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    26/05/2016 - HONG KONG - CHINA

    Archbishop Savio Hon Tai-fai, secretary of Propaganda Fide, celebrated Mass in Hong Kong’s St Jude Thaddeus Church on the Solemnity of Mary Help of Christians. During the service, he mentioned Fr Peter Yu Heping, who died in mysterious circumstances in 2015, but had great faith in the future of the Church in China.


    by Eugenia Cheung

    26/05/2016 - CHINA - VATICAN

    Evangelize China for the good of society, demanding an end to persecution

    by Bernardo Cervellera

    Official and underground Christians have celebrated the World Day of Prayer for the Church in China, wanted by Benedict XVI. In a China marked by individualism and corruption, academics and scholars advise greater freedom for the economy and religious freedom for communities. Religions, viewed with suspicion by the leadership, are actually one of the few glues for a supportive and creative society. The strange silence of some commentators on persecution. The priority is formation of the clergy, the religious, the faithful. Now is the opportune time for the evangelization of China.

     


    25/05/2016 - VATICAN

    Pope: "Our duty to protect all children, especially those exposed to high risk of exploitation"


    Prayer keeps the faith and transforms our desire modeling it according to the will of God, but "it is not a magic wand." A prayer for the victims of Monday's bombings in Syria. May Mary  "convert the hearts of those who sow death and destruction."


    25/05/2016 - EGYPT-VATICAN

    Pope-Grand Imam of Al Azhar: Egypt’s press enthusiastic and "political" comments


    Al Sisi mediation praised for success of encounter. Amazement at the sobriety of the Vatican statement. A corrective measure for Islamophobia generated by the Islamic State. A reader: I believe in Pope Francis and his smile

     


    25/05/2016 - MACAO-CHINA

    The Church of Macao prays for China: Now is the right time for evangelization

    by Xie Qircan

    For the first time, since the appointment of  bishop Stephen Lee, the celebration of the World Day of Prayer for the Church in China took place at a diocesan level, in the cathedral, in the presence of the bishop. The memory of the martyrs, Chinese and foreign, who evangelized China; the prayer to Mary so that Christians may face the new challenges of a Chinese society in transition. It is the duty of all Chinese faithful  to evangelize China.

     


    24/05/2016 - CHINA – VATICAN

    At least 20,000 Catholics pray at Sheshan for the Church in China

    by Victoria Ma

    Pilgrims came from other dioceses like Ningbo and Taiyuan. Some groups organised web prayers. Under house arrest since 2012, Mgr Thaddeus Ma Daqin was not present. The Diocese of Shanghai organised a solemn pilgrimage.


    24/05/2016 - SINGAPORE – ITALY – VATICAN

    Singapore president in Italy to meet Pope Francis


    Tony Tan Keng Yam arrived in Rome on Sunday. He will visit the Holy See next Saturday, a first for a Singapore president. This “is a significant event” for the Catholic Church in the city-state. “We are fortunate to be held in high regard and receive great support from the government.”


    24/05/2016 - VATICAN

    Dublin, 2018 the World Meeting of Families on "The Gospel of the Family: Joy for the World"


    The event presented today at the Vatican, will be the first after the Synod and the publication of "Amoris laetitia". It is part of a process of discernment and encouragement, accompaniment and animation of families.


    24/05/2016 - VATICAN

    Pope: Holiness is "a journey to God’s presence", a step forward every day


    On the journey we need courage, hope, grace, conversion. "Nothing great, mortification: no, it's simple. The path to holiness is simple. Do not go back, but always move forward, right? And with fortitude ".

     


    24/05/2016 - VATICAN-RUSSIA-UKRAINE

    Lukashenko: Pope Francis and Kirill should meet in Minsk for peace in Ukraine

    by Nina Achmatova

    Belarussian President reveals a proposal he put to the Pope in their recent meeting in the Vatican: "spiritual initiatives" also needed to promote solution. Normandy quartet hold phone call over implementation of Minsk agreements.


    23/05/2016 - VATICAN - ISLAM

    Pope receives grand imam of Al-Azhar, dialogue and not violence between Catholicism and Islam


    The meeting focused “on the shared commitment of the authorities and the faithful of the great religions for peace in the world, the rejection of violence and terrorism, the situation of Christians in the context of conflicts and tensions in the Middle East and their protection" .


