05/23/2015VATICAN For pope, labour must be "free, creative, participatory and mutually-supportive" What “has changed in the global world are not so much the problems, as their size and urgency. Incomparable are the amplitude and the speed of reproduction of inequalities. This we cannot allow! We must propose fair alternatives which are truly practicable.” Vatican City (AsiaNews) – Labour must be "free, creative, participatory and mutually-supportive" in order to enable people to express and enhance the dignity of their lives, said Pope Francis at a meeting with the Italian Christian Workers Associations (ACLI) on the 70th anniversary of the...
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".
05/20/2015ISRAELE - PALESTINE Palestinians banned from using same buses as Israelis New "security" measures rolled out today. They will result in Palestinians who work in Israel spending an extra two hours commuting per day. NGOs slam the measures as "racist" and "shameful".
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.
05/16/2015VATICAN - 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".
05/15/2015PALESTINE – VATICAN Palestinian saints, flame of love that illuminates the persecuted Christians of the Middle East by Fady Noun On Sunday, Pope Francis will canonise Marie-Alphonsine Danil Ghattas and Mariam Baouardy. The two nuns exemplify the link between God and his saints, founded on love and service. Patriarch Emeritus Sabbah warned that Christians cannot escape history, because “Escaping history means escaping God’s will.” In the East, the 19th century gave us saints. The 21st century will be a century of martyrs.
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."
05/14/2015VATICAN - PALESTINE Vatican and Palestinian agreement helping hand to Christians in the Middle East by Bernard Sabella "For us Palestinians it is a time of joy, which we hope will reflect and have implications on the political and religious center of the whole Middle East region." "The message this relays, two days before the canonization of the Palestinian sisters, is that Christians are an integral part of society."