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The Top 7 Pope Francis Stories of 2020

This past year brought on special challenges as Pope Francis provided global moral leadership through the coronavirus pandemic. Yet amid the restrictions and upheaval, the pope continued his efforts to reform the church and strengthen its missionary zeal. Here is a look back at the seven ways Pope Francis steered the Catholic Church in 2020.

20/12/2020 · Lascia un commento

The McCarrick Report lacked an independent investigator. It shows

It is difficult if not impossible for any organization to impartially investigate itself.

14/11/2020 · Lascia un commento

What is going on at the Vatican’s communications department?

How does the Vatican’s Dicastery for Communication work? That is what many are wondering following the lack of response by the Vatican to questions raised regarding what Pope Francis actually said about the need for a law for civil unions this week.

28/10/2020 · Lascia un commento

In new encyclical, Pope Francis envisions ‘renewed hope’ from universal love, open to ‘every man and woman’

“I invite everyone to renewed hope” Pope Francis writes in his new encyclical letter “Fratelli Tutti,” addressed to his “brothers and sisters all” in this “wounded world” brought to its knees …

05/10/2020 · Lascia un commento

A must-read – Francis’ Government: What is the driving force of his pontificate?

I invite you to read this interesting article of Fr. Antonio Spadaro. An answer to the question: What kind of government does Francis exercise, and how do we interpret it in the light of these seven years?

12/09/2020 · Lascia un commento

Fury in German Church over Vatican parishes document

Cardinal Woelki was almost alone in defending the Vatican document, which other bishops have attacked for “clericalism”.

29/07/2020 · Lascia un commento

Vatican issues new guidelines for parishes: 5 things you need to know

The Congregation for Clergy on Monday published new guidelines for the world’s parishes, which aim to encourage parishes to think of themselves as missionary communities of evangelization.

21/07/2020 · Lascia un commento

Vatican publishes handbook for bishops and religious superiors to guide response to abuse allegations

The handbook contain the most up-to-date legal norms and best practices that bishops and superiors of religious orders should follow whenever they receive an allegation of abuse of minors by clergy or come to know of such abuse.

17/07/2020 · Lascia un commento

Cardinal Pell: My Time in Prison

There is a lot of goodness in prisons. At times, I am sure, prisons may be hell on earth. I was fortunate to be kept safe and treated well. I was impressed by the professionalism of the warders, the faith of the prisoners, and the existence of a moral sense even in the darkest places.

15/07/2020 · Lascia un commento

OGF 7/2020 Tomás Halík – Christianity in a time of sickness

The time has come to examine the deeper implications of this blow to the security of our world. The unavoidable process of globalization would seem to have peaked. The global vulnerability of a global world is now plain to see.

22/05/2020 · Lascia un commento

Papacies in Lockdown

Francis himself now even uses the word “caged” to describe the effect of the limitations imposed on him. And yet, over the last two centuries, several of Francis’s predecessors have faced similar conditions.

09/05/2020 · Lascia un commento

Challenges Facing Africa

An examination of issues related to the extraction industries, trade agreements, land grabs, capital flight, corporate tax evasions, human trafficking, mass migrations, and the endemic conflicts.

13/03/2020 · Lascia un commento

What’s in Pope Francis’ apostolic exhortation on the Amazon synod?

“I dream of an Amazon region that fights for the rights of the poor, the original peoples and the least of our brothers and sisters, where their voices can be heard and their dignity advanced.”

12/02/2020 · Lascia un commento

Ecumenism in Africa: Dialogue in the Continent of Diversity

In ancient times, the word ecumene denoted the whole known world and defined that portion of the earth that was inhabited, in contrast with the lands as yet unknown. Later, the concept of ecumenism attained a religious meaning referring to the movements within Christianity that aimed at unifying their various denominations

25/01/2020 · Lascia un commento

Pope Francis’ 32nd Apostolic Journey: Full texts and more

The entire programme and full texts of Pope Francis’ 32nd Apostolic Journey to Thailand and Japan. By clicking on each element listed below, you will be able to find all … Continua a leggere

21/11/2019 · Lascia un commento

Top 5 takeaways from the Amazon synod

The three-week Special Assembly of the Synod of Bishops for the Pan-Amazonian Region, on the theme, “Amazonia: New Paths for the Church and for Integral Ecology,” concluded on Oct. 27 in Rome. Here are five key takeaways from the synod.

