09/29/2014VATICAN Pope: "Communicating the Family: A Privileged Place of Encounter with the Gift of Love" The topic Pope Francis chose for the next World Day of Social Communications has been announced. The "Church must learn again how to show that the family is a great gift, something good and beautiful. The Church is called to show more vividly that the gift of love, which the bride and groom offer each other, draws all people to God. It is an exciting task". Vatican City (AsiaNews) - "Communicating the Family: A Privileged Place of
Encounter with the Gift of Love" is the topic the pope chose for the 49th World Communications
Day, which will be celebrated in
many countries around the world, on
17 May, the Sunday before Pentecost.
This year's theme...
09/28/2014VATICAN Pope: "There is no future for people" without inter-generational encounter, when elderly are “discarded” Pope Benedict XVI, "the wise grandfather in the home” attends "The blessing of long life" event. "How often we discard the elderly with an attitude of abandonment that is real and concrete euthanasia". "Homes for the elderly are great ... as long as they are truly homes, not prisons!" The testimony of two elderly people who fled Iraqi Kurdistan: "abuse of the elderly is inhuman, just as it is of children."
09/24/2014VATICAN - UNITED NATIONS UN Climate Summit: for Card Parolin, defence of creation is a moral imperative The Vatican secretary of state addresses the UN. Climate change "raises not only scientific, environmental and socio-economic considerations, but also and above all ethical and moral ones." For the prelate, "we must implement a collective response based on a culture of solidarity, encounter and dialogue". What is more, "The ethical motivations behind every complex political decision must be clear. At present, this means consolidating a profound and far-sighted revision of models of development and lifestyles".
09/24/2014VATICAN Pope: coexistence between people and communities of different religions "possible and practicable" Speaking of his journey to Albania, Francis remembers the victims of a "atheistic and inhuman" regime. "The martyrs are not the vanquished, but the victors: in their heroic witness the omnipotence of God shines forth ". And to the Arab speaking pilgrims: "always be true witnesses of Christ and the truth; be the cause of reconciliation and unity, be witnesses of justice, peace and charity". "The international community" needs to help the countries affected by the Ebola epidemic.
09/23/2014VATICAN Pope: Christian life is "simple": Listen to the Word of God and put it into practice "Maybe we've made things a little too 'difficult, with too many explanations that nobody understands." Listen to the Word of God, read a passage from the Gospel and ask "Does God speak to me in this, is He saying something to me?". "God doesn’t just talk to us all: yes, He talks to everyone, but at the same time He speaks to each one of us. The Gospel was written for each of us."
09/23/2014VATICAN Pope: tolerance towards migrants is not enough, they need welcome and solidarity Titled "Church without frontiers, mother to all" the message for the next World Day of Migrants and Refugees is released. " Often, however, such migration gives rise to suspicion and hostility, even in ecclesial communities". "Solidarity with migrants and refugees must be accompanied by the courage and creativity necessary to develop, on a world-wide level, a more just and equitable financial and economic order".
09/21/2014ALBANIA - VATICAN "Today we touched martyrs," a moved Pope Francis said in front of two who witnessed persecution Pope Francis put aside his prepared speech and said the homily off the cuff after he heard the stories of a priest who was tortured and imprisoned during Albania's Maoist dictatorship and a nun who was subjected to forced labour, both of whom kept their faith and support that of others. Consecrated persons are consoled only by God and are thus able to console others.
09/20/2014VATICAN - CHINA Pope wishes Chinese bishops "were here", tells them they are not alone, that they have his solidarity and that of the Church In his meeting with newly appointed bishops from around the world, in Rome for a seminar organised by Propaganda Fide, Francis devoted part of his address to the pastors of the Chinese flock. "Deep down in my heart, I hope" they were here, "that that day will not be far off! Let me assure them not only of my and our solidarity, but also that of the world's Episcopate, so that, in the shared faith and despite sometimes the impression of being alone, they can feel the certainty that their suffering will bear fruit - and what fruit! - for the good of the faithful, their fellow citizens and the whole Church."
09/20/2014ASIA - ITALY Mission congress: nine missionaries to follow PIME founder Angelo Ramazzotti by Bernardo Cervellera PIME's superior general launches a year dedicated to the society's founder. Bishop of Pavia and then Patriarch of Venice, he corresponds to Pope Francis' role mode for a pastor. The missionary men and women leaving for Cameroon, Mexico, Brazil, Cambodia, Hong Kong, and Bangladesh, including two Colombian priests associated with the PIME, will receive a crucifix as a "companion" for their apostolic activity.