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    27/05/2016 - EGYPT-ISLAM-VATICAN

    There are many positive aspects in the meeting between the Pope and the supreme Sunni authority, along with silence on some issues. For Al Tayyib Islam has nothing to do with terrorism. But Isis uses the black flag of Muhammad, the prophet's sword, the sentences of the Koran. The terrorists take their bloodthirsty statements from many imams. The urgency of a new renaissance of Islam, reinterpreting tradition in modernity: a task interrupted by fundamentalism.
     


    by Samir Khalil Samir

    26/05/2016 - VATICAN

    Pope: “doing” the Eucharist with Jesus and breaking the bread and our life to “feed” our brothers


    Francis celebrated Corpus Domini in St John Lateran. “How many mothers, how many fathers, together with the slices of bread they provide each day on the tables of their homes, have broken their hearts to let their children grow, and grow well!  How many Christians, as responsible citizens, have broken their own lives to defend the dignity of all, especially the poorest, the marginalized and those discriminated!”


    26/05/2016 - IRAQ

    Archbishop of Kirkuk: Against violence and extremism, a "wide awake and merciful" Church


    Msgr. Yousif says the upcoming assembly of Chaldean clergy in Erbil must "chart a new path" in an era of "enormous changes and challenges." The priests also "essential" for the Muslims, because they assume a "bridge" role with modernity. The work of Catholic education and health care. The refugees from Mosul witnesses of a faith stronger than terrorism.


    26/05/2016 - CHINA - VATICAN

    Evangelize China for the good of society, demanding an end to persecution

    by Bernardo Cervellera

    Official and underground Christians have celebrated the World Day of Prayer for the Church in China, wanted by Benedict XVI. In a China marked by individualism and corruption, academics and scholars advise greater freedom for the economy and religious freedom for communities. Religions, viewed with suspicion by the leadership, are actually one of the few glues for a supportive and creative society. The strange silence of some commentators on persecution. The priority is formation of the clergy, the religious, the faithful. Now is the opportune time for the evangelization of China.

     


    25/05/2016 - VATICAN

    Pope: "Our duty to protect all children, especially those exposed to high risk of exploitation"


    Prayer keeps the faith and transforms our desire modeling it according to the will of God, but "it is not a magic wand." A prayer for the victims of Monday's bombings in Syria. May Mary  "convert the hearts of those who sow death and destruction."


    25/05/2016 - EGYPT-VATICAN

    Pope-Grand Imam of Al Azhar: Egypt’s press enthusiastic and "political" comments


    Al Sisi mediation praised for success of encounter. Amazement at the sobriety of the Vatican statement. A corrective measure for Islamophobia generated by the Islamic State. A reader: I believe in Pope Francis and his smile

     


    24/05/2016 - IRAQ

    For Iraqi priest, IS, violence and divisions have created a sense of brotherhood with Muslims


    Living side by side has been replaced by a desire to be “a community”, said Fr Samir Youssef, a priest in Iraqi Kurdistan. This is the result of the “merciful” welcoming of Christian, Muslim, and Yazidi refugees. Recently, 62 people from the diocese of Amadiya took part in a spiritual retreat to discuss pastoral outreach, mercy and catechesis. Iraq need more nuns and priests.


    24/05/2016 - CHINA – VATICAN

    At least 20,000 Catholics pray at Sheshan for the Church in China

    by Victoria Ma

    Pilgrims came from other dioceses like Ningbo and Taiyuan. Some groups organised web prayers. Under house arrest since 2012, Mgr Thaddeus Ma Daqin was not present. The Diocese of Shanghai organised a solemn pilgrimage.


    24/05/2016 - VATICAN

    Dublin, 2018 the World Meeting of Families on "The Gospel of the Family: Joy for the World"


    The event presented today at the Vatican, will be the first after the Synod and the publication of "Amoris laetitia". It is part of a process of discernment and encouragement, accompaniment and animation of families.


    24/05/2016 - VATICAN

    Pope: Holiness is "a journey to God’s presence", a step forward every day


    On the journey we need courage, hope, grace, conversion. "Nothing great, mortification: no, it's simple. The path to holiness is simple. Do not go back, but always move forward, right? And with fortitude ".

