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02/25/2015 CHINA
The Chinese Church mourns Fr. Ye Yaomin, who died aged 105. He spent 25 years doing hard labor
He was the oldest priest in the country. On his deathbed he prayed that new vocations for the local church flourish and condemned hate, which "is always a sin." Catholic sources tell AsiaNews: "He was the last of the 'elder' priests, ordained before the advent of Mao. They had kept the faith and dignity intact."
Guangzhou (AsiaNews) - China's oldest priest, Fr. Philip Ye Yaomin, died "peacefully, praying for the Church, for a flowering of vocations and rejecting hatred. He was the last of the 'elders', the priests ordained before the advent of Mao Zedong, who...

02/24/2015 EGYPT - ISLAM
What Tayeb and Sisi said is big step towards a revolution in Islam
by Samir Khalil Samir
The grand imam of Al-Azhar slammed literalist interpretations of the Qur'an and the Sunnah, as fundamentalists and Islamic terrorists do. He supports the urgent need for Islam's reform, especially in terms of teaching lay people and clerics. He also calls for an end to mutual excommunication (takfir) between Sunnis and Shias. Egyptian President al-Sisi chose to fight the Islamic state group after it beheaded 21 Coptic Christians, whom he called "Egyptian citizens" with full rights.
02/23/2015 SAUDI ARABIA - ISLAM
For head of Al-Azhar, religious education reform is needed to stop Islamic extremism
For Ahmed al-Tayeb, it is urgent to come up with new educational programmes to avoid "corrupt interpretations" of the Qur'an and Sunnah. Islamic terrorism undermines the unity of the Muslim world. He blames Mideast tensions on a "new global colonialism allied to world Zionism". a speech by the Saudi king is read at the conference.
02/22/2015 VATICAN
Pope gifts "Guard your heart" booklet as an aid to conversion in Lent
At today's Angelus Pope Francis gave away booklets containing "the wealth of our doctrine," the essentials of the faith: "the seven sacraments, the gifts of the Holy Spirit, the Ten Commandments, the virtues, works of mercy. .. ". The booklet was distributed by volunteers and homeless people. "Those who are in need are also the ones who give us this great wealth." Lent is a time "for spiritual battle against the spirit of evil", already won by Jesus in the desert. "We go into the desert without fear, because we are not alone, we are with Jesus." This afternoon, the Pope goes to Ariccia on retreat with the Curia: "Pray so that in this desert we can hear the voice of Jesus and correct our many defects".
02/20/2015 VATICAN
Pope: "a good Christian is just to the people who depend on him"
"Love of God and love of neighbor are one in the same" and especially in Lent "fasting, is not just abstaining from meat” only to "fight with and exploit workers" and make offerings to the Church "on their backs". The point of Lent is "to think about them: what can I do for the children, for the elderly, who do not have the opportunity to be seen by a doctor?", who maybe wait "for eight hours and then they give an appointment for a week after ".

02/20/2015 ASIA
Asia’s Catholics celebrate Year of the Goat with acts of charity
Amid lavish dinners and firework displays sprout activities related to Lent: the PIME fathers in Hong Kong launch a mission among the prisoners of the Territory, while the South Korean Catholic Church send two containers of humanitarian aid to the North. In the Philippines a "new push" for Alay Kapwa, the program launched 40 years ago in support of the poor.
02/19/2015 CHINA - VATICAN
If Beijing does not grant religious freedom to the Church diplomatic relations are useless
by Peace*
An underground priest sent AsiaNews his reflection on the state of relations between China and the Vatican. Talks and negotiations are useless if Beijing does not grant human rights to the people. The "Catholic question" cannot be separated from religious persecution against other religions and ethnic groups. Unlawful bishops loyal to the government are young and numerous. "They will do tremendous damage over the next 20 years if nothing is done." Local communities need bishops in communion with the pope even this upsets the government.
02/19/2015 VATICAN
Pope: every day the Christian must choose between God and "other gods", between good and "trivial things that pass"
"The search for personal success, for possessions, without a thought for the Lord, for one’s family is always the wrong path to choose." " When the Lord gives us this advice - 'Stop! Choose today, choose '- He doesn’t abandon us. He is with us and wants to help us. Only we have to trust and have faith in Him."
02/18/2015 VATICAN
Pope: Lent, a time of conversion, a push to return into "the arms of God"
"This work of conversion is not just a human endeavor. Reconciliation between us and God is possible thanks to the mercy of the Father. [. . .] We will do well to ask, at the beginning of this Lent, for the gift of tears, so as to make our prayer and our journey of conversion ever more authentic and without hypocrisy."
02/18/2015 TAIWAN - CHINA - VATICAN
Taipei: the Chinese Church to live 2015 in light of the Bible
The meeting marked the 25th anniversary of the United Chinese Catholic Biblical Association. More than 300 people travelled to Taiwan from 18 countries. In order to mark the 50th anniversary of 'Dei Verbum,' participants humbly offered Pope Francis a new Chinese translation of 'Evangelii Gaudium'.
02/18/2015 VATICAN
Pope: "the international community must a find peaceful solutions to the difficult situation in Libya"
Francis again asks for prayers at the general audience "for our Egyptian brothers," killed in Libya "for the mere fact of being Christian." Peace also for Ukraine. "Brother" and "sister" are "words that Christianity loves" and "history has shown enough, moreover, that the freedom and equality, without brotherhood, becomes filled with individualism and conformity, even personal interests".
02/17/2015 VATICAN
Pope calls on young people to be "revolutionaries" because the pure in heart "shall see God"
"The Lord's invitation to encounter him is made to each of you, in whatever place or situation you find yourself. [. . .] God can be 'seen' also in the face of your brothers and sisters, especially those who are most forgotten: the poor, the hungry, those who thirst, strangers, the sick, those imprisoned." Be "revolutionary", and turn "against the widespread tendency to reduce love to something banal, reducing it to its sexual aspect alone."
02/17/2015 HONG KONG - CHINA - VATICAN
It looks like someone is trying to shout us down
by Card. Joseph Zen Ze-kiun
The widespread optimism concerning the dialogue between the Holy See and China is largely groundless. Some Chinese bishops unable to speak freely are asked "leading" questions. The key issues remain unresolved, namely episcopal appointments and the fate of the Chinese Catholic Patriotic Association. Benedict XVI's Letter to Chinese Catholics, also cited by Pope Francis, provides guidelines. No agreement is better than a bad agreement. What happened to Msgr. Cosma Shi Enxiang and Msgr. James Su Zhimin? Hong Kong's bishop emeritus, champion of religious freedom in China, delivers a vibrant reflection.
02/17/2015 VATICAN
Pope celebrates Mass for the 21 Copts killed in Libya, "for sole reason of being Christian"
We are all "capable of doing good, but also of destruction”. "In arms trafficking ... 'But, we are businessmen!' Yes, but of what? Of death? And there are countries that sell weapons, are at war with one side but also selling weapons to them, so that the war continues. A capacity for destruction".
02/16/2015 ISLAM - EUROPE
Attack on Europe: Islamic terrorism brings a new era
by Samir Khalil Samir
The Islamic State is a direct threat to Italy and Europe. The biggest risk is its power on "lone wolves" who can be induced to carry out attacks. As jihadism gives purpose to young European Muslims experiencing a crisis of identity and values, the new word "crusader" is disproportionately used in the war of words. Meanwhile, some kind of military operation has become necessary to curb Islamists' harmful and deadly power.

