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The Pope Opens His Eyes to Abuse

The abuse of minors by pedophile priests has been among the most painful sagas of our time, the horror compounded by the knowledge that hierarchs could have stopped the predators… Now, at long last, Pope Francis seems to have glimpsed the depth of the global crisis.

24/05/2018 · Lascia un commento

Mapped: The world’s most (and least) religious countries

Five countries tie for the title of most: Ethiopia, Malawi, Niger, Sri Lanka and Yemen, with 99 %
The least religious countries: China, Japan, Estonia, Sweden, Norway…
China surpasses them all, with only 7%

15/05/2018 · Lascia un commento

Full Text of Seven German Bishops’ Letter on Holy Communion for Protestant Spouses

The German bishops voted overwhelmingly in favor of the proposal at their Spring plenary meeting in Ingolstadt on Feb. 20, and the letter’s signatories affirm that out of the 60 bishops present, “13 voted no, including at least seven diocesan bishops.”

25/04/2018 · Lascia un commento

Egyptian mosque bill could pit government against top religious body

Cairo, known as the city of a thousand minarets, actually has over 3,000 mosques, and the country as a whole is home to over 100,000 Muslim houses of worship. Over 80,000 of these are controlled by the country’s Ministry of Religious Endowments…

23/04/2018 · Lascia un commento

Gaudete et Exsultate: key quotes

Pope Francis has written another Apostolic Exhortation, this one on the universal call to holiness, called Gaudete et exsultate — “Rejoice and be glad!” — which takes its title from the words of Jesus in the sermon on the mount.
Here is a selection of quotations.

10/04/2018 · Lascia un commento

Card. Joseph Zen: Vatican is selling out the Catholic Church in China

So, do I think that the Vatican is selling out the Catholic Church in China? Yes, definitely, if they go in the direction which is obvious from all what they are doing in recent years and months.

04/02/2018 · Lascia un commento

Christian Persecution Is Growing: 215 Million Worldwide

According to the 2018 Open Doors Report, persecution has expanded geographically and numerically. The threat of religious or ideological nationalism is serious, especially in Asia and Africa

02/02/2018 · Lascia un commento

Is there hope for real change in the Church?

As hard as it is to acknowledge, it seems inevitable that those from whom we expect more will sometimes fail us. Our leaders are flawed; so are we. We are … Continua a leggere

27/01/2018 · Lascia un commento

Brazil: Aparecida – 300 Years On The Side Of The People

The celebrations of the 300th anniversary of the rediscovery of the statue of Our Lady of Aparecida ended recently. “Mary shows by her silence that the Gospel is proclaimed from the peripheries, the caves and cellars of humanity”

20/01/2018 · Lascia un commento

Pope’s Latin America visit to focus on protecting the planet and indigenous while abuse scandal lurks in background

The 81-year-old Pope is, it seems, increasingly worried about the future of humanity. “I fear a nuclear war,” Francis told reporters on board the plane to Chile.
He said the world is “at the limit” and “just one accident away” from a war that could destroy a large part of humanity. “Yes, I am really afraid,” he explained.

15/01/2018 · Lascia un commento

As a criminal prosecution looms, the Vatican takes control of Catholic movement in Peru

The Vatican has announced that it has taken control of the Sodalitium of Christian Life, a society of consecrated laypeople and priests. The group was founded in Peru in 1971 by a layperson, Luis Fernando Figari, who prosecutors in Peru are now seeking to detain. The move comes just days before Pope Francis begins a visit to Chile and Peru.

11/01/2018 · Lascia un commento

Violations of religious freedom: “Countries of Particular Concern”

Today, the Department of State announces that the Secretary of State re-designated Burma, China, Eritrea, Iran, North Korea, Sudan, Saudi Arabia, Tajikistan, Turkmenistan, and Uzbekistan as Countries of Particular Concern on December 22, 2017. The Secretary also placed Pakistan on a Special Watch List for severe violations of religious freedom

04/01/2018 · Lascia un commento

Three ideas Pope Francis repeats every Christmas

Pope Francis made it clear from the beginning of his papacy how Christians must live during this special time for the Church

29/12/2017 · Lascia un commento

Pope to Curia: ‘Betrayers of trust’ are frustrating Vatican reform

Francis decried the “betrayers of trust, or those who profit from the maternity of the Church,” meaning, he said, people who “don’t understand the lofty nature of their responsibility.” He also said the process of reform requires “patience, dedication and delicacy.”

