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10/19/2014 VATICAN
"God is not afraid of new things," like Paul VI who surveyed "the signs of the times", says pope at Synod
"We have sown and we continued to sow, patiently and perseveringly, in the certainty that it is the Lord who gives growth to what we have sown," the pope said on the day the great helmsman of the Council, Pope Paul VI, was beatified. Warmly welcomed by the crowd, Pope Emeritus Benedict XVI, who was created cardinal by Pope Paul VI in 1977, was present at the ceremony.
Vatican City (AsiaNews) - "God is not afraid of new things. That is why he is continually surprising us, opening our hearts and guiding us in unexpected ways," said Pope Francis during the Mass that closed...

10/18/2014 VATICAN
Pope: Synod is "walking together" with the "consolation" and "temptations" of a "Church that has its doors wide open to receive the needy, the repentant and not only the righteous"
The Relatio Synodi document will be the basis for discussion in next year’s synod. "The generous fidelity with which so many Christian families respond to their vocation and mission." "The crisis of faith that has affected many Catholics is often at the root of the crisis of marriage and the family." It is '"a pastoral challenge". The Church ,"while recognizing that for the baptized, there is another constraint that the sacramental wedding, and that any breach of it is against the will of God, is also aware of the fragility of many of her children who struggle on the path of faith ". For the divorced and remarried "any access to the sacraments should be preceded by a penitential journey under the responsibility of the diocesan bishop."
10/18/2014 VATICAN
Synod Message: Admiration and gratitude to the families who follow Christ, Way, Truth and Life
The Message (which we publish in full) is addressed to "ordinary" families and speaks of the beauty of the love between a man and a woman. Little or no space to the issues discussed in the media: communion to remarried; gay families. A prayer to the Father, in union "with the family of Nazareth," which shows the family as the transforming cell of society and the world.
10/17/2014 VATICAN
Synod: "intense" debate in drafting of final document
Card. Marx: the Pope did not convene two synods to "repeat what has always been said" but "give a strong impetus to the family pastoral care". "The Magisterium of the Church is not a static collection of sentences, but is developed. Doctrine does not change but it is understood and implemented in different ways." Msgr. Pontier: a search for "a balance between the position of those who are more focused on the question of whether a certain situation is consistent with the teaching of the Church and those who invite us to pay more attention to people's needs".
10/17/2014 VATICAN - AUSTRALIA
Australian couple at the Synod: the family as a domestic church and model for evangelisation
"Church documents [. . .] seemed to be from another planet". The pastoral ministry falters before specials cases because it lacks preparation and openness. Catholics must start over from the living Gospel, the one experienced in families and communities, in order to rediscover the beauty of married love and the sanctity of marriage. Here is the testimony of Ron and Mavis Pirola.

10/17/2014 VATICAN
Pope: fighting hunger, "starting from each person and community and not from market trends"
In a message for World Food Day, Francis writes that we can no longer "defend systems of production and consumption that exclude the majority of the world population even from the crumbs that fall from the tables of the rich. [. . .] Specifically, it is necessary to give greater acknowledgement to the role of the rural families and develop its full potential."
10/17/2014 VATICAN
Pope: the Holy Spirit, "seal" of Christian identity, through which God pledges us Heaven in eternity
Having the pledge of Heaven does not prevent Christians from the temptation of "dulling down” their identity" to be "lukewarm" and of "'pretending': I pretend to be a Christian, but am not. I am not transparent, I say one thing - 'yes, yes I am a Christian' - but I do another, something that is not Christian"."Love, joy, peace, patience, kindness, goodness, faithfulness, gentleness, self-control. And this is our path to heaven."
10/16/2014 VATICAN
Synod Working Groups, "starting afresh from the family", accompanying and not judging, but without confusion
The Working Groups report call for a greater emphasis on the value of the Christian family, which is composed of a man and a woman and is open to life. Regarding Communion for divorced and remarried, it says doctrine should not be changed, but some asks for openness to the possibility to communicate, in a perspective of compassion and mercy, but only if certain conditions are satisfied. The general idea of the impossibility of equating marriage between man and woman with homosexual unions.
10/16/2014 VATICAN
Pope: "Prayers of praise" are "joy" and come from remembering all that the Lord has done for us
"The starting point" is "remembering" that "God chose me before the creation of the world." "If we do not believe this then we are not Christian! We may be steeped in a theist religiosity, but not Christians! The Christian is a chosen one, the Christian is someone who has been chosen in God’s heart before the creation of the world" The prayer of praise is first "a prayer of joy", then "a prayer of memory."
10/16/2014 ITALY
With Pope Francis, the mission ad gentes renews the Church
by Piero Gheddo
The pontiff begins with the proclamation of Christ and with young churches in order to give new impetus to the older ones that are perhaps moored too much to old patterns. The missionary spirit can teach a lot even to those who, like us, are rich in spirituality, theology, law, liturgical rites, and pastoral experiences. . . . The apostles themselves did not remain in Jerusalem, but gave breath and universal consistency to Catholicism by "going into the whole world."
10/15/2014 VATICAN
Synod: Different opinions in Working Groups, but also agreement on need for pastoral care for families
The Working Groups are developing amendments and adjustments to the Report presented by Cardinal Erdo. Msgr. Fisichella "debate essential part of Synod". Msgr. Joseph Kurtz. "There are couples who do everything to make things work. This requires greater attention, even in the current Synod. There are people who strive to give their witness to the faith in the family".
10/15/2014 VATICAN
Pope: Christian hope "is not optimism," but "fervent expectation" of Christ’s return
"All nations will be together" in the heavenly Jerusalem, and "there will be no more isolation, bullying or discrimination of any kind - social, ethnic or religious - we will all be one in Christ." "Thus the Church has the task of keeping the lamp of hope lit and clearly visible so it may continue to shine as a sure sign of salvation and illuminate the path that leads to the encounter with the merciful face of God for all humanity" .
10/15/2014 KOREA
Korea, in surprise move military talks open up between North and South
The two countries, who are still technically at war, agree to a high level meeting of military leaders in the village of Panmunjom. In recent days, the absence of dictator Kim and the Pyongyang Troika visit to Seoul has sparked speculation on the future of the peninsula.
10/14/2014 VATICAN
Synod: Beauty of marriage and Christ’s warning against worldly mentality must be remembered
The Secretariat of the Synod recalled that the Relatio post disceptationem is a "working document" that will be examined by the Working Groups. The summary of their reflections will be made public. "The idea of the Working Groups is to deliver a working text for the third part of the process which is next year’s Ordinary Synod of bishops on the family. Only then will there be a "definitive pronouncement" on the issues under examination.
10/14/2014 IRAQ - ITALY
Almost 700,000 euros raised as the 'Adopt a Christian from Mosul' campaign continues
by Bernardo Cervellera
A second instalment is sent with funds raised in September. The fate of East-West relations is being played out in the Middle East and Iraq. Pope Francis and the Synod issue an appeal. Governments are lukewarm. Aid is coming from around the world. A new international community is defeating the "globalisation of indifference."

