11/01/2014VATICAN Pope: the communion of saints unites heaven and earth, and is not broken by death "We are here on earth, along with those who have entered into eternity, we form one great family. This family connection is not broken". Prayers for Jerusalem which has recently "witnessed a number of tensions, that it may always be a sign and foretaste of the peace which God desires for the whole human family". Vatican City (AsiaNews) - The hope
for peace for Jerusalem, which has been shaken
by clashes between Palestinians and Israeli security forces, and a
reflection on the Communion of Saints, which "unites heaven and
earth" were the themes touched on...
10/31/2014VATICAN Pope: The true Christian lives of prayer and mission. It's like breathing! Francis meets with members of the Catholic Fraternity of Charismatic Covenant Communities and Fellowships, and urges them to unity in diversity "which means recognizing and accepting with joy the different gifts that the Holy Spirit gives to each one and putting them all in the service of the Church. It is listening, accepting differences, having the freedom to think differently and expressing it! With all due respect to the other who is my brother". A strong call to "remember the ecumenical nature" of the charismatic movement: "For persecutors, we are one! Ecumenism of the blood."
10/31/2014SRI LANKA No hope for people buried alive in Sri Lanka landslide Bad weather has been hampering rescue operations. For the Disaster Management Centre (DMC), about 100 people were trapped at home when tonnes of mud covered them. For locals, at least 250 are still missing.
10/31/2014VATICAN Pope: Putting law above love is not a model but mark of a hypocrite In his homily this morning, Francis speaks of the Gospel passage where Jesus opposes the Pharisees who would not heal a sick man on the Sabbath, denying help to his parents because "they had given everything to the Temple. But who is more important? The Fourth Commandment or the Temple? The path is the opposite way: from love to the law".
10/31/2014KOREA A million leaflets against Kim Jong-un float across the intra-Korean border This morning, 24 gas-filled balloons floated across the demilitarised zone that separates the two countries. It carried leaflets against the ruling dynasty in Pyongyang, one-dollar bills, small radios and DVDs. An angry North Korea wants this practice banned. South Korea counters that it is a matter of "freedom of expression".
10/31/2014INDIA - SRI LANKA Sri Lanka, "premeditated" death sentence for five Indian fishermen by Nirmala Carvalho According to Jesuit priest Santhanam, the judgment issued by the Sri Lankan court is the result of decades of conflict between Delhi and Colombo over trespassing in territorial waters. The verdict "contradicts Pope Francis’ position against the death penalty".
10/31/2014MYANMAR Myanmar, government opens talks with Aung San Suu Kyi on peace, reconciliation and reforms On the orders of the head of state Thein Sein, the talks include the Nobel Peace Laureate, the head of the army, ethnic representatives and those of the main political parties. For the first time the various spirits and powers of the country come together for discussions. However, for critics it's just a façade ahead of the upcoming East Asia Summit.
10/31/2014SIERRA LEONE - PHILIPPINES Filipino priest says he will remain in Sierra Leone and risk Ebola for his faithful Fr. Anthony Patrick S. Santianez, has been in the African nation since 2008, confirming his fidelity to his vocation. While the Philippine government has ordered the repatriation of nationals from the epicenter of the epidemic, he does not intend to abandon "the sheep to the mercy of the wolves." He asks fellow Christians worldwide for a prayer of support.
10/30/2014THAILAND - ITALY For Thai Buddhists, Francis, the "missionary" pope, embodies the spirit of Assisi, Fr Sala says by Dario Salvi Fr Valerio Sala has been a PIME priest in the Asian country for the past five years. He describes how he came to his vocation and how he developed his missionary zeal after a brief stint in Africa. He explains how globalisation and relativism have deeply penetrated Thai culture, as well as the challenges they represent. For him, Christ is the basis for a true "social and moral change."