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03/29/2015 VATICAN
Pope: Holy Week, God’s way is humility, it is Jesus’ way, and “we will take this path”
During Palm Sunday Mass, which begins Holy Week, Pope Francis cited the example of people “who, in silence and hiddenness, sacrifice themselves daily to serve others: a sick relative, an elderly person living alone, a disabled person . . .” He also cited today’s martyrs, persecuted because of their faith, a “cloud of witnesses”. Palm Sunday also marks the celebration of the 30th World Youth Day. Deacons of the Pontifical Institute for Foreign Missions provided the service to the pope and the altar. The pope called on young people to come in pilgrimage to Krakow in 2016. He also mentioned the victims of the plane crash in the French Alps.
Vatican City (AsiaNews) – During “This week, Holy Week, which leads us to Easter, we will take this path of Jesus’ own humiliation. Only in this way will this week be ‘holy’ for us too! [. . .] This is God’s way, the way of humility. It...

03/26/2015 VATICAN
Pope: people can be "doctors of the law" without faith, without hope, without joy
During Mass at the Domus Sanctae Marthae, Francis Pope stressed that faith is joy and hope in Christ. Rules and casuistry are "an abstract world" without joy, faith, love, nor God.
03/25/2015 VATICAN
Pope: we must all pray for the Synod on the family, "the womb of human life."
"The bond between the Church and the family is sacred and inviolable. The Church, as a mother, never abandons the family, even when it is disheartened, wounded, and mortified in so many ways. Not even when it falls into sin or grows distant". Twenty years since Evangelium Vitae. "When you do not earn a wage you lose your dignity! This is the drama of our time. "
03/24/2015 VATICAN
Pope: "May Holy Week will help us leave behind the temptation to be ‘Yes, but Christians...'"
"Do not accept the gift of God on your own terms: That is a sin, that is a poison. It poisons the soul, takes away our joy, never lets go of you". "This lukewarm soul, this being halfway Christians, ‘Yes, but Christians...'. This enthusiasm at the outset on the journey with the Lord and then becoming disgruntled, only heals gazing at the Cross, gazing at God who takes on our sins: my sin is there".
03/24/2015 PAKISTAN
Attacks in Lahore, police arrest 200 Christians
by Jibran Khan
After the Taliban attacks against two churches on March 15, a mob had lynched two suspects. The police conducted an indiscriminate raid in the Christian quarter, without ascertaining the identity of those arrested. Religious leaders and political activists demand the immediate release of the innocent.

03/23/2015 VATICAN
Pope: Where there is no mercy, there is no justice, not even in the Church
"When the people of God come voluntarily to ask forgiveness, to be judged" they often find vicious people "capable of trying to exploit them," they find "dealmakers" who "do not give oxygen to that soul, do not give hope" or they find "the rigid who punish in the penitent they themselves hide in their own soul".
03/22/2015 VATICAN
Pope: Offer to the "many" who want to "see Jesus" the Gospel, the Cross and the witness to our faith
"Christians can become 'grains' and bear much fruit if, like Jesus, they 'lose their life' for love of God and neighbor." Again this year, Francis distributes pocket Gospels in St Peter's Square. Today is World Water Day, sponsored by the United Nations, "the waters of the planet must be adequately protected and no one should be excluded or discriminated against in the use of this right, which is a common good par excellence."
03/21/2015 VATICAN-ITALY
Pope in Naples: "Today is the first day of spring. Pray for young people, for their future, for hope."
Today's society "discards" young and old, and sees euthanasia as a solution to the ills of old age. Not only " technical euthanasia” applied with an injection, but a "hidden euthanasia", where the elderly are denied medicine, food, family affection. To prisoners: "even if we go wrong in life, the Lord never ceases to show us the way back home". To religious: "Those who gossip are like terrorists who detonate bombs that destroy themselves and everything else".
03/21/2015 VATICAN - ITALY
Pope: in Naples, find hope in Jesus and the power to redeem a city
Corruption "stinks" !. "And a corrupt society ' stinks '! A Christian who allows corruption to enter them is not a Christian, they 'stink'!". "Those who voluntarily take the path of evil steal a piece of hope, earn a little something but steal hope from themselves, from others, from society." "We are all immigrants, children of God: children of God who has put us all on a journey, everyone." "To the criminals and all their accomplices, the Church repeats: convert to love and justice! Let yourselves be touched by the mercy of God!"
03/20/2015 VATICAN
Pope says death penalty "is unacceptable," offends the dignity of life and "contradicts God's plan"
Francis writes to the President of the International Commission against the Death Penalty. For the rule of law it "represents a defeat, because it forces people to kill in the name of justice" and thus "loses all legitimacy" faced with the possibility of judicial errors. Yes to a "universal moratorium" on executions, "in view of the abolition of capital punishment." Life imprisonment "can be considered a hidden death penalty.
03/20/2015 PAKISTAN
Lahore attacks: Muslims demand protection for Christian churches
by Shafique Khokhar
Members of both communities, along with social activists, take part in a peaceful demonstration. The police has to arrest 18 people for the lynching of two Muslims. For a Muslim cleric, "Christians are not only a religious minority in this country, but are our brothers."
03/19/2015 PAKISTAN
Lahore attacks: Christian religious leaders ask for forgiveness for the lynching of two Muslims
by Silent Thinker
The men were suspected of complicity in the Taliban attacks on two churches in Youhanabad, last Sunday. Islamic leaders call on Christians to hand over the culprits. "Those responsible must be brought to justice but who will guarantee their safety?" a Protestant clergyman told AsiaNews.
03/19/2015 VATICAN
After two years, the pope is appreciated even from a distance
Francis began his pontificate on the feast day of Saint John in 2013. An inspiration for world leaders like Obama, he is also appreciated by the Church's critics who love more his ways than his words, treated as slogans more than ideas. He chose Francis so that the poor be the focus. As he enters the third year of his pontificate, he will face crucial moments, like the Synod on the family but especially the Jubilee of Mercy, whose impact will be felt both within and without the Church. The same is true for his reform of the Roman Curia.
03/18/2015 PAKISTAN
Attacks in Lahore, Christian religious leaders invite the community to peace and forgiveness
by Jibran Khan
A priest promises full cooperation in the investigation related to the lynching and murder of a suspect in the attacks on the churches of Youhanabad. A court denies bail to a group of Christian demonstrators, accused of damaging public property. Lawyer for those arrested: "It was a peaceful protest, abuse of police power".
03/18/2015 VATICAN
Pope: better a society with the "trouble" of children than "sad and gray" without children
The "little ones" are in themselves "a treasure for humanity and for the Church", they understand God and "God has no difficulty in making Himself understood", they remind us that "we did make our own life, but we received it", so we are not the masters. "A society can be judged on how it treats its children, not only morally, but also if it is a free society or a slave to international interests".

