01/25/2015VATICAN Pope: the desire for Christian unity part of our "thirst for God" "Heartfelt appeal" for end to fighting and resumption of dialogue in Ukraine. "In becoming man God tasted our own thirst, not only our material thirst for water, but above all the thirst for a full life, free from the slavery of evil and death”. Filipinos, a "wonderful people" Vatican City (AsiaNews) - The
"desire for unity" of the disciples of Jesus is part of our
"thirst not only material for water, but above all our thirst for a full
life, free from the slavery of evil and death." The sentence uttered by
Jesus to the Samaritan woman, "Give...
01/24/2015SOUTH KOREA Auxiliary of Seoul: youth, the basis of faith. But do not overdo it with activism The annual meeting for the youth ministry of the South Korean capital this year was directed by Msgr. Peter Chung Soon-taek. During the meeting, in the form of questions and answers, the bishop invites young Catholics to give more space for reflection and prayer: "Only in this way will balances grow in the love of God."
01/24/2015ISRAEL - PALESTINE - FRANCE The massacre in Paris helps Islamic fundamentalism and the Israeli right by Uri Avnery Israeli Prime Minister Netanyahu has used the attack for electioneering ahead of the vote. The dispute between Jews and Arabs in French territory legacy of North African colonialism. And anti-Semitism becomes the collector to encourage the return of the Jews to Palestine. The fanatics of both sides, the worst enemies of peace. From the great statesman and Israeli activist.
01/24/2015CHINA-VATICAN In 2015 China set to ordain independent bishops against the Holy See. Possible reactions of Catholics by Bernardo Cervellera The State Administration for Religious Affairs has launched plan’s that includes new ordinations without papal mandate. Beijing hardens towards the Holy See. Already now faithful refuse to participate in the ceremonies of the illicit bishops. A return to Maoist politics: the ideal of the Party is to destroy religions. The anti-corruption campaign of Xi Jinping has not yet touched the corruption of the Patriotic Association and the Ministry of Religious Affairs, who have stolen 13 billion euro.
01/24/2015MYANMAR Burmese Church promotes a "culture of peace", to heal the wounds of the colonial past by Pau Lian Cin Unsolved problems: association between Western culture and imperialism; the growing division among ethnic minorities (converted) and Buddhists Bamar; Christianity seen as a foreign religion. John Paul II’s guidelines on mission, to a Church source of reconciliation. The analysis of a Burmese priest and scholar (Part II).
01/23/2015NEPAL As constitutional talks stall, bishop calls for a secular charter by Christopher Sharma
Nepal's Constituent Assembly fails to agree on a draft proposal for a new democratic constitution. Various parties blame each other. For the ruling party, Maoist proposal for ethnic federalism is wrong. For Maoists, the majority is denying minorities their "identity" and are showing them little "respect". Catholics and Protestants pray for Nepal's future.
01/23/2015VATICAN Mass media: learning a more authentic and human communication from the family In his message for the 49th World Day of Social Communications, Pope Francis calls the family "the paradigm of communication." In it, as in the womb, you learn encounter, language, prayer, closeness, forgiveness. The media often treat the family as "an object" over which to wage ideological battles and not as a place in which to learn to communicate. We need to "relearn to tell, not just to produce and consume information".
01/23/2015VIETNAM - VATICAN Card Filoni in Vietnam: following Pope Francis to boost the mission among non-Christians by Nguyen Hung On a pastoral visit to Vietnam, the prefect of Propaganda Fide brought the pope's blessing as well as his call to renew the missionary journey. Catholics are tasked with "going out" to proclaim the Gospel before those who "do not yet know God." At a Mass at the Marian Shrine, the cardinal entrusted evangelisation in the Asian country to the Virgin of La Vang.
01/23/2015NORTH KOREA - CHINA - SWEDEN Han, a N Korean refugee in Sweden who crossed 7,000 km to escape dictatorship and poverty The 17-year-old boy has (forged) Chinese papers and speaks with a strong North Korean accent. However, Swedish authorities fear he may be a phony refugee, and wants China's help to identify him. The young man says he forded a frozen river, entered Russia, travelled on the Trans-Siberian railway, and crossed two continents to escape the regime. Now he could be sent back to his death. A Seoul-based NGO calls on the Swedish government to "err on the side of ensuring the boy's safety".
01/23/2015VATICAN Pope: God’s “work” is reconciliation, because "our God forgives" any sin and "always" forgives No matter how serious the sins are all you need to do is "repent and ask for forgiveness": "you do not have to pay anything," because "Christ already paid for us". Confession "more than a judgment, is an encounter” with the Lord who "embraces you." "Teach our children, our young people to confess well, so that going to confession is not like going to the dry cleaners to remove a stain. No! It is going to meet the Father."