10/30/2014VATICAN Pope: in a Europe where there is "thirst for God," Catholics and Old Catholics should bear credible witness to the Gospel During an audience with bishops from the Union of Utrecht, Francis recognises "the increasing distance between us on matters of ministry and ethical discernment." Nevertheless, it is "possible to build new bridges of a more profound mutual understanding and practical co-operation". Indeed, "In prayer for and with one another, our differences are taken up and overcome in fidelity to the Lord and his Gospel." Vatican City (AsiaNews) - In Europe " which is so confused about its own identity and vocation,
there are many areas in which Catholics and Old Catholics can collaborate in meeting
the profound spiritual crisis affecting individuals and societies," said Pope Francis in his address to a delegation from the Old Catholic Bishops' Conference of the Union...
10/29/2014MIDDLE EAST - ISLAM Only Christians can show Muslims the "mad utopia" of the Islamic State by Fady Noun Superstitions, rituals, deportation, rape, summary justice and indoctrination are the foundations upon which the power of terrorists rests. The latter want to create a theocratic and regressive "perfect city". But utopias generate terror and monsters like Communism and Nazism. Christians have a duty to show Muslims the "true face" of their religion as well as its "elements of violence."
10/29/2014VATICAN Pope calls for "every effort to eradicate" "relentless disease", Ebola The Pope "expressed his closeness to all those suffering from Ebola, “as well as to the doctors, nurses, volunteers, religious institutes and associations, who are working heroically to help our brothers and sisters who are sick". "The Church is a mystery in which what is not seen is more important than what is seen". A prayer for the Mexican students burned alive by drug traffickers.
10/29/2014TURKEY- SYRIA-IRAQ Kurdish peshmerga arrive in Turkey to fight in Kobane They were greeted by thousands of Turkish Kurds who were barred from entering Syria to fight. Ankara fears the strengthening of the PKK and the creation of a Kurdish state. Some areas of the province of Idlib have passed into the hands of the Nusra Front, aided by the militia of the Islamic State.
10/28/2014VATICAN Pope: "No family without a home. No farmer without land. No worker with rights" Meeting with the Popular Movements Francis asks for change in a system that is “an idolatrous cult of money and global indifference." We must "do so with courage but also with intelligence. With tenacity, but without fanaticism. With passion, but without violence." Jesus would call "hypocrite" those who want to face "the scandal of poverty by promoting strategies of containment that only convert the poor into domestic and inoffensive beings".
10/28/2014BANGLADESH - COLOMBIA Fr Belisario: From Colombia to Bangladesh, the "madness" of the mission by Bernardo Cervellera Fr Belisario de Jesus Montoya Cyrus, 29, is a Colombian priest from the diocese of Sonsón-Rionegro. A month ago, he left for Bangladesh. For him, the missio ad gentes should be part of every priest's baggage. Although the pain of separation is too much for his parents ("They cried as if I had been laid to rest in a coffin."), for him, this is the way to be "like Jesus" and experience the Church's universality.
10/28/2014VATICAN Pope: Jesus builds the Church, which we must enter, not linger on the threshold When he chose the apostles, they were "all sinners", but Jesus did not look at their sin, but their heart. " We cannot understand the Church without Jesus who prays and heals. May the Holy Spirit help us understand that this Church has its strength is in Jesus’s prayer that can heal us all ". We are citizens of this Church. "If we do not enter this temple, if we are not part of this construction so the Holy Spirit dwells within us, we are not in the Church."
10/28/2014IRAQ - ITALY Letter from Archbishop of Mosul: Thank you for your aid, supporting the plight of refugees by Amel Nona The donations made through the "Adopt a Christian from Mosul" campaign are used to buy food, warm clothes, blankets for refugees and rent houses or caravans given the early onset of winter and. Two women have defended their Christian faith before the Islamist militants who wanted to convert them, despite the threat of death. A refugee among refugees, Msgr. Nona discovers a new way of being a pastor.
10/28/2014IRAQ Baghdad, at least 38 dead and dozens wounded in a double bomb attack A suicide bomber blew himself up near a government checkpoint in Jurf al-Sakhar, 50 km south of the capital. Islamic State terrorists behind the attack on: casualties among government forces and Shiite militias. The second attack took place in the district of Karrada in central Baghdad.
10/27/2014LEBANON - SYRIA Tripoli: Lebanese army on the offensive against Islamist militias Lebanon's military launched a major operation to oust Jihadi groups from the heart of the Old City and the Sunni neighbourhood of Bab al-Tabbaneh. Violence breaks out again in the Arsal area. Patriarch Rahi expresses support for the army, which is trying to ensure "security and stability". Lebanese authorities say they cannot accept more refugees from Syria.
10/26/2014VATICAN Pope: With Jesus, love is the measure of faith, and faith is the soul of love At the Angelus, Pope Francis emphasizes "the center" "from which everything must eradiate and to which everything must return": love for God and love for brethren. Jesus did not hand down formula or commandments, "but two faces, actually one, the face of God reflected in many faces, because in the face of every brother, especially the smallest, most fragile and helpless, person in need is the very image of God". The beatification of Mother Assunta Marchetti, a Scalabrini, an example of this "love of t two faces, which is in reality just One".
10/25/2014VATICAN Pope: Never before has the family been under such attack, Church renewal starts from the heart Receiving the Schoenstatt Apostolic Movement for the centenary of its foundation, Francis speaks off the cuff and addresses issues raised at the Synod: "There is a great crisis of the family, we need person to person pastoral care and a patient accompaniment". On Mary, Mother of the Church: "We would all be orphans without her". The Church that is not outward bound "only grooms the sheep already in its flock". Renewal "is not just about the Curia and the Vatican, the newspapers are wrong. I am looking for a renewal of heart”.