     


    23/05/2016 - VATICAN - ISLAM

    Pope receives grand imam of Al-Azhar, dialogue and not violence between Catholicism and Islam


    The meeting focused “on the shared commitment of the authorities and the faithful of the great religions for peace in the world, the rejection of violence and terrorism, the situation of Christians in the context of conflicts and tensions in the Middle East and their protection" .


    23/05/2016 - VATICAN

    Pope: one cannot be Christian without "the wonder of joy"


    "When in our parishes, in our communities, in our institutions we find people who say they are Christians and want to be Christian but are sad, there is something wrong. And we must help them to find Jesus, to take away that sadness, so they may rejoice in the Gospel, so they may have this joy which is proper to the Gospel".

     


    23/05/2016 - VATICAN - ISLAM

    Meeting between Pope Francis and the Imam of Al Azhar "for dialogue and peace in the world"

    by Bernardo Cervellera

    Egyptian Catholic Church spokesman: "Happy for this meeting." Vicar of Al Azhar: "A message of tolerance." The highs and lows of the Al Azhar-Vatican relationship. The breakthrough with Al Sisi and his project to modernize Egypt and the teaching of Islam.

     


    22/05/2016 - VATICAN

    Pope: May Chinese Catholics become concrete sign of love and reconciliation


    After the Angelus, Francis remembers the Day of Prayer for the Church in China, which falls on May 24: "Let us ask Mary to give to his children in China the ability to discern at all times the signs of the loving presence of God, that always welcomes and forgives. " Before the Marian prayer, a reflection on the Holy Trinity: "This feast invites us to engage in the daily events to be leaven of communion, of consolation and of mercy."


    20/05/2016 - LEBANON – SYRIA

    Caritas Lebanon: the plight of Syrian refugees who cannot register newborns or bury their dead


    Fr Paul Karam talks to AsiaNews about refugees’ serious "economic, social, moral and human” conditions and emergencies These include the near impossibility for them to bury their dead for lack of space and high costs. Registering births belong to “Syria and the international community." In the Year of the Mercy, he pleads for help to Caritas activities.


    20/05/2016 - VATICAN

    Pope: Understanding for human weakness, but no "negotiating" on the truth


    "May Jesus teach us to have at heart a great adhesion to the truth, and also at heart a great understanding and accompaniment for all our brothers who are in difficulty."

     


    19/05/2016 - VATICAN

    Pope: "fear and misunderstanding" should not hamper action in favour of those forced to emigrate


    In his meeting with new ambassadors, Francis insisted that international action should help people stay at home and “remove weapons” from those who perpetrate violence and engage in human and drug trafficking. The pontiff also expressed solidarity with persecuted Christian communities.


    19/05/2016 - VATICAN

    Pope: The exploitation of labour is a mortal sin


    "We consider this drama of today: the exploitation of the people, the blood of these people who become slaves, the traffickers of people—and not just those who deal in prostitutes and children for child labour, but that trafficking we might call “civilized”: “I’ll pay you this much, without vacation, without health care, without… everything under the table… But I will become rich!”'.


    18/05/2016 - VATICAN

    Pope: "to ignore the poor is to show contempt for God"


    "God's mercy towards us is related to our mercy towards our neighbor. When this is lacking, then [God’s mercy] finds no place in our closed heart, it cannot enter". "Good and evil has been distributed to compensate the earthly injustice." "A lasting peace" for Ukraine.


    17/05/2016 - VATICAN

    Pope: Love of power and money, the "worldly temptation" of the Church


    "On the path that Jesus points us to move forward, service is the rule. The greatest is the one  who serves, those who are at the service of others, not those who boast, that seek power, money ... vanity, pride ... No, these are not great”.


    16/05/2016 - IRAQ

    Patriarch Sako pleas for end to daily constant of Islamist violence


    An attack yesterday on a factory killed 14 people, injuring another 20. 15 more victims in a series of attacks in the capital and surrounding areas. The Chaldean Patriarchate condemns attacks, which have become "a daily constant". The appeal to political and religious leaders for the promotion of a "culture of tolerance, love and peace."