14/11/2019 · Lascia un commento

Conversion and mission: this is how the Gospel can save the Amazon’s peoples and land

Conversion and mission: The golden thread that runs through the final document of the Synod of Bishops on the Amazon.

30/10/2019 · Lascia un commento

The unprecedented scale of anti-Christian persecution in Asia

Nationalism, authoritarianism and militant Islamism: across Asia, the faithful are facing a perfect storm

24/10/2019 · Lascia un commento

Priestly celibacy has dominated the first half of the synod

The central ecclesiastical issue within the synod hall emerged as the one that everyone knew it would be: a disciplinary question regarding mandatory celibacy for secular (roughly, “diocesan”) priests. Several senior prelates are in favour of relaxing the rule currently in force in the Latin Church.

17/10/2019 · Lascia un commento

The Amazon synod, by the numbers

The Vatican’s Amazon synod began this week. Over 200 people are gathered in the Vatican to discuss the life and ministry of the Church in the Pan-Amazonian region, an area surrounding the Amazon River which spans nine countries.

12/10/2019 · Lascia un commento

Martyr of Amazonia: Sr. Dorothy Stang

On 12 February 2005, the whole of Brazil was stunned by the news that Sr Dorothy Stang had been assassinated. That morning, the gunmen contracted to kill her found her alone on a track in the middle of the Amazonian forest.

17/09/2019 · Lascia un commento

A Comboni Father Ezekiel Ramin: A patron Saint for the Amazon Synod

A patron Saint for the Synod. Brazilian bishops ask the Pope that he be Father Ezekiel Ramin, Comboni priest killed in the Amazon region.

10/09/2019 · Lascia un commento

Five keys to interpreting Pope Francis’ sixth consistory

With the consistory of Cardinals set on Oct. 5, Pope Francis will create 13 new cardinals. His choices are revealing of Pope Francis’ modus operandi. There are, in fact, five keys to understanding Pope Francis choices.

02/09/2019 · Lascia un commento

African Witness: Kenya – Wangari Maathai, Freedom Fighter

Through her Green Belt Movement, Wangari Maathai mobilised thousands of women to plant millions of trees in Kenya. She received the Nobel Peace Prize in 2004. A practising Catholic, she was a member of the Legion of Mary throughout her life. Cancer took her away prematurely in 2011

26/08/2019 · Lascia un commento

Message from the 18th Plenary Assembly and Golden Jubilee of SECAM

The celebration of the Golden Jubilee of the Symposium of Episcopal Conferences of Africa and Madagascar (SECAM) and its 18th Plenary Assembly took place from 19 to 29 July 2019, in Kampala (Uganda), on the theme “Church Family of God in Africa, celebrate your jubilee, proclaim Jesus Christ your Saviour”.

30/07/2019 · Lascia un commento

‘You ask them: Are you serious?’: An interview with Cardinal Arinze

Leaders of countries with high rates of emigration, he says, should examine their consciences and ask why so many people are leaving. So should those who sell arms, which indirectly cause mass migration.

27/07/2019 · Lascia un commento

In Mexican TV interview, Pope Francis denies knowing of McCarrick restrictions

Asked whether he knew about the abuse by former cardinal McCarrick, Pope Francis replied: “I knew nothing about McCarrick, obviously, nothing, nothing. I said this several times; I knew nothing, [I had] no idea.

29/05/2019 · Lascia un commento

Pope Francis’ almsgiver restores power (illegally) to homeless shelter in Italy

In what he described as a desperate gesture, Cardinal Konrad Krajewski, the pope’s almoner, climbed down a manhole last Saturday evening, May 11, to restore electric power to a building in Rome occupied by some 450 homeless people, including more than 100 children. They had been without electricity and hot water for almost a week.

