At the Angelus Pope Francis emphasizes that God does not want "to reveal to us that He exists, but rather that He is "God with us ", who loves us, is interested in our personal history and cares for everyone". The task of every baptized person is to "immerse every human being in this ocean which is the love of God; a love that lifts us from sin, heals the wounds of the soul and gives us salvation ". The beatification of Sr Leonella Sgorbati, a martyr killed in hatred of faith.
The meeting took place during celebrations for Saint Nicholas of Myra in Russia. Pope Francis and Kirill are expected in Bari. The Vatican's commitment to the great famine of the 1920s in Russia. Condemnation of Nazism and communism and efforts to avoid the Second World War. The work of Agostino Casaroli.
At the general audience yesterday, Pope Francis asked for prayers for the Church in China on the feast of Our Lady of Sheshan. And he cited the "difficulties" in which the faithful live. The persecution does not overwhelm only Catholics, but also Protestants, Muslims and Buddhists. Defending religious freedom also serves the economy. The forecasts of sociologists: by 2030, China will be home to the world’s highest number of Christians.
Appeal of Francis on the eve of the feast of the Our Lady of Sheshan. Confirmation, the "gift" with which "Christ is to fill us with his Spirit, consecrating us as his witnesses, sharing in the same principle of life and mission, according to the plan of the heavenly Father". "Christian witness consists in doing only and all that the Spirit of Christ asks of us, granting us the strength to do it".
On the day dedicated to the memory of the Blessed Virgin Mary, Mother of the Church, Francis says that "the Church is feminine, because she is 'church', 'bride': she is feminine. And she is a mother, she gives birth. Bride and mother ".
Speaking to AsiaNews the Chaldean primate describes the "dual responsibility" because it indicates the Pope's closeness to Christians and to all the people. A choice that "surprised" him and attests to Pope’s great care for the Church in difficulty. Congratulations from Christian and Muslim personalities. Shiite leader: "Gift of mercy for Iraq". Al-Sadr wins election but does not have the numbers to form a government.
At the end of the Regina Caeli, Francis called again for dialogue in the Holy Land. He appealed for non-violence in Venezuela, especially towards prisoners. "From that day of Pentecost, and until the end of time, this holiness, whose fullness is Christ, is given to all those who open themselves to the action of the Holy Spirit and endeavour to be docile to it."
The occasion could be the Island’s Eucharistic Congress. Abp. Hung will see the Pope on May 14th on his ad limina visit. "China and Taiwan are two churches, two nations, two different ways of life". On the island there are 300 priests and nuns from mainland China who study at the Catholic University of Furen.
Pope Francis meets with 100,000 members of the Neocathecumenal Way, together with 16 cardinals and 90 bishops. Representatives of dozens of Asian countries were present in the rally. The pontiff comments on Jesus words: “Therefore go and make disciples of all nations” (Mt 28, 19). Benediction of crosses, handed in to 34 members sent on mission ad gentes. Some of Rome parishes’ communities are sent on mission to Italian capital peripheral areas.
The inter-Korean summit between Moon Jae-in and Kim Jong-un opens up prospects for peace and unity for the entire Korean people. Families divided by the war meet. Opportunity for the Korean Church to offer a greater commitment to aid and interpersonal relations with the North. Seoul has never forgotten to pray for the North and its martyrs. An interview with the archbishop of Seoul and apostolic administrator of Pyongyang.
Liao Yiwu, a Chinese writer in exile, appeals for the wife of dissident Liu Xiaobo to emigrate to Germany. In one of her last phone calls, the woman cried continuously and said that "it is easier to die than to live". "Dona. Dona ", a Yiddish song, as a symbol of her personal holocaust.