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09/14/2014 VATICAN
Pope: Celebrate the Holy Cross, and think of our brothers and sisters, persecuted and killed
At the Angelus Pope Francis recalls the Feast of the Exaltation of the Holy Cross: "We do not exalt just any cross, but the Cross of Jesus," where " God’s love for humanity was revealed most". The cross is not a sign of "magic": "Belief in the Cross of Jesus means following Jesus on his path”. An appeal for the Central African Republic. He returns to his prayer at Redipuglia: "War is a madness ... When will we learn this lesson?"
Vatican City (AsiaNews) - " While we contemplate and celebrate the Holy Cross, we think emotionally of so many of our brothers and sisters who are being persecuted and killed because of their faith in Christ", this was Pope Francis reflection today before the 'Angelus prayer of, on the day when the Church celebrates the Exaltation of the Holy Cross. Speaking to tens of thousands of...

09/14/2014 VATICAN
Pope: Christ’s love sustains married couples' love and renews it when, humanly speaking, it becomes lost
Pope Francis celebrates Mass during which 20 couples are united in marriage. Some of them have lived together for some time and have children. Families are the “bricks” for the building up of society". The merciful love that flows from the Cross heals "those who succumb to the dangerous temptation of discouragement, infidelity, weakness, abandonment”. An added piece of advice: Never let the sunset on an argument
09/13/2014 MIDDLE EAST
Patriarch Laham: Unity among Muslims and Christians, to save the Arab world
by Gregorio III Laham*
The Greek-catholic patriarch opened the ecumenical conference of In Defense of Christians (IDF, 9-11 September). Arab society "needs all of us and together we can build a better world”. The need to reject being regarded as "the cradle of fundamentalism, violence and terrorism."
09/13/2014 VATICAN
Pope in Redipuglia: War is madness. This is the time to weep
At the cemetery that is the final resting place for the mortal remains of over 10 thousand victims of the First World War, Pope Francis condemns past and present wars, their destructive power, motivated by Cain’s attitude: "What does it matter to me?". The "the merchants of war perhaps have made a great deal of money, but their corrupted hearts have lost the capacity to cry". "... Even today, after the second failure of another world war, perhaps one can speak of a third war, one fought piecemeal, with crimes, massacres, destruction ...". Present cardinals and bishops from Austria, Slovenia, Hungary, Croatia, ordinary soldiers and representatives of Orthodox and Muslims in Europe. Pope Francis’ grandfather fought in the Great War on the Piave. The gift of "Light of St. Francis" to the military ordinary military in commemorations of the First World War. The full text of the papal homily.
09/13/2014 INDONESIA
Following Pope Francis, Indonesian priests and religious renew vocational challenge
by Mathias Hariyadi
2014 Koptari national conference was held Malino. The association brings together Indonesian clergy and religious. Goal to become "witnesses" of the mystical body of Christ and prophets in this modern era. The Pope seen as a positive model of priesthood.

09/13/2014 INDIA
Bihar, four people arrested for "forcing" Dalit to convert to Islam
by Nirmala Carvalho
Complaint lodged by victim’s wife. The latter, however, said that he became Muslim by choice. Christian leader warns: "If forced conversions are perpetrated by Hindu radicals they are considered 'a homecoming."
09/13/2014 PHILIPPINES
PIME missionary: MILF political party, a "positive" step in the interests of peace in the Philippines
Fr. D'Ambra says that the project was rumored in the past and it is "too early" to understand how it will evolve. President Aquino presents the basic text of the Bangsamoro Autonomous Region to Parliament and strongly supports the transformation of the rebel group into a political party. Now agreement must be reached between the various groups, to avoid extremist off shoots.
09/12/2014 TURKEY - UNITED STATES - IRAQ
Kerry seeks Turkish support against Islamic state
Turkey's government has not signed Jeddah communiqué agreed by United States and ten Arab states, and will not allow the US to use bases in southern Turkey against extremists. "Any action of any kind without the consent of the Syrian government would be an attack on Syria," Syrian official says. Moscow agrees.
09/12/2014 INDIA - ITALY
Italian marines case: Latorre back in Italy for four months
India's Supreme Court authorises his return to Italy on medical grounds (plus written pledge for his return) after the marine suffered a brain ischemia. For Indian source, "big media interest around this story has waned. Now we are just waiting to see justice take its course".
09/12/2014 INDONESIA
Indonesian Bishops against bill legalising abortion in rape cases
by Mathias Hariyadi
With Bill 61/2014, the Health Ministry plans to legalise abortion in certain cases. After months of discussion, the Conference of Bishops speaks out. For the prelates, any act against life has no "moral legitimacy". In cases of sexual violence, they quote John Paul II.
09/12/2014 HONG KONG - CHINA
Occupy Central ready for a lavish democracy "banquet" in Hong Kong
The "courses" include peaceful acts of civil disobedience to be held on an almost weekly basis. The first one will entail a 500-metre-long black banner to express Hongkongers' ire at Beijing's offer of universal suffrage. Chinese scholar warns that Beijing might restrict the territory's freedom. Catholic Church backs the student strike.
09/12/2014 RUSSIA - UKRAINE
Greek Catholic Church blames Russia for Ukraine bloodshed
by Nina Achmatova
The Greek Catholic Synod slams the presence of heavy weapons, thousands of Russian mercenaries and regular troops. Russian propaganda is also a destructive weapon. In Crimea, imams lose residence permit. Greek Catholic priest faces the same problem.
09/12/2014 VATICAN
Pope: you cannot correct a brother without charity, humility and truth, anything else is just "gossip"
"Charity is like an anesthetic that helps you to receive treatment and accept reprimand". How often in our community are things said about another person that are not true: they are slander. Or if they are true, they undermine that person’s reputation". "If you really need to reprimand a little flaw, stop and remember that you have many more and far bigger".
09/12/2014 ISLAM - CAMEROON
Poverty, fanaticism and a desire for revenge drive Boko Haram in Cameroon
by Piero Gheddo
Islamic terrorism is gaining ground not only in Nigeria. Young Cameroonians are leaving their families for a holy war. Westerners, but also local politicians are their target. Peaceful coexistence between faiths and ethnic groups is at risk.
09/12/2014 VATICAN
Communio: special issue for the Synod on the Family
by Bernardo Cervellera
The issues dominating discussions thus far - the pastoral care of divorced, communion for the remarried, gay couples - are likely to overshadow the positive beauty of married life and of the sacrament, bound to the Eucharist. Mercy towards the remarried should not be psychological benevolence, but help that comes from the mystery of the Cross. The conflict between the Christian mentality and the individualistic mentality is leading the contemporary world to treat heterosexual marriages like "gay marriage." The summer issue of the prestigious magazine, with articles by Cardinals Ouellet and Scola, and other personalities related to the John Paul II Institute for the family.

