12/12/2013VATICAN Pope: Fraternity, foundation and path to peace against selfishness, exploitation and abuse Francis’ message for the World Day of Peace. The foundation of the fraternity is the common fatherhood of God. The "Globalisation of indifference". The increasing number of interconnections and communications, "make us neighbors but not brothers." "International agreements and national laws , despite being highly desirable and necessary , are not sufficient by themselves to bring humanity to avoid the risk of armed conflict. This requires a conversion of heart which allows everyone to recognize themselves in their brother". "The succession of economic crises should lead to appropriate rethinking of models of economic development and a change in lifestyle". A "change of heart". Vatican City ( AsiaNews) -
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12/12/2013KOREA Korea celebrates as kimchi becomes part of the world's heritage by Joseph Yun Li-sun The decision was taken at the UNESCO general assembly. The Korean dish is thus added to humanity's 'Intangible Cultural Heritage' because it has "voluntarily" been passed through the generations and represents the communal spirit of Koreans in winter, solidifying their Korean identity.
12/12/2013CHINA Baby hatches arrive in China to save abandoned children by Chen Weijun After Xian, Shenzhen will also open a "baby hatch", a small structure equipped to accommodate abandoned infants. Catholic sources tell AsiaNews : " A good step forward in favor of life, which is under constant threat in the country. But we will have to see how it will be managed".
12/12/2013INDIA Card. Gracias: Indian Church condemns the brutal attack on Delhi clergy by Card. Oswald Gracias The archbishop of Mumbai defines police attack (even with batons) on consecrated and lay women as "disgraceful , dishonorable and deplorable”. It is a behavior that " reflects the lack of dignity and respect for women in this country." The cardinal appeals to the Prime Minister of India.
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."
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".
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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