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    03/12/2016 - INDIA

    Sajan K George writes to the head of the Indian government warning him about the dangers of withdrawing 500- and 1,000-rupee banknotes. The elimination of cash affects the whole economy, creating problems for the social system and agricultural production. Action should be taken before Christmas.


    by Sajan K George

    02/12/2016 - HOLY SEE – ISRAEL

    Vatican and Israel criticise UNESCO: no one can deny biblical history


    The Joint Vatican-Rabbinate Committee slams decision to use only the Arabic name of the holy sites in East Jerusalem, denying the relationship between Jews and Temple Mount.


    02/12/2016 - SRI LANKA - ASIA

    Papal envoy to the Asian Bishops: The tribal families authentic Gospel schools (Photo)

    by Santosh Digal

    Card. Toppo spoke at the Plenary Assembly of the Federation of Asian Bishops' Conferences. "Faith in the family educates its members to be followers of Jesus in spite of the challenges." The example of the family of Nazareth. The tribal families have traditions and culture that reflect the values ​​of Christianity.


     


    01/12/2016 - VATICAN

    Pope: we are all "resistant" to grace, resistant to the Cross, which leads to redemption


    Today marks the hundredth anniversary of the assassination of Blessed Charles de Foucauld, which took place in Algeria on December 1, 1916. He was "a man who overcame so much resistance and gave a witness that has done so much good for the Church. We ask you to bless us from heaven and help us to walk in your footsteps of poverty, contemplation and service to the poor ".


    01/12/2016 - VATICAN

    Pope asks young people to be builders of a more healthy and caring society


    "Those who have the gift of being able to study also have a responsibility to serve for the good of humanity. Knowledge is an easy path to the integral development of society". "In the modern concept of the intellectual, working for the realization of self and in search of personal recognition, often without care for their neighbor, it is necessary to counter with a model built on solidarity, which works for the common good and for peace". Through "viable employment opportunities" in society, you can avoid the so-called 'brain drain'. 


    30/11/2016 - VATICAN

    Pope: those who found Jesus have an “irrepressible desire” to bring him to others


    ‘Led by the Spirit for Mission’ is Francis’s message for the 54th World Day of Prayer for Vocations. “Commitment to mission is not something added on to the Christian life as a kind of decoration, but is instead an essential element of faith itself.  A relationship with the Lord entails being sent out into the world as prophets of his word and witnesses of his love.”


    30/11/2016 - VATICAN

    Pope: pray for others and bury the dead, works of mercy in everyday life


    At the conclusion of the cycle of catechesis dedicated to the works of mercy, Francis reminds people to pray for the living and for the dead. "Even today there are those who risk their lives to bury the poor victims of war". Best wishes to the Ecumenical Patriarchate for Saint Andrew. Appeals for AIDS sufferers and to protect the cultural heritage in war zones.

     


    29/11/2016 - VATICAN

    Pope: God reveals his mystery to the humble, not the learned and the scholarly


    Only the little ones "are capable of understanding" fully "the sense of humility", the "sense of fear of the Lord" because "they walk before the Lord," watched over and shielded. This is “not the humility of the one who said: 'I am humble, but proud of it'."


    29/11/2016 - INDIA - SRI LANKA - ASIA

    Card. Gracias to Asian bishops: We pray for families and for Christians in Syria

    by Santosh Digal

    The bishops gathered in Sri Lanka for the 11th plenary of the bishops' conference. This year's theme is the family in the relationship with the local Churches. On the agenda, the major challenges for family relationships. An inter-religious meeting with Islamic, Buddhist and Hindu leaders.

     


    29/11/2016 - INDIA

    "Day of Rage" against rupees recall brings tens of thousands to streets


    The protest was mostly peaceful. Opposition parties have called upon the population to protest the recall of the most used banknote. Premier asks party colleagues to show their bank statements to dispel doubts of complicity.

     


    28/11/2016 - INDIA

    Orissa, 15,000 faithful celebrate the feast of Mary, Queen of the Mission (Photos)

    by Purushottam Nayak

    The celebration is one of the most important in India. Usually, Christians come from all over the country, but this year, the rupee recall created problems. A procession with candles made its way through the streets of Berhampur in memory of Mary’s apparition to Saint Catherine Labouré.


