booklet about Fr. Wei, not to forget.


    VATICAN - ITALY
    Pope: No more war, its only fruit is death, 'our self-destruction'



    Marking the Feast of All Souls, Francis celebrated Mass at the American Cemetery in Nettuno. "When so many times in history men think of a war, they are convinced of bringing a new world, they are convinced of making a 'spring'. It ends in a winter, ugly, cruel, with the reign of terror and death."


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