10/21/2014VATICAN Pope: "The Christian is a man or a woman who knows how to wait for Jesus and this is a man or woman of hope" "Without Christ we have no identity." From "street people" he makes us "fellow citizens with the holy ones and members of the household of God". "Instead, the pagan - and we Christians often behave like pagans - forget Jesus, thinks of himself, of his things, not waiting for Jesus. The selfish pagan acts as if he were a god: 'I can manage on my own'. And this ends badly, it ends without a name, without closeness, without citizenship".
Vatican City (AsiaNews) - "The Christian is a man or a woman
who knows how to wait for Jesus and this is a man or woman
of hope" said Pope Francis during morning Mass at Casa Santa Marta,
commenting on the passage in the Gospel
of Luke, of the master...
10/20/2014VATICAN Pope: We cannot resign ourselves to thinking of a Middle East without Christians Many of our brothers and sisters are being persecuted and have had to leave their homes in a brutal way" and "in the general indifference of so many". Cardinal Pietro Parolin: international community must respond to the terrorism of the Islamic State with a negotiated solution to all the problems in the Middle East, starting from the Israeli-Palestinian conflict.
10/20/2014NEPAL Nepal, an "audio-Bible" to bring Christ’s message to villages by Christopher Sharma The World Mission, a Protestant Christian organization, is engaged in recent weeks in an extensive tour of the country in order to distribute "to those who are interested," a digitally recorded copy of the sacred book. "We reach out to those who ask - says the president - and then they are the ones who spread the Gospel message to family and friends".
10/18/2014VATICAN Pope: Synod is "walking together" with the "consolation" and "temptations" of a "Church that has its doors wide open to receive the needy, the repentant and not only the righteous" The Relatio Synodi document will be the basis for discussion in next year’s synod. "The generous fidelity with which so many Christian families respond to their vocation and mission." "The crisis of faith that has affected many Catholics is often at the root of the crisis of marriage and the family." It is '"a pastoral challenge". The Church ,"while recognizing that for the baptized, there is another constraint that the sacramental wedding, and that any breach of it is against the will of God, is also aware of the fragility of many of her children who struggle on the path of faith ". For the divorced and remarried "any access to the sacraments should be preceded by a penitential journey under the responsibility of the diocesan bishop."
10/18/2014VATICAN Synod Message: Admiration and gratitude to the families who follow Christ, Way, Truth and Life The Message (which we publish in full) is addressed to "ordinary" families and speaks of the beauty of the love between a man and a woman. Little or no space to the issues discussed in the media: communion to remarried; gay families. A prayer to the Father, in union "with the family of Nazareth," which shows the family as the transforming cell of society and the world.
10/18/2014NEPAL Nepal, Muslim women defy tradition and pray in public by Christopher Sharma Sexual discrimination within the Islamic community is a big problem in the country. Human rights activists denounce: "This leads to a lack of education and poverty." The first signs of rebellion on the occasion of Friday prayers: dozens of women leave home and go to the mosque.
10/17/2014VATICAN Synod: "intense" debate in drafting of final document Card. Marx: the Pope did not convene two synods to "repeat what has always been said" but "give a strong impetus to the family pastoral care". "The Magisterium of the Church is not a static collection of sentences, but is developed. Doctrine does not change but it is understood and implemented in different ways." Msgr. Pontier: a search for "a balance between the position of those who are more focused on the question of whether a certain situation is consistent with the teaching of the Church and those who invite us to pay more attention to people's needs".
10/17/2014VATICAN - AUSTRALIA Australian couple at the Synod: the family as a domestic church and model for evangelisation "Church documents [. . .] seemed to be from another planet". The pastoral ministry falters before specials cases because it lacks preparation and openness. Catholics must start over from the living Gospel, the one experienced in families and communities, in order to rediscover the beauty of married love and the sanctity of marriage. Here is the testimony of Ron and Mavis Pirola.
10/17/2014VATICAN Pope: fighting hunger, "starting from each person and community and not from market trends"
In a message for World Food Day, Francis writes that we can no longer "defend systems of production and consumption that exclude the majority of the world population even from the crumbs that fall from the tables of the rich. [. . .] Specifically, it is necessary to give greater acknowledgement to the role of the rural families and develop its full potential."
10/17/2014VATICAN Pope: the Holy Spirit, "seal" of Christian identity, through which God pledges us Heaven in eternity Having the pledge of Heaven does not prevent Christians from the temptation of "dulling down” their identity" to be "lukewarm" and of "'pretending': I pretend to be a Christian, but am not. I am not transparent, I say one thing - 'yes, yes I am a Christian' - but I do another, something that is not Christian"."Love, joy, peace, patience, kindness, goodness, faithfulness, gentleness, self-control. And this is our path to heaven."
10/17/2014NEPAL Avalanche in the Himalayas, 28 people die. New massacre of sherpa by Christopher Sharma The Indian cyclone Hudhud unleashed a blizzard on the mountain. Among the victims were 12 foreigners and 16 Nepalis, many of whom sherpa. Local officials denounce: "Security issues with climbers, who do not use on authorized travel agencies."
10/16/2014VATICAN Synod Working Groups, "starting afresh from the family", accompanying and not judging, but without confusion The Working Groups report call for a greater emphasis on the value of the Christian family, which is composed of a man and a woman and is open to life. Regarding Communion for divorced and remarried, it says doctrine should not be changed, but some asks for openness to the possibility to communicate, in a perspective of compassion and mercy, but only if certain conditions are satisfied. The general idea of the impossibility of equating marriage between man and woman with homosexual unions.
10/16/2014VATICAN Pope: "Prayers of praise" are "joy" and come from remembering all that the Lord has done for us "The starting point" is "remembering" that "God chose me before the creation of the world." "If we do not believe this then we are not Christian! We may be steeped in a theist religiosity, but not Christians! The Christian is a chosen one, the Christian is someone who has been chosen in God’s heart before the creation of the world" The prayer of praise is first "a prayer of joy", then "a prayer of memory."