27/03/2017 - RUSSIA
Demonstrations against corruption of Medvedev and Putin. A video about the premier’s construction empire, seen by 11 million people. Unauthorized demonstrations: at least 500 protesters arrested. Rallies in Moscow, St. Petersburg, Novosibirsk, Krasnoyarsk, Omsk, Yekaterinburg, Vladivostok.
26/03/2017 - VATICAN
Pope urges the faithful to abandon the false lights of prejudice towards others and self-interest
Baptism inspires us to follow Jesus and judge men and things according to a new scale of values that comes from God, as well as to walk in the light, that is to "abandon false lights”. Francis thanked Milan and the Milanese for the warm reception they showed him yesterday. He also said that it is true that "In Milan people are welcomed heart in hand”.
25/03/2017 - ITALY – VATICAN
Pope tells 80,000 youth that grandparents can help them find faith, says no to bullying
Parents should strive to educate children about contents, ideas, values and attitudes about life. He urged them to play with their children, take the time to go to Mass with them, visit a park, and remember that they can see and suffer when they argue.
25/03/2017 - ITALY – VATICAN
Pope: in a time marked by speculation, nothing and no one is "foreign" to God
Francis celebrated Mass in Monza before a million people according to organisers. This followed his visit to Milan’s San Vittore Prison where he had lunch with inmates. “The Lord loves me as much as he does you,” he told them. “Jesus himself is in you and in me; we are sinful brothers".
25/03/2017 - ITALY – VATICAN
Pope in Milan: pastors must teach how to choose in a society that has many cultures
Francis began his visit at the Case Bianche compound, home to three families. He met priests and consecrated people at the Cathedral where he talked about discernment. “Choose the peripheries, reawaken processes, ignite the spent and weakened hope of a society that has become insensible to the pain of others,” he said.
24/03/2017 - VATICAN - EU
Pope: Europe is not just an economy, but a way of conceiving man and a capacity for hope
Francis spoke to the heads of state and government of the 27 EU member states on the 60th anniversary of the Treaty of Rome. He told them that the Old Continent is a reality based on the centrality of man, effective solidarity, openness to the world, the pursuit of peace and development, and overture to the future. He also talked about "serious migration crisis" and the populism that is the "fruit of an egotism".
24/03/2017 - RUSSIA
Optimists, pessimists, and apocalyptics look at Russia on the 100th anniversary of the Revolutionby Vladimir Rozanskij
The commemoration of the centenary of the Russian Revolution of 1917 has begun. A major historical revision is underway. Our post-globalisation times resemble 1917. The Moscow Patriarchate and Vladimir Putin are silent on the matter.
24/03/2017 - VATICAN - GREAT BRITAIN - ISLAM
London attack: The Pope's pain and that of a young Muslim
Pope Francis expresses "prayer and solidarity" for the victims killed in Westminster. A young Muslim apologizes to the victims because terrorists used his religion to cause such violence. Islam "has been taken hostage." Police release the name of the dead attacker: Khalid Massoud, 52, born in Britain. Perhaps he is of Pakistani or Afghan origin. The Islamic State claims him as "one of our soldiers."
23/03/2017 - VATICAN
Pope: if you do not listen to the Word of God, you end up confusing God with the devil
"When a people, a community, even a Christian community, a parish, a diocese, close their ears and become deaf to the Word of the Lord, they look for other voices, other lords, and end up with the idols, idols of the world, the worldliness, that society offers them. They walk away from the living God. "
23/03/2017 - ASIA - ISLAM - GREAT BRITAIN
Indian Church praying for the victims of London attack. The sympathy of world leaders
Cardinal Gracias expresses deep sorrow for an attack that caused a "senseless loss of life." And prays God grant "peace, strength and consolation." Sympathy and solidarity from international leaders. Iran asks to stop the sale of the "weapons to terrorist groups ". Erdogan expresses solidarity with the British, but launches a new attack on Europe.
