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    04/12/2016 - VATICAN

    “It is to leave the convenient but misleading streets, the idols of this world – success at all costs, power at the expense of the weak, thirst for wealth, pleasure at any price –and open instead the way for the Lord who comes. He does not take away our freedom, but gives us true happiness."

    02/12/2016 - HOLY SEE – ISRAEL

    Vatican and Israel criticise UNESCO: no one can deny biblical history

    The Joint Vatican-Rabbinate Committee slams decision to use only the Arabic name of the holy sites in East Jerusalem, denying the relationship between Jews and Temple Mount.

    01/12/2016 - VATICAN

    Pope: we are all "resistant" to grace, resistant to the Cross, which leads to redemption

    Today marks the hundredth anniversary of the assassination of Blessed Charles de Foucauld, which took place in Algeria on December 1, 1916. He was "a man who overcame so much resistance and gave a witness that has done so much good for the Church. We ask you to bless us from heaven and help us to walk in your footsteps of poverty, contemplation and service to the poor ".

    01/12/2016 - VATICAN

    Pope asks young people to be builders of a more healthy and caring society

    "Those who have the gift of being able to study also have a responsibility to serve for the good of humanity. Knowledge is an easy path to the integral development of society". "In the modern concept of the intellectual, working for the realization of self and in search of personal recognition, often without care for their neighbor, it is necessary to counter with a model built on solidarity, which works for the common good and for peace". Through "viable employment opportunities" in society, you can avoid the so-called 'brain drain'. 

    30/11/2016 - VATICAN

    Pope: those who found Jesus have an “irrepressible desire” to bring him to others

    ‘Led by the Spirit for Mission’ is Francis’s message for the 54th World Day of Prayer for Vocations. “Commitment to mission is not something added on to the Christian life as a kind of decoration, but is instead an essential element of faith itself.  A relationship with the Lord entails being sent out into the world as prophets of his word and witnesses of his love.”

    30/11/2016 - VATICAN

    Pope: pray for others and bury the dead, works of mercy in everyday life

    At the conclusion of the cycle of catechesis dedicated to the works of mercy, Francis reminds people to pray for the living and for the dead. "Even today there are those who risk their lives to bury the poor victims of war". Best wishes to the Ecumenical Patriarchate for Saint Andrew. Appeals for AIDS sufferers and to protect the cultural heritage in war zones.



    First 85 kilometres of the TAT railway inaugurated

    The project seeks to link Turkmenistan, Afghanistan and Tajikistan. With a US$ 2 billion price tag, it is expected to increase international economic cooperation.

    29/11/2016 - VATICAN

    Pope: God reveals his mystery to the humble, not the learned and the scholarly

    Only the little ones "are capable of understanding" fully "the sense of humility", the "sense of fear of the Lord" because "they walk before the Lord," watched over and shielded. This is “not the humility of the one who said: 'I am humble, but proud of it'."

    28/11/2016 - VATICAN

    Pope: Advent, "time to journey and encounter the Lord", "not a time to stand still"

    Pray with vigilance, be industrious in charity and exultant in praise of the Lord. These are the attitudes to be kept in a period in which the liturgy proposes numerous encounters of Jesus within his Mother's womb, with St. John the Baptist, with the shepherds, with the Wise Men.

    28/11/2016 - VATICAN

    Pope says normative system to protect nature is "essential"

    Speaking to the Pontifical Academy of Sciences Francis returns to highlight how "the he submission of politics to a technology and an economy which seek profit" is demonstrated by the failure or delay in implementing the agreements on environmental protection or the "continued wars of domination camouflaged by righteous claims".

    27/11/2016 - VATICAN

    Pope: Advent, the contrast between our daily routine and the sudden coming of the Lord

    In the first Angelus of Advent, Pope Francis said that "the Lord’s visit with humanity", at Christmas, also takes place "every day" and will occur when "He will come in glory to judge the living and the dead." "The Gospel does not want to frighten us, but for us to widen our horizons". "... Our Lady help us to not consider ourselves owners of our lives, not to resist when the Lord comes to change it".

    26/11/2016 - VATICAN

    Pope on economy of religious institutes: fidelity to charism and discernment

    In a message to 1000 general economists from institutes of consecrated life and societies of apostolic life, Pope Francis asks them to rethink their economic strategies never putting profits first rather fidelity to their charisma and self-giving. Reviewing their works, collaborating with other institutes and with the local Church, to implement a "responsible austerity". "The hypocrisy of consecrated persons who live like the rich  - he said - hurts the consciences of the faithful and damages the Church". 

