» 05/03/2014, 00.00
VATICAN - SRI LANKA
Pope: in Sri Lanka, "much work needs to be done to promote reconciliation, to respect the human rights".
Receiving the bishops of the country, Francis highlights the contribution that Catholics are willing and able to give to create "an atmosphere of dialogue in order to build a more just society". Religious extremists "in promoting a false sense of national unity based on a single religious identity, have created tensions through various acts of intimidation and violence."
Vatican City (
AsiaNews) - In Sri Lanka, "much work needs to be done to promote
reconciliation, to respect the human rights of all the people and to overcome
the ethnic tensions that remain" after years of war, states Pope Francis
in his address to the bishops of the country received today for their
five-yearly "ad limina" visit.
there being "a new dawn of hope" visible, the Pope also notes that religious
extremists "in promoting a false sense of national unity based on a single
religious identity, have created tensions through various acts of intimidation
and violence". In
this context, " can provide an atmosphere of dialogue that seeks to
construct a more just and equitable society". One contribution to this goal is represented
by the priests , "a great blessing and a direct fruit of the seeds missionaries
planted a long time ago". "The Catholics of Sri Lanka wish to
contribute, together with the various elements of society, to the work of
reconciliation and rebuilding. One such contribution is the promotion of unity.
Indeed, as the country seeks to come together and heal, the Church is uniquely
positioned to provide a living image of unity in the faith as she is blessed to
count both Sinhalese and Tamil among her number. In parishes and schools, in
social programmes and other institutions of the Church, Sinhalese and Tamil
find opportunities to live, study, work and worship together".
of the Church's important tasks is its work in the field of charity. The
Pope recalled the work of the national Caritas' after the 2004 tsunami in efforts
of reconciliation and post-conflict reconstruction. Its
commitment in the fields of education, healthcare and assistance to the poor,
he said, is also important. In
the general context of economic growth, " this prophetic witness of
service and compassion becomes even more important: it shows that the poor must
not be forgotten nor inequality permitted to grow".
linked to the financial crisis and war, finally, have severely affected
"Many have lost their employment and so families have been separated as spouses
leave their homes to find work". "There
is also the great challenge and increasing reality of mixed marriages, which
require greater attention to preparation and assistance to couples in providing
for the faith formation of their children. When we are attentive to our
families and their needs, when we understand their difficulties and hopes, we
strengthen the Church's witness and proclamation of the Gospel. Particularly by
supporting marital love and fidelity, we help the faithful to live their
vocation freely and joyfully, and we open new generations to the life of Christ
and his Church".
08/02/2014 VATICAN - SRI LANKA
Pope: Sri Lanka, the pearl and the tears consecrated to Our Lady of Tewatte
Pope Francis meets a group of faithful from Sri Lanka, led by Card. Malcolm Ranjith, Archbishop of Colombo. The pontiff asks them to work for national reconciliation, healing wounds and also collaborating with former adversaries.
03/10/2014 VATICAN - SRI LANKA
Pope urges "solutions corresponding to the legitimate aspirations of all citizens" in Sri Lanka
Francis receives the President Mahinda Rajapaksa. "May the Holy Fatherâ€™s upcoming apostolic visit be welcomed as a sign of closeness to the people of Sri Lanka and as an encouragement to those who work for the common good, reconciliation, justice and peace."
19/01/2015 SRI LANKA - VATICAN
Card. Ranjith: The Pope has built bridges of peace for Sri Lanka
Words of thanks of the Archbishop of Colombo and President of the Bishops' Conference of Sri Lanka at the end of the canonization of Joseph Vaz. Recovery after the civil war is "a difficult road. We need his prayers and blessings."
14/01/2015 SRI LANKA - VATICAN
Pope in Sri Lanka: forgiveness, reconciliation and justice to rediscover unity after 30 years of war
Francis visits the Marian shrine of Madhu which housed thousands of refugees during the civil war. "No Sri Lankan can forget the tragic events associated with this very place." "In the wake of so much hatred, violence and destruction, we want to thank her for continuing to bring us Jesus, who alone has the power to heal open wounds and to restore peace to broken hearts".
13/01/2015 SRI LANKA - VATICAN
Pope in Sri Lanka: A visit to reconcile differences
Pope Francis has arrived in Colombo, welcomed by dances, elephants and children's choirs, together with military honors. A country still marked by the consequences of the civil war, which has claimed more than 60 thousand lives. "Pursuing the truth" about the horrors of war not "to open old wounds," but "for their healing." Openness and joint efforts among members of different religions. Economic development that cares about human dignity, without excluding anyone. The new president Maithripala Sirisena wants to work for "peace and reconciliation" of his people.
CHINA - VATICAN
The persecution of Catholics during the Cultural Revolution
The documentation of that violent period was burned or buried in archives. Only a few survivors speak. The persecutors are silent in fear. The burning of religious objects and furnishings in Hebei. Bishops humiliated and arrested in Henan; nuns beaten with sticks and killed, or buried alive. A persecution that "is not over yet"; Today it is perhaps only more subtle.
Silence shrouds 50th anniversary of Cultural Revolution in China and in the West
The bloody campaign launched by Mao Zedong killed nearly 2 million people and sent a further 4 million to concentration camps. Every Chinese has been marked by fear. But today, no memorial service has been planned and no newspaper article has appeared. The Party’s internal struggles and Xi Jinping’s fear of ending up like the USSR. Even today, as then, there are those in Europe who keep quiet and laud the myth of China. Many are predicting a return to the "great chaos".
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