#ShortNews: Pope at Mass: Martyrdom doesn’t make the news

At Mass at the Casa Santa Marta, the Pope comments on the day’s Gospel, saying that the Church is made manifest “in the Eucharist and in good works.”

The Church, he said, is manifested “in the Eucharist and in good works,” even if they don’t “make the news.” The Bride of Christ has a temperament given to silence; she produces fruit “without making a fuss,” without “sounding the trumpet, like the Pharisees”.

“The Church grows through witness, through prayer, through the attraction of the Spirit who is within,” Pope Francis said in his homily, “and not through events.” These events certainly help, he continued, but “the growth proper to the Church, that which bears fruit, is in silence, in hiding, with good works, and the celebration of the Lord’s Paschal Mystery, the praise of God.”

In a world that too often gives into the temptation to sensation, to worldliness, to appearance, Pope Francis recalled that Jesus Himself was tempted to create a sensation: “But why take so long to accomplish the work of redemption? Perform a good miracle. Cast yourself down from the temple, and everyone will see; they will see, and they will believe in you.” But He chose “the path of preaching, of prayer, of good works,” the way “of the Cross” and “of suffering”.

To read full article: https://www.vaticannews.va/en/pope-francis/mass-casa-santa-marta/2018-11/pope-francis-homily-daily-mass-martyrdom-does-not-make-news.html

#ShortNews: Link between love of God and love of neighbor is inseparable

Dear brothers and sisters, good morning!

At the centre of this Sunday’s Gospel (cf. Mk 12: 28b-34), there is the commandment to love: love for God and for neighbour. A scribe asks Jesus: “Of all the commandments, which is the most important?” (v. 28). He answers by quoting that profession of faith with which every Israelite begins and ends the day, and which starts with the words, “Hear, O Israel: the Lord our God, the Lord is one” (Dt 6: 4). Thus Israel safeguards its faith in the fundamental reality of the whole of its creed: there is only one Lord and that Lord is “ours,” in the sense that He bound Himself to us with an indissoluble pact; He has loved us, He loves us and He will love us forever. It is from this source, this love of God that the twofold Commandment stems: “You shall love the Lord your God with all your heart, and with all your soul, and with all your mind, and with all your strength. […] You shall love your neighbour as yourself” (vv. 30-31).

Choosing these two Words addressed by God to His people and, putting them together, Jesus taught once and for all that love of God and love of neighbour are inseparable; rather, more than that, they support one another. Although placed in sequence, they are the two faces of the same coin: lived together they are the believer’s true strength! To love God is to live of Him, for Him, for what He is and for what He does. And our God is donation without reserve; He is unlimited forgiveness; He is a relationship that promotes and makes one grow. Therefore, to love God means to invest one’s energies every day to be His collaborators in serving our neighbour without reserve, in seeking to forgive without limits and in cultivating relationships of communion and fraternity.

Read the full message of Pope’s words here: http://press.vatican.va/content/salastampa/en/bollettino/pubblico/2018/11/04/181104a.html

#ShortNews: Pope warns against clericalism, worldliness, gossip

Message of the Holy Father for the Archdiocesan Synod in Buenos Aires (Argentina, 27 October 2018);

The Church, during this journey, must be blessed, because walking together so as to grow together, in the particular Church, attracts the blessing of God. And on this journey you will find very good things and some not so good things. So as not to be negative, I will start with the non-good ones and leave the good ones for the end, like the dessert. I will mention three difficulties, three things that have to be taken care of along the way.

First, clericalism. Second, spiritual worldliness. Third, is gossip. The three dangers we find on the road, on this journey of encounter, listening and reflection, the three dangers we will find are clericalism, worldliness and gossip. Defend yourselves from that. “Good, father, that’s fine. And now, what are the certainties?”

Read the full message here; http://press.vatican.va/content/salastampa/en/bollettino/pubblico/2018/10/27/181027e.html

#ShortNews: Stay close to the suffering Christ and bring Him to a suffering world, Pope tells Passionists

At 11.45 this morning, in the Consistory Hall of the Apostolic Palace, the Holy Father Francis received in audience the participants in the 47th General Chapter of the Congregation of the Passion of Jesus Christ (Passionists), taking place in Rome from 6 to 27 October 2018.

