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11/27/2015 VATICAN - UGANDA
Pope in Uganda: "The Martyrs, both Catholic and Anglican, are true national heroes"
Bearing witness to the faith was at the heart of Franc’s first two meetings in Uganda. The pontiff stressed the exemplary hospitality that Uganda has for the refugees at a time which we are witnessing the globalisation of a “throwaway culture". He told catechists to “Go forth without fear to every town and village in this country, to spread the good seed of God’s word".
Entebbe (AsiaNews) – Pope Francis today arrived in Uganda, around 5 pm, later than expected because of a delay in his departure from Nairobi, Kenya. In his first event, the pontiff took part in the formal welcome ceremony with anthems, military honours and some traditional dances, at the end of which he addressed government...

11/26/2015 VATICAN – KENYA
Pope in Kenya: climate conference would be “catastrophic” if no global “transformational” agreement is reached
In his address to United Nations Offices in Nairobi, Francis called for an “agreement based on the principles of solidarity, justice, equality and participation” to reduce the impact of climate change, fight poverty and respect human dignity. He tells priests and men and women religious to follow Jesus, and serve others, but not out of ambition or interest.
11/26/2015 VATICAN - KENYA
Pope in Kenya: never violence in God's name, call to mission and to create a just society
On his second day in Africa, Francis meets religious leaders and celebrates Mass. "The health of any society depends on the health of families." "Support for families in their mission within society, to welcome children as a blessing to our world and to defend the dignity of every man and every woman, because we are all brothers and sisters in the human family." "Interfaith understanding, friendship and cooperation in defending the dignity conferred by God on individuals and peoples".
11/25/2015 VATICAN - KENYA
Pope in Kenya: fear, mistrust and despair feed violence and terrorism
Speaking to the country’s political, economic and cultural leaders, Francis spoke of building democracy and protecting creation. “We have a responsibility to pass on the beauty of nature in its integrity to future generations,” and “invest in them” as well as “show genuine concern for the needs of the poor”.
11/25/2015 VATICAN – KENYA
Pope in Kenya: arrival in Nairobi on the first leg of his trip to Africa
Before leaving Rome, Francis met in Domus Santa Marta 11 women victims of trafficking. During the flight, the pope greeted each journalist travelling with him on his first trip to Africa.

11/23/2015 VATICAN
Pope: the Church is "faithful" when places its treasure in Jesus and not "securities” of this world
"The Church is the Bride of Christ, but her Lord is gone and her only treasure is her Lord. And the Church, when faithful, leaves everything to wait for the return of her Lord ". Do "our souls seek refuge only in the Lord or in securities that are not pleasing to the Lord?".
11/23/2015 VATICAN – AFRICA
In messages to Kenya, Uganda and Central Africa, pope says he is coming as a “messenger of peace"
Ahead of his trip, Francis sends video messages to the three countries where he will travel between 25 to 30 November. In his message to the Central African Republic he notes that on the 29th, he will open Bangui Cathedral’s Holy Door “a bit ahead of the Holy Year of Mercy, which "will be for everyone, I hope, a providential time for authentic forgiveness, for giving and receiving, and for the renewal of love."
11/22/2015 VATICAN
Pope: The logic of the Gospel is expressed in humility and selflessness
For the Solemnity of Our Lord Jesus Christ, King of the Universe, the pope said, "The worldly logic rests on ambition and competition, and fights with the weapons of fear, blackmail and the manipulation of minds." Francis entrusts "the many Christians who are, unfortunately, still persecuted today" to the intercession of the new blessed proclaimed in Spain. He calls for a Hail Mary for his trip to Africa.
11/20/2015 VATICAN
Pope: priests, chosen "among men", to serve them with a"loving gaze"
The family as the fundamental "vocational centre”. "They are not philanthropists or officials, but fathers and brothers. Closeness and visceral mercy, a loving gaze: we can evangelize with this witness of life". The importance of attention to vocational discernment: "when I realize that a young man is too rigid, too fundamentalist, I do not trust him”.
11/20/2015 VATICAN
Pope: Temptation of money and power, of "Holy bribe" ever present in Church
"Where there is Jesus, there is no place for worldly society, there is no place for corruption! And this is a struggle we all face, this is the daily struggle of the Church: Jesus always, always with Jesus, always hanging on his every word, listening to his word; and never seek safety in the things of another master. Jesus told us that one cannot serve two masters: either God or riches; God or power".
11/19/2015 VATICAN
No changes to Pope’s visit to Central Africa and he will use an open top car
Francis leaves on November 25 for a trip that will bring him to Kenya, Uganda and the Central African Republic. In the latter country it will open the Holy Door that will anticipate the start of the Jubilee in Africa. Father Lombardi rules out that the Pope will wear a bulletproof vest.
11/19/2015 ISLAM
For Muslim scholar, the fight against Islamic State jihadists calls for a new interpretation of Islam
by Abdullahi Ahmed An-Na’im*
Abdullahi Ahmed An-Na'im is a Muslim scholar who teaches law in the United States. He calls for reforming the Sharia, through the Qurʼān itself, starting with the verses that condemn violence and fanaticism, and promote coexistence. The Islamic State, which is nothing but a criminal organization, must be demystified.
11/19/2015 VATICAN
Pope: "Jesus weeps" over "todays’ world at war"
"Those who make war, they are cursed, they are criminals”. All conflict eventually leaves "ruins, thousands of children without education, so many innocent victims: so many!, and lots of money in the pockets of arms dealers." Mother Teresa, an "icon" of peacemakers.
11/18/2015 VATICAN
Pope: “On threshold of Jubilee": "no closed doors in the Church, all must remain open"
"We are all sinners! We take advantage of this moment is and cross the threshold of this mercy of God. " There are many places "where closed doors have become normal. We must not give in to the idea that this is the system to follow, which also has security, to our life, our family life, city and society. Let alone the life of the Church. It would be terrible! An unwelcoming Church, as well as a family locked in on itself, demeans the Gospel and dries up the world. "
11/18/2015 EGYPT - SYRIA
Patriarch Younan: IS cannot be defeated with air raids, the West has betrayed Christians
by Rafic Greiche
The head of the Syrian Catholic Church, Mar Ignace Youssif III Younan, accuses Western governments of perpetuating an "endless conflict in Syria" out of regional interests. The terrorists who use Islam as an excuse for violence “have already infiltrated Europe, supported by money from Saudi Arabia and the Gulf States under the supervision of Western governments." Pope Francis "true defender of justice, is deeply pained by what is happening in Syria and Iraq."

