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04/19/2014 VATICAN
Way of the Cross: "Evil will not have the last word; love, mercy and forgiveness will," pope says
In the Cross of Jesus, we find "all the bitterness of the betrayal perpetrated by Judas and Peter, all the vanity of bullies, and all the arrogance of false friends." Yet, in front of so many evils, "we also see the vastness of God's love for he does not treat us according to our sins but according to his mercy."
Rome (AsiaNews) - "Evil will not have the last word; love, mercy and forgiveness will," Pope Francis said at the end of tonight's Way of the Cross or Via Crucis, in the stunning setting of 40,000 people gathered around the Coliseum. As an interpretation of the ills and pains of our time, his words found an echo in the meditations prepared by Mgr Giancarlo Maria Bregantini on the journey Jesus took up Mount Calvary. For the pope, the Cross...

04/18/2014 IRAQ
Chaldean Patriarch celebrates Holy Thursday with disabled and marginalised Christians and Muslims
by Joseph Mahmoud
Mar Sako visited a residential facility in the Iraqi capital that caters to people with severe disabilities. His Beatitude performed the traditional rite of 'Washing of the Feet' on 12 people, including two Muslim women. "Easter is for you," he told the disabled residents. After the service, he offered them a meal, as a token of closeness and sharing.
04/17/2014 VATICAN
Pope: "The washing of the feet", "a gesture of love, of service" to remind us that "we must be servants of one another"
Francis celebrates "in Coena Domini" Mass at the Don Gnocchi Foundation. He washes and kisses the feet of 12 people of different ages, of different disabilities different religious affiliations, three foreigners and nine Italians.
04/17/2014 ITALY - ASIA
Easter, victory over death and impotence
by Bernardo Cervellera
04/17/2014 VATICAN
Pope: A priest’s "joy", "anoints", is "incorruptible", "missionary" and guarded by poverty, obedience and loyalty
Pope Francis celebrates the Chrism Mass with "his" priests. The priestly joy only flows “when the pastor is in the midst of his flock". Even in "in those moments of listlessness and boredom which at times overcome us in our priestly life (and which I too have experienced), even in those moments God’s people are able to “guard” that joy; they are able to protect you, to embrace you and to help you open your heart to find renewed joy"

04/16/2014 IRAQ
Iraqi government closes Abu Ghraib prison
Justice Ministry announces the transfer of 2,400 prisoners to other facilities, raising concerns among lawmakers on the Security and Defence committee of Iraq's parliament. For them, the move sends the wrong message.
04/16/2014 VATICAN
Pope: The Resurrection "is not a happy ending in a movie" but "a humble victory of God, that humanly looks like a failure"
"So often we feel horrified by the hurt and pain that surrounds us and we ask, "Why does God allow this? . "It wounds us deeply to see suffering and death, especially that of the innocents". "This is the mystery of evil". Two children join Francis on the back of his jeep.
04/16/2014 IRAQ
Mar Sako at Easter, the power of Christ's broken and risen body pushes Iraq to new life
by Mar Louis Raphael I Sako
The Chaldean Patriarch reminds faithful that "Jesus is the heart " of Easter, "the center of our faith," his resurrection "makes the sun rise" on Iraq and the whole of humanity . His Beatitude exhorts the faithful to come together and pray. Ahead of the upcoming general election, he appeals for a leader who embodies the values of freedom , dignity and social justice .
04/14/2014 VATICAN
For pope, the seminary is not a refuge, hence 'Woe do the wicked shepherds'
Speaking at a meeting with seminarians at the Pontifical Leonine College of Anagni, Pope Francis reminded them of "the four pillars of education," namely "Spiritual life, strong; intellectual life, serious; community life; and, ultimately, apostolic life". In view of this, it is "better to lose a vocation than take risks with an unsure candidate."
04/13/2014 VATICAN
Pope asks, Am I like Pilate? When the situation gets tough, do I wash my hands?
In an unscripted speech for his Palm Sunday homily, the pontiff asks, "Am I able to welcome Jesus as he enters Jerusalem? Am I like the Pharisees, like the man from Cyrene, like the crowd that chose Barabbas? Or am I like the apostle who wanted to solve everything with the sword? Or like the courageous women at the sepulchre? Where is my heart? Let this question accompany us throughout the week. Afterwards, during the Angelus, he saw young Brazilians hand over the cross to young Poles. "John Paul II will be patron of World Youth Day. God willing, I shall be in Korea in August."
04/11/2014 VATICAN
Pope: defend the rights of the child to life, not to be exploited, not to become the subject of "educational experiments"
"Abortion and infanticide are abominable crimes". The "divorce between economics and morality" leads one to consider even the little ones "waste". "Supporting the right of parents to decide the moral and religious education of their children ."
04/11/2014 VATICAN
Pope: Satan exists "even in the 21st century" and continues to tempt us because "he does not want us to follow Christ"
The temptation of the devil has three characteristics: "It grows, is contagious and can be justified." "All of us are tempted to gossip! Maybe some of you not, if you are a saint, but I too have been tempted to gossip! It is 'a daily temptation”.
04/10/2014 VATICAN
Pope: human trafficking, "a wound on the body of contemporary society "
Francis receives participants at the II international conference on Combating Human Trafficking: Church and Law Enforcement Authorities in partnership. The meeting includes " law enforcement authorities, who are primarily responsible for combating this tragic reality by a vigorous application of the law. It also includes humanitarian and social workers, whose task it is to provide victims with welcome, human warmth and the possibility of building a new life”.
04/10/2014 VATICAN
Pope: "Dictatorship of thought" suppresses "freedom of conscience, people’s relationship with God"
The last century has seen that these dictatorships "have ended up killing a lot of people." And even today, "you have to think in this way and if you do not think this way, you're not modern, you're not open or worse".
04/09/2014 IRAQ - UNITED STATES
Patriarch Sako: mourning and prayer for Card Delly who kept us united in dark times
by Joseph Mahmoud
The patriarch emeritus dies at the age of 87 years, after leading the Chaldean Patriarchate in one of Iraq's most difficult periods. Mar Sako remembers how "he was able to encourage the community and remained faithful to its mission." A memorial Mass will be celebrated In Baghdad, whilst the funeral might take place in the United States.

