Wednesday, November 7, 2018
Prime Minister Abiy Ahmed appointed a cabinet with half the posts taken up by women.
President Sahle-Work promised to work hard to make gender equality a reality in Ethiopia.
She also pledged to promote peace:
"I urge you all, to uphold our peace, in the name of a mother, who is the first to suffer from the absence of peace.''
She was voted in after the unexpected resignation of her predecessor, Mulatu Teshome.In Ethiopia the Prime Minsiter Abiy Ahmed holds the political power.
President Sahle-Work has served as an ambassador for Ethiopia in Senegal and Djibouti. She has also held a number of UN positions, including head of peace-building in the Central African Republic (CAR). Immediately before becoming president, Ms Sahle-Work was the UN representative at the African Union.
According to Vatican News : The Ethiopian Catholic Church says it is pleased that women in Ethiopia are getting their rightful place in the development of the country. According to a statement from the Ethiopian Catholic Secretariat, it is a blessing to see that Ethiopians are recognising the invaluable talent women have to offer to the integral development of the nation. The Church’s affirmation came in a statement made available to Vatican Radio’s Africa Service, following the recent election of Sahle-Work Zewde as the first female President of the Democratic Republic of Ethiopia. Appointment normalises women as decision makers in public life Ethiopian Members of Parliament recently elected the veteran diplomat as its first-ever female head of state to succeed former president, Mulatu Tehsome, who recently resigned following a cabinet reshuffle. This makes Sahle-Work the only female head of state in Africa after Liberia’s Ellen Johnson Sirleaf completed her term of office this year.
The Pakistani Christian woman, Asia Bibi, who acquitted of blasphemy after eight years on death row has now been freed from prison. Saif ul Malook, her lawyer, explained to International News Agencies, that Asia Bibi was "on a plane but no one knows where she is landing". (UPDATE: Pakistan officials have denied Reports that she was flown out of the country)
When she was acquitted there were violent protests from Islamists. Thus, the government barred her from leaving the country. Her husband made many pleas for asylum explaining they were in great danger in Pakistan. The order to release her had been sent to the prison in the city of Multan, where she was being held. Asia Bibi, also known as Asia Noreen, was convicted in 2010 of insulting the Prophet Muhammad during a row with neighbours. According to reports several countries have offered her asylum. Pakistan's Information Minister Fawad Chaudry told the BBC that security has been "beefed up".
Antonio Tajani, president of the European Parliament, confirmed that Bibi was released from prison, saying he waits her in Europe.
Pope Francis "..Jesus Christ reveals to us the full meaning of the Scriptures. «Do not steal» means: love with your goods, take advantage of your means to love as you can." FULL TEXT + Video
St. Peter's Square
Wednesday, 7 November 2018
Catechesis on the Commandments, 12: Do not steal
Dear brothers and sisters, good morning!
Continuing the explanation of the Decalogue, today we arrive at the Seventh Word: "Do not steal".
Listening to this commandment we think about the theft and respect for the property of others. There is no culture in which theft and abuse of goods are lawful; in fact, human sensitivity is very susceptible to the defense of possession.
But it is worthwhile to open ourselves up to a wider reading of this Word, focusing on the theme of the property of goods in the light of Christian wisdom.
In the social doctrine of the Church we speak of the universal destination of goods. What does it mean? Let us listen to what the Catechism says: "At the beginning, God entrusted the earth and its resources to the common management of humanity, to take care of it, to dominate it with its work and to enjoy its fruits. The goods of creation are destined for all mankind "(No. 2402). And again: "The universal destination of goods remains primary, even if the promotion of the common good requires respect for private property, the right to it and its exercise" (No. 2403). 
Providence, however, has not arranged a "series" world, there are differences, different conditions, different cultures, so one can live by providing for one another. The world is rich in resources to ensure all primary goods. Yet many live in scandalous poverty and the resources, used without criteria, are deteriorating. But the world is one only! Humanity is one!  The wealth of the world, today, is in the hands of the minority, of the few, and the poverty, even the misery and suffering, of many, of the majority.
If there is hunger on earth, it is not because food is missing! Indeed, for the needs of the market we sometimes get to destroy it, it is thrown out. What is lacking is a free and far-sighted entrepreneurship, which ensures adequate production, and a solidarity approach, which ensures fair distribution. The Catechism also says: "Man, using created goods, must consider the external things that he legitimately possesses, not only as his own, but also as common, in the sense that they can benefit not only him but also others" ( No. 2404). Every wealth, to be good, must have a social dimension.
