05/04/2015MYANMAR – THAILAND For Burmese Cardinal, Christians must take care of the poor and marginalised on the edges of the world by Francis Khoo Thwe During the closing Mass of the Couples For Christ meeting, the archbishop of Yangon called on the more than 300 participants to follow the teachings of Pope Francis, reminding them of Jesus’ perspective on family life. The prelate also noted that the family is the first place for mission. Bangkok (AsiaNews) – Card Charles Maung Bo, archbishop of Yangon (Myanmar) delivered the homily in the closing Mass of the Conference on the Family held recently in Bangkok, Thailand, by Couples for Christ (CFC),...
05/04/2015VIETNAM Hanoi consults bishops on a new law on faiths that violates religious freedom The government’s unusual initiative, for a bishop, feeds a suspicion of an attempt to “appear democratic”. The new laws violate "the right to freedom of religion", go against the Universal Declaration of Human Rights and the Constitution of the Socialist Republic of Vietnam, show that the purpose of government is "to profoundly interfere with religious affairs", continuing policies that encourage corruption and allows abuse by local authorities.
05/03/2015VATICAN Pope: Like the branches of the vine, we all depend on communion with the Risen Christ At the Regina Caeli Francis reflects on the Gospel passage of the Last Supper, when Christ knows that death is drawing near: "to impress firmly in their minds a fundamental truth: even when He will no longer be physically present in the midst of them, they will still be able to remain united to Him in a new way, and so bear much fruit". The Life of Christ "may be ours."
05/02/2015VATICAN Pope: The missionary zeal of Fray Serra challenges us, his witness provokes us Francis celebrates Mass marking a Day of Reflection on "Fray Junipero Serra, Apostle of California, witness of holiness," who will be canonized on 23 September. His work "has three characteristics: missionary zeal, Marian devotion and witness of holiness." "I wonder if today we are able to respond with the same generosity and the same courage to God's call."
05/02/2015PHILIPPINES With Rome Synod on their minds, Filipino Catholics discuss marriage and family The event, scheduled for July, will include speakers such as Cardinal Tagle and the President of the Episcopal Conference. Civilly married couples, separated families, homosexuals and falling birth rates the central themes of the discussion. The goal is to formulate programs of spiritual enrichment for spouses.
05/01/2015VIETNAM – VATICAN Vietnam today, 40 years after the fall of Saigon by Lee Nguyen On 30 April 1975, North Vietnamese forces seized Saigon, the capital of South Vietnam, thus ending the Vietnam War. Forty years later, the country has become a medium-size economic "tiger" in Asia and the world, a country with a capitalist economy behind a Communist facade, under a regime still bent on exerting tight social controls. There are some positive signs for the Church, but also acts of persecution, bans, and censorship, especially against bishops and priests. Yet, the country really needs the reconciliation Christians can bring to heal still present wounds and divisions.
05/01/2015VATICAN For the pope, the faces of hungry men and women should take centre stage at Expo by Papa Francesco Pope Francis today addressed via a televised link-up the opening ceremony of Expo Milano 2015 (1 May-31 October), the world fair centred on ‘Feeding the planet. Energy for Life’. For the Holy Father, this “Expo is a propitious opportunity to globalise solidarity. Let us not waste it; let us make the very most of it.” In his view, a change of mind-set is also needed to overcome the “paradox of abundance” and the culture of waste and castoffs. The pope’s full speech is reprinted below.
04/30/2015VATICAN Pope: the blood of Christians killed for their faith urges a new era of ecumenism The hope of Francis expressed to the members of the International Anglican-Roman Catholic International Commission:"the shared tradition of faith and history between Anglicans and Catholics can inspire and sustain our efforts to overcome the obstacles to full communion”. Imminent publication of five joint statements made so far in the second phase of the Anglican-Catholic dialogue
04/30/2015PHILIPPINES – INDONESIA Filipino Church praying and hoping for Mary Jane’s early release “She is a hostage,” the president of the Commission for Migrants told AsiaNews, “the victim of human trafficking, something greater than her. The woman who allegedly recruited her turned herself into the authorities, but we believe that a much wider network of unscrupulous people stands above her.” In August, Mgr Santos will be in Kuwait and the Gulf on a mission to “our workers abroad.” In a warning, he tells them to “Watch out for those who promise easy money and job security.”