11/24/2014VATICAN - EGYPT Pope receives Al-Sisi: Dialogue and negotiation "only options" to end the conflict in the Middle East For Egypt "hope was expressed that within the framework of guarantees enshrined by the new Constitution in terms of the safeguard of human rights and religious freedom, the peaceful coexistence among all components of society may be strengthened and the path to inter-religious dialogue may continue to be pursued". Vatican City (AsiaNews)
- Dialogue and negotiation as only options to end conflicts in the Middle East and the protection of religious freedom in Egypt were the central topics of the meeting today at the Vatican between Pope Francis and
11/24/2014IRAN - UNITED STATES Vienna: Iranian nuclear deal "by June 2015" The 5+1 group ends the current round of talks with Tehran with an extension. A political solution should be ready in March whilst technical details should be confirmed by 1 July. Meanwhile, Tehran will be continue to access some assets frozen because of its nuclear programme.
11/24/2014VATICAN - INDIA Pope thanks Church of India - and Kerala - for its witness of faith Francis met the faithful of the Syro-Malabar Church in Rome for the canonisation of Fr Kuriakose Elias Chavara and Sister Euphrasia Eluvathingal. The pope called on them to "Keep up the good work! Kerala is rich in vocations to the priesthood and religious life. Continue on this path, working through your witness."
11/24/2014CHINA To cut pollution, China needs "1,000 nuclear reactors" In order to keep the pledges made at the APEC summit to reduce emissions starting in 2030, Chinese President Xi Jinping must focus on renewable sources. In lieu of nuclear energy, he can choose between 500,000 wind turbines or 50,000 solar farms with an estimated price tag of US$ 2 trillion. Environment-related protest over climate change is making an "energy revolution" a priority.
11/24/2014NEPAL Kathmandu: bishop tells young people at the First Communion to enlighten the lives of those who seek God by Christopher Sharma More than 3,000 people took part in the procession for the feast of Christ the King, which ended in the Cathedral of the Assumption with the sacrament of the Eucharist. Mgr Simick told young people to "reach out to" those "waiting to walk Christ's path" and "Lead them to a life in the Lord". Young Hindu convert is so happy "to live in the light of Christ" that he will "do everything to share the need for God's kingdom in my community".
11/24/2014VATICAN Pope: A poor and humble Church is faithful, "shines" the light of Jesus, not its own When the Church "is faithful to hope and to her Bridegroom, she is joyful to receive the light from Him, to be in this sense 'his widow'," while waiting for His return. All services that we do in the Church are to help us receive this light. "A service without this light is no good: it makes the Church rich, or powerful, or makes the Church seek power, or take the wrong road, as has happened many times in history".
11/24/2014IRAN-US Iranian nuclear talks end today amid rumors (and hopes) of an extension United States and Iran face last hurdles. Clearance of Iran in the international community could change the face of the Middle East, creating opportunities for peace in Syria, in the fight against the Islamic state, in Lebanese politics. The enemies of the agreement are Israel and Saudi Arabia.
11/24/2014PHILIPPINES - CHINA - US South China Sea: Beijing builds a new island, with naval and air base According to US sources, China is building a fourth island in the Spratly. Washington asks for a halt to the project and calls for "diplomatic initiatives" to release the tension. Philippine court sentences nine Chinese fishermen for poaching in its territorial waters. They risked up to 20 years in prison, but will have to pay a fine of 103 thousand dollars.
11/23/2014VATICAN - INDIA Pope on six new saints, two from India: They served the kingdom of God, of which they became heirs During the canonisation of new saints in St Peter's Square, Pope Francis stressed that "The starting point of salvation is not the confession of the sovereignty of Christ, but rather the imitation of Jesus' works of mercy through which he brought about his kingdom." We can enter the kingdom of God "by being close in concrete ways to our brothers and sisters who ask for bread, clothing, acceptance, solidarity," and catechesis. At least 20,000 Indians came for the two Indian saints, Euphrasia Eluvathingal of the Sacred Heart, and Kuriakose Elias Chavara, from the Syro-Malabar Church.
11/22/2014VATICAN Pope: "A missionary Church can only 'go out', without fear of meeting others, to discover new things" Christians must proclaim the Gospel "to everyone without distinction, not proselytising, to tell others about what we have and what we want to share without forcing anyone”. “Going out means overcoming the temptation of talking among ourselves and forgetting the many who wait for a word of mercy from us, a word of comfort, of hope." “The mission is accomplished by all Christians, not just the few. It is a task for children as well”.
11/22/2014VATICAN Pope: mission to evangelise is the real reason to renew one's life Francis makes a number of suggestions to the participants of the Third World Congress of Ecclesial Movements and New Communities, like preserving "the freshness of charisma," respecting people's freedom in their education and always seeking Communion, whilst remembering that to achieve this goal "conversion must be missionary".
11/22/2014BAHRAIN Bahrain's first post-Arab Spring vote boycotted by Shia majority Polling stations are open today. A second round of voting is set for next Saturday. Some 350,000 voters are eligible to cast their ballot in parliamentary and municipal elections. Al Wefaq and three other Shia groups are boycotting the vote, a "farce" that can only bolster Sunni domination.