21/02/2018 - INDONESIA
Four people were wounded in the attack on 11 February. The 23-year-old Islamic extremist Suliyono who attacked the church armed with a sword has been forgiven. The Islamic organisations Muhammadiyah and Gus Durians show solidarity with Catholics.
by Mathias Hariyadi
21/02/2018 - VATICAN-CHINA-RUSSIA
The Ostpolitik of today and the 'outgoing' Church (III)by Stefano Caprio*
The collapse of Soviet communism gave reason to the Vatican political choices in opening up to Russia and Eastern Europe. The new Ostpolitik announces a new world without geographic or confessional delineations. Pope Francis pushes the Church towards the peripheries and towards the high sea, as St. John Paul II had hoped. Part III of an expert analysis.
20/02/2018 - INDONESIA – RUSSIA – UNITED STATES
Indonesia sees no consequence of Russian jet sale on relations with United Statesby Mathias Hariyadi
Half of the US$ 1.14 billion deal will be paid with a barter scheme. In recent years, Indonesia has turned to Russia to upgrade its air force, turning down the offer of US F-16s. Since 2013, the Kremlin has supplied the Indonesian Air Force with five Su-27 and eleven Su-30 aircraft.
19/02/2018 - VATICAN-RUSSIA-CHINA
The old and new Ostpolitik of the Holy See (I)by Stefano Caprio*
The Vatican’s latest openings to China resemble the path traced by the old Ostpolitik of Card. Agostino Casaroli. Then as now, the Holy See’s moves have provoked and provoke disagreements, criticism and charges of forgetting the persecuted Church and human rights violations. Casaroli himself had doubts about his effectiveness, although he was eager to implement the dimension of dialogue, rediscovered with the Second Vatican Council. Part One.
18/02/2018 - VATICAN
Pope: Lent: temptation, conversion and good news
At the Angelus, Pope Francis emphasizes that Lent is a time of "spiritual training" to overcome evil in us and around us. "In our life we always need conversion, and the Church makes us pray for this". "Only God can give us true happiness: it is useless to waste our time looking for it elsewhere, in riches, in pleasures, in power, in careers". The invitation to young people to participate - even online – in the meeting in preparation for the October Synod. Message of affection to prisoners. A remembrance in prayer for the beginning of the Roman Curia’s spiritual exercises.
17/02/2018 - HONG KONG - CHINA - VATICAN
The Church 'doesn't care about politics and human rights' ... Wrong!by John Mok Cit Wai
In an attempt to please China, several commentators dare to conceal or manipulate the teaching of the Church. The Church's mission is linked to support for human rights and commitment to society. Jesus never challenged the Roman Empire, but created a revolution. Msgr Romero defending the poor and the Church, had to face the military junta. A comment by John Mok Cit Wai.
16/02/2018 - INDONESIA
Thirteen priests and three deacons ordained in Sumatera and Kalimantan (Photos)by Mathias Hariyadi
Four of them are ethnic Dayak, a mostly Christian ethnic group on Borneo. The Order of Capuchins welcomed eight confreres. The Sacred Heart of Jesus has five new priests. Catholics are a small minority in Riau province, and for them even a diaconal ordination becomes a historic moment.
16/02/2018 - VATICAN
Pope: fasting is real when concerned with helping others
Fasting is "stripping oneself a little"; maybe thanking the Lord because we are able to fast: "poor people", they must fast because they do not have anything to eat "and you even despise them ". Do penance in peace: "You cannot talk to God on one side and talk to the devil on the other" because it is inconsistent.
16/02/2018 - VATICAN
Young people from all over the world in Rome in preparation for the October Synod
From March 19 to 24, the Pre-Synodal Meeting will prepare a document that will flow into the working document of the Synod. An encounter to "listen" to young people. To participate concretely through social media, young people will simply have to go to the website www.synod2018.va, where they will find the link to register with the Facebook Group of one of the 6 languages provided.
