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04/28/2015 INDONESIA – PHILIPPINES
Jakarta archbishop comes out for Mary Jane’s innocence, calls for an end to the death penalty
by Mathias Hariyadi
Indonesia’s Catholic Church is against the death penalty. Mgr Suharyo has prepared a special prayer for people on death row. Even Filipino boxing champion Manny Pacquiao has called for her compatriot’s release. On Kambang Island, preparations are underway for the execution.
Jakarta (AsiaNews) – After months of appeals and public statements by the Catholic Church in Indonesia, the archbishop of Jakarta, Mgr Ignatius Suharyo, has plunged directly into the...

04/28/2015 VATICAN – UNITED NATIONS
Pope discusses environment, migrants and humanitarian tragedies with UN secretary
At the Vatican for a workshop organised by the Pontifical Academy of Sciences, Ban Ki-moon thanked Francis for agreeing to speak at the UN on 25 September.
04/28/2015 VATICAN
Pope: "do not be afraid" when the Spirit "says to take a step forward", to "change"
Going forward the Church is the work of "surprises" of the Holy Spirit. "Doing as you have always done" is an alternative "death". Pray to ask God to give us the Holy Spirit "so at all times we can discern what we must do, which is not always the same."
04/27/2015 MALAYSIA –ASEAN – CHINA
A divided ASEAN takes a soft line against Beijing over South China Sea
Filipino President Aquino slams China’s imperialist tendencies at sea, which he deems a “threat to the security and stability of the region”. Summit host Malaysian Prime Minister Razak soft-pedals the issue to avoid direct conflicts. Meanwhile, the association is working on a code of conduct whilst maintaining a non-confrontational approach to dispute resolution.
04/27/2015 INDONESIA - HONG KONG
From Jakarta to Hong Kong, activists seek pardon for Filippino on death row
by Mathias Hariyadi
Yesterday afternoon there was a rally in the Indonesian capital to ask president Jokowi to spare the life of a young innocent woman. Human rights groups and feminists have promoted similar demonstrations in Hong Kong. Her defense team files a last desperate appeal. The execution scheduled for tomorrow April 28th.

04/26/2015 VATICAN
Pope prays for Nepal quake victims, hopes they receive "fraternal solidarity"
A good shepherd is like Christ, someone who “is a guide, who participates in the life of His flock. He pursues no other interests, for He has no other ambition but to lead, nurture and protect his sheep. All of this comes at the highest price, that of the sacrifice of His own life.” When the pope met the crowd at the window of his study, two new priests stood by his side.
04/26/2015 VATICAN
Pope warns priests "not to grow weary of being merciful,” asks them to forgive, not condemn in the confessional
Francis ordained 19 new priests today, telling them to be an example "because the example builds”. He urged them not to hurry when they deliver their sermons, nor be boring; never “refuse Baptism to anyone who asks,” and “always keep in mind the example of the Good Shepherd, who came not to be served but to serve; not to stay in his comfort, but to go out to seek and save what was lost.”
04/24/2015 VATICAN
Pope: Never forget your "first encounter" with Jesus, the one that "changed your life"
"He never forgets, but we forget". “Pray and ask for the grace of memory. ‘When, Lord, was that first encounter, that first love?’ – so that we might not hear the complaint the Lord makes in Revelation: ‘I have this against you, that you have forgotten your first love’"
04/24/2015 PHILIPPINES - CHINA
South China Sea: Manila accuses Beijing of "armed robbery"
More clashes between Filipino fishing boats and Chinese vessels in disputed waters. The Chinese Coast Guard reportedly used water cannon against a group of Filipino fishermen; previously some Chinese vessels boarded, threatened with guns and robbed two Philippine ships of their load. Manila to lodge formal protest.
04/22/2015 VATICAN
Christian-Muslim dialogue: most Muslims are against killing in the name of God
In a statement, the Pontifical Council for Interreligious Dialogue warns against the" risks of increasing hatred, violence, terrorism and the growing and commonplace stigmatisation of Muslims and their religion." For this reason, we "are called upon to strengthen fraternity and dialogue” because “To kill in the name of religion is not only an offence to God, but it is also a defeat for humanity.”
04/22/2015 VIETNAM - PHILIPPINES
Asian Catholics (and non) mourn Msgr. Nguyễn Văn Tà, longtime director of Radio Veritas
by Nguyen Vu

