27/03/2017 - VIETNAM
Vietnam’s Catholic community is not growing. Young people and their testimony can help evangelise society. Youth need to interact with one another and share their experiences. Moving to the city comes with many difficulties.
27/03/2017 - INDONESIA
Jakarta: incitement to hatred, the most common online crime in 2016
The authorities conducted 199 investigations. The victims targeted for ethnic and religious reasons. Religious and conservative groups increasingly active as vigilantes. The case of the Christian governor is an example of this trend.
26/03/2017 - VATICAN
Pope urges the faithful to abandon the false lights of prejudice towards others and self-interest
Baptism inspires us to follow Jesus and judge men and things according to a new scale of values that comes from God, as well as to walk in the light, that is to "abandon false lights”. Francis thanked Milan and the Milanese for the warm reception they showed him yesterday. He also said that it is true that "In Milan people are welcomed heart in hand”.
25/03/2017 - ITALY – VATICAN
Pope tells 80,000 youth that grandparents can help them find faith, says no to bullying
Parents should strive to educate children about contents, ideas, values and attitudes about life. He urged them to play with their children, take the time to go to Mass with them, visit a park, and remember that they can see and suffer when they argue.
25/03/2017 - ITALY – VATICAN
Pope: in a time marked by speculation, nothing and no one is "foreign" to God
Francis celebrated Mass in Monza before a million people according to organisers. This followed his visit to Milan’s San Vittore Prison where he had lunch with inmates. “The Lord loves me as much as he does you,” he told them. “Jesus himself is in you and in me; we are sinful brothers".
25/03/2017 - ITALY – VATICAN
Pope in Milan: pastors must teach how to choose in a society that has many cultures
Francis began his visit at the Case Bianche compound, home to three families. He met priests and consecrated people at the Cathedral where he talked about discernment. “Choose the peripheries, reawaken processes, ignite the spent and weakened hope of a society that has become insensible to the pain of others,” he said.
25/03/2017 - INDONESIA
The "Days in the Diocese" for Asian Youth Day 2017
Representatives from 16 countries met on 20-24 March at the Sanjaya Pastoral Centre in Muntilan, the ‘Bethlehem of Java’ for the ‘Days of the Diocese’. The goal was to rehearse 7th Asian Youth Day (AYD) scheduled for 30 July-6 August 2017.
24/03/2017 - VATICAN - EU
Pope: Europe is not just an economy, but a way of conceiving man and a capacity for hope
Francis spoke to the heads of state and government of the 27 EU member states on the 60th anniversary of the Treaty of Rome. He told them that the Old Continent is a reality based on the centrality of man, effective solidarity, openness to the world, the pursuit of peace and development, and overture to the future. He also talked about "serious migration crisis" and the populism that is the "fruit of an egotism".
24/03/2017 - VIETNAM
Hanoi arrests two bloggers and activists for online "propaganda against the State”
24 year old Phan Kim Khanh and Bui Hieu Vo 51 year old are behind bars. Both accused of posting "malicious and prefabricated content ", with the aim of "spreading propaganda contrary" to the principles of the Republic. Today in Vietnam there are at least 84 prisoners of conscience, including bloggers, unionists, politicians and religious leaders.
24/03/2017 - VATICAN - GREAT BRITAIN - ISLAM
London attack: The Pope's pain and that of a young Muslim
Pope Francis expresses "prayer and solidarity" for the victims killed in Westminster. A young Muslim apologizes to the victims because terrorists used his religion to cause such violence. Islam "has been taken hostage." Police release the name of the dead attacker: Khalid Massoud, 52, born in Britain. Perhaps he is of Pakistani or Afghan origin. The Islamic State claims him as "one of our soldiers."
23/03/2017 - THAILAND
Bangkok wants a new “clean” abbot for the Phra Dhammakaya temple
The current abbot has been accused of embezzlement and illegal construction. The authorities have tried repeatedly to arrest him, but without success. The National Office of Buddhism wants an outsider picked as the temple’s new spiritual guide.
23/03/2017 - VATICAN
Pope: if you do not listen to the Word of God, you end up confusing God with the devil
"When a people, a community, even a Christian community, a parish, a diocese, close their ears and become deaf to the Word of the Lord, they look for other voices, other lords, and end up with the idols, idols of the world, the worldliness, that society offers them. They walk away from the living God. "
23/03/2017 - INDONESIA
Mgr Samuel Sidin Oton is the new Bishop of Sintang, West Kalimantan (photos)
The ordination ceremony took place in Baning in the presence of more than 5,000 local Catholics. West Kalimantan Governor Cornelis and local top military officials were also present. Working for environmental protection made Mgr Sidin an environmental hero. The challenges of the Diocese of Sintang include its vast territory, deforestation and the loss of cultural values among locals.
23/03/2017 - ASIA - ISLAM - GREAT BRITAIN
Indian Church praying for the victims of London attack. The sympathy of world leaders
Cardinal Gracias expresses deep sorrow for an attack that caused a "senseless loss of life." And prays God grant "peace, strength and consolation." Sympathy and solidarity from international leaders. Iran asks to stop the sale of the "weapons to terrorist groups ". Erdogan expresses solidarity with the British, but launches a new attack on Europe.
22/03/2017 - VATICAN
Pope: Protect water, a common good, also by enhancing the cultural and religious significance
The Word of God "feeds a hope that concrete results in sharing in mutual service." "Our hope is not based on our own strength or means, but on the support of God and the faithfulness of His love, that is, on God's strength and consolation of God." "That of migrants is the biggest tragedy since the Second World War".
