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    30/04/2016 - VATICAN

    At an extraordinary Jubilee audience, Francis returns to the theme of reconciliation, "God has never failed to offer his forgiveness to men: his mercy is felt from generation to generation." An appeal to confessors: "You are in the place of God the Father." A special Jubilee greeting for the police and the Armed Forces: "Faced with every day challenges, irradiate Christian hope, which is the certainty of the victory of love over hatred and peace over war."




    29/04/2016 - VATICAN

    Pope: A Christian does not say one thing and do another: He walks in the light, "because God is Light."


    "The lie we know where it comes from: in the Bible, Jesus calls the devil 'father of lies', the liar". "Sin is ugly! But if you have sinned, He is watching and waiting for you to forgive you! '. Always! Because He - God - is greater than our sins".

     


    28/04/2016 - VATICAN

    Pope: in the Church, there have always been resistance to the "surprises" of the Holy Spirit


    “[G]et together, join together, listen, discuss, pray and decide. This is the so-called sinodality of the Church, which expresses the communion of the Church,” the pope said. “Let us ask the Lord for grace to understand how the Church can face the surprises of the Spirit, to be docile and to follow the path which Christ wants for us and for the whole Church.”


    28/04/2016 - THAILAND

    Thai Muslim leader calls for learning from other religions to build peace

    by Weena Kowitwanij

    The Department of Religious Affairs organised an inter-faith forum that brought together leaders of major religions. According Abdulau Nhumsuks, a member of the Bangkok Islam Association, the idea that learning the teachings of other faiths is a sin “is old-fashioned and incorrect”.


    27/04/2016 - VATICAN

    Pope: Indifference to the suffering of man is to ignore God


    Jesus teaches us not to "categorize others to see who is our neighbor and who is not. You can become a neighbor to whomever you meet in need, and you will be if you have compassion in your heart, that is if you are capable of suffering with others".

     


    26/04/2016 - VATICAN

    Pope: "It is not for the pastor to determine what the faithful have to say in different arenas"


    In a letter to the president of the Pontifical Commission for Latin America Francis speaks of the "temptation" of clericalism that "not only cancels out the Christian personality, but also tends to belittle and underestimate the baptismal grace that the Holy Spirit has placed in the heart of the our people ".

     


    24/04/2016 - VATICAN

    Pope Francis tells young people that “genuine love” is not a “soap opera”, but Christians’ real identity card


    In his homily for the Jubilee of Teens, Pope Francis asked questions and gave answers to the 70,000 present. Stressing the great ideal of love as giving oneself “without being possessive”, he noted that freedom is “being able to choose the good”. He warned young people “who dare not dream,” telling them that “If you do not dream at your age, you are already ready for retirement”. He also received funds raised for the Ukraine, and appealed for the release of bishops and the priests held in Syria.


    23/04/2016 - VATICAN

    Pope tells youth that without Jesus, “there is no signal. Talking becomes impossible”


    In a video message to the boys and girls taking part in the Jubilee for Teens, Pope Francis stressed forgiveness and works of mercy, even for “Young people like yourselves, who are hungry, thirsty; who are refugees or foreigners or sick and in need of our help, and friendship.”


    22/04/2016 - VATICAN

    Pope: Announcing the Gospel, intercession and hope, lynchpins of Christian life


    "Each one of us, let’s ask ourselves: How is the announcement (of Jesus) in my life?  How is my relationship with Jesus who intercedes for me?  And how is my hope?  Do I truly believe that the Lord is risen? Do I believe that he prays to the Father on my behalf?  Each time that I call him, He is praying for me, He is interceding? ".


    21/04/2016 - VATICAN

    Pope: Remembering what God has done in our lives, strengthens the journey of faith


    "It is good for a Christian’s heart to remember their journey, for their path: how the Lord led me here, how He took me by the hand. And how often I have said to the Lord: 'No! Go away! I do not want to!'".


     


    20/04/2016 - VATICAN

    Pope: distinguish between sin, to be rejected, and the sinner, to be welcomed


    During the general audience Francis expresses solidarity and prayer for "our brothers and sisters in Ecuador" struck by the earthquake and recalls the people of Ukraine who "have been suffering for a long time the consequences of an armed conflict, forgotten by many".

