Even Christian publishing neglects the fact that the profound factors, which can be either favourable or detrimental to development, are above all religious, cultural, as well as a matter of education, mentality and social structure.
Msgr. Nicholas Cheong Jin-suk, Archbishop of Seoul and Apostolic administrator of Pyongyang, tells AsiaNews: "The Pope was thinking of Asia when he wrote Deus caritas est, because the people of Asia need to learn how to distinguish the different faces of Love".
Msgr Barwa, Auxiliary Bishop of the Archdiocese of Ranchi, shares his comments on the encyclical: "The Pope's letter explains the mainspring that inspires us to good, despite the violence of Hindu nationalist."
Moscow Archbishop: important the reaffirmed distance from proselytism and the call to charity in a society which is still experiencing the failure of the Marxist model. Russian press amazed by Benedict XVI's "courage".
Benedict XVI's first encyclical stresses that it was God to love first. When eros is concerned first for the other before oneself it becomes agape. The service of charity is intrinsic to the nature of the Church, but must be "for all", be able to come "from the heart", be independent of ideologies and not have ulterior motives. The example of Mother Teresa.