    28/11/2016 - CUBA – VATICAN – ASIA

    World reactions to Fidel Castro’s death


    A few days after Fidel Castro’s death, many political leaders have reacted to his passing, expressing their condolences to the family. Pope Francis offered “prayers to the Lord for his repose” and hope for the Cuban people.


    28/11/2016 - VATICAN

    Pope: Advent, "time to journey and encounter the Lord", "not a time to stand still"


    Pray with vigilance, be industrious in charity and exultant in praise of the Lord. These are the attitudes to be kept in a period in which the liturgy proposes numerous encounters of Jesus within his Mother's womb, with St. John the Baptist, with the shepherds, with the Wise Men.


    28/11/2016 - VATICAN

    Pope says normative system to protect nature is "essential"


    Speaking to the Pontifical Academy of Sciences Francis returns to highlight how "the he submission of politics to a technology and an economy which seek profit" is demonstrated by the failure or delay in implementing the agreements on environmental protection or the "continued wars of domination camouflaged by righteous claims".


    27/11/2016 - VATICAN

    Pope: Advent, the contrast between our daily routine and the sudden coming of the Lord


    In the first Angelus of Advent, Pope Francis said that "the Lord’s visit with humanity", at Christmas, also takes place "every day" and will occur when "He will come in glory to judge the living and the dead." "The Gospel does not want to frighten us, but for us to widen our horizons". "... Our Lady help us to not consider ourselves owners of our lives, not to resist when the Lord comes to change it".


    26/11/2016 - VATICAN

    Pope on economy of religious institutes: fidelity to charism and discernment


    In a message to 1000 general economists from institutes of consecrated life and societies of apostolic life, Pope Francis asks them to rethink their economic strategies never putting profits first rather fidelity to their charisma and self-giving. Reviewing their works, collaborating with other institutes and with the local Church, to implement a "responsible austerity". "The hypocrisy of consecrated persons who live like the rich  - he said - hurts the consciences of the faithful and damages the Church". 


    26/11/2016 - INDIA

    Manmohan Singh: Rupees recall a failure, legalized theft


    After more than two weeks, the situation for the poor and the middle class is worsening. Long queues at ATMs remain, protests and clashes have caused 70 deaths. Bankers caught stealing money suspended. Opposition parties propose the "day of rage".


    25/11/2016 - VATICAN

    Pope: eternal damnation "is not a torture chamber", but being eternally distant from God


    Never talk with the devil, he is a "liar" and "swindler", "seeking our ruin" and for "this will be thrown into the abyss." If "we open our hearts", as Jesus asks us, and we do not go our way, we will have "joy and salvation."

     


    24/11/2016 - VATICAN

    Pope: the civilization of the "god of money", of "being god", the "god of exploitation" will fall


    "Corruption is the path to living in blasphemy, corruption is a form of blasphemy." "The voice of God when he speaks to the heart is like this: like vibrating silence." And this invitation to the "wedding of the lamb" will be in the end, "our salvation."

     


    24/11/2016 - INDIA

    Calcutta, thousands of mothers and pregnant women march for right to maternity benefits (Photos)

    by Nirmala Carvalho

    The National Food Security Act was passed in 2013 but it is still in the pilot phase. It is applied to the 52 districts in the country. So far 55 million euro in aid have been distributed, but to start the project it would take two billion. Women forced to work until the ninth month of pregnancy.

     


    23/11/2016 - VATICAN – VIETNAM

    Pope receives Vietnamese president, highlighting good relations and a "shared spirit of dialogue"


    Francis met with Vietnamese President Tran Dai Quang. The meeting stressed the “constant search for the most appropriate tools to advance” bilateral relations as well as “The collaboration between Church and State in various domains of local society”.


    23/11/2016 - IRAQ

    "Adopt a Christian from Mosul": A Christmas gift to survive winter

    by Bernardo Cervellera

    As Iraqi troops advance in the Nineveh Plain and Mosul, a new wave of refugees could overshadow the fate of other refugees who found hospitality in Kurdistan. People need kerosene, winter clothes, aid for children, and money for rent. The campaign AsiaNews launched two years ago is more urgent than ever. Give up a superfluous gift to offer refugees an essential gift for life.