21/12/2017 · Lascia un commento

Pope Francis in 2017: Chronicles of a ‘Peace Pope,’ and odds and ends

Forget what it says in the Catechism of the Catholic Church, or the Code of Canon Law. In terms of popular opinion, the papacy is basically an impossible job, since people expect popes to be media rock stars, world-class preachers and Fortune 500 managers all at once, to say nothing of living saints.

20/12/2017 · Lascia un commento

Papal envoy backtracks on Medjugorje comments

Archbishop Henryk Hoser said official pilgrimages may visit the site, but may not venerate the apparitions Pope Francis’s envoy in Medjugorje has backtracked on his recent comments on official visits to the … Continua a leggere

13/12/2017 · Lascia un commento

Cardinal hopes that ‘painful’ Amoris Laetitia dispute is over 

Cardinal Walter Kasper has said he hopes that the controversy over the Pope’s Apostolic Exhortation is at an end — Cardinal Walter Kasper has declared that he hopes that the “painful dispute” over the Pope’s Apostolic Exhortation Amoris Laetitia is now over. 

13/12/2017 · 1 Commento

Australians have ‘lost trust completely’ in the Church

Australians have ‘lost trust completely’ in the Church, says member of Pope’s Commission for the Protection of Minors. In the days after the Commissioner’s address, General Synod approved rules to … Continua a leggere

12/09/2017 · Lascia un commento

Asian Youth Day: Indonesian minister says we are “called to promote tolerance and solidarity“

The 7th edition of Asian Youth Day (AYD) in Yogyakarta, Diocese of Semarang (Java Island), has a strong inter-faith connotation, underlined by the theme of the event, ‘Joyful Asian Youth! Living the Gospel in Multicultural Asia’

03/08/2017 · Lascia un commento

‘Ecumenism of hate’ unjustly defames real Catholic/Evangelical dialogue

A recent article in a journal with close ties to the Vatican published an article asserting an unhealthy “ecumenism of conflict” between Catholics and Evangelicals on the right, claiming they are pushing a dangerous theocratic vision on America. However, those who have carried forward the fairly successful Evangelical-Catholic ecumenism in the United States have been some of the best and the brightest of mainstream Catholics.

28/07/2017 · Lascia un commento

New sign on Pope Francis’s door: ‘Complaining Not Allowed’

A sign recently put up on Pope Francis’s door at the Santa Marta residence also warns transgressors, saying that complaining can lead them to develop a “victim complex” with the subsequent “diminution of their sense of humor and ability to solve problems,” and advises, “Stop complaining, and act to make your life better.”

14/07/2017 · Lascia un commento

Shroud, new study: there is blood of a man tortured and killed

  Published in a US scientific journal new findings by Cnr and University of Padua. Electron Microscopy to analyze a pristine fiber: found creatinine and ferritin iron nanoparticles, typical in … Continua a leggere

11/07/2017 · Lascia un commento

Majority of Canadians think religion does more harm than good

Less than a quarter of people believe that religious people made better citizens. More than half of Canadians now believe religion is harmful More than half of Canadians believe religion causes … Continua a leggere

08/07/2017 · Lascia un commento

Cardinal Pell professes innocence on sex abuse charges

“I’m looking forward finally to having my day in court. I repeat I am innocent of these charges. They are false. The whole idea of sexual abuse is abhorrent to me,” Cardinal George Pell said in a statement he read to the media in a crowded Vatican press hall at 8.30 a.m. on the morning of June 29.

30/06/2017 · Lascia un commento

“Our Lady warns us: “who profanes God in his creatures risks going to hell”

Francis’ Mass for the canonization of the two visionaries, the first holy children who were not martyrs: “God effects a general mobilization against the indifference that chills our hearts”. Greeting to the sick: “Do not be ashamed of being a precious treasure of the Church.”

13/05/2017 · Lascia un commento

EU countries ignore pledges on religious freedom

The secretary-general of the Council of European Bishops’ Conferences has criticized the lack of commitment on behalf of members of the European Union in the implementation of religious freedom guidelines set in 2013. “Freedom of religion is an absolute principle, and diplomatic and economic pressure should be used to defend it,” he said.

06/05/2017 · Lascia un commento

US priests’ group calls Vatican vocations document ‘insulting’

Declarations in the Vatican Congregation for the Clergy’s recent document “The Gift of the Priestly Vocation” have been called “disrespectful,” “ambiguous” and “insulting” by the Association of U.S. Catholic Priests.

