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  • 18/01/2018 - VATICAN - CHILE

    Francis reflects on the importance of always being connected online for young people today, so they don’t feel out of touch, disoriented, in a bad mood. With faith it is the same, "when we remain without this 'connection' that gives life to our dreams, the heart begins to lose strength". Call for Catholic Universities to propose a renewed humanism to today’s "liquid society", one that avoids falling into any kind of reductionism.




    18/01/2018 - INDIA

    Tamil Nadu, five gored to death in the 'Jallikattu' bull race


    The victims were watching the sporting event. Indian bullfighting is considered the oldest sport of modern times. The bullfighters do not use weapons, unlike the Spanish bullfighters.


    17/01/2018 - VATICAN - CHILE

    Pope in Chile: unity is not about being the same, but about reconciling diversity


    Francis celebrated Mass dedicated to the progress of peoples in a region where the Mapuche people still view themselves as victims of oppression and discrimination that have reduced their number. "The unity that our peoples need" comes from their recognition and solidarity. We “must abandon the notion that there are higher or lower cultures.”


    17/01/2018 - VIETNAM

    Court in Nghệ An upholds sentence against Catholic activist Nguyễn Văn Oai


    A member of outlawed pro-democracy Việt Tân movement, he is also the co-founder of an association of former prisoners of conscience, and was part of a group of 14 young Catholics and Protestants arrested by the regime in 2011. Last January he was attacked and arrested on charges of violating the terms of his conviction.


    17/01/2018 - VATICAN

    Card Filoni celebrates the feast of Fr Paolo Manna at PIME in Rome

    by Bernardo Cervellera

    The Prefect of the Congregation for the Evangelisation of Peoples met PIME missionaries and the Missionaries of the Immaculate. Without proclamation the mission reduces the Church's work to that of an NGO.  The mission ad gentes must be reawakened. A Missionary Month will be held in 2019.


    17/01/2018 - VATICAN - CHILE

    Pope in Chile: the Church's mission is for everyone, avoid clericalism


    Francis met Chilean bishops and priests and visited a women's prison. With the priests he returned to talk about the drama of pedophilia and in the nunciature he received a small group of victims of sexual abuse by clergy. The meeting took place in a strictly private form and no one else was present.


    16/01/2018 - VATICAN – CHILE

    Pope in Chile: The Beatitudes are a 'new day' for those who continue to look to the future


    In his first mass, Francis said that Jesus “shakes us out of that negativity, that sense of resignation that makes us think we can have a better life if we escape from our problems” through consumerism. Peace is sown by reaching out to those who face difficulties, those who have not been treated as people.


    16/01/2018 - VATICAN - CHILE

    Pope in Chile: the future depends on ability to listen to the voice of the people


    Francis, on arriving in Santiago, meets with the authorities of the country states that "it is not possible to settle for what has already been achieved in the past and stop to enjoy it so that this situation leads us to disavow that many of our brothers still suffer from injustice that they call us all". The request for forgiveness for the "irreparable damage caused to children by ministers of the Church".


    15/01/2018 - VATICAN – CHILE

    On his way to Chile, pope gives journalists a picture of the 'Nagasaki child'


    Francis left Rome at 8:55 am and will arrive in Santiago, Chile at 8.10 pm. The picture, taken after the atomic bombing of Nagasaki in 1945, shows a child carrying his dead brother on his shoulders.


    14/01/2018 - VATICAN

    Pope: Seeking Jesus, meeting Jesus, following Jesus is the way


    During the Angelus, Pope Francis said that World Day of Migrants and Refugees will now be celebrated on the second Sunday of September, the next one being on 8 September 2019. “It is not enough to construct an image of God based on hearsay; we must go in search of the Divine Master and discover where He lives,” he said. The “role of a real witness [. . .] is fundamental,” he added, stressing the need to “overcome a religious practice that is habitual and obvious”. Lastly, the pontiff asked the faithful to pray for his visit to Chile and Peru, which starts tomorrow.


    14/01/2018 - VATICAN

    Pope: Migrants and local communities encountering Christ without fear


    Pope Francis celebrated Mass for World Day of Migrants and Refugees before thousands of believers, priests and choirs from African, Asian, Latin American. Around the altar of Confession stood the flags of the 49 countries from which migrants, refugees and asylum seekers have come. For the pope, it is urgent "to welcome, to know, and to acknowledge the other". For refugees it means "respecting the laws, the culture and the traditions of the countries that take them in." For host communities, this requires opening up “without prejudices to their rich diversity”. Host communities and refugees hold “fears”, but “Having doubts and fears is not a sin. The sin is to allow these fears to determine our responses”.


