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.” Vatican City (AsiaNews) – In his message for the 89th World Mission Day, Pope Francis writes that the missionary dimension is in the Church’s very nature, that it is “a passion for Jesus and at the same time a passion for his people" and is “intrinsic to all forms of consecrated life"....
05/23/2015NEPAL – VATICAN Apostolic Nuncio says pope is praying for peace, security and prosperity in quake-hit Nepal by Christopher Sharma Mgr Pennacchio spoke at a special mass in memory of the earthquake victims. Hundreds of people attended the service, including Catholics, non-Catholics and diplomats. After handing out pictures of the pope, he called for unity to rebuild the country. During the Mass, the victims of the 2009 cathedral attack were remembered.
05/21/2015CHINA – VATICAN For Xi Jinping, religions must be "Chinese" and without "foreign influences" by Wang Zhicheng At a meeting of the United Front, the Chinese president reiterated the leadership role of the Communist Party in religious matters, warning against foreign forces. His targets include Xinjiang Muslims, Tibetan Buddhists and the Vatican. For a Chinese Catholic, doing so would distort the Catholic religion.
05/20/2015VATICAN Pope: pray for the Catholics of China and for persecuted Christians "Religious freedom is a human right". In Italy the Pentecost Vigil will be recall our "many brothers and sisters exiled or killed simply because they are Christians." On May 24 the prayer to Our Lady of Sheshan. Chinese Catholics are "credible witnesses" of merciful love and live "spiritually united to the rock of Peter on which the Church is built." The family’s "natural vocation to educate", must not be replaced by "experts" and “intellectual critics".
05/19/2015VATICAN – ASIA For Card Vegliò, the migrant crisis can be solved by investing in poor countries The president of the Pontifical Council for the Pastoral Care of Migrants and Itinerants spoke to AsiaNews about humanitarian emergencies in Europe and Southeast Asia. For him, the latter are primarily a political problem, and governments should show “a little more good will”. Shelling boats will not help countries from where people flee.
05/16/2015VATICAN - PALESTINE Pope receives Mahmoud Abbas, "may you be an angel of peace" "Great satisfaction" for agreement reached between the Vatican and Palestine and "hope" that negotiations between Palestinians and Israelis can resume marked the audience this morning between Francis and the President of the "State of Palestine".