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    26/08/2016 - ITALY – INDIA – VATICAN

    The great missionary and journalist remembers his visits to the Mother since 1964. Mother Teresa will be canonised on 4 September. She set up a home for the dying in Kolkata and one for abandoned children. The first missionary Vigil was a procession of faith in a society marked by protests and violence. She proclaimed life as a gift and said abortion was murder. Mother Teresa was moderate and prayed at night. She slept on a mat. The 1977 Andhra Pradesh floods killed 100,000 and caused tens of thousands of refugees. Mother Teresa will be remembered for her work for the Church and around the world.


    by Piero Gheddo

    24/08/2016 - INDIA – VATICAN

    Humans have dignity and value, Mother Teresa's message for our time

    by Thomas Menamparampil*

    The apostolic administrator in Jowai met the future saint in 1958, when he was in the seminary. What struck him was the Mother’s devotion to others, especially the poorest. Faced with the irrational process that makes humans into consuming machines, Mother Teresa cried out to the world the sacredness of the human person and soul.


    24/08/2016 - ITALY - VATICAN

    Mother Teresa is already a saint. Her canonization is for us and for the world (III)

    by Sebastian Vazhakala, MC

    Recognition of Mother Teresa's holiness serves as a stimulus for the Church and for the world. It is the beginning of a journey, an invitation to a spiritual deepening and to relive the Gospel as she lived it. Prayer and love are the most powerful weapons in the world, but they must not remain words: We need gestures and witnesses. Part three of Fr. Sebastian Vazhakala's story.


    24/08/2016 - VATICAN

    Pope cancels audience: Sorrow for earthquake victims in Italy


    Francis speaks to the pilgrims gathered in the square: "I express my great sorrow and closeness to all the people present in the places struck by the quake, to all the people who have lost loved ones and to those who still feel shock, fear and terror”. The Pope invites those present to recite the Sorrowful Mysteries. The tremors that devastated the Rieti area, were felt worst in Amatrice, Accumoli and Pescara del Tronto. 21 are confirmed dead, but many are still missing.


    24/08/2016 - IRAQ - UN

    Mosul offensive "will have a huge impact, 1.2 million people at risk"


    The United Nations warn: "The humanitarian consequences of the Iraqi army offensive to wrest the metropolis of the north from the Islamic State will be devastating". An estimated 400 thousand people will flee towards the south of the metropolitan area, more 250 thousand to the east and 100 thousand north-west. Only 38% collected of the $ 584 million needed to address the emergency.


    23/08/2016 - FRANCE - ISLAM

    Young Muslim: I am very pessimistic about a reform of Islam

    by Kamel Abderrahmani

    For centuries Islam has been closed in on itself creating a "holy ignorance" that blocks all introspection and development. Islamic "clergy" and the Arab states contributing to this stagnation, in their push to make Islam the state religion. Many intellectuals, thinkers, religious trying to reform Islam are hunted, persecuted, expelled, their works banned.


    23/08/2016 - ITALY - VATICAN

    Mother Teresa: Bring Jesus to the poor and the poor to Jesus. Revelations and visions (II)

    by Sebastian Vazhakala, MC

    "Will you refuse to do this for me?" Is the question that Jesus put to Mother Teresa of Calcutta in one of her mystical experiences. The life of the future saint was her response to this question. Fr. Sebastian Vazhakala continues his narrative about the Mother of Calcutta. The strength of her experience, and that of all the Missionaries and the Missionaries of Charity, is assimilation to Jesus. Love to the very end, even in times of trial.


    22/08/2016 - ITALY - VATICAN

    Fr. Sebastian: My vocation from an encounter with Mother Teresa (I)

    by Sebastian Vazhakala, MC

    As a student he was destined for a banking career, but was always dominated by the desire to be a missionary to the poor of India. His encounter with Calcutta and Mother Teresa changed his life. We speak to the first missionary of charity, co-founder along with the future saint of Calcutta, of the contemplative branch of the Missionaries. First in a series.


    22/08/2016 - IRAQ

    Iraq executes 36 jihadists for Camp Speicher massacre of Shiite recruits


    The execution took place by hanging. The militiamen are members of the Islamic State, who attacked the military training base in 2014. A massacre published online by Daesh which had provoked anger and outrage in the country. Criticism of activists and pro-human rights NGOs that denounce summary trials.


    21/08/2016 - VATICAN

    Pope: The door of God's mercy is always wide open. For everyone!


    The goal, says Pope Francis before the Angelus prayer, "is Jesus himself. He leads us into fellowship with the Father, where we find love, understanding and protection. But why is this door is narrow? It is a narrow door not because it is oppressive, but because it asks us to restrict and limit our pride and our fear, to open ourselves with a humble and trusting heart to Him, recognizing ourselves as sinners, in need of his forgiveness. " An appeal for peace "in dear Turkey ".

