Church and state in Italy work together to prevent spread of coronavirus

Church and state in Italy work together to prevent spread of coronavirus

The Church in Italy, as well as Vatican authorities, are coordinating with civil authorities to implement measures to contain the coronavirus outbreak. On Sunday, the Director of the Holy See Press Office, Matteo Bruni, issued a statement explaining some of the steps being taken by the Vatican, “in coordination with the measures launched by the Italian authorities… to prevent the…

New Publication on the Relations between the Dominicans and Russia

New Publication on the Relations between the Dominicans and Russia

On the occasion of the second centenary of the entrustment of the parish church of St. Catherine of St. Petersburg to the Order of Preachers and the arrival of the first friars in the capital of the Russian Empire in the years 1815-1816, the Historical Institute of the Order of Preachers organized an International Historical Conference on the Dominicans and…

Homily by Pope Francis

Homily by Pope Francis

We are dust in the universe,” he said. “Yet we are dust loved by God.” In the afternoon today – Ash Wednesday, the day of the beginning of Lent – a prayer assembly took place in the form of the Roman “Stations”, presided over by the Holy Pope Francis. At 4.30 p.m., in the church of Sant’Anselmo on the Aventine,…

Message of His Holiness Pope Francis for Lent 2020

Message of His Holiness Pope Francis for Lent 2020

“We implore you on behalf of Christ, be reconciled to God” (2 Cor 5:20) The Vatican releases Pope Francis’ Message for Lent 2020, in which the Holy Father invites the faithful to embrace the paschal mystery as the basis for conversion. In his Message for Lent 2020, Pope Francis points to the paschal mystery – the mystery of Jesus’ Passion, Death,…

Valentine’s Day with St. John Paul II

Valentine’s Day with St. John Paul II

I like Saint Valentine. I am also a big fan of Christian marriage, and he was martyred for illegally presiding over Christian marriages. Through some bizarre accident of history, his feast-day is observed by the secular world, but the Church has taken him off the General Calendar. Unfortunately, I think very few people who mark this day on their personal…

Review of the doctoral dessertation

Review of the doctoral dessertation

On the December 6th at the Gregorian Pontifical University in Rome there was the defence of the doctoral dessertation of fr. Llewellyn Muscat O.P., secretary of the General Postulation of the Order. The title of his work is: Il governo dell’Ordine dei Predicatori dall’Inter graviores (1804) al magistero di Angelo Domenico Ancarani (1838-1844) [(The government of the Order of the…

Vocation for communion

Vocation for communion

Convent San Sisto (Rome), 28 December 2019 “If the superior is concerned about dialogue with her sister, she is taking care of her vocation,” says Fr Gerard Francis TIMONER III, O.P. Master of the Order. Gerard was invited to give a conference on religious life at the event “Creation: a project of God’s love for humanity” held in Rome from…

IN VIETNAM, FLOWERS ARE RELIGIOUS

IN VIETNAM, FLOWERS ARE RELIGIOUS

Vietnam celebrates the New Year 2020, from the 23rd to the 29th of January. A thing of curiosity is, the temples and pagodas are also scenarios for the meditation and mental serenity for petitioning personal and familial well-being.

A Vietnamese person inherits the long religious tradition of Buddhism, Taoism, and Confucianism; moreover, he connects mythology and nature. His gods descend from the skies on the eve of the New Year to revisit the earthly affairs but the bad spirits also roam about. And even if the Christians would be a minority in town, they also pray to their God in the Tet.

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