25/04/2017 · Lascia un commento

Pope Francis has some ideas on how to fix the priest shortage

In a newly-released interview Pope Francis discussed the shortage of vocations to the priesthood, saying the first response must be prayer. He also mentioned working with youth, the low birthrate, and the ordination of married men.

09/03/2017 · Lascia un commento

Islam will be largest religion in the world by 2070, says report

US-based Pew Research Centre analysed demographic change among the world’s major religions and found that the world’s population of Muslims will grow by 73 per cent between 2010 and 2050, compared to 35 per cent for Christians, the next fastest-growing faith.

04/03/2017 · Lascia un commento

Debate over ‘Amoris Laetitia’ is over

The Holy Father wisely chose not to respond to the five dubia, or questions, posed to him by four cardinals who objected to Amoris Laetitia. Unlike our president, Pope Francis can’t be easily baited. “The dubia are not really expressions of doubt or questions but rather assertions that ‘Amoris Laetitia’ appears to have abandoned or altered key teachings of Catholic tradition”…

10/02/2017 · 1 Commento

Australian archbishop: ‘As Catholics we hang our heads in shame’

Archbishop of Sydney Anthony Fisher said he was ashamed and humiliated by revelations that 7 percent of Australia’s Roman Catholic clergy may have abused children between 1950 and 2010. The alarming figure was presented by the church to an Australian inquiry looking into institutional sex abuse.

07/02/2017 · Lascia un commento

Les chrétiens invisibles du Qatar

À Doha, une grande communauté d’immigrés vit sa foi sans montrer de symboles religieux, mais la question de la liberté de culte est matière à controverse.
Si on cherche Mesaymir sur n’importe quelle carte géographique du Qatar, on trouve un regroupement de constructions isolées et de couleur sable. Le panneau sur la voie à six bandes dans le désert indique « compound religieux », parce que ici, à environ 40 kilomètres de Doha, sont regroupées les huit minorités chrétiennes reconnues dans le pays.

01/02/2017 · Lascia un commento

Vatican prosecuting financial crimes for first time

The head of the Vatican’s financial watchdog agency has revealed that the city-state began pursuing prosecutions against people accused of financial crimes for the first time in 2016, in what may be seen as a breakthrough for Pope Francis’ continuing reforms.

24/01/2017 · Lascia un commento

Two missed opportunities for real reform on sex abuse

Two stories this week, one in Italy and the other in the States, both highlight missed opportunities for real reform on clerical sexual abuse, born of trafficking in stereotypes and straw men rather than engaging the nitty-gritty of reality in the Catholic Church.

22/01/2017 · Lascia un commento

OGF 1/2017 Synod of Bishops 2018 – Preparatory Document

My Dear Young People,
I am pleased to announce that in October 2018 a Synod of Bishops will take place to treat the topic: “Young People, the Faith and Vocational Discernment.” I wanted you to be the centre of attention, because you are in my heart. Today, the Preparatory Document is being presented, a document which I am also entrusting to you as your “compass” on this synodal journey.

17/01/2017 · Lascia un commento

Francis denounces resistance to Vatican reform in Christmas speech to curia

Pope Francis on Thursday lashed out against high-level Catholic prelates who have been opposing his efforts to reform the Vatican’s central bureaucracy, using an annual pre-Christmas meeting to say that while some cardinals and archbishops offer questions in a spirit of goodwill others practice a “malevolent resistance.”

22/12/2016 · Lascia un commento

China: “Clandestine” Catholics reject “operation Dong”

Some revealing details have surfaced concerning the affair involving the so-called “clandestine” bishop ordained without the Pope’s consent. Negotiations between Beijing and the Holy See seem to be targeted. But the reaction of many “clandestine” bishops, priests and lay people is enlightening and comforting

25/10/2016 · Lascia un commento

“May the intercession of the martyrs bring relief to persecuted Christians ”

Francis and Patriarch Ilia II embraced during the meeting at the Patriarchal Palace and the Pope said: May the saints of this country encourage us “to put the Gospel before all else and to evangelize as in the past, even more so, free from the restraints of prejudice and open to the perennial newness of God”

30/09/2016 · Lascia un commento

Vicar warns Church of England could split over homosexuality

An alliance of Church of England parishes meeting this week for the first time could be the first step towards a split, the vicar leading the talks has suggested.

