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." Vatican
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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.
09/18/2014VIETNAM Saigon, government threatens to demolish Catholic churches and Buddhist temples A development plan for an area south of Ho Chi Minh City includes the demolition of places of worship. The Inter-religious Council has launched a petition to stop the project. According to the urban development plan the area is zoned for housing and shopping malls, but not places of worship. A nun: "The government wants to drive us out."
09/16/2014VIETNAM Evangelization in the family and communion with the Church: aims of Mỹ Tho Diocese by Trung Tin Msgr. Peter Nguyễn Văn Khảm invites people to "build a solid faith" to counter a "materialistic society". The diocese covers a wide agricultural area, with young people fleeing to the cities in search of work. Prelate says they need "targeted programs" of "aid" and moments of prayer in the family to strengthen the faith.
09/14/2014VATICAN Pope: Celebrate the Holy Cross, and think of our brothers and sisters, persecuted and killed At the Angelus Pope Francis recalls the Feast of the Exaltation of the Holy Cross: "We do not exalt just any cross, but the Cross of Jesus," where " God’s love for humanity was revealed most". The cross is not a sign of "magic": "Belief in the Cross of Jesus means following Jesus on his path”. An appeal for the Central African Republic. He returns to his prayer at Redipuglia: "War is a madness ... When will we learn this lesson?"
09/14/2014VATICAN Pope: Christ’s love sustains married couples' love and renews it when, humanly speaking, it becomes lost Pope Francis celebrates Mass during which 20 couples are united in marriage. Some of them have lived together for some time and have children. Families are the “bricks” for the building up of society". The merciful love that flows from the Cross heals "those who succumb to the dangerous temptation of discouragement, infidelity, weakness, abandonment”. An added piece of advice: Never let the sunset on an argument
09/13/2014VATICAN Pope in Redipuglia: War is madness. This is the time to weep At the cemetery that is the final resting place for the mortal remains of over 10 thousand victims of the First World War, Pope Francis condemns past and present wars, their destructive power, motivated by Cain’s attitude: "What does it matter to me?". The "the merchants of war perhaps have made a great deal of money, but their corrupted hearts have lost the capacity to cry". "... Even today, after the second failure of another world war, perhaps one can speak of a third war, one fought piecemeal, with crimes, massacres, destruction ...". Present cardinals and bishops from Austria, Slovenia, Hungary, Croatia, ordinary soldiers and representatives of Orthodox and Muslims in Europe. Pope Francis’ grandfather fought in the Great War on the Piave. The gift of "Light of St. Francis" to the military ordinary military in commemorations of the First World War. The full text of the papal homily.
09/12/2014VATICAN Communio: special issue for the Synod on the Family by Bernardo Cervellera The issues dominating discussions thus far - the pastoral care of divorced, communion for the remarried, gay couples - are likely to overshadow the positive beauty of married life and of the sacrament, bound to the Eucharist. Mercy towards the remarried should not be psychological benevolence, but help that comes from the mystery of the Cross. The conflict between the Christian mentality and the individualistic mentality is leading the contemporary world to treat heterosexual marriages like "gay marriage." The summer issue of the prestigious magazine, with articles by Cardinals Ouellet and Scola, and other personalities related to the John Paul II Institute for the family.