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    28/09/2016 - ISRAEL

    He was 93 years of age. In his youth he was a "hawk". He was responsible for the supplies of arms to Israel from the USSR, France, the United States. He was the first proponent of Israeli settlements in the occupied territories. Twice prime minister, president for seven years. With Rabin and Arafat, he won the Nobel Peace Prize in 1994. He has participated as a "dove" at the meeting of prayer for peace in the Vatican in 2014. Gideon Levy: Peres was a man of "almost".

     


    by Joshua Lapide

    27/09/2016 - HOLY LAND

    For Mgr Marcuzzo, pilgrimages are an instrument of the New Evangelization


    For the Patriarchal Vicar of Jerusalem, travelling in the footsteps of Christ is a source for the "rebirth of faith". It is an essential element for Europe and North America, where a crisis of religion is unfolding. The number of Chinese and Vietnamese pilgrims who understand “the wonder of faith" is growing. Israel restricts entry to Arab Christians, especially from Jordan. AsiaNews proposes a pilgrimage.


    27/09/2016 - VATICAN

    Pope: "Strong prayers” to overcome “spiritual desolation"



    "We need to figure out when our spirit is in this state of all-encompassing sadness, when it has almost no breathing space: This happens to us all". We must pray, pray strenuously, just like Job, cry out day and night for God to incline His ear. "It is a prayer of knocking on the door, but forcefully."

     


    26/09/2016 - VATICAN

    Pope: from Friday on a "journey of peace" to Georgia and Azerbaijan


    A difficult journey to two countries where Catholics are a small minority. In Tbilisi, for the first time a delegation from the "intransigent" Georgian Orthodox Church will participate in a Papal liturgy. In Baku the meeting with the Sheikh of Caucasus Muslims.


    25/09/2016 - VATICAN

    Pope at the Jubilee of catechists says that it is by loving that God-who-is-Love is proclaimed


    Speaking before thousands of catechists from around the world during the Jubilee Mass, Pope Francis highlighted "the centre" of the faith that is to be proclaimed: "the Lord Jesus is risen, [. . .] and he has given his life for you”. He also focused on the quality of the messenger, who proclaims “not by the power of convincing, never by imposing the truth, no less by growing fixated on some religious or moral obligation.” The rich man is blind because he does not see the poor. He squints because “he looks with adulation at famous people, of high rank, admired by the world, yet turns his gaze away from the many Lazaruses of today”. Nowadays, “we have fallen into this abyss of indifference, worldliness, selfishness". Francis expressed solidarity with Mexican bishops committed to the family against gender ideology. He mentioned the beatification of Fr Engelmar Unzeitig, killed in Dachau as well as the Day of the Deaf.


    24/09/2016 - VATICAN – FRANCE

    For pope, interreligious relations can alleviate the wounds of the Nice attack


    In his meeting victims of the terrorist attack in Nice on 14 July and their relatives, Pope Francis encouraged religious groups to entertain fraternal relations and refuse hatred. As a token of the who were killed, the pope received the gift of 86 flowers. Some secularists and environmentalists criticised the meeting. Muslim and Jewish leaders express their appreciation.


    23/09/2016 - ASIANEWS SYMPOSIUM

    Mother Teresa, Mercy for Asia and for the world (VIDEO)


    We publish the video recordings of the presentations made at the international symposium organised by AsiaNews on 2 September. In order of appearance: Fr Ferruccio Brambillasca, PIME Superior General; Card Fernando Filoni, Prefect of the Congregation of Propaganda Fide; Sr Mary Prema, Superior General of the Missionaries of Charity; Father Brian Kolodiejchuk, postulator of the Cause of Mother Teresa; Card Oswald Gracias, archbishop of Mumbai; Fr John A. Worthley, on the influence of Mother Teresa in China; a witness to the influence of Mother Teresa in the Islamic world; and Mgr Paul Hinder, Apostolic Vicar of Southern Arabia.


    22/09/2016 - VATICAN

    Pope: "greed, vanity and pride are the root of all evil"


    "Our soul can be consumed by two types of worry: a good one gifted us by the Holy Spirit, that spurs an anxious soul to do good things" and a "bad worry, one that is born of a guilty conscience".

     


    22/09/2016 - RUSSIA - VATICAN

    The Catholic-Orthodox Joint Commission reaches agreement on synodality and primacy

    by Nina Achmatova

    The announcement on website of Moscow Patriarchate's Department for External Church Relations, on the eve of the closing of the Plenary Session in Chieti. Orthodox Russians hope that focus of dialogue will now turn to Uniate question.