16/05/2019 · 1 Commento

Ethiopia: The Monastery of Hayk

The importance of Hayk begins in the thirteenth century when Iyasus Mo’a founded a monastery on the island. The most notable presence in the monastery is a manuscript of the Book of the Gospels written between 1280 and 1281, which is considered the oldest manuscript existing today in Ethiopia.

16/05/2019 · Lascia un commento

Pope Francis’ new sex abuse rules are a revolution for the Catholic Church

With his new motu proprio “Vos estis lux mundi,” Pope Francis shows that he is taking the abuse crisis very seriously. The new legislation came only months after the February 2019 abuse summit in Rome. The time and tone of the new law are revolutionary, yet the law is solidly grounded in tradition.

11/05/2019 · Lascia un commento

How people around the world view religion’s role in their countries

In a recent report on “global views on diversity, gender equality, [and] family life,” the Pew Research Centre in Washington has examined how people around the world view religion’s role in their countries.

10/05/2019 · Lascia un commento

Ethiopia: The Monastery of Debre Damo

It is the largest and the most important. The monastery concentrates certain original characteristics that do not occur in others.

04/05/2019 · Lascia un commento

Western Christians should learn from the Sri Lanka martyrs

The question the Sri Lanka massacre, and others like it in places such as Egypt, Nigeria and Iraq, pose to Christians in the West is: what have we sacrificed for the faith lately? What have we suffered for the suffering God?

25/04/2019 · Lascia un commento

Journey in to Monasticism and Monasteries in Ethiopia

The nearly 800 monasteries with hundreds of monks still living in some of them, tell us that monasticism in Ethiopia is far from being condemned to a rapid disappearance. However, it will depend on the capacity to renew itself that monasticism continues to play in the Ethiopian Church the fundamental role it played in the past. 

14/04/2019 · Lascia un commento

Is Pope Francis naive in pursuing dialogue with Muslims?

An Iraqi member of the Pontifical Council for Interreligious Dialogue says the pope knows there are risks, but…

01/04/2019 · Lascia un commento

Australia’s disgraced cardinal: Paradoxes, ironies and martyrdom? – Analysis

The nation is polarized, if not traumatized by the verdict. Much of the debate is extremely heated with many angry about the failings of the church. Others say Pell has been made a scapegoat. He was convicted upon the evidence of a single person without corroboration or forensic evidence.

28/03/2019 · Lascia un commento

Cardinal Marx: church needs to seriously discuss celibacy, role of women and sexual morality

German Cardinal Reinhard Marx of Munich speaks during a news conference at the bishops’ spring meeting in Lingen March 11, 2019. The sexual abuse scandal and demands for reform have changed the German church, the cardinal said at the end of the meeting.

16/03/2019 · Lascia un commento

Former Cardinal Theodore McCarrick laicized by Pope Francis

Pope Francis has recognized the dismissal from the clerical state, also known as laicization, of Theodore McCarrick, 88, the former cardinal and emeritus archbishop of Washington. This was imposed on him by the Congregation for the Doctrine of the Faith at its plenary meeting on Feb. 13.

17/02/2019 · Lascia un commento

The resignation of Pope Francis

The question is not ‘if’ he will resign, but ‘when’ he will actually do so!…
It is now six years since Benedict XVI announced he was resigning from the papacy. He quietly declared his intention in Latin on Feb. 11, 2013 before a small gathering of cardinals in Rome…

11/02/2019 · Lascia un commento

If religious freedom’s a process, why not name the elephant in the room?

Francis travelled to Abu Dhabi to participate in a conference on inter religious dialogue sponsored by the Emirates-based Muslim Council of Elders, an initiative that seeks to counter religious fanaticism by promoting a moderate brand of Islam.

06/02/2019 · Lascia un commento

Vatican commission members: Women served as deacons for a millennium

Women served as deacons in Europe for about a millennium in a variety of ministerial and sacramental roles, according to Phyllis Zagano, an author and professor of religion at Hofstra University, and Bernard Pottier, S.J., a faculty member at the Institut D’Études Théologiques in Brussels, in an interview this week with America.