Altri articoli
11/18/2015 IRAQ
Patriarch of Baghdad welcomes amendments to Law on Islamization of children by Joseph Mahmoud
11/17/2015 VATICAN
Pope warns Christians against "worldliness" of "double life" that destroys identity
11/16/2015 VATICAN
Pope: Single line of thought, offspring of a worldly mentality, destroys the Christian identity
French warplanes bombard Raqqa amid manhunt in Paris by Paul Dakiki
11/15/2015 VATICAN
Pope: “We are appalled by such barbarity” and "use of the name of God" to justify violence "is blasphemy!"
11/14/2015 VATICAN
Pope: offer "hope and a future" for refugees, primarily through education to children
11/14/2015 VATICAN - FRANCE
Pope: close in prayer to the families of the victims and to the French people hit by "horrible terrorist attacks"
11/13/2015 VATICAN
Pope: God is "the great eternal beauty", but there is the temptation to deify things "of this earth"
11/12/2015 VATICAN
For the pope, in today's world "the greatest famine is that of charity"
11/12/2015 VATICAN - INDIA
Pope: The Eucharist is not a reward for good, rather strength for the weak, for sinners
11/12/2015 IRAQ
Kurdish Peshmerga launch offensive to regain Sinjar from Islamic State
11/11/2015 IRAQ
Baghdad, Christians and Muslims take to streets against the law Islamization children by p. Sakvan Matti
11/11/2015 VATICAN
Pope: Sad where a family at the table does not speak, this is the silence of selfishness
11/10/2015 VATICAN – ITALY
For pope in Florence, being close to the people "is the only way to open their hearts to listen to God"
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AsiaNews marks 12 years: Persecution and hope
by Bernardo CervelleraDespite a worldwide increase of ignorance, indifference and superficiality, many signs of love and hope resist even in the most gloomy situations: the Iraqi mother who gives birth to her child in a refugee camp and smiles even though she has nothing; the Indonesian Muslim mother who blesses her son who became a Christian and a priest; the Chinese Christian families that welcome children thrown away because of the one-child law.
Winter is coming for Mosul refugees: We need your help
by Samir Youssef Al-khoury Fr. Samir El-Youssef Khoury writes a letter of thanks for aid received through AsiaNews. As winter closes in, refugees face new urgent challenges: finding warm clothes, paying for school buses, milk and bread for children.
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11/25/2015 PAKISTAN
Karachi, masked men set Christian television station on fire
by Jibran Khan
11/26/2015 PAKISTAN
Sialkot, Muslim kidnaps 13 year old Christian girl and forces her to convert to Islam
by Jibran Khan
11/24/2015 INDONESIA
Jakarta wants to reform the law on places of worship, fewer restrictions on building permits
by Mathias Hariyadi
11/25/2015 BANGLADESH
Bangladeshi inter-faith forum leader attacked
11/25/2015 INDIA
"Mother Teresa" award to the widow of Pastor Graham Staines
by Nirmala Carvalho
UN Security Council agrees to “take all necessary measure” against the Islamic State
11/21/2015 BANGLADESH
Bangladeshi Christians, Muslims and Hindus demand justice for Fr Parolari
by Sumon Corraya
11/23/2015 VATICAN – AFRICA
In messages to Kenya, Uganda and Central Africa, pope says he is coming as a “messenger of peace"
11/21/2015 PAKISTAN
Karachi: Caritas Pakistan helping Christian women’s entrepreneurship
by Shafique Khokhar
11/22/2015 VATICAN
Pope: The logic of the Gospel is expressed in humility and selflessness


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