08/04/2015VATICAN Pope to altar servers: The joy of friendship with Jesus makes us all missionaries Meeting thousands of participants in the international pilgrimage "Here I am Lord. Send me!", involving children and young people from about 20 countries, Francis thanks the altar servers and recalls that "it was God who made the first move. God’s actions were not impeded by his imperfections; it was God’s goodness alone that enables us to take up the mission, transforming us nto a totally new person and therefore one able to respond to the call of the Lord" Vatican City (AsiaNews) - The joy of friendship with Jesus Christ "makes us all naturally missionaries. Like the prophet Isaiah, we too are astonished to discover that it was God who made the first move; God is the one drawing close. He noticed that God’s actions were not impeded by his imperfections; it was God’s goodness alone that enabled him to take...
08/02/2015VATICAN For pope, Jesus urges us to look for the "bread of life", which expresses His love During the Angelus, Francis commented the Gospel of John. The crowds that followed Jesus for material bread did not understand their own "spiritual blindness". Christ "is gift and the one who gives it.” In light of the encounter with Him, the sufferings of human life “will be illuminated." Remembering the Pardon of Assisi, the “Father forgives everyone,” he “always forgives everything”.
07/28/2015CAMBODIA Cambodia’s new NGO law is an opportunity to “promote clarity” The country’s Senate passed a Law on Associations and Non-Government Organisations that imposes restrictions on the activity of 5,000 NGOs. Activists fear the government will gag them during the 2018 parliamentary elections. Associations have come to play an important role in the country’s life following the end of Pol Pot’s Khmer Rouge dictatorship. Today, the challenge is to monitor results and plans.
07/26/2015 VATICAN-SYRIA Pope: urgent appeal for the release of Fr. Dall'Oglio, kidnapped two years ago in Syria At the Angelus, Pope Francis recalls the Jesuit priest, the two Orthodox bishops and all those who have been kidnapped, calling on all present to join him in the recitation of a Hail Mary. Joined by the presence of two young people, he opens registration for WYD in Krakow and registers himself as teh first pilgrim online with a tablet. Commenting on today's Gospel: "Who among us does not have his" five loaves and two fish "? If we are willing to put them in the hands of the Lord, they will be a bit more love in the world to go around".
07/24/2015CHINA Wenzhou: 90-year-old bishop and 26 priests protest against cross demolitions by Joseph Yuan This is not the first time that the old bishop and his priests speak out against the demolition campaign against crosses and churches, which has touched more than 400 buildings. During the protest, police tried to disperse the group, which sought to submit a petition. The faithful recite a Crown of the Divine Mercy is in support of the Chinese Church. In Lishui, churches are expected to be torn down by 31 August.
07/24/2015VATICAN - GREAT BRITAIN For the pope, euthanasia is what “mafiosi do. There is a problem: we get rid of this guy . . .” In his message to the Catholic Church in England and Wales for this year’s Day for Life, centred on the theme of ‘Cherishing Life and Accepting Death,’ Pope Francis said that “There is nothing progressive about solving problems by eliminating a human life." For him, “considering having a baby as a right is not a scientific achievement when the child should instead be welcomed as a gift; nor is it right to use humans as laboratory rats in order to save ostensibly others.”
07/23/2015ISRAEL - IRAN After nuclear deal, Israel ought to become Iran’s best ally by Uri Avnery This is the thesis of Uri Avnery, leader of Gush Shalom, a major supporter of peace between Israelis and Palestinians. According to the great statesman and peace activist, Iran only wants to be a regional power in the Islamic world, able to trade with everyone, inspired by a sophisticated experience that goes back thousands of years. Iran, which faces backward-looking Gulf monarchies and emirates, could be a great ally against Daesh. Meanwhile in Israel Netanyahu, politicians and the media continue to blunder.
07/17/2015VATICAN Vatican calls for an end to violence, corruption and pollution in mining Organised by the Pontifical Council for Justice and Peace, the conference ‘United with God - listen to the cry’ brought together representatives of communities affected by mining activities from Africa, Asia and America. “Investors, business people, as well as political and government leaders in countries with mines and the headquarters of multinational mining companies are responsible” for this.
07/16/2015VATICAN Vatican budget still in the red with a € 25.6 million deficit for 2014 The Governorate of the Vatican City State, which is responsible for museums, the Vatican post office, commercial enterprises, etc., had instead a good year with a surplus of € 63.5 million. Net assets rose by € 939 million as a result of adjustments to count all the assets and liabilities for the 2014 fiscal year.
07/13/2015VATICAN Pope: "everything I have said is in the Church’s social doctrine" On the plane taking him home from Asunción to Rome, Pope Francis answered reporters’ questions about Greece, religious freedom, the crisis of the family, support for grassroots movements (not anarchy), neo-colonialism and Vatican “mediation” between Cuba and the United States.
07/12/2015PARAGUAY - VATICAN Pope: Evangelizing means welcoming, the Christian passes from selfishness to love Francis celebrates Mass in the large Nu Guazu plain, within a military air base. During his homily, the Pope stresses that Christ " the Christian journey is about changing hearts. It is about learning to live differently, under a different law, with different rules". Welcome is key to witness and conversion.
07/11/2015PARAGUAY - VATICAN Pope in Paraguay: Mary and the women of this country, inexhaustible source of hope Francis celebrates Mass in one of the most popular Marian shrines in Latin America, Caacupé, which " preserves and treasures the memory of a people who know that Mary is their Mother, and that she has always been at the side of her children." Like the Mother of God, the women of Paraguay "lived through many difficult situations which, in the eyes of the world, would seem to discredit all faith”. " " When all seemed to be falling apart, with Mary you said: “Let us not be afraid, the Lord is with us; he is with our people, with our families; let us do what he tells us”.