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08/28/2015 VATICAN - IRAQ
Fr. Samir of Amadiya: The Pope is the voice of Iraqi refugees
by Bernardo Cervellera
The Chaldean priest met Pope Francis, asking him to keep the world’s focus on Christian refugees from Mosul and the Nineveh Plain. His diocese is home to 3500 Christian families and almost half a million Yazidis who fled Islamic State violence. ISIS is not all Islam and there are Muslims who want an Iraq of coexistence. Christians might not emigrate, but remain in their own land. Aid projects for refugees: school for children, work for adults, a home for every family. An appeal to AsiaNews.
Vatican City (AsiaNews) – Still deeply moved and emotional at having been able to meet and speak with Pope Francis for at least three minutes, at the end of the general audience two days ago, Fr. Samir says "it was a...

08/26/2015 ASIA – CHINA
China’s former deputy finance minister to head new development bank
The new Asian Infrastructure Investment Bank will compete with US-backed World Bank and Japan-backed Asian Development Bank. The new president speaks both English and French.
08/26/2015 VATICAN
Pope on prayer: God is "the caress that keeps us alive"
At the general audience, Pope Francis explains the value of prayer in family life. Rediscovering our love for God. He is not only "the great Being, the Almighty, who created all things, the judge who controls every action." "There are mothers and fathers who could win the Nobel Prize" because in 24 hours they do things that they would need 48 hours for. "The Gospel read and pondered in the family is like a good bread that nourishes everyone’s heart". Appointment for September 1 at 17 in St. Peter for a Liturgy of the Word on the World Day of Prayer for the care of creation, together with the Orthodox.
08/25/2015 KOREA
Agreement reached: Seoul turns off loudspeakers, North suspends state of war
Talks avoid military escalation between the two sides. The South Korean government will stop border propaganda against the Pyongyang regime. North says "sorry", but does not apologize for the wounding of two of the South’s soldiers. Seoul maintains a defensive position for fear of further provocations.
08/24/2015 KOREA
Seoul calls for "apology" from Pyongyang over landmines to stop border propaganda
Despite warlike rhetoric and reports from the South Korean military that most of North Korea’s submarines appear to be away from their bases, and that amphibious landing vessels have been deployed to the border, high-level talks are underway in the abandoned ‘truce village’ of Panmunjom.

08/23/2015 VATICAN
Pope: Who is Jesus for me? Answer in the silence of our heart. Appeal for peace in Ukraine
Three times at the Angelus Sunday, Pope Francis calls on people to ask themselves "Who is Jesus for me?". "Everything we have in the world does not satisfy our hunger for the infinite. We need Jesus. " Fidelity to God is "fidelity to a person ... And this person is Jesus." Appeal for peace in eastern Ukraine.
08/21/2015 KOREA
Korea, tension on the border: Kim Jong-un orders state of war
After exchange of artillery shells , Pyongyang gives Seoul ultimatum to dismantle a loudspeakers blasting propaganda and threatens: "Within 48 hours, or there will be further military actions”. A letter from United Front Department opens a channel of dialogue. Seoul ready to respond to both. Catholic source tells AsiaNews: "So much saber rattling by the media and the military, but the population is quiet. We pray for peace. "
08/20/2015 VATICAN
For pope, the challenge migrants represent find an answer in the Gospel of mercy
Pope Francis picked the theme for the upcoming World Day of Migrants and Refugees (17 January 2016< which comes during the Jubilee of Mercy dedicated to those who flee hunger and persecution. Welcoming foreigners is one of the works of mercy, and not on a single day alone.
08/20/2015 KOREA
Korean Church to examine the beatification of the bishop of Pyongyang and companions, martyred by Kim Il-sung
The Bishops’ Conference announced that in late November that it will begin to assess whether Mgr Francis Borgia Hong Yong-ho and his 80 companions can be considered as martyrs. Jailed in 1949, Mgr Hong has been missing ever since. The group includes Mgr Byrne, a Maryknoll missionary forced on a "death march" by the soldiers of the North Korean regime.
08/20/2015 SOUTH KOREA
Beijing, Park will participate in celebrations for 70th anniversary of end of World War II
South Korea’s leader accepts invitation of Xi Jinping, rejected by many Western leaders. Three day visit will include a bilateral meeting with the Chinese President. Expectation ahead of Pyongyang’s decision.
08/19/2015 VATICAN
Pope: Today’s world of work considers families a burden, a weight
At the general audience Pope Francis speaks about the world of work. "To cause a loss of jobs, means to create serious social damage . “Work is sacred, work gives dignity to a family. We must pray that no family lacks work". The logic of profit only corrupts the environment and affects the poorest families. The "great mission" of families in today's world is like "David versus Goliath ... but we know how that challenge ended". A special greeting to the Taize community for the 75th anniversary of its founding. Greetings for the pilgrims from Japan and the Middle East.
08/16/2015 VATICAN
Pope: The Eucharist is Jesus who gives himself entirely to us
During the Angelus, Pope Francis explained the meaning of the Eucharist, the real and not symbolic presence of Jesus, and the Mass, which is not a "private prayer". For the pontiff, “Feeding on this ‘bread of life’ means becoming attuned to Christ’s heart, and assimilate his choices, thoughts, and behaviour.”
08/15/2015 VATICAN
Pope offers prayer for the people of Tianjin, our pilgrimage in the sign of Mary
Pope Francis shares the pain for the calamity that struck the Chinese city where two explosions killed more than 50 people and injured an additional 700. The presence of 700 tonnes of sodium cyanide in the warehouse that blew up is cause for great concern. Bullies weigh on history but “God does not abandon his humble and poor children”. Life “is not about aimlessly wandering” but “is a pilgrimage that [. . .] has a safe destination: the house of the Father." The pontiff called on the faithful to visit to the ‘Salus Populi Romani’ at S. Maria Maggiore.
08/14/2015 KOREA
Card Yeom says Korea’s liberation was a gift from Mary, urges prayer for North-South reconciliation
by Card. Andrew Yeom Soo-jung
The prelate issues a message for the 70th anniversary of the end of the Second World War and the beginning of Korea’s division. “It is a painful reality that a people that speaks the same language should turn against itself for 70, long years.” In the message, the cardinal calls for prayers and acts of reconciliation, urges the governments of the two Koreas to pursue the same goal.
08/12/2015 VATICAN
Pope: Celebration and rest is a precious gift that God gave to the human family, countering the "nasty virus" of consumption and waste
At the general audience Pope Francis begins a a new cycle of catechesis dedicated to celebration, work and family prayer. Rest is "God's invention" to give us time to contemplate work well done; not to be "lazy and to sit in a chair”. Rest from work breaks "the production machine" to discover ourselves the "masters" of our work and not "slaves". "The ideology of profit and consumption" reduces our free time "to a business” that is all about making and spending money. The Sunday Eucharist "brings all of the grace of Jesus Christ to our rest", so that "every reality receives its full meaning. "

