04/18/2015VATICAN Pope: Denounce and combat trafficking in human beings, a hidden evil At an audience with participants at the Plenary Assembly of the Pontifical Academy of Social Sciences, Pope Francis calls for national and international laws to "ensure the traffickers meet with justice and their unjust gains are reused for the rehabilitation of their victims." The fight against slavery, the work of Christian saints and "many men and women of good will who do not identify with a religion." Vatican City (AsiaNews) – There is an ‘urgent’ need to report and combat "trafficking in human beings" this new evil that the globalized world wants to hide because it is scandalous and politically incorrect". New laws need to be found " ensure the traffickers meet with justice and their unjust gains are reused for the rehabilitation of their victims "; make...
04/18/2015KAZAKHSTAN Astana: elites discuss climate change, while children get sick and faint Seminar on environmental challenges and the use of hydrocarbons in Almaty. Academic and scientific experts discuss economic development of Central Asian nations. But the oil industry is poisoning the land. Dozens of people suffering from fainting because of toxic fumes.
04/16/2015VATICAN More Catholic believers and priests in the world
The Statistical Yearbook of the Church shows an increase in both the number of Catholics – 1.254 billion – and their share – 17.7 per cent – of the world’s population. In Asia, Catholics rose by 17.4 per cent and now constitute 3.2 of the continent’s population.
04/16/2015TAJIKISTAN Former jihadist escapes from the Islamic state: We had to kill everyone, without pity A young Tajik has managed to return home and tell how he was recruited by the militants of the Islamic State. The terrorists wanted to force him and his companions to kill children, women, Jews, Shiites. The government in Dushanbe has banned the pilgrimage to Mecca for citizens under the age of 35 years. The trips contribute to the spread of radical ideas among young people.
04/15/2015UZBEKISTAN Easter draws non-believers to the Church, says bishop of Tashkent Mgr Maculewicz, apostolic administrator of Uzbekistan, spoke to AsiaNews about how local Catholics celebrated the Resurrection of Christ. The Catholic Church in Tashkent has about 400 members. Eight adults were baptised during the Easter Vigil and eight children did the same during the Mass on Easter Sunday. “Through the beauty of our church, the Risen Christ shows himself to non-believers”.
04/14/2015VATICAN Pope calls on Church to go “forth,” proposes vocation as “exodus” for young people with shattered “dreams” In his Message for the 52nd World Day of Prayer for Vocations (26 April), Pope Francis calls on young people to overcome uncertainty, worries and problems that threaten to paralyse “their youthful enthusiasm”. A vocation means “leaving behind our comfort and the inflexibility of our ego in order to centre our life in Jesus Christ.” It is not a flight “from the world” but a “specific, real and total commitment”. It means “a Church which is less concerned about herself, her structures and successes, and more about her ability to go out and meet God’s children wherever they are, to feel compassion (com-passio) for their hurt and pain."
04/13/2015VATICAN Pope: The Church speaks with the freedom and courage of the Spirit The Holy Spirit "is the only one able to give us this grace of courage to proclaim Jesus Christ." "And that courage is what distinguishes us from simple proselytizing. We do not do advertising, Jesus Christ as says, to have more 'partners' in our 'spiritual society'. "
04/12/2015VATICAN Pope: Like Thomas, we contemplate the wounds of the Risen One and, in the Jubilee, we welcome God’s love After the Mass for the centennial of the Armenian Genocide, Francis spoke during the Regina Coeli about the apostle’s “struggle”. Thomas “is not someone who just accepts things; he wants to find out about things, check them out in person, have his own personal experience.” Meanwhile, “Jesus was waiting for him, patiently”. The Jubilee “will be an intense and long period of time to welcome the immense riches of God’s merciful love”. The pope also expressed his Easter greetings to the Eastern Churches.
04/12/2015VATICAN Pope: as the extermination of human beings continues, we need a change of heart Before the memorial Mass marking the centennial anniversary of the Armenian genocide, which he described as "the first genocide of the twentieth century”, Pope Francis spoke about the Armenian martyrs. “It is necessary,” he said, “indeed a duty, to honour their memory, for whenever memory fades, it means that evil allows wounds to fester.” In his homily, he mentioned how to do this when he said that the saints "teach us that the world is changed starting with the conversion of one's heart, and this is done through God’s mercy.”