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  • 23/05/2017 - VATICAN - CHINA

    Mother Teresa made several requests to open a nursing home in China, but was always denied permission. Fr. Alberico Crescitelli of Pime was martyred in 1900 and canonized by John Paul II in 2000. The Prayer for China accompanied by the choir of the Chinese community of Rome and Augustin Zhang, of the Giotto Cooperative from Padua prison.




    23/05/2017 - VATICAN - GREAT BRITAIN

    Pope denounces Manchester attack as "barbaric," and "meaningless violence"


    In a telegram, Francis expresses a special thought to “those children and young people who have lost their lives, and of their grieving families," invoking God's blessings for peace, healing, and strength across the nation. Isis claims the attack.


    23/05/2017 - VATICAN

    Pope: a "lukewarm" Church pleases the evil spirit, but "breeds distrust"


    "A Church without martyrs breeds distrust; A Church that does not risk breeds distrust; A Church that is afraid of proclaiming Jesus Christ and chasing out demons, idols, the other lord, which is money, is not the Church of Jesus. "


    22/05/2017 - VATICAN

    Pope: Only the Holy Spirit can lead us to testify that Jesus is the Lord


    The Holy Spirit is "a gift, the great gift of Jesus,” who does not lead us astray. “It is precisely within our hearts that we carry the Holy Spirit. The Church calls the Spirit ‘the sweet guest of the heart’: He is there. But He cannot enter a closed heart. ‘Ah, but where can one buy the keys to open the heart?’ No! That too is a gift.”


    21/05/2017 - VATICAN

    Pope: together with the faithful in China on 24 May to celebrate Our Lady of Sheshan


    During the Regina Caeli, Pope Francis speaks about the World Day of Prayer for the Church in China, instituted by Benedict XVI. Chinese Catholics must make a “personal contribution to communion among believers and to harmony in the whole society." AsiaNews Symposium on the Church in China is set for this week. Francis appeals for peace in the Central African Republic, and for loving “one another following the example of the Lord”. For him, “Sometimes conflicts, pride, envy, and divisions leave a blotch on the beautiful face of the Church.” Five new cardinals will be named, including a bishop from Laos.


    20/05/2017 - VATICAN

    Pope on Centesimus Annus calls for alternative ways to deal with economics, poverty, and unemployment


    Pope Francis praised the Centesimus Annus Foundation for its work inspired by the Church's social doctrine. In economics and business, " things can change," the pope said. For him, poverty is “a human and not merely economic phenomenon.” Unemployment has "reached truly dramatic proportions in both developed and developing countries”.


    19/05/2017 - VATICAN

    Pope: True doctrine unites, but when it becomes ideology it divides


    "There has always been those people who, without any commission, set out to disturb the Christian community with discourses that upbraid souls: 'Eh, no. What he said is heretical, that cannot be said, that no, the doctrine of the Church says this ... ".


    18/05/2017 - VATICAN

    Pope: peace built In dialogue, putting man at the center of the economy and isolating fundamentalists


    Francis receives ambassadors from Mauritania, Nepal, Trinidad and Tobago, Sudan, Kazakhstan and Niger during the presentation of Credentials Letters. Crisis of fundamentalism also aggravated by "the abuse of religion to justify a thirst for power, the manipulation of God’s holy name to advance by any means possible one’s own plans to gain power."

     


    18/05/2017 - VATICAN

    Pope: Abiding in the love of Jesus which, like that of the Father, is boundless


    "The Ten Commandments are the basis, the foundation but we must follow" all the things Jesus taught us, these commandments of daily life," which represent "a Christian way of living." We Christians "must give joy to people", love, without any interest. "Our Christian mission is to give joy to people."


    18/05/2017 - ASIA - VATICAN

    In Asia, the Rosary is also recited by non-Christians

    by Piero Gheddo

    In Fatima, where Pope Francis went on a pilgrimage, Mary exhorted us to recite the rosary. Card. Martini’s devotion to Mary. In South Korea, Catholic buildings are called "the Church of the Mother." The statue of Mary in the Brunei church. The Shrine of Gunadala (India), which has shaped friendship between Hindus and Muslims even during period partition.


    17/05/2017 - VATICAN

    Pope: God knows each of us "by name"


    "Jesus is not one who adapts Himself to the world, tolerating that in it death, sadness, hatred, the moral destruction of persons should endure … Our God is not inert, But our God – I permit myself the word – is a dreamer. He dreams of the transformation of the world, and He realized it in the mystery of the Resurrection".