    23/05/2016 - VATICAN

    Pope: one cannot be Christian without "the wonder of joy"


    "When in our parishes, in our communities, in our institutions we find people who say they are Christians and want to be Christian but are sad, there is something wrong. And we must help them to find Jesus, to take away that sadness, so they may rejoice in the Gospel, so they may have this joy which is proper to the Gospel".

     


    23/05/2016 - VATICAN - ISLAM

    Meeting between Pope Francis and the Imam of Al Azhar "for dialogue and peace in the world"

    by Bernardo Cervellera

    Egyptian Catholic Church spokesman: "Happy for this meeting." Vicar of Al Azhar: "A message of tolerance." The highs and lows of the Al Azhar-Vatican relationship. The breakthrough with Al Sisi and his project to modernize Egypt and the teaching of Islam.

     


    22/05/2016 - VATICAN

    Pope: May Chinese Catholics become concrete sign of love and reconciliation


    After the Angelus, Francis remembers the Day of Prayer for the Church in China, which falls on May 24: "Let us ask Mary to give to his children in China the ability to discern at all times the signs of the loving presence of God, that always welcomes and forgives. " Before the Marian prayer, a reflection on the Holy Trinity: "This feast invites us to engage in the daily events to be leaven of communion, of consolation and of mercy."


    20/05/2016 - VATICAN

    Pope: Understanding for human weakness, but no "negotiating" on the truth


    "May Jesus teach us to have at heart a great adhesion to the truth, and also at heart a great understanding and accompaniment for all our brothers who are in difficulty."

     


    19/05/2016 - VATICAN

    Pope: "fear and misunderstanding" should not hamper action in favour of those forced to emigrate


    In his meeting with new ambassadors, Francis insisted that international action should help people stay at home and “remove weapons” from those who perpetrate violence and engage in human and drug trafficking. The pontiff also expressed solidarity with persecuted Christian communities.


    18/05/2016 - VATICAN

    Pope: "to ignore the poor is to show contempt for God"


    "God's mercy towards us is related to our mercy towards our neighbor. When this is lacking, then [God’s mercy] finds no place in our closed heart, it cannot enter". "Good and evil has been distributed to compensate the earthly injustice." "A lasting peace" for Ukraine.


    17/05/2016 - VATICAN

    Pope: Love of power and money, the "worldly temptation" of the Church


    "On the path that Jesus points us to move forward, service is the rule. The greatest is the one  who serves, those who are at the service of others, not those who boast, that seek power, money ... vanity, pride ... No, these are not great”.


    17/05/2016 - CHINA - VATICAN

    The persecution of Catholics during the Cultural Revolution

    by Sergio Ticozzi

    The documentation of that violent period was burned or buried in archives. Only a few survivors speak. The persecutors are silent in fear. The burning of religious objects and furnishings in Hebei. Bishops humiliated and arrested in Henan; nuns beaten with sticks and killed, or buried alive. A persecution that "is not over yet"; Today it is perhaps only more subtle.


    16/05/2016 - VATICAN

    Pope: priests belong to God, are poor to the poor, and must not have ambitions or seek material goods


    Francis presided over the opening of the General Assembly of Italian bishops whose main topic is the renewal of the clergy. “Belonging to the Lord, to the Church, [and] to the Kingdom” is what characterises the priestly life. It is a "treasure" that bishops must safeguard and promote "with patience and willingness of time, hands and heart."


    15/05/2016 - VATICAN

    Pope: Mission is a "great work of spiritual and material mercy “


    "Missionary Church, witness of mercy" is the title of Francis' message for the 90th World Mission Sunday, which will be celebrated Sunday, October 23, 2016, published today. The growing presence of women and families.

     


    15/05/2016 - VATICAN

    Pope: "essential purpose" of Jesus' mission to free us from condition of "orphans"


    " In our own day also, we see various signs of our being orphans: in the interior loneliness which we feel even when we are surrounded by people, a loneliness which can become an existential sadness; in the attempt to be free of God, even if accompanied by a desire for his presence; in the all-too-common spiritual illiteracy which renders us incapable of prayer; in the difficulty in grasping the truth and reality of eternal life".


