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Reid Shelton Fernando
‘Caritas in veritate’ shows the value of the Church’s social doctrine
Benedict XVI’s latest encyclical is praised by Fr Reid Shelton Fernando, a priest from the diocese of Colombo and well-known in Sri Lanka for his writings and commentaries on economic and social issues.
Africa, have courage; rise up! Follow the Lord of life and hope, says the Pope
Africans “suffering from poverty, disease, injustice, wars, violence and forced migration” are “the Heavenly Father’s favourite.” The Church is a sign of reconciliation among ethnic groups. Elaborated by missionaries more than 40 years ago, Paul VI’s Populorum Progressio encyclical offers the best rationale for the continent’s development. It is urgent to correct globalization so that it serves all peoples. The Universal Church expresses its solidarity. In the Angelus, the Pope mentions Don Gnocchi, beatified today in Milan.
26/05/2011 SRI LANKA
‘Mater et Magistra’ at 50, but Church’s social doctrine is forgotten
A three-day seminar organised by the Pontifical Commission for Justice and Peace celebrates Pope John XXIII’s encyclical. “Christian business people and politicians” should “play an active role in bearing Christian witness in their daily life,” Fr Reid Shelton Fernando says.
05/11/2007 SRI LANKA
Thamilselvan buried today, people fear retaliation
Civil groups and the Catholic community condemn the killing of the rebel political leader by government forces. It will not bring peace but only generate further hatred. Tigers’ leader reiterates his group’s “renewed determination” to fight for independence.
Pope: economic crisis opportunity to think of a more "human" development model
The crisis overcome more successfully by those companies able to follow a moral and caring behaviour towards people and the territory. Development, in any field of human existence also implies openness to the transcendent.
Pope appeals for peace in Myanmar and Korea
Benedict XVI says he feels close to the “dear people” of Burma, calling on the entire Church to do the same. He expresses hope for talks between the two Koreas set to begin in Beijing, and makes an appeal on behalf of sub-Saharan Africa where people are enduring hunger caused by political and economic conflicts as well as natural disasters.
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