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    24/08/2016 - ITALY - VATICAN

    Recognition of Mother Teresa's holiness serves as a stimulus for the Church and for the world. It is the beginning of a journey, an invitation to a spiritual deepening and to relive the Gospel as she lived it. Prayer and love are the most powerful weapons in the world, but they must not remain words: We need gestures and witnesses. Part three of Fr. Sebastian Vazhakala's story.


    by Sebastian Vazhakala, MC

    24/08/2016 - VATICAN

    Pope cancels audience: Sorrow for earthquake victims in Italy


    Francis speaks to the pilgrims gathered in the square: "I express my great sorrow and closeness to all the people present in the places struck by the quake, to all the people who have lost loved ones and to those who still feel shock, fear and terror”. The Pope invites those present to recite the Sorrowful Mysteries. The tremors that devastated the Rieti area, were felt worst in Amatrice, Accumoli and Pescara del Tronto. 21 are confirmed dead, but many are still missing.


    23/08/2016 - FRANCE - ISLAM

    Young Muslim: I am very pessimistic about a reform of Islam

    by Kamel Abderrahmani

    For centuries Islam has been closed in on itself creating a "holy ignorance" that blocks all introspection and development. Islamic "clergy" and the Arab states contributing to this stagnation, in their push to make Islam the state religion. Many intellectuals, thinkers, religious trying to reform Islam are hunted, persecuted, expelled, their works banned.


    23/08/2016 - ITALY - VATICAN

    Mother Teresa: Bring Jesus to the poor and the poor to Jesus. Revelations and visions (II)

    by Sebastian Vazhakala, MC

    "Will you refuse to do this for me?" Is the question that Jesus put to Mother Teresa of Calcutta in one of her mystical experiences. The life of the future saint was her response to this question. Fr. Sebastian Vazhakala continues his narrative about the Mother of Calcutta. The strength of her experience, and that of all the Missionaries and the Missionaries of Charity, is assimilation to Jesus. Love to the very end, even in times of trial.


    22/08/2016 - ITALY - VATICAN

    Fr. Sebastian: My vocation from an encounter with Mother Teresa (I)

    by Sebastian Vazhakala, MC

    As a student he was destined for a banking career, but was always dominated by the desire to be a missionary to the poor of India. His encounter with Calcutta and Mother Teresa changed his life. We speak to the first missionary of charity, co-founder along with the future saint of Calcutta, of the contemplative branch of the Missionaries. First in a series.


    21/08/2016 - VATICAN

    Pope: The door of God's mercy is always wide open. For everyone!


    The goal, says Pope Francis before the Angelus prayer, "is Jesus himself. He leads us into fellowship with the Father, where we find love, understanding and protection. But why is this door is narrow? It is a narrow door not because it is oppressive, but because it asks us to restrict and limit our pride and our fear, to open ourselves with a humble and trusting heart to Him, recognizing ourselves as sinners, in need of his forgiveness. " An appeal for peace "in dear Turkey ".

     


    18/08/2016 - CHINA - VATICAN

    In China-Holy See talks, silence shrouds future of underground priests

    by Zhao Nanxiong

    Later this year, all priests must register to receive a certificate that allows them to exercise their ministry. But the request has to go through the Patriotic Association, whose statutes are "incompatible" with Catholic doctrine. Many priests, official and unofficial, now face an enormous dilemma.


    17/08/2016 - VATICAN

    Pope. Jesus "feeds us" to make us "a visible sign of God's mercy"


    At the general audience in Paul VI Hall, Pope Francis speaks of the miracle of the loaves. "Jesus performs a miracle, but the miracle of faith, prayer, stirred by compassion and love". "While the Eucharist that we celebrate nourishes us of Christ, transforming us little by little into the body of Christ and spiritual food for our brothers". His greeting to pilgrims from the Middle East and China.


