11/25/2014VATICAN Pope: dialogue with ISIS is "difficult, if not almost impossible, but the door is always open" Speaking to reporters on the plane that took him back to Rome, Francis said, "There is the threat of these terrorists . . . but there is also another threat, state terrorism [. . .] with terrorists many who are innocent also fall [. . .] slavery is a part of today's social fabric. Slave labour, human trafficking, child trafficking. [. . .] It is a tragedy. Let us not close our eyes on this! [. . .] Going out to find people and talk is what Europe needs today." Vatican City (AsiaNews) - Dialogue with ISIS
may not be possible. It may "be difficult, if not almost impossible, but the door is always open;" in fact, "I never give up," said
Pope Francis when a journalist accompanying him on his brief visit to
Strasbourg asked him about the issue.
The question-answer session on the plane taking him back to Rome touched
a variety of issues, like terrorism but also...
11/25/2014VATICAN - EUROPE Pope: overcoming the "culture of conflict" for the good of peace Speaking to the Council of Europe Francis recalls that it has a mission to promote peace, freedom and human dignity. Peace is "wounded" in Europe, "where tensions do not cease." It is violated by terrorism " bankrolled by a frequently unchecked traffic in weapons " and also "the traffic of human beings, which is the new slavery of our time." History today demands the ability to break out of the structures which “contain” our identity and to encounter others, for the sake of making that identity more solid and fruitful in the fraternal exchange of transversality.
11/25/2014VATICAN - EUROPE Pope: "building together" a Europe based on man, not the economy Francis brings a "message of hope and encouragement" to the European Parliament. Overcoming an exaggerated individualism that forgets the duties of the common good. Be the bearer of human rights, democracy, welcome for migrants, respect for nature and a promoter of peace.
11/25/2014MYANMAR - CHINA China, uncovers gang who sell Burmese women "as brides" in the countryside Beijing police have arrested 31 people in Inner Mongolia, accused of human trafficking. Among the victims there are 11 people - including women and children - from Myanmar. Behind the practice the one-child policy and selective abortions, which have created a gender imbalance in China. According to the latest data for every 100 females there are 118 males.
11/24/2014VATICAN Pope: A poor and humble Church is faithful, "shines" the light of Jesus, not its own When the Church "is faithful to hope and to her Bridegroom, she is joyful to receive the light from Him, to be in this sense 'his widow'," while waiting for His return. All services that we do in the Church are to help us receive this light. "A service without this light is no good: it makes the Church rich, or powerful, or makes the Church seek power, or take the wrong road, as has happened many times in history".
11/24/2014PHILIPPINES - CHINA - US South China Sea: Beijing builds a new island, with naval and air base According to US sources, China is building a fourth island in the Spratly. Washington asks for a halt to the project and calls for "diplomatic initiatives" to release the tension. Philippine court sentences nine Chinese fishermen for poaching in its territorial waters. They risked up to 20 years in prison, but will have to pay a fine of 103 thousand dollars.
11/23/2014VATICAN - INDIA Pope on six new saints, two from India: They served the kingdom of God, of which they became heirs During the canonisation of new saints in St Peter's Square, Pope Francis stressed that "The starting point of salvation is not the confession of the sovereignty of Christ, but rather the imitation of Jesus' works of mercy through which he brought about his kingdom." We can enter the kingdom of God "by being close in concrete ways to our brothers and sisters who ask for bread, clothing, acceptance, solidarity," and catechesis. At least 20,000 Indians came for the two Indian saints, Euphrasia Eluvathingal of the Sacred Heart, and Kuriakose Elias Chavara, from the Syro-Malabar Church.
11/22/2014VATICAN Pope: "A missionary Church can only 'go out', without fear of meeting others, to discover new things" Christians must proclaim the Gospel "to everyone without distinction, not proselytising, to tell others about what we have and what we want to share without forcing anyone”. “Going out means overcoming the temptation of talking among ourselves and forgetting the many who wait for a word of mercy from us, a word of comfort, of hope." “The mission is accomplished by all Christians, not just the few. It is a task for children as well”.
11/22/2014VATICAN Pope: mission to evangelise is the real reason to renew one's life Francis makes a number of suggestions to the participants of the Third World Congress of Ecclesial Movements and New Communities, like preserving "the freshness of charisma," respecting people's freedom in their education and always seeking Communion, whilst remembering that to achieve this goal "conversion must be missionary".
11/22/2014INDONESIA Jakarta sets up task force to fight energy mafia by Mathias Hariyadi Red tape, graft and malfeasance have pushed up prices. Oil and gas sector comes under closer scrutiny. Despite its huge reserves, Indonesia has to import energy to meet its needs. Transparency and a crackdown against mafia infiltration have become necessary.
11/21/2014VATICAN Pope: the migrant, "a reminder of the need to eradicate inequality, injustice and abuses" Migration "remains an aspiration to hope… to seek a better future wherever that may be". Those who leave their country should not be seen as a problem, but a person who contributes to the economic development and a possible "partner in the construction of richer communities", "stimulating the development of inclusion, creativity and respect for the dignity of all".