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  • 12/12/2017 - RUSSIA - SYRIA

    Putin announces end to fight against ISIS and orders withdrawal of a part of the troops. Western powers criticisms of Russian intervention. The unity of Orthodox, Protestant and Catholic Christians for the return of refugees to their homeland. Also the Russian Muslims mobilize for reconstruction and aid.


    by Vladimir Rozanskij

    11/12/2017 - VATICAN

    Pope: for Christians, patients are at the centre of health care


    Pope Francis released his message for the 26th World Day of the Sick, which will be celebrated on 11 February 2018. " The image of the Church as a ‘field hospital’ that welcomes all those wounded by life is a very concrete reality”.


    11/12/2017 - VATICAN

    Pope: it is easier to console than to be consoled, abandon bitterness and complaints


    The problem is that we are "masters of negativity", because we carry within us the wound of original sin while "we are beggars at being positive" and we do not like to beg for consolation. "It would do us all good today, each of us, to examine our conscience: how is my heart? Do I have any bitterness there? Do I have any sadness? What is my language like? Is it in praise of God, of beauty or always of complaints? And ask the Lord for the grace of courage ".


    11/12/2017 - JAPAN-NORWAY

    Hiroshima Survivors at Nobel Peace Prize conferral to Campaign against Nuclear Arms


    The award was accepted by Beatrice Fihn, executive director of the Ican (International Campaign for the Abolition of Nuclear Weapons) and by Hiroshima survivor Setsuko Thurlow. The ceremony was snubbed by the ambassadors of the USA, France, Great Britain. The treaty for the ban on nuclear weapons was approved by 122 nations, but not by the nine nuclear powers. So far it has received only three ratifications. The support of Pope Francis.


    10/12/2017 - VATICAN-ISRAEL-PALESTINE

    Holy See: attention and concern for Jerusalem and peace in the Middle East


    A press release from the Vatican press office reaffirms the position of the Holy See on respect for the status quo of Jerusalem. The invitation to a negotiated solution between Israelis and Palestinians.


    10/12/2017 - VATICAN

    Pope: Advent, fill the voids of omission, smooth the roughness of pride. Call for nuclear disarmament and care for climate


    At the Angelus Pope Francis calls for greater prayer and greater charity. The Nobel Peace Prize to the International Campaign to abolish nuclear weapons. The "strong link" between human rights and nuclear disarmament. Combating climate change and fighting for integral human development. Solidarity with the families of the victims of the Okhi cyclone in India and the flood victims of Albania.


    09/12/2017 - VATICAN

    Pope: Francesca Cabrini's charisma is of extraordinary actuality


    Audience to the Missionaries of the Sacred Heart of Jesus, on the occasion of the centenary of the death of their foundress, Apostle of migrants. Migrants need good laws, development programs, but "also and above all of love, friendship, human closeness". Although she wanted to go to China, Pope Leo XIII said to her: 'Not to the east, Cabrini, but to the West!' The devotion to the Sacred Heart "made her able to look at the heart of those whom she approached and assisted".


    09/12/2017 - RUSSIA

    The Russian parliament wages war on magicians, shamans, healers

    by Vladimir Rozanskij

    Over 10 thousand Russian sites offer miracle cures for a fee. Black magic, curses, removal of evil eye and other services related to spells and magical protections. One in five Russian citizens turn to fortune tellers or tarot card readers at least once in their lifetime. A draft law proposes sentences of one to three years for fraudsters. The condemnation of the Orthodox Church. Superstition and post-communism.


    08/12/2017 - VATICAN

    Pope: May Mary help us reject indifference, fear of those who are different, exploitation


    Francis paid tribute and prayed to the Immaculate in Piazza di Spagna. He visited St Mary Major to pray in front of the image of Salus Populi Romani, and Sant'Andrea delle Fratte to pay tribute to Our Lady of the Miraculous Medal.


    08/12/2017 - VATICAN

    Pope: Annunciation, Mary is “always young, because she has never aged from sin”


    Aging does not make us old, sin does, "because it makes the heart sclerotic". For this reason, Mary, who was "created in grace" and "full of God’s presence", thus without sin, is always young. “Today we look with joy at the One full of grace. Let us ask her to help us stay young, by saying 'no' to sin, and to live a beautiful life, by saying 'yes' to God.”


    07/12/2017 - VATICAN – LUTHERANS

    For the pope, Catholics and Lutherans can no longer afford to be adversaries or rivals


    During his meeting with the president of the Lutheran World Federation, Francis said that the “painful divisions that kept us distant and in conflict for centuries, have brought us in recent decades to a journey of communion.”


