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In a video message to a conference being held in Rome at the Urbaniana University with participants from the People's Republic of China the history and present of the Church in China on the centenary of the Shanghai Council. ‘Those who follow Jesus love peace, and stand together with all those who work for peace’.

| 21/05/2024
| VATICAN - CHINA

In a video message to a conference being held in Rome at the Urbaniana University with participants from the People's Republic of China the history and present of the Church in China on the centenary of the Shanghai Council. ‘Those who follow Jesus love peace, and stand together with all those who work for peace’.

| 21/05/2024
| VATICAN - CHINA
by Fr. Gabriel Romanelli *

Fr. Romanelli entrusts his testimony to AsiaNews on his return after 7 months in the Strip: not a house is "intact", but we must look to the future. In the homily of the Pentecost Mass Card. Pizzaballa to the Christians of Gaza: "I have never heard a word of anger" from you, this is the "sign of your strength". The visit to a bakery destroyed by the war and recently reopened, which offers work to Christians and Muslims. 

| 20/05/2024
| GAZA

During the Mass in St. Peter's, the pontiff spoke of the Holy Spirit's characteristics of ‘strength’ and ‘kindness’. The invitation ‘to proclaim the Gospel to all’. ‘Let us continue to speak of peace to those who want war, to speak of forgiveness to those who sow revenge,’ he added. After the recitation of the Regina Caeli: may the Holy Spirit ‘give rulers the courage to make gestures of dialogue’.

| 19/05/2024
| VATICAN

In Verona for the Arena of Peace the gesture of two people who have both lost loved ones in the Gaza conflict. The pontiff told the weavers of dialogue in the Holy Land: ‘Ask world leaders to listen to your voice, so that agreements are born from reality and not from ideologies’. ‘The sin of political regimes that have ended in dictatorships is not to admit plurality: only a society where conflicts are addressed and dialogue takes place has a future’.

| 18/05/2024
| VATICAN - ISRAEL - PALESTINE

Unless there are special cases decided by the pontiff, the Church will no longer issue declarations on the supernatural nature of such phenomena, but will only issue a non-committal recognition of their pastoral value when there are no mystifications. These phenomena are associated with many shrines in Asia.

 

| 17/05/2024
| VATICAN

Patriarchate spokesman Farid Jubran tells AsiaNews: the community "happy and surprised" by an "unexpected" visit resulting from the patriarchate's diplomatic efforts. An "emergency" situation in which "food, doctors and medicines" are lacking. The humanitarian initiative of the Knights of Malta to meet the population's needs. The embrace with the vice-parish priest and the Greek Orthodox bishop. 

 

| 17/05/2024
| GAZA

Francis pleads for peace again during this Wednesday general audience. Calling for a “definitive peace”, he slammed war, which “is always a defeat. Always.” He also mentioned "tormented Ukraine", Palestine, Israel, Myanmar, and “all peoples who suffer war". Charity is the focus of his weekly catechesis, “for those who are not lovable, [. . .] even for one’s enemy.”

| 15/05/2024
| VATICAN

Receiving in audience a delegation led by the new Major Archbishop Raphael Thattil, the pontiff publicly expressed his assent to a request made for years by the Churches of the East, especially for their faithful in the Persian Gulf. A new harsh warning on the divisions around the liturgy in Kerala: "Discussing celebratory details while disrespecting unity is incompatible with the Christian faith.

| 13/05/2024
| VATICAN - INDIA

He made the appeal during the Regina Caeli in the name of the Risen One "who frees us”. For the Solemnity of the Ascension, which is being celebrated today in Italy, the faithful may ask if the desire for eternal life “alive in me?” Francis spoke about the “wisdom of the heart” on World Day of Social Communications and expressed gratitude to all mothers on their feast day.

 

| 12/05/2024
| VATICAN

The diocesan phase of the process of beatification of the French priest who in 1918 established the monastery of Our Lady of Phước Sơn in the Diocese of Huế has ended in Rome. The latter today can count on hundreds of monks in Vietnam.

| 10/05/2024
| VATICAN - VIETNAM

On the Solemnity of the Ascension, Pope Francis this evening released the bull "Spes non confundit", announcing the Holy Year in 2025, delivering the document to Churches around the world. Reiterating his call for the guns to fall silent, he calls that the debt of poor countries be forgiven, “a question of justice”. He also expressed hope that the 1,700th anniversary of the Council of Nicaea will offer a visible path on the ecumenical journey, beginning with the date of Easter.

| 09/05/2024
| VATICAN

The symbolic images of the papal visit in September to Indonesia, Papua New Guinea, Timor-Leste, and Singapore were released today. The mottos call for fraternity, prayer, and outreach to local cultures, but also closeness to persecuted Christians in the region.

| 08/05/2024
| VATICAN

Countries bent by war and violence remembered: Palestine, Israel, Ukraine and Myanmar again recalled at the Wednesday audience. May the intercession of St Stanislaus 'obtain also today the gift of peace in Europe and throughout the world'. The theological virtue of hope, accompanied by patience, belongs to those who "stubbornly desire peace".  

| 08/05/2024
| VATICAN

The Dicastery for Interreligious Dialogue releases a message for the feast marking the birth, enlightenment, and passing of the Buddha. Venerable Maha Ghosanda, a witness to the horrors of the Cambodian genocide, called for the removal of “the landmines of hatred from our hearts.”

