Dharamsala (AsiaNews) – The people of Tibet and the Tibetan Government-in-exile “entirely agree with His Holiness the Pope that religious freedom is the path of peace,” said Samdhong Rinpoche, the exiled Tibetan prime minister (kalon tripa) as he spoke to AsiaNewsabout the papal message for World Peace Day, traditionally marked on 1 January.
In the message, titled ‘Religious freedom, path to peace,’ the Pontiff said, “Sadly, the year now ending has again been marked by persecution, discrimination, terrible acts of violence and religious intolerance.”
According to Prof Rinpoche, it is particularly appropriate “that His Holiness the Pope has announced the 2nd Congregation of religious heads at Assisi to discuss how they can promote world peace. This positive approach will herald peace among religions, hence among nations.”
The Tibetan people, the prime minister added, is deeply “anguished at the violence and suffering unleashed on Christians in the Middle East during the holy season of Christmas. All violence is bad, but violence on the basis of religious domination is most deplorable.”
The purpose of religion, he concluded, “is to lift up humanity from the evils of greed, anger, deceit, power, [and] violence. [. . .] It is most dehumanising when humanity uses religion for division and violence.”
Princess Mary has given birth to a boy and a girl at a Copenhagen hospital after going into labour yesterday morning local time.
NEWS.COM.AU REPORT: The births, which came yesterday morning, local time (about 9.30pm AEDT) at Rigshospitalet, had been much anticipated with two false alarms this week.
Crown Prince Frederik told the gathered press at the hospital that following about four hours of labour, the boy cane first, followed half an hour later by the girl.
A relieved Crown Prince Frederik said the births went well and there was no nail-biting.
He said there were two small hearts to watch now and it was almost like the first time when he became a dad.
Both mother and children are doing well and he and Mary are very happy.
The girl is measuring 46cm and weighs 2554 grams while the boy weighs 2674 grams and measures 47cm.
Crown Prince Frederik and Princess Mary already have two children, Prince Christian, five, and Princess Isabella, three.
The Tasmanian-born member of the Danish royal family was joined by her husband, Crown Prince Frederik, at Rigshospitalet, Amalienborg Palace spokeswoman Lene Balleby said.
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“We need to be careful not to rush to conclusions,” said Archbishop Kaigama. “So I think that the authorities must conduct a thorough investigation not excluding any avenue, to shed light on the recent events in different areas of Nigeria, from the attacks on Christian churches in Maiduguri, to the incidents in Jos and the bombing in Abuja.”
“My impression is that these acts of violence are part of a plan to destabilize Nigeria, and that someone from outside the country is lighting the fire,” said Archbishop Kaigama. “It is a feeling based on various facts. I note two fundamental differences between the attacks at Christmas and the clashes that occurred in the area of Jos recently. In the first place, the motivations: as I have explained on other occasions (see Fides 25/03/2010), the riots in and around Jos had a religious component that was mixed with other motives, ie. the frustrations of unemployed youth, the rivalry between pastoralists and farmers, and ethnic tensions between the indigenous and immigrants from other regions of the Country. The attacks at Christmas, rather, have a clear religious significance because they wanted to hit these important symbols of Christianity during the most sacred celebrations, along with Easter. Secondly, in past clashes, bladed weapons and some rifles were used. In this case, rather, explosives were used. The bombs were probably made on site, but I wonder who taught the terrorists how to produce them. So I think that recent events go beyond Nigeria,” said the Archbishop of Jos. (LM)
Lift Up Your Hearts
A 160 page hardcover, illustrated devotional designed to help families, couples, and individuals enter more deeply into the Mass and the life of our Faith
Written and arranged by Alex Duketow
Edited by Father Tom Lynch
(National Director, Priests for Life – Canada)
St. Apollinaris of Hierapolis
Feast: January 8
|John 3: 22 - 30|
|22||After this Jesus and his disciples went into the land of Judea; there he remained with them and baptized.|
|23||John also was baptizing at Ae'non near Salim, because there was much water there; and people came and were baptized.|
|24||For John had not yet been put in prison.|
|25||Now a discussion arose between John's disciples and a Jew over purifying.|
|26||And they came to John, and said to him, "Rabbi, he who was with you beyond the Jordan, to whom you bore witness, here he is, baptizing, and all are going to him."|
|27||John answered, "No one can receive anything except what is given him from heaven.|
|28||You yourselves bear me witness, that I said, I am not the Christ, but I have been sent before him.|
|29||He who has the bride is the bridegroom; the friend of the bridegroom, who stands and hears him, rejoices greatly at the bridegroom's voice; therefore this joy of mine is now full.|
|30||He must increase, but I must decrease."|