31/08/2016 · Lascia un commento

India in spotlight ahead of Mother Teresa’s canonization and commemoration of Orissa martyrs

30 August marks the commemoration of the anti-Christian massacres: bishops are expected to make a statement and a delegation representing the Indian government will be coming to Rome for the canonization rite on 4 September

30/08/2016 · Lascia un commento

Vatican Hopes an Agreement With China Is Within Reach

The Vatican Secretary of State, Cardinal Pietro Parolin, today confirmed that “there are many hopes and expectations for new developments and a new stage in the relations between the Apostolic See and China.”

28/08/2016 · Lascia un commento

Surprise! Pope Francis visits convents on his day off

Rieti, Italy, Aug 9, 2016
In keeping with his spontaneous personality, Pope Francis made a surprise visit Tuesday to two convents north of Rome.

10/08/2016 · Lascia un commento

Public rebuke for Cardinal Sarah shows Pope can censure those who disagree

It is highly unusual for the Vatican to publicly slap down a Prince of the Church, yet not entirely surprising given how Cardinal Sarah has operated since his appointment to lead the Holy See’s liturgy department.

19/07/2016 · Lascia un commento

Ethiopian Bible, the oldest and complete bible on earth

Written in Ge’ez an ancient dead language of Ethiopia, it’s nearly 800 years older than the King James Version and contains 81-88 books compared to 66. It includes the Book of Enoch, Esdras, Buruch and all 3 Books of Maccabee…
The incredible relic has been kept ever since in the Garima Monastery near Adwa in the north of the country, which is in the Tigray region at 7,000 feet.
Experts believe it is also the earliest example of book binding still attached to the original pages.
The survival of the Gospels is incredible considering the country has been under Muslim invasion, Italian invasion and a fire in the 1930s destroyed the monastery’s church.

07/07/2016 · Lascia un commento

Report on freedom of religion shows horrific persecution of Christians worldwide

A horrific catalogue of human rights abuses of Christians and other believers is listed in the latest freedom of religion or belief report from the European Union.
The report calls on the EU to “use political and financial power to end persecution of religious minorities worldwide.” It finds “significant restrictions” exist on religion worldwide, including the near extinction of Christians in Syria and Iraq.

03/07/2016 · Lascia un commento

Pope Francis in Armenia shows that size doesn’t matter

Many non-Catholics fear that unity with Rome would mean being swamped by the papacy, but by treating the head of the small Armenian Apostolic Church as a complete equal over the last three days, Pope Francis, in effect, suggested that in the end, size doesn’t matter.

26/06/2016 · Lascia un commento

Brexit: What future for Europe?

At its regular meeting from 8 to 10 June in Brussels, the CEC Governing Board approved an open letter addressed to its membership and partner organisations on the current situation in Europe, where we are facing an increasing number of challenges.

22/06/2016 · Lascia un commento

Jesus’s wife papyrus

A Harvard professor who caused a huge splash when she unveiled a small fragment of papyrus that she said referred to Jesus being married now says it’s likely a forgery.
Harvard Divinity School professor Karen King presented the piece of papyrus in Rome in 2012. The fragment, written in Coptic, includes the phrase, “Jesus said to them, My wife.”

Right from the beginning, it sparked controversy and debate among scholars. Doubts about its authenticity were raised almost immediately.

22/06/2016 · Lascia un commento

Pope sends top Vatican officials to Pan-Orthodox Council

Pope Francis will send high-level observers to the pan-Orthodox council meeting in Crete as a gesture of support for the Orthodox Church.
The Holy and Great Council of the Orthodox Church was scheduled to open June 19, which is Pentecost on the Julian calendar, and run through to June 26.
Ecumenical Patriarch Bartholomew of Constantinople invited Pope Francis to send observers to the meeting on the Greek island of Crete, and the Pope chose Cardinal Kurt Koch and Bishop Brian Farrell, respectively the president and secretary of the Pontifical Council for Promoting Christian Unity.

11/06/2016 · Lascia un commento

The Holy and Great Synod in Crete at risk

On June 6, the fate of The Holy And Great Synod Of the Orthodox Church is being decided.
Ecumenical Patriarch Bartholomew is calling an emergency meeting of the prelates at Phanar, due to the serious complication which has arisen at the last-minute. The Synod is scheduled to begin in Crete on June 16th.

06/06/2016 · Lascia un commento

Monarchy. Diarchy? Anarchy!