    17/08/2016 - VATICAN

    Pope set up new dicastery for the laity, the family and life


    After two months ‘ad experimentum’, Francis issues an Apostolic Letter setting up the new body with Mgr Kevin Joseph Farrell, currently bishop of Dallas, as its head. Mgr Paglia and Mgr Sequeri will be respectively the chancellor and president of the Pontifical John Paul II Institute. Mgr Paglia will also head the Pontifical Academy for Life. The Church is a "loving mother" who wants to walk in step with the times.


    17/08/2016 - CHINA - VATICAN

    Random thoughts on "imminent" China-Holy See relations

    by Cheng Zhi

    The author is a priest of the underground Church in China Eastern. A lot of media speak as if the agreements between Beijing and the Vatican were already ready. The problems of illegitimate bishops with lovers and children. Card. Tong and Card. Zen, separated only by optimism and pessimism. Doubts about the freedom that "the Chinese Empire" will grant the Church.


    15/08/2016 - VATICAN

    Pope: Assumption of Mary, the Magnificat and women "slaves". Appeal for North Kivu


    At the Angelus Pope Francis entrusts to the Virgin Mary and Christ "women overwhelmed by the weight of life and the drama of violence", the "women slaves of the arrogance of the powerful", the "little girls forced to do inhumane work" "women forced to surrender themselves in body and in spirit to the greed of men". "The shameful silence" on the massacres of "many innocent people that have no influence in politics or global public opinion."


    14/08/2016 - VATICAN

    Pope: The Church does not need bureaucrats, but passionate missionaries


    At the Angelus, Pope Francis says there is always need in the Church for the "fire" of the Spirit who "makes us creative and encourages us to set out, to even walk on unexplored or inconvenient roads, offering hope to those we meet" . The invitation to "take five minutes and ask: How is my heart? Is it cold, warm or is able to receive this fire? ". Thanks to the "many priests and religious who, all over the world, are dedicated to the proclamation of the Gospel with great love and loyalty, often even at the cost of life." The memory of St. Maximilian Kolbe.


    11/08/2016 - HONG KONG – ASIA

    Taizé, East Asia meeting of young people for "the mercy of courage"


    The gathering, which began yesterday, will end on Sunday, bringing together young people from Hong Kong, Macao, China, Taiwan, South Korea and Japan. In the case of China, participants will come from Guangdong, Hebei, and Beijing. The goal is to educate them to be bearers of mercy and peace in society.


    10/08/2016 - CHINA - VATICAN

    Continue China-Holy See dialogue, but defending Christians more (3)

    by AA.VV.

    The Chinese authorities want the legitimacy of their absolute control recognized. Trust in Pope Francis, "defender of the communion and unity of the Church". The third and final part of a series of comments on the recently published articles by Cardinal Tong and Cardinal Zen on dialogue between China and the Holy See.


    10/08/2016 - VATICAN

    Pope: At the Holy Door, Jesus says "Arise!". "With my heart healed I do works of mercy"


    At the general audience in the Paul VI Hall, Pope Francis compares the miracle of the widow of Nain to the change every person undergoes passing through the Holy Door. "Drawing towards the Door of Mercy, everyone knows they are drawing close to the door of the merciful heart of God, of Jesus". “This is the door where the suffering of humanity encounters the compassion of God". From a change of "heart" to the "hands" that perform "acts of mercy". Holy Doors are both "inward" and "outward bound".


    08/08/2016 - CHINA-VATICAN

    Respect for Card. Tong, skepticism on China-Vatican dialogue (I)

    by AA.VV.

    The articles published last week, penned by Card. John Tong, on dialogue between China and the Holy See, and Card. Joseph Zen, expressing doubts and difficulties, have sparked debate in China and worldwide. AsiaNews asks for responses from its many sources in China, who express their concerns regarding “overly politicized|” bishops; an "imperial" ideology and Chinese government "oppression". The first of a three part series.


