08/28/2015VATICAN - IRAQ Fr. Samir of Amadiya: The Pope is the voice of Iraqi refugees by Bernardo Cervellera The Chaldean priest met Pope Francis, asking him to keep the world’s focus on Christian refugees from Mosul and the Nineveh Plain. His diocese is home to 3500 Christian families and almost half a million Yazidis who fled Islamic State violence. ISIS is not all Islam and there are Muslims who want an Iraq of coexistence. Christians might not emigrate, but remain in their own land. Aid projects for refugees: school for children, work for adults, a home for every family. An appeal to AsiaNews. Vatican City (AsiaNews) – Still deeply moved and emotional at having been able to meet and speak with Pope Francis for at least three minutes, at the end of the general audience two days ago, Fr. Samir says "it was a...
08/27/2015SRI LANKA Defence seminar to focus on global threats by Melani Manel Perera Titled ‘National Security in the Context of Emerging Global Threats,’ the event will be held in Colombo on 1-2 September. Some 350 delegates are expected from 66 countries. The ambassadors of China and Pakistan will address the seminar. The Army chief claims the military has achieved high levels of professionalism since the end of the civil war.
08/26/2015SRI LANKA President Sirisena returns land to 300 Tamil families by Melani Manel Perera Land was expropriated from Sampoor villagers by former President Rajapaksa. About 825 families were forced to live as displaced persons in refugee camps. A Tamil: "We are happy, even if we have to start all over again." EU, India, UNHCR and UNICEF finance the construction of new homes. Sirisena appeals: "Let us live together as brothers and sisters, without fear."
08/26/2015VATICAN Pope on prayer: God is "the caress that keeps us alive" At the general audience, Pope Francis explains the value of prayer in family life. Rediscovering our love for God. He is not only "the great Being, the Almighty, who created all things, the judge who controls every action." "There are mothers and fathers who could win the Nobel Prize" because in 24 hours they do things that they would need 48 hours for. "The Gospel read and pondered in the family is like a good bread that nourishes everyone’s heart". Appointment for September 1 at 17 in St. Peter for a Liturgy of the Word on the World Day of Prayer for the care of creation, together with the Orthodox.
08/21/2015SRI LANKA Sri Lanka, Ranil Wickremasinghe sworn in as Prime Minister by Melani Manel Perera A lawyer by profession, the leader is prime minister for the fourth time. He holds the record of having kept the parliamentary seat for 38 years in a row. He is also the most voted for political ever in an election. Congratulated by world leaders.
08/19/2015VATICAN Pope: Today’s world of work considers families a burden, a weight At the general audience Pope Francis speaks about the world of work. "To cause a loss of jobs, means to create serious social damage . “Work is sacred, work gives dignity to a family. We must pray that no family lacks work". The logic of profit only corrupts the environment and affects the poorest families. The "great mission" of families in today's world is like "David versus Goliath ... but we know how that challenge ended". A special greeting to the Taize community for the 75th anniversary of its founding. Greetings for the pilgrims from Japan and the Middle East.
08/18/2015SRI LANKA Sri Lanka, election defeat ends Rajapaksa era by Melani Manel Perera The former president concedes defeat. Ranil Wickremasinghe, UNP candidate, will be sworn in tomorrow as prime minister. The appeal of the new prime minister to create a "civilized society, with equal opportunities for all".
08/16/2015VATICAN Pope: The Eucharist is Jesus who gives himself entirely to us During the Angelus, Pope Francis explained the meaning of the Eucharist, the real and not symbolic presence of Jesus, and the Mass, which is not a "private prayer". For the pontiff, “Feeding on this ‘bread of life’ means becoming attuned to Christ’s heart, and assimilate his choices, thoughts, and behaviour.”
08/15/2015VATICAN Pope offers prayer for the people of Tianjin, our pilgrimage in the sign of Mary Pope Francis shares the pain for the calamity that struck the Chinese city where two explosions killed more than 50 people and injured an additional 700. The presence of 700 tonnes of sodium cyanide in the warehouse that blew up is cause for great concern. Bullies weigh on history but “God does not abandon his humble and poor children”. Life “is not about aimlessly wandering” but “is a pilgrimage that [. . .] has a safe destination: the house of the Father." The pontiff called on the faithful to visit to the ‘Salus Populi Romani’ at S. Maria Maggiore.
08/13/2015SRI LANKA For Christian activist, Sri Lanka is ready for historic elections by Jehan Perera Scholar looks at the context in which Sri Lankan society is getting ready for the vote. Law enforcement and election commission have worked well. Attempts to stir ethnic nationalism have proven futile. Civil society groups play a crucial role.