    07/12/2017 - VATICAN – TAIWAN

    Pope urges Taiwanese Christians to promote unity and charity


    Francis met with a delegation from the National Council of Churches of Taiwan. “The strengthening of relations between the Christian confessions, and the shared proclamation of Jesus, also through works of charity and educational projects aimed at the young, will prove beneficial to society as a whole.”


    06/12/2017 - UNITED STATES - ISRAEL - PALESTINE

    Donald Trump: “it is time to officially recognize Jerusalem as the capital of Israel”


    Speaking at the White House, the US leader said that Jerusalem "is now also the heart of one of the most successful democracies in the world", calling for "calm, for moderation". The city has always been at the heart of the Israeli-Palestinian conflict.


    06/12/2017 - VATICAN

    Pope: in Myanmar and Bangladesh I encouraged dialogue and witness


    Looking back over his recent trip, Francis recalls that in Myanmar he hoped "that all the different components of the nation, no one excluded, can cooperate" and in Bangladesh solidarity for the help of Rohingya and "the need" that " religious freedom always be protected ".


    06/12/2017 - RUSSIA - SOUTH KOREA

    State Doping, the IOC excludes Russia from the 2018 Winter Olympics


    Some athletes will be able to participate individually and with strict procedures. The national flag will not be admitted and in case of victory the Olympic anthem will resound. Russian vice-premier Vitaly Mutko, head of the World Cup organization, has been banned for life. Moscow speaks of an "unjust and immoral" choice. The United States exults.


    06/12/2017 - VATICAN

    Pope: Respect Jerusalem’s status quo


    Francis expresses his "deep concern for the situation that has been created in the last few days". The Church is always in favor of dialogue he says receiving participants in the meeting of the Standing Committee for Dialogue with religious figures of Palestine.

     


    05/12/2017 - RUSSIA-UKRAINE

    A possible reconciliation between Moscow and Kiev

    by Vladimir Rozanskij

    The Extraordinary Synod for the 100th anniversary of the restoration of the Moscow Patriarchate, called for a return to communion with the Kiev Patriarchate. Filaret's response, very positive, asks for forgiveness and offers forgiveness. For years there have been prevarications, expressions of hatred, seizures of churches. The invasion of Crimea has sharpened the division. The Ukrainian government rallies against.


    04/12/2017 - SYRIA – UNITED NATIONS

    UN-led Syria peace talks undermined by Saudi diktats


    Syrian government representative al-Ja’afari rejects Riyadh and all those who want Assad’s exclusion. The latest round of talks in Geneva ended without results. Saudi-backed opposition has no real representativeness on the ground. Hope for a new peace plan might come from the mediation of Russia, Iran, and Turkey in Sochi and Astana.


    04/12/2017 - VATICAN

    Pope: listening to the voice of God to choose one's own vocation and live it


    Francis’ message for the 55th World Day of Prayer for Vocations with the theme: Listeningdiscerning, and living the call of Lord. " God comes silently and discreetly, without imposing on our freedom ". " Every Christian ought to grow in the ability to “read within” his or her life, and to understand where and to what he or she is being called by the Lord, in order to carry on his mission". Which is "today".


    04/12/2017 - VATICAN-BANGLADESH-MYANMAR

    Not just Rohingya: Pope Francis’ message to Myanmar and Bangladesh

    by Bernardo Cervellera

    News coverage overly focused on "saying / not saying" the word Rohingya. The Pope avoids trial by media, opting to outline constructive paths of hope. Full citizenship for dozens of ethnic groups and a development based on human dignity. The unity between the young and the different ethnic groups, admired by Buddhists and Muslims.


    03/12/2017 - VATICAN

    Pope: “Be attentive and vigilant” so as not to be “lost in our sins and our infidelities”


    Advent begins today, a time “given to us to welcome the Lord who comes to meet us, to verify our desire for God, and to look ahead and prepare for the return of Christ." “Jesus exhorts us to pay attention and to watch, to be ready to welcome him upon his return.”


    03/12/2017 - VATICAN

    With China "we must go step by step gently, slowly,” says pope


    The pontiff talked to reporters on his flight home from Bangladesh. In Myanmar, mentioning the Rohingya “would have been like slamming the door in my interlocutors’ face. But I described the situation, I spoke of minority rights, so that I could go further in the private conversations.” As for a trip to India, “I hope to do it in 2018 if I am alive.”


