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12/22/2014 VATICAN
Pope: the 15 "diseases" of the Curia, from careerism to "gossip", from pomposity to accumulation of wealth
In a speech entitled "The Roman Curia and the Body of Christ", Francis lists a "catalogue" of "curial diseases" that "weaken our service to the Lord." You can not live without "a relationship with Christ that is vital, personal, authentic and solid." "The closer we are to God the more we are united among ourselves." An examination of conscience is needed.
Vatican City (AsiaNews) - Feeling "indispensable", having "a heart of stone", wanting to plan everything, losing one's memory of  his encounter with the Lord, vanity, gossip, the desire to accumulate things...

12/21/2014 VATICAN
Pope: At Christmas, once more, Christ comes by and knocks on the doors of our hearts, and we should not let him get away
On the fourth Sunday of Advent, Francis emphasises two aspects in Mary's life, "a model to prepare for Christmas," namely her faith and her capacity to recognise God's time. "The example of Mary and that of her husband Joseph are an invitation to accept with total openness of mind Jesus, who became our brother out of love." What is more, "If you feel the desire to improve, Christ will come by and knock at your door: open it!"
12/20/2014 VATICAN
Pope: the most dangerous misery is "the presumption that we can do without God"
According to such blind misery, material wealth, the quest for power and pleasure, and the enslavement of others to achieve these goals, are the purpose of existence.
12/20/2014 ISRAEL - PALESTINE
Gaza: Israel launches airstrike in response to rocket fired from the Gaza Strip
This morning Israel's Air Force carried out an airstrike, the first since a truce between Israel and Hamas was brokered last August. No casualties or damages have been reported. An Israeli military spokesman said that the "Hamas terror infrastructure" was hit. Hamas did not claim responsibility for yesterday's rocket.
12/19/2014 VATICAN
For pope, even to non-believers the crèche and the Christmas tree "speak of fraternity, intimacy and friendship"
This afternoon Francesco inaugurated the crèche and Christmas tree in St Peter's Square as well as the new lighting on the façade and the dome of St Peter's Basilica.

12/19/2014 VATICAN
Pope: May the Church "allow itself be surprised by the Holy Spirit", it is not an entrepreneur but a mother
"From sterility, the Lord is able to restart a new lineage, a new life. And that is the message of today. When humanity is exhausted and can no longer go forward, grace comes, and when the Son comes Salvation comes. And that exhausted Creation gives way to a new creation... ".
12/18/2014 VATICAN - US - CUBA
Pope: "Today we are all happy" for the new relations between the US and Cuba
Presidents Obama and Castro thanked the Vatican for its mediation aimed at the resumption of diplomatic relations interrupted in1961. In recent months, Francis has spoken of Cuba with Obama and written a personal letter to the two Presidents.
12/18/2014 PALESTINE - ISRAEL
Palestine presents peace plan to the UN Council, Israel calls it an act of aggression
by Joshua Lapide
The resolution calls for a peace treaty within a year and Israel's withdrawal from the Occupied Territories by 2017. The peace plan also provides for two states within the 1967 borders with Jerusalem as a shared capital, plus bilateral security guarantees. US-led talks in the last 20 years have proven useless. For Avigdor Lieberman, the UN should deal with more serious things, and not go for Palestinians' "gimmicks". Without a solution, despair could engulf Palestinians.
12/18/2014 VATICAN
Pope: God walks with us in history, and when we go wrong he correct history and brings it forward
"Making history with his people means for God to walk with us and to test the ones he has chosen". But in the end He saves them: "Let us always remember, with confidence, even in the worst moments, even in times of illness, when we realize we have to ask for the Last Rites because there is no way out, to say: 'Lord, history did not start with me and will not end with me! You go ahead, I am willing to come with you'. And to put ourselves in the hands of the Lord".
12/17/2014 PALESTINE - ISRAEL
UN: Palestinians call for an end to Israeli occupation despite threat of US veto
by Joshua Lapide
Jordan and other Arab countries back Security Council resolution that calls for an end to Israeli occupation of Palestinian territories and East Jerusalem within two years. A European Court orders the removal of Hamas from a list of terrorist organisations on "technical" grounds. International diplomacy appears to be last path to find a solution.
12/17/2014 MIDDLE EAST - ISLAM
Secularism, Sunni-Shia divide, and the Islamic state are wiping out Christians from the Middle East
by Fady Noun
Islam cannot contribute to peace if it does not resolve its internal conflicts and divisions between Sunnis and Shias. The barbarity of the Islamic state has imposed a "deadly" peace. The end of Eastern Christians is a growing possibility. The external threat of Islamic extremism is compounded by secularism and political divisions that are undermining the community from within.
12/17/2014 VATICAN
Pope: May God "convert the hearts of the violent who do not stop even before children"
Prayers "for the victims of inhuman terrorist acts in recent days in Australia, Pakistan and Yemen." Tango dancers, a cake and birthday wishes in all languages for Francis' 78 years. The "meditations" on the family during the general audiences are part of a journey in which the Extraordinary Synod of October" was the first step."
12/16/2014 IRAQ - VATICAN
As 'Adopt a Christian from Mosul' continues, Mosul bishop notes that Jesus is born amid refugee containers
by Amel Nona
Persecuted by the Islamic state, refugees have lost everything: belongings, home, jobs, school, and their future. Yet, their faith and mission remain strong. For them, almost 900,000 euros have been raised and sent. Pope Francis sends a message of closeness. The campaign continues according to the Patriarch of Baghdad's proposal of fasting and moderation at Christmas and New Year, with the money saved offered to the Christians of Mosul.
12/16/2014 VATICAN
Pope: God saves "a repentant heart," while he who does not trust in Him draws "condemnation" upon himself.
"If your heart is not repentant, if you do not listen to the Lord, if you don't accept correction and you do not trust in Him, you have an unrepentant heart". When we are able to offer the Lord our sins as well "we will be that meek people, that humble and poor people" that has trust in the name of the Lord.
12/16/2014 AUSTRALIA - ISLAM
Siege of Lindt Café in Sydney ends in bloodshed
Two hostages and the gunman - an Iranian converted from Sunnism to Shiism - killed. According to the Prime Minister, he was "infatuated by extremism" and unstable from a mental point of view. Condemnation by the Council of Imams. Fears of attacks by young Australian sympathizers of al Qaeda or Isis that return home after fighting in the Middle East.

