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12/24/2014 ASIA
Tears (and Best Wishes) for Christmas
by Bernardo Cervellera
At Christmas God shows us that he has not tired of us. Despite so many wars, injustice, torture, persecution, God has not stopped trusting in man and comes to his aid. The world lives of sterile immobility and apocalyptic terror. With Jesus' birth the world began to change and there are witnesses of hope in Iraq, in Hong Kong, in the Middle East. The revolution of solidarity.
Rome (AsiaNews) - Yet again, this year, tears flowed in the the Grotto of the Nativity in Bethlehem. Not because of some strange "miracle", but simply because of deep emotion. I can say that every year, leading the Asia News pilgrimage to the Holy Land, when we...

12/23/2014 VATICAN
Pope: the suffering of Christians and other persecuted religious groups in the Middle East "cries out to God"
In his Christmas Letter to the Christians of the Middle East, Francis calls on "all religious leaders [. . .] to condemn these crimes unanimously and unambiguously". Likewise, he calls on the international community to act, "above all by promoting peace through negotiation and diplomacy". He also stresses the "ecumenism of blood" with other Christians, especially the Orthodox.
12/22/2014 VATICAN
Pope: the 15 "diseases" of the Curia, from careerism to "gossip", from pomposity to accumulation of wealth
In a speech entitled "The Roman Curia and the Body of Christ", Francis lists a "catalogue" of "curial diseases" that "weaken our service to the Lord." You can not live without "a relationship with Christ that is vital, personal, authentic and solid." "The closer we are to God the more we are united among ourselves." An examination of conscience is needed.
12/21/2014 VATICAN
Pope: At Christmas, once more, Christ comes by and knocks on the doors of our hearts, and we should not let him get away
On the fourth Sunday of Advent, Francis emphasises two aspects in Mary's life, "a model to prepare for Christmas," namely her faith and her capacity to recognise God's time. "The example of Mary and that of her husband Joseph are an invitation to accept with total openness of mind Jesus, who became our brother out of love." What is more, "If you feel the desire to improve, Christ will come by and knock at your door: open it!"
12/20/2014 VATICAN
Pope: the most dangerous misery is "the presumption that we can do without God"
According to such blind misery, material wealth, the quest for power and pleasure, and the enslavement of others to achieve these goals, are the purpose of existence.

12/20/2014 BANGLADESH
Christmas carols competition held to keep Bangladeshi kids away from drugs and alcohol
by Sumon Corraya
Organised by MAGIS Bangla, a Jesuit-run youth group, the singing competition attracted 13 groups. A girls' school took away the first prize.
12/19/2014 VATICAN
For pope, even to non-believers the crèche and the Christmas tree "speak of fraternity, intimacy and friendship"
This afternoon Francesco inaugurated the crèche and Christmas tree in St Peter's Square as well as the new lighting on the façade and the dome of St Peter's Basilica.
12/19/2014 VATICAN
Pope: May the Church "allow itself be surprised by the Holy Spirit", it is not an entrepreneur but a mother
"From sterility, the Lord is able to restart a new lineage, a new life. And that is the message of today. When humanity is exhausted and can no longer go forward, grace comes, and when the Son comes Salvation comes. And that exhausted Creation gives way to a new creation... ".
12/18/2014 VATICAN - US - CUBA
Pope: "Today we are all happy" for the new relations between the US and Cuba
Presidents Obama and Castro thanked the Vatican for its mediation aimed at the resumption of diplomatic relations interrupted in1961. In recent months, Francis has spoken of Cuba with Obama and written a personal letter to the two Presidents.
12/18/2014 VATICAN
Pope: God walks with us in history, and when we go wrong he correct history and brings it forward
"Making history with his people means for God to walk with us and to test the ones he has chosen". But in the end He saves them: "Let us always remember, with confidence, even in the worst moments, even in times of illness, when we realize we have to ask for the Last Rites because there is no way out, to say: 'Lord, history did not start with me and will not end with me! You go ahead, I am willing to come with you'. And to put ourselves in the hands of the Lord".
12/17/2014 VATICAN
Pope: May God "convert the hearts of the violent who do not stop even before children"
Prayers "for the victims of inhuman terrorist acts in recent days in Australia, Pakistan and Yemen." Tango dancers, a cake and birthday wishes in all languages for Francis' 78 years. The "meditations" on the family during the general audiences are part of a journey in which the Extraordinary Synod of October" was the first step."
12/16/2014 IRAQ - VATICAN
As 'Adopt a Christian from Mosul' continues, Mosul bishop notes that Jesus is born amid refugee containers
by Amel Nona
Persecuted by the Islamic state, refugees have lost everything: belongings, home, jobs, school, and their future. Yet, their faith and mission remain strong. For them, almost 900,000 euros have been raised and sent. Pope Francis sends a message of closeness. The campaign continues according to the Patriarch of Baghdad's proposal of fasting and moderation at Christmas and New Year, with the money saved offered to the Christians of Mosul.
12/16/2014 VATICAN
Pope: God saves "a repentant heart," while he who does not trust in Him draws "condemnation" upon himself.
"If your heart is not repentant, if you do not listen to the Lord, if you don't accept correction and you do not trust in Him, you have an unrepentant heart". When we are able to offer the Lord our sins as well "we will be that meek people, that humble and poor people" that has trust in the name of the Lord.
12/16/2014 AUSTRALIA - ISLAM
Siege of Lindt Café in Sydney ends in bloodshed
Two hostages and the gunman - an Iranian converted from Sunnism to Shiism - killed. According to the Prime Minister, he was "infatuated by extremism" and unstable from a mental point of view. Condemnation by the Council of Imams. Fears of attacks by young Australian sympathizers of al Qaeda or Isis that return home after fighting in the Middle East.
12/15/2014 VATICAN
For Pope, Catholics should avoid the "sins of the media: disinformation, slander and defamation"
The "tasks" of those involved in social communication include speaking freely, without submissions to politics or economics; choosing the "path of understanding" the whole of reality; and avoiding attention-grabbing the user. "Genuine communication is not concerned with attention-grabbing. Alternating catastrophic alarmism and consolatory detachment - two extremes that we see continually in today's communication - are not a good service media offer to people."

