10/06/2015VATICAN Synod: for pope doctrine on marriage not in question, communion for divorced and remarried people not the only problem Several of the 72 participants centred their address on the “growth of the couple and the family and the treatment needed to help this growth." How the Church can “be a welcoming community that supports families in need” was one of the issues touched. Vatican City (AsiaNews) – Fr Federico Lombardi, director of the Holy See Press Office, spoke at a briefing this morning about Pope Francis’ address to the assembly. The Holy Father noted that the doctrine on...
10/06/2015VATICAN Pope: no to rigid ministers, the Lord asks for mercy "Where there is the Lord there is mercy. And St. Ambrose added: 'And where is rigidity, there are its ministers''. "We only understand God's mercy when it was poured out on us, our sins, our miseries ..."
10/05/2015VATICAN Synod: Facing the challenges of today’s world against family as Christians The reports before proceedings. Card. Erdo: indissolubility and mercy for marriage, mission and witness of Christian spouses, support and truth for couples "with problems", respect for and responsibility towards life". "Need for proper and merciful pastoral care for divorced and civilly remarried which, however, without any room for doubts regarding truth of the indissolubility of marriage as taught by Jesus Christ himself. The mercy of God offers forgiveness to the sinner, but it demands conversion".
10/05/2015VATICAN For pope, the Synod is not a parliament with its negotiations and compromises The Church “interrogates herself with regard to her fidelity to the deposit of faith, which does not represent for the Church a museum to view, nor even something merely to safeguard, but is a living source from which the Church shall drink, to satisfy the thirst of, and illuminate, the deposit of life.”
10/04/2015VATICAN Pope: Parents and educators, instruments "of the love with which Jesus embraces the little ones" At the Angelus, Pope Francis asks for prayers for the Synod on the family and asks people to welcome children "starving, abandoned, exploited, forced into the war, refused." Not a "fortress society", but a "society-family, to welcome, with proper rules, but welcome, always welcome, with love." Pray for the Synod. The beatification of Cistercian monk Pio Heredia and seventeen companions, martyrs of the Spanish Civil War. Thoughts for victims of Guatemala landslide and the flood in southern France.
10/04/2015VATICAN Pope: In “extremely difficult social and marital context”, Church called to carry out mission in fidelity, truth and charity. The opening Mass of the Synod on "The vocation and mission of the family in the Church and in the contemporary world," Pope Francis speaks of the paradoxes of global society: "power" accompanied by loneliness and helplessness." Today's man "ridicules" the family and love, but thirsts for it. The Church bears witness to indissoluble love, but must not forget to care and sustain "the man who falls or who errs." "A Church with closed doors betrays itself and its mission, and instead of being a bridge it becomes a barrier."
10/03/2015VATICAN Pope: Every family is always a light in the darkness of the world, may synod set out once more from Nazareth The great prayer vigil before the Synod of Bishops on "The vocation and mission of the family in the Church and in the contemporary world", Francis prays that the Synod Fathers hear the Holy Spirit: "Without the Holy Spirit God is far off, Christ remains in the past, the Church becomes a mere organization, authority becomes domination, mission becomes propaganda, worship becomes mystique, Christian life the morality of slaves".
10/03/2015VATICAN Pope to the Food Bank: counter food waste by distributing it to the poor In an audience with Italy’s Food Bank Foundation, which is marking 25 years of operations, Pope Francis recalls the need to respond to the "scandal" of hunger and the "sin" of injustice of wealth and waste beside destitution. Look the poor "in the eye, shake hands with them, see in them the flesh of Christ." The memory of the "founders", the entrepreneur Danilo Fossati and Don Luigi Giussani.
10/03/2015ASIA Singapore, Japan and Hong Kong in the top ten of the world economy World Economic Forum on competitiveness ranking published. Top three unchanged since last year: Switzerland, Singapore and the United States. Japan sixth, followed by Hong Kong. The world economy is slowing down compared to the previous decade, only exception- addition to China - India, which gains 16 positions.
10/02/2015TURKMENISTAN Government cuts subsidies for its largely impoverished citizens by Alexander Kim Since 1993 in Turkmenistan has provided its citizens with free access to water, electricity and natural gas. In 2007, the new president introduced limitations. Overall subsidies represent 22% of GDP. The global economic crisis is reducing the government's finances. The country consumes 36.7% of the natural gas it produces. “The time has come to move to market relations. Now we must all learn to pay,” a government official said.
10/02/2015UNITED NATIONS – ASIA Top world leaders focus on economics and war at UN General Assembly A content analysis shows what G20 heads of government and state said. At 38 times Syria tops citations. The world economy and war were the main topics, cited together 100. China’s Xi Jinping named no country other than China and did not mention terrorism and related topics. North Korea’s nuclear threat mentioned only by South Korea.
10/02/2015VATICAN Synod: 270 bishops and 18 married couples to speak about the family The assembly, dedicated to "The vocation and mission of the family in the Church and in the contemporary world", opens Sunday with a papal Mass. Among the changes, the greater role of the working groups divided according to language. The final report will be delivered to Francis who will decide whether to draw a papal document from it.
10/01/2015VATICAN Almost 232 million migrants and 45 million refugees and internally displaced persons In the global South, migrants are increasingly young. More than half of the refugees are children. Europe has received the largest number of migrants (1.1 million per year), followed by Asia (1.0 million), North America (0.6 million) and Africa (0.5 million). This year (as of 25 September), 3,903 migrants have died according to official figures.
10/01/2015KYRGYZSTAN Kyrgyz elections: despite politicians wooing Christian voters, “friendship” might not survive the poll by Sergei Colubr As Kyrgyz prepare to cast their ballots this Sunday, candidates visit parishes and churches for support, as the country’s deputy prime minister did last Sunday, when he visited Bishkek’s Catholic church. Since religious communities must register, the country’s only three Catholic parishes might be de-registered because of new rules. Violent episodes have marked the current campaign.