06/01/2015VATICAN Pope: "The path of our redemption is a road of many failures," but in the end love conquers all "The prophets, the men of God who spoke to the people, who have not been heard, who have been discarded, will be his glory." "If each one of us does an examination of conscience, we will see how many times, how many times the prophets have been cast aside. How many times we have said to Jesus: ‘Go away’, how many times we wanted to save ourselves, how many times we thought we were the just ones". Vatican City (AsiaNews) - " The path of our redemption is a path of many failures. Even that last one, that of the cross, is one of scandal. But it is precisely there where love conquers "and becomes the discarded stone becomes a foundation, said Pope Francis...
05/31/2015VATICAN Pope: In the Trinity lies the ultimate goal of our earthly pilgrimage At the Angelus Francis reflects on the mystery of the one God in three Persons: "We renew the mission of living communion with God and with one another on the model of the Trinity." Remember "for what purpose, for what glory we exist, we work, we suffer." Next Thursday the celebration of Corpus Christi: "Participate in this solemn public act of love for Jesus among the people." The Pope calls on those present in the square to make the sign of the cross, all together.
05/30/2015VATICAN Pope: Euthanasia and abortion, attacks on human life equal to war and terrorism Francis receives participants in the meeting sponsored by the Science and Life Association in audience: "I see your association as hands reaching out to other hands to sustain life." A just society "recognizes the primary right to life from conception to its natural end," but "must also go further and reflect on the use we make of it."
05/29/2015THAILAND – MYANMAR Myanmar against UN at ASEAN summit on migrants ASEAN summit opens in Bangkok to address migrant emergency. Myanmar’s chief delegate slams UNHRC, which called on his country to grant citizenship to the Rohingya. UN sources say that at least 2,600 migrants are still out at sea. There is little hope that the summit will find a solution.
05/28/2015VATICAN Pope: selfish, worldly or rigorous Christians, draw people away from Jesus There are three groups of Christians: those who instead of responding to the cry of the people asking for salvation distance them from Jesus because they only think about their "selfish" relationship with God, or because they worldly people or rigorists. And then there are Christians who really listen to the cry and live in accordance with their faith and help draw people closer to Jesus.
05/27/2015THAILAND - MYANMAR - ASIA Thai army to the rescue of the Rohingya migrants with emergency operation on the seas by Weena Kowitwanij Army and Air Force launch a two-week operation patrolling the waters and offering emergency services. Food, water, medicine and fuel to reach their final goal will be given to the desperate migrants. Prime Minister calls for a common solution in the Asean summit, on the 29. In Yangon nationalists and Buddhists take to the streets against the repatriation of the Rohingya.
05/26/2015INDONESIA Widowo relaxes security measures in Papua, announces pardon for political prisoners by Mathias Hariyadi Journalists, especially foreign ones, will be able to visit Indonesia’s easternmost provinces, a decision initially opposed by the country’s military and police. The Indonesian president also expressed his intention to pardon political prisoners. However, most are refusing, calling instead for an amnesty.
05/26/2015MYANMAR - ASIA Tints Swe: international lobby and Burmese military regime behind Rohingya crisis by Francis Khoo Thwe Activist maintains there are "invisible hands" complicating the plight of modern-day boat-people. Naypyidaw is only interested in maintaining power and exploiting the nationalist element ahead of elections. The international community exerts undue pressure and pursues its own interests. The real challenge is "to stop human trafficking."
05/26/2015VATICAN Pope: Christianity is a radical choice: you cannot have "heaven and earth" "It's sad to see a Christian, whether it’s a lay person, consecrated, priest, or bishop - it’s sad when you see he wants two things: to follow Jesus and worldly things, to follow Jesus and worldliness." Jesus does not promise riches to his apostles, but the legacy of the Kingdom of heaven "but with persecution, with the cross."
05/25/2015MYANMAR - ASIA Yangon Cardinal: Myanmar has a moral duty to resolve the Rohingya crisis by Charles Maung Bo* 139 mass graves of migrants discovered in Malaysia, scattered in 28 fields near the border with Thailand. In a letter Card. Charles Bo recalls the obligation to assist these modern boat people to regain their dignity and rights. The cardinal speaks of "agony" of inhuman proportions and calls on all citizens to work together to resolve this emergency.