09/12/2016 - BANGLADESH – VATICAN
Card D'Rozario met the prime minister in her office. The apostolic nuncio, Archbishop George Kocherry, was present at the meeting. "On behalf of the 600,000 members of the Christian community that I represent, I express my loyalty to the prime minister and the nation,” the cardinal said.
by Sumon Corraya
09/12/2016 - VATICAN
Pope: Priests should not be "officials", or worldly or "intermediaries" of God's love
The authentic priest "is a mediator very close to his people," an official instead just does his job, but then moves onto another "always as an official", "he does not know what it means to get his hands dirty" be in the midst of reality. And that is why when "the priest changes from official to intermediary he is not happy, he is sad." And looks for a little bit of happiness "in being seen, making his authority felt".
08/12/2016 - VATICAN
Pope’s prayer for the Immaculate in Piazza di Spagnaby Papa Francesco
In homage to Mary in Piazza di Spagna, Pope Francis ideally brings the entire city of Rome and the world. He calls for an “immaculate heart” to love without" masks and ruses”. He asserts the certainty of grace that wins over "discouragement". Afterwards, he visited S. Maria Maggiore.
08/12/2016 - VATICAN
Pope: God comes to dwell among us by means of a great Yes, that of Mary
On the Solemnity of the Immaculate Conception, Pope Francis compares man’s ‘No’ before God to Mary’s ‘great Yes", "the most important in history”. We are "experts in half Yeses" or ‘missed Yeses’. He also mentioned the victims of the earthquake in Aceh (Indonesia), and invited the faithful to attend the homage to Mary in Piazza di Spagna this afternoon. The pope will also visit S. Maria Maggiore.
07/12/2016 - VATICAN
Pope: the secular state is a good thing, but laicism is old-fashioned
In an interview with a Belgian weekly, Francis criticises laicism that “closes the doors to transcendence”, which instead is part of the human essence. "[N]o religion as such can foment war. Because in this case it would be proclaiming a god of destruction, a god of hatred." Synodality does not mean “descend[ing] from high to low”; it means instead “listen[ing] to the Churches, harmonis[ing] them, discern[ing]."
06/12/2016 - ITALY – ORTHODOXY
For Bartholomew, Christians cannot be indifferent to migrants and fundamentalism
The Ecumenical Patriarch attended Mass in Bari’s Basilica of St Nicholas. We “cannot be silent before the scandal of the commodification of people, of religious fundamentalism that claims to act in the God’s name, of man's exploitation of man, of the depletion of natural resources for the benefit of a few to the detriment of the many, especially the poorest.”
06/12/2016 - VATICAN
Pope: Judas, the "perfect lost sheep" who did not understand the tenderness of God
"May the Lord give us this grace, to wait for Christmas with our wounds, with our sins, sincerely recognized, to wait for the power of this God who comes to console, who comes with power, but his power is tenderness, caresses born from his heart, which was so good that he have his life for us. "
05/12/2016 - VATICAN
Pope: "Give” our sins to God, so that he can transform us, "re-create us"
"God created the world; man fell into sin; Jesus comes to re-create the world. " The Lord "help us to prepare for Christmas with great faith", "because the healing of the soul, for the existential healing, the re-creation that Jesus brings takes great faith."
04/12/2016 - VATICAN
Pope: the kingdom of heaven is at hand, "in some way, it is already present" and asks for conversion
“It is to leave the convenient but misleading streets, the idols of this world – success at all costs, power at the expense of the weak, thirst for wealth, pleasure at any price –and open instead the way for the Lord who comes. He does not take away our freedom, but gives us true happiness."
02/12/2016 - CHINA - VATICAN
A "quiet" ordination with an illegitimate bishop in Xichangby Wang Xiang
Again in Xichang, as in Chengdu, police deployed to ensure the participation of the excommunicated Bishop Lei Shiyin. Comment: "Chinese bishops are spineless." The Diocese of Xichang is formed by 35 thousand faithful and 10 priests. Its sisters run a leper colony.
