09/15/2014IRAQ-VATICAN "Adopt a Christian from Mosul": Archbishops’ thanks as first aid arrives by Amel Nona Msgr. Amel Nona, the Chaldean Archbishop of Mosul, who is also a refugee himself, thanks all the donors to the AsiaNews campaign. The situation is increasingly difficult given the huge number of refugees and the arrival of winter and snow, making outdoor shelters and tents impossible. The crisis, an occasion that activates the faith of Christians.
Rome (AsiaNews) - Msgr. Amel Nona, the Chaldean Archbishop
of Mosul, who is currently a refugee in Kurdistan, has written us a letter thanking
us for the first consignment of aid, which he accepted as President of the
Bishop's Committee for aid...
09/15/2014SRI LANKA The website of Pope Francis' visit to Sri Lanka already accessible by Melani Manel Perera The trilingual website (Sinhala, Tamil, and English) provides information about the visit. Francis will be the first pope to travel to the north of the island, a Tamil region strongly affected by the civil war. The logo remembers the Blessed Joseph Vaz, "the apostle of Sri Lanka," whose canonisation the local church is waiting for.
09/14/2014VATICAN Pope: Celebrate the Holy Cross, and think of our brothers and sisters, persecuted and killed At the Angelus Pope Francis recalls the Feast of the Exaltation of the Holy Cross: "We do not exalt just any cross, but the Cross of Jesus," where " God’s love for humanity was revealed most". The cross is not a sign of "magic": "Belief in the Cross of Jesus means following Jesus on his path”. An appeal for the Central African Republic. He returns to his prayer at Redipuglia: "War is a madness ... When will we learn this lesson?"
09/14/2014VATICAN Pope: Christ’s love sustains married couples' love and renews it when, humanly speaking, it becomes lost Pope Francis celebrates Mass during which 20 couples are united in marriage. Some of them have lived together for some time and have children. Families are the “bricks” for the building up of society". The merciful love that flows from the Cross heals "those who succumb to the dangerous temptation of discouragement, infidelity, weakness, abandonment”. An added piece of advice: Never let the sunset on an argument
09/13/2014VATICAN Pope in Redipuglia: War is madness. This is the time to weep At the cemetery that is the final resting place for the mortal remains of over 10 thousand victims of the First World War, Pope Francis condemns past and present wars, their destructive power, motivated by Cain’s attitude: "What does it matter to me?". The "the merchants of war perhaps have made a great deal of money, but their corrupted hearts have lost the capacity to cry". "... Even today, after the second failure of another world war, perhaps one can speak of a third war, one fought piecemeal, with crimes, massacres, destruction ...". Present cardinals and bishops from Austria, Slovenia, Hungary, Croatia, ordinary soldiers and representatives of Orthodox and Muslims in Europe. Pope Francis’ grandfather fought in the Great War on the Piave. The gift of "Light of St. Francis" to the military ordinary military in commemorations of the First World War. The full text of the papal homily.
09/12/2014VATICAN Communio: special issue for the Synod on the Family by Bernardo Cervellera The issues dominating discussions thus far - the pastoral care of divorced, communion for the remarried, gay couples - are likely to overshadow the positive beauty of married life and of the sacrament, bound to the Eucharist. Mercy towards the remarried should not be psychological benevolence, but help that comes from the mystery of the Cross. The conflict between the Christian mentality and the individualistic mentality is leading the contemporary world to treat heterosexual marriages like "gay marriage." The summer issue of the prestigious magazine, with articles by Cardinals Ouellet and Scola, and other personalities related to the John Paul II Institute for the family.
09/11/2014VATICAN CITY - VIETNAM "Positive developments in Viet Nam-Holy See relations" The fifth meeting of the Working Group ends with a joint statement. In it, the Vatican "reaffirmed its commitment towards the goal of establishing diplomatic relations with Viet Nam," with the latter reiterating "the consistent policy of the State and Party in respecting freedom of religion and belief of all people".
09/10/2014VATICAN - IRAQ - UNITED STATES For the fight against the Islamic state, Obama chooses the Saudis, the Vatican chooses the UN by Bernardo Cervellera The US president is set to present a plan to fight caliphate militias. His would-be alliance includes states that have provided ISIL with financial and ideological support, and excludes Syria, Iran and Russia. Pope Francis, Card Sandri, and Mgr Tomasi, the Vatican observer at the UN, demand that the United Nations be involved to enhance the fight's effectiveness.
09/10/2014VATICAN "Cricket diplomacy" to boost Catholic-Anglican friendship Pope Francis blesses the Vatican XI, the Holy See's first cricket team. Made up mostly of Indian, Pakistani and Sri Lankan seminarians, the team is set to travel to England where it will face off its Anglican counterpart in Canterbury.
09/10/2014VATICAN Pope: Church teaches that mercy is to share with those in need The example of Mother Teresa, who brought the dying home and "gave them a dignified farewell”. May God "instill courage" in the Christians of the Middle East "in the fight against the forces of evil and to open the eyes of those who are blinded by evil, so they may soon see the light of truth and repent for their mistakes". Thanks to "Mare Nostrum".
09/09/2014ASIA World Bank: global employment crisis At least 100 million people are unemployed in G20 countries with an additional 447 million working poor. Persistent slow growth will dampen employment prospects, with real wages stagnating or dropping. An extra 600 million jobs are needed worldwide by the year 2030 just to cope with the expanding population.