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NEWS BRIEFS

– Tej Francis

XUANHUA, CHINA

FOUR UNDERGROUND PRIESTS REPORTEDLY DISAPPEARED IN CHINA’S HEBEI PROVINCE

(CNA/EWTN News) Four priests from the underground Catholic Church in China’s Hebei province have been taken into police custody for indoctrination, AsiaNews reported Monday. The publication wrote Nov. 5 that the priests are being “indoctrinated on the religious policy of the Chinese government … because they refuse to enroll in the Patriotic Association.”

The abducted priests are Fr. Zhang Guilin and Fr. Wang Zhong of the Diocese of Chongli-Xiwanzi, and Fr. Su Guipeng and Fr. Zhao He of the Diocese of Xuanhua. Fr. Zhao He may be under house arrest, according to some sources.

AVE MARIA – The Pope publishes a new book

– José Maria C.S. André

In the month of October, traditionally consecrated to Our Lady, the Pope issued a book on the Mother of God, in the form of an interview with Marco Pozza (published in Italian by Rizzoli and the Libreria Editrice Vaticana). The recording will be broadcast every Tuesday on Tv2000, starting on October 16. In this conversation, the Pope sketches the profile of Our Lady and teaches us to pray her, especially the “Hail Mary”.

A fundamental feature of the holiness of Mary is the sanctity of everyday life, of small ordinary things, as the common life of most men and women. The summit of holiness is not a strange thing, out-of-this-world, but the acting presence of God through normality:

POSSIBLE THIRD FILIPINO SAINT – Pope Francis declares Bishop Obviar ‘venerable’

– Roy Lagarde

(CBCPNews) Pope Francis issued a decree Thursday, November 8, advancing the sainthood cause of Bishop Alfredo Obviar, declaring him “venerable.”

The pope recognized that Obviar, the first bishop of Lucena, lived the Christian virtues in a heroic way.

The announcement makes the bishop, who died in 1978 at the age of 89, two steps closer to sainthood.

GREAT FIGURES OF THE MISSIONARY WORK – Bengal and the Kingdom of the Dragon (27)

– Joaquim Magalhães de Castro

In his letter, Estêvão Cacela adds that they had waited at Cooch Behar for the entire month of January, as they did not yet know that the companion with whom they planned to travel had in the meantime passed away. In addition, they absolutely needed the services of the interpreter who had been sent to Hugli. When he did not arrive, they decided to leave for Rangamati. They waited a few more days, taking the time to adjust their preparations for the long journey in the mountains, ready to begin on 20 February. The day before, in the evening, the interpreter arrived in Rangamati. “An angel appeared from Heaven,” recalls Cacela. It certainly brought with it the baleful news of the death of Bartolomeu Fonteboa, but his presence opened the possibility of a definitive departure, which would happen on February 21, “the first day of Lent.”

NEWS BRIEFS

– Tej Francis

VATICAN CITY

POPE ON ALL SAINTS’ DAY: LIVE FOR HEAVEN, NOT THE WORLD

(CNA/EWTN News) If a Christian wants to reach heaven, he or she should ask themselves if they are living for the pleasures of the world, or if they are striving after holiness with all their strength, Pope Francis said on the feast of All Saints.

PROTECTOR OF UNBORN LIFE – Pope Paul VI underscored the centrality of man

(Vatican News) Blessed Pope Paul VI, who was declared a saint on October 14, died 40 years ago on August 6, 1978.  Looking back at the 15-year pontificate, his postulator or promoter for canonization, Redemptorist Father Antonio Marrazzo, spoke to Vatican News saying Paul VI gave a new direction to the Church’s journey on earth.  The Italian priest said that in his writings and testament Paul VI revealed his understanding of man, especially as the image of God.

GREAT FIGURES OF THE MISSIONARY WORK – Bengal and the Kingdom of the Dragon – 26

– Joaquim Magalhães de Castro

The first Bhutanese whom Cacela and Cabral encountered alerted them to the difficulties they would have to undergo until they have reached their  kingdom, informing them that at that time of the year the trip was not possible “concerning the many snows, winds and showers of which they said remarkable things”.

EXCLUSIVE INTERVIEW WITH STEVEN MOSHER OF THE POPULATION RESEARCH INSTITUTE – Overpopulation

– Aurelio Porfiri

Today we live many narratives that are imposed by powerful media outlets. Maybe at the end they are not different narratives but just the many faces of a single narrative, the one that has decided that the new god we have to worship is man, the man at the center of the universe. Of course this is completely opposed to everything the Catholic Church has taught in her history. But today the battle is quite subtle. And there are forces, also among those who should be considered Catholics, that push the debate in the direction of the narrative we were mentioning at the beginning, the narrative where man is god and there is no other. In the name of this narrative are justified abortion, euthanasia, policies to control overpopulation. In his audience on October 10, 2018, Pope Francis has said clearly, talking about the fifth commandment: “One could say that all the evil carried out in the world can be summed up in this: contempt for life. 

NEWS BRIEFS

– Tej Francis

VATICAN CITY

BISHOPS, YOUNG PEOPLE WALK TO ST. PETER’S ON PILGRIMAGE OF FAITH

(CNS) Following the Francigena Way, an ancient pilgrims’ path, a group of about 300 synod participants and young people from Rome parishes headed to St. Peter’s Basilica to pray at the apostle’s tomb. The wayfaring cardinals, bishops, priests and young people were stocked with small backpacks, shod with comfortable footwear, and readied with hats and water bottles to walk 3.7 miles (6 km) from an urban nature preserve to Christianity’s largest church.

EXCLUSIVE INTERVIEW WITH FATHER ALESSANDRO ANDREINI – Around Culture

– Aurelio Porfiri

Father Alessandro Andreini speaks about his fascination with the transformation processes in our lives, cultures and societies and in particular the role of Jesus Christ and the Church in that transformation.