John Paul II is beatified
Love for others, John Paul II’s legacy to young people
Huge numbers of foreigners, more than Italians, descended on Rome today, the day of the beatification of the Polish pope, acclaimed saint since his death. John Paul II was a guide especially important for young people, as many Asians recall.
John Paul II’s special love for India
Pope John Paul II promulgated "Ecclesia in Asia", a basic document for the inculturation of the Christian faith in the great continent. Father Mascarenhas: "He wanted a real inculturation of the faith, genuine evangelization and genuine interfaith dialogue full of meaning."
Pope Wojtyła, the image of a free man, says apostolic vicar to Phnom Penh
Mgr Schmitthaeusler, in Rome for John Paul II’s beatification, stresses the late pontiff’s plea to “be free” and to “experience love as a gift”. The Church in Cambodia remembers him with affection. Thanks to him, Buddhist religious leader have a “positive view” of Catholicism. Bearing witness to Christ and contributing to the development of Cambodian society are some of the challenges of the future.
Thai Church remembers Pope Woytiła
He was the first pope to visit the Asian nation, in May 1984. His presence had a lasting impact on the small but active local Church. For those who saw him, the memory is still alive, 27 years later, a still vibrant example for everyday life.
John Paul II, hailed "Chief Rabbi" by the Jews of Israel
He was the first pope to change relations between the Church and State of Israel, establishing a true dialogue between Catholics and Jews. His memory invites us, challenges us to go further forward, build and dare again, always new, always more.
India has much to learn from John Paul II
Pope John Paul II's commitment to the poor, the marginalized, women and in favour of life in all its forms is more valid than ever in India today. And the Church must fight against the "structures of sin".
John Paul II, the “saviour” of Lebanon’s unity
Ahead of John Paul II’s beatification, we are publishing today an article on the role he and Vatican diplomacy played in saving Lebanon from possible fragmentation. “Lebanon is more than a country. It is a message,” the Pope had said; words that have gone around the world.
When John Paul II embraced Mother Teresa of Calcutta and the dying
On the eve of the beatification of John Paul II, we present testaments to the late Pope’s legacy in in Asia. Archbishop Henry D'Souza, former Archbishop of Calcutta and Sister Glenda, superior of the Nirmal Hriday in Calcutta speak of his visit to India in 1986. The fruits of living a "new solidarity" with the Hindus.
EGYPT – LEBANON
Muslims and Christians meet in Cairo for Jerusalem, 'the cause of causes'
A conference was held on 16-17 January at al-Azhar. Many prominent figures from Lebanon took part, including the Maronite Patriarch Bechara Al-Rahi. The Arab world is divided between "complicit passivity" and "noisy but ineffective speeches". For a former Lebanese premier, coordinated actions are needed to ensure greater efficacy on behalf of Jerusalem’s "pluralistic identity " and "religious freedom". Card Al-Rahi called for joint prayers, Islamic-Christian interfaith solidarity in the Arab world, and support for the Palestinians.
15/01/2018 LEBANON - SYRIA
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