    21/09/2016 - VATICAN

    Pope: "If God has forgiven me why do I do not forgive others? Am I greater than God? "


    At the General Audience Francis says that "merciful love is the only way forward", "we must be more merciful, we must not speak ill of others, or tease others with criticism, with envy with jealousies, forgive, be merciful, live our life in love and give".

     


    20/09/2016 - ITALY – VATICAN

    Pope in Assisi says "Peace alone, and not war, is holy"


    "In war, everyone loses, including the victors" is the message that ended the day in Assisi where religious leaders of most of the world prayed again for peace. “We do not have weapons. We believe, however, in the meek and humble strength of prayer.” In the appeal for peace 2016, men and women of various religions called for “encounters through dialogue, [. . .] to oppose every form of violence and abuse of religion which seeks to justify war and terrorism


    20/09/2016 - ITALY – VATICAN

    Pope in Assisi says Christians should live close "to those who are now living crucified"


    Francis says his meditation at the ‘Thirst for Peace: Faiths and Cultures in Dialogue’ meeting. "The victims of war, which sullies people with hate and the earth with arms, plead for peace; our brothers and sisters, who live under the threat of bombs and are forced to leave their homes into the unknown, stripped of everything, plead for peace.”


    20/09/2016 - VATICAN

    Pope: War is the work of evil, there is no "god of war"


    At Mass celebrated before leaving for Assisi, Francis says that religions, overcoming their divisions, are to pray for peace in the common belief that "God is peace." ". "We frightened" by "some act of terrorism" but "this has nothing to do with what happens in those countries, in those lands where the bombs fall and fall day and night" and "kill children, old, men, women…".


    19/09/2016 - VATICAN

    Pope: Envy, strife and plotting evil hide the "light" of faith


    At Mass this morning Francis recalls Christ’s council: "Be children of light and not of darkness; guard the light that was given as a gift on the day of Baptism ". In all of us there is "a piece of mafia", “that takes advantage of the trust of others to plot evil."


    19/09/2016 - ISRAEL - PALESTINE

    Jerusalem: Palestinian wounds two policemen, Israeli police shoot him


    One of the two officers was seriously injured. Author of the assault a Palestinian of about 20, hospitalized in critical condition. After three weeks of relative calm, there have been six attacks in four days. September 21 face-to-face meeting between Netanyahu and Obama on the sidelines of the UN General Assembly.


    18/09/2016 - VATICAN

    Pope: We need peace. War has spread all over the world


    At the end of the Angelus prayer, Pope Francis urges people to take part in the Assisi meeting  on September 20 as "a day of prayer for peace". In life we choose "between two roads: between honesty and dishonesty, between fidelity and infidelity, between selfishness and selflessness, between good and evil." A greeting to the participants in the National Eucharistic Congress of Genova. The beatification of Elizabeth Sanna.


    16/09/2016 - VATICAN

    Pope tells bishops to strive to make Mercy "pastoral"


    Francis met participants at the annual training course organised jointly by the Congregation for Bishops and the Congregation for Eastern Churches. Mercy is a "summary of what God offers to the world."


    16/09/2016 - ISRAEL – PALESTINE

    Israeli authorities cut funding whilst recognising the excellence of Christian schools


    Fr Abdel-Massih Fahim said that the Israeli government has not yet transferred the funds pledged last year. On the one hand, the Education Ministry praises Christian schools as some of the best in the country; on the other, it constrains their activities. Students are enthusiastic about going back to school. Multiculturalism and religious pluralism are stronger that any obstacles. “We are actors, not mere spectators.”


    16/09/2016 - VATICAN

    Pope: Christian logic is that of "the day after tomorrow", the resurrection of the body


    "We are afraid to accept and bear the ultimate consequences to the flesh of Christ. a spiritualistic piety is easier, a gossamer pietism; but to enter into the logic of the flesh of Christ, this is difficult. And this is the logic of the day after tomorrow. We will be resurrected as Christ is risen, with our flesh".


    15/09/2016 - VATICAN

    Jubilee of the papal nuncios begins today in the Vatican


    For three days, 106 papal representatives will take part in seminars and moments of spirituality. Francis will receive them on Saturday, but the diplomats will have more opportunities to meet with him. A Jubilee day will be held on 18 November for the nunciature employees.


    15/09/2016 - ISRAEL – UNITED STATES

    Israel gets “the single largest pledge of bilateral military assistance in US history”

    by Joshua Lapide

    Netanyahu had asked for US$ 4.5 billion a year, he got 38 over ten in a single package without any further requests that must be spent on US weapons. Hillary Clinton praises the deal. Meanwhile, illegal Israeli settlement activity can continue.


