09/30/2014VATICAN - UNITED NATIONS It is "licit and urgent" to stop the aggression of terrorism, Card Parolin says at UN The Holy See's top diplomat calls for "multilateral action and a proportionate use of force" to ensure "the defence of unarmed citizens." The theory of the "clash of civilizations" ignores "longstanding and profound experiences of good relations between cultures, ethnic groups and religions". The path to follow is to "promote dialogue and understanding among cultures," as well as a sense of "responsibility to protect". New York
City (AsiaNews) - For the Vatican, it is "licit and urgent" to stop
the aggression of "transnational" terrorism through "multilateral
action and a proportionate use of force" to ensure "the defence of unarmed
citizens" under the jurisdiction of the Security Council, said Card Pietro
Parolin, Secretary of State of the Holy See who yesterday...
09/30/2014VATICAN Pope: Prepare and pray: the "things" to do ahead of our "dark times” "Our life is too easy, our complaints are overdramatized". Think of the great tragedies, of "these Christian brothers and sisters of ours who are driven from their home and left with nothing: 'But, Lord, I have believed in you. Why? Is believing in You a curse, Lord?'".
09/29/2014VATICAN Pope: "Communicating the Family: A Privileged Place of Encounter with the Gift of Love" The topic Pope Francis chose for the next World Day of Social Communications has been announced. The "Church must learn again how to show that the family is a great gift, something good and beautiful. The Church is called to show more vividly that the gift of love, which the bride and groom offer each other, draws all people to God. It is an exciting task".
09/28/2014VATICAN Pope: "There is no future for people" without inter-generational encounter, when elderly are “discarded” Pope Benedict XVI, "the wise grandfather in the home” attends "The blessing of long life" event. "How often we discard the elderly with an attitude of abandonment that is real and concrete euthanasia". "Homes for the elderly are great ... as long as they are truly homes, not prisons!" The testimony of two elderly people who fled Iraqi Kurdistan: "abuse of the elderly is inhuman, just as it is of children."
09/26/2014INDONESIA Jakarta, the outgoing parliament scraps direct election of governors and mayors by Mathias Hariyadi A coup for the outgoing assembly, a few days ahead of its dissolution. After 10 hours of discussions, 226 deputies voted in favor of the law proposed by the Ministry of Interior. Now local authorities will be elected by local parliaments (and parties). Incoming President Widodo says it is a "huge step backward" for democracy in the country.
09/24/2014VATICAN - UNITED NATIONS UN Climate Summit: for Card Parolin, defence of creation is a moral imperative The Vatican secretary of state addresses the UN. Climate change "raises not only scientific, environmental and socio-economic considerations, but also and above all ethical and moral ones." For the prelate, "we must implement a collective response based on a culture of solidarity, encounter and dialogue". What is more, "The ethical motivations behind every complex political decision must be clear. At present, this means consolidating a profound and far-sighted revision of models of development and lifestyles".
09/24/2014INDONESIA - ISLAM Aceh: Sharia to be applied to non-Muslims by Mathias Hariyadi As the current legislature comes to an end, provincial lawmakers have little time to approve a law that would apply Islamic law to both "Muslims and non-Muslims." Indonesia's Home Affairs minister says he is prepared to challenge the law if it violates national legislation or human rights.
09/24/2014VATICAN Pope: coexistence between people and communities of different religions "possible and practicable" Speaking of his journey to Albania, Francis remembers the victims of a "atheistic and inhuman" regime. "The martyrs are not the vanquished, but the victors: in their heroic witness the omnipotence of God shines forth ". And to the Arab speaking pilgrims: "always be true witnesses of Christ and the truth; be the cause of reconciliation and unity, be witnesses of justice, peace and charity". "The international community" needs to help the countries affected by the Ebola epidemic.
09/23/2014VATICAN Pope: Christian life is "simple": Listen to the Word of God and put it into practice "Maybe we've made things a little too 'difficult, with too many explanations that nobody understands." Listen to the Word of God, read a passage from the Gospel and ask "Does God speak to me in this, is He saying something to me?". "God doesn’t just talk to us all: yes, He talks to everyone, but at the same time He speaks to each one of us. The Gospel was written for each of us."
09/23/2014VATICAN Pope: tolerance towards migrants is not enough, they need welcome and solidarity Titled "Church without frontiers, mother to all" the message for the next World Day of Migrants and Refugees is released. " Often, however, such migration gives rise to suspicion and hostility, even in ecclesial communities". "Solidarity with migrants and refugees must be accompanied by the courage and creativity necessary to develop, on a world-wide level, a more just and equitable financial and economic order".