#ShortNews: The Lord waits for everyone, good or bad, Pope preaches at weekday Mass

In Saint Luke’s Gospel on Tuesday, Jesus tells the parable of a man who wants to give a great feast. But his guests offer various excuses and refuse his invitation. Instead, the man sends his servants to call the poor and the lame to fill his house and enjoy his hospitality.

The Lord’s reaction to our refusal is firm: he wants all sorts of people called to the feast, brought there, even forced to come, good people and bad. “Everyone is invited. Everyone. No one can say, ‘I am bad, I can’t …’. No. The Lord is waiting for you in a special way because you are bad.” Pope Francis recalled the response of the father to the prodigal son who returns home: the son starts a speech, but the father stops him and embraces him. “That’s the way the Lord is”, said the Pope, “He is lavishness”.

Turning to the First Reading where the Apostle Paul warns against hypocrisy, Pope Francis quoted Jesus’ response to the Jews who rejected Him because they believed themselves to be just: “I tell you that prostitutes and tax collectors will enter the kingdom of heaven before you”. The Lord loves those who are most disregarded, said the Pope, but He calls us. Faced with our closure, however, He keeps His distance and becomes angry, as we heard in the Gospel.

Read more Pope’s Homili at the morning Mass in the Casa Santa Marta; https://www.vaticannews.va/en/pope-francis/mass-casa-santa-marta/2019-11/pope-mass-santa-marta-lord-waits-for-everyone.html


#ShortNews: Since 1969, 57 Jesuits slain for ‘defending justice and reconciliation’

In the last fifty years, 57 Jesuits have been assassinated for defending justice and reconciliation.

On the 50th anniversary of the Social Justice and Ecology Secretariat, we want to pay a modest tribute to them with the publication “Jesuit Martyrs: Torches of Light and Hope” which contains a brief portrait of each of them as well as testimonies of people who knew them.

The fruits of their witness were fruitful: personal conversions, deepening of faith, increase in vocations, communities capable of facing their problems with dignity and living in peace. Their lives inspire others to fight for faith and justice. They also brought about structural changes, such as the acceleration of peace talks between the warring parties in El Salvador after the 1989 assassinations or the reconciliation work that took place in Rwanda after the assassination of the martyrs in that country.

Their assassins wanted to silence them by taking their lives. Paradoxically, their spirit is still alive and continues to bear fruit. Their light shines brightly.

Here you can have access to the publication Jesuit “martyrs”: Torches of Light and Hope.


#ShortNews: Catholics, Orthodox Christians face threat of ethnic cleansing in northern Syria

Following an Oct. 9 attack by Turkey on northeast Syria, more than 160,000 people, mainly Kurds but also Christians and Yazidis, have fled, according to the relief agency of the United Nations. With many humanitarian organizations also running for cover, aid for those on the run has been limited.

The attacks came three days after a widely denounced decision by U. S. President Donald Trump to withdraw American troops, which had been aligned with Kurdish forces in the region against the Islamic State. The Kurds and their YPG (People’s Protection Unit) fighters had assured Christians they could safely remain in their towns and villages.

The bulk of Christians in the buffer zone are settled in villages along the Syrian-Iraqi border, which Iraqi authorities have closed to Syrians fleeing the fighting. There’s been little fighting in that part of Turkey’s self-declared buffer zone. However, there’s concern for the 60,000-strong Christian community in Al Hasakah, about 50 kilometres south of the buffer zone.

Source: https://www.catholicregister.org/home/international/item/30551-christians-face-new-threat-in-syria