Pope writes to China's Catholics

12/05/2014 VATICAN
Pope: what if tomorrow a Martian asked for baptism?
You cannot put limits to the Holy Spirit who "keeps the Church going”, even on new paths and you cannot close the door to him. "When the Lord shows us the way, who are we to say, 'No, Lord, it is not prudent! No, let's do it this way'"
12/05/2014 VATICAN
Pope tells suffering churches in the Middle East and Ukraine that he is "very close" to them
At a meeting with students from Rome's pontifical colleges and boarding schools, Pope Francis talked about the dangers of "academism" and "gossip". He also focused on the need for a spiritual and community life. He urged students to study deeply but never forget that they are first and foremost priests. "Gossip is a plague on a community," he warned, telling priests that they should talk straight, face to face, always, watchful of their vocation.
12/05/2014 IRAN
It is time to end sanctions against Iran because of a pending humanitarian crisis
Milk powder for children, medical drugs and X-ray machines and other medical equipment are in short supply. Pollution caused by the embargo on coal gas causes 22,000 deaths per year in Tehran alone. In little more than ten years, the number of cancer cases increased by 181 per cent. As foreign trade shrunk, unemployment rose. Sanctions help radicals enrich themselves through smuggling. As nuclear talks resume tomorrow in Vienna, hopes rise. This is the first part of a report on Iran.
10/05/2014 PHILIPPINES
Filipino Catholics launch petition for the canonization of a devotee to Our Lady
The initiative is part of the Year of the Laity, organized by the Bishops' Conference for 2014. Tajanlangit M. Amador, from the Ilonggo group, promoted the "Dawn Rosary" and screenings of films and documentaries about the saints and apparitions of the Virgin. Over 10 thousand people gathered for a final farewell at his funeral in the Jaro cathedral.