Altri articoli
10/14/2014 VATICAN
Pope: Christian life is not “cosmetic", but "faith active in charity"
10/13/2014 VATICAN
Synod: "the desire for family" still alive, but "new pastoral programs" needed
10/13/2014 VATICAN
Pope: Be open to the "God of the surprises", to the "signs of the times" not closed in on ourselves
10/12/2014 VATICAN
Pope: the Kingdom of God is not to be reduced to a "tiny church", the gospel is for everyone
10/12/2014 VATICAN
Pope: The Church is missionary, if it stops moving, she becomes closed in on herself, she can be corrupted
10/11/2014 VATICAN
Synod: the challenges to the family a common concern for all Christians
10/10/2014 VATICAN
Synod message, "of profound sympathy" with families who suffer violence in Iraq, Syria and around the world
10/10/2014 VATICAN
Pope: an examination of conscience to defend us from the devil who "is patient" and "very clever"
10/09/2014 VATICAN
Synod: Listening to hear those living difficult marital situations who "are part of the Church"
10/09/2014 VATICAN
Pope: Prayer is asking for many things, but the greatest gift is the Holy Spirit
10/08/2014 VATICAN
Synod, the Church must give "an appropriate response to the times of today" to the challenges posed to the family
10/08/2014 NORTH KOREA - UNITED NATIONS
At UN Pyongyang defends its prison camps as re-education centres for wrongdoers
10/08/2014 VATICAN
Pope: history has separated Christians, "but we're on the path to reconciliation and communion"
10/07/2014 VATICAN
Synod to send a message to families in the Middle East, and a consistory to focus on their plight
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IRAQ - ITALY
Almost 700,000 euros raised as the 'Adopt a Christian from Mosul' campaign continues
by Bernardo CervelleraA second instalment is sent with funds raised in September. The fate of East-West relations is being played out in the Middle East and Iraq. Pope Francis and the Synod issue an appeal. Governments are lukewarm. Aid is coming from around the world. A new international community is defeating the "globalisation of indifference."
IRAQ-ITALY
"Adopt a Christian from Mosul," the thanks of the Patriarch Louis Sako; the concerns of the Bishop of Kurdistan
by Bernardo CervelleraThe head of the Chaldean Church is grateful for the AsiaNews campaign and hopes that "this chain of solidarity will reach far and wide”. Helping refugees to remain in Iraq. But many want to flee abroad. The bishop of Amadiyah where thousands of displaced people have found haven in churches and homes: We also help the Arabs (Muslims), and Yazidis, for free and without looking at our confessional differences.
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10/17/2014 INDIA - PAKISTAN
Bishop of Pune: The Asia Bibi death sentence is an affront to the dignity of us all
by Thomas Dabre*
10/14/2014 TIBET - CHINA
Tibet, demolition campaign against the sacred places of Buddhism
10/14/2014 IRAQ - ITALY
Almost 700,000 euros raised as the 'Adopt a Christian from Mosul' campaign continues
by Bernardo Cervellera
10/16/2014 PAKISTAN
Asia Bibi's sentence is heart breaking, may the world pray for her, says Islamabad bishop
by Jibran Khan
10/14/2014 BANGLADESH
Proposed law on "child brides" bows to conservative Islam
by Sumon Corraya
10/13/2014 VATICAN
Pope: Be open to the "God of the surprises", to the "signs of the times" not closed in on ourselves
10/16/2014 MALAYSIA - ISLAM
Malaysia Islamic state "recruiters" arrested: They include Internet experts and politicians
10/14/2014 INDONESIA
Jakarta Police Chief: The Islamic Defence Front must be eliminated
by Mathias Hariyadi
10/16/2014 UKRAINE - RUSSIA
Ultimatum to Crimea’s Muslims: Three months to hand over banned Islamic texts
10/14/2014 VATICAN
Synod: Beauty of marriage and Christ’s warning against worldly mentality must be remembered

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