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03/26/2015 VATICAN
Pope: people can be "doctors of the law" without faith, without hope, without joy
During Mass at the Domus Sanctae Marthae, Francis Pope stressed that faith is joy and hope in Christ. Rules and casuistry are "an abstract world" without joy, faith, love, nor God.
Vatican City (AsiaNews) – One can "be a believer without joy and there is no joy when there is no faith, when there is no hope, when there is no law, but only rules and cold doctrine." By contrast, "the joy of faith, the joy of the Gospel is the touchstone of a...

03/25/2015 VATICAN
Pope: we must all pray for the Synod on the family, "the womb of human life."
"The bond between the Church and the family is sacred and inviolable. The Church, as a mother, never abandons the family, even when it is disheartened, wounded, and mortified in so many ways. Not even when it falls into sin or grows distant". Twenty years since Evangelium Vitae. "When you do not earn a wage you lose your dignity! This is the drama of our time. "
03/24/2015 VATICAN
Pope: "May Holy Week will help us leave behind the temptation to be ‘Yes, but Christians...'"
"Do not accept the gift of God on your own terms: That is a sin, that is a poison. It poisons the soul, takes away our joy, never lets go of you". "This lukewarm soul, this being halfway Christians, ‘Yes, but Christians...'. This enthusiasm at the outset on the journey with the Lord and then becoming disgruntled, only heals gazing at the Cross, gazing at God who takes on our sins: my sin is there".
03/23/2015 VATICAN
Pope: Where there is no mercy, there is no justice, not even in the Church
"When the people of God come voluntarily to ask forgiveness, to be judged" they often find vicious people "capable of trying to exploit them," they find "dealmakers" who "do not give oxygen to that soul, do not give hope" or they find "the rigid who punish in the penitent they themselves hide in their own soul".
03/22/2015 VATICAN
Pope: Offer to the "many" who want to "see Jesus" the Gospel, the Cross and the witness to our faith
"Christians can become 'grains' and bear much fruit if, like Jesus, they 'lose their life' for love of God and neighbor." Again this year, Francis distributes pocket Gospels in St Peter's Square. Today is World Water Day, sponsored by the United Nations, "the waters of the planet must be adequately protected and no one should be excluded or discriminated against in the use of this right, which is a common good par excellence."

03/21/2015 VATICAN-ITALY
Pope in Naples: "Today is the first day of spring. Pray for young people, for their future, for hope."
Today's society "discards" young and old, and sees euthanasia as a solution to the ills of old age. Not only " technical euthanasia” applied with an injection, but a "hidden euthanasia", where the elderly are denied medicine, food, family affection. To prisoners: "even if we go wrong in life, the Lord never ceases to show us the way back home". To religious: "Those who gossip are like terrorists who detonate bombs that destroy themselves and everything else".
03/21/2015 VATICAN - ITALY
Pope: in Naples, find hope in Jesus and the power to redeem a city
Corruption "stinks" !. "And a corrupt society ' stinks '! A Christian who allows corruption to enter them is not a Christian, they 'stink'!". "Those who voluntarily take the path of evil steal a piece of hope, earn a little something but steal hope from themselves, from others, from society." "We are all immigrants, children of God: children of God who has put us all on a journey, everyone." "To the criminals and all their accomplices, the Church repeats: convert to love and justice! Let yourselves be touched by the mercy of God!"
03/20/2015 VATICAN
Pope says death penalty "is unacceptable," offends the dignity of life and "contradicts God's plan"
Francis writes to the President of the International Commission against the Death Penalty. For the rule of law it "represents a defeat, because it forces people to kill in the name of justice" and thus "loses all legitimacy" faced with the possibility of judicial errors. Yes to a "universal moratorium" on executions, "in view of the abolition of capital punishment." Life imprisonment "can be considered a hidden death penalty.
03/19/2015 VATICAN
After two years, the pope is appreciated even from a distance
Francis began his pontificate on the feast day of Saint John in 2013. An inspiration for world leaders like Obama, he is also appreciated by the Church's critics who love more his ways than his words, treated as slogans more than ideas. He chose Francis so that the poor be the focus. As he enters the third year of his pontificate, he will face crucial moments, like the Synod on the family but especially the Jubilee of Mercy, whose impact will be felt both within and without the Church. The same is true for his reform of the Roman Curia.
03/18/2015 VATICAN
Pope: better a society with the "trouble" of children than "sad and gray" without children
The "little ones" are in themselves "a treasure for humanity and for the Church", they understand God and "God has no difficulty in making Himself understood", they remind us that "we did make our own life, but we received it", so we are not the masters. "A society can be judged on how it treats its children, not only morally, but also if it is a free society or a slave to international interests".
03/17/2015 VATICAN
Pope: the Church is "Jesus' home" whose doors are always open which the Christian community cannot close
How many times today, someone who has made a mistake but decides "to go" finds the doors to Christian communities closed. "But you cannot, no, you cannot [come in]. You have sinned and you cannot [come in]. If you want to come, come to Mass on Sunday, but that is it - that is all you can do.' So, what the Holy Spirit creates in the hearts of people, those Christians with the mind-set of 'doctors of the law' destroy."
03/16/2015 VATICAN
Pope: believing is "making space" for the power of God, "the power of One who loves me"
The Lord "loves me and wants my happiness". "He will share in the joy of His people. It is like a dream of the Lord: the Lord dreams. He has his dreams. His dreams of us". “I don’t believe there is a theologian who can explain this: you cannot explain it. You can only think about it, feel it and cry about it. Out of joy. "
03/15/2015 VATICAN
Pope: Christians are persecuted and the world tries to hide it
During the Angelus, Francis prayed for the victims of today's church massacres in Pakistan. Before the Marian prayer, he said that God "loves us, really love us, and loves us very much! This is simplest expression that sums up the whole Gospel, faith, and theology. God loves us freely and boundlessly." The pontiff also spoke about typhoon victims in Vanuatu. "I pray for the dead, the wounded and the homeless. I thank all those who reacted immediately to bring relief and aid." The pope also made a plea on behalf of persecuted Christians. "May the persecution against Christians, which the world is trying to hide, come to an end, and may there be peace."
03/13/2015 VATICAN
Pope: A Jubilee Year of Mercy, starting December 8
The special Jubilee will end November 20, 2016. " I am convinced that the whole Church will find in this Jubilee the joy needed to rediscover and make fruitful the mercy of God, with which all of us are called to give consolation to every man and woman of our time". The announcement made by Francis during a penitential liturgy celebrated in St Peter's Basilica as part of the 24 hours of prayer for the Lord.
03/12/2015 VATICAN
Pope: "He who is not with me is against me", either a Christian is a saint or a hypocrite
"We follow our will, but doing so our heart hardens and becomes of stone. And the Word of the Lord cannot penetrate." Even in the history of the Church "legalists" who burned Joan of Arc and blacklisted Rosmini. Both saints today.

