"We are still waiting for news of our confreres in Jérémie. Until today (October 7, 2016) we have no news. And there is no way to contact or visit them" writes to Fides Fr. Kenol Chery, C.Ss.R., missionary and regional superior of the Redemptorists in Haiti.
"All religious congregations are in the same situation. We see the pictures taken by American soldiers that show the destruction, damage and desolation of the people. But the Haitian authorities cannot intervene. We can only pray and hope".
"Our two parishes of Saint Louis Conzague in Fonfrede (Les Cayes) and Saint Louis Roi de France Château (Les Cayes) are destroyed. The parish church in Chateau and the building that housed the nursery are completely destroyed", added the missionary.
There is not a definite toll of casualties and damage from the authorities after Hurricane Matthew in the Caribbean. In Haiti there are now more than 800 deaths, according to the agencies, but the toll becomes more and more dramatic as hours go by. Also Pope Francis has sent his condolences to the families of those who died because of Hurricane Matthew, and he expressed his closeness and affection to the injured and the victims of the catastrophe.
Recently Archbishop Rino Fisichella… presented the two main events preceding the conclusion of the Holy Year of Mercy: the Jubilee of Prisoners (Nov. 5-6) and the Jubilee of the Socially Excluded (Nov. 11-13).
During the Jubilee of Prisoners, it will be possible for the first time for many detainees from all over Italy and other countries to be present in St. Peter’s Basilica to take part in their own Jubilee with Pope Francis…
Pope Francis, after the promulgation of the Bull convoking the Jubilee, Misericordiae vultus, wrote a letter for the implementation of the Jubilee program in which he stated,
“My thoughts also turn to those incarcerated, whose freedom is limited. The Jubilee Year has always constituted an opportunity for great amnesty, which is intended to include the many people who, despite deserving punishment, have become conscious of the injustice they worked and sincerely wish to re-enter society and make their honest contribution to it.
“May they all be touched in a tangible way by the mercy of the Father Who wants to be close to those who have the greatest need of his forgiveness. They may obtain the Indulgence in the chapels of the prisons. May the gesture of directing their thought and prayer to the Father each time they cross the threshold of their cell signify for them their passage through the Holy Door, because the mercy of God is able to transform hearts, and is also able to transform bars into an experience of freedom”.
I was simply amazed. It was early on a sunny weekday morning. While driving down the street near a pond, low and behold, I spotted a gaggle of about twenty geese processing across the middle of the road. As I took my place behind another car, I was fairly pleased with myself that I didn’t even have a temptation to hurry things along. It was such a beautiful pastoral scene.
I was seriously impressed as the line of cars quickly built up on both sides of the road. But the people just waited without incident. It was just adorable to see the Canadian geese sauntering across the road, almost oblivious that we were all waiting. In fact a few geese just glanced our way as if to say, “we belong here.” It was refreshing to watch everyone spying the geese but doing nothing to upset or hurry them from completing their short journey to safety.
As we eventually were allowed to pass by, it occurred to me that apparently there is a patient streak in all of us. I almost cheered for us patient folk as we were allowed once more to go our merry way.
I am impressed with adults who take the time to attend to the inquiries of small children. Personally I like to squat down and respond to them face to face. I think we adults owe that to our children. They are special indeed. We need to be lovingly patient with them.
New Delhi, India – Violence against Dalits – the "outcasts" or "untouchables" – in India have increased in recent years: say the official data of the National Crime Record Board (NCRB), illustrated in recent days in a public meeting in Delhi which was attended by more than 7000 Dalits from all over the country, promoted by the "Bharatiya Khet Mazdoor Union Federation" (BKMUF), a network that links different organizations of Indian Dalits.
"It is a matter of concern to note: since the Bharatiya Janata Party of Prime Minister Narendra Modi have been ruling, atrocities on Dalits have increased" says to Fides Jesuit A. Xavier John Bosco, director of the Jesuit Social Centre, based in Secunderabad (Andhra Pradesh), one of the speakers at the event in Delhi, attended by many Christian groups. "It is urgent to carry out a massive campaign across the country on the delicate question of the Dalits", asks Fr. Bosco.
Interviewed by Agenzia Fides, Bishop Theodore Mascarenhas, General Secretary of the Indian Bishops' Conference, said: "The Church has always given attention to Dalits and tribals, the government has not given the Dalits the attention that the Church has given them, in the field of education, social welfare, development and promotion.
There is a special Commission of Bishops in charge of their social development and the fight against discrimination. Of course, one must counter a widespread mentality which discriminates against them. We also ask Christian Dalits, penalized by the Presidential Ordinance of 1950, to have the same rights enjoyed by non- Christian Dalits".
Quezon City, Philippines – With available media material on their founding father scant at best, the Jesuit Communications (JesCom) is coming up with its most “ambitious” project to date: a film on the life of St. Ignatius of Loyola.
Seeing a renewed interest in the life of the saint and in his enduring legacy to the Church and the world – thanks to the first Jesuit Pope, Pope Francis – JesCom intends to reintroduce St. Ignatius to today’s moviegoers, especially the youth, who may draw inspiration from the touching story of how even the blackest of sinners can, through repentance, move the world “for the greater glory of God”.
“Certainly, the world, especially our youth deserves to rediscover the life of this saint and be inspired by his example. Thus, our dream of putting his story on the big screen slowly took shape,” said Jescom head, Fr. Emmanuel Alfonso, S.J.
Chris Lowney, author of the bestselling book, “Heroic Leadership,” writes that if one talks about successful global corporations, it is impossible to miss out on the Society of Jesus (S.J.) which has existed for centuries, serving the world through its network of schools, parishes and social centers. The secret of that enduring “Company”, he points out, is the spirit of its founder, St. Ignatius of Loyola.
Pope Francis. . .met with the Italian National Council of the Order of Journalists, telling them that truth, professionalism and respect for human dignity were essential elements in their work.
Meeting with the assembled Italian journalists in the Vatican’s Clementine Hall on Thursday, Pope Francis told them that there were few professions that have “so much influence on society like that of journalism.” He noted that they are usually the ones who are there to record what he called, the "first draft of history”, “the building of the news agenda and introducing people to the interpretation of events.”
He also noted that the journalistic profession was one that was continually adapting to changes in the way people digest news through new forms of media.
In his discourse the Pope stressed three essential elements in the work of a journalist, that he said could serve to “improve the society in which we live”: To love the truth, to embody professionalism and to respect human dignity.
He said that loving the truth meant not only stating it, but living it and bearing witness to it in their work, adding, even in journalism we must be able to discern between shades of grey surrounding the events that we are called to tell.”
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