Fides News - English Agency NewsenContent on this site is licensed under aASIA/VIETNAM - Blogger arrestati: appello per il rilascio - La scorsa settimana la blogger vietnamita Nguyen Ngoc Quynh è stata arrestata con l'accusa di "propaganda" contro lo Stato. Il governo sostiene anche che la donna sia affiliata a un gruppo definito "terroristico", ossia la rete “Vietnamese Blogger Network” che spesso tratta temi legati al rispetto dei diritti umani nel paese. Ritenendo che il caso non è isolato, alcuni parlamentari di diversi paesi del mondo, accanto a organizzazioni internazionali come “Christian Solidarity Worldwide” hanno inviato una lettera aperta chiedendo al governo di rilasciare l’avvocato vietnamita Nguyen Van Dai, arrestato nel dicembre 2015 per la sua attività di promotore delle libertà e dei diritti umani soprattutto su Internet. <br />Van Dai, uno dei più noti attivisti per diritti umani in Vietnam, ha già trascorso quattro anni in carcere e quattro anni agli arresti domiciliari. L’uomo forniva consulenza legale a gruppi sociali vulnerabili, tra cui le minoranze religiose. Se condannato, rischia fino a venti anni di carcere. Tra gli altri attivisti detenuti, vi è Paulus Le Son, blogger cattolico, arrestato in Vietnam nel 2011 e condannato a 13 anni di carcere nel 2013. Le Quoc Quan, altro avvocato e blogger cattolico di primo piano, arrestato con l'accusa di evasione fiscale a dicembre 2012, è stato condannato a ottobre 2013 a 30 mesi di prigione e rilasciato nel 2015. <br />Tue, 25 Oct 2016 17:02:59 +0200AMERICA/COLOMBIA - On October 27 the peace process with ELN begins, the Church ready to give its support - The formal start of the peace process between the Colombian government and the National Liberation Army will take place on Thursday, October 27 in Quito . For this occasion, the Colombian Episcopal Conference formed a "Peace Council", to be made available to the negotiating table, if formally requested.<br />ELN has requested the support of the Church, but this was not formally asked by the government. The constitution of an Episcopal Peace Council, is a sign of the will of the Episcopal Conference to support the peace process, if its mediation is also required by the government.<br />The letter sent to Fides informs that the Board consists of the following Bishops: from Cali, His Exc. Mgr. Dario Monsalve; from Quibdo, His Exc. Mgr. Juan Carlos Barreto; from Istmina , His Exc. Mgr. Julio Hernando Garcia; from Arauca, His Exc. Mgr. Jaime Muñoz, and from Tibu, His Exc. Omar Alberto Sánchez. They are all Bishops of the dioceses where there is the presence of ELN. The names of government representatives of President Santos and ELN group are still not known. <br />Tue, 25 Oct 2016 16:57:26 +0200AFRICA/CAMEROON - Even a Xaverian missionary among the 79 who died in the train crash - There is also an Italian Xaverian missionary, Father Carlo Girola, of the Pious Society of St. Francis Xavier for Foreign Missions, among the victims in the train accident on October 21 on the Yaounde-Douala-line, in Cameroon, which caused 79 victims.<br />According to a statement sent to Agenzia Fides, Fr. Girola lived in Yaounde, in Oyom-Abang neighborhood in the suburbs. "For the journey which would have taken him to Italy, the missionary had decided not to embark alone at Yaounde airport, but to go first to Douala by bus, and from there leave with another confrere. Due to the interruption of the road for the fall of a bridge, Fr. Girola had to take a train ... A scenario known to all those who have traveled and lived in Cameroon: torrential rains, figures of men and women protected only by banana leaves".<br />Fr. Carlo Girola was 68 years old. He was born in Oltrona San Mamette, in the Italian province of Como. From 1984 to 2007 he was a missionary in Cameroon and Chad. In 2007 he was elected member of the Executive Board of the Congregation in Rome . After the end of his term, in 2014, he went back in Cameroon, worked in the formation of theologians and in missionary animation. <br />Tue, 25 Oct 2016 16:40:21 +0200AMERICA/MEXICO - Inauguration of the new Major Seminary in Cancun – The Major Seminary of Quintana Roo was inaugurated yesterday by His Exc. Mgr. Pedro Pablo Elizondo Cardenas, Bishop of the Prelature of Cancún-Chetumal, in the Mexican state of Quintana Roo in the eastern part of the Yucatan Peninsula. With a solemn Eucharistic concelebration, attended by local authorities and the Bishops of neighboring dioceses, as well as a hundred priests, the opening ribbon of the new Seminary was cut.<br />"It is a day of great joy, because finally we have the most important work of a local Church which is the seminary. Seminary means 'place of the seed', where seminarians will grow, bloom and bear fruit in God’s garden. We were expecting 15 seminarians, but then 47 arrived! <br />We are overcrowded, rooms are not enough and we had to adapt a classroom as a bedroom", said Mgr. Pedro Pablo Elizondo Cárdenas.