03/05/2016 - MALAYSIA
With the Jubilee of Mercy, the Sacred Heart parish has begun to run a soup kitchen with volunteers helping to prepare up to 200 meals each Saturday, including university students and lecturers. The food is handed out near the local market where the needy line up. As volunteers meet the poor, “their eyes are opened to the needs of others,” said Fr Tan who is behind the initiative.
03/05/2016 - VATICAN
Pope: There are many Christians who are "mummified" or "vagabond" or "stubborn" or, finally, "halfway"
There are many "confused" Christians who do not follow the only "right path" that is Jesus. "How am I on this Christian journey? Standing still, on the wrong road, hanging around, only stopping for things that I like or following Jesus who said 'I am the way!'? Let us ask the Holy Spirit to teach us to walk the right path, forever! And when you get tired, take a little refreshment and carry on. Let us ask for this grace. "
03/05/2016 - VIETNAM
Chemicals in the sea: thousands of people without foodby Paul N. Hung
Tens of thousands of dead fish litter central coast of the country. The government has not yet given an answer to causes, but independent experts blame local steel company. An underwater pipe uncovered, it had polluted the coast for years. Archbishop of Ho Chi Minh City: "Let us pray for our brothers and sisters affected by the tragedy."
02/05/2016 - PHILIPPINES
CBCP: may the upcoming elections be tools of peace and reconciliation
For Mgr Socrates Villegas, president of the Bishops’ Conference, “One cannot proclaim Christ as King and at the same time accept the governance of one whose thoughts, speech and demeanour are diametrically opposed”. Winners should not seek revenge, but show respect for "the rights of God’s people enshrined in the Constitution and their demand for justice, unity, progress and peace”.
02/05/2016 - VATICAN
Pope: the Christian bears witness to Jesus, but "often" this provokes attacks and persecution
"The Spirit gives witness to Jesus. And each time we feel something in our heart that brings us closer to Jesus, it is the Spirit who is at work". It 'good to ask "that worldliness, easy things, the things that come directly from the father of lies, the prince of this world, sin, do not turn away from witness".
02/05/2016 - PHILIPPINES - INDONESIA
Jolo, 10 Indonesian sailors freed: they were held by Abu Sayyafby Mathias Hariyadi
On April 26 last the terrorist group beheaded a Canadian hostage. The crew members were found yesterday in front of the house of the governor of Sulu. In good condition, they were transported to Jakarta. Mystery over the payment of a ransom: according to Philippine media it amounted to 900 thousand euro, but Indonesia denies any knowledge.
01/05/2016 - VATICAN
Pope: May the Holy Spirit help us to understand and to remember the words of Jesus
After the Marian prayer of the Regina Caeli Francis appeals for peace in Syria: "There is a spiral of violence in the country that continues to aggravate the already desperate humanitarian situation of the country, particularly in the city of Aleppo, and claim innocent victims, even among children, the sick and those who with great sacrifice pledged to provide assistance to others ". Economic development "must take into account human dignity and fully respect labor laws". Pedophilia "is a tragedy. We must not tolerate it, the guilty must be severely punished."
30/04/2016 - CAMBODIA
Drought kills hundreds of animals, survival of villages at risk
In many areas of the country lack of water and high temperatures means survival is at risk. 50 degrees reached in areas. Tons of fish and hundreds of species of animals - monkeys, reptiles, birds – have died in the last days. People wait for rainy season and the arrival of the monsoon.
30/04/2016 - VATICAN
Pope: No one be distanced from God because of man-made obstacles!
At an extraordinary Jubilee audience, Francis returns to the theme of reconciliation, "God has never failed to offer his forgiveness to men: his mercy is felt from generation to generation." An appeal to confessors: "You are in the place of God the Father." A special Jubilee greeting for the police and the Armed Forces: "Faced with every day challenges, irradiate Christian hope, which is the certainty of the victory of love over hatred and peace over war."
29/04/2016 - PAPUA NEW GUINEA – AUSTRALIA
Manus Island refugees to sue PNG
The fate of almost a thousand people held in a detention camp on Manus Island has not yet been decided after PNG authorities decided to close the facility. With Port Moresby and Canberra expected to hold emergency talks, lawyers for the asylum seekers plan to “go straight to assessing reasonable compensation” in the billions.