16/01/2019 · Lascia un commento

The unbearable lightness of post-institutional Christianity

The Church of Vatican II embodied by Francis — characterized by mercy, synodality, a church for the poor — needs institutions. It also needs Catholics who are not afraid of the institutional dimension of the Church and that are willing and able to maintain and develop that vision of the Church.

28/12/2018 · Lascia un commento

From collegiality to synodality: Pope Francis’s post-Vatican II reform

Bergoglio is a product of conciliar Catholicism and at the same time the first post–Vatican II pope. Synodality is the most important institutional reform of Francis’s pontificate. The role of the Bishops’ Synod has changed, and synodality at all levels of the church has been encouraged as never before.

26/12/2018 · Lascia un commento

Martyrs of Love, 19 Algerian martyrs beatified on December 8

The decree of beatification of 19 “martyrs” killed in Algeria in the 1990s, including the seven monks of Tibhirine and the former Bishop of Oran Pierre Claverie, was signed on Friday 26th January. “Each of them was an authentic witness of Christ’s love, of dialogue, of openness to others, of friendship and fidelity to the Algerian people”.

07/12/2018 · Lascia un commento

Cdl. Müller on abuse crisis and its link to homosexuality in priesthood

Cardinal Gerhard Müller, the former Prefect of the Congregation for the Doctrine of the Faith (2012-2017), has granted LifeSiteNews an interview in which he discusses in depth the problems of the current clerical sex abuse crisis.

27/11/2018 · Lascia un commento

The Vatican’s agreement with China looks even worse now

Two months out, the China-Holy See provisional agreement on episcopal appointments is proving to be yet another tool for Beijing to suppress the Chinese faithful. And its damage goes even deeper than the Chinese government’s selection of Catholic bishops, as critical as that is for the hierarchically structured Roman Catholic Church.

23/11/2018 · Lascia un commento

The calm before the storm

Anticipating a reforming pope’s radical plan to curtail the Roman Curia. It’s not clear how radical the changes will be. But the relative, though uneasy calm that currently hovers over the Vatican is surely only the prelude to a document that is likely to cause one devil of a storm.

14/11/2018 · Lascia un commento

A Panorama of the Catholic Church all over the World

To 31 December 2016, the world population was 7.352.289.000 with an increase of 103.348.000 units compared with the previous year. On the same date, Catholics in the world numbered units with an overall incewase of 14.249.000.

07/11/2018 · Lascia un commento

Cardinal Zen: “No goodwill” from China. The Vatican is badly mishandling China situation

HONG KONG – The recent agreement between the Vatican and China is a step towards the “annihilation” of the Catholic Church in China, Cardinal Joseph Zen, former bishop of Hong Kong, wrote in a New York Times op-ed published on Wednesday.

27/10/2018 · Lascia un commento

The Synod of Bishops: Missing the forest for the trees

Just like the two previous Synod assemblies on the family, Pope Francis has made this current assembly on youth yet another necessary juncture on the road towards radically reforming structures of ecclesial governance and effecting a “conversion” of the papacy itself.

23/10/2018 · Lascia un commento

OGF 11/2018 What will become of the Church in the future? Ratzinger’s forgotten prophecy

“As so it seems certain to me that the Church is facing very hard times. The real crisis has scarcely begun. We will have to count on terrific upheavals. But I am equally certain about what will remain at the end: not the Church of political cult, which is dead already, but the Church of faith.”

09/10/2018 · Lascia un commento

Ex-FBI agents to help investigate cardinals on abuse and corruption

A new watchdog, Better Church Governance, plans to produce a dossier on all the cardinal electors

04/10/2018 · Lascia un commento

Viganò accuses Pope Francis of slander and hypocrisy in new letter

Archbishop Carlo Maria Viganò has issued a second statement in which he attacks Pope Francis for not responding to the allegation that he covered up the sexual abuse of former cardinal Theodore McCarrick. He appeals to Cardinal Marc Ouellet, the prefect of the Congregation for Bishops, to come to his defense by confirming his testimony.

29/09/2018 · Lascia un commento

OGF 9/2018 Letter to the People of God

With shame and repentance, we acknowledge as an ecclesial community that we were not where we should have been, that we did not act in a timely manner, realizing the magnitude and the gravity of the damage done to so many lives.

