11/27/2014VATICAN Pope calls Church to mission, witness, charity and listening in cities Francis’ "proposals" for a ministry in a world in which the Church is no longer the only representative of culture, dialogue with multiculturalism is necessary as is the need to discover in the religiosity of our peoples, "the authentic religious substrata, which in many cases is Christian and Catholic". Vatican City (AsiaNews) - "Missionary in all things"
going out to meet, to listen to, bless and walk with the people" and
"being there" in "a concrete witness of mercy and tenderness
that seeks to be present in the poor and existential peripheries, directly
intervening in the collective imagination to generating direction and meaning to the life
of the city". These are the "operational proposals"...
11/27/2014VATICAN Pope urges religious to continue their "spiritual, charismatic and institutional" renewal Examine "everything in the light of the Word of God and listen to the needs of the Church and the contemporary world, using all means that the wisdom of the Church offers to advance on the path of your personal and community holiness". The "not insignificant" number of people who “abandon” religious life says something about selection and formation of candidates". "Prayer is not a waste of time, worship of God is not wasting time, praise of God not to waste time. "
11/27/2014VATICAN Pope: Amid corruption and "distraction" from the Lord, Christians must keep hope alive "This word 'corruption' says a lot to us today: not only economic corruption, but corruption with many different sins; the corruption of that pagan spirit, that worldly spirit. The worst [form of ] corruption is the spirit of worldliness!" " When we think of the end of time, with all of our sins, with our history, let us think of the banquet which will be freely offered us and let us lift up our heads. Do not give way to depression: Hope!"
11/27/2014NEPAL Fight against terrorism and religious extremism "unites South Asia" by Christopher Sharma Heads of state and government meeting in Kathmandu for the annual South Asian Association for Regional Cooperation summit lay out a roadmap for mutual help against fanaticism and sectarian violence. Beijing's bid to join the group is turned down.
11/27/2014INDIA Federal agency says two girls in Dalit rape case not murdered For the Central Bureau of Investigation (CBI), the two teenagers found hanging in their village "committed suicide." The federal agency also said it found no conclusive evidence that the two teenagers were gang raped. All five defendants, including two policemen, have been released. For civil society groups, the case is a "cover up".
11/26/2014BANGLADESH Coming back to life after the Tazreen Fashions fire thanks to Caritas Bangladesh by Sumon Corraya Two years have passed since a fire demolished a large garment factory, killing more than a hundred and leaving at least 200 injured. From the start, the Bangladeshi chapter of the Catholic charity helped survivors through care and rehabilitation. Hence, 104 people were able to get back on their feet through, among other things, courses in sewing and animal husbandry.
11/25/2014VATICAN Pope: dialogue with ISIS is "difficult, if not almost impossible, but the door is always open" Speaking to reporters on the plane that took him back to Rome, Francis said, "There is the threat of these terrorists . . . but there is also another threat, state terrorism [. . .] with terrorists many who are innocent also fall [. . .] slavery is a part of today's social fabric. Slave labour, human trafficking, child trafficking. [. . .] It is a tragedy. Let us not close our eyes on this! [. . .] Going out to find people and talk is what Europe needs today."
11/25/2014VATICAN - EUROPE Pope: overcoming the "culture of conflict" for the good of peace Speaking to the Council of Europe Francis recalls that it has a mission to promote peace, freedom and human dignity. Peace is "wounded" in Europe, "where tensions do not cease." It is violated by terrorism " bankrolled by a frequently unchecked traffic in weapons " and also "the traffic of human beings, which is the new slavery of our time." History today demands the ability to break out of the structures which “contain” our identity and to encounter others, for the sake of making that identity more solid and fruitful in the fraternal exchange of transversality.
11/25/2014INDIA Christ the King among tribal Mundari, witness of faith and peaceful coexistence by Nirmala Carvalho The community of the Church of the Blessed Mother Teresa in Siadih, Jharkhand, celebrated the feast day with a procession. The group walked the main streets and hidden alleys of the parish, attracting non-Christians as well. The event showed that "people of different religions can live in respect, love, unity and harmony", the parish priest said.
11/25/2014VATICAN - EUROPE Pope: "building together" a Europe based on man, not the economy Francis brings a "message of hope and encouragement" to the European Parliament. Overcoming an exaggerated individualism that forgets the duties of the common good. Be the bearer of human rights, democracy, welcome for migrants, respect for nature and a promoter of peace.