22/02/2017 - VATICAN
"Human pride, exploiting Creation, destroys. However, the Lord does not leave us alone and, even in this desolate picture, He offers us a new prospect of liberation, of universal salvation." For South Sudan, where "a serious food crisis is underway which condemns millions of people to death by starvation, including many children", "declarations are not enough, concrete aid is needed".
21/02/2017 - VATICAN
Pope: May "holy shame" defend us from the temptations of ambition, worldliness
"Sometimes we say it with shame we priests, we priests: 'I wish for that parish ...' - 'But the Lord is here ...' - 'But I would like that ...'. The same. Not the way of the Lord, but that road of vanity, worldliness. Even among us bishops the same happens: worldliness becomes as temptation. "
21/02/2017 - VATICAN
Pope: it is "our duty" to welcome, protect, promote and integrate migrants
"The human promotion of migrants and their families begins with their communities of origin. That is where such promotion should be guaranteed, joined to the right of being able to emigrate, as well as the right to not be constrained to emigrate." "In the face of tragedies which take the lives of so many migrants and refugees – conflicts, persecutions, forms of abuse, violence, death – expressions of empathy and compassion cannot help but spontaneously well-up."
21/02/2017 - ASIA
Annual profits of the Hong Kong and Shanghai Banks down by 62%by Paul Wang
The cause is "volatile financial conditions", including the US and Brexit. The greater part of the profit comes from operations in Asia. Hang Seng in Hong Kong drop by 41%.
19/02/2017 - VATICAN
Pope: Christians have "a duty" to do justice, but "it is forbidden to" seek revenge
Jesus asks his disciples to suffer the bad, in fact, he asked them to react, however not with another evil, but with good. A prayer for the victims of violence in the Central Kasai region of the Democratic Republic of the Congo, in particular child soldiers, and those affected by the attacks in Pakistan and Iraq.
17/02/2017 - MYANMAR
A former officer behind Muslim lawyer’s murder but doubts about the official version remainby Francis Khoo Thwe
President’s Office reports that Ko Ni was killed by Aung Win Khaing, a former senior army officer, in order to destabilise the country at a time of strong ethnic and sectarian tensions. Many “people continue to wonder who the true instigator is, and what is behind the murder,” source tells AsiaNews.
17/02/2017 - VATICAN
Pope: Unity in Diversity, where there is no dialogue there is violence
Visiting the University of Roma Tre, Francis answers questions from students. The fundamental importance of dialogue, the search for "truth, goodness and beauty"; unity that needs differences; integration and "respect" as a response to the fear of the migrant, "but each country has to see what number it can accommodate. It's true: you cannot welcome [migrants] if there are no possibilities[for them]".
16/02/2017 - VATICAN
Pope: “inclusion enriches every community and society”
Francis met with a delegation of athletes from Special Olympics, a global organisation present in 170 countries dedicated to sports for youth and adults with mental disabilities. " Sport also helps us to spread a culture of encounter and solidarity,” said the pontiff. “Together, athletes and helpers show us that there are no obstacles or barriers which cannot be overcome.”
16/02/2017 - VATICAN
Pope: we must keep the peace, but it is not easy because war begins in the human heart
"Within each of us is that seed of original sin, that is, the spirit of Cain which – for envy, jealousy, greed, and the desire to dominate – leads to war ". " give us the grace to say: ‘War is finished, crying. War is finished in my heart; war is finished in my family; war is finished in my neighborhood; war is finished in my workplace; war is finished in the world.’ In this way shall the dove, rainbow, and Covenant be strengthened".
15/02/2017 - VATICAN
Pope: Hope is "certain", based on the fact that God is right here with all of us
It is “an extraordinary gift of which we are called to make ourselves “channels” for all, with humility and simplicity". "We are invited to boast of the abundance of grace of which we are pervaded in Jesus Christ, through faith" and "our greatest pride is to have God as a Father who has no preference, who excludes no one, but who opens his home to all human beings, beginning with the last and most distant".
