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posted Nov 6, 2018, 7:58 AM by Neil D'Souza   [ updated Nov 6, 2018, 7:59 AM ]

Vatican's Deepavali Message

On November 6 and 7, millions of people throughout the world will celebrate the Festival of Lights, or Deepavali. Rooted in the Hindu culture, Deepavali celebrates the triumph of good over evil. The Pontifical Council for Interreligious Dialogue issued a message on October 31, entitled "Christians and Hindus: In Defence of the Vulnerable of Society".

"Dear Hindu Friends, The Pontifical Council for Interreligious Dialogue sends you most cordial greetings and prayerful good wishes as you celebrate Deepavali. May the celebrations surrounding this festival strengthen the spirit of friendship and fraternity among you, and enhance peace and joy in your families and communities!"


All Souls Day: Pope visits Laurentino Children's Cemetery

"Today is a day of memory of the past, a day to remember those who walked before us, who also accompanied us, gave us life," Pope Francis said on his visit to Laurentino Cemetery on All Souls Day, November 2, 2018. "Remember, remember. Memory is what makes a people strong, because it feels rooted in a journey, rooted in a history, rooted in a people. Memory makes us understand that we are not alone; we are a people: a people that has history, that has passed, that has life."

Pope Francis was the first Pontiff to go to the Laurentino cemetery, a 67-acre area in Rome's southern periphery. The programme included a stop at the children's cemetery. The 'Garden of Angels' is an area of 600 square metres dedicated to the burial of stillborn or aborted babies. Two marble statues of Angels, symbols of innocence and purity, guard the Garden.


Asia Bibi acquitted at last

Asia Bibi has been acquitted. In the hearing on October 31, which began at 9 am, a three-member panel of Supreme Court justices, led by the President of the same Court, Judge Mian Saqib Nisar, declared the Christian woman (condemned to death in 2010 for alleged blasphemy) innocent, ordering her immediate release. This is the conclusion of a story linked to the abuse of the blasphemy law, brought up in private vendetta. "It is great news for Pakistan, and the rest of the world. Asia Bibi has received justice," said her lawyer, Saiful Malook.


Look at Young People differently

"Young Africans want to live worthily," said Msgr Fridolin Ambongo Besungu, Coadjutor Archbishop of Kinshasa and Vice President of CENCO (National Episcopal Conference of Congo).

"The problem is that many young Africans live in such a sociopolitical context that they no longer see any future for them. There are young people who are tempted to look elsewhere for a better life. The first response of young people to these challenges is survival. Unfortunately, there are some who resort to unpleasant methods and paths. Like young Africans who face the dangers of the desert and the sea, to reach Europe, becoming victims of human trafficking."


Youth need constancy from Church

In a world of constant change, young people need the Church to be a source of stability and consistent teaching, said Archbishop Eamon Martin of Armagh, and the Primate of All Ireland, on Oct. 26.

"The Church has to present clearly and fearlessly a message that sometimes goes against the grain of what young people are experiencing and hearing elsewhere."


Don't forget Christians of the Middle East

Chaldean Patriarch of Babylon, Cardinal Louis Raphael Sako, President Delegate at the Synod on "Young People, the Faith and Vocational Discernment," underscored this, as he launched three appeals in his final speech during the Vatican Synod, Oct. 27, 2018.

First, the Patriarch called for the involvement of young people: "I invite all young people of the world to make their voice heard and to contribute their charism to build a more fraternal, more just and more peaceful society."


CHARIS being formed on Dec 8

The Dicastery for Laity, Family and Life, announced on October 31, that on December 8, 2018, the Holy See will erect a body providing a new, single, international service for the needs of the Catholic Charismatic Renewal in the Church. This body will be called CHARIS, and will operate in favour of all expressions of the current of grace that is Catholic Charismatic Renewal.

Each charismatic reality will remain as it is, fully respected its own identity, and under the jurisdiction of the ecclesiastical authority upon which it currently depends. However, to help fulfil its own mission, each of these realities will be able to benefit freely from the many services CHARIS will provide. Indeed, providing these services is CHARIS' fundamental objective.