    02/12/2017 - BANGLADESH – VATICAN

    Rohingya meet Pope Francis who showed compassion (video)

    by Sumon Corraya

    After meeting religious leaders in Dhaka, Pope Francis met some Rohingya refugees. For the first time in his trip, Francis used the word "Rohingya", asking for forgiveness for the indifference of the world towards them. AsiaNews spoke to some. "He is a man of peace. I hope that Allah listens to his prayers,” said one.


    02/12/2017 - BANGLADESH – VATICAN

    Young Bangladeshis say they are the future of the world, in freedom and harmony (video)

    by Anna Chiara Filice

    About nine thousand young people met with Pope Francis at Notre Dame College in Dhaka. Young women “hope to live in a safe world, in which we feel free, able to express ourselves.” For Muslim students, family values are the basis of society, terrorists are isolated, far from the family, brainwashed. From our correspondent


    02/12/2017 - BANGLADESH – VATICAN

    Pope tells the fearless youth of Bangladesh that God’s wisdom strengthens hope


    Some seven thousand Catholics and others took part in the meeting with young people, which included songs and dances and the testimonies of a young man and a young woman. "You are always full of enthusiasm, and I feel rejuvenated every time I meet you", the pope said. People must rely on God’s wisdom, and not wander “aimlessly”. Such “wisdom helps us to recognize and reject false promises of happiness”, to open “up to others”, to appreciate the culture of “the elderly”, and “to face the future with courage.”


    02/12/2017 - BANGLADESH – VATICAN

    In Dhaka pope describes Bangladesh Church as a mustard seed that grows joyfully


    At the meeting with priests and consecrated people, Pope Francis spoke without notes in Spanish, expanding on the topics touched in his written speech. The Rosary highlights Mary's attentiveness, Christ’s compassion, and the joy of the Church, the pillars of religious dedication. "You confirm me in faith and bring me great joy", he said.


    02/12/2017 - BANGLADESH – VATICAN

    In Tejgaon, the Sisters of Mother Teresa show God's compassion for the disabled and the poor living in the streets

    by Anna Chiara Filice

    Six missionaries work at the Tejgaon house, which is open to sick slum dwellers. In all eight sisters serve in Dhaka, 99 across Bangladesh. Muslims, Hindus, Buddhists and Christians are welcomed. "We are not interested in converting them; we just want to serve them." From our correspondent


    02/12/2017 - BANGLADESH – VATICAN

    We are a “small leftover” guided by the Holy Spirit, says missionary in Bangladesh


    Fr Franco Cagnasso, PIME, spoke before Pope Francis, who addressed priests, nuns and religious without a written speech. For the pontiff, "A Church that remains indoors is a sick Church". There is “an inner need to discover that my charism, my abilities, can serve in some place." From our correspondent


    01/12/2017 - MYANMAR – VATICAN

    Papal visit to Yangon a success, Catholic unity an example for the country, Bishops’ spokesman says

    by Paolo Fossati

    The whole country expressed joy for the success of the apostolic journey of Pope Francis. The small Catholic community has responded positively to his words. The faithful faced difficulties and made sacrifices to take part. Buddhist monks expressed admiration for Catholic unity and would like to be the same. From our correspondent


    01/12/2017 - BANGLADESH - VATICAN

    Bangladesh pilgrims at Mass with Pope Francis (video)

    by Anna Chiara Filice

    This morning, Mass at Dhaka's Suhrawardi Udyan Park. 16 priests ordained. More than 70,000 people are present. Participants include some Khulna lepers. A group from the parish of Mohespur spent 15 hours traveling. The hopes of young workers. The commitment of a newly consecrated. From our envoy on the ground.






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    RUSSIA-UKRAINE
    A possible reconciliation between Moscow and Kiev

    Vladimir Rozanskij

    The Extraordinary Synod for the 100th anniversary of the restoration of the Moscow Patriarchate, called for a return to communion with the Kiev Patriarchate. Filaret's response, very positive, asks for forgiveness and offers forgiveness. For years there have been prevarications, expressions of hatred, seizures of churches. The invasion of Crimea has sharpened the division. The Ukrainian government rallies against.


    VATICAN-BANGLADESH-MYANMAR
    Not just Rohingya: Pope Francis’ message to Myanmar and Bangladesh

    Bernardo Cervellera

    News coverage overly focused on "saying / not saying" the word Rohingya. The Pope avoids trial by media, opting to outline constructive paths of hope. Full citizenship for dozens of ethnic groups and a development based on human dignity. The unity between the young and the different ethnic groups, admired by Buddhists and Muslims.


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