06/02/2015VATICAN Pope coming to Sarajevo to support interfaith dialogue and peaceful coexistence In a video message, Francis stresses "Peace be with you" as the motto for his 6 June visit. "I encourage Catholics to be witnesses to their fellow citizens of the faith and love of God, working for a society that makes ways towards peace in brotherhood and in mutual cooperation.” Vatican City (AsiaNews) – In a video message to the people of Bosnia-Herzegovina ahead of his visit to Sarajevo, Pope Francis said that he hopes his visit will support interfaith dialogue between and among Christians and Muslims, encourage peaceful coexistence for all of the...
06/01/2015VATICAN Pope: "The path of our redemption is a road of many failures," but in the end love conquers all "The prophets, the men of God who spoke to the people, who have not been heard, who have been discarded, will be his glory." "If each one of us does an examination of conscience, we will see how many times, how many times the prophets have been cast aside. How many times we have said to Jesus: ‘Go away’, how many times we wanted to save ourselves, how many times we thought we were the just ones".
05/31/2015VATICAN Pope: In the Trinity lies the ultimate goal of our earthly pilgrimage At the Angelus Francis reflects on the mystery of the one God in three Persons: "We renew the mission of living communion with God and with one another on the model of the Trinity." Remember "for what purpose, for what glory we exist, we work, we suffer." Next Thursday the celebration of Corpus Christi: "Participate in this solemn public act of love for Jesus among the people." The Pope calls on those present in the square to make the sign of the cross, all together.
05/30/2015VATICAN Pope: Euthanasia and abortion, attacks on human life equal to war and terrorism Francis receives participants in the meeting sponsored by the Science and Life Association in audience: "I see your association as hands reaching out to other hands to sustain life." A just society "recognizes the primary right to life from conception to its natural end," but "must also go further and reflect on the use we make of it."
05/28/2015VATICAN Pope: selfish, worldly or rigorous Christians, draw people away from Jesus There are three groups of Christians: those who instead of responding to the cry of the people asking for salvation distance them from Jesus because they only think about their "selfish" relationship with God, or because they worldly people or rigorists. And then there are Christians who really listen to the cry and live in accordance with their faith and help draw people closer to Jesus.
05/27/2015CHINA – VATICAN As the parish priest at Baoding’s Mary Queen of China Church is arrested, another Catholic altar is demolished Fr Liu Honggeng has been missing since 7 May. His mobile phone is off and his parishioners have hit a wall of silence by local police. The underground priest was getting ready for the Marian month. He has already spent eight years in prison for refusing to join the Patriotic Association. The authorities have also detained Mgr Julius Jia Zhiguo of Zhengding for 12 days without explanation. In Baoding, agents demolished an "illegal" Catholic altar. Two women were wounded trying to protect it.
05/26/2015VATICAN Pope: Christianity is a radical choice: you cannot have "heaven and earth" "It's sad to see a Christian, whether it’s a lay person, consecrated, priest, or bishop - it’s sad when you see he wants two things: to follow Jesus and worldly things, to follow Jesus and worldliness." Jesus does not promise riches to his apostles, but the legacy of the Kingdom of heaven "but with persecution, with the cross."
05/24/2015VATICAN For pope, the missionary dimension is in the Church’s very nature and is "intrinsic to all forms of consecrated life" "In Jesus’ command to ‘go forth’, we see the scenarios and ever-present new challenges of the Church’s evangelizing mission,” said Pope Francis in his message for World Mission Day. “All her members are called to proclaim the Gospel by their witness of life. In a particular way, consecrated men and women are asked to listen to the voice of the Spirit who calls them to go to the peripheries, to those to whom the Gospel has not yet been proclaimed.”