10/04/2015VATICAN Pope: Parents and educators, instruments "of the love with which Jesus embraces the little ones" At the Angelus, Pope Francis asks for prayers for the Synod on the family and asks people to welcome children "starving, abandoned, exploited, forced into the war, refused." Not a "fortress society", but a "society-family, to welcome, with proper rules, but welcome, always welcome, with love." Pray for the Synod. The beatification of Cistercian monk Pio Heredia and seventeen companions, martyrs of the Spanish Civil War. Thoughts for victims of Guatemala landslide and the flood in southern France. Vatican City (AsiaNews) - "Today we ask the Lord that all parents and educators in the world, as well as the whole society, be instruments of the acceptance and love with which Jesus embraces the little ones. He looks into their hearts with the tenderness and solicitude of a father and a mother at...
10/04/2015VATICAN Pope: In “extremely difficult social and marital context”, Church called to carry out mission in fidelity, truth and charity. The opening Mass of the Synod on "The vocation and mission of the family in the Church and in the contemporary world," Pope Francis speaks of the paradoxes of global society: "power" accompanied by loneliness and helplessness." Today's man "ridicules" the family and love, but thirsts for it. The Church bears witness to indissoluble love, but must not forget to care and sustain "the man who falls or who errs." "A Church with closed doors betrays itself and its mission, and instead of being a bridge it becomes a barrier."
10/03/2015VATICAN Pope: Every family is always a light in the darkness of the world, may synod set out once more from Nazareth The great prayer vigil before the Synod of Bishops on "The vocation and mission of the family in the Church and in the contemporary world", Francis prays that the Synod Fathers hear the Holy Spirit: "Without the Holy Spirit God is far off, Christ remains in the past, the Church becomes a mere organization, authority becomes domination, mission becomes propaganda, worship becomes mystique, Christian life the morality of slaves".
10/03/2015VATICAN Pope to the Food Bank: counter food waste by distributing it to the poor In an audience with Italy’s Food Bank Foundation, which is marking 25 years of operations, Pope Francis recalls the need to respond to the "scandal" of hunger and the "sin" of injustice of wealth and waste beside destitution. Look the poor "in the eye, shake hands with them, see in them the flesh of Christ." The memory of the "founders", the entrepreneur Danilo Fossati and Don Luigi Giussani.
10/03/2015ASIA Singapore, Japan and Hong Kong in the top ten of the world economy World Economic Forum on competitiveness ranking published. Top three unchanged since last year: Switzerland, Singapore and the United States. Japan sixth, followed by Hong Kong. The world economy is slowing down compared to the previous decade, only exception- addition to China - India, which gains 16 positions.
10/02/2015TURKMENISTAN Government cuts subsidies for its largely impoverished citizens by Alexander Kim Since 1993 in Turkmenistan has provided its citizens with free access to water, electricity and natural gas. In 2007, the new president introduced limitations. Overall subsidies represent 22% of GDP. The global economic crisis is reducing the government's finances. The country consumes 36.7% of the natural gas it produces. “The time has come to move to market relations. Now we must all learn to pay,” a government official said.
10/02/2015UNITED NATIONS – ASIA Top world leaders focus on economics and war at UN General Assembly A content analysis shows what G20 heads of government and state said. At 38 times Syria tops citations. The world economy and war were the main topics, cited together 100. China’s Xi Jinping named no country other than China and did not mention terrorism and related topics. North Korea’s nuclear threat mentioned only by South Korea.
10/02/2015VATICAN Synod: 270 bishops and 18 married couples to speak about the family The assembly, dedicated to "The vocation and mission of the family in the Church and in the contemporary world", opens Sunday with a papal Mass. Among the changes, the greater role of the working groups divided according to language. The final report will be delivered to Francis who will decide whether to draw a papal document from it.
10/01/2015VATICAN Almost 232 million migrants and 45 million refugees and internally displaced persons In the global South, migrants are increasingly young. More than half of the refugees are children. Europe has received the largest number of migrants (1.1 million per year), followed by Asia (1.0 million), North America (0.6 million) and Africa (0.5 million). This year (as of 25 September), 3,903 migrants have died according to official figures.
10/01/2015PAKISTAN Gujrat: imprisoned for blasphemy, four Christians risk their lives. Government: No protection by Jibran Khan The Christian community, Catholic and Protestant, is ready to take to the streets in defense of pastor Aftab Gill and three others. The court has ignored their appeal and there is a strong risk of extrajudicial killing. They are in jail following a new case of abuse of the "black law". Muslim lawyer: innocent victims of a distorted system
10/01/2015VATICAN Pope: “indifference and silence lead to complicity whenever we stand by as people are dying” In his message for the World Day of Migrants and Refugees, Francis invites people to find in a response to the phenomenon of migration in the Gospel of mercy. "Important to view migrants not only on the basis of their status as regular or irregular ", but as people who "are capable of contributing to progress and the general welfare." "The need to help the countries from which migrants and refuge leave". "Public opinion also needs to be correctly formed, not least to prevent unwarranted fears and speculations detrimental to migrants".
09/30/2015VATICAN Online digital library on Church documents and communications More than 1,100 documents from the 1st to the 21st century will available in different languages, especially for those interested and working in Catholic education and training centres who would otherwise lack access to such resources.
09/30/2015VATICAN Pope: the family is the answer to the great challenges of fragmentation and standardization "God always wants to build bridges; we are the ones who build walls! But walls always fall down, always. " Cuba "no more closure, no more exploitation of poverty, but freedom in dignity." San Junipero Serra "shows us the path of joy: to go and share the love of Christ with others." At the UN "I also reiterated the call to stop and prevent violence against ethnic and religious minorities and against civilian populations". Starting from the family to rethink and change the pattern of development, for the good of the entire human family. "