11/28/2015VATICAN - UGANDA Pope calls on Ugandan youth to transform hatred into love, war into peace Francis in festive encounter with youth. Faced with a negative experience, "there is always the possibility of opening a horizon, opening it with the power of Jesus." At a charity centre: - "As Christians, we can not just stand idly by" while there are those who are "victims of today's culture of ''the disposable '."Priests are called to be faithful to the tradition of the "witness" of the martyrs of Uganda. Kampala (AsiaNews) - "As Christians, we can not just stand idly by" while there are those who are "victims of today's '' disposable culture'." "Something has to...
11/28/2015ISRAEL Galilee: first ordination of a Maronite priest in 100 years by Joan Maria Vernet Mateu, S.D.B.* The celebration took place in Jish, in the Upper Galilee, and was followed by the whole city. Fr. Sandy Habib was ordained by the Bishop of Haifa. A Salesian priest tells AsiaNews about the atmosphere: "It was a celebration for everyone. You could see the presence of the Holy Spirit. " At the end of the function, singing, dancing and a great banquet in the church garden.
11/28/2015VATICAN - UGANDA Pope in Uganda: "worldly pleasures and earthly power do not bring lasting joy and peace" Fidelity to God "does not diminish our concern for this world, as if we looked only to the future life. On the contrary, it provides a purpose to life in this world and helps us reach out to those in need, to cooperate with others for the common good and to build a more just society, "to protect" life, a gift of God, and protect the wonders nature, creation, our common home ".
11/27/2015VATICAN - UGANDA Pope in Uganda: "The Martyrs, both Catholic and Anglican, are true national heroes" Bearing witness to the faith was at the heart of Franc’s first two meetings in Uganda. The pontiff stressed the exemplary hospitality that Uganda has for the refugees at a time which we are witnessing the globalisation of a “throwaway culture". He told catechists to “Go forth without fear to every town and village in this country, to spread the good seed of God’s word".
11/27/2015VATICAN - KENYA Pope Kenya: extremism stems from lack of education and employment On the last day of his visit to Kenya, Francis goes to a slum and meets young people before leaving for Uganda. Corruption is "in all institutions, including the Vatican." The marginalized "have a special place in my life and in my choices." They are "a result of new forms of colonialism.
11/27/2015INDIA – KENYA From Kenya to India: Catholic schools committed to educating the young by Nirmala Carvalho Kevin de Souza, a teacher and director of the Opus Dei Centre in Mumbai, talks about the Strathmore School. Founded in 1958 at the initiative of Saint Josemaria Escriva, it was Kenya’s first interracial school. Later the order also set up the Kimlea Technical Training Centre for young rural women and girls and the Eastlands College of Technology. Half of the Kenyan population is under 25 years with unemployment at 80 per cent.
11/26/2015VATICAN - KENYA Pope in Kenya: never violence in God's name, call to mission and to create a just society On his second day in Africa, Francis meets religious leaders and celebrates Mass. "The health of any society depends on the health of families." "Support for families in their mission within society, to welcome children as a blessing to our world and to defend the dignity of every man and every woman, because we are all brothers and sisters in the human family." "Interfaith understanding, friendship and cooperation in defending the dignity conferred by God on individuals and peoples".
11/25/2015VATICAN - KENYA Pope in Kenya: fear, mistrust and despair feed violence and terrorism Speaking to the country’s political, economic and cultural leaders, Francis spoke of building democracy and protecting creation. “We have a responsibility to pass on the beauty of nature in its integrity to future generations,” and “invest in them” as well as “show genuine concern for the needs of the poor”.
11/24/2015SRI LANKA Sri Lankan Christians organise food and clothing fair to help needy seniors by Melani Manel Perera The Ceylon Bible Society organised the charity event in Moratuwa. This is its 13th edition. Elderly former seamstresses provided hand-made clothing and cooks brought homemade food. For the Bible Society’s secretary general, seniors “are a huge resource for young people who can learn a lot from them”.
11/23/2015JAPAN For the bishop of Niigata, integral human development is key to stopping terrorism by Tarcisio Isao Kikuchi After the attacks in Paris, the president of Caritas Asia reflects on the evil cycle of violence that seems to have gripped the world. For him, “violent retaliation” is unnecessary; “such a solution would be only short term”. It might stop new attacks but only integral human development is the answer on the basis of life’s sacredness, “God’s most precious gift”.
11/23/2015VATICAN – AFRICA In messages to Kenya, Uganda and Central Africa, pope says he is coming as a “messenger of peace" Ahead of his trip, Francis sends video messages to the three countries where he will travel between 25 to 30 November. In his message to the Central African Republic he notes that on the 29th, he will open Bangui Cathedral’s Holy Door “a bit ahead of the Holy Year of Mercy, which "will be for everyone, I hope, a providential time for authentic forgiveness, for giving and receiving, and for the renewal of love."
11/23/2015ITALY – VATICAN Praying for the pope and the Church is the path to salvation by Piero Gheddo From the beginning of his pontificate, Francis pleaded for the prayers of the people of God. Many have praised him but have also not responded to his request. The faithful have been affected by the scandals of a sick Church. Yet, prayer is the strongest weapon, especially by the laity.
11/22/2015VATICAN Pope: The logic of the Gospel is expressed in humility and selflessness For the Solemnity of Our Lord Jesus Christ, King of the Universe, the pope said, "The worldly logic rests on ambition and competition, and fights with the weapons of fear, blackmail and the manipulation of minds." Francis entrusts "the many Christians who are, unfortunately, still persecuted today" to the intercession of the new blessed proclaimed in Spain. He calls for a Hail Mary for his trip to Africa.