     


    19/04/2016 - VATICAN

    Pope: "A Christian who is not drawn by the Father to Jesus is an orphan"


    "Jesus invites us to be his disciples, but to be so we must let ourselves be drawn by the Father to Him. And the humble prayer of the son, that we may also say, is: 'Father, draw me to Jesus; Father, take me to know Jesus', and the Father will send the Spirit to open up our hearts and lead us to Jesus. "


    18/04/2016 - VATICAN

    Pope: follow Jesus on the path of life and do not trust fortune tellers and alleged visionaries


    He is the door. "There is no other" and "those who do not enter the sheepfold through this door," but uses another way "is a thief and a robber." "You will find the voice of Jesus in the Beatitudes. Those who try to teach you a way contrary to the Beatitudes, entered  through a window: They are not Jesus! '.


    17/04/2016 - VATICAN - GREECE

    Pope Francis brings three Syrian refugee families home to the Vatican


    They arrived with the pontiff from Lesbos. They join the two families already living inside the Vatican. Pope alights first from the plane bringing him back to Rome to shake hands with each of them. The reception and the maintenance of three families will be borne by the Vatican. The initial hospitality - said Father Lombardi - will be guaranteed by the Community of Sant'Egidio.

     


    17/04/2016 - VATICAN

    Pope: Our life is safe in Christ’s hands, we no longer need fear


    At the Regina Caeli Francis stresses the importance of listening, as followers, to Christ's words: "An engaging not superficial, listening, to enable a true mutual knowledge". After the Marian prayer, the Pope thanks people for their prayers for his recent visit to Lesbos with Patriarch Bartholomew and Archbishop Hieronymus: "The unity in the charity of all the disciples of the Lord". The Pope speaks of a young Muslim man whose wife was slain by terrorists because she was a Christian: "She was a martyr, and he was crying so much." A prayer for the victims of the earthquakes in Ecuador and Japan.


    16/04/2016 - VATICAN - GREECE

    Pope calls on Europe to be a land of welcome, says migrants are not numbers but faces


    Meeting the people of Lesbos, Francis expresses "admiration" for the Greek people who - despite difficulties - welcomes those who suffer: "God will reward this generosity, like that of other surrounding nations, which from the first moments have received with great availability many forced migrants. " The people's "concerns are legitimate," but we must never forget that in front of us we have people who are suffering. A common prayer.


    16/04/2016 - GREECE - VATICAN

    Pope to refugees in Lesbos: You are not alone, I plead with the world for a solution


    Along with the Orthodox Patriarch Bartholomew and Archbishop of Athens Hieronymus, Francis visits the large Moria refugee camp on the Greek island. Moving, painful but also much joy, especially from the young people. Many throw themselves at the Pope’s feet to tell stories of pain and suffering. The pope: "Do not lose hope." Special thanks to the Greek people who "despite their own suffering" opened hearts and homes to those fleeing from pain.


    15/04/2016 - THAILAND - AUSTRALIA

    Baby Gammy’s twin sister to remain in Australia even if father convicted of child sex offences


    Pipah and her Down syndrome brother, Gammy, were born in 2014 to a Thai surrogate mother. Their parents took her and left Gammy in Thailand. When she found out that the father had been convicted of child sex offences, the surrogate mother tried to get her daughter, but the judge said no.


    14/04/2016 - THAILAND

    Thai bishop at mosque inauguration says dialogue is not a show


    Mgr Andrew Thanya Vissanu Anan, deputy general secretary of the Thai Bishops’ Conference, attended the event at Bangkok’s Islamic Centre. Afterwards, he took part in a seminar with Islamic leaders and a march for peace. For him, differences “should not be a cause of conflict".


    14/04/2016 - VATICAN

    Pope: The Holy Spirit accomplishes things, not so-called fidelity to the law


    Commenting on Phillip’s evangelization of Ethiopia, Francis stresses the importance of openness to the Spirit: "Philip, one of the Apostles, was busy as all bishops are, and this day surely he had his plan to work". But the Spirit tells him to leave what he was planning to go to Ethiopia "and he obeyed."

     


    13/04/2016 - VATICAN

    Pope: I am going to Lesbos to be close to refugees. Pray for me


    At the General Audience Francis comments on the call of Matthew, a sinner in the eyes of the world: "The Church is not a perfect community, but disciples on a journey, who follow the Lord because they know that they are sinners and in need of his forgiveness. The Christian life then is a school of humility that opens us to grace". Arrogance and pride "is a wall preventing our relationship with God." After the catechesis an appeal: "I will go to Greece to express sympathy and solidarity with, migrants and the Greek people who welcome them so generously."

     


    12/04/2016 - VATICAN

    Pope: Persecution, the Church's daily bread


    There is obvious persecution such as the Easter Day attack against Pakistani Christians or "polite" persecution not directed not against those who profess the name of Christ, but against those who want to profess the values ​​of God's Son. "It is a persecution against God the Creator in the person of His children".