Altri articoli
12/15/2014 VATICAN
Pope: the heart of Christians "is built on the rock" and not "plastered over" in a "cast" of discipline"
12/14/2014 VATICAN
On the "Sunday of Joy", pope gives a prayer booklet, telling the faithful to "always carry it"
12/13/2014 VATICAN
Pope tells Union of Blind and Sight-impaired Persons that Saint Lucy teaches courage, community, and self-giving
12/13/2014 IRAQ
Chaldean Patriarch calls for fasting on Christmas Eve for refugees' return to Mosul by Joseph Mahmoud
12/12/2014 VATICAN
Pope, "compelled to ask that the future of Latin America be forged for the poor and those who suffer"
12/12/2014 VATICAN
Pope: close to the Catholics "of Iraq and Syria, who are living moments of great suffering and fear in the face of violence"
12/12/2014 ASIA - OPEC
Oil falls below 60 US dollar a barrel
12/11/2014 ASIA - OPEC
Oil prices plunge elates some, causes fear in others
12/11/2014 VATICAN
For Pope, God loves us with the "tenderness of a mother," but "many times we want to control grace"
12/10/2014 KOREA - VATICAN - PEACE 2015
Korean priest rescues N Korean women sold as slaves in China
12/10/2014 VATICAN - PEACE 2015
Pope's message for peace focuses on solidarity against the many forms of modern slavery
12/10/2014 VATICAN
Pope: "no clash between factions" at the Synod, but frank discussion "for the good of families, of the Church and of society".
12/09/2014 VATICAN
A 46-point questionnaire in preparation for the Synod on the challenges to the family today
12/09/2014 VATICAN
For Pope, "The joy of the Church is going out to look for lost sheep"
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IRAQ - VATICAN
As 'Adopt a Christian from Mosul' continues, Mosul bishop notes that Jesus is born amid refugee containers
by Amel NonaPersecuted by the Islamic state, refugees have lost everything: belongings, home, jobs, school, and their future. Yet, their faith and mission remain strong. For them, almost 900,000 euros have been raised and sent. Pope Francis sends a message of closeness. The campaign continues according to the Patriarch of Baghdad's proposal of fasting and moderation at Christmas and New Year, with the money saved offered to the Christians of Mosul.
IRAQ
Chaldean Patriarch calls for fasting on Christmas Eve for refugees' return to Mosul
by Joseph MahmoudMar Louis Sako calls on the faithful not to celebrate Christmas and New Year in a "worldly" fashion, with pomp and abundance, out of solidarity with the people who fled the Nineveh plains, persecuted by the Islamic Army. AsiaNews is joining the fast proposed by the Patriarch and calls on all readers to give what they would have otherwise spent in support of the campaign 'Adopt a Christian from Mosul'.
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12/20/2014 VATICAN
Pope: the most dangerous misery is "the presumption that we can do without God"
12/18/2014 VATICAN
Pope: God walks with us in history, and when we go wrong he correct history and brings it forward
12/21/2014 VATICAN
Pope: At Christmas, once more, Christ comes by and knocks on the doors of our hearts, and we should not let him get away
12/18/2014 PALESTINE - ISRAEL
Palestine presents peace plan to the UN Council, Israel calls it an act of aggression
by Joshua Lapide
12/19/2014 MACAU - HONG KONG - CHINA
Occupy effect: umbrellas banned during Xi Jinping's visit to Macau (despite the rain)
by Paul Wang
12/19/2014 VATICAN
For pope, even to non-believers the crèche and the Christmas tree "speak of fraternity, intimacy and friendship"
12/20/2014 IRAQ
Chaldean Patriarch: on Christmas, Christian refugees should not feel "abandoned" or "forgotten"
by Joseph Mahmoud
12/18/2014 PAKISTAN
Karachi archbishop calls for prayer and silence in Catholic schools for Peshawar massacre victims
by Shafique Khokhar
12/18/2014 CHINA - KENYA
Illegal ivory trade 'out of control' due to Chinese demand, elephants could disappear
12/19/2014 VATICAN
Pope: May the Church "allow itself be surprised by the Holy Spirit", it is not an entrepreneur but a mother

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