15/02/2018 - VATICAN
Pope encourages young priests to seek guidance in older priests
The ages in the priesthood, with their peculiar characteristics, risks and potentialities were the subject of which Pope Francis spoke today to the clergy of Rome gathered in the Basilica of St. John Lateran for the traditional meeting of the beginning of Lent.
14/02/2018 - VATICAN
Lent is a time to defeat the demons of distrust, apathy and resignation, says pope
In celebrating Ash Wednesday, Francis calls on the faithful to look and contemplate "the real face of Christ crucified out of love for everyone, without exception” and to “Return to the house of your Father”.
14/02/2018 - VATICAN
Pope: Prayer of the Faithful are for concrete needs of the Church and of the world
Continuing his catechesis on Mass, Francis spoke of the Creed and the Prayer of the faithful, recalling Christ’s monition: "ask and you will be given". "We do not ask for this, because we have little faith, but if we had the faith Jesus speaks of, we would have everything". It a time to ask for the important things. But "the claims of worldly logic do not rise towards Heaven, just as self-referential requests remain unheard".
13/02/2018 - VATICAN
Pope: Mass with Patriarch Youssef, for 'a Crucified People'
"We offer this Mass for the people, for the suffering people, for the Christians persecuted in the Middle East, who give their lives, give their goods, their properties because they are driven away".
12/02/2018 - VATICAN
Pope: patience, virtue of those who are persecuted, like Christians in the Middle East
Unlike "defeat" and "resignation", Christian patience is the "virtue" of "those on a journey". "And when you go on a journey, many things happen that are not always good. The attitude of parents when a sick or disabled child is born, tells me so much about patience on the journey. 'But thank God he is alive!': These are the patient people".
12/02/2018 - VATICAN – BANGLADESH
Pope and Bangladesh leader discuss coexistence between religions and Rohingya
The Church's contribution to the country, especially in education, was discussed. So was the government’s commitment to peaceful coexistence between the various religious communities and defence of minorities and refugees.
12/02/2018 - INDONESIA
Buddhist monk threatened by Islamists (Video)by Mathias Hariyadi
He is accused of proselytism. Wrath of the radicals sparked by his charity work, he was forced to read and sign an admission of guilt. Authorities rule that the allegations made by the fundamentalists are groundless.
11/02/2018 - VATICAN
Pope: With hearts turned toward Lourdes, we contemplate Jesus as the true physician of our bodies and souls
11/02/2018 - INDONESIA
Machete attack against priest during Mass in Yogyakartaby Mathias Hariyadi
Fr Karl-Edmund Prier, a German-born Jesuit, suffered injuries to his back, head and hands. Catholics are urged not to spread panic and tensions via social media. For experts, extremist groups are preparing for upcoming elections by causing ethnic and religious polarisation.
09/02/2018 - INDONESIA
As elections near, advocates of pluralism and those who favour identity politics split the countryby Mathias Hariyadi
Extremists’ use of religion and ethnicity has pushed Indonesians into opposing camps. Voters will elect local governments on 27 June this year, and choose a new president and parliament on 17 April 2019.
09/02/2018 - VATICAN
Pope calls for 'serious examination' of complicities that exist in human trafficking
"Experience shows that such modern forms of slavery are far more widespread than previously imagined, even – to our scandal and shame –within the most prosperous of our societies," he told the "Santa Marta Group".
08/02/2018 - CHINA
Our Lady of Sheshan under the snow (photos)
08/02/2018 - VATICAN
Pope: a sinner can become a saint, but a corrupt person can’t
"And here is the problem of the weakening of the heart. When the heart begins to weaken, it is not like a situation of sin: you commit a sin, and you realize it immediately. “I have committed this sin”; it’s clear. Weakness of the heart is a slow journey, that slides along step by step, step by step, step by step…".
