» 11/18/2014, 00.00
IRAQ - SYMPOSIUM
Baghdad Patriarch hopes to see Francis in Iraq to restore Christians' hope
Speaking at the AsiaNews International Symposium, Mar Sako highlights the pope's message of peace and co-existence. He also remembers John Paul II's anti-war messages and his wish to visit Iraq. He also expresses gratitude for the actions of solidarity as well as hope for the future of the Christian community, which is essential to the country's life.
(AsiaNews) - "What we strongly wish from our dear Pope Francis is a visit
to Iraq, even a brief one," said Mar Louis Raphael I Sako, Chaldean Patriarch
of Iraq, in his speech at the 2014 International
Symposium organised by AsiaNews,
held today at the Pontifical Urbaniana University in Rome.
Christians, this is "the closest they will feel his proximity and presence",
whilst for the country as a whole, it "will give a push" to Islamic-Christian
coexistence, involving the West in a way "that fosters peace."
The theme of
this year's meeting is Mission in Asia: from
Pope John Paul II to Pope Francis, which aims to highlight the continuity
between the missionary zeal of the Polish Pope and the first steps taken by
Bergoglio in Asia and the Middle East.
speech, the Chaldean Patriarch said that "John Paul II had always been opposed
to the war against Iraq" and the Western economic embargo that "caused
the death of many Iraqis."
Paul II "wanted to come to Iraq," Mar Sako added, but could not "fulfil
his wish" and had to "settle for a symbolic celebration" of the
trip to Ur of the Chaldeans.
He did however
show constant "fatherly and pastoral concern for our Churches, even though
we are a small flock," the patriarch noted.
John Paul II's footsteps, Pope Francis has expressed his support and solidarity
for the Christians of Iraq and the Middle East "at a time of great trial,"
as he did with his "prayer campaign" that "stopped the military
intervention" in Syria and the visit by Card Fernando Filoni with displaced
families on the pope's behalf and as he is doing now with the special
letter he "is now writing for us."
Mar Sako went
on to express gratitude for the help and solidarity expressed to his community,
like the Adopt a Christian from Mosul
campaign promoted by AsiaNews.
exodus is "the greatest challenge" that must be addressed, starting with
the "liberation of Mosul and Christian villages in the Nineveh Plain"
that have fallen into the hands of the militias of the Islamic State.
Christian heritage must be protected, the patriarch warned, including the many "ancient
churches that date back to the fifth, sixth, and seventh centuries, as well as [other]
monuments and the many still unpublished manuscripts."
not resign myself to an Iraq and a Middle East without Christians," Mar Sako
said in concluding, "we, who for 2000 years have born witness in the name of
Jesus," because "our contribution is essential to the social,
cultural and religious life of our country."
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We publish the video recordings of the presentations made at the international symposium organised by AsiaNews on 2 September. In order of appearance: Fr Ferruccio Brambillasca, PIME Superior General; Card Fernando Filoni, Prefect of the Congregation of Propaganda Fide; Sr Mary Prema, Superior General of the Missionaries of Charity; Father Brian Kolodiejchuk, postulator of the Cause of Mother Teresa; Card Oswald Gracias, archbishop of Mumbai; Fr John A. Worthley, on the influence of Mother Teresa in China; a witness to the influence of Mother Teresa in the Islamic world; and Mgr Paul Hinder, Apostolic Vicar of Southern Arabia.
AsiaNews Symposium:The Christians' mission for the future good of Asia
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18/11/2014 KOREA - SYMPOSIUM
Mgr You: popes have shown how to overcome the crisis of Korean society
At the 2014 AsiaNews International Symposium, the bishop of Daejeon looks at the trips by John Paul II and Francis to the peninsula, the last country still divided by war. "The seeds that were planted have borne fruit. Let us hope they become a way of salvation for us and throughout Asia."
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Pope to AsiaNews Symposium: Let the example of Mother Teresa bring Christ to the center of everyone’s life
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18/11/2014 SRI LANKA - SYMPOSIUM
For Mannar Bishop, Joseph Vaz led John Paul II and Francis to Sri Lanka
At the 2014 AsiaNews International Symposium, Mgr Rayappu Joseph talks about the challenges and work of the Catholic Church in his country. Francis will be the first pope to visit the Tamil North, which has suffered 30 years of civil war. He insists on the need to "overcome tensions and polarisation between different communities".
Pope: together with the faithful in China on 24 May to celebrate Our Lady of Sheshan
During the Regina Caeli, Pope Francis speaks about the World Day of Prayer for the Church in China, instituted by Benedict XVI. Chinese Catholics must make a “personal contribution to communion among believers and to harmony in the whole society." AsiaNews Symposium on the Church in China is set for this week. Francis appeals for peace in the Central African Republic, and for loving “one another following the example of the Lord”. For him, “Sometimes conflicts, pride, envy, and divisions leave a blotch on the beautiful face of the Church.” Five new cardinals will be named, including a bishop from Laos.
May 24, 2017: 'China, the Cross is Red', AsiaNews Symposium
The event will be held to mark the World Day of Prayer for the Church in China. A title with many meanings: the Cross is red from the blood of the martyrs; From attempts to suffocate the faith with state control; Bceause of the contribution of hope that Christianity gives to a population tired of materialism and consumerism that is seeking new moral criteria. The theme is also about the great and unexpected religious rebirth in the country. Guests to include: Card. Pietro Parolin, Msgr. Savio Hon, the sociologist of religions Richard Madsen, the testimonies of Chinese priests and laity.
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