01/30/2015VATICAN Pope feels "dismay and deep sadness at what is happening in the Middle East, especially in Iraq and Syria" In a meeting with the Joint International Commission for Theological Dialogue between the Catholic Church and the Oriental Orthodox Churches, Francis prays "for a negotiated solution" to this "immense tragedy".
(AsiaNews) - Pope Francis spoke again about his "dismay and deep sadness at what is happening in the Middle East,
especially in Iraq and Syria," and renewed his prayer "for a negotiated
solution". He did so this morning at the meeting of the Joint International Commission for Theological Dialogue between the
Catholic Church and the Oriental Orthodox Churches.
01/30/2015NEPAL Nepal government revokes license from "unofficial" religious schools by Christopher Sharma The decision concerns institutions that are not run by religious organisations that can operate and finance them. For the authorities, "economic sustainability" and "suspicious fundamentalist activity" are the reasons for closure. Madrassas are affected.
01/29/2015ASIA The mission to the nations is in Asia by Piero Gheddo Francis' apostolic journeys to Korea, Sri Lanka and the Philippines indicate that the missionary choice is still of huge relevance. The Church must support and develop this aspect, and bring Christ's "Good News" to those peoples who still consider it as an emanation of Western colonialism. In this, PIME has a task to play.
01/29/2015INDIA For Indian bishop, to save girls from selective abortions, minds must be educated The Supreme Court orders Google, Yahoo and Microsoft to ban pre-natal sex selection ads. Prime Minister launches two new programmes to educate and empower girls. "Indian society is sexist," CBCI Office for Women chairman told AsiaNews. thus, Indian women must be helped "to be aware and empower themselves".
01/29/2015VATICAN Pope: God saves everyone personally, but "as a people", not "just me" and "my group" "There is a danger of forgetting that He saved us individually, but as part of a people. A people. Always the Lord saves us as part of a people”. We must not "privatize" salvation, "I have to ask myself whether I speak and communicate the faith; whether I speak and communicate hope; whether I speak, do and communicate charity”.
01/29/2015SRI LANKA Sri Lanka, former Supreme Court president reinstated by Melani Manel Perera The new president Maithripala Sirisena has returned Shirani Bandaranayake to office, from which she was removed in 2013 with a controversial impeachment motion. The previous government had "punished" the judge for a number of judgments made against the state.
01/28/2015INDIA - UNITED STATES Christian leader thanks to Obama for defending freedom of religion by Nirmala Carvalho During his official visit to India, the US president spoke out in defence of freedom of worship, citing Article 25 of the Indian Constitution. Sajan K George welcomed the words of the US leader in a nation "where violence against minorities, especially Christians, is commonplace." Hindu extremist movements support the government, a "stain" on the country's secular credentials.
01/28/2015VATICAN Pope: the absence of a father, an evil that affects the family and society "At first, it was perceived as a liberation: liberation from the father-master figure, from the father as a representative of the law that is imposed from the outside". "Sometimes it seems fathers no longer know what place they should occupy in the family and how to educate children. So, when in doubt, they abstain, they withdraw and neglect their responsibilities, perhaps taking refuge in an unlikely relationship 'on par' with their children". Even the civil community neglects or badly exercises its responsibility towards young people, leaving them "orphans of safe streets to play in, orphans of teachers to trust, orphans of ideals”.
01/27/2015SRI LANKA Sri Lanka's Tamils welcome the new president "with hope and fear" by Melani Manel Perera Tamil votes in the northern part of the country were crucial in ensuring Maithripala Sirisena's victory. Now Tamils want basic human rights restored, the military back in their barracks and new economic policies to curb the price of basic necessities.
01/27/2015VATICAN Pope: Lent, a time of personal and communal renewal to defeat the globalization of indifference Lenten Message of Francis. In the communion of saints, in this sharing in holy things, no one possesses anything alone, but shares everything with others. " those places where the Church is present, especially our parishes and our communities, may become islands of mercy in the midst of the sea of indifference". "Anyone who wishes to be merciful must have a strong and steadfast heart, closed to the tempter but open to God. A heart which lets itself be pierced by the Spirit so as to bring love along the roads that lead to our brothers and sisters".
01/26/2015INDIA - UNITED STATES Obama and Modi reach nuclear deal without giving details After years of deadlock, the two powers take an "important step" to implement an earlier 2005 US decision to provide India reactor components. The US leader shortens his visit to fly to Saudi Arabia. China cast its shadow over the meeting.