<br />According to the note sent to Fides, the Seminary is dedicated to San Rafael Guízar and Valencia and to the Virgin of Guadalupe. Currently only 33% of the construction has been finished. Once it is completed, it will house a hundred seminarians, it will have a chapel in the center, sports courts, dining room, swimming pool, auditorium. The second phase of the work will cost about 24 million pesos. <br />Tue, 25 Oct 2016 16:27:19 +0200AFRICA/SOUTH AFRICA - Bishops ask "the government to reconsider its decision to withdraw from the International Criminal Court" - "We have noted with sadness the decision by the South African government to withdraw from the International Criminal Court ", say the South African Bishops in a statement signed by His Exc. Mgr. Abel Gabuza, Bishop of Kimberley and President of Episcopal Commission for Justice and Peace of the Southern African Catholic Bishops' Conference.<br />After Burundi, South Africa has also decided to withdraw from the ICC, accusing it of not being impartial towards African countries.<br />"We appeal to the government to reconsider its decision and remain within ICC until such a time that Africa has developed an effective regional court with the capacity and will to demand accountability of all state officials and leaders, particularly the serving heads of governments", said the statement sent to Agenzia Fides.<br />The South African Bishops are deeply concerned that South African’s "withdrawal from ICC will influence and encourage other African Countries to leave the court en masse" with "disastrous consequences for the thousands of the vulnerable people in Africa who will in the future remain without adequate protection and remedies in the face of human rights violations perpetrated by a serving head of state".<br />The Bishops appeal to the South African government and other members of African Union to use their regional bloc advantage to ensure that their repeated calls for reforms are urgently and effectively addressed. Such reforms should, among other things, include the shift in prosecutorial policy of the ICC and the withdrawal of UNSC’s referral and deferral powers so that they are conferred either to the Assembly of States Parties or the UN General Assembly.<br />The Bishops finally launch an appeal to the South African government to use its influence and continental leadership to ensure that sufficient number of member states ratify the Malabo Court Protocol so that it soon enters into force for the establishment of the African Court of Justice and Human and Peoples’ Rights. "Now more than ever, given the increasing levels of political instability, Africa needs stronger protection of the vulnerable from their political leaders who commit crimes that shock the conscience of humanity, namely genocide, war crimes, crimes against humanity and crimes of aggression", the statement concludes . <br />Tue, 25 Oct 2016 12:51:42 +0200ASIA/PAKISTAN - Terrorist attack in Quetta: "one lives with fear", says a missionary - "Ambulances and police continue to occupy the city. 60 people were killed and more than 200 wounded. They were all police officers and young people who were being trained in the military school. We are shocked by another act of terrorism aimed at innocent people. The main target is the military": is what is reported to Agenzia Fides by Fr. Renard Lawrence, missionary of the Oblates of Mary Immaculate in Quetta, where in the early hours of this morning there was a major terrorist attack against the Balochistan Police College, located just outside the city. Three suicide bombers broke into the building during the night, two of them blew themselves up, killing students and young people, while the third was stopped.<br />The school had already been the object of attacks in the past. According to investigators, the terrorists were believed to be from the "Lashkar-e-Jhangvi militant group" which has bases in Afghanistan. In August 88 people were killed in two attacks in a hospital and in front of the court in Quetta.<br />"These attacks are carried out in places where there is less defense and security so as to hit as many innocent victims. It is terrible", says Fr. Renard.<br />"We strongly condemn the attacks and terrorist violence. Many families suffer for this slaughter of innocents. We entrust them to the Lord, who can console them", adds Fr. Inayat Gill, OMI, pro Vicar general of Quetta. "I cannot deny that there is a certain fear, but we have learned to live with it. With the grace of God, we are carrying out our mission quite peacefully in this area of the country. The Catholic community have settled in the remote areas of this province, but we have easy access to these people and we accompany them in their spiritual and material needs without any obstacle".