In this perspective the positive and broad meaning of the commandment "do not steal" appears. "The ownership of a good makes him who owns it an administrator of Providence" (ibid.). Nobody is the absolute master of property: he is an administrator of property. Possession is a responsibility: "But I am rich in everything ..." - this is a responsibility you have. And every good removed from the logic of God's Providence is betrayed, it is betrayed in its deepest sense. What I really own is what I can give. This is the measure to evaluate how I manage wealth, whether good or bad; this word is important: what I really own is what I can give. If I can give, I am open, then I am rich not only in what I possess, but also in generosity, generosity also as a duty to give wealth, so that everyone can participate. In fact, if I can not give something, it's because that thing has me, has power over me and I'm a slave. The possession of goods is an opportunity to multiply them with creativity and use them with generosity, and thus grow in love and freedom.
Christ himself, despite being God, "did not consider being a privilege like God, but he emptied himself" (Phil 2: 6-7) and enriched us with his poverty (cf. 2 Cor 8,9).
While humanity struggles to get more, God redeems us by making himself poor: that Crucified Man has paid for all an inestimable ransom from God the Father, "rich in mercy" (Eph 2: 4, see Gc 5,11 ). What makes us rich are not goods but love. So many times we have heard what the people of God say: "The devil enters from his pockets". We start with the love of money, the hunger to possess; then comes the vanity: "Ah, I am rich and I am proud"; and, in the end, pride and pride. This is the devil's way of acting in us. But the front door is the pockets.
Dear brothers and sisters, once again Jesus Christ reveals to us the full meaning of the Scriptures. «Do not steal» means: love with your goods, take advantage of your means to love as you can. Then your life becomes good and possession becomes truly a gift. Because life is not the time to possess but to love. Thank you.
Greetings in Various Languages:
Je salue cordialement les pèlerins de langue française, en particulier le Collège Fénelon-Sainte Marie de Paris. Notre vie n’est pas faite pour posséder mais pour aimer. Efforçons-nous, frères et sœurs, de faire du bien, autant que possible, avec les biens que nous possédons. Notre vie sera bonne et nos biens deviendront un don pour tous. Que Dieu vous bénisse !
I greet the English-speaking pilgrims and visitors taking part in today’s Audience, especially those from Denmark, Japan, the Philippines and the United States of America. I offer a special greeting to the participants in the first International Men’s Meeting here in Rome. Upon all of you, and your families, I invoke the Lord’s blessings of joy and peace. God bless you!
Von Herzen grüße ich die Pilger deutscher Sprache, insbesondere die Freunde des Vatikanischen Geheimarchivs aus Bamberg sowie die Schulgemeinschaft der Mädchenrealschule Volkach. Der Herr schenke euch den Reichtum und die Freude eines Lebens im Geist der Hingabe. Wenn wir mit anderen teilen, werden wir nicht arm, sondern reich an dem, was wirklich zählt: reich an Liebe. Der Herr segne euch!
Saludo cordialmente a los peregrinos de lengua española venidos de España y Latinoamérica. Que el Señor Jesús nos conceda entender que la vida no es un tiempo para poseer sino para amar con nuestros bienes, porque solo tenemos aquello que sabemos donar. Que la Virgen María nos ampare e interceda por nosotros. Muchas gracias.
Saúdo cordialmente os vários grupos do Brasil e de Portugal e todos os peregrinos presentes de língua portuguesa: obrigado pela vossa presença e sobretudo pelas vossas orações! À Virgem Maria confio os vossos passos ao serviço do crescimento em dignidade humana e divina dos nossos irmãos e irmãs. Sobre vós e vossas famílias, desça a Bênção do Senhor!
أُرحّبُ بالحجّاجِ الناطقينَ باللّغةِ العربيّة، وخاصةً بالقادمينَ من الشرق الأوسط. أيّها الإخوةُ والأخواتُ الأعزّاء، أحبُّوا بواسطة خيوركم، واستفيدوا من الوسائل التي تملكونها لكي تحبّوا بحسب قدرتكم؛ لأنَّ الحياة ليست زمنًا للامتلاك وإنما للحب! ليبارككم الرب!Serdecznie pozdrawiam polskich pielgrzymów. Drodzy bracia i siostry, w przyszłą niedzielę przypada 100.rocznica niepodległości Polski. Z tej okazji jednoczę się w dziękczynnej modlitwie z wami i z wszystkimi waszymi rodakami. Życzę, by naród polski mógł żyć darem wolności w pokoju i pomyślności, budując szczęśliwą przyszłość ojczyzny w jedności osadzonej na duchowym dziedzictwie przodków i na bratniej miłości. Niech zawsze
wam towarzyszy opieka Maryi Królowej Polski i Boże błogosławieństwo!