02/12/2016 - HOLY SEE – ISRAEL
Vatican and Israel criticise UNESCO: no one can deny biblical history
The Joint Vatican-Rabbinate Committee slams decision to use only the Arabic name of the holy sites in East Jerusalem, denying the relationship between Jews and Temple Mount.
01/12/2016 - VATICAN
Pope: we are all "resistant" to grace, resistant to the Cross, which leads to redemption
Today marks the hundredth anniversary of the assassination of Blessed Charles de Foucauld, which took place in Algeria on December 1, 1916. He was "a man who overcame so much resistance and gave a witness that has done so much good for the Church. We ask you to bless us from heaven and help us to walk in your footsteps of poverty, contemplation and service to the poor ".
01/12/2016 - VATICAN
Pope asks young people to be builders of a more healthy and caring society
"Those who have the gift of being able to study also have a responsibility to serve for the good of humanity. Knowledge is an easy path to the integral development of society". "In the modern concept of the intellectual, working for the realization of self and in search of personal recognition, often without care for their neighbor, it is necessary to counter with a model built on solidarity, which works for the common good and for peace". Through "viable employment opportunities" in society, you can avoid the so-called 'brain drain'.
01/12/2016 - CHINA - VATICAN
Ankang and Chengdu ordinations: "Faith is not dead”. “Kowtow diplomacy" a failureby Shan Ren Shen Fu - Bo Duo Shen Fu
Initial reactions to the episcopal ordinations which took place yesterday. Ankang ceremony took place in a calm manner, with many bishops present, with older women who were photographed next to their new pastor. In Chengdu, the presence of an illegitimate bishop - criticized by the faithful - has turned the sacrament into a battlefield with controls and police imposing the presence of an excommunicated bishop.
30/11/2016 - CHINA - VATICAN
Chengdu, excommunicated bishop, defended by police, took part in Episcopal ordination of Msgr. Joseph Tang Yuangeby Wang Xiang
A banner - then taken away by police - condemned the presence of Msgr. Lei Shiyin, the excommunicated bishop. A sister tried to stop him before he entered the church, but the bishop was defended by police. The ceremony took place in the Ping'an Qiao church (Bridge of Peace). A demonstration of "who controls the Church in China".
30/11/2016 - VATICAN
Pope: those who found Jesus have an “irrepressible desire” to bring him to others
‘Led by the Spirit for Mission’ is Francis’s message for the 54th World Day of Prayer for Vocations. “Commitment to mission is not something added on to the Christian life as a kind of decoration, but is instead an essential element of faith itself. A relationship with the Lord entails being sent out into the world as prophets of his word and witnesses of his love.”
30/11/2016 - VATICAN
Pope: pray for others and bury the dead, works of mercy in everyday life
30/11/2016 - CHINA - VATICAN
Msgr. J.B. Wang Xiaoxun ordained coadjutor bishop of Ankangby Maria Yuan
The ceremony was attended by six bishops of the dioceses of Shaanxi, all in communion with the Pope and recognized by the government. The papal mandate read "in private" in a gathering with all the priests, before the ordination Mass.
29/11/2016 - VATICAN
Pope: God reveals his mystery to the humble, not the learned and the scholarly
Only the little ones "are capable of understanding" fully "the sense of humility", the "sense of fear of the Lord" because "they walk before the Lord," watched over and shielded. This is “not the humility of the one who said: 'I am humble, but proud of it'."
28/11/2016 - CHINA - VATICAN - HONG KONG
Card. Zen’s guarded pessimism over China- Vatican talks
At a meeting organized by the Justice and Peace commission in Hong Kong, the retired bishop of the diocese explains his doubts about Vatican policy toward China, which threatens to detonate the situation of the Chinese Church. Willy Wo-lap Lam: The government fears Catholics and Protestants. It will not loosen the noose.
28/11/2016 - CUBA – VATICAN – ASIA
World reactions to Fidel Castro’s death
A few days after Fidel Castro’s death, many political leaders have reacted to his passing, expressing their condolences to the family. Pope Francis offered “prayers to the Lord for his repose” and hope for the Cuban people.
