11/26/2015VATICAN – KENYA Pope in Kenya: climate conference would be “catastrophic” if no global “transformational” agreement is reached In his address to United Nations Offices in Nairobi, Francis called for an “agreement based on the principles of solidarity, justice, equality and participation” to reduce the impact of climate change, fight poverty and respect human dignity. He tells priests and men and women religious to follow Jesus, and serve others, but not out of ambition or interest. Nairobi (AsiaNews) – This afternoon Pope Francis first held a special meeting with clergy, religious men and women, as well as seminarians at Nairobi’s St Mary's School. Later he addressed the...
11/26/2015VATICAN - KENYA Pope in Kenya: never violence in God's name, call to mission and to create a just society On his second day in Africa, Francis meets religious leaders and celebrates Mass. "The health of any society depends on the health of families." "Support for families in their mission within society, to welcome children as a blessing to our world and to defend the dignity of every man and every woman, because we are all brothers and sisters in the human family." "Interfaith understanding, friendship and cooperation in defending the dignity conferred by God on individuals and peoples".
11/25/2015VATICAN - KENYA Pope in Kenya: fear, mistrust and despair feed violence and terrorism Speaking to the country’s political, economic and cultural leaders, Francis spoke of building democracy and protecting creation. “We have a responsibility to pass on the beauty of nature in its integrity to future generations,” and “invest in them” as well as “show genuine concern for the needs of the poor”.
11/25/2015THAILAND Between tradition and modernity, the Church’s mission among Thailand’s Paganyaw by Weena Kowitwanij The Missionaries of the Sacred Hearts of Jesus and Mary play a leading role in pastoral care. Through their facilities, they provide a home where new relationships can develop. Moving to a large city can often be traumatic. To cope with it, the missionaries have developed targeted programmes, including rules that provide “discipline and security”.
11/24/2015THAILAND Two suspects indicted for Bangkok bombing amid many doubts Yusufu Mieraili and Bilal Mohammad are the only persons to be charged for the attack that killed 20 people and wounded 100 last August. 10 charges are laid against the men including conspiracy and premeditated murder. The mastermind of the attack and 15 other suspects are still at large. Police declare the case already closed two months ago.
11/23/2015VATICAN – AFRICA In messages to Kenya, Uganda and Central Africa, pope says he is coming as a “messenger of peace" Ahead of his trip, Francis sends video messages to the three countries where he will travel between 25 to 30 November. In his message to the Central African Republic he notes that on the 29th, he will open Bangui Cathedral’s Holy Door “a bit ahead of the Holy Year of Mercy, which "will be for everyone, I hope, a providential time for authentic forgiveness, for giving and receiving, and for the renewal of love."
11/22/2015VATICAN Pope: The logic of the Gospel is expressed in humility and selflessness For the Solemnity of Our Lord Jesus Christ, King of the Universe, the pope said, "The worldly logic rests on ambition and competition, and fights with the weapons of fear, blackmail and the manipulation of minds." Francis entrusts "the many Christians who are, unfortunately, still persecuted today" to the intercession of the new blessed proclaimed in Spain. He calls for a Hail Mary for his trip to Africa.
11/20/2015VATICAN Pope: priests, chosen "among men", to serve them with a"loving gaze" The family as the fundamental "vocational centre”. "They are not philanthropists or officials, but fathers and brothers. Closeness and visceral mercy, a loving gaze: we can evangelize with this witness of life". The importance of attention to vocational discernment: "when I realize that a young man is too rigid, too fundamentalist, I do not trust him”.
11/20/2015THAILAND Bangkok: World Youth Summit tackles terrorism, immigration and the environment by Weena Kowitwanij One Young World Summit brought together 1,350 representatives from 195 countries, all between 18 and 30 years. Now in its sixth year, the conference was held for the first time in Asia. Former UN Secretary General Kofi Annan, and the Catholic priest candidate for the Nobel Peace in 2015 Fr. Mussie Zerai.
11/20/2015VATICAN Pope: Temptation of money and power, of "Holy bribe" ever present in Church "Where there is Jesus, there is no place for worldly society, there is no place for corruption! And this is a struggle we all face, this is the daily struggle of the Church: Jesus always, always with Jesus, always hanging on his every word, listening to his word; and never seek safety in the things of another master. Jesus told us that one cannot serve two masters: either God or riches; God or power".
11/19/2015VATICAN No changes to Pope’s visit to Central Africa and he will use an open top car Francis leaves on November 25 for a trip that will bring him to Kenya, Uganda and the Central African Republic. In the latter country it will open the Holy Door that will anticipate the start of the Jubilee in Africa. Father Lombardi rules out that the Pope will wear a bulletproof vest.
11/19/2015VATICAN Pope: "Jesus weeps" over "todays’ world at war" "Those who make war, they are cursed, they are criminals”. All conflict eventually leaves "ruins, thousands of children without education, so many innocent victims: so many!, and lots of money in the pockets of arms dealers." Mother Teresa, an "icon" of peacemakers.
11/18/2015ASIA – UNITED STATES – APEC South China Sea feuds to overshadow economic issues at APEC summit Manila and Hanoi boost strategic partnership against Beijing, calling it a “new era of cooperation” between the two nations. Stressing the importance of maritime issues, Obama stressed that he would not leave such a strategic region in Chinese hands. Thailand wants to promote small businesses and the sufficiency economy model.