04/19/2015VATICAN Pope remembers and prays for "latest tragedy" of migrants, "our brothers and sisters" who "are seeking happiness" At the Regina Caeli, Pope Francis says he is praying for the hundreds of victims in a sinking off the coast of Libya. An appeal to the international community to "act decisively and promptly." "Every baptized person is called to witness in word and deed, that Jesus is risen, He is alive and present in our midst." The Christian message "is not a theory, an ideology or a complex system of precepts and prohibitions, or moralism, but a message of salvation, a concrete event, even a person: the Risen Christ, the living and only Savior of all" . The Pope will be in Turin on June 21 to honor the Shroud, the exposition of which begins today. Vatican City (AsiaNews) – “Remembrance" and "prayer" for the dead and their families and a heartfelt appeal to the international community to "act decisively and promptly", so that similar "tragedies"...
04/18/2015VATICAN Pope: Denounce and combat trafficking in human beings, a hidden evil At an audience with participants at the Plenary Assembly of the Pontifical Academy of Social Sciences, Pope Francis calls for national and international laws to "ensure the traffickers meet with justice and their unjust gains are reused for the rehabilitation of their victims." The fight against slavery, the work of Christian saints and "many men and women of good will who do not identify with a religion."
04/16/2015VATICAN More Catholic believers and priests in the world
The Statistical Yearbook of the Church shows an increase in both the number of Catholics – 1.254 billion – and their share – 17.7 per cent – of the world’s population. In Asia, Catholics rose by 17.4 per cent and now constitute 3.2 of the continent’s population.
04/15/2015TURKEY – VATICAN And the sultan "warned" the pope The Turkish president yesterday warned Francis “not to make such a mistake again" when referring to the Armenian "genocide". Today, he said that a motion by the European Parliament on the same issue would “go in one ear and out of the other".
04/14/2015VATICAN Pope calls on Church to go “forth,” proposes vocation as “exodus” for young people with shattered “dreams” In his Message for the 52nd World Day of Prayer for Vocations (26 April), Pope Francis calls on young people to overcome uncertainty, worries and problems that threaten to paralyse “their youthful enthusiasm”. A vocation means “leaving behind our comfort and the inflexibility of our ego in order to centre our life in Jesus Christ.” It is not a flight “from the world” but a “specific, real and total commitment”. It means “a Church which is less concerned about herself, her structures and successes, and more about her ability to go out and meet God’s children wherever they are, to feel compassion (com-passio) for their hurt and pain."
04/14/2015TAIWAN Taiwan, "Pope Francis’ style" hits bookstores by Xin Yage The Kuangchi Press, led by Father Moses Khan, has published books by US author Chris Lowney on Pope Francis translated in Chinese: "Doing the laundry, getting his shoes dirty, listening to the sound of the churchbell: these are the images that can summarize the ' Pope's work ".
04/13/2015VATICAN - TURKEY Erdogan's Turkey threatens "response" to Pope’s affirmation of Armenian "genocide" Government officials across the board define " the words spoken yesterday by Francis as “invalid", "null and void", "inappropriate", "unilateral", "unacceptable" and "distorts history". The same words used in 2001 by John Paul II. But the "moderate" Islamic president wants to propose a new Ottomanism and is concerned about the approach of the general elections of 7 June.
04/13/2015VATICAN Pope: The Church speaks with the freedom and courage of the Spirit The Holy Spirit "is the only one able to give us this grace of courage to proclaim Jesus Christ." "And that courage is what distinguishes us from simple proselytizing. We do not do advertising, Jesus Christ as says, to have more 'partners' in our 'spiritual society'. "
04/12/2015VATICAN Pope: After the genocide, may God grant that the people of Armenia and Turkey take up again the path of reconciliation In his message to the Armenian people given to the Patriarchs, Francis writes, "It is the responsibility not only of the Armenian people and the universal Church to recall all that has taken place, but of the entire human family, so that the warnings from this tragedy will protect us from falling into a similar horror, which offends against God and human dignity. Today too, in fact, these conflicts at times degenerate into unjustifiable violence, stirred up by exploiting ethnic and religious differences." Only reconciliation gives meaning to the martyrdom of so many.
04/12/2015VATICAN Pope: Like Thomas, we contemplate the wounds of the Risen One and, in the Jubilee, we welcome God’s love After the Mass for the centennial of the Armenian Genocide, Francis spoke during the Regina Coeli about the apostle’s “struggle”. Thomas “is not someone who just accepts things; he wants to find out about things, check them out in person, have his own personal experience.” Meanwhile, “Jesus was waiting for him, patiently”. The Jubilee “will be an intense and long period of time to welcome the immense riches of God’s merciful love”. The pope also expressed his Easter greetings to the Eastern Churches.