    06/08/2016 - BRAZIL – ASIA

    Rio Olympics open amid controversy and poverty


    At the opening ceremony, Acting President Michel Temer was jeered for his role in President Dilma Roussef’s impeachment. Outside, protesters demanded “jobs, healthcare, education”. The first-ever Refugee team is present. Doping scandals involving Russia, China and other countries hover over the games.


    05/08/2016 - ISLAM - EUROPE

    Middle East: The crisis is cultural, the words of a Quranist

    by Abdullah Islambouli

    The Middle East crisis stems from the fact that there is an intermingliong of the Koran and hadith (the sayings of Muhammad). The author, a young Syrian Muslim "neither Sunni nor Shiite," follows the Quaranism movement, rejecting the Hadith (the sayings of the Prophet), full of violence, and not closely related to the religious message of the Quaran. All Quaranists are exiles abroad because Sunni society considers them "unbelievers." A varied Islam open to ecumenism: There can be no compulsion in religion.


     


    05/08/2016 - ISRAEL - PALESTINE

    Israel accuses World Vision of giving millions to Hamas


    Mohammed Halabi, head of the humanitarian group projects in Gaza, is accused of giving $ 7.2 million per year to the Islamists since 2010. The man was arrested in June on the border with Israel. World Vision leaders: "No reason or evidence to believe the allegations are true". 


    04/08/2016 - VATICAN - ITALY

    Pope in Assisi: No one can feel exempt from task of offering todays world witness of mercy


    On a visit to the Portiuncula, for the eighth centenary of the "Pardon of Assisi", Pope Francis explains that forgiveness should be given to others because we have been forgiven. To say "you will pay!” is unchristian. In an unscheduled move, the Pope enters a confessional to offer the sacrament of reconciliation.


    04/08/2016 - ISRAEL – PALESTINE

    Israel, “Youth Bill”: Terrorism charges and imprisonment for 12 year old children


    The measure follows the repeated stabbings ​​in recent months. Minister of Justice: “Youths who engage in terror and seek the death of Jewish civilians will not be shown mercy by the law”. Human rights groups criticize bill: “Rather than sending children to prison, Israel would be better off sending them to school".

     


    04/08/2016 - CHINA - VATICAN

    Card. Zen: My concerns over China-Holy See dialogue and repercussions on Chinese Church


    The bishop emeritus of Hong Kong highlights the ambiguities that drag on in talks and in the expectations of diplomatic relations between China and the Vatican: belonging to the Patriotic Association, which Benedict XVI called "incompatible" with Catholic doctrine (and which Francis confirmed); silence on the persecution of the faithful and priests; ambiguities over appointment of bishops. A critique of the revival of the Vatican's Ostpolitik.


    03/08/2016 - VATICAN

    Pope: Krakow, prophetic for young people, Europe, the world and its "piecemeal war"


    Wednesday audiences resume, with Pope Francis' reflections on his recent visit to Poland. The fraternity of young people is a "sign of hope". "Flags of nations in conflict waving side by side". Poland says to Europe that "there can be no future for the continent without its founding values", among which there is mercy, witnessed by Pope John Paul II and Sr. Faustina Kowalska. The abyss of evil in Auschwitz and evil today "look alike." Best wishes to the Brazilian people for the Rio de Janeiro Olympics. Tomorrow the Pope will travel to the Porziuncola (Assisi).


    03/08/2016 - ISLAM - EUROPE

    Christians and Muslims in prayer. The future of Islam to counter jihadist drift

    by Paolo Nicelli*

    Sharing and prayer between Christians and Muslims is the way to defeat the violence and nihilism of the fundamentalist fringe. Are the fundamentalists Muslims? Nothing they do is Islamic: to kill old people, children, destroy places of worship. Yet they cover themselves in phrases from the Koran and the aura of executioners, exploiting a literalist reading of the Koran. The time has come for Muslims to promote a theological interpretation of the holy book. By Paolo Nicelli, PIME missionary, professor and an expert on Islam.i


