11/29/2014SINGAPORE For archbishop of Singapore, Advent is a special time "to pray and contemplate with Mary" In a pastoral letter, Mgr William Goh says that 'Bearers of the Good News' is the theme of Advent. The prelate calls on the faithful "to follow" the Virgin's example and proclaim the Gospel among the people. He also calls for action to take care of those who suffer and are without hope. Singapore
(AsiaNews) - Adventus is "a special time for us to pray and contemplate with Mary, as we
prepare for Jesus to be born into our hearts," said Mgr William Goh Seng Chye, archbishop of Singapore, in a pastoral...
11/29/2014CHINA To develop elite players, China boosts football training in schools Football courses are added to curriculum in an ever growing number of schools. After years of disappointments, Beijing wants to focus on schools to increase the talent pool for elite teams. The goal is to have football taught in 20,000 schools with 200 college-level programmes in place. However, there are still too few trainers and talent scouts.
11/28/2014VATICAN - TURKEY Pope in Turkey calls on religious leaders "to denounce all violations against human dignity and human rights" Francis met the president of the Diyanet, Turkey's highest religious authority. He highlights the importance of interreligious dialogue to promote mutual respect and friendship, noting that "entire communities, especially - though not exclusively - Christians and Yazidis, have suffered and continue to suffer barbaric violence simply because of their ethnic and religious identity." In light of this, he expressed his "appreciation for everything that the Turkish people" is "doing to help the hundreds of thousands of people who are fleeing" Syria and Iraq.
11/28/2014JAPAN Japan, rare albino dolphin captured The Taiji fishermen plan to sell it to a aquatic circus. Animal campaigners: "These rare, beautiful and unique animals will spend the rest of their life doing silly games in exchange for food".
11/28/2014NORTH KOREA Pyongyang, the three women behind Kim Jong-un’s throne With the appointment of his younger sister to the leadership of the Workers' Party, the North Korean dictator finds himself at the center of a circle of women who advise and guide him: two sisters and his wife, increasingly influential in the regime’s political and economic decisions.
11/28/2014TURKEY-VATICAN Pope Francis in Turkey. The ecumenism of martyrdom by NAT da Polis The Pope's trip to Turkey is primarily of ecumenical importance, but also to give witness. Christian unity, founded on faith and common witness of the martyrs, urges greater commitment to a world which in theory is united by finance, but in reality is divided and disintegrated from the social point of view. A possible appeal for joint commemoration of Nicea and joint condemnation of the massacre of Christians. Which is also taking place on Turkish borders.
11/28/2014SYRIA For apostolic vicar in Aleppo, young Christians bear witness to the faith in a wounded city Mgr Georges Abou Khazen talks about scores of young men and women who "see Christ in others" and so serve them handing out aid and organising school activities and games for children. Weddings and baptisms are a sign of the Church's vitality. For a battered people, Advent is a time to "wait and hope" through prayer in "the coming of the Saviour."
11/28/2014CAMBODIA - VIETNAM Vietnamese Montagnards: better starvation and malaria in Cambodia that persecution in Hanoi A group of 13 members of the ethnic minority fled Vietnamese province of Gia Lai and, after crossing the border, hid in the forests of Ratanakiri. They face mosquitoes infested with the parasite and lack of food. Appeals associations activists to the government in Phnom Penh to grant asylum and assistance. But more often than not they are repatriated.
11/27/2014VATICAN Pope calls Church to mission, witness, charity and listening in cities Francis’ "proposals" for a ministry in a world in which the Church is no longer the only representative of culture, dialogue with multiculturalism is necessary as is the need to discover in the religiosity of our peoples, "the authentic religious substrata, which in many cases is Christian and Catholic".
11/27/2014VATICAN Pope urges religious to continue their "spiritual, charismatic and institutional" renewal Examine "everything in the light of the Word of God and listen to the needs of the Church and the contemporary world, using all means that the wisdom of the Church offers to advance on the path of your personal and community holiness". The "not insignificant" number of people who “abandon” religious life says something about selection and formation of candidates". "Prayer is not a waste of time, worship of God is not wasting time, praise of God not to waste time. "