05/23/2015VATICAN For pope, labour must be "free, creative, participatory and mutually-supportive" What “has changed in the global world are not so much the problems, as their size and urgency. Incomparable are the amplitude and the speed of reproduction of inequalities. This we cannot allow! We must propose fair alternatives which are truly practicable.” Vatican City (AsiaNews) – Labour must be "free, creative, participatory and mutually-supportive" in order to enable people to express and enhance the dignity of their lives, said Pope Francis at a meeting with the Italian Christian Workers Associations (ACLI) on the 70th anniversary of the...
05/20/2015VATICAN Pope: pray for the Catholics of China and for persecuted Christians "Religious freedom is a human right". In Italy the Pentecost Vigil will be recall our "many brothers and sisters exiled or killed simply because they are Christians." On May 24 the prayer to Our Lady of Sheshan. Chinese Catholics are "credible witnesses" of merciful love and live "spiritually united to the rock of Peter on which the Church is built." The family’s "natural vocation to educate", must not be replaced by "experts" and “intellectual critics".
05/19/2015ASIA Vigil for persecuted Christians, our teachers in the mission in the West by Bernardo Cervellera The "wall of indifference and cynicism" and the silence and apathy so often denounced by Pope Francis have become almost a fortress. Such persecution reflects confessional manipulation, which slams Islam as such, and ideological manipulation, which forgets what is happening in North Korea or China. An increasingly post-Christian Europe seems disinterested in Christians.
05/16/2015VATICAN - PALESTINE Pope receives Mahmoud Abbas, "may you be an angel of peace" "Great satisfaction" for agreement reached between the Vatican and Palestine and "hope" that negotiations between Palestinians and Israelis can resume marked the audience this morning between Francis and the President of the "State of Palestine".
05/15/2015ISLAM – MIDDLE EAST For Al-Baghdadi, Islam is a religion of war, a shrewd message according to Father Samir by Samir Khalil Samir The 'caliph' urges all Muslims to carry out their ‘hijrah’, emigration, to move from an Islam of peace to one of war, imitating Muhammad and his Hegira (in 622). The message rekindles something deeply embedded in the Islamic world and among traditionalists and Salafists. Islam is both peace and war and it is time for Muslims to reform their view of history. Islamic holy war and the Crusades are not comparable.
05/15/2015VATICAN Pope: a fearful or joyless community is "sick", "not Christian" "There are fearful communities, who always choose the safest option: 'No, no, do not do this, no, no, this cannot be, that cannot be ...'. It seems they have written 'forbidden' ' on the front door. ". "No one will take away your joy" says Jesus. "In the saddest moments, in moments of pain" joy "becomes peace."
05/14/2015VATICAN - PALESTINE Vatican and Palestinian agreement helping hand to Christians in the Middle East by Bernard Sabella "For us Palestinians it is a time of joy, which we hope will reflect and have implications on the political and religious center of the whole Middle East region." "The message this relays, two days before the canonization of the Palestinian sisters, is that Christians are an integral part of society."
05/13/2015VATICAN Pope: "Please", "thank you" and "sorry", the words for "a good family life" "The deeper and more intimate a love, the greater the need for respect for freedom and the ability to wait for the other to open the door of his or her heart". "The Lord also asks for permission to enter! Do not forget". "We must be uncompromising in teaching gratitude and recognition." "A Christian who does not know how to thank others is one who has forgotten the language of God." "" If we cannot apologize, it means that we are unable to forgive. "
05/12/2015VATICAN For pope, God will ask the powerful of the Earth “if they really provide[d] food for Him in every person” During the Mass he celebrated to mark the opening of the 20th General Assembly of Caritas Internationalis, Francis pleaded again not to forget the "intolerable injustices" suffered by "our Christian brothers and sisters who have been violently deprived of the food for the body and for the soul: they have been driven from their homes and their churches, at times destroyed.” He also warned that “those who experience the Caritas mission are not just service providers, but true witnesses of Christ”.