    26/11/2016 - CUBA - VATICAN

    Fidel Castro, father of the Cuban revolution, has died

    His body will be cremated today. He led the island for 50 years. In 2008 he passed the presidency to his brother Raul. He attempted to export the Marxist revolution to Latin America and Africa. Some economic and social achievements at home, along with a heavy oppression of human rights. The disappearance of myth after the fall of the USSR. The Catholic Church and the Popes, catalysts of a transformation on the island nation.

    25/11/2016 - VATICAN

    Pope: eternal damnation "is not a torture chamber", but being eternally distant from God

    Never talk with the devil, he is a "liar" and "swindler", "seeking our ruin" and for "this will be thrown into the abyss." If "we open our hearts", as Jesus asks us, and we do not go our way, we will have "joy and salvation."


    24/11/2016 - VATICAN

    Pope: the civilization of the "god of money", of "being god", the "god of exploitation" will fall

    "Corruption is the path to living in blasphemy, corruption is a form of blasphemy." "The voice of God when he speaks to the heart is like this: like vibrating silence." And this invitation to the "wedding of the lamb" will be in the end, "our salvation."


    23/11/2016 - VATICAN – VIETNAM

    Pope receives Vietnamese president, highlighting good relations and a "shared spirit of dialogue"

    Francis met with Vietnamese President Tran Dai Quang. The meeting stressed the “constant search for the most appropriate tools to advance” bilateral relations as well as “The collaboration between Church and State in various domains of local society”.

    23/11/2016 - IRAQ

    Pastor of Amadiya: Mosul’s Christian refugees, torn between emergency aid and the longing to return home

    by P. Samir Youssef

    In a letter Fr. Samir Youssef describes the situation of refugees, exiled from their home for more than two years. They are closely following the offensive to retake Mosul, although their homes and churches "are for the most part" burned or destroyed. With the arrival of winter there is a serve lack of heating oil, clothes, food and money to pay for their children’s school bus. An appeal to continue to support the AsiaNews campaign.

    23/11/2016 - VATICAN – IRAN

    Pope thanks a group of Iranian Shia clerics for the show “of good will towards dialogue”

    Francis met in the small room in the Paul VI Hall with participants in a colloquium organised by the Pontifical Council for Interreligious Dialogue and the Islamic Culture and Relations Organisation.

    23/11/2016 - VATICAN

    Pope admits to having doubts but says they help to grow in faith

    "They are a sign that we want to know God, Jesus, and the mystery of his love for us better and more deeply " but "doubts must also be overcome." Lack of education is a source of discrimination and thus of injustice . "The Church, over the centuries, has felt the need to engage in education because her mission of evangelization entails the commitment to restore dignity to the poor".


    22/11/2016 - VATICAN

    For pope, even at the time of death, if we are faithful to God, we shall not fear

    “If each of us is faithful to the Lord, when death comes, we shall say as Francis said, 'sister death, come' ... We are not scared. And when the day of judgment comes, we shall look to the Lord: 'Lord, I have so many sins, but I tried to be faithful'. And the Lord is good.”

    22/11/2016 - VATICAN

    Pope: next Youth Days to focus on the Beatitudes and Mary

    "The three themes announced above are intended to give a clear Marian tone to the spiritual journey of the next three WYDs. At the same time they give a picture of young people on a journey between the past (2017), present (2018) and future (2019), inspired by the three theological virtues of faith, charity and hope".


    22/11/2016 - ASIA-USA

    Trump wants the US out of the TPP. Space for China, defender of free trade

    The newly-elected president reiterates his defense for the American economy. The fears of Asian economies, that have boomed thanks to exports to the US. At the APEC gathering China offers itself as the new center for continental economy. But there are countries which fear its supremacy.


    21/11/2016 - VATICAN

    Jubilee: About 900 to 950 million pilgrims from around the world passed through the Holy Doors

    Mgr Fisichella noted that between 56 and 62 per cent of the world’s Catholic population took part in the event. A total of 21,292,926 pilgrims came to Rome from 156 countries around the world. ""One thing is certain with this Jubilee, namely that mercy has become the protagonist, at least for a year, of the daily life of Christians.”

