12/13/2013VATICAN Pope: "Those sad Christians who criticize the preachers of the Truth because they are afraid to open the door to the Spirit". Francis criticizes people like those who, in Christ’s time, took refuge in a more elaborate religion: in the moral precepts , like that group of Pharisees; in political compromise , like the Sadducees; in social revolution, like the zealots; in Gnostic spirituality, like the Essenes". Vatican City (AsiaNews)
- We pray for those "sad", "closed" Christians who say they accept the truth of Revelation, "but not the preacher, or his preaching.
They "prefer a life caged in their precepts, in their compromises, in their
12/12/2013CHINA Hebei, death of emeritus bishop of Tangshan by Jian Mei Shortly before marking his 93rd birthday, Msgr. Liu Jinghe died in his diocese. Reconciled with the universal Church during the pontificate of Benedict XVI, he spent years in Maoist prisons and labor camps. Once free, he held important positions in the Patriotic Association and the board of bishops not recognized by Rome.
12/12/2013INDIA - VATICAN For Indian Priest, Evangelii Gaudium challenges the people of Mumbai by Nirmala Carvalho Fr Aniceto Pereira, vice rector of the Basilica of Our Lady of the Mount in Bandra, talks about Pope Francis' Apostolic Exhortation. Calling the pope, the "John the Baptist or our generation," he highlights the pontiff's critique of today's culture and economy, which closely touch the Indian city, caught as it is between " glitzy wealth and poverty that kills, spiritually as well."
12/12/2013VATICAN Pope: Fraternity, foundation and path to peace against selfishness, exploitation and abuse Francis’ message for the World Day of Peace. The foundation of the fraternity is the common fatherhood of God. The "Globalisation of indifference". The increasing number of interconnections and communications, "make us neighbors but not brothers." "International agreements and national laws , despite being highly desirable and necessary , are not sufficient by themselves to bring humanity to avoid the risk of armed conflict. This requires a conversion of heart which allows everyone to recognize themselves in their brother". "The succession of economic crises should lead to appropriate rethinking of models of economic development and a change in lifestyle". A "change of heart".
12/11/2013VATICAN Pope: Never fear the final judgment, because Christ will always be at our side God "did not send his Son to condemn, but to save" and "he who believes in Him is not condemned, but whoever does not believe is already condemned," and in this sense "the judgment has already begun". New appeal against hunger in the world. America, land of welcome, “a land capable of respecting human life at every stage".
12/11/2013SOUTH KOREA Archbishop of Seoul: Advent, the right time to return to the Word of God The bishop sent a pastoral letter to the faithful for the coming year, which will be devoted to the study of the Bible: "Faith comes from hearing the message, and the message is heard through the word about Christ. Read the Holy Bible daily in your life. Before going to Mass, give yourself some time to go through the Readings and the Gospel. Let the words sink down into your heart".
12/11/2013INDIA Supreme Court rules homosexuality is a crime. Archbishop of Mumbai: Gays are not criminals by Nirmala Carvalho The highest Indian court has overturned a 2009 judgment of the High Court of Mumbai , which had decriminalized homosexual acts. LGBT associations complain and accuse the Islamic and Christian religious organizations of lobbying to reinstate the ban. Card. Oswald Gracias, "No to gay marriage, but the Christian community is against any form of discrimination. Homosexuals have the same dignity as any other human being."
12/10/2013BANGLADESH Bible Day in Bangladesh to put God at the centre of one's life by Sumon Corraya The Catholic Bishops' Conference of Bangladesh organised the event, which was held on Sunday across the country. The day brought to a close a month-long programme of teaching and studying the Sacred Scripture that began on 8 November. For Khulma bishop, "The sacred texts help to know the Creator and discover the truth."
12/10/2013CAMBODIA Christmas: God's light makes man breathe by Luca Bolelli This Advent story from the mission in Kdol Leu looks at the service provided to young students who have left for the big city as well as at friendship with Buddhists and the discovery of the gift of faith. Fr Luca Bolelli, a PIME missionary, has been in Cambodia for the past six years. He has not brought a "foreign" faith to the Asian nation but a God who gives man immense value.
12/09/2013NEPAL Nepal: Christians , Hindus, Buddhists and Muslims prepare for Christmas together by Christopher Sharma Houses and shops of capital already decorated. Among the best-selling images are those of Jesus and the Virgin Mary. Young Hindu volunteers help Catholics decorate Cathedral of the Assumption in Kathmandu. The former hotel of the Hindu monarch organizes a Christmas party for diplomats and VIPs themed on harmony between the faiths.
12/09/2013SRI LANKA On the feast day of the Immaculate Conception, Salvatorian Sisters celebrate 125 years of service by Melani Manel Perera In an interview, Sister Dulice Fernando SDS, provincial superior of the Sisters of the Divine Saviour in Sri Lanka, talks about the celebrations surrounding the 60th anniversary of their presence in the Asian nation. Education, health and pastoral care are the congregation's main missions. In the island formerly known as Ceylon, the sisters have also been closely involved in helping war victims.