| 06/05/2024
| VATICAN

From the Vatican new call for peace in the Middle East. But also a thought for the ‘tormented Ukraine’ that ‘suffers so much’. Best wishes to the brothers and sisters of the Orthodox Churches for Easter celebrated today, according to the Julian calendar. ‘May the Risen Lord comfort the communities that are in trial’. 

| 05/05/2024
| VATICAN

The pontiff met with the Jordanian monarch today at the Vatican. The Holy See noted the "cordial" conversation and the two sides’ shared commitments. For the Jordanian priest, the bilateral relationship is well established with Jordan as a “model” of Christian-Muslim relations. Both are concerned about the escalation in the region, while stressing the importance of tourism, especially “religious tourism”.

| 02/05/2024
| JORDAN – VATICAN

On the occasion of a recent international meeting in Rome with 300 priests from every continent, Francis addresses a letter to all parish priests, urging them to “Experience the joy of being true fathers, who do not dominate others but rather bring out” their “precious possibilities”.

| 02/05/2024
| VATICAN

In the general audience Francis renewed his invitation to pray for peace. In the catechesis he reflected on the theological virtue of faith. "Its great enemy is not reason, but fear". A gift that "must be asked daily, so that it may be renewed in us".

| 01/05/2024
| VATICAN

During the historic visit to the city on the lagoon, the pontiff met with 80 inmates at the Giudecca Women's Prison, “a harsh reality, but a place of moral and material rebirth.” At the Holy See's pavillion for the 2024 Biennale “With My Eyes”, Francis addressed the artists, stressing the “contribution of women”. He also said: “There is joy and suffering that come together in a unique form in women.”

| 28/04/2024
| VATICAN

At his Wednesday audience, Francis repeated that "War is always a defeat." Through the intercession of John Paul II 10 years after his canonisation, the pontiff called for "the gift of peace" in Ukraine and Myanmar too. In the catechesis on the life of grace according to the Spirit, he stressed that the theological virtues of faith, hope and charity are an "antidote to self-sufficiency".

| 24/04/2024
| VATICAN

In St Peter's Square, Pope Francis remembers Palestine, Israel and Ukraine, as well as all the "prisoners of war." Today's catechesis focused on temperance, “the virtue of the right measure”. A sensitive person “does not weep over himself. In defeat, he rises up again; in victory, he is capable of returning to his former reserved life.”

| 17/04/2024
| VATICAN

The Holy See has officially announced the long journey to Indonesia, Papua New Guinea, Timor-Leste, and Singapore. Card Goh of Singapore hopes the pope will bring to his predominantly Chinese city, “renewed fervour to all Catholics [. . .], especially in these most challenging of times”. It will also be the first time a pontiff visits Dili since independence. For Card Carmo da Silva, the Holy Father comes to “strengthen Timor-Leste’s Church in the faith and love of Christ.”

| 12/04/2024
| VATICAN
by card. Anthony Poola *

The Archbishop of Hyderabad looks at the media reaction to the declaration released by the Dicastery for the Doctrine of the Faith on human dignity. The media are “focused on gender theory, sex change, surrogacy etc., but” people who “struggle with poverty, exploitation, discrimination, lack of access to primary healthcare” cannot leave others indifferent.

| 11/04/2024
| INDIA

The Vatican Secretary for Relations with States presides over Mass in the cathedral, the focal point of this historic trip for the local Church since the breaking of diplomatic relations between Hanoi and the Vatican in 1975. In the meeting with the foreign minister, the hope of 'reaching other important goals' among them, Pope Francis' visit.

| 11/04/2024
| VIETNAM

A call for peace from St Peter's Square, and reminder of teh ongoing Asian conflict, along with Palestine, Israel and the 'tormented Ukraine'. During his catechesis on the virtue of fortitude, Francis said that it leads one to say no to the 'wickedness' of the world, such as wars and violence. "A Christian without courage is a useless Christian," he added. 

| 10/04/2024
| VATICAN

The Dicastery for the Doctrine of the Faith released a new doctrinal declaration on the respect due to the person "beyond all circumstances”. It says no to any attempt to weaken human rights for those who are most vulnerable, but also to any attempt to obscure the sexual difference between men and women. For Cardinal Fernandez, it provides an overview on human beings.

| 08/04/2024
| VATICAN

In a telegram signed by Card Parolin, the pontiff assures "heartfelt solidarity and spiritual closeness" to the affected population. The latest death toll now stands at 12, but more could be added in the coming days. Rescuers found most of the missing and displaced, including 400 people stuck in a luxury hotel in the Taroko Gorges National Park.

| 05/04/2024
| TAIWAN - VATICAN

This morning Francis received in audience the participants in the first meeting between the Dicastery for Interreligious Dialogue and the Congress of Leaders of World and Traditional Religions. In his address, he underlined three "aspects" to focus on, namely respect for diversity, environmental commitment to the common home, and the promotion of peace.

| 04/04/2024
| VATICAN

At the general audience in St Peter's Square, Francis spoke about the seven aid workers from World Center Kitchen NGO killed by an Israeli drone in the Gaza Strip. In his address, the pontiff renewed his call for humanitarian aid to the Gazan population. He also showed a rosary and a New Testament that belonged to a Ukrainian soldier who died in the "folly of war". His weekly catechesis to the faithful centred on the virtue of justice.

| 03/04/2024
| VATICAN
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