Pope writes to China's Catholics

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'"
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.
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.