24/05/2016 - CHINA – VATICAN
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.
by Victoria Ma
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 Ukraineby 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.
19/05/2016 - VATICAN
Pope: The exploitation of labour is a mortal sin
"We consider this drama of today: the exploitation of the people, the blood of these people who become slaves, the traffickers of people—and not just those who deal in prostitutes and children for child labour, but that trafficking we might call “civilized”: “I’ll pay you this much, without vacation, without health care, without… everything under the table… But I will become rich!”'.
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 Revolutionby 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 “
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 ".
10/05/2016 - CHINA - VATICAN
My memories of Msgr. Thomas Zhang Huaixin, a patient bishop for the Church's freedomby Sergio Ticozzi
PIME missionary in Hong Kong, Fr. Sergio Ticozzi, met the late bishop many times when they would speak in Latin to avoid "indiscreet ears". He recalls the prelates material and spiritual reconstruction of the diocese of Anyang; his care for vocations; his receiving government recognition and his rejection of the Patriotic Association. How he waited for five years to ordain his coadjutor without "illegitimate bishops."
09/05/2016 - VATICAN
Pope: think about what the Holy Spirit - who moves the Church - does in my life
The Holy Spirit "does everything, knows everything, reminds us what Jesus said, he knows how to explain the things of Jesus to us. There is only one thing that the Holy Spirit cannot do: Arm chair Christians. This he cannot do! He cannot make 'virtual ' but not virtuous Christians. He makes real Christians"
09/05/2016 - CHINA - VATICAN
Bishop Thomas Zhang Huaixin of Anyang has diedby Victoria Ma
His faithful describe him as the image of the "Good Shepherd". He was ordained underground bishop in 1981. In 2004 he was recognized by the government, but managed to decline joining the Patriotic Association. Under his leadership, the diocese has grown. To date there are 31 priests, 120 nuns, 50 thousand faithful. The Church is involved in evangelization and in providing medical care to the population.
08/05/2016 - VATICAN
Pope: Conversion and forgiveness of sins, the mission of bearing witness everywhere
On the Solemnity of Jesus’ Ascension to heaven, Francis stressed the importance of the mission entrusted to his disciples and the whole Church. We “should leave our churches every Sunday to go into homes, offices, schools, meeting places, hospitals, prisons, seniors’ centres, crowded immigrant gatherings, city suburbs [. . .]”.
06/05/2016 - VATICAN
Vatican message for Vesak: Christians and Buddhists must work together for "ecological education"
The Pontifical Council for Interreligious Dialogue calls on Buddhists to “cooperate together in liberating humanity from the suffering brought about by climate change, and contribute to the care of our common home.” Christians and Buddhists share the awareness that the "external deserts" are caused by "internal deserts", and that the eco-crisis is first and foremost "an ego-crisis."
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