There was yet another hubbub a couple weeks back about the Third Secret of Fatima, one that involved Pope Emeritus Benedict XVI and claims that he did not reveal all of the secret — claims that set Fatima devotees abuzz and forced the former pope himself to deny the assertions.

But that neverending topic overshadowed what I think was a much more important assertion regarding the former pope, namely that he is not quite a former pope but continues to serve in an “expanded” Petrine ministry alongside the actual pope, Francis.

01/06/2016 · Lascia un commento

Religious freedom in crisis around the world

The nearly unanimous conclusion of people following the situation of religious freedom around the world is that matters have been getting worse, not better.

21/05/2016 · Lascia un commento

Francis to create commission to study female deacons in Catholic church

Pope Francis has announced he will create a commission to study the possibility of allowing women to serve as deacons in the Catholic church, signaling an historic openness to the possibility of ending the global institution’s practice of an all-male clergy.

12/05/2016 · Lascia un commento

Francis reprimands European leaders, forcefully asking continent: ‘What has happened to you?’

Pope Francis has forcefully reprimanded European leaders, urging them to reject calls for the re-nationalization of the continent, to remember the devastating history that preceded their unification, and to “build bridges and tear down walls” in the face of the continuing migrant crisis.

06/05/2016 · Lascia un commento

Lesbos: Pope takes 12 refugees back to Rome with him

As the Pope shook the hands of refugees at Lesbos’ Moria camp, word circulated that Francis could be taking about 10 or so refugees currently living on Lesbos, back to the Vatican with him. 12 are in fact going to be boarding the papal plane to Rome this afternoon and will be hosted by the Community of Sant’Egidio.

16/04/2016 · Lascia un commento

“Francis’ visits to Lesbos and Lampedusa aim to put an end to indifference”

According to the Archbishop of Agrigento (Italy), Cardinal Montenegro, the Pope will leave his mark with his visit to the Greek island too; he is among the few who have realised that the history of the world is changing. Europe is the home of people’s rights and cannot act as it is doing. Italy too, would be a poorer place without migrants. It is wrong and unfair to say that every migrant could be a potential terrorist, in fact their wars are caused partly by the need to fulfil our interests

15/04/2016 · Lascia un commento

Schönborn: Francis goes beyond the artificial division between “regular” and “irregular”

Francis’ “Amoris Laetitia” goes beyond the “artificial, superficial, clear division between ‘regular’ and ‘irregular’” placing everyone under the common lens of the Gospel. This is according to the Archbishop of Vienna, Cardinal Christoph Schönborn, who presented the Pope’s Apostolic Exhortation in the Vatican. The cardinal underlined that Francis text is “innovative and in continuity ” with John Paul II’s “Familiaris Consortio” and pointed to the “experience of the poor” as a key factor in interpreting the text. This is because poor families illustrate that “small steps along the path of virtue can be far greater than the virtuous success of those living a comfortable life”.

10/04/2016 · Lascia un commento

Summary of Amoris Laetitia: On Love in the Family

(08/04/2016 Vatican Radio) The Vatican on Friday published Pope Francis’ eagerly-awaited Apostolic Exhoratation on the family, drawing together almost three years of consultations with Catholics in countries around the world. … Continua a leggere

09/04/2016 · Lascia un commento

Papal visits to Armenia, then Georgia and Azerbaijan

(09/04/2016 Vatican Radio) The Holy See Press Office has announced that Pope Francis will visit Armenia in June of 2016, accepting the invitation of His Holiness, Karekin II, Supreme Patriarch … Continua a leggere

09/04/2016 · Lascia un commento


JHS … me complazco de enviarte mi Exhortación “Amoris laetitia” para el bien de todas las familias y de todas las personas, jóvenes y ancianas, confiadas a tu ministerio pastoral. Franciscus.

08/04/2016 · Lascia un commento

Moscow Patriarchate confirms world summit for persecuted Christians in October

The Russian Orthodox Church spokesman officially announces anticipated conference, organized with the Evangelical Bill Graham, who will bring a thousand delegates from 150 countries to Moscow. Large Catholic delegation expected.

06/04/2016 · Lascia un commento

Islamic extremists end their protest with Asia Bibi’s fate hanging in the balance

Supporters of Mumtaz Qadri, who murdered Punjab Governor Salman Taseer, began a sit-in on Sunday, which later turned into a call for Asia Bibi’s hanging, the application of Sharia, and the maintenance of the blasphemy law. Interior Minister denies that any deal was struck with protesters, who left “on their own accord.”

06/04/2016 · Lascia un commento

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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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