22/03/2017 - VATICAN
Pope: Protect water, a common good, also by enhancing the cultural and religious significance
The Word of God "feeds a hope that concrete results in sharing in mutual service." "Our hope is not based on our own strength or means, but on the support of God and the faithfulness of His love, that is, on God's strength and consolation of God." "That of migrants is the biggest tragedy since the Second World War".
21/03/2017 - VATICAN
Pope tells young people to remember the past, to have courage in the present and hope for the future
The Message for the 32nd World Youth Day was issued today centred on “The ‘great things’ that the Almighty accomplished’.” In her meeting with Elizabeth, Mary becomes a model. The pontiff calls on young people to avoid being couch potatoes, safe and cosy, urges them to rediscover the relationship with seniors. The Church experience is not a flash mob. The future should be experienced in a constructive way, and “the institutions of marriage, consecrated life and priestly mission” should not be devalued.
21/03/2017 - VATICAN
Pope: the forgiveness of sins "is a mystery" and the first step is shame
Forgiveness received from God, "the wonder he created in your heart" must be able to "enter into your consciousness." "We ask for the grace of shame before God. It 'a great grace! Ashamed of our sins and thus we receive forgiveness and the grace of generosity to give it to others because if the Lord has forgiven me so much, who am I not to forgive? ".
21/03/2017 - ASIA
The happiest countries in the world: Norway in first place, China ranked 79th despite economic growth
The ranking takes into account the gross domestic product per person, life expectancy, social welfare, freedom and perception of corruption. Well Australia and New Zealand, Cambodia is the saddest Asian country. Disappointment for India, to 122th place.
21/03/2017 - NORTH KOREA-RUSSIA
North Korean migrant slaves in Russia. This is how Pyongyang tackles crisis
North Korean workers must first study Russian language and history. They are employed on minimum wages (maximum $ 100). 70% paid to the state as "loyalty fee." Slaves also in the Gulf and Europe. The UN report: up to 20 hours of work per day; one or two days off per month.
20/03/2017 - RUSSIA
Students and spectators coopted and paid to celebrate annexation of the Crimeaby Vladimir Rozanskij
For the students it was a "obligated holiday." Flyers promised 400 rubles "for three hours of work", actually to participate in the "Anniversary celebrations." Several representatives of political parties and nationalist movements have repeated the proposal to make March 18 an official holiday, and - to the glory of the Crimean referendum - a fixed day for the most important votes.
20/03/2017 - VATICAN
Pope: St. Joseph gives young people "the ability to dream, to take risks"
19/03/2017 - VATICAN
Pope: Forgetful of great gift of baptism, we seek wells whose waters cannot quench our thirst
At the Angelus Pope Francis comments on Christ’s dialogue with the Samaritan woman: "This Gospel is meant for us!". Lent opportunity to encounter Jesus "in prayer, in a heart to heart conversation, see his face in the face of a suffering brother or sister ". Solidarity with the people of Peru, hit by floods. The beatification in Bolzano of Josef Mayr-Nusser, Nazi martyr: a model for the laity and for fathers.
18/03/2017 - RUSSIA
Jehovah's Witnesses' presence at risk across Russia
The Ministry of Justice wants to declare all activities of the group "extremist" and therefore banned throughout the Federation. According to the Government, such activities "violate the rights and freedoms of man and citizens and harm people, public order and national security." The religious texts of Jehovah's Witnesses banned because they give "negative views" toward other religions and because they are against military service.
18/03/2017 - INDONESIA
Yogakarta set to welcome youth from 29 countries for next Asian Youth Dayby Mathias Hariyadi
Pluralism of Indonesian society inspired the theme of the event. The Catholic Church in Asia in the wide variety of ethnic groups, languages and cultures. Msgr. Suharyo: "All participants deeply understand the importance of the concept of unity in diversity". Msgr. Prapdi: "Diversity is a priceless" social and cultural asset.