Altri articoli
09/12/2014 INDONESIA
Jakarta, civil society against "indirect" election of local administrators
09/12/2014 MYANMAR
Burmese activist sentenced to 11 years in prison for anti-government protests
09/12/2014 NEPAL
Nepal declares support for United Nations in the fight against ISIS by Christopher Sharma
09/11/2014 VATICAN CITY - VIETNAM
"Positive developments in Viet Nam-Holy See relations"
09/11/2014 TIBET - CHINA
Beijing plays at Buddhist theology claiming exclusive right to recognise the Dalai Lama
09/11/2014 PAKISTAN
Church helping Pakistan floods victims by Jibran Khan
09/11/2014 NORTH KOREA
Pyongyang "gives in" to capitalism, allows private businesses
09/11/2014 PHILIPPINES
Card. Tagle: Pope Francis’ visit will make a difference in the lives of the Filipino people by Card. Luis Antonio Tagle
09/11/2014 VATICAN
Pope: love your enemies and do not judge, it is difficult, but it is the path Jesus taught
09/11/2014 NEPAL
Nepal, government to migrants: Choose Christian nations, they will treat you better by Christopher Sharma
09/11/2014 ISRAEL - PALESTINE
Human Rights Watch accuses Israel of war crimes in Gaza
09/11/2014 US-IRAQ-ISLAM
Obama calls Saudi King before his speech against the Islamic state
09/11/2014 SINGAPORE
Landings, Singapore Catholics launch a journey of rediscovery of the faith
09/11/2014 VIETNAM
Vinh: priests against government imposed birth control
Editor's choices
ITALY - IRAQ
After raising € 350,000, 'Adopt a Christian from Mosul' campaign continues
by Bernardo CervelleraDonations raised up to 31 August have been sent to the patriarch of Baghdad and the bishops of Kurdistan. The campaign helps to feed, house, clothe, and bring comfort to more than 150,000 Christian, Yazidi, Turkmen, Shia and Sunni refugees who fled the violence of the army of the Islamic Caliphate. People in Italy and around the world have been generous, including the poor and the unemployed, a sign of hope for the world as well as those who suffer and those who give.
IRAQ-ITALY
"Adopt a Christian from Mosul," the thanks of the Patriarch Louis Sako; the concerns of the Bishop of Kurdistan
by Bernardo CervelleraThe head of the Chaldean Church is grateful for the AsiaNews campaign and hopes that "this chain of solidarity will reach far and wide”. Helping refugees to remain in Iraq. But many want to flee abroad. The bishop of Amadiyah where thousands of displaced people have found haven in churches and homes: We also help the Arabs (Muslims), and Yazidis, for free and without looking at our confessional differences.
Dossier
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09/11/2014 NEPAL
Nepal, government to migrants: Choose Christian nations, they will treat you better
by Christopher Sharma
09/10/2014 VATICAN - IRAQ - UNITED STATES
For the fight against the Islamic state, Obama chooses the Saudis, the Vatican chooses the UN
by Bernardo Cervellera
09/09/2014 IRAQ - UNITED NATIONS
UN: the Islamic state uses child suicide bombers, 30 million deprived of the right to education
09/08/2014 VATICAN
Pope: God "walks with the righteous and sinners”. He walks, with patience, "to arrive at man’s final encounter with Him"
09/14/2014 VATICAN
Pope: Celebrate the Holy Cross, and think of our brothers and sisters, persecuted and killed
09/08/2014 VIETNAM - VATICAN
Vatican and Vietnam meet again to improve bilateral relations and the life of Catholics
by Thanh Thuy
09/09/2014 ISRAEL - PALESTINE
Uri Avnery: The danger of the Islamic State and of Israeli Messianic Zionism
by Uri Avnery
09/09/2014 VATICAN
Pope: Jesus "is not a professor", he is in the midst of the people, he "chose sinners" and always prays for us
09/09/2014 ASIA
World Bank: global employment crisis
09/09/2014 AFGHANISTAN - INDIA
Afghanistan, kidnapped Indian Jesuit "is alive and safe"

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