20/09/2018 · Lascia un commento

OGF 7/2018 How the Spirit guides the Church

“One of the things I think needs to happen is a change in attitude on the part of the magisterium, especially the Roman Magisterium. They must move away from the position that they are expected to have all the answers to an attitude of listening to public opinion in the Church”

19/09/2018 · Lascia un commento

Balance sheet on Pope’s trip to Ireland: Who won and lost

ROME – Now that the dust has begun to settle on Pope Francis’s whirlwind 32-hour visit to Ireland over the weekend, it’s time to step back and draw some tentative conclusions about how the pontiff fared, as well as who else gained and lost from the experience.

29/08/2018 · Lascia un commento

We can only move forward when we name the evil of clericalism

Clericalism, whether fostered by priests themselves or by lay persons, leads to an excision in the ecclesial body that supports and helps to perpetuate many of the evils that we are condemning today. To say “no” to abuse is to say an emphatic “no” to all forms of clericalism.

28/08/2018 · Lascia un commento

Australia: The couple who planted a church and the suburb that grew it

Churches are closing nationwide, but the ‘church planting’ industry is booming. Meet the millennials building a multicultural congregation from a lawn bowls club.

28/08/2018 · Lascia un commento

Saudi Arabian ‘monastery’ challenges ban on Christianity

Camillo Ballin, the Catholic bishop of Northern Arabia, complains that nothing has changed for Saudi Arabia’s Christians. Private prayer is tolerated, but the public display of Christian symbols is not. Communion in a country that bans wine is problematic. Priests sneak in as cooks or mechanics to tend to their flocks.

10/08/2018 · Lascia un commento

Fidelity and Change: Pope Francis, the Death Penalty and the Threat of Neo-Traditionalism

Pope Francis’s recent decision to change the teaching of the Catechism concerning the death penalty – that it is always “inadmissible” – is supposed to be a moment of rejoicing in the Catholic Church, as has been the case for the vast majority of Catholics. But for other Catholics, especially neo-traditionalist Catholics…

08/08/2018 · Lascia un commento

The pope’s long, hot summer

Will Francis make the necessary and radical changes needed to save the Catholic Church from its ongoing meltdown? He can no longer ignore what is clearly the biggest crisis to hit the Catholic Church at least since the Reformation. And it is one that has only just begun and will eventually spread to the Church in other parts of the world.

01/08/2018 · Lascia un commento

Pope taps first lay person as head of a Vatican department

ROME – Pope Francis has named a layman to head the Vatican’s troubled communications office, the first layman to head a dicastery of the Roman Curia.

06/07/2018 · Lascia un commento

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San Daniele Comboni (1831-1881)


Combonianum è stato una pubblicazione interna di condivisione sul carisma di Comboni. Assegnando questo nome al blog, ho voluto far rivivere questo titolo, ricco di storia e patrimonio carismatico.
Il sottotitolo Spiritualità e Missione vuole precisare l’obiettivo del blog: promuovere una spiritualità missionaria.

Combonianum was an internal publication of sharing on Comboni’s charism. By assigning this name to the blog, I wanted to revive this title, rich in history and charismatic heritage.
The subtitle
Spirituality and Mission wants to specify the goal of the blog: to promote a missionary spirituality.

Sono un comboniano affetto da Sla. Ho aperto e continuo a curare questo blog (tramite il puntatore oculare), animato dal desiderio di rimanere in contatto con la vita del mondo e della Chiesa, e di proseguire così il mio piccolo servizio alla missione.
I miei interessi: tematiche missionarie, spiritualità (ho lavorato nella formazione) e temi biblici (ho fatto teologia biblica alla PUG di Roma)

I am a Comboni missionary with ALS. I opened and continue to curate this blog (through the eye pointer), animated by the desire to stay in touch with the life of the world and of the Church, and thus continue my small service to the mission.
My interests: missionary themes, spirituality (I was in charge of formation) and biblical themes (I studied biblical theology at the PUG in Rome)

Manuel João Pereira Correia


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