28/11/2016 - VATICAN
Pope: Advent, "time to journey and encounter the Lord", "not a time to stand still"
Pray with vigilance, be industrious in charity and exultant in praise of the Lord. These are the attitudes to be kept in a period in which the liturgy proposes numerous encounters of Jesus within his Mother's womb, with St. John the Baptist, with the shepherds, with the Wise Men.
28/11/2016 - VATICAN
Pope says normative system to protect nature is "essential"
Speaking to the Pontifical Academy of Sciences Francis returns to highlight how "the he submission of politics to a technology and an economy which seek profit" is demonstrated by the failure or delay in implementing the agreements on environmental protection or the "continued wars of domination camouflaged by righteous claims".
27/11/2016 - VATICAN
Pope: Advent, the contrast between our daily routine and the sudden coming of the Lord
In the first Angelus of Advent, Pope Francis said that "the Lord’s visit with humanity", at Christmas, also takes place "every day" and will occur when "He will come in glory to judge the living and the dead." "The Gospel does not want to frighten us, but for us to widen our horizons". "... Our Lady help us to not consider ourselves owners of our lives, not to resist when the Lord comes to change it".
26/11/2016 - VATICAN
Pope on economy of religious institutes: fidelity to charism and discernment
In a message to 1000 general economists from institutes of consecrated life and societies of apostolic life, Pope Francis asks them to rethink their economic strategies never putting profits first rather fidelity to their charisma and self-giving. Reviewing their works, collaborating with other institutes and with the local Church, to implement a "responsible austerity". "The hypocrisy of consecrated persons who live like the rich - he said - hurts the consciences of the faithful and damages the Church".
26/11/2016 - CUBA - VATICAN
Fidel Castro, father of the Cuban revolution, has died
His body will be cremated today. He led the island for 50 years. In 2008 he passed the presidency to his brother Raul. He attempted to export the Marxist revolution to Latin America and Africa. Some economic and social achievements at home, along with a heavy oppression of human rights. The disappearance of myth after the fall of the USSR. The Catholic Church and the Popes, catalysts of a transformation on the island nation.
25/11/2016 - VATICAN
Pope: eternal damnation "is not a torture chamber", but being eternally distant from God
Never talk with the devil, he is a "liar" and "swindler", "seeking our ruin" and for "this will be thrown into the abyss." If "we open our hearts", as Jesus asks us, and we do not go our way, we will have "joy and salvation."
24/11/2016 - VATICAN
Pope: the civilization of the "god of money", of "being god", the "god of exploitation" will fall
"Corruption is the path to living in blasphemy, corruption is a form of blasphemy." "The voice of God when he speaks to the heart is like this: like vibrating silence." And this invitation to the "wedding of the lamb" will be in the end, "our salvation."
24/11/2016 - MACAU - VATICAN
Bishop of Macau: The closing of the Holy Year is not a fading fireworkby Lucia Leung
Msgr. Stephen Lee recalls that after the "special" way, now there is the "ordinary" way to receive mercy and to give it. A Mass with about 3 thousand people. Flourishing activities during the Holy Year.
23/11/2016 - VATICAN – VIETNAM
Pope receives Vietnamese president, highlighting good relations and a "shared spirit of dialogue"
Francis met with Vietnamese President Tran Dai Quang. The meeting stressed the “constant search for the most appropriate tools to advance” bilateral relations as well as “The collaboration between Church and State in various domains of local society”.
23/11/2016 - IRAQ
"Adopt a Christian from Mosul": A Christmas gift to survive winterby Bernardo Cervellera
As Iraqi troops advance in the Nineveh Plain and Mosul, a new wave of refugees could overshadow the fate of other refugees who found hospitality in Kurdistan. People need kerosene, winter clothes, aid for children, and money for rent. The campaign AsiaNews launched two years ago is more urgent than ever. Give up a superfluous gift to offer refugees an essential gift for life.
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