10/09/2015VATICAN Synod: today’s families are subject to many negative forces, but they also offer many shining examples No one should expect the Synod on the Family to say anything on “how to change the doctrine,” said Card Tagle; however, everyone can expect to know how the latter “can heal and support families”. The reports of the 13 work groups present their concerns and hopes, calling for a less negative vision and more theological references. The “equal dignity of man and woman has evangelical roots,” one report says. For many, gender theory is ideological in nature. Everyone expresses solidarity for persecuted Christian families. Vatican City (AsiaNews) – At today’s briefing, Card Luis Antonio Tagle, archbishop of Manila, said that no one should expect the Synod on the Family to say anything on “how to change the doctrine;” however, everyone can...
10/09/2015INDONESIA Indonesian Jesuit: Migrants are modern slaves, let us help them regain dignity by Mathias Hariyadi Fr. Benedictus Hari Juliawan speaks of the Jesuits’ work with the boat people since 2010. Migration flows affect countries of Southeast Asia. The islands of Eastern Indonesia turned into forced labor camps. "About 700 thousand people a year leave the country to find work. They fall prey to human trafficking mafia ".
10/09/2015VATICAN Pope: "caution and discernment", because "the Devil is hidden" and "always tries to deceive" If "he has been kicked out" he has "patience, and waits to return", “he arrives with his polite friends, knocks on the door, asks permission to come in and come and live with a person and become part of his or her daily life and, drop by drop, gives instructions. " With "this mannerly way" the devil convinces him to "do things with relativism", reassuring consciousness.
10/08/2015VATICAN Synod: the West must “not forget the Christians in the Middle East,” says Patriarch Younan Responding to a question about a “hermeneutic of conspiracy” attributed to the pope, Vatican spokesman Fr Lombardi said, “Clearly, the concept is that we should not believe in conspiracies. We should see the Synod as a process of exchange, and communication, taking place in peace and sincerity, not as something driven by special interests or attempts to manipulate".
10/08/2015INDONESIA Family planning is a good thing, not abortion and contraceptives by Mathias Hariyadi Members of the Catholic Church in Indonesia are in favour of government family planning, as long as it promotes “responsible parenthood." Started by Suharto in the 1970s, family planning had fallen by the wayside after 1998. Now the government wants to cut population growth, deemed a burden on the economy.
10/08/2015VIETNAM Following Francis, the Vietnamese Church promises help and hospitality to migrants by Paul N. Hung Modernisation and industrialisation have driven millions of people to the big cities. The Bishops' Conference calls for openness to these "brothers and sisters" in difficult conditions. Parishes are tasked to provide pastoral care. For Vietnamese bishop, migrants must be "helped, supported, loved and encouraged”.
10/08/2015PHILIPPINES Del Torchio kidnapping: "May not be Islamist groups" Fr. Giovanni Re, PIME regional superior in the Philippines, says that "it is more likely to be groups looking for ransom, as often happens before elections." The area of Mindanao "is still one of the most dangerous. We take precautions but sometimes kidnappings occur even in quiet areas ". Some classmates of the former missionary describe him as "a person of great sensitivity and practical skills. Intuitive and resourceful ".
10/07/2015VATICAN Synod: searching for a ‘language’ to announce the ‘Good News’ to today's families Thirteen language groups are “working in complete freedom, listening in total humility". In each, "we must not necessarily agree on everything; we must speak about our differences in different situations." Indeed, “In the Catholic Church, we are very keen on unity, but we want cultural differences to emerge, so that everyone can express himself.”
10/06/2015ASIA El Niño could cause outbreaks of dengue fever in Southeast Asia International researchers warn that that latest warming trend is "ideal" for dengue haemorrhagic fever. Countries in South-East Asia are at risk because their health care systems might not be able to cope with his year’s outbreak. On average, nearly 400 million infections are recorded each year.
10/06/2015VATICAN Pope: no to rigid ministers, the Lord asks for mercy "Where there is the Lord there is mercy. And St. Ambrose added: 'And where is rigidity, there are its ministers''. "We only understand God's mercy when it was poured out on us, our sins, our miseries ..."