Altri articoli
12/15/2014 VATICAN
For Pope, Catholics should avoid the "sins of the media: disinformation, slander and defamation"
12/15/2014 VATICAN
Pope: the heart of Christians "is built on the rock" and not "plastered over" in a "cast" of discipline"
12/15/2014 PALESTINE - ISRAEL
Palestinians pushing UN to end Israeli occupation by 2016 by Joshua Lapide
12/14/2014 VATICAN
On the "Sunday of Joy", pope gives a prayer booklet, telling the faithful to "always carry it"
12/13/2014 VATICAN
Pope tells Union of Blind and Sight-impaired Persons that Saint Lucy teaches courage, community, and self-giving
12/13/2014 IRAQ
Chaldean Patriarch calls for fasting on Christmas Eve for refugees' return to Mosul by Joseph Mahmoud
12/12/2014 VATICAN
Pope, "compelled to ask that the future of Latin America be forged for the poor and those who suffer"
12/12/2014 VATICAN
Pope: close to the Catholics "of Iraq and Syria, who are living moments of great suffering and fear in the face of violence"
12/12/2014 ASIA - OPEC
Oil falls below 60 US dollar a barrel
12/11/2014 ASIA - OPEC
Oil prices plunge elates some, causes fear in others
12/11/2014 VATICAN
For Pope, God loves us with the "tenderness of a mother," but "many times we want to control grace"
12/11/2014 ISRAEL - PALESTINE
Tensions between Israel and Palestine after the death of a Palestinian minister
12/10/2014 KOREA - VATICAN - PEACE 2015
Korean priest rescues N Korean women sold as slaves in China
12/10/2014 VATICAN - PEACE 2015
Pope's message for peace focuses on solidarity against the many forms of modern slavery
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IRAQ - VATICAN
As 'Adopt a Christian from Mosul' continues, Mosul bishop notes that Jesus is born amid refugee containers
by Amel NonaPersecuted by the Islamic state, refugees have lost everything: belongings, home, jobs, school, and their future. Yet, their faith and mission remain strong. For them, almost 900,000 euros have been raised and sent. Pope Francis sends a message of closeness. The campaign continues according to the Patriarch of Baghdad's proposal of fasting and moderation at Christmas and New Year, with the money saved offered to the Christians of Mosul.
IRAQ
Chaldean Patriarch calls for fasting on Christmas Eve for refugees' return to Mosul
by Joseph MahmoudMar Louis Sako calls on the faithful not to celebrate Christmas and New Year in a "worldly" fashion, with pomp and abundance, out of solidarity with the people who fled the Nineveh plains, persecuted by the Islamic Army. AsiaNews is joining the fast proposed by the Patriarch and calls on all readers to give what they would have otherwise spent in support of the campaign 'Adopt a Christian from Mosul'.
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12/20/2014 VATICAN
Pope: the most dangerous misery is "the presumption that we can do without God"
12/17/2014 INDIA
Radical Hindus attack Christians singing Christmas carols
by Nirmala Carvalho
12/16/2014 IRAQ - VATICAN
As 'Adopt a Christian from Mosul' continues, Mosul bishop notes that Jesus is born amid refugee containers
by Amel Nona
12/17/2014 INDONESIA
Central Java, Islamist threat: Scrap Christmas symbols and no celebrations
by Mathias Hariyadi
12/15/2014 CAMBODIA
Christmas for Vuon, a Cambodian who converted and beat illness thanks to Jesus
by Luca Bolelli
12/17/2014 MIDDLE EAST - ISLAM
Secularism, Sunni-Shia divide, and the Islamic state are wiping out Christians from the Middle East
by Fady Noun
12/18/2014 VATICAN
Pope: God walks with us in history, and when we go wrong he correct history and brings it forward
12/18/2014 PALESTINE - ISRAEL
Palestine presents peace plan to the UN Council, Israel calls it an act of aggression
by Joshua Lapide
12/15/2014 VATICAN
Pope: the heart of Christians "is built on the rock" and not "plastered over" in a "cast" of discipline"
12/15/2014 VIETNAM - VATICAN
The soon to be Saint Father Diep, Vietnamese priest and martyr honored even by non-Christians

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