Condolences and emotion accompanied the news of the death of the Vietnamese priest, for 38 years at the helm of the only Catholic voice in Asia. He always called his work in the communications industry an "honor”. To the faithful of the remote areas he was "a source of happiness and spirituality." Buddhist in Manila: he infused "peace and inner calm."
04/22/2015 VATICAN
Pope: "men and women are the same substance and are complementary", a woman is not inferior or subordinate
"The woman is not a 'replica' of man; she comes directly from the creative act of God". No to "the multiple forms of ‘machismo’” to “the instrumentalization and commodification of the female body in the current media culture". " We must recover the honour of marriage and the family." The tenderness of God for the first couple, although sinful.
04/21/2015 VATICAN
Vatican proposes UN agency to fight human trafficking as a crime against humanity
The Pontifical Academy of Social Sciences issued the proposal at the end of its plenary meeting. For Academy member Zamagni, “Human trafficking must not only be morally condemned but must be treated legally as a crime against humanity, as the pope repeatedly said”.
04/21/2015 VATICAN
Pope: Church of today is a "Church of martyrs", many whose throats are cut, who are burnt alive or thrown into the sea "because they are Christians"
"Let us think of our brothers whose throats were slit on the beach in Libya; let’s think of the young boy who was burnt alive by his companions because he was a Christian; let us think of those migrants thrown from their boat into the open sea by other migrants because they were Christians; let us think – just the day before yesterday – of those Ethiopians assassinated because they were Christians… and of many others. Many others of whom we do not even know and who are suffering in jails because they are Christians… ".
04/21/2015 UN-EU
UN: 800 dead in the worst Mediterranean migrant tragedy
The ship that sank came from Egypt and made a stop in Tripoli (Libya) to load new passengers. The refugees were from Mali, Gambia, Senegal, Somalia, Eritrea, Bangladesh and Syria. A boat sinks near the coast of Rhodes, with 80 survivors. The EU seeks solution to stop human trafficking. In 2014 more than 170 thousand people reached Italy.

Altri articoli
04/20/2015 VATICAN
Buddhists and Christians together against modern slavery and human trafficking
04/20/2015 PHILIPPINES – VIETNAM
South China Sea: Vietnam offers the Philippines a deal to contain China
04/20/2015 VATICAN
For pope, Jews and Christians have a responsibility to preserve the religious sense of the men and women of today, and that of our society
04/20/2015 VATICAN
Pope: saints and martyrs show that you cannot follow Jesus to “seek power"
04/19/2015 VATICAN
Pope remembers and prays for "latest tragedy" of migrants, "our brothers and sisters" who "are seeking happiness"
04/18/2015 VATICAN
Pope: Denounce and combat trafficking in human beings, a hidden evil
04/17/2015 VATICAN
Pope: Humiliation for its own sake is masochism, but when it is suffered and endured in the name of the Gospel it makes us like Jesus
04/17/2015 PHILIPPINES - VIETNAM - CHINA
South China Sea: satellite images confirm Beijing’s" imperialist" policies
04/16/2015 VATICAN
More Catholic believers and priests in the world
04/16/2015 VATICAN
Pope: "He who obeys God has eternal life", while for "he who does not obey, the wrath of God remains on him"
04/15/2015 VATICAN
Pope: no opposition or subordination between men and women, gender theory "is a step backwards"
04/15/2015 PHILIPPINES - CHINA
Philippine president: Beijing’s imperialism on the seas may trigger a military conflict
04/14/2015 VATICAN
Pope: Christian communities renewed in the Spirit live in harmony, for the common good, have patience
04/14/2015 VATICAN
Pope calls on Church to go “forth,” proposes vocation as “exodus” for young people with shattered “dreams”
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VATICAN
Pope prays for Nepal quake victims, hopes they receive "fraternal solidarity"A good shepherd is like Christ, someone who “is a guide, who participates in the life of His flock. He pursues no other interests, for He has no other ambition but to lead, nurture and protect his sheep. All of this comes at the highest price, that of the sacrifice of His own life.” When the pope met the crowd at the window of his study, two new priests stood by his side.
VATICAN
Pope remembers and prays for "latest tragedy" of migrants, "our brothers and sisters" who "are seeking happiness"At the Regina Caeli, Pope Francis says he is praying for the hundreds of victims in a sinking off the coast of Libya. An appeal to the international community to "act decisively and promptly." "Every baptized person is called to witness in word and deed, that Jesus is risen, He is alive and present in our midst." The Christian message "is not a theory, an ideology or a complex system of precepts and prohibitions, or moralism, but a message of salvation, a concrete event, even a person: the Risen Christ, the living and only Savior of all" . The Pope will be in Turin on June 21 to honor the Shroud, the exposition of which begins today.
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04/26/2015 VATICAN
Pope prays for Nepal quake victims, hopes they receive "fraternal solidarity"
04/23/2015 LAOS
Laotian government pressures activists not to raise human rights issue at ASEAN meeting
04/21/2015 UN-EU
UN: 800 dead in the worst Mediterranean migrant tragedy
04/22/2015 INDIA
Jharkhand, Hindu radicals demand immediate closure of Catholic school
by Nirmala Carvalho
04/22/2015 VATICAN
Pope: "men and women are the same substance and are complementary", a woman is not inferior or subordinate
04/24/2015 VATICAN
Pope: Never forget your "first encounter" with Jesus, the one that "changed your life"
04/23/2015 TURKEY – ARMENIA
The forced Islamisation of Armenians was also genocide
by NAT da Polis
04/25/2015 VATICAN - NEPAL
Pope: Deeply saddened for the earthquake in Nepal, prayers for the victims and the affected
04/24/2015 ARMENIA-TURKEY
The largest canonization in history: 1.5 million Armenians massacred by the Ottoman Empire
04/21/2015 VATICAN
Pope: Church of today is a "Church of martyrs", many whose throats are cut, who are burnt alive or thrown into the sea "because they are Christians"

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