05/23/2015VATICAN Pope: work must be "free, creative, participatory and inclusive" “What has changed in the global world are not so much the problems, as their scope and urgency. The extent and speed with which inequalities develop are unprecedented. However, we cannot allow this! We need to propose fair and inclusive alternatives that are actually feasible.” Vatican City (AsiaNews) – Work must be "free, creative, participatory and inclusive" to enable people to express and enhance the dignity of their lives, said Pope Francis at a meeting with the Christian Associations of Italian Workers (ACLI) on the 70th anniversary of the organisation’s...
05/20/2015VATICAN Pope: pray for the Catholics of China and for persecuted Christians "Religious freedom is a human right". In Italy the Pentecost Vigil will be recall our "many brothers and sisters exiled or killed simply because they are Christians." On May 24 the prayer to Our Lady of Sheshan. Chinese Catholics are "credible witnesses" of merciful love and live "spiritually united to the rock of Peter on which the Church is built." The family’s "natural vocation to educate", must not be replaced by "experts" and “intellectual critics".
05/19/2015ASIA Vigil for persecuted Christians, our teachers in the mission in the West by Bernardo Cervellera The "wall of indifference and cynicism" and the silence and apathy so often denounced by Pope Francis have become almost a fortress. Such persecution reflects confessional manipulation, which slams Islam as such, and ideological manipulation, which forgets what is happening in North Korea or China. An increasingly post-Christian Europe seems disinterested in Christians.
05/19/2015S. ARABIA - PAKISTAN Riyadh looks to Pakistan to purchase nuclear weapons Saudi Arabia ready to stock up on nuclear warheads to counter Iran. According to a US source an agreement is already in place with Islamabad. Fears mount of regional arms race, with Egypt and Turkey at the forefront.
05/16/2015VATICAN - PALESTINE Pope receives Mahmoud Abbas, "may you be an angel of peace" "Great satisfaction" for agreement reached between the Vatican and Palestine and "hope" that negotiations between Palestinians and Israelis can resume marked the audience this morning between Francis and the President of the "State of Palestine".
05/15/2015ISLAM – MIDDLE EAST For Al-Baghdadi, Islam is a religion of war, a shrewd message according to Father Samir by Samir Khalil Samir The 'caliph' urges all Muslims to carry out their ‘hijrah’, emigration, to move from an Islam of peace to one of war, imitating Muhammad and his Hegira (in 622). The message rekindles something deeply embedded in the Islamic world and among traditionalists and Salafists. Islam is both peace and war and it is time for Muslims to reform their view of history. Islamic holy war and the Crusades are not comparable.
05/15/2015VATICAN Pope: a fearful or joyless community is "sick", "not Christian" "There are fearful communities, who always choose the safest option: 'No, no, do not do this, no, no, this cannot be, that cannot be ...'. It seems they have written 'forbidden' ' on the front door. ". "No one will take away your joy" says Jesus. "In the saddest moments, in moments of pain" joy "becomes peace."