09/03/2015ASIA – EUROPEAN UNION Aylan’s death and that of the Middle East by Bernardo Cervellera The death of a child from a sinking boat off the Turkish coast has moved the whole world, but lest we forget, thousands more have already died in Syria’s war. The refugee problem must be addressed but so do the causes that have led to this tragedy, namely Mideast wars, funding the Islamic State group, and proxies acting on behalf of regional and world powers. ROME (AsiaNews) – Like others, we too mourn the death of the three-year-old boy who drown with his younger brother during an attempt to cross from Turkey into Greece, his body stranded on a beach in Bodrum, where other people normally play, swim and...
09/03/2015VATICAN Pope: Wonder of encountering Jesus opens hearts, calculations close them At Mass in Santa Marta Francis speaks of the Gospel of the miraculous catch and invites participants to recognize themselves as sinners "not in theory, in practice" and to recognize the Savior. The Lord "forgives even those who deny him, if they have the grace of this double confession: You are God, I am a sinner."
09/02/2015VATICAN Pope: Never again war, the plea of minorities and persecuted Christians On the anniversary of the end of the Second World War, Francis asks that “the world today no longer experience the horrors and the appalling suffering of such tragedies. But she does!”. "The alliance between families and God, called today to combat the desertification of the modern city."
09/01/2015VATICAN Day of Prayer for the Care of Creation in St Peter's Basilica Pope Francis leads the Liturgy of the Word on the day he instituted in unity with the Orthodox Church. Representatives of all Christian churches attend the service. Without the conversion of heart to God, “ecology has not chance of succeeding." Saint Francis of Assisi is the model of caring for creation.
09/01/2015VATICAN Pope stresses Jubilee, God’s tenderness for women who had an abortion, Lefebvrians, prisoners, the sick In a letter to Mgr Rino Fisichella, Pope Francis adds new criteria to traditional ones to receive indulgence. All priests can forgive the sin of abortion by preparing themselves to welcome sincerely the sinners. The sick and the lonely can accept “suffering as an experience of closeness to the Lord”. The Jubilee year might bring amnesty, whilst a cell’s door might become a Holy Door. Through works of mercy, one can obtain plenary indulgence. The pontiff seeks reconciliation with the Society of St Pius X.
09/01/2015VATICAN Pope: Our final embrace with Christ and the idleness "of chatter" As public Masses begin again in Casa Santa Marta, Pope Francis calls Christians to witness to hope (and fear) of the definitive encounter with Jesus Christ. "He will come to see me so that I may see him with my own eyes, embrace him and be with him always." "Let us comfort one another through good deeds and good words, on this road."
08/31/2015ORTHODOX CHURCH – VATICAN Bartholomew I and Catholics together on World Day of Prayer for the Care of Creation For the first time tomorrow, Orthodox and Catholics will celebrate event together, which Pope Francis picked this year. The content of the patriarch’s message is very similar to that of the encyclical Laudato si’. Man is a fool to think that he owns creation rather than being its steward. Ascetic behaviour can correct the excesses of consumerism. The Gospel can clean the spiritual garbage caused by material garbage.
08/30/2015VATICAN For pope, the blessed martyr Flavianus Michael Malke can bring “consolation” to persecuted Mideast Christians During the Angelus, Pope Francis mentioned yesterday’s beatification in Harissa (Lebanon) of the bishop killed during the Armenian-Syriac Genocide (1915), appealing to the international community to "do something" to end violence and abuses against religious freedom. He also urged the faithful to pray for the migrants who died trying to reach Europe, with a minute of silence observed for the 71 victims who suffocated to death in a lorry on their way to Vienna. “With external attitudes, one cannot call oneself a Christian unless one changes one’s heart,” he said. “The border between good and evil does not run outside of us but within us, in our consciousness."
08/28/2015KYRGYZSTAN - CHINA Chinese-funded project gives Kyrgyzstan its first independent power transmission line Construction on the Datka-Kemin power transmission line began at the Kemin substation in 2012. A Chinese company built the US$ 390 million project. Before, Kyrgyzstan relied on other countries for energy, now it “will not only meet the needs of the country, but it will also export electricity,” the president said.
08/28/2015KAZAKHSTAN Agreement on a new international nuclear bank signed in Kazakhstan The bank will curb nuclear proliferation by countries like Iran. It will be built in the Ulba metallurgical plant (eastern Kazakhstan) with a transit agreement with the Russian Federation. Kazakh President Nazarbayev first made the proposal in 2009. The member countries must meet strict IAEA rules. Programmes towards food sustainability using nuclear and related biotechnologies are in the works.
08/28/2015VATICAN - IRAQ Fr. Samir of Amadiya: The Pope is the voice of Iraqi refugees by Bernardo Cervellera The Chaldean priest met Pope Francis, asking him to keep the world’s focus on Christian refugees from Mosul and the Nineveh Plain. His diocese is home to 3500 Christian families and almost half a million Yazidis who fled Islamic State violence. ISIS is not all Islam and there are Muslims who want an Iraq of coexistence. Christians might not emigrate, but remain in their own land. Aid projects for refugees: school for children, work for adults, a home for every family. An appeal to AsiaNews.
08/26/2015VATICAN Pope on prayer: God is "the caress that keeps us alive" At the general audience, Pope Francis explains the value of prayer in family life. Rediscovering our love for God. He is not only "the great Being, the Almighty, who created all things, the judge who controls every action." "There are mothers and fathers who could win the Nobel Prize" because in 24 hours they do things that they would need 48 hours for. "The Gospel read and pondered in the family is like a good bread that nourishes everyone’s heart". Appointment for September 1 at 17 in St. Peter for a Liturgy of the Word on the World Day of Prayer for the care of creation, together with the Orthodox.