10/03/2015VATICAN Pope: Every family is always a light in the darkness of the world, may synod set out once more from Nazareth The great prayer vigil before the Synod of Bishops on "The vocation and mission of the family in the Church and in the contemporary world", Francis prays that the Synod Fathers hear the Holy Spirit: "Without the Holy Spirit God is far off, Christ remains in the past, the Church becomes a mere organization, authority becomes domination, mission becomes propaganda, worship becomes mystique, Christian life the morality of slaves". Vatican City (AsiaNews) - What good is it to light a little candle in the darkness? Isn’t there a better way to dispel the darkness? Can the darkness even be overcome? These are the questions that Pope Francis put to the tens of thousands of...
10/03/2015VATICAN Pope to the Food Bank: counter food waste by distributing it to the poor In an audience with Italy’s Food Bank Foundation, which is marking 25 years of operations, Pope Francis recalls the need to respond to the "scandal" of hunger and the "sin" of injustice of wealth and waste beside destitution. Look the poor "in the eye, shake hands with them, see in them the flesh of Christ." The memory of the "founders", the entrepreneur Danilo Fossati and Don Luigi Giussani.
10/03/2015ASIA Singapore, Japan and Hong Kong in the top ten of the world economy World Economic Forum on competitiveness ranking published. Top three unchanged since last year: Switzerland, Singapore and the United States. Japan sixth, followed by Hong Kong. The world economy is slowing down compared to the previous decade, only exception- addition to China - India, which gains 16 positions.
10/02/2015TURKMENISTAN Government cuts subsidies for its largely impoverished citizens by Alexander Kim Since 1993 in Turkmenistan has provided its citizens with free access to water, electricity and natural gas. In 2007, the new president introduced limitations. Overall subsidies represent 22% of GDP. The global economic crisis is reducing the government's finances. The country consumes 36.7% of the natural gas it produces. “The time has come to move to market relations. Now we must all learn to pay,” a government official said.
10/01/2015INDIA Indian Jesuit warns that people are starving as governments do nothing by Nirmala Carvalho Fr Jyothi SJ is the convener of the Right to Food and Work network in West Bengal, an organisation of NGOs that launched an awareness campaign last Saturday to get the State government to activate the existing food security legislation for the State’s poor. “We want the government to wake up” and realise food shortages “will inevitably turn into famine” in the coming months. South Asia is home to half of the world’s undernourished, but one would not know it from Indian media.
09/30/2015INDIA Man beaten to death by mob, who "suspected" him of having eaten beef Rumor spread from a local Hindu temple. The man was at home with his family and now his son, 22, is in hospital in critical condition. Hindutva fundamentalists want to ban beef across the country. The cow is considered sacred to Hinduism. Msgr. Mascarenhas: "But the Hindu majority is tolerant. I appeal to it, in order to condemn the extremist nationalist fringe ".
09/30/2015CUBA-VATICAN Pope Francis, Raul Castro, Cubans: Who won and who lost by Anonimo The regime has shown a "tolerant" face, as if to give the impression of “a slate wiped clean” of its past persecution of the Catholic Church. It is impossible to reconstruct the nation without reference to faith. "To serve man": a warning to the government, but also for the Church. An assessment of the Pope's visit to the Caribbean island by a figure in the Cuban church, engaged in the field of human rights, who has asked to remain anonymous.
09/29/2015INDIA Hindu extremists plan more attacks if beef ban not enforced by Nirmala Carvalho The head of the local branch of the Vishwa Hindu Parishad, an ultra-nationalist Hindu group, issues a threat following an incident involving a cow part found inside a Hindu temple. For Hindus, cows are a manifestation of the divine. Elsewhere, Christians have been threatened with expulsion from their village if they do not repudiate their faith. For Christian community leader, “respect for others’ opinion is fundamental in a pluralistic democracy.”
09/28/2015NEPAL - INDIA Kathmandu against Delhi: End embargo by Christopher Sharma New Delhi disapproves Nepal’s new Constitution and blocks fuel supplies. The decision follows requests from madhese and Tharu minorities. Dozens of villages without supplies and half the cars in the country blocked. Energy Minister flying to India. Students bring the issue to the United Nations.
09/27/2015UNITED STATES – VATICAN Pope in the US: “We Christians, the Lord’s disciples, ask the families of the world to help us” In the last Mass of the World Meeting of Families in Philadelphia, Francis Pope highlights the daily "little gestures" that define the family, which is “the right place for faith to become life, and life to become faith". Gratitude, respect, and collaboration with families in which the Spirit operates can be found in every “family, people, region, or religion”.
09/27/2015UNITED STATES – VATICAN Pope in the US: Without the family, the Church would not exist Francis met bishops gathered in Philadelphia for the eighth World Meeting of Families. “We might well ask whether in our pastoral ministry we are ready to ‘waste’ time with families. Whether we are ready to be present to them, sharing their difficulties and joys.” Young generations should not be blamed if they grew up with distorted values. “As pastors,” we must extend “a sincere invitation to young people to be brave and to opt for marriage and the family.”
09/26/2015UNITED STATES – VATICAN Pope in the US: Mass at Madison Square Garden, "God is living in our cities" Tens of thousands of faithful gathered in the temple of sports and concerts to hear Pope Francis renew the Church’s mission in the city. Marked by "smog", marginalization, and the "many faces [that] pass by unnoticed" because they “don’t appear to belong”, the city is the place where God lives. The Church welcomes citizens and foreigners alike, and announces "the Prince of Peace" who saves us from anonymity and isolation.