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  • 15/12/2017 - VATICAN

    Francis met with the performers and organisers of tomorrow’s Christmas Concert in the Vatican. "There is a need today also to spread the message of peace and fraternity that is inherent in Christmas,” he said.




    15/12/2017 - VATICAN-ASIA

    Xenophobia and populism. The case of Asia

    by Bernardo Cervellera

    Theme studied during symposium jointly organized by the World Council of Churches (WCC) and by the Vatican Dicastery for Integral Human Development. Tracing the commitment of Churches amid rising hostility towards others, considered as enemies and foreigners. "Migrants" are an important political theme in Germany and in UK Brexit. Testimonies from Latin America and Africa. Asian experiences entrusted to the director of AsiaNews.


    14/12/2017 - VATICAN

    For the pope, cultural and religious diversity is good for a globalised society


    Francis met with a group of ambassadors, including the representatives of India, Yemen and Azerbaijan. The “centrifugal forces that would drive peoples apart are not found in their differences but in the failure to set out on the path of dialogue and understanding as the most effective means of responding to these challenges.”


    14/12/2017 - VATICAN

    Pope: God is "father and mother" and is also "Dad"


    "He is the great God who becomes small and in his smallness does not stop being great. And in this great dialectic he is small: there is the tenderness of God. The great that makes himself small and the small  that is great". Which manifests itself in the wounds. " My wounds, your sores, when you meet my wound with his wound. We have been healed in their wounds".


    13/12/2017 - HONG KONG

    Christmas letter from Hong Kong

    by Mario Marazzi

    "[T]he joy of Christmas, the joy of life, does not come from material things, but from simplicity and the gift of ourselves to others." A PIME priest who experienced his mission between Italy, Hong Kong, and China gives his thoughts and memories. The laity who consecrate their lives to evangelisation following the example of Felice Tantardini.


    13/12/2017 - VATICAN

    Pope: we go to Mass not to 'give' to God, but to receive what we need


    "We Christians go to Mass on Sundays to meet the Risen Lord, or better to let ourselves be met by Him, listen to His word, feed ourselves at His table, and thus become Church, or His mystical living Body in the world today". "We need to participate in Sunday Mass because only with the grace of Jesus, with His living presence in us and among us, we can be His credible witnesses".


    12/12/2017 - VATICAN

    Pope calls on Latin America to defend the diversity of its peoples


    In the Mass on the liturgical feast of the Blessed Virgin Mary of Guadalupe, Francis calls for resistance against the "homogenisation that ends up imposing – through attractive slogans – a single way of thinking, of being, of feeling, [and] of living."


    11/12/2017 - VATICAN

    Pope: for Christians, patients are at the centre of health care


    Pope Francis released his message for the 26th World Day of the Sick, which will be celebrated on 11 February 2018. " The image of the Church as a ‘field hospital’ that welcomes all those wounded by life is a very concrete reality”.


    11/12/2017 - VATICAN

    Pope: it is easier to console than to be consoled, abandon bitterness and complaints


    The problem is that we are "masters of negativity", because we carry within us the wound of original sin while "we are beggars at being positive" and we do not like to beg for consolation. "It would do us all good today, each of us, to examine our conscience: how is my heart? Do I have any bitterness there? Do I have any sadness? What is my language like? Is it in praise of God, of beauty or always of complaints? And ask the Lord for the grace of courage ".


    11/12/2017 - JAPAN-NORWAY

    Hiroshima Survivors at Nobel Peace Prize conferral to Campaign against Nuclear Arms


    The award was accepted by Beatrice Fihn, executive director of the Ican (International Campaign for the Abolition of Nuclear Weapons) and by Hiroshima survivor Setsuko Thurlow. The ceremony was snubbed by the ambassadors of the USA, France, Great Britain. The treaty for the ban on nuclear weapons was approved by 122 nations, but not by the nine nuclear powers. So far it has received only three ratifications. The support of Pope Francis.


    10/12/2017 - VATICAN-ISRAEL-PALESTINE

    Holy See: attention and concern for Jerusalem and peace in the Middle East


    A press release from the Vatican press office reaffirms the position of the Holy See on respect for the status quo of Jerusalem. The invitation to a negotiated solution between Israelis and Palestinians.