<br />The Apostolic Vicariate of Quetta, in Baluchistan province, runs seven schools attended mostly by Muslims students and carries out social work through Caritas. "These works of the Church are very much appreciated by the population", he concludes. <br />Tue, 25 Oct 2016 11:41:36 +0200AMERICA/HAITI - After the hurricane the risk of exploitation and abuse against women and children increase au Prince - Women and children in Haiti are at high risk of sexual exploitation and trafficking as a result of the hurricane. According to humanitarian agencies, since October 4, thousands of women and children have been forced to migrate to cities and in the capital Port-au-Prince, in search of food and shelter. About a million and a half have lost their homes and their livelihoods. <br />Currently there are 800,000 people in need of urgent aid across the Country. The children of the poorest families are the ones who run the greatest risk of being exploited. Child labor in Haiti was a problem even before the hurricane. According to a report of 2015 of the Institute for Labour and Social Research , about 207 thousand children were forced to housework. To try to stop child trafficking, the charitable organization World Vision aims to establish 30 centers to provide them with psychological support and protect those who are separated from their families. UNICEF estimates that 125,000 children need to be protected from violence, exploitation and abuse. The reconstruction of destroyed schools and reuniting children with their families are the key to preventing the phenomenon. About 175 thousand people, displaced due to floods and landslides, live in more than 200 temporary shelters where women and girls are at risk of sexual violence. <br />Tue, 25 Oct 2016 11:19:44 +0200AMERICA/HONDURAS - Children forced to leave school to work and help their families Pedro Sula - The lack of resources in families living in San Pedro Sula, in Honduras, is forcing children living in suburb areas of the city to leave school to look for work. A study carried out by the Comisión de Acción Social Menonita in four villages in San Pedro Sula, showed that 10% of children between 5 and 18 years of age do not study or drop out of school in the middle of the school year. The main cause is lack of money in homes. 1,852 children live in the four villages where Casm is committed, 175 of these have left school and work. At the beginning of the year one thousand students were enrolled in the Dionisio de Herrera school, in Río de Piedras village, but at least 100 have dropped out to help their families financially. <br />Tue, 25 Oct 2016 11:02:25 +0200AMERICA/VENEZUELA - First agreement between government and opposition: dialogue begins, the Church as mediator - The Archbishop of Caracas, Cardinal Jorge Urosa Savino, said that the dialogue that will begin between the government and the opposition "is very good", and reported that the envoy of the Vatican, Archbishop Emil Paul Tscherrig, apostolic Nuncio in Argentina, "is very pleased" for having established the beginning of dialogue.<br />"The Archbishop is very happy, because he made the first step - said the Cardinal talking yesterday to Union Radio -, that is, to reconcile the representatives of the government and opposition parties on the issues, methodology and timetable of dialogue, on the basis of exploratory meetings".<br />According to information sent to Fides, Cardinal Urosa Savino said that the visit of President Nicolas Maduro to Pope Francis, which took place yesterday afternoon, "is very good", because in his view, His Holiness, "surely asked him: to do everything in his power to resolve the problems we are facing". <br />Tue, 25 Oct 2016 11:00:28 +0200AFRICA/DR CONGO - A priest killed in Lubumbashi; Bishops denounce attacks on parishes and convents - Don Joseph Mulimbi Nguli, 52, vicar of the parish of San Martino in the municipality of Katuba, Lubumbashi, capital of Upper Katanga Province was killed by unknown persons in the southern Democratic Republic of Congo in the night between 21 and October 22. <br />The worsening of security conditions in large parts of the Country was denounced by the Congolese Bishops in the message issued after the meeting of the Bishops' Conference Committee in charge of monitoring the electoral process. "We are concerned about the massacres in North-Kivu, in particular in the city and in the Territory of Beni; from the killings in Central Kasai to clashes between security forces and the militia of the traditional leader Kamuina-Nsapu, from inter-community conflicts that are causing many victims in several provinces, especially in Katanga, to the sad events of 19 and 20 September in Kinshasa and the resurgence of banditry".<br />The Bishops also denounced "attacks in parishes and religious communities, in particular in Kinshasa, Kananga and Bukavu". <br />Mon, 24 Oct 2016 13:26:24 +0200ASIA/INDIA - "Becoming a Nation": Christian philosophers confront each other - "We are proud to live in a country that is sovereign, secular, a democratic republic, with a Constitution that protects the fundamental rights of its citizens. The Indian tradition of plurality and diplomacy, its scientific progress and huge natural and human resources, are signs of its immense potential. The diverse religious and spiritual traditions of the nation and its multicultural richness enhance the uniqueness of the process of becoming a nation. We are invited to affirm human dignity and equality despite cultural and religious differences": says the Association of Christian philosophers of India , who met in recent days in Ranchi for their annual seminar.