10/31/2014VATICAN Pope: The true Christian lives of prayer and mission. It's like breathing! Francis meets with members of the Catholic Fraternity of Charismatic Covenant Communities and Fellowships, and urges them to unity in diversity "which means recognizing and accepting with joy the different gifts that the Holy Spirit gives to each one and putting them all in the service of the Church. It is listening, accepting differences, having the freedom to think differently and expressing it! With all due respect to the other who is my brother". A strong call to "remember the ecumenical nature" of the charismatic movement: "For persecutors, we are one! Ecumenism of the blood." Vatican City (AsiaNews) - The life of a true
Christian is marked by two moments, just like breathing. And just like breathing,
the two moments are the same and give life: "The first is praise, prayer,
which is the inward breath. And then comes the outward breath, which is represented
10/31/2014SRI LANKA No hope for people buried alive in Sri Lanka landslide Bad weather has been hampering rescue operations. For the Disaster Management Centre (DMC), about 100 people were trapped at home when tonnes of mud covered them. For locals, at least 250 are still missing.
10/31/2014VATICAN Pope: Putting law above love is not a model but mark of a hypocrite In his homily this morning, Francis speaks of the Gospel passage where Jesus opposes the Pharisees who would not heal a sick man on the Sabbath, denying help to his parents because "they had given everything to the Temple. But who is more important? The Fourth Commandment or the Temple? The path is the opposite way: from love to the law".
10/31/2014INDIA - SRI LANKA Sri Lanka, "premeditated" death sentence for five Indian fishermen by Nirmala Carvalho According to Jesuit priest Santhanam, the judgment issued by the Sri Lankan court is the result of decades of conflict between Delhi and Colombo over trespassing in territorial waters. The verdict "contradicts Pope Francis’ position against the death penalty".
10/29/2014TURKEY- SYRIA-IRAQ Kurdish peshmerga arrive in Turkey to fight in Kobane They were greeted by thousands of Turkish Kurds who were barred from entering Syria to fight. Ankara fears the strengthening of the PKK and the creation of a Kurdish state. Some areas of the province of Idlib have passed into the hands of the Nusra Front, aided by the militia of the Islamic State.
10/28/2014VATICAN Pope: "No family without a home. No farmer without land. No worker with rights" Meeting with the Popular Movements Francis asks for change in a system that is “an idolatrous cult of money and global indifference." We must "do so with courage but also with intelligence. With tenacity, but without fanaticism. With passion, but without violence." Jesus would call "hypocrite" those who want to face "the scandal of poverty by promoting strategies of containment that only convert the poor into domestic and inoffensive beings".
10/28/2014BANGLADESH - COLOMBIA Fr Belisario: From Colombia to Bangladesh, the "madness" of the mission by Bernardo Cervellera Fr Belisario de Jesus Montoya Cyrus, 29, is a Colombian priest from the diocese of Sonsón-Rionegro. A month ago, he left for Bangladesh. For him, the missio ad gentes should be part of every priest's baggage. Although the pain of separation is too much for his parents ("They cried as if I had been laid to rest in a coffin."), for him, this is the way to be "like Jesus" and experience the Church's universality.
10/28/2014VIETNAM - CHINA Hanoi and Beijing seeking shared solutions to maritime disputes The two Communist governments agree to a mechanism for defining boundaries and "appropriately handle" issues. Both seek peace, stability and development. There are however some critics. For a Vietnamese official, Beijing will never give up its maritime ambitions.
10/26/2014VATICAN Pope: With Jesus, love is the measure of faith, and faith is the soul of love At the Angelus, Pope Francis emphasizes "the center" "from which everything must eradiate and to which everything must return": love for God and love for brethren. Jesus did not hand down formula or commandments, "but two faces, actually one, the face of God reflected in many faces, because in the face of every brother, especially the smallest, most fragile and helpless, person in need is the very image of God". The beatification of Mother Assunta Marchetti, a Scalabrini, an example of this "love of t two faces, which is in reality just One".
10/25/2014VATICAN Pope: Never before has the family been under such attack, Church renewal starts from the heart Receiving the Schoenstatt Apostolic Movement for the centenary of its foundation, Francis speaks off the cuff and addresses issues raised at the Synod: "There is a great crisis of the family, we need person to person pastoral care and a patient accompaniment". On Mary, Mother of the Church: "We would all be orphans without her". The Church that is not outward bound "only grooms the sheep already in its flock". Renewal "is not just about the Curia and the Vatican, the newspapers are wrong. I am looking for a renewal of heart”.