    13/01/2018 - VATICAN – CHILE

    Churches attacked on the eve of Pope Francis's trip to Chile and Peru


    Three churches in Santiago, Chile have been firebombed. In a fourth case, an explosive device was defused in time. This is the first time that a protest against Francis takes place over an apostolic trip. Pedophile priests and indigenous peoples in the Amazon are important problems. About 1.2 million people are expected in Santiago.  


    12/01/2018 - VIETNAM

    Benedictine monks in Thiên An resist pressures and interference from local authorities

    by Nguyen Van

    The Provincial People's Committee calls for the transfer of the father superior for his protests against land grabs at the expense of the monastery. The authorities have long sought to seize 110 hectares of protected forest and eradicate religious practice. The compound has been attacked by thugs to frighten Catholics and convince them to leave the area.


    12/01/2018 - VATICAN

    Pope: prayer is born of faith and 'courage'


    It takes courage to "get to the Lord" and courage to "challenge the Lord" like the leper who said to Jesus: "If you want you can heal me". "The Lord has told us: 'Ask and it will be given to you’. We also take this Word and we trust, but always with faith and putting ourselves at stake. This is the courage that Christian prayer has. If a prayer is not courageous it is not Christian".


    11/01/2018 - CHINA – VATICAN

    The ten most important news stories for the Chinese Church in 2017

    by Peter Peng

    The year saw the passing of a number of individuals who defended the freedom of the Church, people like Mgr Luke Li Jinfeng and Fr Sun Zhenhua. It also saw Mgr Ma Daqin’s U-turn and his return to the Chinese Patriotic Catholic Association, and action to stop the demolition of a church in Wangcun. Above all, it was the year of 97 priestly ordinations in the official Church and a certain number in the underground community, a year of “difficulties and challenges” but also “opportunities and hope".


    10/01/2018 - VIETNAM

    Twenty-two senior officials on trial in Hanoi on corruption charges


    Former minister and politburo member Dinh La Thang is one of the defendants. His arrest sparked tensions between Vietnam and Germany. Former PetroVietnam chairman Trin Xuan Thanh could get the death penalty for embezzlement. Many suspect a showdown within the Party.


    09/01/2018 - CAMBODIA – CHINA

    Chinese dams on the Mekong threaten fisheries, communities


    Nearly 4,800 km long, the river is the largest inland fishery and second only to the Amazon for its biodiversity. About 60 million people depend on it. Six Chinese-built barriers stud the upper part with another 11 under construction. The effects on the environment and the economy are felt the most downstream.


    09/01/2018 - VATICAN

    Pope: an inconsistent pastor is 'a wound in the Church'


    What gives authority to a pastor is closeness: closeness to God in prayer and closeness to people. "Authority: authority, a gift of God. It only comes from Him. And Jesus gives it to his own. Authority in speaking, which comes from closeness with God and with people, always together ".


    08/01/2018 - VATICAN

    Pope: the devil pushes us to scorn those who are weak


    “[W]hen we already desire to perform a good act, like an act of charity, we say ‘It’s the Holy Spirit inspiring me to do this’. And when we realise we harbour within ourselves the desire to attack someone because they are weak, we have no doubt: It is the devil.”


    08/01/2018 - VATICAN

    Pope: respect for the rights of persons and nations essential for peace


    In his address to diplomats, Francis asks for the solution to conflicts - starting with Syria - and tensions - from Korea to Ukraine, Yemen, South Sudan and Venezuela - and augurs that migrants and the "discarded" be welcomed, like unborn children and the elderly and respect for freedom of religion and opinion, the right to work.


    07/01/2018 - VATICAN

    Pope: Remember your baptism, do not consign it to past


    At the Angelus on the Feast of the Baptism of the Lord, Pope Francis invokes "the maternal protection of the Mother of God" for the children baptized this morning and for those recently baptized. "The great humility of Jesus", his readiness "to immerse himself in the river of humanity, to take upon himself the shortcomings and weaknesses of men". "It is the Spirit who opens the eyes of the heart to the truth, the whole truth". Remember the date of our baptism. Greetings to the faithful from South Korea. 


