12/11/2013VATICAN Pope Francis is Time's Person of the Year For Fr Lombardi, the pope seeks neither fame not success, but "he will certainly be glad" if Time's choice means that many people understood that "he carries out his service for the proclamation of the Gospel and the love of God for all." Vatican City (AsiaNews)
- Pope Francis, who "chose the name of the humble saint", is Time's
Person of the year. The
tradition of selecting a 'Man', later a 'Person of the Year" began in 1927 to
acknowledge the person who, for better or for worse, dominated the news in the
year that is about to end.
fact is unsurprising, considering the resonance and very widespread attention
given to the...
12/11/2013SYRIA Greek-Orthodox Patriarchate: " No news of the 13 Ma'aloula nuns, we do not trust the video" According to video released by Al-Jazeera the women religious held in Yabrud were to be released on December 9. The Greek -Orthodox Patriarchate "concerned" about their condition. Ongoing intense fighting in the area between the army and Islamist insurgents. Two Spanish journalists in Syria to a report on the anti- Assad revolution held captive by Islamic extremists.
12/11/2013FRANCE - LEBANON Maronite Synod of France and Europe to open in Paris by Fady Noun For the first time, the meeting will be held outside of Lebanon, chaired by Mgr Maroun Nasser Gemayel. Its attention will be on the 85,000 Maronites who live in France and the 130,000 who live elsewhere in Europe. The synod's challenge will be to develop a new ecclesial identity and strengthen the Church's missionary work, which is to proclaim Jesus. Other meetings are set for May and December 2014.
12/11/2013VATICAN Pope: Never fear the final judgment, because Christ will always be at our side God "did not send his Son to condemn, but to save" and "he who believes in Him is not condemned, but whoever does not believe is already condemned," and in this sense "the judgment has already begun". New appeal against hunger in the world. America, land of welcome, “a land capable of respecting human life at every stage".
12/10/2013LEBANON - SYRIA Lebanon asks for Qatari help in Maaloula nuns affair by Fady Noun The head of Lebanese security also wants information about the two Orthodox bishops abducted last April. Questions are addressed to Al-Jazeera with regards to the source behind the video released days ago showing the sisters "detained" by Islamist insurgents. Greek-Orthodox Patriarch Youhanna calls for prayers and actions to obtain the nuns' release. Lebanese Minister criticises international community for not doing enough to deal with this abduction.
12/09/2013IRAQ Patriarch Sako: The flame of hope lights up Christmas for Iraqi Christians by Mar Louis Raphael I Sako In his message to the faithful during Advent, His Beatitude calls for "courage" and "perseverance", following the example of Abraham. He urges the faithful to keep the faith alive, even amid "suffering, anxiety and the considerable challenges." He also calls on "fellow" Muslims to join and be part of a true "peace project" for the country.
12/08/2013VATICAN Pope: Let us always be united with Mary who teaches us to live waiting for the Lord's Advent In today's Angelus, on the occasion of the Solemnity of the Immaculate Conception, the Pope talked about Mary, who came from a "small town" and "faced plenty of difficulties but remained faithful to God's plans of love." Today the pope will also pay homage to the Virgin in Piazza di Spagna, to entrust to her "Rome, the Church and the whole of humanity". He will also stop at Santa Maria Maggiore Basilica to pray before the icon of Mary Salus Populi Romani."
12/07/2013VATICAN Pope: World Day of the Sick , "we are called to be conformed to Christ, the Good Samaritan of the Afflicted " The test of true faith is the gift of self , "especially for those who do not deserve it , for those who suffer, for those who are marginalized ." Jesus did not take away from human disease and suffering, but transformed and reduced it. Reduced, because they no longer have the last word, instead it is new life in fullness; transformed , because in union with Christ, they can be transformed from negative to positive .
12/07/2013VATICAN Pope: respect for human dignity against the "culture of waste" Society of efficiency at all costs hides a practical atheism. The weakest and most fragile are real victims of this culture. In the social doctrine "there is the defense of religious freedom, of life in all its phases, the right to work and to decent work , the family, education ... " .
12/07/2013VATICAN Pope: Internet "is indispensable" for Church but at the same time "not enough." The proclamation of the Gospel, in fact, "requires authentic and direct human relationships to result in a personal encounter with the Lord." But you have to " be present, always with evangelical style , in what for many , especially young people, has become a kind of living environment, to awaken in the heart the insistent questions about the meaning of our existence."