20/10/2016 - VATICAN
It’s not enough to read the Gospel and study the catechism. We have to be like St. Paul and "plunge" into the "immense sea that is the person of Christ."
19/10/2016 - HONG KONG – CHINA – VATICAN
On “Hong Kong sectors” supposedly "against Francis"by John Mok Chit Wai
A scholar at the Chinese University of Hong Kong, who collaborates with AsiaNews, responds to accusations against the agency and people in Hong Kong with respect to criticism of the Vatican’s diplomatic approach towards China. Religious freedom is a fundamental human right and a universal value, whether in China, Russia or the Middle East. Between "Right" and "Left", China defines itself as left, yet it practices state capitalism and unfettered capitalism just as "right-wing governments" do. Gaudium et Spes calls on the faithful to engage in politics against the "arbitrary domination by [. . .] a political party,” like in China.
19/10/2016 - VATICAN
Pope: "Our relationship with God passes through giving food to the hungry and drink to the thirsty"
"It is necessary to cultivate a public conscience that preserves food and access to water as universal rights of all human beings, without distinction or discrimination". "One of the consequences of the so-called 'wellbeing' is to lead people to withdraw into themselves, making them insensitive to the needs of others."
18/10/2016 - VATICAN-ASIA
The "enemies" of Pope Francisby Bernardo Cervellera
The charge made against AsiaNews that we are against the Pope and in favor of Putin, is an opportunity to outline what motivates our commitment to evangelization. And also to ask for greater professionalism from those who write about the Pope. The Pope does not need public defenders. Facilitating dialogue between "conservatives" and "progressives" to realize the Council and concern ourselves with the world so that it encounters Jesus Christ. Christ’s “enemies” were also his "friends."
18/10/2016 - VATICAN
Pope: The shepherd who follows Jesus, although abandoned by everyone, always has the Lord by his side
At the end of their lives apostles, prophets and martyrs experienced loneliness, difficulties, they were stripped, abandoned, but the Lord remained by their side. "Pray for the pastors who are at the end of their lives and who are waiting for the Lord to take them with Him."
18/10/2016 - PAKISTAN
Mgr Rufin Anthony, "Sufi" bishop of Islamabad-Rawalpindi, diesby Kamran Chaudhry
The prelate, 76, died from a heart attack. He was found at his home by some priests. Famous for his mystical lifestyle, he eliminated the divisions among the priests of the diocese. He had been apostolic administrator and rector of the minor seminary in Faisalabad.
18/10/2016 - ISLAM – FRANCE
How to stop radical Islam in Franceby Hocine Drouiche
As terror attacks multiply, it is no longer enough to say that “they have nothing to do with Islam” or that “Islam is peace". What is needed is reform within Islam to reconcile faith and reason, spirituality and the values of secularism, freedom, and equality. The imam of Nîmes, vice president of the Conference of Imams of France has some proposals to erase fear and establish the coexistence of Muslims in Europe.
16/10/2016 - VATICAN
Pope: saints, men and women who struggle with prayer
At the Mass in St Peter’s Square, Pope Francis canonizes seven new saints from Europe and Latin America and Central Europe. Among these two martyrs,"Dear Brochero", dear to the pope, and the Carmelite Elizabeth of the Trinity. " To pray is not to take refuge in an ideal world, nor to escape into a false, selfish sense of calm. On the contrary, to pray is to struggle, but also to let the Holy Spirit pray within us". World Day against Poverty.
15/10/2016 - INDIA - VATICAN
Indian Jesuit: Fr. Arturo Sosa is the new Superior General, from the peripheries of the world and attentive to socialby Keith D’Souza*
Yesterday the General Congregation elected the Venezuelan p. Arturo Sosa Abascal to guide the Society of Jesus. As the Pope, he is a native of South America. Combine theological reflection with social issues. The vast experience of government “useful” in a context which is increasingly "globalized."
