02/12/2016 - HOLY SEE – ISRAEL
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 - MYANMAR
Kachin activists call for an end to the war and to illegal arrests
The Joint Strategy Team (JST), which has provided humanitarian assistance in Kachin state since 2011, calls for an end to the fighting between government and rebel forces. The number of casualties is unknown but thousands of displaced people have sought refuge in China. People are in a dire situation but the military have blocked humanitarian aid.
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.
29/11/2016 - MYANMAR – BANGLADESH
Clashes in Rakhine State: Rohingya refugees stopped at Bangladesh border
Bangladesh border guards send back boats full of Muslim women and children fleeing Myanmar army violence. The death toll in Rakhine State reaches 90 deaths and 30,000 displaced people. Myanmar and UN clash.
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."
25/11/2016 - LAOS
Vientiane planning a new dam on the Mekong. Criticism from activists and neighboring countries
The 912 megawatt Pak Beng hydroelectric plant would be the third managed by Vietiane, that aims to become the "battery of Asia." Mekong River Commission impeached, for facilitating Laos in the two previous projects: "This time we will ensure a more thorough review of the project". One of the richest ecosystems in the world at risk.
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"
23/11/2016 - IRAQ
"Adopt a Christian from Mosul": A Christmas gift to survive winterby 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.
23/11/2016 - IRAQ
Pastor of Amadiya: Mosul’s Christian refugees, torn between emergency aid and the longing to return homeby 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".
23/11/2016 - BANGLADESH - MYANMAR
Dhaka, Christian and Muslim leaders speak out against Rohingya genocideby Sumon Corraya
Bangladesh has decided to reject about 400 refugees at the border. They were running away from the new wave of repression in Myanmar. Islamic leaders denounce the ethnic cleansing. Bishop of Rajshahi: The government needs to safeguard all minorities.
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 Mercyby 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.
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