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07/20/2014 VATICAN
Pope: I am with the persecuted Christians of Mosul and the Middle East
"May the God of peace inspire in all a genuine desire for dialogue and reconciliation. Violence is never defeated with violence. Violence is defeated with peace." At the Sunday Angelus Francis comments on the parable of the wheat and the weeds. God is "patient" He knows "the same weeds in the end, may become good wheat". But "at the time of the harvest, that is, of judgment, the reapers will execute the order of the master separating the weeds to be burned".
Vatican City (AsiaNews) - This Sunday at the Angelus, Pope Francis invited all to pray for "situations of tension and conflict that persist in different parts of the world especially in the Middle East and Ukraine". The Pope said he had learned with "concern the...

07/18/2014 VATICAN - ISLAM
Christians and Muslims should work fraternally for "justice, peace and respect for the rights and dignity of every person"
The Pontifical Council for Interreligious Dialogue issues a message for the Muslims of the world to mark the end of Ramadan. "Despite being aware of our differences, [. . .] We perceive the importance of promoting a fruitful dialogue built upon mutual respect and friendship. Inspired by our shared values and strengthened by our sentiments of genuine fraternity, we are called to work together for justice, peace and respect for the rights and dignity of every person."
07/18/2014 THAILAND - CHINA - HONG KONG
Chinese couples flock to Bangkok to choose unborn child’s sex: a multi-million dollar business
Thailand is the only country in Asia where IVF treatment offers this possibility. And at a much lower cost than in the United States and South Africa. A turnover of over 150 million dollars and a 20% increase in demand per year. Catholic sources tell AsiaNews they hope the Church will speak out clearly on this matter.
07/15/2014 HONG KONG - CHINA
Hong Kong government omits Occupy Central from its report to Beijing
by Paul Wang
The report is supposedly based on five months of consultation with Hong Kong residents, but its content reflects what Beijing wanted. According to the document, 'mainstream opinion' wants no change. Occupy Central movement is backed by Card Zen and Hong Kong's three new auxiliary bishops.
07/14/2014 HONG KONG - CHINA - VATICAN
Hong Kong's bishops-elect back civil disobedience, cautious about China Vatican dialogue
by Victoria Ma
Catholics in Hong Kong and mainland China welcomed papal appointments with joy. A Catholic from northern China hopes to see the Holy See choose new bishops for the Chinese Church. The three new bishops will be ordained on 30 August. Card Tong's episcopal mandate has been extended for another three years.

07/13/2014 VATICAN
As pope makes "heartfelt appeal" for peace in the Holy Land, he notes that prayer is not "in vain"
After the Angelus, Pope Francis called on those present to pray during a minute of silence. He made the same plea to local and international policy makers. Prayer helps us "not allow ourselves be overcome by evil, nor accept that violence and hatred take over from dialogue and reconciliation." The parable of the sower asks, 'How is our heart? To what ground does it look like: a road, rocky ground, or a bush? We must remember that with our words "we too are sowers". Indeed, "Our words can do so much good and so much evil; they can hurt and heal, encourage and depress." And "please, do not forget to pray for me."
07/12/2014 ASIA - UNITED NATIONS
More than half the world's population lives in cities
India will lead the way, as the country's urban population is expected to swell by 404 million people between now and 2050. Tokyo will continue to top the mega-city list followed by Delhi, Shanghai, Mexico City, Sao Paulo, Beijing, Osaka, and Cairo. This trend will be challenge for health care, schools, food, and housing.
07/11/2014 HONG KONG - VATICAN
The Church in Hong Kong has three new auxiliary bishops
The Holy Father appointed Vicar General Michael Yeung, Vicar of Opus Dei for East Asia Rev Stephen Lee, and Fr Joseph Ha, former regional superior of the Friars Minor in Hong Kong.
07/11/2014 HONG KONG-CHINA-VATICAN
Card Zen: Religious freedom and civil liberties are united, for China and Hong Kong
by Bernardo Cervellera
A wide ranging conversation with the bishop emeritus of Hong Kong: the courage of Msgr. Ma Daqin, who sent a message to Pope Francis; underground Catholics are also prepared to be arrested; suspicions about Beijing’s sincerity towards possible dialogue with the Holy See. And in Hong Kong, the march for a referendum on democracy; support for "Occupy Central"; the fear of the government and arrests. Card. Zen reaffirms that religious freedom and civil liberties go hand in hand.
07/11/2014 ASIA
WHO: Coronavirus alert remains high in Asia but its spread is "unlikely"
Experts downplay alaram, Philippine government warns to citizens to postpone their pilgrimage to Mecca. However, those who must travel to Saudi Arabia invited to pay particular attention to personal hygiene and avoid contact with likely carriers.
07/10/2014 CHINA - VATICAN
Shanghai: Catholics remember Mgr Ma Daqin and the sufferings of the faithful on the day of Chinese martyrs
by Jian Mei
Mgr Ma is said to have sent a message to Pope Francis: "Do not worry about me, do not stop from preaching the truth." The bishop has been in solitary confinement for two years for resigning from the Patriotic Association. To the faithful of Shanghai, he remains "our beloved pastor." In Hong Kong, people remember him and the martyrs. Asian Youth Day in Korea is set to focus on the martyrs.
07/09/2014 VATICAN
The Pope’s "revolution" of Vatican finances and administration is underway
Cardinal George Pell, prefect of the Economic Secretariat, today outlined the changes which affect the IOR, but also APSA, the pension fund and the entire Holy See media system.
07/09/2014 ISLAM
The desperate dream of the Islamic Caliphate
by Samir Khalil Samir
Abu Bakr al-Baghdadi’s rhetoric is bankrupt. No Muslim wants to live in a caliphate. Moreover, no-one accepts him as "caliph". But he is correct in pointing out that the Islamic world is in decline, and Muslims themselves are responsible for this. Israel and "conspiracy” theories. The rebirth of Islam through open dialogue in society, based on universal and shared values. Otherwise the demise of Islam is likely.
07/07/2014 VATICAN
Pope: "no place" in the Church for those who commit sexual abuse
To a group of abuse victims, Francis insists on "zero tolerance" against those who commit what is "something more than despicable actions". "It's like sacrilegious worship, because these children were entrusted to the priestly charism, to lead them to God." "God grant me the courage to follow this path for the sake of the children."
07/06/2014 VATICAN
Pope: Jesus gives rest to the "harassed and helpless", those in the poorest countries, but also those on the margins of wealthy nations
At the Angelus Pope Francis recalls that Christ’s invitation to give rest to those who are "weary and burdened" is also true in our day. "Human indifference" hurts those in need and "especially the indifference of Christians." A "special and affectionate" greeting to the people of Molise, where the pontiff travelled yesterday on a pastoral visit. Please do not forget to pray for me. I pray for you".

