What's this? / Report Bad Ads
Latest News
Pope Francis

Pope will not be able to travel to Israel on Friday to attend the funeral of Shimon Peres

September 28, 2016. Despite the rumors that Pope Francis will travel to Israel to attend Shimon Peres funeral, the Vatican has issued a statement officially announcing a confirmation for the pope's scheduled visit to Georgia and Azerbaijan will remain as planned on Friday. The pope spoke warmly about the former leader and sent out a telegram of condolences:
Pope Francis

Pope's schedule during his trip to Sweden

September 27, 2016. Pope Francis will travel to Sweden next October 31 and November 1, for the occasion of the Lutheran–Catholic Common Commemoration of the Reformation.This will be the 17th trip of his pontificate.
World

Third priest found dead in Mexico

September 26, 2016.Mexican priest, Alfredo Lopez Guillen, was found dead this weekend on a rural road about 350 km east of Mexico City, after being allegedly abducted and assaulted in his parish on Monday September 19. This is the third case of violence against priests in Mexico in just one week. On Monday, September 19, Fr. Nabor Jiménez and Fr. José Alfredo Juarez were also kidnapped in the church of Our Lady of Fatima. Hours later they found them lifeless in a ditch in Poza Rica, Veracruz. The Catholic Church wants clarification on the murders, because it is not yet known who could be the alleged perpetrators.
Pope Francis

Holy See adopts UN Convention against Corruption

September 23, 2016. Pope Francis has asked the Vatican to be exemplary in the fight against corruption and meet the set international standards in this regard. Therefore, the Secretary of State has announced that the Holy See will conform to the Merida Convention against Corruption. This requires countries to implement anti-corruption measures concerning its laws, institutions and practices. From now on, the Roman Curia and the Vatican City State will review its administrative procedures to align them to the standards set by the Convention. Through this compliance, the Vatican says it hopes to contribute to increased transparency and proper management of public affairs in the international community.
Pope Francis

Cardinal Parolin to preside at liturgy before peace signing between Colombia and FARC

September 20, 2016. Colombia's government has invited the Vatican Secretary of State, Pietro Parolin, to preside over a liturgy before the ceremony to unite representatives from the Colombian government and the FARC, in Cartagena de Indias. The liturgy will take place before the ceremony related to agreements of Havana between the Colombian government and the FARC. It will be next Monday, September 26, and dozens of heads of state are scheduled to attend. In the liturgy, Parolin will "ask God to enlighten each Colombian to work conscientiously and with complete freedom, so that in a responsible and informed way, they can participate in making decisions that concern the common good of the entire country, which is so dear to Pope Francis."
Pope Francis

Pope Francis pays tribute to Father Jacques Hamel

September 13, 2016. Pope Francis will celebrate Mass for Jacques Hamel, the priest murdered in France by two terrorists on July 26 in the church of Saint-Etienne-du-Rouvray. It will be held on Wednesday, September 14 at 7 a.m inside the chapel of his residence in Casa Santa Marta. The bishop from Diocese of Rouen along with 80 pilgrims from the same diocese will be present.
Pope Francis

Pope Francis' calendar from September to November

SEPTEMBER Sunday 25, 26th Sunday of Ordinary Time: At 10.30 a.m. in St. Peter’s Square, Holy Mass and Jubilee of Catechists. Friday 30 to Sunday 2 October: Apostolic trip to Georgia and Azerbaijan. OCTOBER Saturday 8: At 5.30 p.m. in St. Peter’s Square, Marian vigil. Sunday 9, 28th Sunday of Ordinary Time: At 10.30 a.m. in St. Peter’s Square, Holy Mass and Marian Jubilee. Sunday 16: 29th Sunday of Ordinary Time: At 10.15 in St. Peter’s Square, Holy Mass and canonisation of Blesseds Salomone Leclercq, José Sanchez del Rio, Manuel González García, Lodovico Pavoni, Alfonso Maria Fusco, José Gabriel del Rosario Brochero, and Elisabeth of the Holy Trinity. Monday 31 to Tuesday 1 November: Apostolic trip to Sweden to commemorate the 500th anniversary of the Reformation. NOVEMBER Friday 4: At 11.30 in the Vatican Basilica, Holy Mass for the souls of cardinals and bishops who died during the year. Sunday 6, 32nd Sunday of Ordinary Time: At 10 a.m. in the Vatican Basilica, Holy Mass and Jubilee of Prisoners. Sunday 13, 33rd Sunday of Ordinary Time: At 10 a.m. in the Vatican Basilica, Holy Mass and Jubilee of the Homeless. Sunday 20, Solemnity of Our Lord Jesus Christ, King of the Universe: At 10 a.m. in St. Peter’s Square, Holy Mass for the conclusion of the Jubilee of Mercy.

The 700 migrants who died on a sunken ship receive a dignified burial

2016-08-05

This ship, which carried the hopes and dreams of hundreds of migrants, also became their tomb...

The Italian Navy recovered the boat from the sea a few days ago after it had been sunken for a year. There were more than 700 dead inside the boat.

It is estimated that about 850 people were on the boat, of which only 28 were saved. Some dead bodies were recovered because the vast majority were in the cellar of the sunken ship.

Now preparations for a decent burial for the migrants has begun. 

FR. GIANCARLO PEREGO
Director, Fondazione Migrantes
"The initiative, this great humanitarian initiative, was an idea of the Italian government, which aims to acknowledge the great merit of rescuing these people, to allow the recognition of their identities for the families of these people."

The Fondazione Migrantes is an agency of the Italian Bishops' Conference that deals with migrants and refugees. It will work with the Italian Police to facilitate the arrival of the relatives and their return to their home countries with the body of their loved one. They are also willing to provide the necessary financial aid.

The Pope has asked that in this Jubilee of Mercy, Christians practice the works of mercy. One of them is "burying the dead."

FR. GIANCARLO PEREGO
Director, Fondazione Migrantes
"It looked like something from the past but in reality this work of mercy, as shown, is great in the present."

The combined effort of the network of 12,000 missionaries spread around the world and Italian embassies will help look for prospective families. It is a small gesture of humanity in the midst of a tragedy that seems endless.

FR. GIANCARLO PEREGO
Director, Fondazione Migrantes
"It's not just about burying a body, it is to let a family, a mother know that her son is gone. So they do not have to continue to live with uncertainty of not knowing where their child is or if someone could do something for him."

So far this year, nearly 3,000 people have died in the Mediterranean waters trying to find a better life away from hunger, war or violence.

FR. GIANCARLO PEREGO
Director, Fondazione Migrantes
"This picture of the recovered boat is a great symbol to end this slavery we left in the hands of others."

The EU treaty with Turkey revived the dangerous route from the Libyan coast to Italy. While the distance from Turkey to the Greek island of Lesbos is only 10 miles, from Libya to Lampedusa it is more than 300 miles. During the journey from Libya on April 18, 2015, 700 people died.

AC/DN
MG / MARINA ITALIANA
-JM
PR
up:FV