01/25/2015VATICAN Pope: many Christians are persecuted and killed because they are Christians, regardless of their confession "Christian unity will not be the fruit of subtle theoretical discussions in which each party tries to convince the other of the soundness of their opinions. We need to realize that, to plumb the depths of the mystery of God, we need one another, we need to encounter one another and to challenge one another under the guidance of the Holy Spirit, who harmonizes diversities and overcomes conflicts. Who reconciles differences". Rome (AsiaNews)
- The martyrs of today are persecuted because they are Christians, "many
Christians are persecuted and killed without distinction of confession. This is
the "ecumenism of blood "evoked today by Pope Francis in the Basilica
01/25/2015VATICAN Pope: the desire for Christian unity part of our "thirst for God" "Heartfelt appeal" for end to fighting and resumption of dialogue in Ukraine. "In becoming man God tasted our own thirst, not only our material thirst for water, but above all the thirst for a full life, free from the slavery of evil and death”. Filipinos, a "wonderful people"
01/23/2015VATICAN Mass media: learning a more authentic and human communication from the family In his message for the 49th World Day of Social Communications, Pope Francis calls the family "the paradigm of communication." In it, as in the womb, you learn encounter, language, prayer, closeness, forgiveness. The media often treat the family as "an object" over which to wage ideological battles and not as a place in which to learn to communicate. We need to "relearn to tell, not just to produce and consume information".
01/23/2015VATICAN Pope: God’s “work” is reconciliation, because "our God forgives" any sin and "always" forgives No matter how serious the sins are all you need to do is "repent and ask for forgiveness": "you do not have to pay anything," because "Christ already paid for us". Confession "more than a judgment, is an encounter” with the Lord who "embraces you." "Teach our children, our young people to confess well, so that going to confession is not like going to the dry cleaners to remove a stain. No! It is going to meet the Father."
01/22/2015ITALY - VATICAN Chiara Lubich like Teresa of Avila: her process of beatification begins by Costanzo Donegana* The process will open on 27 January in Frascati where the founder of the Focolare Movement lived most of her life and where she is buried. Her journey began as bombs fell on Trent, developing into communities that lived by the principle of unity. She undertook ecumenical work with Athenagoras and Protestant Churches. She also was open to members of other religions and to atheists in order to create "universal brotherhood on this earth."
01/22/2015JAPAN - ISLAM - SYRIA Japanese Muslims: Islamic State is destroying our faith, release the hostages The small community of the Land of the Rising Sun publically condemns the IS terrorists: "Their acts must be condemned strongly, they have nothing to do with the Koran. To kill even one innocent person, in Allah’s name, means killing all of humanity". No news of the two hostages in the hands of terrorists: the ultimatum for the ransom payment, 200 million US dollars, expires tomorrow. Prime Minister Abe: "There will not give in, the Muslim states must help us".
01/21/2015SYRIA - ISLAM - JAPAN One of the two Japanese men held and threatened of death by the Islamic State in Syria is Christian Kenji Goto Jogo, a freelance journalist, who converted in the 90s, belongs to the United Church of Christ. For his pastor, he is a good man, "devoted to reporting what should be reported [. . .] conscious of vulnerable people". He is being held by terrorists along with Haruna Yukawa for a US$ 200 million ransom. Shinzo Abe said Japan would do everything to free them.
01/21/2015VATICAN Pope: Poverty is not caused by many children, but throw-away culture Acts of “brutality” in Niger against “children, against churches", "war can never be waged in the name of God". The trip to Sri Lanka and the Philippines. St. Joseph Vaz "a model for all Christians, called today to propose the saving truth of the Gospel in a multi-religious context". "Care for the poor is an essential element of our Christian life and witness; it involves the rejection of all forms of corruption, because corruption steals from the poor, it demands a culture of honesty."
01/20/2015ISRAEL - LEBANON - IRAN The question is not "if" or "when", but "to what extent" Hizbollah will take revenge against Israel by Paul Dakiki Threats aside, neither Hizbollah nor Iran appears to want a new war. In Israel, some observers wonder whether the decision to carry out the attack in Syria was not linked to the country's upcoming elections, noting that "Netanyahu won the 2013 elections because of the security agenda," and he could try to do the same this time to stay in power.
01/20/2015ASIA A billion viewers, illegal betting, and global jihadism at the 2015 Asian Cup The tournament, held in Australia between 9 and 31 January, is now in the final knockout phase. So far, it has attracted a record number of viewers in Asia, where it is already the sporting event of the year. Match-fixing and illegal betting are being closely monitored. In Mosul, the Islamic state executed 13 teenagers for their love of the game.
01/19/2015FRANCE - ISLAM After Charlie Hebdo, France and the West have to implement a "positive secularism" by Fady Noun Freedom of expression is not an end in itself. Opposite extremes of violent fundamentalism and absolute freedom must give way to the "will to live together". The West is becoming a multi-religious society. As in the case of the Holocaust, we must limit anti-religious "negationism". Lebanon is a model. Secularism is dead.