28/10/2016 - VATICAN
Addressing participants in the International Conference for episcopal vicars and delegates for Consecrated Life Francis asked them to "be close to consecrated persons, with tenderness and love" and to promote the different charisms. Consecrated persons must live their autonomy "in close relation with insertion, in such a way that the charismatic freedom and the catholicity of consecrated life are also expressed in the context of the particular Church".
28/10/2016 - VATICAN
Pope: Jesus praying is "the cornerstone" of the Church and all of our lives
"The cornerstone of the Church is our Lord in front of the Father who intercedes on our behalf, who is praying for us. We pray to Him but the key thing is that He is praying for us". "We are all like a building, but the foundation is Jesus, Jesus praying for us. Jesus praying for me. "
27/10/2016 - SINGAPORE – ASIA
From Sri Lanka to Myanmar, Catholics Singaporeans evangelise in Asia
Each year, CHARIS Caritas Humanitarian Aid and Relief Initiatives, Singapore) organises missionary activities across the continent. One volunteer, Kok Xuan Er, worked in Colombo. Sister Angela educates Burmese girls.
27/10/2016 - JAPAN – ASIA
Proposal to protect whales sunk
A proposal to create an "Atlantic sanctuary" for whales was not approved. Hunting will continue for Japan, Norway and Iceland. For the Japanese commissioner, whaling is sustainable. Preservation is important, but so are traditions.
27/10/2016 - VATICAN
Pope: God weeps over disasters, wars, over killed children
"Someone said that God became man in order to cry, cry at what his children had done." "He weeps for this humanity that does not understand the peace that He gives us the peace of love."
27/10/2016 - VATICAN
Pope calls for “concerted, active and constant effort" against human trafficking
Francis today received the participants at the Conference, promoted in the Vatican, the so-called "Santa Marta Group" against trafficking in human beings. The group is led by Cardinal Vincent Nichols, Archbishop of Westminster and Bernard Hogan-Howe, head of London's Metropolitan Police.
27/10/2016 - INDONESIA
Human trafficking and the mission of Sr. Bernadette Saragih FSEby Mathias Hariyadi
For years, the Franciscan sister Bernadette Saragih FSE has been committed to helping and saving young women deceived and exploited by prostitution racket in Malaysia. "These girls are 'blocked', they do not know how to react. Our mission in the world today: to help the desperate. "
27/10/2016 - JAPAN - PHILIPPINES
Duterte reassures Tokyo but continues to move away from Washington
Philippine President ends a three-day visit for 60th anniversary of bilateral relations with Japan. Military and commercial agreements signed for $ 210 million. South China Sea cooperation reaffirmed. Duterte, however, announces his intention to dismiss the US military from the Philippines and cancels joint exercises.
26/10/2016 - VATICAN
Pope in Sweden: Catholics and Lutherans are "on the right path" for new agreements
A briefing outlines Francis’s visit on 31 October and 1 November to commemorate the 500th anniversary of the Lutheran Reformation. The Joint Declaration on Justification notes no agreement on three points, relative to the ministry, the Church and the Eucharist.
26/10/2016 - INDONESIA
The Church in East Nusa Tenggara working to stop the death of migrant workersby Mathias Hariyadi
The number of young migrant workers dying abroad is increasing. Poor farming conditions are driving hundreds of people to Malaysia, victims of people’s smugglers, working without papers. For local priest, educating village chiefs about the bureaucracy helps migrant workers.
26/10/2016 - VATICAN - VIETNAM
Religious freedom focus of meeting between the Holy See and Vietnam
The Catholic Church "will continue to be inspired by the Magisterium of the Church regarding the practice of "living the gospel in the nation". "The meeting took place in an atmosphere of cordiality, frankness and mutual respect".
26/10/2016 - THAILAND – CAMBODIA
Mourning attire following King Bhumibol’s death a great opportunity for Cambodia’s garment industry
As the sovereign’s death boosts demand for black clothing, cotton supplies in Thailand run out, with traders turning to Cambodia to fill the gap. “Before the king died, there was no one who bought black shirts,” Cambodian trader said. Now Thais are buying up everything.
26/10/2016 - VATICAN
Pope: Migrants, "closure is not a solution," indeed it ends up favoring criminals
"The only solution is that of solidarity, solidarity with the migrant, solidarity with the foreigner”. And even with those who are "naked", those who have lost their dignity like the women victims of trafficking and "those who do not have a job, a house, a fair wage".
25/10/2016 - THAILAND
Mourning for Bhumibol continues, a king "who fought hunger among Thai people"by Weena Kowitwanij
Tens of thousands of people continue to visit the king lying in state. To avoid overcrowding, the authorities have limited the number at 10,000 a day. Thais remember the sovereign’s good policies and attentiveness to people's needs as well as his humility in trying to understand before taking action, his fight against poverty and his focus on national unity.
25/10/2016 - VATICAN
Pope: God's Kingdom is "a journey" and the law is not to be studied, but experienced
God’s Kingdom "is created every day, through our docility to the Holy Spirit, which is what unites our little pinch of leaven or tiny seed to the power that helps them to grow." If we do not evolve, we become rigid and "rigidity orphans us, leaving us without a father."
25/10/2016 - VATICAN
For the Church, cremation is legitimate, but ashes must be respected
"Instructions" from the Congregation for the Doctrine of the Faith. Preference for burial, "because with it you show a greater esteem for the dead", but confirming the legality of cremation, provided that it does not deny Christian doctrine. The ashes cannot be kept at home, or dispersed, divided, used to make objects.
