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05/06/2015 VATICAN
Pope: Christian marriage, "image" of "indissoluble" love of Christ for his Church
The sacrament of marriage is "a great act of faith and love", and also "courage" and has a "missionary dimension". "We must seriously ask ourselves: Do we, as believers and pastors really accept this unbreakable bond of the history of Christ and the Church with the history of marriage and of the human family?".
Vatican City (AsiaNews) - The sacrament of marriage is "a great act of faith and love", and also "courage", it is the "image" of the "indissoluble" love of Christ for his Church, "the route is thus marked forever, it is the route of love: love as God loves you, forever" . It also has a "missionary dimension", "as Christian spouses participate in it as spouses to the mission of the...

05/05/2015 VATICAN
Jubilee: living mercy following the Father’s example
The calendar and list of activities associated with the Jubilee of Mercy were presented today. For the first time, a jubilee will be celebrated in all the dioceses of the world. On 3 April 2016 there will be the Jubilee of movements, associations, religious institutions; on September 4, that of charity volunteers; on 9 October, that of Marian spirituality; and April 24, that of kids. There will also be a Jubilee for inmates, which might include the presence of some inmates at St Peter. There will be no jubilee for youth because they will meet for World Youth Day in Krakow, 26-31 July.
05/05/2015 VATICAN
Pope: in the face of tribulations Christians must "trust" in God, who gives hope and peace
To enter the Kingdom of God we must "go through dark times, difficult times." This "is not an sadomasochistic attitude ", but "the Christian struggle" against the prince of this world. The peace of Jesus is not "a simple quiet", but a peace that "enters within you, a peace that gives you strength."
05/05/2015 CHINA - UNITED KINGDOM
Innovative and a free spirit: the (Chinese) horoscope of the Royal baby Charlotte Elizabeth Diana
Born in the Year of the Goat, the fourth in line of succession to the throne of England "will have a strong character and an independent spirit. She will be admired and very beautiful and will help the Windsors’ image. " The feng shui experts "predictions" for Charlotte Elizabeth Diana.
05/03/2015 VATICAN
Pope: Like the branches of the vine, we all depend on communion with the Risen Christ
At the Regina Caeli Francis reflects on the Gospel passage of the Last Supper, when Christ knows that death is drawing near: "to impress firmly in their minds a fundamental truth: even when He will no longer be physically present in the midst of them, they will still be able to remain united to Him in a new way, and so bear much fruit". The Life of Christ "may be ours."

05/02/2015 VATICAN
Pope: The missionary zeal of Fray Serra challenges us, his witness provokes us
Francis celebrates Mass marking a Day of Reflection on "Fray Junipero Serra, Apostle of California, witness of holiness," who will be canonized on 23 September. His work "has three characteristics: missionary zeal, Marian devotion and witness of holiness." "I wonder if today we are able to respond with the same generosity and the same courage to God's call."
05/01/2015 VATICAN
For the pope, the faces of hungry men and women should take centre stage at Expo
by Papa Francesco
Pope Francis today addressed via a televised link-up the opening ceremony of Expo Milano 2015 (1 May-31 October), the world fair centred on ‘Feeding the planet. Energy for Life’. For the Holy Father, this “Expo is a propitious opportunity to globalise solidarity. Let us not waste it; let us make the very most of it.” In his view, a change of mind-set is also needed to overcome the “paradox of abundance” and the culture of waste and castoffs. The pope’s full speech is reprinted below.
04/30/2015 VATICAN
For Pope Francis, the Christian identity is twofold: a history of sin and grace, and one of serving, not using others
Christians are “a man or a woman of history, someone who is not into him or herself only, but is part of a people, a people that is on a journey. One cannot imagine Christian selfishness; no, this won’t fly.
04/30/2015 VATICAN
Pope: spread the culture of justice and peace, even through the "service" of politics
Speaking to the Community of Christian Life (CVX) and the Students Missionary League Francis indicates three "lines": devotion to the common good, family ministry, mission is also welcoming the ‘distant’, twinning with Syrian and Lebanese "peoples tormented by terrible wars."
04/30/2015 VATICAN
Pope: the blood of Christians killed for their faith urges a new era of ecumenism
The hope of Francis expressed to the members of the International Anglican-Roman Catholic International Commission:"the shared tradition of faith and history between Anglicans and Catholics can inspire and sustain our efforts to overcome the obstacles to full communion”. Imminent publication of five joint statements made so far in the second phase of the Anglican-Catholic dialogue
04/29/2015 VATICAN
Pope: the testimony of Christian spouses against a "culture of the provisional" that alienates young people from marriage
"It is a fact" that people are marrying less, but "blaming women’s emancipation is a form of male chauvinism ". The difference in pay between men and women "is a scandal". "We must not be afraid to invite Jesus to the wedding feast."
04/29/2015 HONG KONG - CHINA
Hong Kong, electoral reform convinces only 47% of the population
A survey conducted by three universities in the Territory show that less than half of the population supports the proposal "inspired" by Beijing. The Executive Secretary Carrie Lam had spoken in favor of a margin of 60%. The standoff with Democrats continues, they are ready to veto the reform that does not allow true democracy.
04/28/2015 VATICAN – UNITED NATIONS
Pope discusses environment, migrants and humanitarian tragedies with UN secretary
At the Vatican for a workshop organised by the Pontifical Academy of Sciences, Ban Ki-moon thanked Francis for agreeing to speak at the UN on 25 September.
04/28/2015 VATICAN
Pope: "do not be afraid" when the Spirit "says to take a step forward", to "change"
Going forward the Church is the work of "surprises" of the Holy Spirit. "Doing as you have always done" is an alternative "death". Pray to ask God to give us the Holy Spirit "so at all times we can discern what we must do, which is not always the same."
04/27/2015 NEPAL – ASIA
Nepal earthquake: Church and international community coming to the aid of survivors
The Italian Bishops’ Conference has pledged € 3 million in emergency medical assistance. The South Korean Church has allocated funds for the displaced. India, Pakistan and China are already on the ground. A Chinese airline has hiked ticket fares to evacuate its nationals. Israel is selective in its help, airlifting 25 children of surrogate mothers and gay couples.