17/03/2017 - VATICAN
Pope leads penitential liturgy
Francis, who did not deliver the homily, was confessed for about five minutes and then confessed, for about 50 minutes, some of the faithful. This morning he said that the confessor must pray, discern – to avoid generalising – and remember that the confessional is also a place of evangelisation, because it allows an encounter with the true face of God, which is that of mercy.
16/03/2017 - VATICAN
Pope: "Cursed is the man who trusts in himself", in goods and not in the Lord
Those who trust in riches, goods, "in the flesh" are on a dangerous road of sin, that always personalizes God, and leads to corruption, "from which there is no going back."
16/03/2017 - VATICAN-LEBANON
Pope: I will go to Lebanon and I will always remember it in my prayers
Francis receives Lebanese President Michel Aoun, for whom "The coexistence of Lebanon occupies a special place in the heart of Pope Francis, who will respond to the invitation to visit the Land of the Cedars." Vatican appreciation for Lebanon's support to Syrian refugees.
16/03/2017 - RUSSIA
More convictions in Russia for missionary activity
A court fined three Evangelical Baptists for illegally handing out religious literature and inviting people to their meetings without notifying the Justice Ministry about the start of their activities, as required by law.
15/03/2017 - ITALY
Jesus teaches us how to become missionariesby Piero Gheddo
The "new evangelisation" calls for a new Christian consciousness, that of having to represent Jesus to the people Christians meet. It requires overcoming the barrier of secularism, whereby talking about religious topics is seen an inappropriate, almost a taboo that prevents many from expressing the religious feeling we all carry in our hearts.
15/03/2017 - VATICAN
Pope: Sin of taking work from people is "very serious”
"This work gives us dignity, and those in charge of people, leaders, have an obligation to do everything possible so that every man and every woman can work and thus hold their heads high, face others, with dignity". "We are called to love, to love", but we must avoid the risk that our charity is "hypocritical."
15/03/2017 - RUSSIA
The Orthodox "recognition" of St. Patrick, "Irish ecumenism" in Russiaby Vladimir Rozanskij
The Moscow Patriarchate has decided to include the memory of the patron saint of the Irish in its liturgical calendar. The decision is also perhaps to be seen in light of the desired Russian-American friendship, envisaged after the election of President Trump, or perhaps it is a consequence of the resumption of Catholic-Orthodox dialogue, followed the meeting of Patriarch Kirill with Pope Francis of last February 2016 in Cuba.
14/03/2017 - VATICAN
Pope: conversion is turning away from evil and learning to do good, not in words but in "getting things done"
" Along the path of life, of the Christian life one learns every day. You have to learn every day to do something, to be better than the day before. " " He, the Lord, names three concrete things, but there are many: seek justice, relieve the oppressed, give orphans justice, defend the cause of the widow… but concrete things."
14/03/2017 - SYRIA - KAZAKHSTAN
Anti-Assad opposition will not take part in Astana peace talks
Government and rebels in the Kazakh capital were to discuss the strengthening of the ceasefire and exchange of prisoners. Opposition leader: Boycott for "broken promises" by the government on the truce. In Homs, the capital of the revolution, rebel groups reach an agreement for evacuation.
13/03/2017 - RUSSIA
No ironizing Patriarch, awarded as a geographerby Vladimir Rozanskij
A poem ironizes on a recognition - rather unique - awarded by the Minister of Defence and not by the Geographical Society raises a protest Authority for complaints against the press.
13/03/2017 - SYRIA
Syrian jihadist group, affiliated with al Qaeda, behind double attack in Damascus
The Sunni extremist movement Hayat Tahrir al-Sham claimed responsibility for the attack of March 10; at least 40 victims, about 120 wounded. Two busloads of Iraqi Shiite pilgrims targeted. The attack is a "message to Iran" for supporting Assad. New round of talks in Astana mediated by Tehran, Moscow and Ankara.
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