"Today we ask for the grace to be amazed by the surprises of God, not to hinder His creativity, but to recognize and favor the ever new ways through which the Risen One pours His Spirit into the world and attracts hearts making Himself known as the" Lord of all "(Acts 10:36)".
The nun is the founder of the congregation of the Sisters of the Holy Family in Kerala. Today more than 1,500 women religious work in India, Germany, Italy and Ghana. Of noble origins, the saint chose a life of penance and prayer. She opened the first school for girls in the state. She realised the value of the family to break caste discrimination.
"Nearly six million indigenous people have left simply to survive. Not to mention those that were massacred for land exploitation or mining activities. In the Amazon there are 35 multinationals operating without any control or authorization ".
Before the Angelus, Pope Francis recalls the exodus of the "populations of the northeast" of Syria, among which "there are also many Christian families". He pleads with "the international community to" sincerely commit to the path of dialogue to seek effective solutions ". Concern and pain for the clashes, the dead and wounded in Latin American country.
At Mass in St. Peter's Square, Pope Francis canonized Card. John Henry Newman; the Indian nun Mariam Thresia Chiramel Mankidiyan; the Italian Sister Giuseppina Vannini; the Brazilian Sister Dulce Lopes Pontes; the Swiss Margherita Bays, a Franciscan tertiary. They are examples of the "sanctity of everyday life". The journey of faith must be lived in three stages: crying out, invoking, walking together, thanking. "A heart that gives thanks remains young".
The priest is the new executive secretary of the Youth Office of the Indian Bishops' Conference. He had been set to join the Armed Forces of India, "but the Lord called me to be a priest through a friend of mine, who then got married". Young people "bring newness, creativity and vitality. They rivitalise the Church and the country”. The Church must "encourage vocations and the study of theology".
The lack of priests is driving some people towards false promises, other churches. For Sister Weiler, the Church needs “more women in leadership positions, not to exert power, but to share our gifts, talents and charisms.”
Too often there is talk of "new paths", but "old" ideological patterns are again rooted in 1968 and in the 1970s and 1980s. Cultural anthropology silences the proclamation of Jesus Christ. The exaltation of service reduces the Church to a NGO robbed of all of her mystery. Secularism renders testimony timid. A spiritual desertification is taking place, and the Pentecostal sects are taking advantage. Some pastoral proposals.
Pope Francis mentioned the victims of the synagogue attack in Halle, Germany, in his prayer yesterday afternoon. Today work in the smaller groups began. Discussions also focused on the tragedy of drug trafficking and its consequences.
For Fr. Martìn Lasarte, a Salesian, the "viri probati" proposal risks being a response born of imbedded clericalism. The Church’s history is rich with examples of fruitful evangelizations carried out by baptized lay people, without any priests (Korea, Vietnam and today many African nations). One contribution to the debate that is inflaming the Extraordinary Synod on the Amazon.
Bishop Kräutler: "Indigenous peoples do not understand celibacy". Deepen and disseminate a theological literature that includes, together with traditionally known sins, "ecological sins" that treat sin against the environment as a sin against God, against one's neighbor and future generations.
The Archbishop of Jakarta is among 13 new cardinals created by Pope Francis in the consistory of 5 October. Yesterday, he met fellow Indonesians in Rome and reiterated the importance of unity among Indonesian ethnic and religious groups. Regarding the Synod on the Amazon, he said the “The Church can be the conscience of the world".
Simon, Luis Alfonso and Jose Regino Gonzalez Villarreal were sentenced to death by hanging. The police had arrested them in 2008 at a drug-making facility. The Johor monarch commuted the sentence to life imprisonment. Such an "act of compassion will be an encouragement for all people to renew their commitment to building a world marked by forgiveness, peace and a spirit of fraternal solidarity," says the letter.
In the story of Paul's conversion, "the Risen One manifests His being one with those who believe in Him: to strike a member of the Church is to strike Christ himself! Even those who are ideologues because they want the so-called "purity" of the Church, strike Christ "
The Archbishop of Tokyo writes to AsiaNews about the urgent issues in Japan today as it awaits the visit of Pope Francis. The no to atomic weapons from Nagasaki and Hiroshima, but also a message for the dignity of life for disabled, immigrants and hopeless people. In the country, with fewer and fewer children and more and more elderly, there are over 20 thousand suicides a year.