07/02/2015VATICAN Tourism offers "a billion opportunities" for sustainable development on Earth In its message for World Tourism Day, the Pontifical Council for the Pastoral Care of Migrants and Itinerant Peoples notes that growth in this sector represents “a challenge to all the sectors involved in this global phenomenon: tourists, businesses, governments and local communities and, of course, the Church too. The billion tourists should necessarily be considered above all in their billion opportunities.” Vatican City (AsiaNews) – The Pontifical Council for the Pastoral Care of Migrants and Itinerant Peoples released a message ahead of World Tourism Day, which will be observed on 27 September, on the theme ‘One...
07/01/2015INDONESIA Indonesian priest: Pope Francis’ encyclical strengthens love for creation by Mathias Hariyadi Fr. Ferry Sutrisna Widjaja, West Java, recalls the bond between the Argentine pope and the saint of Assisi, in their shared commitment towards nature. He recalls that it is the duty of the laity, priests and religious to defend and nourish the planet. "Laudato sì" message of hope and guidance to Catholics and non-Catholics around the world.
06/30/2015SRI LANKA For Buddhist environmentalist, ‘Laudato si’’ gives hope for our common home by Melani Manel Perera The Encyclical on environmental protection should inspire all new political projects. The planet’s development must go hand in hand with curbing unbridled economic development. By the end of the century, there will be 250 million "climate refugees". The race for profit, political pressure, and corruption also touches Sri Lankan society.
06/30/2015INDONESIA For Indonesian academic, the pope's encyclical makes the environment a "global issue" by Mathias Hariyadi Maria Ratnaningsih, a Catholic university lecturer, appreciates the pope’s concern for the "common home". She highlights the differences between developed and developing countries. The Church’s concern is "a significant step" on the environment. The "common good" and help for marginalised communities require attention.
06/29/2015VATICAN Pope: Rome’s "affection and gratitude" for witness of Peter and Paul At the Angelus Pope Francis remembers the mission of the Church of Rome, that preserves the legacy of Peter and Paul: faith and charity. The " Romans centuries long devotion to the Virgin, especially invoked as Salus Populi Romani". The bond of communion of metropolitan archbishops with "the See of Peter" and "brotherly ties" with the Sister Church of Constantinople. The announcement of the trip to Ecuador, Bolivia, Paraguay 5 to 12 July.
06/29/2015VATICAN Pope to new metropolitan archbishops: The Church wants men of faith, prayer, witness On the Feasts of St. Peter and Paul, Pope Francis blesses the pallium for 46 metropolitan archbishops appointed this year. These include six Asian archbishops. The pallium will be imposed by the nuncios in the countries of origin. Orthodox delegation sent by Bartholomew I, Ecumenical Patriarch of Constantinople also present. The apostles and the first Christian communities with “courage carried forward the work of evangelisation, free of fear of death and martyrdom, within the social context of a pagan empire”. “Many forces in the course of history have tried, and still do, to destroy the Church, from without as well as within, but they themselves are destroyed and the Church remains alive and fruitful". " the Church does not belong to Popes, bishops, priests, nor the lay faithful; the Church in every moment belongs solely to Christ." " A Church or a Christian who does not give witness is sterile; like a dead person who thinks they are alive; like a dried up tree that produces no fruit; an empty well that offers no water! The Church has overcome evil thanks to the courageous, concrete and humble witness of her children".
06/28/2015VATICAN Pope: Believe that Jesus can heal us and awaken us from death? At the Angelus in St. Peter's Square, Pope Francis speaks of today's Gospel - of healing and resurrection - that "have a single center: the faith." A "tarnished or uncertain" faith tends to confuse "resurrection with reincarnation." "Faith ... promotes life in every situation."
06/27/2015ISLAM - MIDDLE EAST Al Azhar and Vatican against terrorism. The ambiguity of the international community by Bernardo Cervellera The influential Sunni university denounces " heinous" violence of the Islamic state and demands the world defeat this group “through every possible means". Vatican: terrorism is a threat to all humanity. France claims to fight terrorism, but then sells weapons, aircraft, helicopter gunships to Saudi Arabia, which supports Islamic fundamentalism. Kuwait tolerates Salafis who support the Nusra Front and the Islamic state. Turkey against the Kurds; the United States against Iran, Russia and China.
06/26/2015VATICAN – PALESTINE Holy See and the State of Palestine sign comprehensive agreement, a “hasty step” according to Israel Vatican Secretary for Relations with States Mgr Richard Gallagher and Palestinian Foreign Minister Riad al-Malki led the signing ceremony. Under the agreement, the legal status of the Catholic Church, freedom of conscience and freedom of religion are guaranteed. The deal is an important signal for a region touched by “extremism, barbaric violence, and ignorance”. Israel’s Foreign Minister criticises the agreement. However, the Fundamental Agreement between the Holy See and Israel has been stalled for 22 years.
06/26/2015VATICAN Pope: Jesus teaches that "a community must be close", must "dirty its hands" "How many people look on from afar and do not understand or care ... How many people look on from a distance but with bad heart, to put Jesus to the test, to criticize, to condemn him ... And how many people look on from a distance because they do not have the courage that He had, but really want to get closer! And in that case, Jesus reached out first.
06/25/2015VATICAN World Meeting of Philadelphia, Gospel nourishment for families of the world Those who have already registered are from more than 100 nations. Papa Francesco, at the end of the Mass of Sunday, September 27, will deliver the Gospel of Luke to the families of the great cities of the five continents - Kinshasa (Africa), Havana (America), Hanoi (Asia), Sydney (Australia) and Marseille ( Europe) - which later will be sent a million copies of the same text.