Message for the Third World Day of the Poor on the theme "The hope of the poor shall not perish forever". " Their social promotion, is not foreign to the proclamation of the Gospel. On the contrary, it manifests the realism of Christian faith and its historical validity." From the poor a "saving force".
PIME brother Felice Tantardini, spent 69 years on a mission in Myanmar. The name given to him by his mother always pleased him, because "it expresses the ideal of my life: strive to be happy, always and at all costs, and be intent on making others happy".
It is the first testimony that the Apostles offer, even today it is the way to be witnesses, it is in the "DNA of the Christian community", it is a victory "over the mentality that absolutizes the private space". "It is not permissible to destroy life, make it the object of experimentation or false conceptions".
The underground bishop, who died on 8 June, was not given a solemn funeral or acknowledged in accordance with his status as a bishop. Official priests and nuns were not allowed to attend the services. Chinese authorities are afraid of bishops even when they are dead.
Observers think the two will also discuss Syria, the Middle East, including Jerusalem, and perhaps even Venezuela. The Vatican is the only door truly open to Putin in the West. the Russian leader seeks a "Holy Alliance" between the Catholic Church and Russia against the "moral decay" of contemporary society. But no visit to Moscow is in the cards for the pontiff. The Synod of the Ukrainian Greek Catholic Church is a source of concerns.
"The Christian life is to serve". It is to give freely what is freely received from God. "There is no relationship with God outside gratuitousness". "It pains the heart" when you find pastors who make money from the grace of God.
The Vatican Dicastery for Catholic Education released a document on the current “educational crisis” to promote a methodology “based on three guiding principles seen as best-suited to meet the needs of both individuals and communities: to listen, to reason and to propose.”
Francis talks about Syria, Holy Land, Mideast and Ukraine in his meeting with participants to the 92nd plenary assembly of the Reunion of Aid Agencies for the Oriental Churches (ROACO). "My mind is still set on Iraq, where I would like to go next year,” said the pope.
Pope Francis' Message for the 2019 World Mission Day highlights the announcement of the Gospel to non-Christian peoples to the ends of the world. A correction to negligence and reductionism in the ecclesial world and to the manipulations and relativism of contemporary society. Mission is not just "dialogue" and "friendship". "The spreading secularism ... prevents any genuine universal fraternity".
The message is titled "Baptized and sent: the Church of Christ on mission in the world", the same as the extraordinary missionary month that Pope Francis wanted to commemorate the 100th anniversary of Benedict XV's Maximum illud. The mission "is not a product to sell - we do not proselytize - but a wealth to be given". "Missio ad gentes, always necessary for the Church".
The underground bishop, who the government had exiled in a remote mountain village, was a strong point of reference for the official and underground faithful. Despite being persecuted, he asked the faithful to follow the laws of the country. Devoted to the Virgin Mary, he founded an institute of nuns and was very careful to cultivate vocations to the priesthood. "His every word and action is a model for us and will remain in history for a thousand years."
The underground bishop died on June 8. FHe had been exiled to a mountain village under house arrest since 1992. But many official priests have expressed obedience to him. Bishop Li suffered years of imprisonment for refusing to belong to the Patriotic Association and 17 years of forced labor camps.
At Mass for Pentecost, Pope Francis emphasizes that the Spirit "is the one who changes" life of the Church and the world. He creates "harmony within human beings" and also "outside, among human beings". "Without the Spirit, Jesus remains a character from the past; with the Spirit, he is a person alive in our own time. Without the Spirit, Scripture is a dead letter; with the Spirit it is a word of life. A Christianity without the Spirit is joyless moralism; with the Spirit, it is life”. "Without the Spirit, though, the Church becomes an organization, her mission becomes propaganda, her communion an exertion". "Let us pray to the Spirit every day." An appeal for peace in Sudan.
Francis celebrates Mass on the occasion of the vigil of the solemnity of Pentecost: "How I wish that the people who live in Rome would recognize the Church, recognize us for this more than mercy, for this more than humanity and tenderness, of which there is it's so much needed! You would feel at home, the "maternal home" where you are always welcome and where you can always come back ".