07/02/2018 - VATICAN
Pope: join forces to prevent trafficking in people and protect victims
Francis appeal on World Day against Trafficking. The hope of "a world in which conflicts can be resolved peacefully through dialogue and mutual respect" urged by the joint parade of the two Koreas at the Olympics. During the Mass, the Gospel should be heard "with an open heart" and the homily should be prepared and last "no more than 10 minutes".
07/02/2018 - VATICAN-CHINA
Msgr. Sanchez Sorondo in Wonderlandby Bernardo Cervellera
The President of the Pontifical Academy of Sciences exalts China as the best implementer of the Churches’ social doctrine. The bishop seems oblivious to the shantytowns of Beijing and Shanghai, the expulsion of migrants, oppression of religious freedom. Appreciation for the Paris Climate Agreement, but silence on the links between wealth, corruption and pollution. An ideological approach that makes a laughing stock of the Church.
07/02/2018 - VATICAN-CHINA
Msgr. Sanchez Sorondo: China, the best implementer of the social doctrine of the Church
The chancellor of the Pontifical Academy of Sciences, back from a trip to Beijing, exalts China as a country where the "common good" is the primary value; where "there are no slums" or drugs, where the environment is respected. Not like the United States of Donald Trump. "Many meeting points" between China and the Vatican.
06/02/2018 - INDONESIA
Humanitarian emergency in Asmat district (Papua) "under control"by Mathias Hariyadi
Some 72 people have died, mostly children. About 650 children have contracted measles and at least 223 suffer from malnutrition. For Agats’s bishop, the goal is to develop a medium-term plan to provide good food to natives.
06/02/2018 - VATICAN
Pope: prayer, almsgiving and fasting against the devil who is behind false prophets
Francis' message for Lent titled: "Because of the increase of iniquity, the love of many will grow cold". The false prophets are "snake charmers" who offer moments of pleasure disguised as happiness, that make us slaves of money, "charlatans" that offer simple and immediate solutions to suffering, from drugs to "disposable" relationships, to "a completely virtual life" that robs human relationships of meaning.
06/02/2018 - CHINA-VATICAN
Card. Zen: Do not manipulate Pope Benedict XVI’s Letterby Card. Joseph Zen
The bishop emeritus of Hong Kong comments on some statements and publications of the past few days, after the declaration of the Vatican press office on the "presumed difference of thought and action between the Holy Father and his collaborators in the Roman Curia on issues relating to China". The accusation of Card. Zen: the Letter of Benedict XVI to Chinese Catholics is only partially quoted. Comfort to the faithful of the underground communities forced "to enter the lion’s cage".
05/02/2018 - VATICAN - TURKEY
Pope receives Erdogan: Jerusalem, but also refugees, human rights and the condition of Catholics
The Turkish president meets Francis: the situation in the Middle East and the need to "promote peace and stability in the region through dialogue and negotiation, with respect for human rights and international law". Beyond the cordial climate and the good relations existing on the diplomatic level, there no full religious freedom in Turkey.
05/02/2018 - VATICAN
Pope: learning adoration, what we will do in Heaven
In front of the glory of God, words disappear, we do not know what to say, added Francis. As it is said in the liturgy of tomorrow, Solomon, in fact, can only say two words: "listen and forgive". And the conclusion is "to worship in silence with all the history on and ask:"Listen and forgive ".
04/02/2018 - VATICAN
Pope: A day of prayer and fasting for peace on February 23
At the Angelus, Pope Francis invites Christians and all people of goodwill to pray for peace for the world and especially for the Democratic Republic of Congo and for South Sudan, afflicted by violent civil wars and millions of refugees. The question: "What can I do for peace?". "Victories gained through violence are false victories; while working for peace is good for everyone ". The miracles of Jesus and the awakening of faith in the people he meets. The streets are the place of the mission for the Church "under the sign of going out". The beatification of Teresio Olivelli, martyr in the concentration camp of Hersbruck. The Day for Life.
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