Altri articoli
03/11/2015 VATICAN
Pope: the elderly’s "vocation" is to transmit the meaning of life and faith to young people
03/10/2015 VATICAN - HOLY LAND
The Middle East’s "little flock of Christians" need the support of churches around the world
03/10/2015 VATICAN
Pope: "God always forgives," but asks me to forgive, otherwise "I close the door to God's forgiveness"
03/09/2015 VATICAN
Pope: God’s “style” is to act with simplicity, humility, in silence, not with "worldly show "
03/09/2015 UNITED ARAB EMIRATES
Solar Impulse 2 sets off on round the world flight without fuel
03/08/2015 VATICAN
Pope: In Lent we build a temple to God in our lives, allowing Him to "cleanse our heart". A greeting to women
03/07/2015 VATICAN
Pope: Leading people to an encounter with the "person" of Jesus to educate in that freedom that only comes from Him
03/06/2015 VATICAN - AZERBAIGIJAN
Pope receives Azerbaijan President, the value of interreligious dialogue
03/06/2015 VATICAN
Pope says the Church must "move from a pastoral ministry of mere conservation to a decidedly missionary pastoral ministry"
03/05/2015 VATICAN
Pope: "the abandonment is the most serious 'illness' of the elderly", who must be helped at the end of their life
03/05/2015 VATICAN
Pope: those with a heart "sick of worldliness" cannot understand the need and the neediness of others
03/04/2015 VATICAN
Pope: A society that "discards" the elderly, "depository of a people’s wisdom", carries a virus of death
03/03/2015 VATICAN
Pope: "a thousand times Jesus preferred sinners" to hypocrites
03/02/2015 VATICAN
Pope: Judging ourselves to obtain and offer mercy
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VATICAN
Pope: Christians are persecuted and the world tries to hide itDuring the Angelus, Francis prayed for the victims of today's church massacres in Pakistan. Before the Marian prayer, he said that God "loves us, really love us, and loves us very much! This is simplest expression that sums up the whole Gospel, faith, and theology. God loves us freely and boundlessly." The pontiff also spoke about typhoon victims in Vanuatu. "I pray for the dead, the wounded and the homeless. I thank all those who reacted immediately to bring relief and aid." The pope also made a plea on behalf of persecuted Christians. "May the persecution against Christians, which the world is trying to hide, come to an end, and may there be peace."
EGYPT - ISLAM
What Tayeb and Sisi said is big step towards a revolution in Islam
by Samir Khalil SamirThe grand imam of Al-Azhar slammed literalist interpretations of the Qur'an and the Sunnah, as fundamentalists and Islamic terrorists do. He supports the urgent need for Islam's reform, especially in terms of teaching lay people and clerics. He also calls for an end to mutual excommunication (takfir) between Sunnis and Shias. Egyptian President al-Sisi chose to fight the Islamic state group after it beheaded 21 Coptic Christians, whom he called "Egyptian citizens" with full rights.
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03/24/2015 INDONESIA
Authorities seize schoolbook that praises Islamic radicalism
03/23/2015 VATICAN
Pope: Where there is no mercy, there is no justice, not even in the Church
03/22/2015 CHINA - VATICAN
BREAKING NEWS: Chinese police seize two priests in Mutanjiang
by Bernardo Cervellera
03/20/2015 AFGHANISTAN
Afghanistan, woman beaten to death for burning Koran pages
03/24/2015 PAKISTAN
Attacks in Lahore, police arrest 200 Christians
by Jibran Khan
03/21/2015 PHILIPPINES
Filipino priest: Youth as online “agents of peace” to counter Islamic State violence
03/24/2015 IRAN
Time for a deal with Tehran, a reliable partner against the Islamic State group
by Bernardo Cervellera
03/20/2015 VATICAN
Pope says death penalty "is unacceptable," offends the dignity of life and "contradicts God's plan"
03/20/2015 NEPAL
Thousands of Nepali women "disappear" in the byways of human trafficking
by Christopher Sharma
03/20/2015 VATICAN - JAPAN
In a blessed meeting, the pope encouraged us to follow our path, said Niigata bishop
by Tarcisio Isao Kikuchi

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