22/03/2017 - BANGLADESH – MALAYSIA
Thousands of Bangladeshi migrant workers in Malaysia send remittances homeby Sumon Corraya
About half a million migrants from the South Asian country live in Malaysia, many undocumented and working illegally. Those who find honest work are an "economic blessing" for their families. Uzzal Roy and Mohoshin Islam are two such migrants who made it.
21/03/2017 - VATICAN
Pope tells young people to remember the past, to have courage in the present and hope for the future
21/03/2017 - VATICAN
Pope: the forgiveness of sins "is a mystery" and the first step is shame
Forgiveness received from God, "the wonder he created in your heart" must be able to "enter into your consciousness." "We ask for the grace of shame before God. It 'a great grace! Ashamed of our sins and thus we receive forgiveness and the grace of generosity to give it to others because if the Lord has forgiven me so much, who am I not to forgive? ".
21/03/2017 - ASIA
The happiest countries in the world: Norway in first place, China ranked 79th despite economic growth
The ranking takes into account the gross domestic product per person, life expectancy, social welfare, freedom and perception of corruption. Well Australia and New Zealand, Cambodia is the saddest Asian country. Disappointment for India, to 122th place.
20/03/2017 - VATICAN
Pope: St. Joseph gives young people "the ability to dream, to take risks"
"The man who does not speak but obeys, the man of tenderness, the man capable of keeping promises so they may become solid, safe." He is also the guardian of God’s dream": the dream of God" to save us all ", of redemption, is confided to him.
20/03/2017 - INDONESIA
Mgr Robertus Rubiyatmoko is the new archbishop of Semarang, Central Javaby Mathias Hariyadi
The archdiocese had been vacant since November 2015. The new archbishop is a professor in canon law and teaches at the local seminary. Semarang provides pastoral care to more than 404,000 Catholics and 98 parishes.
19/03/2017 - VATICAN
Pope: Forgetful of great gift of baptism, we seek wells whose waters cannot quench our thirst
At the Angelus Pope Francis comments on Christ’s dialogue with the Samaritan woman: "This Gospel is meant for us!". Lent opportunity to encounter Jesus "in prayer, in a heart to heart conversation, see his face in the face of a suffering brother or sister ". Solidarity with the people of Peru, hit by floods. The beatification in Bolzano of Josef Mayr-Nusser, Nazi martyr: a model for the laity and for fathers.
18/03/2017 - INDONESIA
Yogakarta set to welcome youth from 29 countries for next Asian Youth Dayby Mathias Hariyadi
Pluralism of Indonesian society inspired the theme of the event. The Catholic Church in Asia in the wide variety of ethnic groups, languages and cultures. Msgr. Suharyo: "All participants deeply understand the importance of the concept of unity in diversity". Msgr. Prapdi: "Diversity is a priceless" social and cultural asset.
17/03/2017 - VATICAN
Pope leads penitential liturgy
Francis, who did not deliver the homily, was confessed for about five minutes and then confessed, for about 50 minutes, some of the faithful. This morning he said that the confessor must pray, discern – to avoid generalising – and remember that the confessional is also a place of evangelisation, because it allows an encounter with the true face of God, which is that of mercy.
17/03/2017 - PHILIPPINES
Impeachment attempt against President Duterte
For Rep Gary Alejano, Duterte is “unfit to hold the highest office of the land”. The congressman accuses the president of almost 10,000 extrajudicial killings as president and as mayor of Davao. He also accuses him of hiring 11,000 “ghost employees” and embezzling some US$ 44 million.
17/03/2017 - INDONESIA
Hasyim Muzadi, defender of pluralism, has died: the condolences of Indonesian Catholicsby Mathias Hariyadi
The Church remembers him for his commitment to defend and protect the principle of the nation's unity in diversity. The Muslim cleric has promoted dialogue and tolerance between different confessions in an Indonesia marked by hatred of radical Muslims.
16/03/2017 - VIETNAM
Vietnamese journalist and Catholic activist victim of violence in prisonby Thanh Thúy
Convicted on subversion charges, Nguyễn Đặng Minh Mân has endured "repeated" cases of "ill-treatment". Held in solitary confinement, she is physically exhausted by her experience. Despite abuses, she continues to fight for the rights of other prisoners. Human rights activists and UN agency have appealed for her release.
16/03/2017 - VATICAN
Pope: "Cursed is the man who trusts in himself", in goods and not in the Lord
Those who trust in riches, goods, "in the flesh" are on a dangerous road of sin, that always personalizes God, and leads to corruption, "from which there is no going back."
16/03/2017 - VATICAN-LEBANON
Pope: I will go to Lebanon and I will always remember it in my prayers
Francis receives Lebanese President Michel Aoun, for whom "The coexistence of Lebanon occupies a special place in the heart of Pope Francis, who will respond to the invitation to visit the Land of the Cedars." Vatican appreciation for Lebanon's support to Syrian refugees.
16/03/2017 - MALAYSIA - NORTH KOREA
The DNA of Kim Jong-nam’s son confirms the murdered man's identity
The government in Kuala Lumpur did not reveal who gave the DNA samples. It is thought to have been his son Kim Han-sol. The corpse will go to Pyongyang in exchange for the release of Malaysians stranded in North Korea. Some problems at the Asian Cup championship.
15/03/2017 - PHILIPPINES
Filipino police invites priests to join violent anti-drug operations
The country’s Bishops' Conference rejects the proposal to take part in President Duterte’s anti-drug campaign. The Church supports “Whatever strategy there is, for as long as there’s no killing and it is devoid of any corrupt and unjust practice”. Vice President Leni Robredo slums the drug war, which has left Filipinos feeling “hopeless and helpless”. Duterte retaliates against his adversaries.
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