12/17/2014VATICAN 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." Vatican City (AsiaNews) - Let us pray "for the victims of the inhuman
terrorist acts of recent days in Australia, Pakistan and Yemen. May the Lord receive
the deceased in peace the dead, comfort their families, and convert the hearts
of the violent who...
12/16/2014IRAQ - 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.
12/16/2014AUSTRALIA - 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.
12/15/2014VATICAN For Pope, Catholics should avoid the "sins of the media: disinformation, slander and defamation" The "tasks" of those involved in social communication include speaking freely, without submissions to politics or economics; choosing the "path of understanding" the whole of reality; and avoiding attention-grabbing the user. "Genuine communication is not concerned with attention-grabbing. Alternating catastrophic alarmism and consolatory detachment - two extremes that we see continually in today's communication - are not a good service media offer to people."
12/14/2014VATICAN On the "Sunday of Joy", pope gives a prayer booklet, telling the faithful to "always carry it" After the Angelus prayer, Pope Francis gave the crowd a pocketbook of prayers "for the various times of the day and for different situations in life". Earlier, he had blessed the "Baby Jesus" figurines for Nativity scenes brought by the children from Roman oratories. He also said, "With Jesus, joy dwells in us". He also shared the Christmas candle in solidarity with Polish faithful.
12/13/2014IRAQ Chaldean Patriarch calls for fasting on Christmas Eve for refugees' return to Mosul by Joseph Mahmoud Mar 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'.
12/12/2014VATICAN Pope, "compelled to ask that the future of Latin America be forged for the poor and those who suffer" Francis led today's Mass celebrating Our Lady of Guadalupe, the "great missionary who" brought "the Gospel to our America." The Marian canticle "professes that God delights in subverting ideologies and worldly hierarchies. He lifts up the lowly, comes to the aid of the poor and the little, he fills with goodness, blessings and hope those who trust in his mercy from generation to generation, while he casts down the rich, the powerful, and rulers from their thrones."
12/12/2014ASIA - OPEC Oil falls below 60 US dollar a barrel Since last June, the price per barrel has almost halved. The price war caused by high US production and the crisis in Europe, Japan and China.
12/11/2014ASIA - OPEC Oil prices plunge elates some, causes fear in others Prices drop to at around US$ 60 a barrel, half of what they were in June. Despite lower demand, OPEC is not prepared to cut output. Saudi Arabia, Kuwait and Iraq will sell to Asian customers at high discounts. Iran fears prices at US$ 40 a barrel. This could cause unemployment and recession.
12/11/2014VATICAN For Pope, God loves us with the "tenderness of a mother," but "many times we want to control grace" God's grace "is closeness; it is tenderness. This rule is forever useful. If you are in a relationship with the Lord and you do not feel that He loves you tenderly, you are missing something; you have not understood what grace is; you have not received the grace that is this closeness." [. . .] If we had the courage to open our hearts to this tenderness of God, how much spiritual freedom we would have! How much!"
12/10/2014KOREA - VATICAN - PEACE 2015 Korean priest rescues N Korean women sold as slaves in China In his 2015 Message for Peace, Pope Francis mentions women "forced into marriage" and "sold for arranged marriages". About 90 per cent of North Korean women who flee to China are sold to brothels or Chinese husbands for US$ 2,000. A Korean priest, together with humanitarian organisations, buys them and brings them to South Korea.