    21/11/2016 - VATICAN

    The everyday time of Mercy

    by Bernardo Cervellera

    The apostolic letter "Misericordia et miserable" shows how to pour out the "extraordinary" Jubilee into  everyday life. The need to energize the world with the experience of mercy in order to heal grief and despair. No mention of illegal Chinese bishops. Everything comes back to the "center" of Christianity, which is the mercy of God in Jesus Christ. A turning point to relaunch society and dialogue between the conservatives and progressives within the Church.

    21/11/2016 - VATICAN

    Pope: The Jubilee has ended, but ours still a "time of mercy"

    In the apostolic letter "Misericordia et miserable" Francis writes that for the Church, mercy "constitutes its very existence." "There is no law or precept can prevent God from once more embracing the son who returns to him". Mercy - key of the relationship between God and man – should permeate the life and activity of the Christian community and pastors. A World Day of the Poor.


    20/11/2016 - VATICAN – SYRIA

    Card Zenari addresses Pope: Church of Mercy where millions are "left dead or half-dead"

    by Card. Mario Zenari

    In his greetings to the pontiff, the new cardinal, the apostolic nuncio to Syria, highlights some elements in Pope Francis’s pontificate and the Church's commitment to being "Good Samaritan" in many parts of the earth, experiencing the joy of faith and martyrdom.

    20/11/2016 - VATICAN

    Pope: even if the Holy Door closes, the true door of mercy always remains open wide for us

    Francis Pope celebrated the Mass ending the Jubilee of Mercy. He also handed the Apostolic Letter ‘Misericordia et misera’ to a delegation of bishops, priests and laity, including Card Luis Antonio Tagle of Manila, a nun from South Korea, a young engaged couple, a disabled person and a sick person. “The lure of power and success seem an easy, quick way to spread the Gospel,” he said. “God has no memory of sin, but only of us, of each of us, we who are his beloved children.  And he believes that it is always possible to start anew, to raise ourselves up.” The pontiff thanked the sick and cloistered nuns for the prayers they offered for the success of the Jubilee.

    19/11/2016 - VATICAN

    Pope tells new cardinals to say no to the virus of polarization, yes to concerns for our brothers without faith

    In the public consistory creating 17 new cardinals, Pope Francis urged new cardinals to love one’s "enemies" and not “demonize them” in order to “have a ‘sacred’ justification for dismissing them.” The College of Cardinals reflects the geographic, linguistic, liturgical and ethnic diversity that "is one of our greatest riches." Three new cardinals are from or based in Asia. Card Zenari, apostolic nuncio to Syria, presented the initial greeting and expression of gratitude. Afterwards, pope and cardinals paid a visit to Benedict XVI.

    18/11/2016 - VATICAN

    Pope: People forgive the priests many things, but not love of money

    It is the “seed of the antichrist, the seed of the enemy". "May the Lord of us all give us the grace of Christian poverty". "May the Lord give us the grace to have this poverty of the workers, those who work and earn a just wage and do not look for more."


    17/11/2016 - VATICAN

    For Pope, the blood of Christians killed in Syria and Iraq is a "seed of unity"

    Mar Gewargis III, Catholicos-Patriarch of the Assyrian Church of the East, visits the Vatican. "Amid so much pain, whose end I implore, we see every day Christians who walk the way of the cross, meekly following in the footsteps of Jesus, joining Him who with his cross reconciled us, ‘putting that enmity to death’.”

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    "Adopt a Christian from Mosul": A Christmas gift to survive winter

    Bernardo Cervellera

    As Iraqi troops advance in the Nineveh Plain and Mosul, a new wave of refugees could overshadow the fate of other refugees who found hospitality in Kurdistan. People need kerosene, winter clothes, aid for children, and money for rent. The campaign AsiaNews launched two years ago is more urgent than ever. Give up a superfluous gift to offer refugees an essential gift for life.

    Pastor of Amadiya: Mosul’s Christian refugees, torn between emergency aid and the longing to return home

    P. Samir Youssef

    In a letter Fr. Samir Youssef describes the situation of refugees, exiled from their home for more than two years. They are closely following the offensive to retake Mosul, although their homes and churches "are for the most part" burned or destroyed. With the arrival of winter there is a serve lack of heating oil, clothes, food and money to pay for their children’s school bus. An appeal to continue to support the AsiaNews campaign.


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