    14/05/2016 - VATICAN

    Pope: Pity is not pietism, it is an aspect of God's mercy


    "Often the Gospels speaks of the spontaneous cry that people who were sick, possessed, poor or afflicted addressed to Jesus: ‘Have pity on me." And "how often do we see people so attached to cats to dogs, and then they leave their hungry neighbor without help".

     


    13/05/2016 - VATICAN

    Pope: migrant crisis and the fight against poverty a moral rather than economic issue


    Beyond the immediate and practical aspect of providing material support to our brothers and sisters, the international community is called upon to identify political, social and economic responses long-term matters that cross national and continental borders and involve the whole human family".

     


    13/05/2016 - VATICAN

    Pope: women must count for more in the Church, even in decision making


    Francis announces his intention to create a commission to study the question of “women deacons" in the early Church. Men and women "should be complementary, and it is important that women are involved in consultations". A woman may give the homily during a Liturgy of the Word, but not in the Mass.


    12/05/2016 - UNITED ARAB EMIRATES – OMAN – YEMEN

    Vicar of Arabia: Amoris Laetitia, the beauty of marriage and family also for Muslims


    For Mgr Hinder, Pope Francis highlights not only the problems but also the joys of family life in a “plain language” that is close “actual reality”. The apostolic exhortation provides guidelines on how to love in families. Many values are shared with Muslims, but the fear of proselytising and mixed marriages remain an obstacle.


    12/05/2016 - PHILIPPINES - VATICAN

    Manila: new president Duterte “wants to visit the Vatican” to apologise


    Duterte’s spokesman said that the trip to the Vatican has not yet been planned but it is a priority. The mayor of Davao wants to be forgiven for offending the pontiff at a rally.


    12/05/2016 - VATICAN

    Pope: Jesus prayed for the unity of Christians, but there are those in the Church who gossip, sowing division


    In Argentina, "these people are called 'zizzaniere' [sowers of weeds]: they cause trouble, they divide. And divisions begin with the tongue. Envy, jealousy and even closure. " "Let us pray to the Lord that He might give us the grace, because the strength of the devil, of sin, that pushes us to disunity is so great, so great. Always! That He might give us the grace, that He might give us the gift. And what is the gift that creates unity? The Holy Spirit!! ".

     


    11/05/2016 - VATICAN

    Pope: Not even the devil can take away our dignity as children of God


     God's logic is that of mercy, it is not one for which "if you do good you are rewarded if you do bad you are punished." "Jesus reminds us that in if we dwell in the Father's house it is not to be recompensed, but because we have the dignity of children who are co-responsible". "The righteous, those who think they are right, are also in need of mercy."

     


    10/05/2016 - VATICAN

    Pope: Missionaries, "heroes", ready to "burn up their lives" for evangelization


    "I would like to say to say to the young men and women of today who do not feel at ease with themselves – I am not so happy with this culture of consumerism, narcissism ...': To look to the horizon!, Look there… look to these missionaries! '. Pray to the Holy Spirit to compel them to go far, to 'burn' with life ".






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    CHINA - VATICAN
    The persecution of Catholics during the Cultural Revolution

    Sergio Ticozzi

    The documentation of that violent period was burned or buried in archives. Only a few survivors speak. The persecutors are silent in fear. The burning of religious objects and furnishings in Hebei. Bishops humiliated and arrested in Henan; nuns beaten with sticks and killed, or buried alive. A persecution that "is not over yet"; Today it is perhaps only more subtle.


    CHINA
    Silence shrouds 50th anniversary of Cultural Revolution in China and in the West

    Bernardo Cervellera

    The bloody campaign launched by Mao Zedong killed nearly 2 million people and sent  a further 4 million to concentration camps. Every Chinese has been marked by fear. But today, no memorial service has been planned and no newspaper article has appeared. The Party’s internal struggles and Xi Jinping’s fear of ending up like the USSR. Even today, as then, there are those in Europe who keep quiet and laud the myth of China. Many are predicting a return to the "great chaos".

     


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