05/22/2015VATICAN Pope: reflect on "Jesus' gaze upon us", "he chooses us, forgives us and he sends us on mission." "Lord, fix your gaze on me and tell me what I must do; how should I lament my mistakes, my sins; what is the courage with which I must continue on the path You have first travelled". Vatican City (AsiaNews) - Reflect on the "gaze of Jesus upon us", "He always looks at us with love. He asks something of us, forgives us and send us on a mission". This was Pope Francis invitation at Mass this...
05/22/2015SYRIA - IRAQ Islamic State takes entire border between Syria and Iraq The terrorists now control of the last frontier zone under the control of the Syrian government. 95 thousand square meters of land, about 50% of the total, now in the hands of jihadists. Military successes also in neighboring Iraq. Washington says challenge of Caliphate "is increasingly difficult to deal with."
05/20/2015VATICAN Pope: pray for the Catholics of China and for persecuted Christians "Religious freedom is a human right". In Italy the Pentecost Vigil will be recall our "many brothers and sisters exiled or killed simply because they are Christians." On May 24 the prayer to Our Lady of Sheshan. Chinese Catholics are "credible witnesses" of merciful love and live "spiritually united to the rock of Peter on which the Church is built." The family’s "natural vocation to educate", must not be replaced by "experts" and “intellectual critics".
05/19/2015ASIA Vigil for persecuted Christians, our teachers in the mission in the West by Bernardo Cervellera The "wall of indifference and cynicism" and the silence and apathy so often denounced by Pope Francis have become almost a fortress. Such persecution reflects confessional manipulation, which slams Islam as such, and ideological manipulation, which forgets what is happening in North Korea or China. An increasingly post-Christian Europe seems disinterested in Christians.
05/18/2015IRAQ - SYRIA Islamic State takes Ramadi but withdraws from Palmyra in Syria The Iraqi prime minister appeals to troops not to retreat and announces the dispatch of Shiite militias in support. But the city is in the hands of the Islamists, who have commandeered tanks and missiles. Pentagon, says the situation remains "fluid". In Syria, a US special forces raid leaves four prominent IS leaders dead. The destruction of the UNESCO heritage averted, thus far.
05/16/2015VATICAN - PALESTINE Pope receives Mahmoud Abbas, "may you be an angel of peace" "Great satisfaction" for agreement reached between the Vatican and Palestine and "hope" that negotiations between Palestinians and Israelis can resume marked the audience this morning between Francis and the President of the "State of Palestine".
05/15/2015ISLAM – MIDDLE EAST For Al-Baghdadi, Islam is a religion of war, a shrewd message according to Father Samir by Samir Khalil Samir The 'caliph' urges all Muslims to carry out their ‘hijrah’, emigration, to move from an Islam of peace to one of war, imitating Muhammad and his Hegira (in 622). The message rekindles something deeply embedded in the Islamic world and among traditionalists and Salafists. Islam is both peace and war and it is time for Muslims to reform their view of history. Islamic holy war and the Crusades are not comparable.
05/15/2015VATICAN Pope: a fearful or joyless community is "sick", "not Christian" "There are fearful communities, who always choose the safest option: 'No, no, do not do this, no, no, this cannot be, that cannot be ...'. It seems they have written 'forbidden' ' on the front door. ". "No one will take away your joy" says Jesus. "In the saddest moments, in moments of pain" joy "becomes peace."
05/14/2015VATICAN - PALESTINE Vatican and Palestinian agreement helping hand to Christians in the Middle East by Bernard Sabella "For us Palestinians it is a time of joy, which we hope will reflect and have implications on the political and religious center of the whole Middle East region." "The message this relays, two days before the canonization of the Palestinian sisters, is that Christians are an integral part of society."
05/14/2015IRAQ – UNITED STATES Iraqi nun says Islamic State wants the human and cultural genocide of Christians by suor Diana Momeka* Speaking before the US Congress, Sister Diana described the plight of Iraqi Christians, victims of jihadist violence. The nun said that the situation "is grave, but not without hope”. She appealed to the international community and the United States to guarantee the future of Iraq and its children. AsiaNews continues its fundraising campaign.