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." Vatican City (AsiaNews) – Speaking to pilgrims in St Peter's Square after the Angelus prayer, Pope Francis expressed hope that the beatification of Flavianus Michael Malke (Flavyānus Mikhayil Malké), a martyred Syrian Catholic bishop, might bring...
08/28/2015INDONESIA - EAST TIMOR Jakarta and Dili to settle territorial disputes before the end of the year The two governments have agreed in principle to boost trade and technical cooperation as well. Maritime disputes should be settled by the end of the year. Border posts are opened to facilitate cultural exchanges. Following its agreement with the Holy See, the latest steps will further Timor Leste’s foreign policy.
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.
08/19/2015VATICAN Pope: Today’s world of work considers families a burden, a weight At the general audience Pope Francis speaks about the world of work. "To cause a loss of jobs, means to create serious social damage . “Work is sacred, work gives dignity to a family. We must pray that no family lacks work". The logic of profit only corrupts the environment and affects the poorest families. The "great mission" of families in today's world is like "David versus Goliath ... but we know how that challenge ended". A special greeting to the Taize community for the 75th anniversary of its founding. Greetings for the pilgrims from Japan and the Middle East.
08/19/2015INDONESIA Card. Tagle to Indonesian bishops: Laudato sì is for non –Catholics too by Mathias Hariyadi The archbishop of Manila met with Representatives of the Bishops Conference in Jakarta for seminar on Pope Francis’ encyclical. The Cardinal urged the Catholic community of the archipelago to offer the contents of the text to all: "We have a moral obligation to future generations. Earth must be a gift for everyone, not just for the financial lobbies."
08/18/2015INDONESIA Indonesian bishops: still too much corruption and too little democracy by Mathias Hariyadi On the occasion of the 70th anniversary of independence, the Bishops' Conference launches a warning about the current political situation. Many of the programs promised during the election campaign are unfinished and the political class lacks proper moral values. There are still open wounds: unemployment, underdevelopment, corruption and nepotism.
08/17/2015INDONESIA Central Java unveils "world's tallest" statue of Our Lady: 42 meters The monument located near "gua Maria" Marian shrine in a cave of Central Java. At least 30 thousand people came to the blessing of the statue, officiated by the Archbishop of the diocese of Ambarawa. A week ago, the Sanctuary hosted an interfaith conference.
08/17/2015INDONESIA Papua, wreckage of disappeared plane located on mountain 54 people, including five crew members were on board. The plane was also carrying 470 thousand dollars to be allocated to poor families in the area. The accident caused by sudden bad weather that surprised pilots. The region is among the most dangerous in the world for air traffic. Problem of flight safety in Asia returns to the fore.