06/19/2013VATICAN Pope: "Think of the hypocrisy in the Church: how much it hurts us all" During Mass this morning, Francis again stigmatizes the behavior of those who do not follow the path shown by Jesus, like the scribes and Pharisees of the Gospel, they are "hypocrites of cases", "intellectuals without talent" who "do not have the intelligence to find God, to explain God with intelligence” who “lead God’s people down a dead end”. Vatican City (AsiaNews)
- "Think of hypocrisy in the Church:
how much it hurts us all". Again today, Pope Francis returned to criticize
the behavior of those who do not follow the path shown by Jesus and who "hurt
the Church." In recent days, he criticized...
06/19/2013PALESTINE Gaza: Hamas imposes Islamisation on schools, endangering Catholic institutions As of September, mixed classes will be banned for students over the age of ten. Even teachers will be strictly divided according to gender in order not to violate Sharia. The Church currently runs three schools with almost a thousand students, mostly Muslims. For the bishop of Jerusalem, "We have two alternatives: put pressure on the government or close."
06/18/2013LEBANON - SYRIA Beirut: appeal for Catholic-Orthodox unity and an end to the war in Syria The synods of the Melkite Catholic and Greek Orthodox Churches got underway today in Lebanon. As the bishops pray for Mgrs Bouls Yazigi and Youhanna Ibrahim, abducted on 22 April, Gregory III Laham, patriarch of Antioch, criticises the Western decision to send weapons to the rebels. For the bishops, Christians in Syria and Lebanon have a duty to bear witness to the Gospel with their lives. This is the true "political action" and duty that every believer must undertake. The Melkite Church plans to set up a solidarity committee in Syria to help the needy and rebuild destroyed or damaged churches.
06/18/2013VATICAN Pope: in loving our enemy we become "poorer", like Jesus, who made himself poor for us To be able to love our enemies we must pray. Pray for them, and say to God: "Change their heart. They have a heart of stone, but change it, give them a heart of flesh, that feels good and love." And for us too, "so that the Lord teaches us this wisdom which is so hard, but so beautiful, because it makes us look like the Father and like the Son."
06/17/2013ISLAM Oasis: with the death of secular humanism, it is time to build new bridges by Bernardo Cervellera On the first day of the Oasis Centre's annual conference, participants hear that secularism and the 'crisis of man'-that of an inward-looking man, stalked by radical environmentalism, man as an animal, a 'monkey'-appear to be at an end. Islamic parties brought to the fore by the Arab spring are failing. As new religious experiences emerge in the Arab world, states try to bring under their bureaucratic control. But, as Benedict XVI put it, faith and reason must engage in dialogue. In Najaf (Iraq), a Council for dialogue between religions has been set up for the purpose of promoting basic universal human rights and full citizenship for all of the country's religious communities.
06/17/2013VATICAN Pope: "Things mean everything to this world: wealth, vanity," but for Christians, this is nothing, Jesus is"everything" During the Mass celebrated this morning, Francis denounces that all Christians mistakes, all the mistakes of the Church, all of our mistakes are born here, when we say 'nothing' is 'everything' and that 'everything' does not count ... "." "A Christian is a person who widens his or her heart, with this magnanimity, because they have “everything”,, which is Jesus Christ. Everything else is 'nothing.' They are useful, needed, but when it counts we must know how to choose that ‘everything’, with that mildness, that Christian meekness which is the sign of the disciples of Jesus, meekness and patience. "
06/16/2013VATICAN Pope: the Gospel of life is not replacing God with idols of our time, children with selfishness An immense crowd participates in the Mass celebrated by Francis in the day dedicated to Evangelium Vitae in this Year of Faith is. "Often the man does not choose life, does not accept the 'Gospel of life'," which brings true freedom, but "is guided by ideologies and a logic that block life, which do not respect it, because they are dictated by selfishness, self-interest, by profit, power, pleasure and not by love, seeking the good of others. "
06/13/2013VATICAN For Pope, whoever curses, "deserves hell" At Mass this morning, Francis once again slammed those who speak ill of others, who get angry" because "when we denigrate another person it is because we are unable to grow up and need to belittle others, to feel more important".
06/13/2013VATICAN Pope: "now", the encyclical on faith, written with "four hands" with Benedict XVI The announcement this morning to participants at the Council meeting of the Synod Secretariat. "Pope Benedict handed it to me, it is a powerful document, although I will say that there I received this great work: he began it and I carried it forward." In his speech, Francis says that the proclamation of the Gospel must not be afraid of "new paths" and speaks of "the further development" of the Synod of Bishops.
06/13/2013SOUTH KOREA The life and martyrdom of Alexius Hwang "should be read in light of his faith" by Joseph Yun Li-sun The Korean Bishops' Conference organised a symposium to analyse the conversion and work of Alexius Hwang Sa-yeong, author of the 'Silk Letter', who is one of the 123 companions of Paul Yun waiting for beatification. AsiaNews continues to present the life and work of these witnesses of Christ.