25 October, 2014 AsiaNews.it Twitter AsiaNews.it Facebook            

Help AsiaNews | About us | P.I.M.E. | | RssNewsletter | Mobile





mediazioni e arbitrati, risoluzione alternativa delle controversie e servizi di mediazione e arbitrato
e-mail this to a friend printable version


» 04/04/2005
PHILIPPINES - TRIPS IN ASIA - AN OVERVIEW
The Philippines, 1995: Pope dreams of "the Third Millennium of Asia"
In 1981, the first visit to the archipelago to canonize Lorenzo Ruiz and to invite the Filippino Church to fulfill a mission.

Manila (AsiaNews) – During his pastoral visit to Manila, from 10 to 16 January 1995, John Paul II hinted at the mission of the Church in Asia for the third millennium. The occasion is the celebration of the 20th World Youth Day (WYD), the first ever to be organized by an Asian country. The theme, "As the Father sent me, so am I sending you" (John: 20, 21), is a direct invitation to young people, both religious and lay, to undertake the "missione ad gentes", to become "workers" in the "largest mission front in the world". Family, life and defense of human rights are the themes emphasized by the pontiff at different times, key points to work on to prevent falling prey to rapid but inhuman technological progress and economic growth which "have revolutionized the face of Asia".

Right from the welcome ceremony at the airport, he underlines that the "Church of the Philippines is aware it has a particular vocation to bear witness to the Gospel in the heart of Asia". John Paul II returns to this theme at the meeting with the Episcopal Conference of the Philippines: "Asia needs your help to hear the Good News of the crucified and risen Christ." On 15 January, participating in the Federation of Asian Episcopal Conferences (FABC), the pope outlines the new areas of present-day "missione ad gentes": the urban poor, migrants and refugees, young people, media and social communications. Comforting Asian bishops and Churches, John Paul II dreams of "the Third Millennium of Asia": "In the first millennium, the Cross was planted in European soil; in the second, in American and African ground; we can pray that in the third Christian millennium, there will be a great harvest of faith to reap in this vast and vital continent."

The World Youth Day in Manila – the largest gathering of people in history – draws five million youths from all over the world. The event is all the more historic because it features a meeting between Catholic representatives of all the Chinese communities: the People's Republic, Taiwan, Hong Kong, Macao. On 12 January, the Archbishop of Taipei, Mgr Joseph Ti Kang, celebrates Mass together with five priests of China's "official" Church: it is the first time Peking has allowed a religious act which is not controlled by the State. On 14 January, through Radio Veritas, the pope launches a message of reconciliation between the "official" and underground Churches of China, addressed to "all Catholic faithful". On 15 January, priests from the Chinese delegation join in celebrating mass at Luneta Park with the pontiff, who at the end ventures a greeting in mandarin, the language of China and Taiwan.

The pontiff had already visited the Philippines in 1981 when he beatified the martyr Lorenzo Ruiz. On reaching Manila on 17 February, he immediately reminded the Filipino people of their Christian mission in a region of the world which does not adhere to this faith: Asia.

During his six-day stay in the archipelago, John Paul II said the mission of Christians in the Asian continent, which is facing challenges posed by capitalism and atheistic materialism, is "to defend man's spiritual values". To do this, the Church must not pursue its privileges, it must be free and unfettered to work for the good of all society, for authentic development, for justice and the dignity of each and every man, "the way of the Church". (MA)


e-mail this to a friend printable version

See also
04/03/2005 IRAQ – TRIPS IN ASIA - AN OVERVIEW
The Pope: a spiritual pilgrim in the land of Abraham
04/04/2005 INDIA – TRIPS IN ASIA – AN OVERVIEW
With Mother Teresa the Pope served lunch to the poor of Kolkata in 1986
08/26/2004 VATICAN
Pope tells young people to worship God to be free
02/06/2014 VATICAN
Pope's Message for WYD 2014: The poor in spirit, revolutionary, strong and happy
by Papa Francesco
04/06/2006 VATICAN
Nazism's culture of death made me discover my vocation
KAZAKHSTAN – TRAVELS IN ASIA – LIST
Kazakhstan: After 9/11, the pope embraces Muslims and condemns terrorism
BANGLADESH - TRIPS IN ASIA - AN OVERVIEW
The pope encourages Christians in Bangladesh to establish truth and peace with Muslims
SOUTH KOREA - TRIPS IN ASIA – AN OVERVIEW
Twice in Korea, Pope called for a more missionary Church
PAKISTAN - TRIPS IN ASIA – AN OVERVIEW
Let the government and the Church work together
THAILAND – TRIP IN ASIA – AN OVERVIEW
The Pope appreciated Thai respect for religious freedom
INDONESIA – TRIPS IN ASIA – AN OVERVIEW
In the world's most populous Muslim country the Pope called for full religious freedom
INDIA – TRIPS IN ASIA – AN OVERVIEW
With Mother Teresa the Pope served lunch to the poor of Kolkata in 1986
SYRIA – TRIPS IN ASIA – AN OVERVIEW
First Pope to visit mosque in 2001
IRAQ – TRIPS IN ASIA - AN OVERVIEW
The Pope: a spiritual pilgrim in the land of Abraham
LEBANON – TRIPS IN ASIA - AN OVERVIEW
The Pope: a messenger of peace and a prince of charity
HOLY LAND – TRIPS IN ASIA (AN OVERVIEW)
A pilgrim to the Holy Land for Christ's Jubilee in 2000
JAPAN - TRAVELS IN ASIA - overview
Tokyo, the pope who speaks Japanese and dances with children

Editor's choices
IRAQ - ITALY
Almost 700,000 euros raised as the 'Adopt a Christian from Mosul' campaign continues
by Bernardo CervelleraA second instalment is sent with funds raised in September. The fate of East-West relations is being played out in the Middle East and Iraq. Pope Francis and the Synod issue an appeal. Governments are lukewarm. Aid is coming from around the world. A new international community is defeating the "globalisation of indifference."
IRAQ-VATICAN
"Adopt a Christian from Mosul": Archbishops’ thanks as first aid arrives
by Amel NonaMsgr. Amel Nona, the Chaldean Archbishop of Mosul, who is also a refugee himself, thanks all the donors to the AsiaNews campaign. The situation is increasingly difficult given the huge number of refugees and the arrival of winter and snow, making outdoor shelters and tents impossible. The crisis, an occasion that activates the faith of Christians.
ITALY - IRAQ
After raising € 350,000, 'Adopt a Christian from Mosul' campaign continues
by Bernardo CervelleraDonations raised up to 31 August have been sent to the patriarch of Baghdad and the bishops of Kurdistan. The campaign helps to feed, house, clothe, and bring comfort to more than 150,000 Christian, Yazidi, Turkmen, Shia and Sunni refugees who fled the violence of the army of the Islamic Caliphate. People in Italy and around the world have been generous, including the poor and the unemployed, a sign of hope for the world as well as those who suffer and those who give.

Dossier

by Giulio Aleni / (a cura di) Gianni Criveller
pp. 176
Copyright © 2003 AsiaNews C.F. 00889190153 All rights reserved. Content on this site is made available for personal, non-commercial use only. You may not reproduce, republish, sell or otherwise distribute the content or any modified or altered versions of it without the express written permission of the editor. Photos on AsiaNews.it are largely taken from the internet and thus considered to be in the public domain. Anyone contrary to their publication need only contact the editorial office which will immediately proceed to remove the photos.