"Even here in Italy people are left without a job in order to preserve capital investments. This goes against the second commandment, so: ‘Woe to you’, Jesus warns.' "Do a little more prayer and a little more penance" for the rich, because wealth enslaves and Jesus warned that "you can not serve two masters: either you serve God or you serve riches". Francis dedicates Mass to the "noble Chinese people" who today celebrate Our Lady of Sheshan.
On the day dedicated to the memory of the Blessed Virgin Mary, Mother of the Church, Francis says that "the Church is feminine, because she is 'church', 'bride': she is feminine. And she is a mother, she gives birth. Bride and mother ".
Riyaz was 45 and was a tailor. He was beaten along with his friend Shakeel, who is hospitalized. Once discharged, the latter will have to respond to charges of cow slaughter.
At the end of the Regina Caeli, Francis called again for dialogue in the Holy Land. He appealed for non-violence in Venezuela, especially towards prisoners. "From that day of Pentecost, and until the end of time, this holiness, whose fullness is Christ, is given to all those who open themselves to the action of the Holy Spirit and endeavour to be docile to it."
The pontiff in his homily during Mass in St Peter’s called on people to change, driven by the wind of the Spirit. “Blow upon the Church and impel her to the ends of the earth, so that, brought by you, she may bring nothing other than you. Blow upon our world the soothing warmth of peace and the refreshing cool of hope.”
The papal message is addressed directly to young people so that they can discover that "life is a mission", that Jesus "fills life with joy", and that he allows us to challenge evil, going so far as to give ourselves. People can engage in temporary missionary service so as to better serve others and not to live for their career alone, until you can "decide to make a complete gift of yourselves as missionaries".
“Such interreligious competition wounds the image of religions and their followers, and it fosters the view that religions are not sources of peace, but of tension and violence. To prevent and overcome these negative consequences, it is important that we Christians and Muslims recall the religious and moral values that we share, while acknowledging our differences.”
The occasion could be the Island’s Eucharistic Congress. Abp. Hung will see the Pope on May 14th on his ad limina visit. "China and Taiwan are two churches, two nations, two different ways of life". On the island there are 300 priests and nuns from mainland China who study at the Catholic University of Furen.
Pope Francis meets with 100,000 members of the Neocathecumenal Way, together with 16 cardinals and 90 bishops. Representatives of dozens of Asian countries were present in the rally. The pontiff comments on Jesus words: “Therefore go and make disciples of all nations” (Mt 28, 19). Benediction of crosses, handed in to 34 members sent on mission ad gentes. Some of Rome parishes’ communities are sent on mission to Italian capital peripheral areas.
The inter-Korean summit between Moon Jae-in and Kim Jong-un opens up prospects for peace and unity for the entire Korean people. Families divided by the war meet. Opportunity for the Korean Church to offer a greater commitment to aid and interpersonal relations with the North. Seoul has never forgotten to pray for the North and its martyrs. An interview with the archbishop of Seoul and apostolic administrator of Pyongyang.
Liao Yiwu, a Chinese writer in exile, appeals for the wife of dissident Liu Xiaobo to emigrate to Germany. In one of her last phone calls, the woman cried continuously and said that "it is easier to die than to live". "Dona. Dona ", a Yiddish song, as a symbol of her personal holocaust.