Altri articoli
02/16/2015 VATICAN - LIBYA - EGYPT
For pope, Copts killed in Libya "simply for the fact that they were Christians"
02/16/2015 VATICAN
Pope: "We have much to receive from the poor whom we approach and whom we help"
02/15/2015 VATICAN
For pope, Christ fights the world's evils and sufferings by taking them on and defeating them through God's mercy
02/15/2015 VATICAN
Pope tells new cardinals that the Church's way is that of Jesus, that of mercy and reinstatement
02/14/2015 VATICAN
Pope calls on new cardinals to be witnesses of charity, able to forgive, and give confidence and hope
02/14/2015 HONG KONG - CHINA - VATICAN
Card Zen and Catholics protest against Beijing over the fate of Mgr Cosma Shi Enxiang by Victoria Ma
02/13/2015 VATICAN
Cardinals' "appreciation" of Curia reform, expression of communion between center and periphery of the Church
02/12/2015 VATICAN
Pope: A transparent, collegial Roman Curia at the service of evangelization and dialogue
02/11/2015 VATICAN
Vatican media, culture, economy and protection of children as the centre of the Council of Cardinals' meeting
02/11/2015 VATICAN
Pope: a society that does not want children is "depressed", just like Europe
02/10/2015 VATICAN
Pope calls on "all interested parties" to stop Ukraine conflict, says Fr Lombardi
02/10/2015 VATICAN
Pope: A sedentary Christian will never find the face of God, only a “caricature"
02/10/2015 HONG KONG - INDONESIA
Hong Kong: Indonesian maid tortured, employer sentenced
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EGYPT - ISLAM
What Tayeb and Sisi said is big step towards a revolution in Islam
by Samir Khalil SamirThe grand imam of Al-Azhar slammed literalist interpretations of the Qur'an and the Sunnah, as fundamentalists and Islamic terrorists do. He supports the urgent need for Islam's reform, especially in terms of teaching lay people and clerics. He also calls for an end to mutual excommunication (takfir) between Sunnis and Shias. Egyptian President al-Sisi chose to fight the Islamic state group after it beheaded 21 Coptic Christians, whom he called "Egyptian citizens" with full rights.
SAUDI ARABIA - ISLAM
For head of Al-Azhar, religious education reform is needed to stop Islamic extremismFor Ahmed al-Tayeb, it is urgent to come up with new educational programmes to avoid "corrupt interpretations" of the Qur'an and Sunnah. Islamic terrorism undermines the unity of the Muslim world. He blames Mideast tensions on a "new global colonialism allied to world Zionism". a speech by the Saudi king is read at the conference.
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02/21/2015 EGYPT-LIBYA-ISLAM
Copts beheaded in Libya: the families’ Calvary, the pain of Muslims
by André Azzam
02/23/2015 EGYPT-LIBYA
Escape from Libyan hell: Egyptian migrants tell of ordeal and Islamic State torture
by André Azzam
02/23/2015 SAUDI ARABIA - ISLAM
For head of Al-Azhar, religious education reform is needed to stop Islamic extremism
02/24/2015 EGYPT - ISLAM
What Tayeb and Sisi said is big step towards a revolution in Islam
by Samir Khalil Samir
02/21/2015 INDONESIA - BRAZIL
Drug trafficking and diplomacy: Jakarta recalls its ambassador to Brazil
by Mathias Hariyadi
02/20/2015 VATICAN
Pope: "a good Christian is just to the people who depend on him"
02/25/2015 SYRIA
IS abducts 150 Christians, rapes and kills women, a "tragic situation" for vicar to Aleppo
02/20/2015 INDIA - EGYPT
Card. Gracias: May the Martyrdom of the Egyptian Copts bring dialogue and peace among all religions
by Card. Oswald Gracias*
02/20/2015 SOUTH KOREA
Rising number of migrant children abandoned by their parents and the government
02/20/2015 IRAQ-USA
Iraqi army (and US) to launch offensive on Mosul in April-May

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