<br />The final message, sent to Fides, reads: "At present there have been unenlightened attempts to challenge and subvert many of the strengths and resources of the Indian socio-political reality. There is still religious bias, the assertion of cultural supremacy, the approach of some people with vested interests, the emergence of development projects that lack traditional wisdom and ecological sensitivity. Current developments seem to lead to an affirmation of nationalism, with fundamentalist tones and with the politicized use of media, resulting in mass violence". The philosophers recall that "dissent is an integral part of democracy" and warn against "anti-democratic policies and against minorities, resulting in their cultural and economic exclusion".<br />The participants in the seminar launched an appeal so that India "becomes a nation", inviting to "celebrate the differences, to recognize and accept each other, to affirm cultural freedom and plurality, to allow to emerge an ethics of compassionate care". <br />Mon, 24 Oct 2016 13:15:22 +0200ASIA/IRAQ - Battle of Mosul, the NGOs: "It is urgent to ensure the safety of civilians" - While the Kurdish peshmerga are now at the gates of Mosul and Isis prepares its last resistance in Iraq's second city, the arrival of displaced people in camps in the southern areas of the governorate of Nineveh continue.<br />After the first flow of more than 5,600 people, "the number is expected to grow with the approach of the fighting in urban areas" refers to Fides a well-known humanitarian organization "Intersos", at the forefront in the areas of Nineveh and Salah Ed- Din, the closest to the battle. According to UN estimates, up to 1.5 million people will be involved in the conflict, and it is expected that up to one million people could escape the city and surrounding areas.<br />"In the area there are currently 7 active camps, plus 4 under construction and one in preparation, and 14 emergency sites will be added, for a capacity of reception that will go from the current 60 thousand to 417 thousand people" communicates Intersos.<br />NGOs call on all parties engaged in the conflict "the respect of the Geneva Convention so that the safety of civilians is ensured and are allowed to leave the city and have access to humanitarian aid".<br />Intersos has organized mobile teams of doctors and nurses for first health care. Medical personnel provide emergency care and life-saving interventions and are expected to reach over 50 thousand people, paying particular attention to the most vulnerable, such as pregnant women and children. Education activities, within the settlements that accommodate the displaced, will be carried out, creating child-friendly spaces, which provide psycho-social, educational and recreational assistance to children.<br />The most vulnerable sections of the population, such as women, the elderly and children, are incurred by the distribution of basic necessities by various humanitarian organizations, which also provide for the monitoring of the violation of human rights, protection and legal assistance. <br />Mon, 24 Oct 2016 12:59:18 +0200AFRICA/CAMEROON - Resignation of the Archbishop of Garoua, appointment of successor City - On 22 October 2016 the Holy Father accepted the resignation from the pastoral governance of the Archdiocese of Garoua, Cameroon, presented by His Exc. Mgr. Antoine Ntalou. The Holy Father appointed His Exc. Mgr. Faustin Ambassa Ndjodo, C.I.C.M. as Archbishop of Garoua. <br /><br />Mon, 24 Oct 2016 12:36:07 +0200AFRICA/CAMEROON - Appointment of Bishop of Ebolowa City - On 22 October 2016 the Holy Father appointed Rev. Philippe Alain Mbarga, Rector of the Inter-diocesan Major Seminary of Theology in Nkolbisson as Bishop of Ebolowa .<br />Rev. Philippe Alain Mbarga was born on January 28, 1968 in Obout, in the Diocese of Mbalmayo. He studied in his country and in Germany, at the University of Fulda, where he obtained a Doctorate in Biblical Theology in 2003. He was ordained a priest on December 10, 1994 for the Diocese of Mbalmayo.<br />He has served the following roles: 1994-1996: Studies for a Degree at the Central Africa UCAC University ; 1996-2003: Studies for a Doctorate at the University of Fulda; since 2003: Professor of Sacred Scripture at the University of Central Africa; 2003-2005: Particular Secretary of the Rector of the University of Central Africa; 2005-2008: Rector of the Preparatory Seminary and Inter-diocesan Major Seminary of Philosophy Marie Reine des Apôtres of Otélé, Yaoundé; since 2008: Rector of the Inter-diocesan Major Seminary of Theology Notre Dame de l'Immaculée Conception of Nkolbison, Yaounde. He is also the Secretary of the Commission for Apostolic Societies within the National Episcopal Conference of Cameroon . <br />Mon, 24 Oct 2016 12:31:42 +0200AFRICA/DR CONGO - The Bishops: "transition period will have to end in 2017; majority and the opposition may find agreement" - The Congolese Bishops "take note of the resolutions" of the two meetings that were held recently in the Democratic Republic of Congo to lead the Country out of the serious crisis caused by the failure to meet the constitutional deadline for the holding of presidential elections by December 2016.