08/28/2015VATICAN - IRAQ Fr. Samir of Amadiya: The Pope is the voice of Iraqi refugees by Bernardo Cervellera The Chaldean priest met Pope Francis, asking him to keep the world’s focus on Christian refugees from Mosul and the Nineveh Plain. His diocese is home to 3500 Christian families and almost half a million Yazidis who fled Islamic State violence. ISIS is not all Islam and there are Muslims who want an Iraq of coexistence. Christians might not emigrate, but remain in their own land. Aid projects for refugees: school for children, work for adults, a home for every family. An appeal to AsiaNews. Vatican City (AsiaNews) – Still deeply moved and emotional at having been able to meet and speak with Pope Francis for at least three minutes, at the end of the general audience two days ago, Fr. Samir says "it was a...
08/26/2015VATICAN Pope on prayer: God is "the caress that keeps us alive" At the general audience, Pope Francis explains the value of prayer in family life. Rediscovering our love for God. He is not only "the great Being, the Almighty, who created all things, the judge who controls every action." "There are mothers and fathers who could win the Nobel Prize" because in 24 hours they do things that they would need 48 hours for. "The Gospel read and pondered in the family is like a good bread that nourishes everyone’s heart". Appointment for September 1 at 17 in St. Peter for a Liturgy of the Word on the World Day of Prayer for the care of creation, together with the Orthodox.
08/21/2015VIETNAM Hanoi ignores Caodaists and Catholics who criticise new religious bill for violating human rights by Nguyen Hung - J. Dang Proposed new legislation fails to grant religions any status or recognise the right to freedom of religion. Adversarial in their attitude, the authorities view religions suspiciously, and want to regiment their actions through legal restrictions. Caodaist and Catholic religious leaders publicly slam the draft bill, but Vietnam’s National Assembly is unmoved by critics and alternative proposals.
08/19/2015VATICAN Pope Francis: Frère Roger was a guide for young people in their journey of spiritual quest The pope sends a message to the Taizé community, which is celebrating three anniversaries: the 75th anniversary of its foundation, the centenary of the birth of its founder, Frère Roger, and the tenth anniversary of the latter’s death. He was an example of witness and faith up to his violent death. His community is fundamental in building bridges among Christians.
08/19/2015VATICAN Pope: Today’s world of work considers families a burden, a weight At the general audience Pope Francis speaks about the world of work. "To cause a loss of jobs, means to create serious social damage . “Work is sacred, work gives dignity to a family. We must pray that no family lacks work". The logic of profit only corrupts the environment and affects the poorest families. The "great mission" of families in today's world is like "David versus Goliath ... but we know how that challenge ended". A special greeting to the Taize community for the 75th anniversary of its founding. Greetings for the pilgrims from Japan and the Middle East.
08/17/2015HONG KONG – CHINA For Card Zen, removing crosses in Zhejiang is an insult to the faith of Catholics Hong Kong’s bishop emeritus has come to the conclusion that the campaign to dismantle crosses and religious buildings is part of a broader, nation-wide strategy, and constitutes regression in terms of the mainland's religious policy. Catholics and Protestants in Hong Kong now fear that it might happen to them. In Zhejiang, another 15 religious buildings are slated for destruction by 1 September.
08/16/2015VATICAN Pope: The Eucharist is Jesus who gives himself entirely to us During the Angelus, Pope Francis explained the meaning of the Eucharist, the real and not symbolic presence of Jesus, and the Mass, which is not a "private prayer". For the pontiff, “Feeding on this ‘bread of life’ means becoming attuned to Christ’s heart, and assimilate his choices, thoughts, and behaviour.”
08/15/2015VATICAN Pope offers prayer for the people of Tianjin, our pilgrimage in the sign of Mary Pope Francis shares the pain for the calamity that struck the Chinese city where two explosions killed more than 50 people and injured an additional 700. The presence of 700 tonnes of sodium cyanide in the warehouse that blew up is cause for great concern. Bullies weigh on history but “God does not abandon his humble and poor children”. Life “is not about aimlessly wandering” but “is a pilgrimage that [. . .] has a safe destination: the house of the Father." The pontiff called on the faithful to visit to the ‘Salus Populi Romani’ at S. Maria Maggiore.
08/14/2015EAST TIMOR – VATICAN Card Parolin signs historic agreement with East Timor The agreement, in the pipeline since 2006, sets up the Church’s legal framework in the country. The Vatican secretary of state yesterday celebrated Mass in the country’s main seminary. Tomorrow, the feast day of the Assumption of May, he will commemorate five centuries of evangelisation.
08/13/2015SOUTH KOREA A year after Pope Francis’ visit, Korea still touched to the heart Two events are planned in Solmoe and Haemi, "places of martyrs" in the Diocese of Daejeon. A stone memorial will be unveiling in Seoul’s Gwanghwamun Square, where the pontiff beatified the 124 witnesses of Christ. For Card Yeom, the “Francis effect” has “brought to the fore the memory of the martyrs, [and] hope”. For the head of the Justice and Peace Commission, his message has touched “the heart of many people who now feel compelled to seek a better life”. With the visit, the martyrs’ memory has been revived, Oblate missionary said.
08/13/2015HONG KONG – CHINA Card Tong issues an "urgent appeal" against cross demolition in China The bishop of Hong Kong calls on the central government to open an investigation into the unjust acts that are happening in Zhejiang where many lawfully built crosses and buildings have been dismantled. In order to share the suffering of Zhejiang Christians, he has proposed prayers and fasting. More than a thousand Catholic and Protestant crosses and buildings have been dismantled.