11/23/2014VATICAN - INDIA Pope on six new saints, two from India: They served the kingdom of God, of which they became heirs During the canonisation of new saints in St Peter's Square, Pope Francis stressed that "The starting point of salvation is not the confession of the sovereignty of Christ, but rather the imitation of Jesus' works of mercy through which he brought about his kingdom." We can enter the kingdom of God "by being close in concrete ways to our brothers and sisters who ask for bread, clothing, acceptance, solidarity," and catechesis. At least 20,000 Indians came for the two Indian saints, Euphrasia Eluvathingal of the Sacred Heart, and Kuriakose Elias Chavara, from the Syro-Malabar Church. Vatican City
(AsiaNews) - At least 70,000 people took part this morning in the canonisation
of six blessed, which was officiated by Pope Francis. Four of them are from
Italy - Giovanni Antonio Farina (1803-1888), Ludovico da Casoria (1814-1885),
Nicola Longobardi (1650-1709), Amato Ronconi (ca 1226-ca...
11/22/2014VATICAN Pope: "A missionary Church can only 'go out', without fear of meeting others, to discover new things" Christians must proclaim the Gospel "to everyone without distinction, not proselytising, to tell others about what we have and what we want to share without forcing anyone”. “Going out means overcoming the temptation of talking among ourselves and forgetting the many who wait for a word of mercy from us, a word of comfort, of hope." “The mission is accomplished by all Christians, not just the few. It is a task for children as well”.
11/22/2014VATICAN Pope: mission to evangelise is the real reason to renew one's life Francis makes a number of suggestions to the participants of the Third World Congress of Ecclesial Movements and New Communities, like preserving "the freshness of charisma," respecting people's freedom in their education and always seeking Communion, whilst remembering that to achieve this goal "conversion must be missionary".
11/22/2014BANGLADESH PIME missionary says his blood is that of the people of Bonpara by Sumon Corraya About 2,500 Catholics celebrated Fr Dino Giacominelli's 25 years as a priest. Now the clergyman is getting ready to leave the parish where he served for 23 years. "Without him," said one faithful, "this community would be much weaker".
11/21/2014VATICAN Pope: the migrant, "a reminder of the need to eradicate inequality, injustice and abuses" Migration "remains an aspiration to hope… to seek a better future wherever that may be". Those who leave their country should not be seen as a problem, but a person who contributes to the economic development and a possible "partner in the construction of richer communities", "stimulating the development of inclusion, creativity and respect for the dignity of all".
11/21/2014INDIA India, an open pit latrine that continues to kill thousands of children each year In a world of some seven billion people, about 60 per cent of its residents without toilets live in India. Poor sanitation and hygiene as well as water pollution cause acute, often fatal diarrhoea and cholera. The government's Clean India campaign promises to solve the emergency, but ordinary Indians remains sceptical.
11/21/2014VATICAN Pope: churches must never become businesses Redemption is free " when the Church or churches start doing business, then it is said that salvation is not so free ...". "There are two things that the people of God cannot forgive: a priest attached to money and a priest who mistreats people. This they cannot forgive!"
11/20/2014VATICAN Pope at FAO: food is not a commodity subject to speculation, the hungry "ask for dignity, not for charity" The "challenge" of solidarity and the "paradox of plenty": "there is food for everyone, but not everyone can eat". "The the struggle against hunger and malnutrition is hindered by “market priorities”, and the “primacy of profit”. The "moral obligation to share the economic wealth of the world." "A source of inspiration is natural law, inscribed in the human heart, that speaks a language that everyone can understand: love, justice, peace, elements that are inseparable from each other"
11/20/2014VATICAN Pope: Jesus weeps before the closure of our hearts, as he wept over Jerusalem "I ask myself: today we Christians who know the faith, the catechism, who go to Mass every Sunday, we Christians, we pastors are we content with ourselves? Because we have organized everything and do not need new visits from the Lord ... And the Lord continues to knock on the door of each one of us and of His Church, the pastors of the Church”.
11/20/2014NEPAL A Hindu "living goddess" chooses to study with Catholics by Christopher Sharma Samita Bajracharya has spent the last few years as "Kumari" or "living goddess", the incarnation of Kali worshiped by both Hindus and Buddhists. After her "divine" period, she chose to enrol in the St Francis Xavier Catholic School. "I am still a Hindu," she told AsiaNews, "but I received solidarity and respect from Catholics."
11/19/2014INDIA For Indian bishop, Christian-Muslim dialogue needs actions, not words by Nirmala Carvalho In India, both communities are a minority. For Mgr Felix Machado, archbishop of Vasai, change begins in the school, which must be "an environment that teaches reciprocity, as well as respect for the natural dignity and freedom of every human being". He calls on Muslims to "use their own tools for the good of all and for building the nation."
11/19/2014INDIA Haryana: 200 injured in clashes between police and followers of a Hindu guru (accused of murder) For over a week the supporters of Baba Rampal have been holed up in his ashram, to prevent police arresting him. Women and children are being used as human shields by their members, which are blocking more than 20 thousand people from leaving the place. The holy man is on trial for the death of one of his followers, which took place under mysterious circumstances in 2006.
11/18/2014VATICAN - SYMPOSIUM Pope, hopeful that the AsiaNews Symposium will encourage evangelical zeal in Asia A telegram from the pope blesses the 2014 international meeting by the PIME agency, its speakers, organisers and all those in attendance. The pontiff is "hopeful that this blessed occasion can be an intense experience of reflection and communion, promoting a renewed apostolic zeal in favour of proclaiming the Gospel in Asia."