<br />The two meetings refer to the one held on October 4 by "Le Rassemblement", calling for respect of the period provided for by the Constitution, and that of 18 October, between the presidential majority and the part of the opposition that participated in the national dialogue, in which it was decided to hold elections by April 2018 .<br />"We take note of the resolutions of these meetings that can contribute to solving the crisis" the Bishops said in the message issued after the meeting of the Bishops' Conference Committee that follow the election process.<br />According to the Bishops, in spite of everything, there are "points of convergence" between the two parties "that have to be taken into account to find a peaceful way out of the crisis". <br />Among the common points there are: the awareness of the deteriorating socio-economic situation and the Country's security; the commitment to respect the Constitution; the recognition of the need for a transition period to reach elections .<br />The message, however, remembers what the points of divergence are: duration of the transitional period; management of power during a transition not provided for by the Constitution; separation of presidential elections from local legislative elections.<br />The Bishops hope that all parties reach an agreement under which the transitional period ends by 2017, while the government of national unity that will govern the Country at this stage will have to "organize the elections, ensuring fundamental freedoms, including that of expression, restoring State authority throughout the national territory and improve the conditions of the population". It must also "clearly mention that the current President will not candidate himself for a third term, in accordance with Article 220 of the Constitution".<br />On 20 November, at the conclusion of the Jubilee Year of Mercy, a solemn prayer for peace and national reconciliation will be held throughout the DRC. <br />Mon, 24 Oct 2016 12:18:16 +0200AMERICA/ECUADOR - "Ethical strengthening of the democratic system": the request of the Bishops to the presidential candidates - On February 17, 2017 Ecuador will vote for the President and Vice-President of the country. At the end of the Annual Plenary Assembly, the Ecuadorian Episcopal Conference called on the "ethical strengthening of the democratic system" and asked the political actors, in particular the candidates, to always act with respect and for the search of dialogue.<br />The statement was signed by 42 Bishops of Ecuador and read by the Secretary of the CEE, father Omar Mateo. The Bishops' Conference also asked the candidates to make their government programs "clearly" known, and to seek the common good, the development of institutions, and the dignity of persons.<br />The annual Plenary Assembly of the Bishops' Conference of Ecuador ended on Friday, October 21, and in addition to the analysis of the social situation and the country's policy, particular attention was paid on the themes of family and marriage. <br />Mon, 24 Oct 2016 12:03:18 +0200AFRICA/BURKINA FASO - After 50 years of presence in the Country, the newly Camillian Province has been established - On Sunday 16 October in Ouagadougou the 50th anniversary of the presence of Camillians in Burkina Faso together with the canonical establishment of the New Camillian Province of the Country were celebrated. For this significant event the date of 13 October 2016 was chosen, the anniversary of the 15 years of Father Celestino Di Giovanbattista’s death, a Camillian missionary in Burkina for many years, parish priest for 20 years of St. Camillus Parish in Ouagadougou, killed while he was carrying out his pastoral visit to the prisoners of the capital's prison. <br />Mon, 24 Oct 2016 11:54:19 +0200AFRICA/ETHIOPIA - "Missionary market" of the small community of Adaba - "The 'missionary market' is becoming a tradition that Catholics of the small community of Adaba, Ethiopia, organize to collect offerings in favor of the missionaries on the occasion of World Mission Day" . This is what Don Giuseppe Ghirelli, fidei donum diocesan missionary says to Agenzia Fides . "During this month of October - continues Don Giuseppe -, the missionary children of Adaba prayed for the missionaries and on Saturday morning, they organized a point of sale of our products from our garden to sell at the weekly market and allocate the money to the missionaries. This year there was special attention for World Mission Day dedicated to the Holy Year 'Missionary Church, a