Altri articoli
07/05/2014 VATICAN - ITALY
Pope in Molise: overcome the "culture of the provisional" to be truly free
07/05/2014 VATICAN-ITALY
Pope in Molise: Witness to charity, high road of evangelization
07/02/2014 HONG KONG - CHINA
Hong Kong, hundreds of arrests in aftermath of great march for democracy
07/01/2014 HONG KONG - CHINA
More than 200,000 people in Hong Kong streets for democracy and universal suffrage
06/30/2014 HONG KONG - CHINA
Hong Kong's democracy referendum makes history
06/30/2014 VATICAN
Pope: today there are more martyrs in the Church than in the early centuries, persecuted or "driven away with white gloves"
06/29/2014 VATICAN
Pope: follow Jesus "day after day, in your work, your conversations and among your friends"
06/27/2014 VATICAN
Pope: to communicate his love God "needs of our smallness" and wonder to find him waiting for us
06/26/2014 VATICAN
Pope: Church is "close" to "our brothers and sisters in Syria and Iraq"
06/26/2014 VATICAN
Synod: on the family, Church should be "proposing, not imposing; guiding, not pushing; inviting, not driving away"
06/26/2014 VATICAN
Pope: Jesus, a shepherd who reached the people and warmed their heart
06/25/2014 VATICAN
For pope, we are Christians because we belong to the Church, "one cannot love God outside of the Church"
06/25/2014 HONG KONG - CHINA
Hong Kong's referendum "is a cry for freedom by the people that Beijing cannot ignore"
06/24/2014 VATICAN
Pope: like John the Baptist, "a Christian does not announce himself, he proclaims another, prepares the way for another"
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VATICAN
Pope: I am with the persecuted Christians of Mosul and the Middle East "May the God of peace inspire in all a genuine desire for dialogue and reconciliation. Violence is never defeated with violence. Violence is defeated with peace." At the Sunday Angelus Francis comments on the parable of the wheat and the weeds. God is "patient" He knows "the same weeds in the end, may become good wheat". But "at the time of the harvest, that is, of judgment, the reapers will execute the order of the master separating the weeds to be burned".
HONG KONG-CHINA-VATICAN
Card Zen: Religious freedom and civil liberties are united, for China and Hong Kong
by Bernardo CervelleraA wide ranging conversation with the bishop emeritus of Hong Kong: the courage of Msgr. Ma Daqin, who sent a message to Pope Francis; underground Catholics are also prepared to be arrested; suspicions about Beijing’s sincerity towards possible dialogue with the Holy See. And in Hong Kong, the march for a referendum on democracy; support for "Occupy Central"; the fear of the government and arrests. Card. Zen reaffirms that religious freedom and civil liberties go hand in hand.
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07/20/2014 VATICAN
Pope: I am with the persecuted Christians of Mosul and the Middle East
07/18/2014 NORTH KOREA - CHINA
Pyongyang furious over viral Chinese video of Kim Jong-un dancing, singing and kung fu fighting
07/18/2014 CHINA - VATICAN
Beijing, seminarians desert graduation ceremony: We will not celebrate Mass with illegitimate bishops
07/18/2014 IRAQ
Baghdad patriarch: as the time for dialogue is no more, Christians flee Mosul
07/18/2014 INDIA
Bangalore, 17 year old novice gang raped
by Nirmala Carvalho
07/21/2014 SOUTH KOREA
K-Pop idol, Rain, converts to Catholicism: For the faith, not for love
07/16/2014 TIBET - CHINA
Dalai Lama: Beijing should learn from the Middle East, only dialogue will save Tibet
07/21/2014 IRAQ
Baghdad’s Muslims show solidarity with Christians
by Thomas Tammo
07/16/2014 INDONESIA
As Indonesian Church calls for unity, tensions and charges divide Widodo and Subianto supporters
by Mathias Hariyadi
07/19/2014 INDIA
Uttar Pradesh, Church of the Nazarene attacked: Pastor and faithful beaten
by Nirmala Carvalho

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