Altri articoli
04/09/2014 VATICAN
Pope: new "heartfelt appeal to Syrian authorities and the international community” to “silence the weapons"
04/08/2014 VATICAN
Pope: the Cross "is not a symbol", it is "the mystery of God who takes our sins upon himself "
04/08/2014 VATICAN - JORDAN
Pope: Holy Land visit in focus at meeting with the King of Jordan
04/07/2014 VATICAN
Pope approves IOR reform, it will continue its "important mission" for the Church
04/07/2014 VATICAN
Pope: God's mercy is "a great light of love", it is "the way that God forgives "
04/06/2014 VATICAN
Pope gifts “pocket” Gospel: "carry it with you, and read it every day: it is Jesus speaking to you!"
04/04/2014 VATICAN
Pope: I'm happy, "absolutely happy", I learned from my mistakes and I'm afraid only of myself
04/04/2014 VATICAN
Pope: today, perhaps more than ever, Christians, like the prophets are persecuted
04/03/2014 VATICAN
Pope: "prayer must be free, insistent, with arguments. Even rebuking the Lord a little'".
04/03/2014 FRANCE - IRAQ
Chaldean Patriarch on the uncertain future of eastern Christians, a bridge between the West and Islam by Mar Louis Raphael I Sako
04/02/2014 VATICAN
Pope: marriage "moves forward" with "three magic words”, prayer and making peace after quarrels
04/01/2014 VATICAN
Pope: sloth and hypocrisy, the "disease" of many Christians incapable of "bringing salvation"
03/31/2014 VATICAN
Rome preparing for the canonisation of Pope John XXIII and Pope John Paul II
03/31/2014 VATICAN
Pope: trust the promises of God to avoid being just "existential tourists"
Editor's choices
ITALY - ASIA
Easter, victory over death and impotence
by Bernardo Cervellera
FRANCE - IRAQ
Chaldean Patriarch on the uncertain future of eastern Christians, a bridge between the West and Islam
by Mar Louis Raphael I SakoThe wars in Iraq, Libya and Afghanistan have made things worse for their peoples, especially minorities. As Western policies have been a failure, fundamentalism has grown with the Arab Spring losing out to extremism. Muslim authorities have a role in protecting rights and religious freedom. The presence of Christians in the Middle East is crucial for Muslims.
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Top 10
04/14/2014 VATICAN
For pope, the seminary is not a refuge, hence 'Woe do the wicked shepherds'
04/14/2014 PAKISTAN
Lahore: third postponement in Asia Bibi's appeal as Islamist threats against judges continue
by Jibran Khan
04/14/2014 SYRIA
I will miss you Fr Frans, you inspired us all, says Syrian Jesuit
by Tony Homsy*
04/12/2014 CHINA
With benzene in water, residents in Gansu city storm supermarkets to buy bottled water
04/17/2014 BANGLADESH
Bangladesh, tribal Catholic gang raped: Christians and Muslims demand justice
by Sumon Corraya
04/16/2014 VATICAN
Pope: The Resurrection "is not a happy ending in a movie" but "a humble victory of God, that humanly looks like a failure"
04/14/2014 BANGLADESH
Fr Silvano Garello, a missionary that translated Church into Bangla
by Sumon Corraya
04/14/2014 MYANMAR
Easter in Yangon: Catholics "source of reconciliation, peace and prosperity for the country"
by Francis Khoo Thwe

04/14/2014 CHINA
Beijing: two more Zhou Yongkang cronies arrested
04/13/2014 VATICAN
Pope asks, Am I like Pilate? When the situation gets tough, do I wash my hands?

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