11/27/2014VATICAN Pope calls Church to mission, witness, charity and listening in cities Francis’ "proposals" for a ministry in a world in which the Church is no longer the only representative of culture, dialogue with multiculturalism is necessary as is the need to discover in the religiosity of our peoples, "the authentic religious substrata, which in many cases is Christian and Catholic". Vatican City (AsiaNews) - "Missionary in all things"
going out to meet, to listen to, bless and walk with the people" and
"being there" in "a concrete witness of mercy and tenderness
that seeks to be present in the poor and existential peripheries, directly
intervening in the collective imagination to generating direction and meaning to the life
of the city". These are the "operational proposals"...
11/27/2014VATICAN Pope urges religious to continue their "spiritual, charismatic and institutional" renewal Examine "everything in the light of the Word of God and listen to the needs of the Church and the contemporary world, using all means that the wisdom of the Church offers to advance on the path of your personal and community holiness". The "not insignificant" number of people who “abandon” religious life says something about selection and formation of candidates". "Prayer is not a waste of time, worship of God is not wasting time, praise of God not to waste time. "
11/27/2014VATICAN Pope: Amid corruption and "distraction" from the Lord, Christians must keep hope alive "This word 'corruption' says a lot to us today: not only economic corruption, but corruption with many different sins; the corruption of that pagan spirit, that worldly spirit. The worst [form of ] corruption is the spirit of worldliness!" " When we think of the end of time, with all of our sins, with our history, let us think of the banquet which will be freely offered us and let us lift up our heads. Do not give way to depression: Hope!"
11/27/2014TURKEY - VATICAN Pope Francis and Bartholomew renew long tradition of quest for Catholic-Orthodox unity by Mavi Zambak Pope Francis is set to visit Turkey on 28-30 November to join the ecumenical patriarch especially for the feast day of Saint Andrew. After nearly a thousand years of divisions, Pope John XXIII broke the ice. For the past 50 years, the two sides have exchanged visits. With Pope Bergoglio, meetings and collaboration have intensified. For Bartholomew, this pope is a dear friend.
11/26/2014TURKEY - VATICAN Turkish Christians, migrants and refugees waiting for Pope Francis The country's small Christian community (0.15 per cent of the population) now includes Filipino and African immigrants as well as refugees from Iraq and Syria. Only a few will be able to see the pope because of tight security. The Church's legal non-existence (part of Ataturk's legacy) drives people to bear personal witness and share in the ecumenism of "blood". People of all ethnic backgrounds, beliefs, and social conditions seek solace in churches.
11/26/2014TURKEY - VATICAN An inward-looking Turkey looks to Pope Francis' visit with sympathy by Mavi Zambak Turks are impressed by the Argentinian pontiff, by his love for the poor and the sick. They hope for signs of peace in the region and help for the wave of refugees. There is no much by way of newspaper coverage. In 2006 Benedict XVI's visit had generated a lot of criticism for the pope and for Bartholomew I.
11/25/2014VATICAN Pope: dialogue with ISIS is "difficult, if not almost impossible, but the door is always open" Speaking to reporters on the plane that took him back to Rome, Francis said, "There is the threat of these terrorists . . . but there is also another threat, state terrorism [. . .] with terrorists many who are innocent also fall [. . .] slavery is a part of today's social fabric. Slave labour, human trafficking, child trafficking. [. . .] It is a tragedy. Let us not close our eyes on this! [. . .] Going out to find people and talk is what Europe needs today."
11/25/2014IRAQ Mosul: video shows Islamic state blowing about Sacred Heart convent The jihadists had used the facility as a base for cars and fighters. Yesterday, they decided to blow it up. Before the operation, they warned residents. The nearby St Georgis Monastery was spared. Built by the Iraqi government in 1984, the convent's nuns provided help to the elderly and people with special needs.
11/25/2014VATICAN - EUROPE Pope: overcoming the "culture of conflict" for the good of peace Speaking to the Council of Europe Francis recalls that it has a mission to promote peace, freedom and human dignity. Peace is "wounded" in Europe, "where tensions do not cease." It is violated by terrorism " bankrolled by a frequently unchecked traffic in weapons " and also "the traffic of human beings, which is the new slavery of our time." History today demands the ability to break out of the structures which “contain” our identity and to encounter others, for the sake of making that identity more solid and fruitful in the fraternal exchange of transversality.
11/25/2014VATICAN - EUROPE Pope: "building together" a Europe based on man, not the economy Francis brings a "message of hope and encouragement" to the European Parliament. Overcoming an exaggerated individualism that forgets the duties of the common good. Be the bearer of human rights, democracy, welcome for migrants, respect for nature and a promoter of peace.
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.