03/26/2015VATICAN Pope: people can be "doctors of the law" without faith, without hope, without joy During Mass at the Domus Sanctae Marthae, Francis Pope stressed that faith is joy and hope in Christ. Rules and casuistry are "an abstract world" without joy, faith, love, nor God. Vatican City (AsiaNews) – One can "be a believer without joy and there is no joy when there is no faith, when there is no hope, when there is no law, but only rules and cold doctrine." By contrast, "the joy of faith, the joy of the Gospel is the touchstone of a...
03/26/2015PHILIPPINES - CHINA Manila accuses Beijing of wanting to control the entire South China Sea Philippine Foreign Minister speaks of " China’s expansionist agenda" dominated by "massive" reclamation projects. Beijing’s "growing" activities aimed to affect the work of the UN international tribunal, convoked by Manila to resolve the dispute. China continues to claim sovereignty of the area.
03/25/2015VATICAN Pope: we must all pray for the Synod on the family, "the womb of human life." "The bond between the Church and the family is sacred and inviolable. The Church, as a mother, never abandons the family, even when it is disheartened, wounded, and mortified in so many ways. Not even when it falls into sin or grows distant". Twenty years since Evangelium Vitae. "When you do not earn a wage you lose your dignity! This is the drama of our time. "
03/25/2015MYANMAR Myanmar, dozens of students on trial for protesting against education reform At least 80 people have been made appear in court, many of them without knowing the exact charge. They are face charges of sowing disunity and encouraging instability, which carry jail terms of up to six years. They were brutally attacked by police and now risk jail time. The "reformist" president Thein Sein has defended police actions.
03/24/2015VATICAN Pope: "May Holy Week will help us leave behind the temptation to be ‘Yes, but Christians...'" "Do not accept the gift of God on your own terms: That is a sin, that is a poison. It poisons the soul, takes away our joy, never lets go of you". "This lukewarm soul, this being halfway Christians, ‘Yes, but Christians...'. This enthusiasm at the outset on the journey with the Lord and then becoming disgruntled, only heals gazing at the Cross, gazing at God who takes on our sins: my sin is there".
03/24/2015PHILIPPINES With a passion for art, Filipino nun raises funds for mission Sister Venus Marie S. Pegar exhibited three paintings at an exhibition being held in Manila. With the money from the sale of her work she will support the missions abroad and studies of young women who want to take their vows. Her works depict a woman who finds salvation in God.
03/23/2015VIETNAM Threats to religious freedom undermine Vietnam’s Communist Party by Nguyen Hung Despite its “liberal” claims, Vietnam continues to repress and threaten religious minorities in an attempt to control their activities. Regardless of this, the Catholic Church remains committed to Rome, whilst oppression and injustice by the Communist Party undermines the trust people had in government. This is jeopardising the whole system.
03/23/2015VATICAN Pope: Where there is no mercy, there is no justice, not even in the Church "When the people of God come voluntarily to ask forgiveness, to be judged" they often find vicious people "capable of trying to exploit them," they find "dealmakers" who "do not give oxygen to that soul, do not give hope" or they find "the rigid who punish in the penitent they themselves hide in their own soul".
03/23/2015SINGAPORE Singapore mourns Lee Kuan Yew, 91, the towering boss of the Asian tiger The government, under Lee's son Lee Hsien Loong, declared seven days of national mourning. A state funeral is scheduled for 29 March. The elderly statesman had been in hospital for weeks battling pneumonia. He led the small country with an iron fist for 30 years, creating a stable corruption-free economy. For critics, the price of his success was the denial of rights and freedoms.
03/22/2015VATICAN Pope: Offer to the "many" who want to "see Jesus" the Gospel, the Cross and the witness to our faith "Christians can become 'grains' and bear much fruit if, like Jesus, they 'lose their life' for love of God and neighbor." Again this year, Francis distributes pocket Gospels in St Peter's Square. Today is World Water Day, sponsored by the United Nations, "the waters of the planet must be adequately protected and no one should be excluded or discriminated against in the use of this right, which is a common good par excellence."