    16/05/2017 - VATICAN

    Pope: "Peace without the Cross is not the peace of Jesus"


    "God's peace is real peace, that enters the reality of life, that does not deny life; that is life. There is suffering, there are the sick people, there are many bad things, there are wars." "The peace that the world offers us," "is a peace without tribulations. It offers us an artificial peace "reduced to "tranquility".


    16/05/2017 - VATICAN

    Vatican: With international cooperation and controls, suspicious economic activities have declined


    The Financial Information Authority presents its annual report on financial and supervisory activities both in the regulatory framework and in the prevention and combating of money laundering and financing of terrorism


    15/05/2017 - VIETNAM – VATICAN

    For the Vietnamese, Card Văn Thuận’s sainthood also includes his commitment to the Church's social doctrine

    by Joseph Nguyen Hung

    The future Blessed laid the bases for the Compendium of the Social Doctrine of the Church when he was president of the Pontifical Council for Justice and Peace. A club in Hanoi inspired by him spreads the doctrine and collects books through a ‘Bookcase of hope’ to encourage young people to read in every parish and engage in charity and mission.


    15/05/2017 - INDIA

    Karjat, 3,000 Catholics and non-Catholics celebrate Fatima's centenary. Card Gracias: Pray for Peace (Photo)

    by Nirmala Carvalho

    The sanctuary in Maharashtra is the oldest in Asia. The Archbishop of Mumbai blesses the new altar. All faithful lunch together. Families consecrated to the Immaculate Heart of Mary.


    15/05/2017 - ASIA

    Ransomware cyberattack due to governments carelessness


    Microsoft warns national security agencies not to "store up" viruses – to only let them leak- but to make them known. South Korea, almost untouched. Russia, Britain, Germany, France hit as well as universities in China, Italy and Greece.


    13/05/2017 - PORTUGAL - VATICAN

    Pope at Fatima: Saints the two shepherds Mary "introduced into the immense sea of the Light of God"


    Nearly a million people witness the canonization of the two children, the youngest in Church history to climb to the glory of the altars without being martyrs. “Our Lady foretold, and warned us about, a way of life that is godless and indeed profanes God in his creatures.  Such a life – frequently proposed and imposed – risks leading to hell.  Mary came to remind us that God’s light dwells within us and protects us".


    12/05/2017 - PORTUGAL - VATICAN

    At Fatima, Pope implores the Virgin for concord among peoples


    Francis was welcomed to the Marian shrine by tens of thousands of people. A prayer that also announces the gospel proclamation, tearing down all walls and crossing every frontier, going out “to all the peripheries, to make known God’s justice and peace".


    12/05/2017 - PORTUGAL - VATICAN

    Pope in Fatima: With Mary, become a sign and a sacrament of God's mercy, forgiving everything and always


    Pope Francis blesses the candles on the plain filled with hundreds of thousands of pilgrims and emphasizes that "if we want to be Christians, we must be Marian." Not the "unreachable lady," but the "Master of spiritual life, the first one who followed Christ along the "narrow way "of the cross. The Mass celebrated by Card. Pietro Parolin, Vatican Secretary of State.


    11/05/2017 - LEBANON – VATICAN – ISLAM

    Pope Francis's call for dialogue against Islamophobia with an eye on the Second Vatican Council

    by Fady Noun

    More and more videos are posted online carrying attacks against Islam and mentioning massacres and forced conversions. The pontiff’s visit to Egypt shows how to deal with biases. Muslim leaders and institutions (like al-Azhar) should encourage reforms. Christians should accompany them on this long and difficult journey.


    11/05/2017 - VATICAN

    Pope: God's People, and everyone one of us, is on a journey "towards the fullness of time"


    This path is "to understand, to deepen our understanding of the person of Jesus, to deepen our faith" and also to "understand morality, the commandments." And something that "once seemed normal, that it was not a sin, it is a mortal sin today", such as slavery or is "inadmissible", such as the death penalty or religious wars.


    11/05/2017 - VATICAN - FATIMA

    Pope Francis: For Our Lady of Fatima, the most beautiful flowers, our brothers and sisters from all over the world redeemed by his blood


    Ahead of his pilgrimage to the Virgin's shrine the Pope sends a video message to the Portuguese people. The pilgrimage entitled "With Mary, Pilgrim in Hope and Peace" begins tomorrow and afternoon.


    10/05/2017 - GREAT BRITAIN - INDIA

    London Dalit Conference: discrimination is a “disgrace” for society


    The Christian Network against Caste Discrimination organised the event. The caste system is at present a problem in India, even within the Church. Dalits are the majority of Catholics. “It is significant that Card Turkson will attend the seminar,” a sign that the issue matters for the Vatican.


