12/11/2013VATICAN Pope Francis is Time's Person of the Year For Fr Lombardi, the pope seeks neither fame not success, but "he will certainly be glad" if Time's choice means that many people understood that "he carries out his service for the proclamation of the Gospel and the love of God for all." Vatican City (AsiaNews)
- Pope Francis, who "chose the name of the humble saint", is Time's
Person of the year. The
tradition of selecting a 'Man', later a 'Person of the Year" began in 1927 to
acknowledge the person who, for better or for worse, dominated the news in the
year that is about to end.
fact is unsurprising, considering the resonance and very widespread attention
given to the...
12/11/2013INDIA New Delhi: archbishop, priests and nuns arrested during peaceful demonstration Mgr Anil JT Couto, along with other members of the local clergy, was taking part in a protest for the rights of Dalit Christians and Muslims. Police apparently beat the religious leaders present, charging the crowd with water cannons. Several people have been injured. For Card Gracias, "violence on priests, religious and nuns" is a disgrace for India. The country "cannot move forward as long as one part of society is discriminated and deprived of something on religious grounds."
12/11/2013INDIA Karnataka, Christmas sees return of Hindu fundamentalist persecution Two women were arrested for distributing leaflets about Christianity . A mob of extremists threaten to launch a mass protest , to punish "those who practice conversions”. President of the Global Council of Indian Christians (GCIC ), tells AsiaNews: "A shameful attack, as planned nationalist forces step up pressure on Christians at Christmas".
12/11/2013VATICAN Pope: Never fear the final judgment, because Christ will always be at our side God "did not send his Son to condemn, but to save" and "he who believes in Him is not condemned, but whoever does not believe is already condemned," and in this sense "the judgment has already begun". New appeal against hunger in the world. America, land of welcome, “a land capable of respecting human life at every stage".
12/11/2013INDIA Supreme Court rules homosexuality is a crime. Archbishop of Mumbai: Gays are not criminals by Nirmala Carvalho The highest Indian court has overturned a 2009 judgment of the High Court of Mumbai , which had decriminalized homosexual acts. LGBT associations complain and accuse the Islamic and Christian religious organizations of lobbying to reinstate the ban. Card. Oswald Gracias, "No to gay marriage, but the Christian community is against any form of discrimination. Homosexuals have the same dignity as any other human being."
12/10/2013INDIA - SOUTH AFRICA Card. Gracias: We must learn from Mandela , champion of freedom, democracy and equality by Card. Oswald Gracias The Archbishop of Mumbai and president of the Catholic Bishops paints a portrait of the South African leader " icon of peace and reconciliation." Today, Heads of State and dignitaries from around the world participate in the celebrations in honor of Nelson Mandela. Card. Gracias recalls 27 years in prison lived "with great courage and dignity, never ceasing to pursue the values of peace, love and reconciliation."
12/09/2013INDIA Elections in India: "great concern" over victory of Hindu nationalists The Bharatiya Janata Party (BJP ) wins in Rajasthan , Chhattisgarh and Madhya Pradesh. Local Catholic sources tell AsiaNews : "The results are serious, because the party is supported by the fundamentalists”. Congress (secular party at the helm of the central government) lost because "the people are exasperated with corruption, the party did not present a real political program ; inflation is bringing people to their knees ."
12/08/2013VATICAN Pope: Let us always be united with Mary who teaches us to live waiting for the Lord's Advent In today's Angelus, on the occasion of the Solemnity of the Immaculate Conception, the Pope talked about Mary, who came from a "small town" and "faced plenty of difficulties but remained faithful to God's plans of love." Today the pope will also pay homage to the Virgin in Piazza di Spagna, to entrust to her "Rome, the Church and the whole of humanity". He will also stop at Santa Maria Maggiore Basilica to pray before the icon of Mary Salus Populi Romani."
12/07/2013VATICAN Pope: World Day of the Sick , "we are called to be conformed to Christ, the Good Samaritan of the Afflicted " The test of true faith is the gift of self , "especially for those who do not deserve it , for those who suffer, for those who are marginalized ." Jesus did not take away from human disease and suffering, but transformed and reduced it. Reduced, because they no longer have the last word, instead it is new life in fullness; transformed , because in union with Christ, they can be transformed from negative to positive .
12/07/2013VATICAN Pope: respect for human dignity against the "culture of waste" Society of efficiency at all costs hides a practical atheism. The weakest and most fragile are real victims of this culture. In the social doctrine "there is the defense of religious freedom, of life in all its phases, the right to work and to decent work , the family, education ... " .
12/07/2013VATICAN Pope: Internet "is indispensable" for Church but at the same time "not enough." The proclamation of the Gospel, in fact, "requires authentic and direct human relationships to result in a personal encounter with the Lord." But you have to " be present, always with evangelical style , in what for many , especially young people, has become a kind of living environment, to awaken in the heart the insistent questions about the meaning of our existence."