    02/08/2016 - POLAND - VATICAN - WYD

    WYD, a "privileged path" for vocation to the priesthood

    by Vincenzo Faccioli Pintozzi

    Luca is 32 years old, comes from Molise and followed the World Youth Day in Krakow while in his last year in the seminary. The call of the Lord "came while I was in Madrid, at the WYD in 2010, in a tent with my girlfriend. I could not ignore it, and I hope to go to Panama for my last WYD as a priest". The vocational centers in Krakow "outpost" of discernment: "The Church must do more to help young people in their search for answers. It is true that there are frustrated priests, but there are many more young people who do not understand where this sense of restlessness comes from”.


    02/08/2016 - ISLAM - EUROPE

    Save civilization from Islamic terrorism

    by Abdennour Bidar

    The roots of the “cancer” of Islamic terrorism are to be found in Wahhabi teaching, supported by Saudi Arabia. The rejection of fundamentalism must take place on three levels: through the affirmation of the brotherhood of all people, without absorbing the hatred of divisions; the prohibition on public expressions of fundamentalist Islam, which is in opposition to the host culture; cut all trade and diplomatic relations with states that support fundamentalism (Saudi Arabia and Iran). The denunciation of French-Arab philosopher Abdennour Bidar, a Sufi follower of Islam, in the aftermath of the Nice massacre and the murder of Fr. Jacques Hamel.


    01/08/2016 - PAKISTAN - WYD

    The Church in Pakistan must learn from the young people who went to Krakow

    by Shafique Khokhar

    The youth who travelled to Poland had trouble getting visas. But in the coming days they will return to Pakistan and can be an example for all Catholics. The priest invites the Church leaders to prepare ahead of the next World Youth Day.


    31/07/2016 - WYD

    Pope tells youth not to accept hatred between peoples, believe in a new humanity


    More than a million young people attended the closing Mass of World Youth Day in Krakow. Next meeting in 2019 is set for Panama. WYD “begins today and continues tomorrow, in your homes, since that is where Jesus wants to meet you from now on. The Lord doesn’t want to remain in this beautiful city, or in cherished memories alone. He wants to enter your homes, to dwell in your daily lives: in your studies, your first years of work, your friendships and affections, your hopes and dreams."


    30/07/2016 - POLAND – VATICAN – WYD

    Pope calls on young people to be the protagonists of history, following Jesus, "the Lord of the risk"


    Before a million young people gathered for the vigil in Krakow, Pope Francis called on them to answer in person Jesus’ call to change the world. To do so, they must avoid nodding off, as well as growing drowsy and dull by consumerism and sofa-happiness. Adults should heed the courage and risk taking attitude of the young. A young Polish woman, a Syrian woman from Aleppo and an ex drug addict from Paraguay told poignant stories.


    30/07/2016 - POLAND – VATICAN – WYD

    Campus Misericordiae: the beating heart of the Krakow WYD

    by V.F.P.

    Young pilgrims are coming in from around the world to be at the Field of Mercy in Brzegi (Wieliczka). Tonight they will take part in a vigil with Pope Francis and worship the Blessed Sacrament. Among those who will bear witness, one is a young Syrian from Aleppo; another is a former addict.






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    CHINA - VATICAN
    In China-Holy See talks, silence shrouds future of underground priests

    Zhao Nanxiong

    Later this year, all priests must register to receive a certificate that allows them to exercise their ministry. But the request has to go through the Patriotic Association, whose statutes are "incompatible" with Catholic doctrine. Many priests, official and unofficial, now face an enormous dilemma.


    IRAQ
    Alqosh, despite the Islamic State, the Church celebrates the first communion of one hundred children



    On the feast day of the Assumption the whole community attended the function, celebrated by Mar Sako. For the patriarchal vicar, this is an historic moment for the frontier town long threatened by jihadists. The Chaldean primate calls on children to "contribute to the community." In Kirkuk His Beatitude opened a grotto dedicated to Our Lady.


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