25/10/2016 - VATICAN - HINDUS
Vatican Message to Hindus: Promoting hope among families
24/10/2016 - VIETNAM – CHINA
Vietnamese against the threat of Chinese nuclear power plantsby Joseph Tran
China completed three new nuclear plants not far from the Vietnamese border. IAEA warns that, in case of nuclear disaster, Vietnam would certainly be affected. China is also planning small mobile nuclear power stations for the South China Sea where they could cause unprecedented harm to the marine environment.
24/10/2016 - INDONESIA
East Nusa Tenggara: prayer, games and mercy for World Mission Dayby Mathias Hariyadi
Activities for young people and adults were organised in the month of October. The president of the Pontifical Missionary Works celebrated the final Mass yesterday. Free health care was provided to the poor, and young people visited hospices.
24/10/2016 - VATICAN - CHINA
The new bishop of Changzhi and the many voices on China-Vatican dialogueby Bernardo Cervellera
The ordination will take place on November 10 in the Cathedral. The bishop had been appointed by the Holy See at least two years ago. But he was waiting for the green light from Beijing. Similar situation in Chengdu. Fears for the presence of excommunicated bishops. Reconciliation between illegitimate and official bishops is not brought about by political gestures, but depends on personal and canonical procedures. A meeting between the Chinese delegation and the Vatican is not "imminent".
24/10/2016 - VATICAN
Pope: Do not live by the rigidity of the law, but meekness, kindness, and forgiveness which are gifts from God
"There is always something hidden behind the rigidity, in many cases a double life; but there is also some sort of illness. How the rigid suffer: when they are sincere and they realize this, they suffer! Because they fail to have the freedom of God's children. They do not know how to walk according to the law of the Lord and they are not blessed."
24/10/2016 - FRANCE
Evacuation of migrants from Calais 'Jungle' begins
Over a thousand police deployed to remove between 6-8 thousand refugees. Most of them are from Afghanistan, Sudan and Eritrea. Calais residents complain of lack of security and failing businesses. It's the fourth time that the campsite near the port has been evacuated.
23/10/2016 - VATICAN
Pope: the cruelty of those who kill children in Iraq “makes us weep”
"Our hearts are shocked by the heinous acts of violence that have been committed for far too long against innocent citizens, be they Muslim, Christian or members of other ethnic groups and religions." World Mission Day “is time of courage”.
22/10/2016 - VATICAN
For pope, dialogue is "an expression of the great need for God's love"
About 100,000 people gathered today for Pope Francis’ jubilee audience on how dialogue “breaks down the walls of divisions and misunderstandings, builds bridges of communication, and does not allow anyone to turn inward into his or her own world” but “invites us to stand before others seeing them as a gift of God”. “The Church too lives of dialogue with the men and women of every age, to understand the needs that are at the heart of every person and contribute to achieving the common good.”
22/10/2016 - VIETNAM
Vietnamese bishops appeal for help for central provinces hammered by flooding
A week of heavy rains in Hà Tĩnh and Quảng Bình pounded residents already crushed by a pollution emergency. At least 29 people are missing, and thousands of homes have been destroyed. “We appeal to all men and women of good will [. . .] to help our compatriots in difficulty,” the bishops said in a statement.
21/10/2016 - VATICAN
Pope: Humility, gentleness and patience to build unity in the Church
"A large heart, there is room for everybody. And this creates the bond of peace; this is the worthy manner in which to behave to create the bond of peace which is the creator of unity."
21/10/2016 - INDONESIA
Economy, infrastructure, and human rights dominate Widodo’s first two years in officeby Mathias Hariyadi
Sworn in on 20 October 2014, Indonesia’s president has been praised for his economic policy, tax amnesty, and infrastructure development in remote areas. However, he has been criticised for human rights violations, capital punishment, and castration of paedophiles.
21/10/2016 - PHILIPPINES – CHINA
Duterte in Beijing announces separation: “America has lost"
During his visit to Beijing, the Filipino president told Chinese business executives in the Great Hall of the People, “I will be dependent on you for all time.” Manila and Beijing sign US$ 13.5 billion worth of deals, including 13 agreements and memoranda of understanding. US official describes the US as “baffled” by Duterte’s comments, whilst Filipino trade secretary says “we are not stopping trade, investment with America”.
20/10/2016 - THAILAND
Military junta reassures Thais that they would soon have a new kingby Weena Kowitwanij
Parliament will shortly invoke Article 23 of the Constitution, which regulates the royal succession. Prince Vajiralongkorn will be crowned after the cremation of his father, Bhumibol Adulyadej. Prime Minister Chan-o-cha tells Thais they “should not be afraid or worried”.
20/10/2016 - INDONESIA
Young Jihadi attacks and injures five policemen in Tangerangby Mathias Hariyadi
Azianzah Sultan, 22, was putting up the Islamic State symbols in public places when police stopped him. After wounding some agents with a dagger, the terrorist was shot in the legs and arrested. He had caliphate leaflets and Molotov cocktails in his possession. For Defense minister, people must be more alert against the threat of groups linked to the Islamic State.
20/10/2016 - VATICAN
Pope: To really know Jesus we need to pray, worship and recognize our sins
It’s not enough to read the Gospel and study the catechism. We have to be like St. Paul and "plunge" into the "immense sea that is the person of Christ."
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