The following is the Pope’s address to those present:

Address of the Holy Father

Dear brothers,

I am pleased to meet you on the occasion of your General Chapter and I thank the Superior for his words. In these days, your reflections have been guided by the theme “Renewing our mission: Gratitude, Prophecy and Hope”. These three words: gratitude, prophecy and hope, express the spirit with which you wish to stimulate your Congregation towards a renewal in the mission. Indeed, in addition to electing the government of the Institute, you propose to undertake a new path of ongoing formation for your communities, rooted in the experience of daily life; and you also intend to carry out discernment on pastoral methodology in your approach to the younger generations.

Continue to read the full holy address: http://press.vatican.va/content/salastampa/en/bollettino/pubblico/2018/10/22/181022c.html

#ShortNews: Pope, at weekday Mass, reflects on 3 ways of living poverty

On last Thursday’s Mass at the Casa Santa Marta, the Pope speaks of the three forms of poverty to which the disciple is called: the first is to renounce riches, with a heart detached from money, the second is to accept persecution, large or small, even slander, because of the Gospel, and the third is the poverty of loneliness, to feel alone at the end of life. His reflection begins with the Collect Prayer, which emphasizes that through Saint Luke, the Lord wanted to reveal his predilection for the poor. The Gospel (Lk 10:1-9) then speaks of the sending of the 72 disciples into poverty – “do not carry a purse, bag or sandals” – because the Lord wants the disciple’s path to be a poor one. The disciple attached to money or wealth is not a true disciple.

There is a form of poverty that Jesus promised to Peter himself, telling him: “When you were a boy, you went where you wanted; when you are old, they will take you where you do not want to go. ” The disciple is, therefore, poor, in the sense that he is not attached to riches and this is the first step. He is then poor because “he is patient before small or large persecutions”, and – third step – he is poor because he enters into that state of mind of feeling abandoned at the end of life. In fact, Jesus’ own path ends with that prayer to the Father: “Father, Father, why have you forsaken me?”. The Pope’s concluding invitation is, therefore, to pray for all the disciples, “priests, nuns, bishops, popes, laity”, so that they “may know how to walk the path of poverty as is required by the Lord “.

Read full article: https://www.vaticannews.va/en/pope-francis/mass-casa-santa-marta/2018-10/pope-francis-mass1.html

#ShortNews: Kim Jong-un invites Pope Francis to visit North Korea

North Korean leader Kim Jong Un has invited Pope Francis to visit Pyongyang, a spokesman for South Korea’s presidential Blue House said Tuesday.

“Chairman Kim said he will ‘ardently welcome the pope if he visits Pyongyang,’” spokesman Kim Eui-kyeom said according to a readout of the news briefing. The spokesman was announcing details about South Korean President Moon Jae-in’s planned visit to Europe next week, which includes a stop at the Vatican on Oct. 17 and 18.

Read full article: https://www.japantimes.co.jp/news/2018/10/09/asia-pacific/north-koreas-kim-invites-pope-francis-visit-pyongyang-seoul-says/#.W8Q2tbPQ7IV

#ShortStory: Appeal of the Holy Father for Chinese Catholics

There is hope and concern, sadness and uneasiness among Chinese Catholics at the news of the provisional agreement on the appointment of bishops signed between China and the Holy See. There are criticisms of illicit bishops who have been excommunicated because they “have lovers and children” and are “loyal collaborators of the regime against the Lord”, together with requests to be able to see and know of the text of the agreement.

Read more: http://www.asianews.it/news-en/Chinese-Catholics:-hope-and-sadness-at-China-and-the-Holy-See-agreement-45028.html

Appeal of the Holy Father

Dear brothers and sisters,

Last Saturday, 22 September, a Provisional Agreement between the Holy See and the People’s Republic of China was signed in Beijing, regarding the appointment of bishops in China. The Agreement is the fruit of a long and careful journey of dialogue, intended to promote a more positive collaboration between the Holy See and the Chinese authorities for the good of the Catholic community in China and for the harmony of society as a whole.

In this spirit, I have decided to address to Chinese Catholics and to all the universal Church a Message of fraternal encouragement, which will be published today. With this, I hope that in China a new phase may begin, which will help to heal the wounds of the past, to re-establish and maintain the full communion of all Chinese Catholics and to assume with renewed commitment the announcement of the Gospel.

Dear brothers and sisters, we have an important task! We are called to accompany our brothers and sisters in China with fervent prayer and fraternal friendship. They know they are not alone. All the Church prays with them and for them. Let us ask Our Lady, Mother of Hope and Help of Christians, to bless and to keep all Catholics in China, while for the entire Chinese people let us invoke from God the gift of prosperity and peace.