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03/17/2015 VATICAN
Pope: the Church is "Jesus' home" whose doors are always open which the Christian community cannot close
03/17/2015 PAKISTAN
Attacks in Lahore, Catholics and Protestants together for a day of fasting and prayer by Jibran Khan
03/16/2015 PAKISTAN
Muslim leaders condemn Lahore church attacks by Silent Thinker
03/16/2015 PAKISTAN
Four Muslims among the victims of Lahore's anti-Christian attack by Shafique Khokhar
03/16/2015 VATICAN
Pope: believing is "making space" for the power of God, "the power of One who loves me"
03/16/2015 PAKISTAN
Bishops call on Pakistanis to stand with fellow Christians, against extremists
03/15/2015 PAKISTAN
Church attacks: we are already on the road to Calvary, says Lahore bishop by Kamran Chaudhry
03/15/2015 VATICAN
Pope: Christians are persecuted and the world tries to hide it
03/15/2015 PAKISTAN
Lahore: 14 dead and more than 70 wounded in Taliban attack against two Christian churches
03/13/2015 VATICAN
Pope: A Jubilee Year of Mercy, starting December 8
03/12/2015 VATICAN
Pope: "He who is not with me is against me", either a Christian is a saint or a hypocrite
03/12/2015 PAKISTAN
Lahore, 20 year old Christian tortured and killed by police
03/11/2015 VATICAN
Pope: the elderly’s "vocation" is to transmit the meaning of life and faith to young people
03/11/2015 PAKISTAN
Pakistan reintroduces the death penalty "for all crimes"
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VATICAN
Pope: Christians are persecuted and the world tries to hide itDuring the Angelus, Francis prayed for the victims of today's church massacres in Pakistan. Before the Marian prayer, he said that God "loves us, really love us, and loves us very much! This is simplest expression that sums up the whole Gospel, faith, and theology. God loves us freely and boundlessly." The pontiff also spoke about typhoon victims in Vanuatu. "I pray for the dead, the wounded and the homeless. I thank all those who reacted immediately to bring relief and aid." The pope also made a plea on behalf of persecuted Christians. "May the persecution against Christians, which the world is trying to hide, come to an end, and may there be peace."
PAKISTAN
Lahore: 14 dead and more than 70 wounded in Taliban attack against two Christian churchesJamaat-ul-Ahrar militants carried out the twin attack against St John Catholic Church and Christ Church. Almost 2,000 people were in the two buildings at the time of the blasts. A mob lynched an attacker.
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03/24/2015 INDONESIA
Authorities seize schoolbook that praises Islamic radicalism
03/22/2015 CHINA - VATICAN
BREAKING NEWS: Chinese police seize two priests in Mutanjiang
by Bernardo Cervellera
03/23/2015 VATICAN
Pope: Where there is no mercy, there is no justice, not even in the Church
03/24/2015 PAKISTAN
Attacks in Lahore, police arrest 200 Christians
by Jibran Khan
03/24/2015 IRAN
Time for a deal with Tehran, a reliable partner against the Islamic State group
by Bernardo Cervellera
03/24/2015 CHINA
The “endgame of communist rule has begun", a coup cannot be excluded
03/22/2015 VATICAN
Pope: Offer to the "many" who want to "see Jesus" the Gospel, the Cross and the witness to our faith
03/24/2015 VATICAN
Pope: "May Holy Week will help us leave behind the temptation to be ‘Yes, but Christians...'"
03/27/2015 UNITED NATIONS – MIDDLE EAST
Patriarch of Baghdad addresses UN, calling for new laws against states or individuals who support terrorists
by Louis Raphael I Sako*
03/23/2015 VIETNAM
Threats to religious freedom undermine Vietnam’s Communist Party
by Nguyen Hung

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