#ShortNews: Vatican message for Ramadan focuses on ecology

The Pontifical Council for Interreligious Dialogue has released its annual message to Muslims on the occasion of the month of Ramadan.

The theme of this year’s message—dated May 19 and released June 2—is “caring for our common home.”

Noting that Pope Francis’s encyclical Laudato Si’ is addressed to all of humanity, the pontifical council’s president and secretary stated that “our vocation to be guardians of God’s handiwork is not optional, nor it is tangential to our religious commitment as Christians and Muslims: it is an essential part of it.”

“May the religious insights and blessings that flow from fasting, prayer and good works sustain you, with God’s help, on the path of peace and goodness, to care for all the members of the human family and for the whole of creation,” they added.


#ShortNews: Seoul archdiocese to open Korean section of Vatican Radio

The Archdiocese of Seoul, South Korea, has reached an agreement with the Vatican to open a Korean branch of Vatican Radio, translating and broadcasting the public statements of the Pope and the activities of the Holy See.

Under the agreement between the Seoul archdiocese and the Vatican’s Secretariat for Communications, the Korean Church will provide a staff of nine people to translate, produce, and broadcast material furnished by the Vatican.


#ShortNews: Pope Francis’ prayer intention for June 2017: end arms trade

Pope Francis has released a video message with his prayer intention for June 2017: the elimination of the arms trade.

In his video, distributed through the Apostleship of Prayer, the Pontiff says:

It is an absurd contradiction to speak of peace, to negotiate peace, and at the same time, promote or permit the arms trade.

Is this war or that war really a war to solve problems or is it a commercial war for selling weapons in illegal trade and so that the merchants of death get rich?

Let us put an end to this situation. Let us pray all together that national leaders may firmly commit themselves to ending the arms trade which victimizes so many innocent people.