14/02/2017 - MYANMAR
For Card Bo, only Mary can bring together "races, religions, and languages" in the Myanmar conflictby Francis Khoo Thwe
About 100,000 people of all religions took part in the annual pilgrimage to the Marian shrine of Nyaunglebin. For Card Bo, the Queen of Peace is the only one who can bring about the miracle of unity. He calls for prayers to make this nation "more peaceful", and names six "jars" to heal the country’s wounds.
14/02/2017 - VATICAN
Pope: Courage, prayer and humility are traits of "real missionaries" like Cyril and Methodius
"The Word of God must be proclaimed with this frankness, with this force… with courage. The person who doesn't have courage – spiritual courage, courage of heart, who is not enamored of Jesus, and from there comes courage! – No, you will say, yes, something interesting, something moral, something that will do you good, a good philanthropy, but this is not the Word of God"
13/02/2017 - VATICAN
Pope: jealousy and envy can destroy the bond of brotherhood, even among priests and bishops
"This process must be nipped in the bud, at the very first sign of bitterness, stop. The bitterness is not Christian. Sorrow yes, bitterness no. Resentment is not Christian. Sorrow yes, bitterness no ".
13/02/2017 - MYANMAR
Aung San Suu Kyi: ethnic groups, sign ceasefire and join peace movement
The Burmese leader has intervened in a ceremony commemorating the 70th anniversary of the Panglong Conference. A common effort to put an end to all the violence that bloody the country. Peace remains a priority. However, ethnic clashes and sectarian conflicts jeopardize the process.
12/02/2017 - VATICAN
Pope: insulting and offending the dignity of the person is "in line" with murder
Some behaviours "are the premise and reveal the same malevolence" of killing. "Like stealing, corruption and all other sins, adultery is first conceived in our hearts and once the wrong choice is made in the heart, it is then followed in actual behaviour.”
11/02/2017 - VATICAN
Pope Francis sends the archbishop of Warsaw to Medjugorje only for pastoral reasons
The pope wants to understand more the needs of the faithful who come on pilgrimage to Bosnia-Herzegovina. The commission that investigated the authenticity of the apparitions finished its work long ago. Francis often jokes about ‘Our Lady the postwoman’ delivering appearances on command, or the ‘Virgin Mary superstar’ but never explicitly in relation to Medjugorje.
10/02/2017 - MYANMAR
The "new" Myanmar is hostage to the military and ethnic and sectarian divisionsby Francis Khoo Thwe
10/02/2017 - VATICAN
Pope: The devil deceives us with "dialogue” that leads to corruption
At Mass in Santa Marta, Pope Francis points out that you should not "talk with the devil ", instead we must pray. The devil, "the father of lies", deceives and "leaves you naked."
09/02/2017 - VATICAN
Pope: "Without woman, there is no harmony in the world"
"This is the great gift of God has given us: woman." "Exploiting people is a crime against humanity: it is true. But taking advantage of a woman is more than this: it is destroying the harmony that God wanted to give to the world. It destroys. "
09/02/2017 - VATICAN
Pope says anti-Semitism is "contrary to Christian principles and every vision worthy of the human person”
During a meeting with a delegation from the Anti-Defamation League, Francis said that “Faced with too much violence spreading throughout the world, we are called to a greater nonviolence, which does not mean passivity, but active promotion of the good.”
09/02/2017 - VATICAN-CHINA-HONG KONG
Card. Tong’s article on China-Holy See dialogue, arouses joy and dismayby Bernardo Cervellera
The Hong Kong bishop’s optimism over a change in the method of appointing bishops and the function of the Patriotic Association. But it is unclear whether it is real change or just nominal, in words. Underground bishops are patriotic and love their country, but the Party is suspicious of them. Freedom in episcopal appointments is “essential", but the bishops are not free to exercise their ministry. Patriotic bishops controlled in their visits with members of the universal Church. The "bugs" (hidden microphones) in a bishop’s office.
