12/06/2013SOUTH KOREA Unafraid of the truth, Korean priests write open letter calling for Park's resignation by Joseph Yun Li-sun The Catholic Priests' Association for Justice calls on the government to shed light on the abuses committed by the Secret Service and on President Park to step back and take the "honourable course of action". Saying that they are unafraid of retaliation and willing to bear their cross, they found encouragement in the pope's words and the "blood-stained records of the martyrs". Seoul (AsiaNews)
- The Church and its ministers have a
duty to stand up "to injustice". This
"is demonstrated by the blood-stained records of the martyrs [. . .]. As
was emphasized over and over again in Pope Francis's first papal exhortation
'The Joy of...
12/06/2013VATICAN For Pope, faith in God "is not and can never be a source of violence or intolerance" In his audience with the International Theological Commission, Francis spoke of the mission of the theologian as something that is "at once fascinating and risky" and of the "sensus fidelium", which he describes as a sort of "spiritual instinct" that enables the faithful "to discern that which is in conformity with the apostolic faith and the spirit of the Gospel."
12/06/2013VATICAN Pope: Praying is a bit like annoying God to listen to us, certain that He will "Jesus tells us: 'Ask ', but he also tells us: 'Knock on the door', and those who knock on the door make noise, they disturb". "Prayer has these two attitudes: it is in needy and certain" because "when we ask for something, we are in need", "but also , when it is true, it is certain: ' Listen to me I think you can do it because you promised . '"
12/06/2013ASIA- SOUTH AFRICA The world bows down to Nelson Mandela by Paul Wang The South African leader passed away last night at the age of 95. He was the first black president of his country. Tributes of Desmond Tutu and FW de Klerk : He taught a divided nation to live together. Also from Nobel Peace Laureates Aung San Suu Kyi and the Dalai Lama. Even China calls him "friend", although many of Mandela petitions for Tibet and dissidents have been ignored .
12/05/2013VATICAN Pope to create Commission for the Protection of Children On 22 February consistory for the appointment of new cardinals. The Commission, proposed by the Council of Cardinals, will advise the Pope on the Holy See’s commitment in the protection of children and ministry for victims of abuse.
12/04/2013VATICAN Pope appeals for nuns abducted in Syria and "for all the people kidnapped during the conflict " During the general audience in his continuing reflection on the "Creed" , he spoke of the " resurrection of the body". The Pope underlined that we are "the disciples of the One who came , comes every day and will come at the end of the world" and since Jesus is risen, "he has opened the way" and will resurrect us too: "this is not a lie. If Jesus is alive, do you think that will leave us to die and never share in his resurrection? " .
12/03/2013NORTH KOREA Kim Jong-un's uncle removed in Pyongyang's latest purge Jang Song-thaek, the regime's eminence grise who handled the transition of power after the death of Kim Jong-il, was removed from his post at the National Defence Commission. A major powerbroker in the regime, he is married to the sister of the deceased 'dear leader' and acted as his nephew's guardian. The latter now appears to be on his way to emancipation.
12/03/2013ASIA Most corrupt countries in the world found in Asia and Middle East Findings are based on the Corruption Perceptions Index released by Transparency International North Korea, Afghanistan, Iraq, Uzbekistan, Turkmenistan and Syria are among the top 10 "worst" nations. Political instability and civil war favour corruption. The only Asian countries to be among the most transparent nations are Singapore and Hong Kong.
12/01/2013VATICAN Pope: the hope of Advent to end all wars Pope Francis mentions the prophecy of Isaiah, turning "swords" into "ploughshares" and "spears" in "pruning hooks". Humanity must find a shared horizon for its existence. The Church and the world are walking together toward the final goal. The Virgin Mary is the model to emulate. The Pontiff's thoughts also go out to people living with AIDS, grateful to missionaries and health care workers who quietly stand by them.