    10/05/2017 - VATICAN - EGYPT

    Pope tells Tawadros II that they should intensify efforts towards full unity


    Francis sends a message on the day of friendship between Coptic Orthodox and Catholics, mentioning his visit to Egypt.


    10/05/2017 - VATICAN

    Pope: Mary "teaches us the virtue of waiting, even when everything seems pointless"


    The "mother of hope" in her "yes" to the angel appears to us as one of the many mothers of our world, courageous to the extreme when it comes to welcoming the story of a new  person in the womb. " And then she is faithfully present under the cross, among the disciples frightened over the death of the Master and again in the nascent Church.


    09/05/2017 - VATICAN

    Pope: receive the Word with docility, know it and be familiar with it


    “The Spirit guides us to do no wrong, but to receive the spirit with docility, to know the Spirit in the Word and to live according to the Spirit. This is the opposite of the resistance for which Stephen scolded the doctors of the law: ‘You always have resisted the Spirit!’”


    09/05/2017 - SYRIA – VATICAN

    Aleppo consecrated to Our Lady of Fatima, and to peace in the city and across Syria


    In communion with the pope in Fatima for the centenary of the apparitions, Aleppo Christians pray for the end of the war. For Bishop Audo, this will be a moment of "hope" and "testimony" of a faith that is “strong in times of hardships”. The event will show “unity” among the various confessions. Thousands of believers are expected. People can respond to violence "with fanaticism or communion”; the Church chose the second.


    08/05/2017 - SIRIA – VATICAN

    Gregory III Laham: From Greek-Melkite patriarch to pilgrim of peace and love


    Pope Francis accepted the patriarch’s resignation from the pastoral government of the Greek-Melkite Church. The administration is now in the hands of the archbishop of Aleppo. Gregory III renewed his commitment to serve dialogue and outreach with "Christians, Muslims, or Jews". He talked about existing projects and the tragedy of the war in Syria. Only an agreement between Russia and the United States can put an end to the conflict.


    08/05/2017 - VATICAN-CHINA

    May 24, 2017: 'China, the Cross is Red', AsiaNews Symposium

    by Bernardo Cervellera

    The event will be held to mark the World Day of Prayer for the Church in China. A title with many meanings: the Cross is red from the blood of the martyrs; From attempts to suffocate the faith with state control; Bceause of the contribution of hope that Christianity gives to a population tired of materialism and consumerism that is seeking new moral criteria. The theme is also about the great and unexpected religious rebirth in the country. Guests to include: Card. Pietro Parolin, Msgr. Savio Hon, the sociologist of religions Richard Madsen, the testimonies of Chinese priests and laity.


    07/05/2017 - VATICAN

    Pope: Christ, the Good Shepherd, has become the gate to humanity’s salvation because he has offered his life for his sheep


    Before the Regina Caeli, Pope Francis explained the symbols of today's Gospel. Jesus "is a leader whose authority is expressed in the service [. . .] Once can trust such a leader." He is a " a friendly, strong and sweet presence, who leads, protects, consoles, and heals." Too often we leave "spiritual and affective dimension" in the shadow. May Christ sustain "all those who are called by Him, so that they may be ready and generous in following His voice.” Seven martyrs of the Spanish Civil War were beatified yesterday. The pontiff calls on the faithful to pray the rosary in May "for peace, as the Virgin asked in Fatima."






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    Pope: together with the faithful in China on 24 May to celebrate Our Lady of Sheshan



    During the Regina Caeli, Pope Francis speaks about the World Day of Prayer for the Church in China, instituted by Benedict XVI. Chinese Catholics must make a “personal contribution to communion among believers and to harmony in the whole society." AsiaNews Symposium on the Church in China is set for this week. Francis appeals for peace in the Central African Republic, and for loving “one another following the example of the Lord”. For him, “Sometimes conflicts, pride, envy, and divisions leave a blotch on the beautiful face of the Church.” Five new cardinals will be named, including a bishop from Laos.


    VATICAN-CHINA
    May 24, 2017: 'China, the Cross is Red', AsiaNews Symposium

    Bernardo Cervellera

    The event will be held to mark the World Day of Prayer for the Church in China. A title with many meanings: the Cross is red from the blood of the martyrs; From attempts to suffocate the faith with state control; Bceause of the contribution of hope that Christianity gives to a population tired of materialism and consumerism that is seeking new moral criteria. The theme is also about the great and unexpected religious rebirth in the country. Guests to include: Card. Pietro Parolin, Msgr. Savio Hon, the sociologist of religions Richard Madsen, the testimonies of Chinese priests and laity.


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