09/02/2017 - HONG KONG-CHINA-VATICAN
Card. Tong: The future of Sino-Vatican dialogue from an ecclesiological point of viewby Card. John Tong
The Hong Kong Cardinal outlines the steps that hope to propel dialogue between China and the Holy See. Themes include the Pope's role in the appointment of bishops; A change of vision in the Patriotic Association; the possible integration of the underground bishops in the Episcopal Conference. A new article by card. John Tong, following a previous article published a few months ago on "Communion of the Church in China with the universal Church."
08/02/2017 - VATICAN – CHINA
As Vatican defends China over organ trafficking, Huang Jiefu says he plays no diplomatic role
Conference participants criticise China, claiming it hides trafficking in prisoners’ organs. ““Are they doing any illegal transplantation of organs in China? We can’t say. But we want to strengthen the movement for change,” said Mgr Sánchez Morondo. Huang was invited to the Vatican only as transplant expert. Some suspect that the Holy See wants to ingratiate itself with Beijing to continue their dialogue.
08/02/2017 - VATICAN
Pope callas for prayers "for our Rohingya brothers and sisters "
They are "tortured, killed, just because they carry on their traditions, their Muslim faith." Christian hope is not only personal, but it has a "Community, ecclesial breath", all are called to pray for one another and invoke the Holy Spirit, to "make us understand that we need not fear that the Lord is near, and takes care of us; and it is He who shapes our communities. "
07/02/2017 - MYANMAR
Myanmar, Burmese Cardinal: the dawn of hope blurred by ethnic and sectarian violenceby Card. Charles Maung Bo
In a letter to the faithful, the Archbishop of Yangon reminds that the country needs care, not new wounds. The anti-Rohingya violence in Rakhine, the attacks against civilians in Kachin and Shan, the Muslim lawyer's murder are "red flags." The appeal to the government and to the international community to work together for peace.
07/02/2017 - VATICAN
Pope: Lent a time of conversion, it invites to listen assiduously to the Word of God
In the Message for Lent 2017, Francis comments on the parable of the rich man and poor Lazarus saying that it "teaches us that the other is a gift. The right relationship with people is to recognize the value of" gratitude. "The Holy Spirit will guide us to make a real journey of conversion, to rediscover the gift of the Word of God, to be cleansed of sin that blinds us and serve Christ present in the needy.
07/02/2017 - VATICAN
Pope: God gave man His DNA, made him lord of creation and gave him woman to accompany him
There are three of the greatest gifts to man at creation. "We ask for the grace to keep this identity of children, to work on the gift he has given us and carry on with our work, and the grace to learn to love more each day."
06/02/2017 - VATICAN
Health care providers, must never deviate from respect for the dignity of the person
The XXV World Day of the Sick and Pastoral health care workers presented at the Vatican. Not everything that is technically possible is ethically acceptable. This includes euthanasia and aggressive therapy, cloning, and the attempts of gestation of human embryos in animal or artificial wombs, abortion. Instead "deep palliative sedation" in the stages close to the time of death and the respect of the will of the person.
06/02/2017 - VATICAN
Pope: the Christian is a "slave" of love, not of duty, or the "rigidity of closed Commandments "
God created the world "to share its fullness to have someone to whom and with whom to share its fullness." "Each of us should ask ourselves how we live these two wonders, the wonder of creation and even more wonder of re-creation."
05/02/2017 - VATICAN
Pope: Day for Life in the wake of St. Theresa of Calcutta, to counter throw away logic and population decline
At the Angelus Pope Francis expresses unity with the Italian bishops. "Every life is sacred." "Both the child about to be born and the person who is going to die." Christians must "be the light and salt in your daily life environment". "Keep away from the pollutants germs of selfishness, envy, slander". Our communities must shine "as places of welcome, solidarity and reconciliation".
04/02/2017 - THAILAND - MYANMAR
Bangkok and Naypyidaw revive partnership: 18 new memoranda of understanding signed
The goal is to increase "investments of Thai entrepreneurs in Myanmar". 16 deals for private sector and two at a governmental level (Dawei and fishing). Strengthening small and medium enterprises, to ensure sustainable development. Plans for a shoe factory and development of digital sector.
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