Barack Obama for a "new beginning" with Islam

11/09/2013 MIDDLE EAST - VATICAN
With prayer and fasting for peace, Francis has placed the Church and the whole world in the full theology of history
The pope's appeal does not lead to pacifism, but to another dimension of reality. Neither Obama, Putin, or Bashar al -Assad, nor the arms industry or the petrochemical industry are in this dimension; God, the supreme actor in history, is. By placing his pontificate under the protection of Our Lady of Fatima, Francis has thus definitely placed himself on a spiritual plane. Now in continuity with the revelation of Fatima, he has decided to believe truly that "a time of peace will be granted to the world", a second promise made in 1917 by the Virgin Mary, in the continuity of the consecration to her "Immaculate Heart."
11/09/2013 SINGAPORE
Singapore celebrates the Year of Faith with a new website, meetings and catechesis
A parish in central Singapore has set up a website to promote its initiatives; it contains materials like Benedict XVI's apostolic letter Porta Fidei. A priest stresses the importance of sharing the faith and working for pastoral renewal. A quiz on the Church and the sacraments to the faithful has led to "interesting and encouraging" results.
10/09/2013 PHILIPPINES
Church in Zamboanga: Like Pope Francis, we pray for peace between the army and Islamists
Amid violent clashes between Philippine troops and rebels , Catholics have launched appeals for reconciliation . The partial toll is six dead - including civilians - and 24 wounded. The fundamentalists seize more than 200 civilians and demand independence . In the city churches stay open to welcome Christian and Muslim refugees .
10/09/2013 SYRIA -USA- RUSSIA
Obama holds off on attack after Russia's proposal that Damascus hand over all chemical weapons
The Russian Foreign Minister calls on Syria to hand over all chemical weapons so that they may be destroyed. The Syrian Minister of Foreign Affairs agrees. Proposal appeals to Ban Ki -moon. But Obama remains skeptical and continues his campaign in favor of a military intervention against Syria. U.S. public opinion increasingly opposed: in a week those against military action have gone from 48% to 63%. Obama is likely to lose in Congress.
10/09/2013 PHILIPPINES
Church in Zamboanga: Like Pope Francis, we pray for peace between the army and Islamists
Amid violent clashes between Philippine troops and rebels , Catholics have launched appeals for reconciliation . The partial toll is six dead - including civilians - and 24 wounded. The fundamentalists seize more than 200 civilians and demand independence . In the city churches stay open to welcome Christian and Muslim refugees .
10/09/2013 PAKISTAN
Faisalabad: Pakistan's (anti-Christian) Romeo and Juliet story
A young Christian man converts to Islam to marry a 21-year-old widow, but their families are opposed to the marriage. After months of accusations and mutual complaints, her family seized the groom's 13-year-old sister. For a human rights activist, "The marriage is valid and legal. There are no grounds to cause a row and abduct the child."
10/09/2013 VIETNAM
Thanh Linh: the 'Community of charity and social services' has "its" first priest
Bishop Paul Nguyen Cong Hoan presided over Fr Joseph Dang Van Tiep's ordination. More than 40 priests and a thousand people are present at the event. In his homily, the bishop expressed gratitude for the "gift" of a priest, a source of "encouragement" for the whole community. Operating since 1995, the community is now awaiting for Holy See approval.