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04/27/2015 INDONESIA - HONG KONG
From Jakarta to Hong Kong, activists seek pardon for Filippino on death row by Mathias Hariyadi
04/26/2015 VATICAN
Pope prays for Nepal quake victims, hopes they receive "fraternal solidarity"
04/26/2015 VATICAN
Pope warns priests "not to grow weary of being merciful,” asks them to forgive, not condemn in the confessional
04/24/2015 VATICAN
Pope: Never forget your "first encounter" with Jesus, the one that "changed your life"
04/22/2015 VATICAN
Christian-Muslim dialogue: most Muslims are against killing in the name of God
04/22/2015 HONG KONG – CHINA
The Hong Kong government closes the door on universal suffrage
04/22/2015 VATICAN
Pope: "men and women are the same substance and are complementary", a woman is not inferior or subordinate
04/21/2015 VATICAN
Vatican proposes UN agency to fight human trafficking as a crime against humanity
04/21/2015 VATICAN
Pope: Church of today is a "Church of martyrs", many whose throats are cut, who are burnt alive or thrown into the sea "because they are Christians"
04/21/2015 UN-EU
UN: 800 dead in the worst Mediterranean migrant tragedy
04/20/2015 VATICAN
Buddhists and Christians together against modern slavery and human trafficking
04/20/2015 VATICAN
For pope, Jews and Christians have a responsibility to preserve the religious sense of the men and women of today, and that of our society
04/20/2015 VATICAN
Pope: saints and martyrs show that you cannot follow Jesus to “seek power"
04/19/2015 VATICAN
Pope remembers and prays for "latest tragedy" of migrants, "our brothers and sisters" who "are seeking happiness"
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NEPAL – ASIA
Nepal earthquake: Church and international community coming to the aid of survivorsThe Italian Bishops’ Conference has pledged € 3 million in emergency medical assistance. The South Korean Church has allocated funds for the displaced. India, Pakistan and China are already on the ground. A Chinese airline has hiked ticket fares to evacuate its nationals. Israel is selective in its help, airlifting 25 children of surrogate mothers and gay couples.
VATICAN
Pope prays for Nepal quake victims, hopes they receive "fraternal solidarity"A good shepherd is like Christ, someone who “is a guide, who participates in the life of His flock. He pursues no other interests, for He has no other ambition but to lead, nurture and protect his sheep. All of this comes at the highest price, that of the sacrifice of His own life.” When the pope met the crowd at the window of his study, two new priests stood by his side.
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04/30/2015 IRAQ – MIDDLE EAST
For Chaldean Patriarch, state secularism and religious freedom are the practical response to fundamentalist barbarism
by Louis Raphael I Sako*
05/01/2015 VIETNAM – VATICAN
Vietnam today, 40 years after the fall of Saigon
by Lee Nguyen
04/30/2015 NEPAL
Nepal, thousands of earthquake victims between life and death: Government inept and corrupt (VIDEO)
by Christopher Sharma
04/30/2015 VATICAN
For Pope Francis, the Christian identity is twofold: a history of sin and grace, and one of serving, not using others
05/01/2015 CHINA
China’s one-child policy is state violence against women and children
by Reggie Littlejohn
04/30/2015 INDONESIA - PHILIPPINES - UN
Filipino and Indonesian Christians celebrate Mary Jane’s reprieve. UN slams Jakarta over executions
05/01/2015 NEPAL
Kathmandu: as relief fails to arrive, survivors resort to eating dead animals and reading the Bible
by Christopher Sharma
04/30/2015 VATICAN
Pope: the blood of Christians killed for their faith urges a new era of ecumenism
05/01/2015 VATICAN
For the pope, the faces of hungry men and women should take centre stage at Expo
by Papa Francesco
05/01/2015 SINGAPORE
For Singapore archbishop, from education to health case, Catholics have built the nation’s future

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