     


    20/08/2016 - IRAQ - SYRIA

    Over 33 thousand deaths, 4,900 attacks and 11 thousand kidnappings: the numbers of the Islamic State


    A study examines the terrorist attacks between 2002 and 2015. The data includes the attacks of individuals and groups, inspired by or openly declared to have allegiance to IS. Daesh militiamen have carried out 13% of terrorist activities on a global level causing 26% of all fatalities.


    18/08/2016 - CHINA - VATICAN

    In China-Holy See talks, silence shrouds future of underground priests

    by Zhao Nanxiong

    Later this year, all priests must register to receive a certificate that allows them to exercise their ministry. But the request has to go through the Patriotic Association, whose statutes are "incompatible" with Catholic doctrine. Many priests, official and unofficial, now face an enormous dilemma.


    17/08/2016 - IRAQ

    For the archbishop of Erbil, the feast of the Assumption brings hope for the future of Christians in Mosul (Photos)


    More than 2,000 faithful, many of them refugees, attended the solemn Eucharistic celebration. Mgr Warda speaks of a "feast for the whole community", made possible thanks to the work of dozens of young volunteers. The diocese provided free bus transportation from shelters. The situation has improved but aid is still need.


    17/08/2016 - VATICAN

    Pope. Jesus "feeds us" to make us "a visible sign of God's mercy"


    At the general audience in Paul VI Hall, Pope Francis speaks of the miracle of the loaves. "Jesus performs a miracle, but the miracle of faith, prayer, stirred by compassion and love". "While the Eucharist that we celebrate nourishes us of Christ, transforming us little by little into the body of Christ and spiritual food for our brothers". His greeting to pilgrims from the Middle East and China.


    17/08/2016 - VATICAN

    Pope set up new dicastery for the laity, the family and life


    After two months ‘ad experimentum’, Francis issues an Apostolic Letter setting up the new body with Mgr Kevin Joseph Farrell, currently bishop of Dallas, as its head. Mgr Paglia and Mgr Sequeri will be respectively the chancellor and president of the Pontifical John Paul II Institute. Mgr Paglia will also head the Pontifical Academy for Life. The Church is a "loving mother" who wants to walk in step with the times.


    17/08/2016 - CHINA - VATICAN

    Random thoughts on "imminent" China-Holy See relations

    by Cheng Zhi

    The author is a priest of the underground Church in China Eastern. A lot of media speak as if the agreements between Beijing and the Vatican were already ready. The problems of illegitimate bishops with lovers and children. Card. Tong and Card. Zen, separated only by optimism and pessimism. Doubts about the freedom that "the Chinese Empire" will grant the Church.


    15/08/2016 - VATICAN

    Pope: Assumption of Mary, the Magnificat and women "slaves". Appeal for North Kivu


    At the Angelus Pope Francis entrusts to the Virgin Mary and Christ "women overwhelmed by the weight of life and the drama of violence", the "women slaves of the arrogance of the powerful", the "little girls forced to do inhumane work" "women forced to surrender themselves in body and in spirit to the greed of men". "The shameful silence" on the massacres of "many innocent people that have no influence in politics or global public opinion."


    14/08/2016 - VATICAN

    Pope: The Church does not need bureaucrats, but passionate missionaries


    At the Angelus, Pope Francis says there is always need in the Church for the "fire" of the Spirit who "makes us creative and encourages us to set out, to even walk on unexplored or inconvenient roads, offering hope to those we meet" . The invitation to "take five minutes and ask: How is my heart? Is it cold, warm or is able to receive this fire? ". Thanks to the "many priests and religious who, all over the world, are dedicated to the proclamation of the Gospel with great love and loyalty, often even at the cost of life." The memory of St. Maximilian Kolbe.


    12/08/2016 - IRAQ

    Erbil celebrates three new priests, witnesses of Christ among refugees


    Two years after fleeing Qaraqosh and the Nineveh Plain, three young men were ordained to the priesthood. The rite celebrated in a refugee camp before 1,500 worshipers. Fr. Momika: "A day of mourning transformed into a celebration." The task of the anointed is "to give Christ to the people" and instill "strength, confidence and courage".


    11/08/2016 - HONG KONG – ASIA

    Taizé, East Asia meeting of young people for "the mercy of courage"


    The gathering, which began yesterday, will end on Sunday, bringing together young people from Hong Kong, Macao, China, Taiwan, South Korea and Japan. In the case of China, participants will come from Guangdong, Hebei, and Beijing. The goal is to educate them to be bearers of mercy and peace in society.


    10/08/2016 - CHINA - VATICAN

    Continue China-Holy See dialogue, but defending Christians more (3)

    by AA.VV.

    The Chinese authorities want the legitimacy of their absolute control recognized. Trust in Pope Francis, "defender of the communion and unity of the Church". The third and final part of a series of comments on the recently published articles by Cardinal Tong and Cardinal Zen on dialogue between China and the Holy See.


    10/08/2016 - VATICAN

    Pope: At the Holy Door, Jesus says "Arise!". "With my heart healed I do works of mercy"


    At the general audience in the Paul VI Hall, Pope Francis compares the miracle of the widow of Nain to the change every person undergoes passing through the Holy Door. "Drawing towards the Door of Mercy, everyone knows they are drawing close to the door of the merciful heart of God, of Jesus". “This is the door where the suffering of humanity encounters the compassion of God". From a change of "heart" to the "hands" that perform "acts of mercy". Holy Doors are both "inward" and "outward bound".