    07/01/2018 - VATICAN

    Pope at baptism: The transmission of faith can only take place in the dialect of the family


    At Mass on the Feast of the Baptism of the Lord, Pope Francis baptizes 34 children in the Sistine Chapel. "The dialect" is the "language of love". "Then the catechists will come to develop this transmission of faith with ideas and explanations". "The dialect of children" is "a language that Jesus really likes". 


    06/01/2018 - VATICAN

    Pope wishes Eastern Churches a happy Christmas. Be careful, like the Magi


    At the Angelus, Pope Francis wishes that the Christmas celebration "will be a source of new spiritual vigor and communion among all of us Christians". The Youth Mission Sunday. "Follow the example of the Magi: be ready to meet Jesus in our lives".


    06/01/2018 - VATICAN

    Pope: Like the Magi we journey to see the star, set out, to freely bring gifts


    At Mass for the solemnity of the Epiphany, Pope Francis suggests we imitate the Magi: to lift "our eyes to the sky", not to be satisfied with "drifting". "Success, money, careers, honors, pleasures sought as the purpose of our existence ... shine for a while, but they soon crash and their glow fades. They are shooting stars ". "To freely give for the Lord, without expecting something in return: this is a sure sign of having found Jesus".


    04/01/2018 - VIETNAM

    Hanoi archdiocese committed to young people and families

    by Nguyen Hung

    Scores of people actively participate in ‘Family love extends God’s love’, a meeting that brought more than a hundred young families together in Giang Xá parish. The Youth Ministry Commission in Phủ Lý district met in An Phú.


    03/01/2018 - VATICAN

    Pope: The penitential act, the courage to remove our mask and open up to the grace that renews our heart


    In  the first catechesis of the New Year, Pope Francis explains the gestures and words of the Introductory Rite of the Mass. "To reckon with our weakness,  opens our hearts to invoke the divine mercy that transforms and converts". Beating one's chest means recognizing that "I have sinned because of me, and not others". We are guilty of "omissions": "it is not enough not to harm others, we must choose to do good".


    02/01/2018 - RUSSIA

    Putin's Russia turns to Asia

    by Vladimir Rozanskij

    The "Asian turnaround" in politics and the economy is increasingly evident. Among many successes, the failure of Russia’s exclusion from the Pyeongchang Winter Olympics. But South Korea promises "nine cooperation bridges" and a warm welcome for Moscow athletes.


    01/01/2018 - VATICAN

    Pope: Let us not suppress hope in the hearts of migrants and refugees!


    During the Angelus, Pope Francis called on everyone to "be committed to ensuring a future of peace for refugees, migrants and everyone [else].” He also expressed appreciation "for the many initiatives of prayer and action for peace" all over the world, and offered his greetings for the New Year.


    01/01/2018 - VATICAN

    Pope: The year opens in the name of the Mother of God

    by Papa Francesco

    At Mass for the Solemnity of Mary Mother of God and of the 51st World Day of Peace, Pope Francis exalts the figure of Mary, through whom "God is close to humanity as a child to the mother who bears him in her womb". "Humanity is dear and sacred to the Lord". " The Gospel does not report a single word of hers in the entire account of Christmas.... His Mother joins her Son and keeps these things in silence". The Church is " is mother and woman. While a man often abstracts, affirms and imposes ideas, a woman, a mother, knows how to “keep”, to put things together in her heart, to give life".


    31/12/2017 - VATICAN

    Pope expresses closeness to Egypt’s Orthodox Copts, offers a 'special greeting' to families


    During the Angelus, Pope Francis prayed for the victims of the Cairo attacks and the conversion of “all violent hearts”. Speaking about the Holy Family, he said that "the child belongs to God" and the parents "are the guardians of his life, not the owners". Even for the families that have been “wounded” or marked by “failure”, the “path of resurrection” is open.  The pontiff calls on people to thank God for the past year and every good thing they may have received.






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    Pope: respect for the rights of persons and nations essential for peace



    In his address to diplomats, Francis asks for the solution to conflicts - starting with Syria - and tensions - from Korea to Ukraine, Yemen, South Sudan and Venezuela - and augurs that migrants and the "discarded" be welcomed, like unborn children and the elderly and respect for freedom of religion and opinion, the right to work.


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