Altri articoli
08/11/2015 VATICAN
‘Overcome indifference and win peace’ on the 2016 World Day of Peace
08/10/2015 VATICAN – ORTHODOX
Pope picks 1 September as a day for the Care of Creation together with the Orthodox
08/09/2015 VATICAN
Pope: Hiroshima and Nagasaki, a permanent warning to humanity. An end to war!
08/07/2015 VATICAN
Pope: "In a world at war, you are a sign of hope". A meeting with the Eucharistic Youth Movement
08/06/2015 VATICAN – JORDAN – ITALY
Pope offers hope to Iraqi Christians victimised by "atrocious, inhuman and inexplicable persecution"
08/05/2015 VATICAN
Pope: "No closed doors" to divorced and remarried, they are part of the life of the Church
08/04/2015 VATICAN
Pope to altar servers: The joy of friendship with Jesus makes us all missionaries
08/02/2015 VATICAN
For pope, Jesus urges us to look for the "bread of life", which expresses His love
07/31/2015 NORTH KOREA – CANADA
Pyongyang holds a Protestant missionary for planning a theocracy in North Korea
07/26/2015 VATICAN-SYRIA
Pope: urgent appeal for the release of Fr. Dall'Oglio, kidnapped two years ago in Syria
07/24/2015 CHINA
Wenzhou: 90-year-old bishop and 26 priests protest against cross demolitions by Joseph Yuan
07/24/2015 VATICAN - GREAT BRITAIN
For the pope, euthanasia is what “mafiosi do. There is a problem: we get rid of this guy . . .”
07/23/2015 ISRAEL - IRAN
After nuclear deal, Israel ought to become Iran’s best ally by Uri Avnery
07/21/2015 VATICAN
For the pope, caring for the environment is caring for humanity and its future
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CHINA
Wenzhou: 90-year-old bishop and 26 priests protest against cross demolitions
by Joseph YuanThis is not the first time that the old bishop and his priests speak out against the demolition campaign against crosses and churches, which has touched more than 400 buildings. During the protest, police tried to disperse the group, which sought to submit a petition. The faithful recite a Crown of the Divine Mercy is in support of the Chinese Church. In Lishui, churches are expected to be torn down by 31 August.
ISRAEL - IRAN
After nuclear deal, Israel ought to become Iran’s best ally
by Uri AvneryThis is the thesis of Uri Avnery, leader of Gush Shalom, a major supporter of peace between Israelis and Palestinians. According to the great statesman and peace activist, Iran only wants to be a regional power in the Islamic world, able to trade with everyone, inspired by a sophisticated experience that goes back thousands of years. Iran, which faces backward-looking Gulf monarchies and emirates, could be a great ally against Daesh. Meanwhile in Israel Netanyahu, politicians and the media continue to blunder.
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08/25/2015 PAKISTAN
Faisalabad: Christian family forced to flee from place to place after wife converts from Islam
by Stephen Masih
08/25/2015 LEBANON
Muslims defend Christians’ freedom in Beirut Declaration
08/22/2015 LEBANON
Islamic Makassed launch doctrinal battle against Muslim extremism
by Fady Noun
08/24/2015 SINGAPORE - MALAYSIA - BRUNEI
Catholics in Singapore, Malaysia and Brunei use rosary and website against human trafficking
08/22/2015 IRAQ - SYRIA
Unesco: Islamic State most brutal destruction since Second World War
08/24/2015 RUSSIA - CHINA
As price per barrel drops so do Russia’s hopes of signing a second gas deal with China
08/26/2015 VATICAN
Pope on prayer: God is "the caress that keeps us alive"
08/23/2015 VATICAN
Pope: Who is Jesus for me? Answer in the silence of our heart. Appeal for peace in Ukraine
08/24/2015 MYANMAR
Myanmar passes polygamy and conversion laws that please Buddhist extremists
08/22/2015 VIETNAM
Vĩnh Long diocese gives scholarships to Mekong Delta’s poor children
by Thanh Thuy

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