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...
10/09/2015TUNISIA – ISLAM Tunisian Christians and Muslims are excited by the Nobel Prize, a sign that “we are on the right path” For Carthage’s parish priest, the Nobel given to the Quartet is a recognition of the good results achieved in Tunisia during and after the Arab Spring. It is an encouragement for all Arab and Muslim nations. Muslim lawyer stresses the importance of civil society in the country's transformation. For him, democracy and transparency are lacking in many Arab and Muslim countries, but they "are not Western values; they are for everyone."
10/09/2015SYRIA Syrian bishop: Ambiguous US policy favors Islamic state. Fears for kidnapped Christians Msgr. Hindo reports that Russian raids in recent days have proved effective against Daesh, in retreat in some areas. The US operations are "just window dressing, and really leave jihadists free to act", as confirmed by the kidnapping of Christians. Fears for the fate of the hostages after the execution of three Assyrians. Money is the real engine of the war in Syria.
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".
10/08/2015YEMEN - SAUDI ARABIA Yemen air strike hits wedding party: at least 15 dead and 25 wounded The raid took place in the late afternoon yesterday. Private home hit in Sanban, about 100 km south-east of Sana'a, under the control of the Houthi rebels. No comment from Riyadh, but Saudi-led coalition behind the attack. Humanitarian emergency: 80% of the population is at risk of hunger, at least 2,300 civilian casualties.
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.”
10/07/2015YEMEN - SAUDI ARABIA Saudi Arabia may lose finances and military prestige in Yemeni quagmire by James Brandon - Nicholas A. Heras The Houthi Shiite rebels have agreed on the seven point UN peace plan in writing. The agreement calls for a ceasefire and the withdrawal of troops from the cities. The military campaign of Saudi Arabia and the UAE complicates the agreement. On the Yemeni front Riyadh risks its prestige and finances. The analysis of two Middle East experts, courtesy of Jamestown Foundation.
10/07/2015LEBANON-ISLAM Muslim toddler cured by a miracle of St. Charbel (Video) The little girl, named Milan was two years old when she fell ill with cancer and after was attacked by a deadly virus. Her mother, a Muslim refugee in Damascus, turned to St. Charbel and the child healed.