15/10/2016 - VATICAN
Pope to elderly: Society needs your smile and the beautiful brightness of your eyes
Pope Francis meets with members of the National Older Workers Union and the Italian Seniors Federation, in the context of the national Day of the Elderly. "Maturity and wisdom accumulated over the years" are vital to the Church and to society. Elderly should not be marginalized or considered “unproductive". "In countries that have suffered a severe religious persecution, the grandparents passed on the faith to new generations." Pray to "the grandmother of Jesus, Saint Anne" to be "good and wise grandparents."
15/10/2016 - PAKISTAN
Pakistan, Islamic extremists demand hanging of "blasphemous" Asia Bibiby Kamran Chaudhry
Demonstrations in Lahore, Islamabad, Karachi and other parts of the country. Chanting the slogan #HangAsia, they demand the Christian woman and mother of five be executed. The anger and frustration of Christians entrusted to social networks. Pakistan "does not guarantee security and justice for minorities".
15/10/2016 - ASIA
"Monumental" international agreement against greenhouse gases
Rich nations - the EU, US, and others - will reduce the use of fluoro-hydrocarbons by 10% by 2019. But China - main producer - will begin the reduction by 2029. India will reduce by 10% only in 2032.
14/10/2016 - VATICAN
Pope: The good leaven of truth and the bad leaven of hypocrisy
At Mass at Santa Marta, Pope Francis indicates children as a " model of good leaven": at confession they speak “truthfully” of concrete things. "The hypocrite is a simulator": "They say one thing and do another." "The hypocrite is a nominalist, believes that by saying they do everything."
14/10/2016 - UNITED NATIONS
For new UN secretary Guterres, “human dignity the core of my work”
The General Assembly unanimously votes for Mr Guterres who was picked by the Security Council a few days ago. For outgoing secretary general, he is a “super choice”.
13/10/2016 - VATICAN
For pope, Christians are "blessed, because they are chosen, because they are forgiven, because they forge their way”
“Each of us has been dreamt by the Father as a father and a mother dreams of their awaited baby.” We feel like “a fan of a football team". But when “A man or woman who does not feel forgiven,” they are not “fully Christian". Instead, the latter "is a man or a woman forging towards fullness, towards an encounter with Christ who redeemed us”.
13/10/2016 - AFGHANISTAN
EU’s Afghan refugee repatriation policy is nonsense, priest says
Like Pakistan and Iran, the EU is planning to repatriate some 3 million Afghans to a country still at war.
13/10/2016 - VATICAN
Pope: Lutherans and Catholics walking on the road that goes from conflict to communion
13/10/2016 - VATICAN
Pope: Reception, protection and integration for migrant children
Francis message for the next World Day of Migrants is titled "Child migrants, vulnerable and voiceless". The phenomenon of migration "is not divorced from the history of salvation, in fact, is part of it." Children "who in a threefold way are defenceless: they are children, they are foreigners, and they have no means to protect themselves.".
13/10/2016 - PAKISTAN
Asia Bibi’s final appeal postponed once again. The local Church invites us to prayby Kamran Chaudhry
The final appeal was set to be heard today in Islamabad, after having been postponed from 2014. A judge refused to show up, perhaps out of fear. She is accused of blasphemy, but has always denied any wrongdoing. She has been in prison since 2009. Muslims call for a "quick hanging".
12/10/2016 - PAKISTAN
Lahore authorities close 11 "illegal" Christian television channelsby Kamran Chaudhry
The "Pakistan media regulatory authority" has asked television stations to stop broadcasting because they are "unlicensed". Director of Catholic TV: "We do not try to convert anyone, we should not be seen as a threat. Many Islamic television stations operate without permits. " Executive Isaac TV: "It's true, we do not have the license, but a ban on cable broadcasts will not stop us."
12/10/2016 - VATICAN
Pope: the “enemy” teaches us "the ecumenism of blood"
Those who persecute Christians make no distinction between Catholics, Orthodox or Protestants. The path to unity is not only the work of theologians, however important it may be, but it is also praying for each other, and working together for those in need.
