11/24/2014VATICAN - EGYPT Pope receives Al-Sisi: Dialogue and negotiation "only options" to end the conflict in the Middle East For Egypt "hope was expressed that within the framework of guarantees enshrined by the new Constitution in terms of the safeguard of human rights and religious freedom, the peaceful coexistence among all components of society may be strengthened and the path to inter-religious dialogue may continue to be pursued". Vatican City (AsiaNews)
- Dialogue and negotiation as only options to end conflicts in the Middle East and the protection of religious freedom in Egypt were the central topics of the meeting today at the Vatican between Pope Francis and
11/24/2014IRAN - UNITED STATES Vienna: Iranian nuclear deal "by June 2015" The 5+1 group ends the current round of talks with Tehran with an extension. A political solution should be ready in March whilst technical details should be confirmed by 1 July. Meanwhile, Tehran will be continue to access some assets frozen because of its nuclear programme.
11/24/2014VATICAN Pope: A poor and humble Church is faithful, "shines" the light of Jesus, not its own When the Church "is faithful to hope and to her Bridegroom, she is joyful to receive the light from Him, to be in this sense 'his widow'," while waiting for His return. All services that we do in the Church are to help us receive this light. "A service without this light is no good: it makes the Church rich, or powerful, or makes the Church seek power, or take the wrong road, as has happened many times in history".
11/24/2014IRAN-US Iranian nuclear talks end today amid rumors (and hopes) of an extension United States and Iran face last hurdles. Clearance of Iran in the international community could change the face of the Middle East, creating opportunities for peace in Syria, in the fight against the Islamic state, in Lebanese politics. The enemies of the agreement are Israel and Saudi Arabia.
11/23/2014VATICAN - INDIA Pope on six new saints, two from India: They served the kingdom of God, of which they became heirs During the canonisation of new saints in St Peter's Square, Pope Francis stressed that "The starting point of salvation is not the confession of the sovereignty of Christ, but rather the imitation of Jesus' works of mercy through which he brought about his kingdom." We can enter the kingdom of God "by being close in concrete ways to our brothers and sisters who ask for bread, clothing, acceptance, solidarity," and catechesis. At least 20,000 Indians came for the two Indian saints, Euphrasia Eluvathingal of the Sacred Heart, and Kuriakose Elias Chavara, from the Syro-Malabar Church.
11/22/2014VATICAN Pope: "A missionary Church can only 'go out', without fear of meeting others, to discover new things" Christians must proclaim the Gospel "to everyone without distinction, not proselytising, to tell others about what we have and what we want to share without forcing anyone”. “Going out means overcoming the temptation of talking among ourselves and forgetting the many who wait for a word of mercy from us, a word of comfort, of hope." “The mission is accomplished by all Christians, not just the few. It is a task for children as well”.
11/22/2014VATICAN Pope: mission to evangelise is the real reason to renew one's life Francis makes a number of suggestions to the participants of the Third World Congress of Ecclesial Movements and New Communities, like preserving "the freshness of charisma," respecting people's freedom in their education and always seeking Communion, whilst remembering that to achieve this goal "conversion must be missionary".
11/22/2014BAHRAIN Bahrain's first post-Arab Spring vote boycotted by Shia majority Polling stations are open today. A second round of voting is set for next Saturday. Some 350,000 voters are eligible to cast their ballot in parliamentary and municipal elections. Al Wefaq and three other Shia groups are boycotting the vote, a "farce" that can only bolster Sunni domination.
11/21/2014ISRAEL - PALESTINE Jerusalem: calm returns to the Esplanade of the Mosques Israeli police drops age limit on men visiting the holy place. For now, things are under control. A spate of attacks shake but do not break the calm. PM Netanyahu attacks mayor of Ashkelon for banning Arab workers from his town.
11/21/2014VATICAN Pope: the migrant, "a reminder of the need to eradicate inequality, injustice and abuses" Migration "remains an aspiration to hope… to seek a better future wherever that may be". Those who leave their country should not be seen as a problem, but a person who contributes to the economic development and a possible "partner in the construction of richer communities", "stimulating the development of inclusion, creativity and respect for the dignity of all".
11/21/2014VATICAN Pope: churches must never become businesses Redemption is free " when the Church or churches start doing business, then it is said that salvation is not so free ...". "There are two things that the people of God cannot forgive: a priest attached to money and a priest who mistreats people. This they cannot forgive!"
11/20/2014VATICAN Pope at FAO: food is not a commodity subject to speculation, the hungry "ask for dignity, not for charity" The "challenge" of solidarity and the "paradox of plenty": "there is food for everyone, but not everyone can eat". "The the struggle against hunger and malnutrition is hindered by “market priorities”, and the “primacy of profit”. The "moral obligation to share the economic wealth of the world." "A source of inspiration is natural law, inscribed in the human heart, that speaks a language that everyone can understand: love, justice, peace, elements that are inseparable from each other"
11/20/2014ISRAEL - PALESTINE Israeli Soldiers ready to demolish Palestinian attackers' homes by Joshua Lapide Abd al-Rahman al-Shaludi's house of in Silwan was demolished yesterday. The families of Ibrahim al-Akkari, Muhammad Jaabis and Mutaz Hijazi received their demolition notices. "Violence begets violence." For B'Tselem, it is wrong to punish innocent people just because their relatives carried out acts of violence. Haaretz notes that the homes of Israeli terrorists remain intact. Selective justice is not justice - it is vengeance.
11/20/2014VATICAN Pope: Jesus weeps before the closure of our hearts, as he wept over Jerusalem "I ask myself: today we Christians who know the faith, the catechism, who go to Mass every Sunday, we Christians, we pastors are we content with ourselves? Because we have organized everything and do not need new visits from the Lord ... And the Lord continues to knock on the door of each one of us and of His Church, the pastors of the Church”.