10/31/2014VATICAN Pope: The true Christian lives of prayer and mission. It's like breathing! Francis meets with members of the Catholic Fraternity of Charismatic Covenant Communities and Fellowships, and urges them to unity in diversity "which means recognizing and accepting with joy the different gifts that the Holy Spirit gives to each one and putting them all in the service of the Church. It is listening, accepting differences, having the freedom to think differently and expressing it! With all due respect to the other who is my brother". A strong call to "remember the ecumenical nature" of the charismatic movement: "For persecutors, we are one! Ecumenism of the blood." Vatican City (AsiaNews) - The life of a true
Christian is marked by two moments, just like breathing. And just like breathing,
the two moments are the same and give life: "The first is praise, prayer,
which is the inward breath. And then comes the outward breath, which is represented
10/31/2014VATICAN Pope: Putting law above love is not a model but mark of a hypocrite In his homily this morning, Francis speaks of the Gospel passage where Jesus opposes the Pharisees who would not heal a sick man on the Sabbath, denying help to his parents because "they had given everything to the Temple. But who is more important? The Fourth Commandment or the Temple? The path is the opposite way: from love to the law".
10/31/2014MYANMAR Myanmar, government opens talks with Aung San Suu Kyi on peace, reconciliation and reforms On the orders of the head of state Thein Sein, the talks include the Nobel Peace Laureate, the head of the army, ethnic representatives and those of the main political parties. For the first time the various spirits and powers of the country come together for discussions. However, for critics it's just a façade ahead of the upcoming East Asia Summit.
10/31/2014SIERRA LEONE - PHILIPPINES Filipino priest says he will remain in Sierra Leone and risk Ebola for his faithful Fr. Anthony Patrick S. Santianez, has been in the African nation since 2008, confirming his fidelity to his vocation. While the Philippine government has ordered the repatriation of nationals from the epicenter of the epidemic, he does not intend to abandon "the sheep to the mercy of the wolves." He asks fellow Christians worldwide for a prayer of support.
10/30/2014THAILAND - ITALY For Thai Buddhists, Francis, the "missionary" pope, embodies the spirit of Assisi, Fr Sala says by Dario Salvi Fr Valerio Sala has been a PIME priest in the Asian country for the past five years. He describes how he came to his vocation and how he developed his missionary zeal after a brief stint in Africa. He explains how globalisation and relativism have deeply penetrated Thai culture, as well as the challenges they represent. For him, Christ is the basis for a true "social and moral change."
10/30/2014PHILIPPINES - VATICAN Manila: Card Tagle tells reporters to stop dividing the Church in good and bad
Upon his return home from the Extraordinary Synod on the family, the archbishop of the Filipino capital discussed what was done. He also urged the media to stop generalising. "Conservatives, liberals, or traditionalists are wrong categories that prevent listening." In general, coverage was "dominated by the West." There should be more "Asian and African journalists".
10/29/2014PHILIPPINES Filipino Church builds more than 1,600 housing units for Yolanda victims New, permanent units were built in all nine ecclesiastical sees hit by the typhoon. The aim is to complete at least 3,000 units by the end of the year. For NASSA executive secretary, many families have already received their shelter. The priest calls on the government to hurry up; so far it has not yet handed out the aid it had promised.
10/29/2014VATICAN Pope calls for "every effort to eradicate" "relentless disease", Ebola The Pope "expressed his closeness to all those suffering from Ebola, “as well as to the doctors, nurses, volunteers, religious institutes and associations, who are working heroically to help our brothers and sisters who are sick". "The Church is a mystery in which what is not seen is more important than what is seen". A prayer for the Mexican students burned alive by drug traffickers.
10/28/2014VATICAN Pope: "No family without a home. No farmer without land. No worker with rights" Meeting with the Popular Movements Francis asks for change in a system that is “an idolatrous cult of money and global indifference." We must "do so with courage but also with intelligence. With tenacity, but without fanaticism. With passion, but without violence." Jesus would call "hypocrite" those who want to face "the scandal of poverty by promoting strategies of containment that only convert the poor into domestic and inoffensive beings".
10/28/2014BANGLADESH - COLOMBIA Fr Belisario: From Colombia to Bangladesh, the "madness" of the mission by Bernardo Cervellera Fr Belisario de Jesus Montoya Cyrus, 29, is a Colombian priest from the diocese of Sonsón-Rionegro. A month ago, he left for Bangladesh. For him, the missio ad gentes should be part of every priest's baggage. Although the pain of separation is too much for his parents ("They cried as if I had been laid to rest in a coffin."), for him, this is the way to be "like Jesus" and experience the Church's universality.