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Pope's general audience of Holy Week

April 16, 2014 - Pope Francis held his weekly general audience in the Vatican on Wednesday of the Holy Week. The public meeting is an opportunity for pilgrims and tourists visiting Rome to see and hear the Pope, and also receive his blessing. The general audience of April 16 was held in the open, in a blustery but sunny St. Peter’s Square in Rome. It began with aides reading a passage from the First Letter of St. Paul to the Philippians in several languages.
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Pope Francis then delivered his main discourse in Italian - summaries of which were read out by aides in various languages, including in English. But first, the aide greeted the Pope on behalf of the English-speaking pilgrims.
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… Dear Brothers and Sisters: The Gospel of this Wednesday of Holy Week presents the betrayal  ...»


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Pope clears two Italian Religious for sainthood

April 16,2014: Pope Francis on Tuesday cleared miracles attributed to two Italians, qualifying them for sainthood, and also recognized the heroic virtues of a French-born archbishop and an Austrian priest. One of the miracles is attributed to the intercession of Italian Capuchin priest Fr. Ludovico of Casoria (born Archangelo Palmentieri), the founder of the Congregation of the Franciscan Sisters  ...»


Vatican was not ordered to appear before U.N. committee, says Vatican spokesman

April 16,2014: The Vatican's scheduled appearance in May before a United Nations committee monitoring adherence to an anti-torture treaty is being done willingly and not because church officials were ordered to appear for questioning, Vatican spokesman Jesuit Father Federico Lombardi told reporters on Tuesday that as a signatory of the Convention against Torture and Other Cruel Inhuman or  ...»


Pope Francis wishes Rome’s Jewish Community a happy Pesach

April 15, 2014: Pope Francis has written to the Chief Rabbi of Rome to wish the Eternal City’s Jewish community – and by extension the global community – a happy Pesach, or Passover. A message signed by Pope Francis and addressed to Riccardo Di Segni reads:
“As the great feast of Passover approaches I would like to extend my most cordial greetings of peace to you and all the Jewish Community of  ...»



Pope to give Gospel to prisoners as Easter gift

April 15, 2014: Pope Francis is giving copies of the Gospels to the inmates of a major prison in Rome, as his special spiritual gift for Easter. Archbishop Konrad Krajewski, the official almoner or almsgiver of Pope Francis will personally go and deliver 1200 copies of the Gospels on Wednesday to the inmates of the Regina Coeli prison, not very far from the Vatican.
The Gospels are the same as  ...»



Vocations, Greatest Fruit Of WYD Says coordinator Paul Jarzembowski,

April 15, 2014: At a recent gathering discussing preparations for World Youth Day in Krakow, a coordinator for the event emphasized how each year many youths receive the courage to answer their vocational call.
"Year after year, the first thing we've seen is vocations. There are a lot of people who feel the call to serve the Church at this gathering," Paul Jarzembowski expressed during an April 10  ...»



Human Rights & Environment 
Kachin, Burmese Army raids rebel stronghold: thousands of refugees and humanitarian crisis

April 15, 2014: Fighting has resumed in Kachin State, northern Burma bordering China, between the Burmese army and ethnic rebel militia Kachin Independence Army ( Kia) . The new wave of violence flared up on April 10 in conjunction with the launching of the Naypyidaw census and has already caused more than 3 thousand new refugees. The alarm is being raised by a group of local NGOs, including  ...»


Pakistan blasphemy lawyers receive death threats in courtroom

April 14, 2014 - Lawyers representing a man accused of blasphemy in Pakistan’s populous Punjab province were subject to death threats inside the courtroom where they were giving evidence. Two lawyers, Rashid Rahman and Allah Dad, said the judge overseeing the case of Junaid Hafeez, an academic who is accused of publishing an offensive drawing of the Prophet Mohammed on Facebook last year, did  ...»


UN rights chief slams 'rampant' torture in Syria

April 14, 2014 - The United Nation’s top human rights official has condemned the ``rampant use of torture'' in detention facilities in Syria. U.N. High Commissioner for Human Rights Navi Pillay says her office has documented a ``broad pattern of torture and ill-treatment'' in government facilities and some run by rebel groups. Pillay said in a statement Monday that the report draws on detailed  ...»


Nepal government urged to change amnesty plan

April 14, 2014 - Nepal's government faced calls on Friday from human rights and victims' groups not to grant amnesties over atrocities committed during the country's civil war for which nobody has been brought to justice. In a decade-long insurgency that pitted Maoist guerrillas against the army, more than 16,000 people were dead, hundreds disappeared and thousands were forced out of their homes.  ...»


UN warns climate efforts falling short

April 14, 2014 - Delivering the latest stark news about climate change on Sunday, a United Nations panel warned that governments are not doing enough to avert profound risks in coming decades. But the experts found a silver lining: Not only is there still time to head off the worst, but the political will to do so seems to be rising around the world. In a unveiled in Berlin, Germany, the  ...»


SPECIAL FEATURES 
›  POPE'S CHRISTMAS MESSAGE

The Vatican Radio started its English broadcast for South Asia in 1958, with a weekly 10-minute news transmission. Jesuit Father Thomas O’Donnell was its first Director and the broadcast was specially made for India, Pakistan and Sri Lanka. In 1964 South Asia got a boost when Pope Paul VI visited Bombay, India for the World Eucharistic Congress from 2nd to 5thof December. Consequently, in 1965 ...»