    08/08/2016 - CHINA-VATICAN

    Respect for Card. Tong, skepticism on China-Vatican dialogue (I)

    by AA.VV.

    The articles published last week, penned by Card. John Tong, on dialogue between China and the Holy See, and Card. Joseph Zen, expressing doubts and difficulties, have sparked debate in China and worldwide. AsiaNews asks for responses from its many sources in China, who express their concerns regarding “overly politicized|” bishops; an "imperial" ideology and Chinese government "oppression". The first of a three part series.


    07/08/2016 - VATICAN

    Pope: Let us pray for the people of Aleppo, who are paying for the want of a will for peace among the powerful


    At the Angelus, Pope Francis asked twice to pray for "the civilian victims of the war". “It is unacceptable that so many defenseless persons – among them many small children – must pay the price for conflict”. Sadly, “so much injustice, violence and daily wickedness are born from the idea of ​​behaving as masters of the lives of others."


    06/08/2016 - BRAZIL – ASIA

    Rio Olympics open amid controversy and poverty


    At the opening ceremony, Acting President Michel Temer was jeered for his role in President Dilma Roussef’s impeachment. Outside, protesters demanded “jobs, healthcare, education”. The first-ever Refugee team is present. Doping scandals involving Russia, China and other countries hover over the games.


    05/08/2016 - ISLAM - EUROPE

    Middle East: The crisis is cultural, the words of a Quranist

    by Abdullah Islambouli

    The Middle East crisis stems from the fact that there is an intermingliong of the Koran and hadith (the sayings of Muhammad). The author, a young Syrian Muslim "neither Sunni nor Shiite," follows the Quaranism movement, rejecting the Hadith (the sayings of the Prophet), full of violence, and not closely related to the religious message of the Quaran. All Quaranists are exiles abroad because Sunni society considers them "unbelievers." A varied Islam open to ecumenism: There can be no compulsion in religion.


     


    04/08/2016 - VATICAN - ITALY

    Pope in Assisi: No one can feel exempt from task of offering todays world witness of mercy


    On a visit to the Portiuncula, for the eighth centenary of the "Pardon of Assisi", Pope Francis explains that forgiveness should be given to others because we have been forgiven. To say "you will pay!” is unchristian. In an unscheduled move, the Pope enters a confessional to offer the sacrament of reconciliation.


    04/08/2016 - IRAQ

    Louis Sako: Two years on from expulsion of Christians from Mosul and Nineveh

    by Louis Raphael I Sako

    In a message issued today, the Chaldean Patriarch remembers the tragedy, while rumors of a Daesh defeat and a possible return of families to their homes spread. The call to rebuild the Iraqi nation by rejecting vengeance, the use of religion as a weapon against others; to combat terrorism by stopping the authors, but also those who bank-roll and preach violence. A new social pact for Iraq of coexistence among different races and religions.


    04/08/2016 - CHINA - VATICAN

    Card. Zen: My concerns over China-Holy See dialogue and repercussions on Chinese Church


    The bishop emeritus of Hong Kong highlights the ambiguities that drag on in talks and in the expectations of diplomatic relations between China and the Vatican: belonging to the Patriotic Association, which Benedict XVI called "incompatible" with Catholic doctrine (and which Francis confirmed); silence on the persecution of the faithful and priests; ambiguities over appointment of bishops. A critique of the revival of the Vatican's Ostpolitik.


    03/08/2016 - VATICAN

    Pope: Krakow, prophetic for young people, Europe, the world and its "piecemeal war"


    Wednesday audiences resume, with Pope Francis' reflections on his recent visit to Poland. The fraternity of young people is a "sign of hope". "Flags of nations in conflict waving side by side". Poland says to Europe that "there can be no future for the continent without its founding values", among which there is mercy, witnessed by Pope John Paul II and Sr. Faustina Kowalska. The abyss of evil in Auschwitz and evil today "look alike." Best wishes to the Brazilian people for the Rio de Janeiro Olympics. Tomorrow the Pope will travel to the Porziuncola (Assisi).






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    CHINA - VATICAN
    In China-Holy See talks, silence shrouds future of underground priests

    Zhao Nanxiong

    Later this year, all priests must register to receive a certificate that allows them to exercise their ministry. But the request has to go through the Patriotic Association, whose statutes are "incompatible" with Catholic doctrine. Many priests, official and unofficial, now face an enormous dilemma.


    IRAQ
    Alqosh, despite the Islamic State, the Church celebrates the first communion of one hundred children



    On the feast day of the Assumption the whole community attended the function, celebrated by Mar Sako. For the patriarchal vicar, this is an historic moment for the frontier town long threatened by jihadists. The Chaldean primate calls on children to "contribute to the community." In Kirkuk His Beatitude opened a grotto dedicated to Our Lady.


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