12/10/2016 - VATICAN
Pope: Syria, a ceasefire, at least to evacuate the children
Works of mercy "the best antidote" in a world "struck by the virus of indifference". If everyone did some every day, there would be a "real revolution". Works of 'spiritual' mercy also important such as "patiently bearing with annoying people".
11/10/2016 - VATICAN
Pope: do good with humility, reject a “showy religion"
Redemption “comes via the path of humility and humiliations because humility never comes without humiliation. And we see Jesus humiliated on the Cross.” “What counts, Jesus said, is the freedom the father’s redemption, love and recreation gave us.”
11/10/2016 - PAKISTAN
Activists against the death penalty in Pakistan: 425 people hanged in less than two years (VIDEO)by Kamran Chaudhry
Yesterday was World Day against the Death Penalty. More than 20 human rights activists demonstrated peacefully in front of the Lahore Press Club against dismal prison conditions and executions of people who committed their crime when they were under age.
10/10/2016 - ASIA – UNITED STATES
Asians on the Trump-Clinton debate
Yesterday’s presidential debate marginally touched Asian matters, focusing instead on domestic and crude level (especially sexual) issues. The Japanese favour Clinton. South Koreans appear undecided. Singapore is concerned about the lack of a position on the issues like the South China Sea. China remains officially neutral, but Chinese immigrants favour Trump. Indian immigrants support Clinton.
09/10/2016 - VATICAN
Pope: sorrow, prayer and solidarity for Haiti’s hurricane victims
Hurricane Matthew has caused so far 900 deaths leaving southern Haiti completely destroyed. A priest and three lay Spaniards slain in 1936 are beatified. Citing John Paul II, the pontiff said, “Mother ... we wish to entrust to you the future that awaits us. [. . .] Humanity [. . .] can turn this world into a garden, or reduce it to a pile of rubble.”
09/10/2016 - VATICAN
Pope announces new consistory and 17 new cardinals
Unexpectedly, Pope Francis announced a consistory for 19 November, the eve of the conclusion of the Jubilee. Among the "Asian" names are Mgr Mario Zenari, the nuncio in Syria; the archbishop of Dhaka; the archbishop emeritus of Kuala Lumpur. The new cardinals come from 11 nations.
09/10/2016 - VATICAN
Pope: Let us ask the Virgin Mary to help us understand that everything is God’s gift and know how to give thank
In celebrating the Marian Jubilee, Pope Francis said that Mary is the model of "knowing how to give thank" and of "humility". “Often we take everything for granted! This also happens with God” and we forget “the Giver”. Mary was “a simple young woman of Nazareth, who did not dwell in the palaces of power and wealth, who did not do extraordinary things.” Foreigners, “persons of other religions, give us an example of values that we sometimes forget or set aside!”
08/10/2016 - VATICAN
For pope, the Rosary is the synthesis of the history of God's Mercy
Various delegations and images of Marian Shrines from around the world filled in St Peter's Square for the recitation of the Marian prayer. “Praying the rosary does not remove us from the problems of life. On the contrary, it demands that we immerse ourselves in the history of each day, so as to grasp the signs of Christ’s presence in our midst.”
07/10/2016 - UNITED NATIONS
António Guterres to be the new UN secretary-general
The UN Security Council on Wednesday picked the former High Commissioner for Refugees and former Portuguese prime minister as the next head of the United Nations Secretariat.
07/10/2016 - PAKISTAN
Christian and Muslim activists welcome new law against honour killingsby Kamran Chaudhry
Yesterday, the National Assembly passed legislation that had been pending for two years. It abolishes a loophole that gave killers impunity through forgiveness from a family member of the victim. Since most cases involve relatives, culprits would usually get off scot-free. "Both government and advocacy groups now have an even bigger responsibility to ensure the implementation of the bill.”
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