    23/11/2016 - IRAQ

    Pastor of Amadiya: Mosul’s Christian refugees, torn between emergency aid and the longing to return home

    by P. Samir Youssef

    In a letter Fr. Samir Youssef describes the situation of refugees, exiled from their home for more than two years. They are closely following the offensive to retake Mosul, although their homes and churches "are for the most part" burned or destroyed. With the arrival of winter there is a serve lack of heating oil, clothes, food and money to pay for their children’s school bus. An appeal to continue to support the AsiaNews campaign.


    23/11/2016 - VATICAN – IRAN

    Pope thanks a group of Iranian Shia clerics for the show “of good will towards dialogue”


    Francis met in the small room in the Paul VI Hall with participants in a colloquium organised by the Pontifical Council for Interreligious Dialogue and the Islamic Culture and Relations Organisation.


    23/11/2016 - VATICAN

    Pope admits to having doubts but says they help to grow in faith


    "They are a sign that we want to know God, Jesus, and the mystery of his love for us better and more deeply " but "doubts must also be overcome." Lack of education is a source of discrimination and thus of injustice . "The Church, over the centuries, has felt the need to engage in education because her mission of evangelization entails the commitment to restore dignity to the poor".

     


    22/11/2016 - INDIA – ITALY – AFGHANISTAN

    Selene Biffi, a Hindu Italian who educates young Afghans trhough comics

    by Nirmala Carvalho

    She is one of the recipients of the Mother Teresa Memorial Award. In 2009 she escaped an assassination attempt in Kabul and decided to help children and youth. She produced illustrated books and set up storytelling schools in which the country’s cultural heritage is passed down by word of mouth.


    22/11/2016 - VATICAN

    For pope, even at the time of death, if we are faithful to God, we shall not fear


    “If each of us is faithful to the Lord, when death comes, we shall say as Francis said, 'sister death, come' ... We are not scared. And when the day of judgment comes, we shall look to the Lord: 'Lord, I have so many sins, but I tried to be faithful'. And the Lord is good.”


    22/11/2016 - VATICAN

    Pope: next Youth Days to focus on the Beatitudes and Mary


    "The three themes announced above are intended to give a clear Marian tone to the spiritual journey of the next three WYDs. At the same time they give a picture of young people on a journey between the past (2017), present (2018) and future (2019), inspired by the three theological virtues of faith, charity and hope".

     


    22/11/2016 - ASIA-USA

    Trump wants the US out of the TPP. Space for China, defender of free trade


    The newly-elected president reiterates his defense for the American economy. The fears of Asian economies, that have boomed thanks to exports to the US. At the APEC gathering China offers itself as the new center for continental economy. But there are countries which fear its supremacy.

     


    21/11/2016 - VATICAN

    Jubilee: About 900 to 950 million pilgrims from around the world passed through the Holy Doors


    Mgr Fisichella noted that between 56 and 62 per cent of the world’s Catholic population took part in the event. A total of 21,292,926 pilgrims came to Rome from 156 countries around the world. ""One thing is certain with this Jubilee, namely that mercy has become the protagonist, at least for a year, of the daily life of Christians.”






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    IRAQ
    "Adopt a Christian from Mosul": A Christmas gift to survive winter

    Bernardo Cervellera

    As Iraqi troops advance in the Nineveh Plain and Mosul, a new wave of refugees could overshadow the fate of other refugees who found hospitality in Kurdistan. People need kerosene, winter clothes, aid for children, and money for rent. The campaign AsiaNews launched two years ago is more urgent than ever. Give up a superfluous gift to offer refugees an essential gift for life.


    IRAQ
    Pastor of Amadiya: Mosul’s Christian refugees, torn between emergency aid and the longing to return home

    P. Samir Youssef

    In a letter Fr. Samir Youssef describes the situation of refugees, exiled from their home for more than two years. They are closely following the offensive to retake Mosul, although their homes and churches "are for the most part" burned or destroyed. With the arrival of winter there is a serve lack of heating oil, clothes, food and money to pay for their children’s school bus. An appeal to continue to support the AsiaNews campaign.


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