     


    10/04/2016 - VATICAN

    Pope, "in the hope given to us by the Risen Christ", calls for Fr Tom’s release


    “All of us Christians are called to pass on this message of resurrection to those we meet; especially to those who suffer, who are alone, who are in precarious conditions, the sick, the refugees, the marginalised.”


    09/04/2016 - VATICAN

    Pope: almsgiving is mercy, not change for the poor


    “[C]harity requires, first of all, an attitude of inner joy.” “Offering mercy cannot be a burden or a nuisance to get rid of quickly.” “[P]raise God through sacrifice and praise God with alms.” “[A]lmsgiving must also be a sacrifice.”


    08/04/2016 - VATICAN

    Amoris laetitia: not only feelings and morality, but also social engagement

    by Bernardo Cervellera

    Pope Francis’ Apostolic Exhortation on family love cannot be reduced to problem of communion for divorced and remarried people. The document suggests ways to remake societal life. As a Catholic vision, it links the actual to the infinite, and calls for public policies that protect the rights of families.


    08/04/2016 - VATICAN

    Accompanying, discerning and integrating in Pope Francis’ proposal for "irregular" marriages


    The eighth chapter of ‘Amoris Laetitia’ is dedicated to family situations that do not fit Church doctrine. The way forward is not one of casuistry but one of discernment on a case by case basis. Access to the sacraments is mentioned only in a footnote, but doors are open for different ecclesial services. Pastors are invited to listen "with a sincere desire to understand” people’s plight.


    08/04/2016 - VATICAN

    Pope: The family, "joy of love", a place of growth, the very expression of mercy

    by Franco Pisano

    Pope Francis’  Post-Synodal Apostolic Exhortation Amoris Laetitia "about love in the family" is published. The family is founded on marriage, it is central to the life of the Church and every society, which should support it, rather than hold it hostage; the family has rights such as education, which cannot be violated; the family should not be confused with other forms of union. "Unity of teaching and practice is certainly necessary in the Church, but this does not preclude various ways of interpreting some aspects of that teaching or drawing certain consequences from it."

     


    07/04/2016 - VATICAN

    For Jews and Christians, the ‘Other’ is not only a refugee, but also those persecuted for their faith


    The central topic of the 23rd meeting of the International Catholic-Jewish Liaison Committee was how we view the ‘Other’. The meeting focused as well on how the Jewish and Catholic “communities now find themselves in the position of being ‘other’.” In fact, anti-Semitism in words and deeds has resurfaced in Europe and elsewhere, whilst anti-Christian persecution, most notably in the Middle East and Africa, has reached levels not seen in a long time.


    07/04/2016 - VATICAN

    Pope: The differences between Catholics and Methodists do not prevent common witness


    Later this year the publication of the Joint Theological Commission document "A Call to Holiness". "It is true that we do not as yet think alike in all things, and that on issues regarding ordained ministries and ethics, much work remains to be done. However, none of these differences constitute such an obstacle as to prevent us from loving in the same way and offering a common witness to the world. ".

     


    07/04/2016 - VATICAN

    Pope: Those who witness Jesus in their everyday lives carry the Church forward


    "What does the Church need today? It needs witnesses, martyrs”: “These are the witnesses, that is, the saints, the saints of everyday, of ordinary life, but life [lived with] consistency; and also the witness ‘to the end,’ even to death". Those who " who attest that Jesus is Risen, that Jesus is alive, and they bear witness through the consistency of their life, with the Holy Spirit they have received as a gift".






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    VATICAN
    Pope Francis tells young people that “genuine love” is not a “soap opera”, but Christians’ real identity card



    In his homily for the Jubilee of Teens, Pope Francis asked questions and gave answers to the 70,000 present. Stressing the great ideal of love as giving oneself “without being possessive”, he noted that freedom is “being able to choose the good”. He warned young people “who dare not dream,” telling them that “If you do not dream at your age, you are already ready for retirement”. He also received funds raised for the Ukraine, and appealed for the release of bishops and the priests held in Syria.


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    Odd alliance between the US and Iranian fundamentalists

    Bernardo Cervellera

    Washington is still preventing the use of US dollars in transactions with Iranian banks, preventing business with the outside world in spite of the nuclear deal. This way, the US is helping Khamenei and the Revolutionary Guards, who want to torpedo the agreement in order to maintain their hold on power. Meanwhile, most Iranians hold down two or three jobs just to make ends meet. An unstable and bellicose Iran is a boon for arms sales. A report follows.


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