    10/12/2017 - VATICAN

    Pope: Advent, fill the voids of omission, smooth the roughness of pride. Call for nuclear disarmament and care for climate


    At the Angelus Pope Francis calls for greater prayer and greater charity. The Nobel Peace Prize to the International Campaign to abolish nuclear weapons. The "strong link" between human rights and nuclear disarmament. Combating climate change and fighting for integral human development. Solidarity with the families of the victims of the Okhi cyclone in India and the flood victims of Albania.


    09/12/2017 - VATICAN

    Pope: Francesca Cabrini's charisma is of extraordinary actuality


    Audience to the Missionaries of the Sacred Heart of Jesus, on the occasion of the centenary of the death of their foundress, Apostle of migrants. Migrants need good laws, development programs, but "also and above all of love, friendship, human closeness". Although she wanted to go to China, Pope Leo XIII said to her: 'Not to the east, Cabrini, but to the West!' The devotion to the Sacred Heart "made her able to look at the heart of those whom she approached and assisted".


    08/12/2017 - VATICAN

    Pope: May Mary help us reject indifference, fear of those who are different, exploitation


    Francis paid tribute and prayed to the Immaculate in Piazza di Spagna. He visited St Mary Major to pray in front of the image of Salus Populi Romani, and Sant'Andrea delle Fratte to pay tribute to Our Lady of the Miraculous Medal.


    08/12/2017 - VATICAN

    Pope: Annunciation, Mary is “always young, because she has never aged from sin”


    Aging does not make us old, sin does, "because it makes the heart sclerotic". For this reason, Mary, who was "created in grace" and "full of God’s presence", thus without sin, is always young. “Today we look with joy at the One full of grace. Let us ask her to help us stay young, by saying 'no' to sin, and to live a beautiful life, by saying 'yes' to God.”


    07/12/2017 - VATICAN – LUTHERANS

    For the pope, Catholics and Lutherans can no longer afford to be adversaries or rivals


    During his meeting with the president of the Lutheran World Federation, Francis said that the “painful divisions that kept us distant and in conflict for centuries, have brought us in recent decades to a journey of communion.”


    06/12/2017 - UNITED STATES - ISRAEL - PALESTINE

    Donald Trump: “it is time to officially recognize Jerusalem as the capital of Israel”


    Speaking at the White House, the US leader said that Jerusalem "is now also the heart of one of the most successful democracies in the world", calling for "calm, for moderation". The city has always been at the heart of the Israeli-Palestinian conflict.


    06/12/2017 - VATICAN

    Pope: in Myanmar and Bangladesh I encouraged dialogue and witness


    Looking back over his recent trip, Francis recalls that in Myanmar he hoped "that all the different components of the nation, no one excluded, can cooperate" and in Bangladesh solidarity for the help of Rohingya and "the need" that " religious freedom always be protected ".


    06/12/2017 - VATICAN

    Pope: Respect Jerusalem’s status quo


    Francis expresses his "deep concern for the situation that has been created in the last few days". The Church is always in favor of dialogue he says receiving participants in the meeting of the Standing Committee for Dialogue with religious figures of Palestine.

     


    05/12/2017 - HONG KONG

    Bishop of Hong Kong: Advent, 2018 dedicated to young people


    Mgr Yeung thanks youth for their response to the Church’s call. Their frank demands include a Church that is more outreaching and open to dialogue. He cites Pope Francis who urged people to “trade in the sofa for a pair of walking shoes”.


    05/12/2017 - VATICAN

    Pope: the Christian is humble, and, like Jesus, accepts humiliations


    "Humility is to be small, like the shoot, small but growing every day, small but in need of the Holy Spirit to be able to move forward, towards the fullness of  life".


    04/12/2017 - VATICAN

    Pope: listening to the voice of God to choose one's own vocation and live it


    Francis’ message for the 55th World Day of Prayer for Vocations with the theme: Listeningdiscerning, and living the call of Lord. " God comes silently and discreetly, without imposing on our freedom ". " Every Christian ought to grow in the ability to “read within” his or her life, and to understand where and to what he or she is being called by the Lord, in order to carry on his mission". Which is "today".


    04/12/2017 - VATICAN-BANGLADESH-MYANMAR

    Not just Rohingya: Pope Francis’ message to Myanmar and Bangladesh

    by Bernardo Cervellera

    News coverage overly focused on "saying / not saying" the word Rohingya. The Pope avoids trial by media, opting to outline constructive paths of hope. Full citizenship for dozens of ethnic groups and a development based on human dignity. The unity between the young and the different ethnic groups, admired by Buddhists and Muslims.


