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04/24/2014 VATICAN
Pope: there are "bat-like Christians” who "prefer the shadows to the light of the Lord’s presence".
Like the disciples at the appearance of the Risen Jesus, we "are afraid of the closeness of Jesus, because it gives us joy." "The Christian life should be a dialogue with Jesus, because - this is true - Jesus is always with us, always in times of problems, difficulties and good works".
Vatican City ( AsiaNews) - There are Christians who are afraid of the joy of the Resurrection , "we could say in good humour that they are bat-like Christians who prefer the shadows to the light of the Lord's presence". This was Pope Francis message during...

04/24/2014 VATICAN
Canonised popes as model for Francis' Church
by Franco Pisano
On several occasions, the current pope highlighted Pope John XXIII's humility and surrender to God's and John Paul II's consistency, courage and missionary strength as examples of how the Catholic world ought to be.
04/23/2014 VATICAN
Pope warns against placing hope in "dead things" such as vanity, money and success
At the General Audience, Pope Francis reflects on the Angels’ words at the tomb: "Why look among the dead for someone who is alive?". And what do I do ? Which route do I follow to encounter the living Christ . He will always be close to us to correct our course if we have gone wrong".
04/21/2014 VATICAN
Pope: Easter joy "is not a masquerade! It is impressed on our hearts and shines through our actions".
Before reciting the Regina Caeli, that replaces the Angelus prayer during the Easter season, Francis invites the faithful "to take the Gospel, read the chapters on the Resurrection" and turn to the figure of Mary "Mother of all the disciples, Mother of the Church, Mother of hope". Easter Monday "prolongs the joy of the Resurrection of Christ".
04/20/2014 VATICAN
Pope: May the Risen Christ help us to reach out to those who are wounded and bring peace to those who suffer from war and violence
Syria, but also Iraq, Nigeria, South Sudan, Central African Republic, Ukraine and Venezuela in Pope Francis’ prayers. " In every human situation, marked by frailty, sin and death, the Good News is no mere matter of words, but a testimony to unconditional and faithful love: it is about leaving ourselves behind and encountering others".

04/20/2014 VATICAN
Pope: The Resurrection, an invitation to rediscover our baptism and become witnesses to Christ
At the Easter Vigil Francis speaks of the "return to Galilee, the place where they were first called" where Jesus spoke to the apostles, drawing new energy from the sources of our faith". "It is not to go back in time; it is not a kind of nostalgia. It is returning to our first love, in order to receive the fire which Jesus has kindled in the world and to bring that fire to all people, to the very ends of the earth".
04/19/2014 VATICAN
Way of the Cross: "Evil will not have the last word; love, mercy and forgiveness will," pope says
In the Cross of Jesus, we find "all the bitterness of the betrayal perpetrated by Judas and Peter, all the vanity of bullies, and all the arrogance of false friends." Yet, in front of so many evils, "we also see the vastness of God's love for he does not treat us according to our sins but according to his mercy."
04/17/2014 VATICAN
Pope: "The washing of the feet", "a gesture of love, of service" to remind us that "we must be servants of one another"
Francis celebrates "in Coena Domini" Mass at the Don Gnocchi Foundation. He washes and kisses the feet of 12 people of different ages, of different disabilities different religious affiliations, three foreigners and nine Italians.
04/17/2014 ITALY - ASIA
Easter, victory over death and impotence
by Bernardo Cervellera
04/17/2014 VATICAN
Pope: A priest’s "joy", "anoints", is "incorruptible", "missionary" and guarded by poverty, obedience and loyalty
Pope Francis celebrates the Chrism Mass with "his" priests. The priestly joy only flows “when the pastor is in the midst of his flock". Even in "in those moments of listlessness and boredom which at times overcome us in our priestly life (and which I too have experienced), even in those moments God’s people are able to “guard” that joy; they are able to protect you, to embrace you and to help you open your heart to find renewed joy"
04/16/2014 VATICAN
Pope: The Resurrection "is not a happy ending in a movie" but "a humble victory of God, that humanly looks like a failure"
"So often we feel horrified by the hurt and pain that surrounds us and we ask, "Why does God allow this? . "It wounds us deeply to see suffering and death, especially that of the innocents". "This is the mystery of evil". Two children join Francis on the back of his jeep.
04/14/2014 VATICAN
For pope, the seminary is not a refuge, hence 'Woe do the wicked shepherds'
Speaking at a meeting with seminarians at the Pontifical Leonine College of Anagni, Pope Francis reminded them of "the four pillars of education," namely "Spiritual life, strong; intellectual life, serious; community life; and, ultimately, apostolic life". In view of this, it is "better to lose a vocation than take risks with an unsure candidate."
04/13/2014 VATICAN
Pope asks, Am I like Pilate? When the situation gets tough, do I wash my hands?
In an unscripted speech for his Palm Sunday homily, the pontiff asks, "Am I able to welcome Jesus as he enters Jerusalem? Am I like the Pharisees, like the man from Cyrene, like the crowd that chose Barabbas? Or am I like the apostle who wanted to solve everything with the sword? Or like the courageous women at the sepulchre? Where is my heart? Let this question accompany us throughout the week. Afterwards, during the Angelus, he saw young Brazilians hand over the cross to young Poles. "John Paul II will be patron of World Youth Day. God willing, I shall be in Korea in August."
04/11/2014 VATICAN
Pope: defend the rights of the child to life, not to be exploited, not to become the subject of "educational experiments"
"Abortion and infanticide are abominable crimes". The "divorce between economics and morality" leads one to consider even the little ones "waste". "Supporting the right of parents to decide the moral and religious education of their children ."
04/11/2014 VATICAN
Pope: Satan exists "even in the 21st century" and continues to tempt us because "he does not want us to follow Christ"
The temptation of the devil has three characteristics: "It grows, is contagious and can be justified." "All of us are tempted to gossip! Maybe some of you not, if you are a saint, but I too have been tempted to gossip! It is 'a daily temptation”.