I extend a cordial welcome to Italian-speaking pilgrims.
I am pleased to welcome the Sisters Apostles of the Sacred Heart of Jesus, with the lay collaborators; the parish groups, especially that of Andria, and the Faculty of Canon Law "Saint Pius X", of Venice, on the 10th anniversary of the erection, accompanied by the Patriarch, Mons. Francesco Moraglia.
I greet the national coordination center for Italian masks; the Association of Wine and Flavors of the Hills of Forlì and Cesena; the "Flying House" Association of Gazzo Veronese; the Comprehensive Institute of San Marco dei Cavoti and the group of gymnastic students of "Azuolynas" of Klaipeda.
A particular thought I address to the young, the elderly, the sick and the newlyweds.
The day after tomorrow we will celebrate the Dedication of the Lateran Basilica, the Cathedral of the Bishop of Rome, the Cathedral of the Pope. Pray for me to always confirm the brothers in the faith. Thank you.
 See Enc. Laudato si ', 67: "Every community can take from the goodness of the earth what it needs for its own survival, but it also has the duty to protect it and guarantee the continuity of its fertility for future generations. Ultimately, "of the Lord is the earth" (Ps 24: 1), "the earth and all it contains" belong to him (Dt 10: 14). Therefore God denies any claim to absolute property: "The lands can not be sold forever, because the earth is mine and you are with me as strangers and guests" (Lv 25,23) ».
 Cf. St. Paul VI, Enc. Populorum progressio, 17: "But every man is a member of society: he belongs to the whole of humanity. It is not only this or that man, but all men are called to this plenary development. [...] Heirs of past generations and beneficiaries of the work of our contemporaries, we have obligations to all, and we can not lose interest in those who come after us to enlarge the circle of the human family. Universal solidarity, which is a fact and for us a benefit, is also a duty ".
#BreakingNews Asia Bibi is back in Prison as Islamic extremists forced the government to revise the ruling - Please PRAY
As Asia Bibi goes back to prison, husband appeals 'Pray for us'
The Christian woman, acquitted of blasphemy, is back in Multan prison. Her family is not under police protection. For Pakistani activist, “Only our Lord Jesus Christ is our protector.” He adds that Christians love Pakistan “with all our strength”.Islamabad (AsiaNews) – Asia Bibi, the Christian woman acquitted of blasphemy but still threatened of hanging by Pakistan's Islamic radicals, "is back in Multan prison,” said Joseph Nadeem, executive director of the Renaissance Education Foundation. He spoke to AsiaNews whilst in the company of Asia's husband, Ashiq Masih, and their two daughters.
Despite her exoneration by Pakistan’s highest court, Islamic extremists forced the government to revise the ruling. This is why she is back in prison waiting for another decision.
Since then her family has been in hiding, waiting to embrace her as free woman. In a message to the world, Ashid said, “We need protection. Help us and pray for us, pray for our salvation and justice for Asia Bibi."
For Nadeem, Bibi’s relatives "were very happy after the Supreme Court ruling and could not wait to finally welcome her in their arms".
However, the verdict "triggered protests by fundamentalists throughout the country, blocking roads, causing lawlessness.” To stops this, "unfortunately the government struck a deal [with them]. We hope Asia can reach a safe place as soon as possible to be saved". For the activist. Asia Bibi is "innocent. In theory she ought to be free already. Instead, the government failed to stand up to extremist pressure. This is another reason for the crisis."
"This is not a case that concerns Asia Bibi alone,” he said. “Justice, respect for the law, the Supreme Court and the honorable justices are also involved."
Although contacted by AsiaNews, the leaders of the Pakistani Church have not issued any statement on the matter. Nadeem instead, despite the government caving in, wants to "speak only favourably about our country, which we love with all our strength."
He is certain "that the Supreme Court will not overturn the sentence that its own worthy justices have pronounced".
Lastly, he does not approve of the decision of Saif Mulook, Asia Bibi's defense lawyer, to flee for his life to the Netherlands." We have all received death threats. Anything could happen to us, but we haven’t fled. He received a lot of money to handle the case; yet he left Asia Bibi alone. We need him in Pakistan.”
Asia Bibi’s family "is sad about what's going on, but we're sure she will be released soon. We are not protected by anyone; only our Lord Jesus Christ is our protector."
FULL TEXT Release by Asia News IT