12/11/2013VATICAN Pope Francis is Time's Person of the Year For Fr Lombardi, the pope seeks neither fame not success, but "he will certainly be glad" if Time's choice means that many people understood that "he carries out his service for the proclamation of the Gospel and the love of God for all." Vatican City (AsiaNews)
- Pope Francis, who "chose the name of the humble saint", is Time's
Person of the year. The
tradition of selecting a 'Man', later a 'Person of the Year" began in 1927 to
acknowledge the person who, for better or for worse, dominated the news in the
year that is about to end.
fact is unsurprising, considering the resonance and very widespread attention
given to the...
12/11/2013SYRIA Greek-Orthodox Patriarchate: " No news of the 13 Ma'aloula nuns, we do not trust the video" According to video released by Al-Jazeera the women religious held in Yabrud were to be released on December 9. The Greek -Orthodox Patriarchate "concerned" about their condition. Ongoing intense fighting in the area between the army and Islamist insurgents. Two Spanish journalists in Syria to a report on the anti- Assad revolution held captive by Islamic extremists.
12/11/2013INDIA New Delhi: archbishop, priests and nuns arrested during peaceful demonstration Mgr Anil JT Couto, along with other members of the local clergy, was taking part in a protest for the rights of Dalit Christians and Muslims. Police apparently beat the religious leaders present, charging the crowd with water cannons. Several people have been injured. For Card Gracias, "violence on priests, religious and nuns" is a disgrace for India. The country "cannot move forward as long as one part of society is discriminated and deprived of something on religious grounds."
12/11/2013FRANCE - LEBANON Maronite Synod of France and Europe to open in Paris by Fady Noun For the first time, the meeting will be held outside of Lebanon, chaired by Mgr Maroun Nasser Gemayel. Its attention will be on the 85,000 Maronites who live in France and the 130,000 who live elsewhere in Europe. The synod's challenge will be to develop a new ecclesial identity and strengthen the Church's missionary work, which is to proclaim Jesus. Other meetings are set for May and December 2014.
12/11/2013INDIA Karnataka, Christmas sees return of Hindu fundamentalist persecution Two women were arrested for distributing leaflets about Christianity . A mob of extremists threaten to launch a mass protest , to punish "those who practice conversions”. President of the Global Council of Indian Christians (GCIC ), tells AsiaNews: "A shameful attack, as planned nationalist forces step up pressure on Christians at Christmas".
12/11/2013VATICAN Pope: Never fear the final judgment, because Christ will always be at our side God "did not send his Son to condemn, but to save" and "he who believes in Him is not condemned, but whoever does not believe is already condemned," and in this sense "the judgment has already begun". New appeal against hunger in the world. America, land of welcome, “a land capable of respecting human life at every stage".
12/11/2013SOUTH KOREA Archbishop of Seoul: Advent, the right time to return to the Word of God The bishop sent a pastoral letter to the faithful for the coming year, which will be devoted to the study of the Bible: "Faith comes from hearing the message, and the message is heard through the word about Christ. Read the Holy Bible daily in your life. Before going to Mass, give yourself some time to go through the Readings and the Gospel. Let the words sink down into your heart".
12/11/2013TAIWAN Taipei leading the way among Chinese in gay marriage by Xin Yage Catholics and secularists are discussing a bill that would recognise a new kind of family, to include same-sex partners, common law couples and extended families. Terms would also change as "man" and "woman" would be replaced by "two parties", and "husband and wife" would be replaced by "spouses" or "companions".
12/11/2013THAILAND Tension rises in Bangkok as pro-government protesters ready to take to the streets The leaders of the "Red Shirts" are ready to demonstrate in favor of government, the leader of the opposition want to oust the "the Shinawatra clan” from the country. Fears grow of clashes between the two sides . Meanwhile, farmers for months waiting for the payment of food announce protests and road blocks.
12/11/2013INDIA Supreme Court rules homosexuality is a crime. Archbishop of Mumbai: Gays are not criminals by Nirmala Carvalho The highest Indian court has overturned a 2009 judgment of the High Court of Mumbai , which had decriminalized homosexual acts. LGBT associations complain and accuse the Islamic and Christian religious organizations of lobbying to reinstate the ban. Card. Oswald Gracias, "No to gay marriage, but the Christian community is against any form of discrimination. Homosexuals have the same dignity as any other human being."
12/10/2013SRI LANKA Tamil activist gets death threats for his work defending the families of the missing by Melani Manel Perera For months, Sunesh has been receiving phone calls from a stranger telling him to quit his job or have his head "hanging on the street." His complaints to the police prove useless. Although police know the identity of the caller, they also told the activist to find him himself. His wife, who was shadowed by a stranger, was forced to seek refuge with her brother. "I will not stop my activities," the activist said, "but I am looking for protection. I am afraid for myself and my family."
12/10/2013BANGLADESH Bible Day in Bangladesh to put God at the centre of one's life by Sumon Corraya The Catholic Bishops' Conference of Bangladesh organised the event, which was held on Sunday across the country. The day brought to a close a month-long programme of teaching and studying the Sacred Scripture that began on 8 November. For Khulma bishop, "The sacred texts help to know the Creator and discover the truth."
12/10/2013INDIA - SOUTH AFRICA Card. Gracias: We must learn from Mandela , champion of freedom, democracy and equality by Card. Oswald Gracias The Archbishop of Mumbai and president of the Catholic Bishops paints a portrait of the South African leader " icon of peace and reconciliation." Today, Heads of State and dignitaries from around the world participate in the celebrations in honor of Nelson Mandela. Card. Gracias recalls 27 years in prison lived "with great courage and dignity, never ceasing to pursue the values of peace, love and reconciliation."
The light that this world offers us, Is an artificial one. It maybe a bright light, brighter than the light of Christ, Bright like festive fireworks, Bright like the flash of a camera. Instead, the light of Christ is meek, It is a calm and peaceful light. It is the light of that first Christmas Eve: Without any pretence. It is this: It offers and gives peace... It is a meek light with the power of meekness; It is a light that speaks to the heart It is also a light that offers the Cross. Pope Francis
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