11/30/2015VATICAN Pope tells Bartholomew I that the necessary conditions for the restoration of unity between Catholics and Orthodox exist Francis issues a message for the feast day of Saint Andrew, patron of the Ecumenical Patriarchate. Although not all the differences have been overcome, "there is no longer any impediment to Eucharistic communion" between Catholics and Orthodox, “which cannot be overcome through prayer, the purification of hearts, dialogue and the affirmation of truth." Vatican City (AsiaNews) – Pope Francis sent Ecumenical Patriarch Bartholomew I a message as part of the traditional meeting of delegations for the feast day of their respective patron saints, Saints Peter and Paul on 29 June in Rome and Saint Andrew on 30 November in Istanbul.
For the pontiff, “there is no longer any impediment to Eucharistic communion,” and progress “towards the full communion” can...
11/30/2015VIETNAM Land of 444 martyrs, Bà Ria gets a new bishop, local Catholics rejoice by Thanh Thuy Pope Francis named Emmanuel Nguyễn Sơn Hồng as the new bishop on Friday. Trained in Paris dogmatic theology, the priest becomes auxiliary bishop in the southern Vietnamese diocese whose history goes back 300 years. In 1862, Vietnamese imperial troops burnt down local prisons when the French attacked.
11/30/2015VATICAN - CAR Pope to Bangui, sectarian violence between Christians and Muslims "disfigures the face of God" Francis visits Kaudoukou mosque and says " no to hatred, no to revenge and no to violence, particularly that violence which is perpetrated in the name of a religion or of God himself. God is peace, God salam". At Mass he calls on faithful to carry on work of missionaries, looking at '' other side '. "Every baptized person must continually break with the old man, sinful man, always ready to awaken to the call of the devil."
11/30/2015IRAQ – VATICAN Amid violence and persecution, mercy is the Christian way, says Patriarch Sako by Louis Raphael I Sako* The Chaldean patriarch issues a pastoral letter for the beginning of the Extraordinary Jubilee of Mercy. It is the way forward in times of trial and suffering. It is not “a vague ideal,” but a "dynamic behavior “in the light of faith" and “in the manner of Jesus." Martyrdom is charism of the Eastern Church. Muslims are invited to work together "in peace and harmony."
11/29/2015VATICAN -CAR Pope to Bangui, "I come as a pilgrim of peace, and an apostle of hope" Francis is in Bangui where, this afternoon, he will open the Holy Door of the cathedral. "Unity, dignity, work. Three words full of meaning. " "I would like particularly to draw the attention of everyone, citizens and national leaders, international partners and multinational societies, to their grave responsibility in making use of environmental resources". In a country torn apart by violence, the first visit dedicated to a refugee camp: "We must work and pray and do everything for peace, but peace without love, friendship, tolerance and forgiveness is not possible."
11/28/2015VATICAN - UGANDA Pope calls on Ugandan youth to transform hatred into love, war into peace Francis in festive encounter with youth. Faced with a negative experience, "there is always the possibility of opening a horizon, opening it with the power of Jesus." At a charity centre: - "As Christians, we can not just stand idly by" while there are those who are "victims of today's culture of ''the disposable '."Priests are called to be faithful to the tradition of the "witness" of the martyrs of Uganda.
11/28/2015VATICAN - UGANDA Pope in Uganda: "worldly pleasures and earthly power do not bring lasting joy and peace" Fidelity to God "does not diminish our concern for this world, as if we looked only to the future life. On the contrary, it provides a purpose to life in this world and helps us reach out to those in need, to cooperate with others for the common good and to build a more just society, "to protect" life, a gift of God, and protect the wonders nature, creation, our common home ".
11/27/2015VATICAN - UGANDA Pope in Uganda: "The Martyrs, both Catholic and Anglican, are true national heroes" Bearing witness to the faith was at the heart of Franc’s first two meetings in Uganda. The pontiff stressed the exemplary hospitality that Uganda has for the refugees at a time which we are witnessing the globalisation of a “throwaway culture". He told catechists to “Go forth without fear to every town and village in this country, to spread the good seed of God’s word".
11/27/2015VATICAN - KENYA Pope Kenya: extremism stems from lack of education and employment On the last day of his visit to Kenya, Francis goes to a slum and meets young people before leaving for Uganda. Corruption is "in all institutions, including the Vatican." The marginalized "have a special place in my life and in my choices." They are "a result of new forms of colonialism.
11/26/2015MYANMAR – VATICAN Card Bo: Jubilee of Mercy for a future of peace and prosperity in Myanmar by Charles Maung Bo* In a pastoral letter for the Year of Jubilee, the archbishop of Yangon reminds the nation that it needs "mercy and compassion". The local Church’s task is to set an example and be a reference against a reality of indifference, hatred and violence. Following Laudato si’, people must show mercy to "a wounded planet." Guidelines are available at the national and parish levels.
11/26/2015VATICAN - KENYA Pope in Kenya: never violence in God's name, call to mission and to create a just society On his second day in Africa, Francis meets religious leaders and celebrates Mass. "The health of any society depends on the health of families." "Support for families in their mission within society, to welcome children as a blessing to our world and to defend the dignity of every man and every woman, because we are all brothers and sisters in the human family." "Interfaith understanding, friendship and cooperation in defending the dignity conferred by God on individuals and peoples".
11/25/2015VATICAN - KENYA Pope in Kenya: fear, mistrust and despair feed violence and terrorism Speaking to the country’s political, economic and cultural leaders, Francis spoke of building democracy and protecting creation. “We have a responsibility to pass on the beauty of nature in its integrity to future generations,” and “invest in them” as well as “show genuine concern for the needs of the poor”.