08/31/2015ORTHODOX CHURCH – VATICAN Bartholomew I and Catholics together on World Day of Prayer for the Care of Creation For the first time tomorrow, Orthodox and Catholics will celebrate event together, which Pope Francis picked this year. The content of the patriarch’s message is very similar to that of the encyclical Laudato si’. Man is a fool to think that he owns creation rather than being its steward. Ascetic behaviour can correct the excesses of consumerism. The Gospel can clean the spiritual garbage caused by material garbage.
Istanbul (AsiaNews) – In his message for this year’s World Day of Prayer for the Care of Creation, which falls tomorrow, Bartholomew I, Ecumenical Patriarch of Constantinople, again sounded the alarm over climate-related tragedies that affect...
08/30/2015VATICAN For pope, the blessed martyr Flavianus Michael Malke can bring “consolation” to persecuted Mideast Christians During the Angelus, Pope Francis mentioned yesterday’s beatification in Harissa (Lebanon) of the bishop killed during the Armenian-Syriac Genocide (1915), appealing to the international community to "do something" to end violence and abuses against religious freedom. He also urged the faithful to pray for the migrants who died trying to reach Europe, with a minute of silence observed for the 71 victims who suffocated to death in a lorry on their way to Vienna. “With external attitudes, one cannot call oneself a Christian unless one changes one’s heart,” he said. “The border between good and evil does not run outside of us but within us, in our consciousness."
08/28/2015NEPAL Minority parties quit last session of Constituent Assembly by Christopher Sharma Madhese and Tharu representatives reject proposed administrative divisions adopted by the big parties. Under a revised version, the constitution’s final draft would include a seventh province. Since it became a secular state in 2007, Nepal has not yet adopted a final constitution.
08/28/2015VATICAN - IRAQ Fr. Samir of Amadiya: The Pope is the voice of Iraqi refugees by Bernardo Cervellera The Chaldean priest met Pope Francis, asking him to keep the world’s focus on Christian refugees from Mosul and the Nineveh Plain. His diocese is home to 3500 Christian families and almost half a million Yazidis who fled Islamic State violence. ISIS is not all Islam and there are Muslims who want an Iraq of coexistence. Christians might not emigrate, but remain in their own land. Aid projects for refugees: school for children, work for adults, a home for every family. An appeal to AsiaNews.
08/26/2015VATICAN Pope on prayer: God is "the caress that keeps us alive" At the general audience, Pope Francis explains the value of prayer in family life. Rediscovering our love for God. He is not only "the great Being, the Almighty, who created all things, the judge who controls every action." "There are mothers and fathers who could win the Nobel Prize" because in 24 hours they do things that they would need 48 hours for. "The Gospel read and pondered in the family is like a good bread that nourishes everyone’s heart". Appointment for September 1 at 17 in St. Peter for a Liturgy of the Word on the World Day of Prayer for the care of creation, together with the Orthodox.
08/25/2015NEPAL Nine die in clashes over Constitution. Kathmandu sends in the army by Christopher Sharma Eight policemen, beaten and burned to death, and a two year old child crushed by the crowd. The minority Tharu wants an autonomous province. Interior Minister sends the army. Appeal of the Speaker of the House on all parties "to work for solidarity and peace."
08/24/2015NEPAL Legislative vacuum leads to surrogacy boom in Nepal by Christopher Sharma Nepal is attracting foreign companies and couples because of its existing facilities and low costs. Several local private hospitals are equipped with the necessary technology, although, according to experts, the lack of legislation can create problems, such as many poor women forced by their husbands to become surrogate mothers.
08/21/2015NEPAL-SAUDI ARABIA Saudi Islamic leaders oppose extradition Nepalese murderer: "He is an Islamic missionary" by Christopher Sharma Sanjaya Islami Magar killed Judge Rana Bahadur Bam in 2012 and then fled to Saudi Arabia. There he changed his name and began to teach the Koran. Islamic leaders in the kingdom oppose extradition because he has converted many Hindu Nepalese workers. Converted emigrant: "He presented himself as a Muslim. I only just discovered that he is using the faith as a mask to cover his murder".
08/19/2015VATICAN Pope: Today’s world of work considers families a burden, a weight At the general audience Pope Francis speaks about the world of work. "To cause a loss of jobs, means to create serious social damage . “Work is sacred, work gives dignity to a family. We must pray that no family lacks work". The logic of profit only corrupts the environment and affects the poorest families. The "great mission" of families in today's world is like "David versus Goliath ... but we know how that challenge ended". A special greeting to the Taize community for the 75th anniversary of its founding. Greetings for the pilgrims from Japan and the Middle East.
08/19/2015NEPAL Four die and dozens are injured in violent protests by minorities over constitution by Christopher Sharma Minority groups complain that the country’s new territorial divisions ignore their demands. The authorities blame the Madheshi for the violence. A ten-day protest is underway in western Nepal. Sadbhawana Party Members of the Constituent Assembly quit. For the former, the way the “provinces were demarcated will definitely invite conflict”.