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Pope Francis ‏ on 31 March 2014
Lent is a time to change direction, to respond to the reality of evil and poverty.

Pope Francis ‏ on 29 March 2014
We live in a society that leaves no room for God; day by day this numbs our hearts.

Pope Francis ‏ on 28 March 2014
We all need to improve, to change for the better. Lent helps us fight against our faults.

Pope Francis ‏ on 27 March 2014
Lent is a time of ...»


South Asia 
India is multi-religious because it is an authentic and healthy democracy says Pune bishop

April 16, 2014:"India belongs to people of all religions", and "minorities in the country should be protected and promoted. That is the test of an ...»


By following Christ's example, Nepal’s politicians can save the country says Apostolic Vicar of Nepal.

April 16, 2014: By following Christ’s example, Nepal's politicians can save the country, said the Apostolic Vicar of Nepal, Bishop Anthony Sharma. In ...»


For Sri Lanka’s bishops, Easter is a time of reconciliation for their people

April 16,2014: The bishops of Sri Lanka in their Easter message in Sinhala, Tamil and English, called on fellow Sri Lankans to search for "true ...»


Catholics initiate project to help blind people in Karnataka

April 14, 2014 - Some 2,000 members of a Catholic parish in southern India’s Bangalore city have pledged to donate their eyes marking the launch of a ...»


Lent of prayer and solidarity with Catholic and non-Catholic poor in Bùi Chu

April 12,2014: Lent has been a time for initiatives in favour of the poor, the marginalised and the unfortunate in the Diocese of Bui Chu, in the ...»


WORLD 

April 16,2014: In the Philippines, the bishop in conflict-ridden Basilan province called for a cease-fire on Tuesday(April 15), as clashes between government troops and Abu Sayyaf rebels entered its fourth day. "I call on our brother Muslims to ...»


April 16,2014 Archbishop William Goh Seng Chye of Singapore in his message for Easter, called the faithful to a “new life” in Christ. The prelate said "In our celebration of Easter, we are reminded once again that through the Paschal mystery – ...»


April 14, 2014 - A prominent Catholic Church leader in Myanmar is calling religious leaders of the country to greater religious tolerance saying “unity in diversity” and “peace and prosperity” are the destiny of Myanmar. In this task, it is the duty ...»


April 11, 2014 - A Catholic Church programme for Syrian children in Lebanon has been extended, the Vatican said on Friday. A 3-month healthcare mission for Syrian refugee children begun last December in the Bekaa valley has been extended until end ...»


April 11, 2014 - Palestinian Christians in Jerusalem, concerned about the security measures Israeli police might take for Easter celebrations, petitioned the government to limit restrictions. In response, Israeli police said that roadblocks and ...»

Pope’s General Audience 
›  Gifts of the Holy Spirit - Wisdom
›  Apr. 02: Sacrament of Matrimony
›  Mar. 26: Sacrament of Holy Orders
›  Mar. 19: St. Joseph
›  Mar. 05: Ash Wednesday
›  Feb. 26: Sacrament of Anointing of the Sick
›  Feb. 19: Sacrament of Reconciliation
›  Feb. 12: Eucharist in Daily Life
›  Feb. 5: Sacrament of the Eucharist
›  Jan. 29: Sacrament of Confirmation
›  Jan. 22: Unity Among Christians
›  Jan 15: Sacrament of Baptism (cont.)
›  Jan 08: Sacrament of Baptism
›  Dec. 18: Christmas
›  Dec. 11: Life Everlasting
›  Dec. 04: Resurrection of the body (contd.)
›  Nov. 27: Resurrection of the body
›  Nov. 20: Forgiveness of Sins
INSPIRING LIVES 
›  St. Teresa Benedicta - Her martyrdom: 14 Mar 2014
›  St. Teresa Benedicta - Early Life: 7 Mar 2014
›  St. Juan Grande Román - 28 Feb 2014
›  St. Riccardo Pampuri - 21 Feb 2014
›  St. Teresa de Jesús - 14 Feb 2014
›  St. Claude La Colombière, S.J. - 7 Feb 2014
›  St. Jean-Gabriel: Glorification - 31 Jan 2014
›  St. Jean-Gabriel Perboyre - 24 Jan 2014
›  St. Raphael Kalinowski - 17 Jan 2014
›  St. Magdalen : Canonization - 10 Jan 2014



Sunday Reflections 


Is 50:4-7; Phil 2:6-11; Mt: 21: 1-11 & 27:11- [54] 66
On Marco Polo's celebrated trip to the Orient, he was taken before the great and fearsome ruler, Genghis Khan. Now what was Marco Polo supposed to do before this mighty pagan conqueror? One false ...»


Ez 37:12-14; Rom 8:8-11; Jn 11:1-45
Robert McAfee Brown was a chaplain in World War II. He was on a troop ship with 1,500 Marines on their way home after having served in Japan. To his surprise, he was approached by a group of Marines asking him to ...»


I Sam 16:1b, 6-7, 10-13; Eph 5:8-14; Jn 9:1-41
The book God’s Annoying Love for Imperfect People by Michael Yaconeli tells the story of a man recently converted to Jesus and how an unbelieving friend sought to “see” why. “So you have been converted ...»


Ex 17:3-7; Rom 5: 1-2, 5-8; Jn 4: 5-42Rev. Randall D. Bell tells a powerful story about a pastor who stood in court beside a member of his congregation--an individual who had been “out with the boys,” and had had too much to drink. As he was ...»


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