witness of mercy'. I used the slogan and the figure of Saint Teresa of Calcutta, that the Italian Church chose for the Day 2016, because Mother Teresa is the patron of the young Church of the Apostolic Prefecture of Robe, where I have been engaged now for two years. Mother Teresa started the Catholic presence in the region of Bale about 30 years ago and personally opened a house in the town of Goba where even today the sisters of Mother Teresa render their service in favor of the poorest of the poor. Today during the Holy Mass we celebrated WMD and prayed for all the missionaries", concluded Fr. Joseph. <br />Mon, 24 Oct 2016 11:48:58 +0200AMERICA/UNITED STATES - Mass at the border for migrants, the number of Haitians increases in Nogales - "The economic migrant is not a criminal. The economic migrant is someone looking for a decent way of life for himself, for his family", said His Exc. Mgr. Gerald Frederick Kicanas, Bishop of the diocese of Tucson, Arizona, during the homily of the Mass celebrated yesterday at the border with Mexico, which was presided by the apostolic Nuncio to the United States, Archbishop Christophe Pierre.<br />The celebration was organized to allow the international community to reflect once again on the plight that families divided by the border live: on the US side, Nogales Arizona, there were about 250 people, and on the Nogales Mexico side no one knows exactly how many were present.<br />Mgr. Kicanas recalled Pope Francis’ visit to Mexico, who spoke of immigration reform and humane treatment for migrants. Presenting the Apostolic Nuncio, Mgr. Kicanas said: "His decision to join us reminds us that this is a very important issue for our Holy Father".<br />The Mass is the first of several initiatives to highlight the common work carried out in close cooperation between the US Diocese of Tucson and the Mexican in Nogales, reports the note sent to Fides. The main objective is to draw attention to migrants and refugees.<br />According to agency data, there are about 64,000 migrants who were stopped by the border police in Arizona in 2015, while 63 died in the attempt to cross the border in the desert. According to Father Sean Carroll, SJ., Executive director of the Kino Border Initiative , a charitable organization that welcomes immigrants and refugees, migrants have increased significantly in Nogales, and local resources to feed these people are not enough. The latest data of the reception centers in Nogales report the arrival of 80 Haitians at the border town who are trying to enter the US on this side. <br />Mon, 24 Oct 2016 11:33:58 +0200VATICAN - Pope Francis: "Today is a time of mission and a time of courage!" City - Before reciting the midday Angelus with the faithful gathered in St. Peter's Square, Sunday, October 23, the Holy Father stressed the celebration of World Mission Sunday, commenting on the second reading of the Liturgy, which presented the exhortation of St. Paul to Timothy, in which he thinks back to his life as an apostle wholly consecrated to the mission .<br />"In Saint Paul’s autobiographical account - the Pope said -, the Church reflects itself, especially today, World Mission Sunday, whose theme is the 'Missionary Church, a witness of mercy'. The Christian community found in Paul its model in the belief that the presence of the Lord makes the apostolic work and the work of evangelisation effective. The experience of the Apostle to the Gentiles reminds us that we must engage in pastoral and missionary activities, on the one hand, as if the results depended on our efforts, with the spirit of sacrifice of the athlete who does not stop even in the face of defeats; on the other, however, knowing that the true success of our mission is a gift of Grace: it is the Holy Spirit that makes the Church's mission effective in the world.<br />Today is a time of mission and a time of courage! Courage to strengthen the tottering steps, to get a taste of working for the Gospel, to regain confidence in the strength that mission brings. It is a time of courage, even though courage is no guarantee of success. We are asked to have the courage to fight, not necessarily to win; to proclaim, not necessarily to convert. We are asked to have the courage to be alternative to the world without ever becoming argumentative or aggressive. We are asked to have the courage to be open to everyone without ever belittling the absoluteness and uniqueness of Christ, the one Saviour of all. We are asked to have courage to stand up to unbelief without becoming arrogant. We are also asked to have the courage today of the Gospel publican who humbly dares not even lift his eyes heavenward, but beat his breast, saying: "O God, be merciful to me a sinner". Today is a time of courage! Today it takes courage!" <br />Mary, model of the ‘outgoing’ Church, and docile to the Holy Spirit, help us all, by virtue of our baptism, be missionary disciples to bring the message of salvation to the whole human family". <br /><br /><br /><br />Mon, 24 Oct 2016 11:04:05 +0200