Altri articoli
04/10/2014 VATICAN
Pope: human trafficking, "a wound on the body of contemporary society "
04/10/2014 VATICAN
Pope: "Dictatorship of thought" suppresses "freedom of conscience, people’s relationship with God"
04/09/2014 VATICAN
Pope: new "heartfelt appeal to Syrian authorities and the international community” to “silence the weapons"
04/08/2014 VATICAN
Pope: the Cross "is not a symbol", it is "the mystery of God who takes our sins upon himself "
04/08/2014 VATICAN - JORDAN
Pope: Holy Land visit in focus at meeting with the King of Jordan
04/07/2014 VATICAN
Pope approves IOR reform, it will continue its "important mission" for the Church
04/07/2014 VATICAN
Pope: God's mercy is "a great light of love", it is "the way that God forgives "
04/06/2014 VATICAN
Pope gifts “pocket” Gospel: "carry it with you, and read it every day: it is Jesus speaking to you!"
04/04/2014 VATICAN
Pope: I'm happy, "absolutely happy", I learned from my mistakes and I'm afraid only of myself
04/04/2014 VATICAN
Pope: today, perhaps more than ever, Christians, like the prophets are persecuted
04/03/2014 VATICAN
Pope: "prayer must be free, insistent, with arguments. Even rebuking the Lord a little'".
04/02/2014 VATICAN
Pope: marriage "moves forward" with "three magic words”, prayer and making peace after quarrels
04/01/2014 VATICAN
Pope: sloth and hypocrisy, the "disease" of many Christians incapable of "bringing salvation"
03/31/2014 VATICAN
Rome preparing for the canonisation of Pope John XXIII and Pope John Paul II
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ITALY - ASIA
Easter, victory over death and impotence
by Bernardo Cervellera
VATICAN
Pope announces a 'festival of forgiveness' for 28-29 March in St Peter's Basilica and churches around the worldPope Francis made the announcement after today's Angelus. "We must celebrate the forgiveness the Lord gives us as did the father in the parable of the prodigal son, who, when the latter returned, organised a party, putting out of his mind all the things the son had done." When Jesus met the woman of Samaria, he "tore through the biased mind-set against women." The pontiff also called on the pilgrims to say, "Every encounter with Jesus changes one's life; every encounter with Jesus fills us with joy." He also sent his greetings to a Japanese school.
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04/21/2014 VATICAN
Pope: Easter joy "is not a masquerade! It is impressed on our hearts and shines through our actions".
04/18/2014 PAKISTAN
Good Friday in Pakistan: fasting and prayers for Asia Bibi, Sawan Masih and other blasphemy victims
by Jibran Khan
04/18/2014 LAOS - THAILANDIA
Thai geologists warn Xayaburi dam is an earthquake risk
04/19/2014 VATICAN
Way of the Cross: "Evil will not have the last word; love, mercy and forgiveness will," pope says
04/22/2014 SYRIA
For Gregorios III, the destruction of Ma'aloula churches is a "war crime"
by Fady Noun
04/24/2014 VATICAN
Pope: there are "bat-like Christians” who "prefer the shadows to the light of the Lord’s presence".
04/20/2014 VATICAN
Pope: May the Risen Christ help us to reach out to those who are wounded and bring peace to those who suffer from war and violence
04/18/2014 IRAQ
Chaldean Patriarch celebrates Holy Thursday with disabled and marginalised Christians and Muslims
by Joseph Mahmoud
04/18/2014 CHINA
Beijing: four more New Citizens Movement activists convicted
04/18/2014 IRAN - UNITED NATIONS
Nuclear deal: Iran diluted half of its higher-grade enriched uranium stockpile

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