     


    16/05/2016 - VATICAN

    Pope: priests belong to God, are poor to the poor, and must not have ambitions or seek material goods


    Francis presided over the opening of the General Assembly of Italian bishops whose main topic is the renewal of the clergy. “Belonging to the Lord, to the Church, [and] to the Kingdom” is what characterises the priestly life. It is a "treasure" that bishops must safeguard and promote "with patience and willingness of time, hands and heart."


    15/05/2016 - VATICAN

    Pope: Mission is a "great work of spiritual and material mercy “


    "Missionary Church, witness of mercy" is the title of Francis' message for the 90th World Mission Sunday, which will be celebrated Sunday, October 23, 2016, published today. The growing presence of women and families.

     


    15/05/2016 - VATICAN

    Pope: "essential purpose" of Jesus' mission to free us from condition of "orphans"


    " In our own day also, we see various signs of our being orphans: in the interior loneliness which we feel even when we are surrounded by people, a loneliness which can become an existential sadness; in the attempt to be free of God, even if accompanied by a desire for his presence; in the all-too-common spiritual illiteracy which renders us incapable of prayer; in the difficulty in grasping the truth and reality of eternal life".


    14/05/2016 - VATICAN

    Pope: Pity is not pietism, it is an aspect of God's mercy


    "Often the Gospels speaks of the spontaneous cry that people who were sick, possessed, poor or afflicted addressed to Jesus: ‘Have pity on me." And "how often do we see people so attached to cats to dogs, and then they leave their hungry neighbor without help".

     


    13/05/2016 - VATICAN

    Pope: migrant crisis and the fight against poverty a moral rather than economic issue


    Beyond the immediate and practical aspect of providing material support to our brothers and sisters, the international community is called upon to identify political, social and economic responses long-term matters that cross national and continental borders and involve the whole human family".

     


    13/05/2016 - VATICAN

    Pope: women must count for more in the Church, even in decision making


    Francis announces his intention to create a commission to study the question of “women deacons" in the early Church. Men and women "should be complementary, and it is important that women are involved in consultations". A woman may give the homily during a Liturgy of the Word, but not in the Mass.


    12/05/2016 - LEBANON

    The utopia of the Islamic State against a self-deified atheistic West

    by Fady Noun

    Economic need and desire for revenge are the reasons that drive young Syrians to join the Jihadis. The conflict between Arab East and the liberal West is sterile. Arab societies and Arab Springs have failed. We need a new model of civilisation and international relations as well as the contribution of Arab Christians to fight Jihadism.


    12/05/2016 - VATICAN

    Pope: Jesus prayed for the unity of Christians, but there are those in the Church who gossip, sowing division


    In Argentina, "these people are called 'zizzaniere' [sowers of weeds]: they cause trouble, they divide. And divisions begin with the tongue. Envy, jealousy and even closure. " "Let us pray to the Lord that He might give us the grace, because the strength of the devil, of sin, that pushes us to disunity is so great, so great. Always! That He might give us the grace, that He might give us the gift. And what is the gift that creates unity? The Holy Spirit!! ".

     


    11/05/2016 - IRAQ

    For Chaldean Patriarchate, no Christian families are left in Mosul, tax payment a false rumour


    Some reports claim that some Christian families still live under caliphate rule, paying the jizya. For Iraqi Church, only some captive and disabled Christians are left in the city. Car bomb in Baghdad kills scores in crowded market.






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    CHINA - VATICAN
    The persecution of Catholics during the Cultural Revolution

    Sergio Ticozzi

    The documentation of that violent period was burned or buried in archives. Only a few survivors speak. The persecutors are silent in fear. The burning of religious objects and furnishings in Hebei. Bishops humiliated and arrested in Henan; nuns beaten with sticks and killed, or buried alive. A persecution that "is not over yet"; Today it is perhaps only more subtle.


    CHINA
    Silence shrouds 50th anniversary of Cultural Revolution in China and in the West

    Bernardo Cervellera

    The bloody campaign launched by Mao Zedong killed nearly 2 million people and sent  a further 4 million to concentration camps. Every Chinese has been marked by fear. But today, no memorial service has been planned and no newspaper article has appeared. The Party’s internal struggles and Xi Jinping’s fear of ending up like the USSR. Even today, as then, there are those in Europe who keep quiet and laud the myth of China. Many are predicting a return to the "great chaos".

     


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