05/02/2015VATICAN Pope: The missionary zeal of Fray Serra challenges us, his witness provokes us Francis celebrates Mass marking a Day of Reflection on "Fray Junipero Serra, Apostle of California, witness of holiness," who will be canonized on 23 September. His work "has three characteristics: missionary zeal, Marian devotion and witness of holiness." "I wonder if today we are able to respond with the same generosity and the same courage to God's call." Rome (AsiaNews) - There are three key aspects to the life and example of Friar Junípero, , Apostle of California: his missionary zeal, his Marian devotion and his witness of...
05/01/2015VATICAN For the pope, the faces of hungry men and women should take centre stage at Expo by Papa Francesco Pope Francis today addressed via a televised link-up the opening ceremony of Expo Milano 2015 (1 May-31 October), the world fair centred on ‘Feeding the planet. Energy for Life’. For the Holy Father, this “Expo is a propitious opportunity to globalise solidarity. Let us not waste it; let us make the very most of it.” In his view, a change of mind-set is also needed to overcome the “paradox of abundance” and the culture of waste and castoffs. The pope’s full speech is reprinted below.
04/30/2015VATICAN Pope: the blood of Christians killed for their faith urges a new era of ecumenism The hope of Francis expressed to the members of the International Anglican-Roman Catholic International Commission:"the shared tradition of faith and history between Anglicans and Catholics can inspire and sustain our efforts to overcome the obstacles to full communion”. Imminent publication of five joint statements made so far in the second phase of the Anglican-Catholic dialogue
04/26/2015VATICAN Pope prays for Nepal quake victims, hopes they receive "fraternal solidarity" A good shepherd is like Christ, someone who “is a guide, who participates in the life of His flock. He pursues no other interests, for He has no other ambition but to lead, nurture and protect his sheep. All of this comes at the highest price, that of the sacrifice of His own life.” When the pope met the crowd at the window of his study, two new priests stood by his side.
04/25/2015NEPAL – ASIA Massive earthquake rocks Nepal, killing hundreds, some under collapsed tower Just before noon, local time, a 7.9 quake hit the Himalayan nation between Kathmandu and Pokhara. Seismic activity was also felt as far as India, Bangladesh and Tibet. In the Himalayas, an avalanche was triggered, hitting a base camp. So far, 150 are confirmed dead, but the number is expected to rise.
04/24/2015BANGLADESH Bangladesh: the family is "the most beautiful place in the world" by Sumon Corraya Bablu Gomes, a married Catholic and father of two children, addresses a conference on family sponsored by the Archdiocese of Dhaka. At the rally the laity have shared personal experiences and problems. "Love, patience and respect" the secret to a long and happy married life.
04/23/2015BANGLADESH Cricket: Bangladeshi fans delirious after resounding defeat of Pakistan by Sumon Corraya The "Tigers" have beaten the "green shirts" for the third consecutive time in a series of individual matches. Hundreds of thousands of fans take to the streets to celebrate the sporting success. It is the first time that Dhaka has chalked up such a victory against one of the best Asian teams.
04/22/2015VATICAN Christian-Muslim dialogue: most Muslims are against killing in the name of God In a statement, the Pontifical Council for Interreligious Dialogue warns against the" risks of increasing hatred, violence, terrorism and the growing and commonplace stigmatisation of Muslims and their religion." For this reason, we "are called upon to strengthen fraternity and dialogue” because “To kill in the name of religion is not only an offence to God, but it is also a defeat for humanity.”