    15/09/2016 - ISRAEL

    Israeli intellectuals appeal to Diaspora Jews to "end the occupation"


    Signatories include Nobel Prize for Economics Daniel Kahneman, writers Amos Oz, David Grossman, Sami Michael, film director Amos Gitai, seven retired army generals, 20 ambassadors, 48 ​​ writers and scientists recipients of the highest awards of the State of Israel, 160 university professors and dozens of parliamentarians.


    15/09/2016 - VATICAN

    Pope: In a “world that suffers a great orphanhood,” we have a Mother that accompanies and defends us.


    In the current "crisis of a great orphahood", "We Christians have a Mother, the same as Jesus; we have a Father, the same as Jesus. We are not orphans. "

     


    14/09/2016 - VATICAN

    Pope: "It is bad for the Church when pastors become princelings, grow distant from the people"


    "It is not the spirit of Jesus”, who  instead "reaches out to the humble, to the little ones, the poor, the needy, because he himself  became small and humble. He includes the poor and the suffering because He himself is poor and tried by pain". Those who pass through the Door of Mercy seek Jesus, the friendship of Jesus. "This path expresses the conversion of every disciple who endeavors to follow Jesus. And conversion is always a discovery of God's mercy."


    14/09/2016 - VATICAN

    Pope: "It’s satanic to kill in God’s name"


    Francis celebrated Mass in suffrage for Father Jacques Hamel, killed July 26 in the church of Saint-Etienne-du-Rouvray, and the entire community of Rouen. "Today in the Church there are more Christian martyrs than in the early days. Today there are Christians who are murdered, tortured, imprisoned, slaughtered because they will not deny Jesus Christ".


    13/09/2016 - SYRIA - ISRAEL

    Golan Heights: Israel backs Islamic fundamentalist groups against Damascus

    by Pierre Balanian

    The Israeli air force strikes Syrian army positions in response to a mortar shell. Tensions between Syria and the Jewish state along the borders in the Golan are growing. Local sources say Israel is directly involved in the conflict with air strikes, artillery shelling and supplying weapons to the mujahedeen.


    13/09/2016 - VATICAN

    Pope: Overcome culture of indifference and build a true culture of encounter


    "Not just see but look. Not just hear but listen. Not just meet and pass by but stop. And don’t just say ‘what a shame, poor people,’ but allow ourselves to be moved by pity.  And then draw near, touch and say in the language that comes to each one of us in that moment, the language of the heart: ‘Do not weep,’ and donate at the very least a drop of life".


    12/09/2016 - VATICAN

    Pope: the devil wants to divide the Church and attacks at the root of unity, the Eucharist


    "Sewing jealousies, ambitions, ideas, but to divide! Or sow greed. " And as happens after a war "everything is destroyed. And the devil goes away happy. And we - naive, we are to his game. " "The divisions in the Church do not let the Kingdom of God grow; do not let the Lord show how good He is. "


     


    12/09/2016 - ISRAEL - PALESTINE

    Israel authorizes the force-feeding of prisoners on hunger strike


    According to the Supreme Court the norm is "legal in terms of Israeli law and international law". Saving a life is "a priority" and the state is "in charge" of prisoners. Criticism of the Medical Association, which has raised the appeal: "Force-feeding is tantamount to torture." Out of  7 thousand Palestinians held in Israeli prisons, 700 in administrative detention.


    12/09/2016 - VATICAN

    Educational efforts redoubled for the protection of minors


    The development of a guidelines template for the protection of minors and the progress of the training programs at the center of the plenary assembly of the Pontifical Commission for the Protection of Children (PCPM) held in the Vatican from 5 to 11 September.

     






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    ASIANEWS SYMPOSIUM
    Mother Teresa, Mercy for Asia and for the world (VIDEO)



    We publish the video recordings of the presentations made at the international symposium organised by AsiaNews on 2 September. In order of appearance: Fr Ferruccio Brambillasca, PIME Superior General; Card Fernando Filoni, Prefect of the Congregation of Propaganda Fide; Sr Mary Prema, Superior General of the Missionaries of Charity; Father Brian Kolodiejchuk, postulator of the Cause of Mother Teresa; Card Oswald Gracias, archbishop of Mumbai; Fr John A. Worthley, on the influence of Mother Teresa in China; a witness to the influence of Mother Teresa in the Islamic world; and Mgr Paul Hinder, Apostolic Vicar of Southern Arabia.


    CHINA-VATICAN
    Beijing issues new, harsh draft regulations on religious activities

    Bernardo Cervellera

    Fines of up to 200 thousand yuan (27 thousand euro) for "illegal religious activities" by Catholic or other members of underground communities. "Illegal activities" include "dependence from abroad" (such as the relationship with the Vatican). The regulations preach non-discrimination, but party members are forbidden to practice their religion, even in private. Strict control of buildings, statues, crosses. Clampdown on the internet. It could be the end of the underground community.
     


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