    03/12/2017 - VATICAN

    Pope: “Be attentive and vigilant” so as not to be “lost in our sins and our infidelities”


    Advent begins today, a time “given to us to welcome the Lord who comes to meet us, to verify our desire for God, and to look ahead and prepare for the return of Christ." “Jesus exhorts us to pay attention and to watch, to be ready to welcome him upon his return.”


    03/12/2017 - VATICAN

    With China "we must go step by step gently, slowly,” says pope


    The pontiff talked to reporters on his flight home from Bangladesh. In Myanmar, mentioning the Rohingya “would have been like slamming the door in my interlocutors’ face. But I described the situation, I spoke of minority rights, so that I could go further in the private conversations.” As for a trip to India, “I hope to do it in 2018 if I am alive.”


    02/12/2017 - BANGLADESH – VATICAN

    Rohingya meet Pope Francis who showed compassion (video)

    by Sumon Corraya

    After meeting religious leaders in Dhaka, Pope Francis met some Rohingya refugees. For the first time in his trip, Francis used the word "Rohingya", asking for forgiveness for the indifference of the world towards them. AsiaNews spoke to some. "He is a man of peace. I hope that Allah listens to his prayers,” said one.


    02/12/2017 - BANGLADESH – VATICAN

    Young Bangladeshis say they are the future of the world, in freedom and harmony (video)

    by Anna Chiara Filice

    About nine thousand young people met with Pope Francis at Notre Dame College in Dhaka. Young women “hope to live in a safe world, in which we feel free, able to express ourselves.” For Muslim students, family values are the basis of society, terrorists are isolated, far from the family, brainwashed. From our correspondent


    02/12/2017 - BANGLADESH – VATICAN

    Pope tells the fearless youth of Bangladesh that God’s wisdom strengthens hope


    Some seven thousand Catholics and others took part in the meeting with young people, which included songs and dances and the testimonies of a young man and a young woman. "You are always full of enthusiasm, and I feel rejuvenated every time I meet you", the pope said. People must rely on God’s wisdom, and not wander “aimlessly”. Such “wisdom helps us to recognize and reject false promises of happiness”, to open “up to others”, to appreciate the culture of “the elderly”, and “to face the future with courage.”


    02/12/2017 - BANGLADESH – VATICAN

    In Dhaka pope describes Bangladesh Church as a mustard seed that grows joyfully


    At the meeting with priests and consecrated people, Pope Francis spoke without notes in Spanish, expanding on the topics touched in his written speech. The Rosary highlights Mary's attentiveness, Christ’s compassion, and the joy of the Church, the pillars of religious dedication. "You confirm me in faith and bring me great joy", he said.


    02/12/2017 - BANGLADESH – VATICAN

    In Tejgaon, the Sisters of Mother Teresa show God's compassion for the disabled and the poor living in the streets

    by Anna Chiara Filice

    Six missionaries work at the Tejgaon house, which is open to sick slum dwellers. In all eight sisters serve in Dhaka, 99 across Bangladesh. Muslims, Hindus, Buddhists and Christians are welcomed. "We are not interested in converting them; we just want to serve them." From our correspondent






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    MIDDLE EAST – UNITED STATES
    Mideast Christians against Trump over Jerusalem capital, a decision that destroys hope for peace



    The Chaldean patriarchate criticises a choice that complicates the situation and fuels conflicts and wars. Card al-Rahi calls the decision “destructive” and a violation of international resolutions. Coptic pope Tawadros II cancels a meeting with US Vice President Pence. Somewhat resigned, Palestinians continue their protest. For Israeli peace group, the US has abdicated its role of mediator in the region.


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    Xi Jinping’s false promises and the expulsion of the “low-end population” from Beijing

    Willy Wo-Lap Lam

    Tens of thousands of migrants and their families have been expelled and sent away from the capital. Yet, at the recent Party Congress, President Xi had promised to provide support and help against poverty. There is no reward nor legal or charity for displaced persons. The country’s "social Darwinism" condemns the rural people to marginalisation and allows urban classes to enjoy privileges and advantages. Courtesy of the Jamestown Foundation.


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