04/24/2014VATICAN Christians and Buddhists to foster together the growth of the community The Pontifical Council for Interreligious Dialogue issues a message for the Buddhist Feast of Vesakh to "join forces to educate people, particularly the young, to seek fraternity, to live in fraternity and to dare to build fraternity." Vatican City (AsiaNews) - Christians
and Buddhists are called "in a spirit of cooperation [. . .] to respect
and to defend our shared humanity in a variety of socio- economic, political
and religious contexts."
Fostering fraternity in a...
04/24/2014INDIA Card. Gracias: We vote to serve and build a better India by Card. Oswald Gracias The Archbishop of Mumbai went to the polls this morning, during the sixth phase of the general elections of 2014. To do so, he postponed his trip to Rome. He tells AsiaNews: "Jesus was clear about religious authority and the civil power, it is our duty as citizens to get involved in civil matters" for the good of society.
04/24/2014VATICAN Canonised popes as model for Francis' Church by Franco Pisano On several occasions, the current pope highlighted Pope John XXIII's humility and surrender to God's and John Paul II's consistency, courage and missionary strength as examples of how the Catholic world ought to be.
04/22/2014INDIA For Indian Jesuit, Narendra Modi is vindictive and a threat to India's minorities by Cedric Prakash sj The director of the Prashant Human Rights Centre recounts three incidents involving the Hindu nationalist Bharatiya Janata Party (BJP), for whom Modi is running as candidate for the prime minister's office. For Fr Prakash, the pledge to introduce anti-conversion laws and threats against the Muslim community "show the fascist agenda" of the BJP. However, we must have hope; "the struggle will continue indeed, even if the signs are ominous."
04/22/2014INDIA Card. Thottunkal: The Risen Jesus overcomes marginalization and oppression by Nirmala Carvalho The president of the Bishops' Conference of India sends a special Easter message to AsiaNews. The cardinal said that "As Christians we are to live a life of credibility as faithful to Christ and the Gospel", and this is possible even in the midst of tribulation and sacrifice".
04/20/2014VATICAN Pope: The Resurrection, an invitation to rediscover our baptism and become witnesses to Christ At the Easter Vigil Francis speaks of the "return to Galilee, the place where they were first called" where Jesus spoke to the apostles, drawing new energy from the sources of our faith". "It is not to go back in time; it is not a kind of nostalgia. It is returning to our first love, in order to receive the fire which Jesus has kindled in the world and to bring that fire to all people, to the very ends of the earth".
04/17/2014VATICAN Pope: A priest’s "joy", "anoints", is "incorruptible", "missionary" and guarded by poverty, obedience and loyalty Pope Francis celebrates the Chrism Mass with "his" priests. The priestly joy only flows “when the pastor is in the midst of his flock". Even in "in those moments of listlessness and boredom which at times overcome us in our priestly life (and which I too have experienced), even in those moments God’s people are able to “guard” that joy; they are able to protect you, to embrace you and to help you open your heart to find renewed joy"
04/17/2014INDIA Easter among India's Christians, a challenge and a mission of hope by Nirmala Carvalho Through AsiaNews, Card Telesphore Toppo, archbishop of Ranchi, calls on his community to bear witness with their lives to the light of Christ. "The Church's task is to defend man's dignity, especially that of the most vulnerable".