29/04/2016 - VATICAN
Pope: A Christian does not say one thing and do another: He walks in the light, "because God is Light."
"The lie we know where it comes from: in the Bible, Jesus calls the devil 'father of lies', the liar". "Sin is ugly! But if you have sinned, He is watching and waiting for you to forgive you! '. Always! Because He - God - is greater than our sins".
28/04/2016 - VATICAN
Pope: in the Church, there have always been resistance to the "surprises" of the Holy Spirit
“[G]et together, join together, listen, discuss, pray and decide. This is the so-called sinodality of the Church, which expresses the communion of the Church,” the pope said. “Let us ask the Lord for grace to understand how the Church can face the surprises of the Spirit, to be docile and to follow the path which Christ wants for us and for the whole Church.”
28/04/2016 - THAILAND
Thai Muslim leader calls for learning from other religions to build peaceby Weena Kowitwanij
The Department of Religious Affairs organised an inter-faith forum that brought together leaders of major religions. According Abdulau Nhumsuks, a member of the Bangkok Islam Association, the idea that learning the teachings of other faiths is a sin “is old-fashioned and incorrect”.
28/04/2016 - CHINA - ASIA
Xi Jinping says only nations directly involved can discuss South China Sea disputes
Chinese leaders slam "foreign interference" in territorial disputes in the Asia-Pacific seas. Soon the international tribunal in The Hague will decide on the dispute initiated by Manila and Hanoi. Chinese President against military escalation on the Korean peninsula.
28/04/2016 - PHILIPPINES
Church mourns Abp. Labayen, one of the "Magnificent 7" who defeated Marcos
The Infanta bishop was one of the champions of human and civil rights in the country. In 60 years of priestly life he faced down the dictator’s martial law and corruption of his successors, pledging to protect the environment and respect for the dignity of workers. The Philippine Church, says the bishop of Caceres, "was blessed by his service".
28/04/2016 - AUSTRALIA - PAPUA N. GUINEA
Manus island refugees "have already paid. Now they must be helped "
The Australian government agrees to close the refugee camp on the island, which falls within the sovereignty of Papua New Guinea, but does not know what to do about one thousand people living there. PIME missionary Fr. Giorgio Licini, 11 years in the country: "It is a huge problem that has no easy solutions. But you have to start by removing the causes of migration, not by rejecting those who suffer them".
27/04/2016 - SINGAPORE
Marriage, "a sign of closeness to God" in hyper-competitive Singapore
27/04/2016 - VATICAN
Pope: Indifference to the suffering of man is to ignore God
Jesus teaches us not to "categorize others to see who is our neighbor and who is not. You can become a neighbor to whomever you meet in need, and you will be if you have compassion in your heart, that is if you are capable of suffering with others".
26/04/2016 - MYANMAR
Karen State: Buddhist militants erect a pagoda on land owned by an Anglican church
The incident occurred in Hlaingbwe, a village in south-eastern Myanmar. U Thuzana, a 73-year-old Buddhist monk from the Democratic Karen Benevolent Army, ordered the construction in what is the latest challenge to the state’s Christian minority. For the Anglican bishop, Christians harbour “no grudges or hatred”.
26/04/2016 - VATICAN
Pope: "It is not for the pastor to determine what the faithful have to say in different arenas"
In a letter to the president of the Pontifical Commission for Latin America Francis speaks of the "temptation" of clericalism that "not only cancels out the Christian personality, but also tends to belittle and underestimate the baptismal grace that the Holy Spirit has placed in the heart of the our people ".
26/04/2016 - PHILIPPINES - CANADA
Jolo, radical Islamists behead a Canadian hostage
John Ridsdel was held since September 2015 had been kidnapped along with another Canadian, his Filipina girlfriend and a Norwegian. Ottawa condemns "a cold-blooded murder, for which responsibility falls on the head of those who did it". In the same area it the former PIME missionary Rolando Del Torchio was released a few days ago.
24/04/2016 - VATICAN
Pope Francis tells young people that “genuine love” is not a “soap opera”, but Christians’ real identity card
In his homily for the Jubilee of Teens, Pope Francis asked questions and gave answers to the 70,000 present. Stressing the great ideal of love as giving oneself “without being possessive”, he noted that freedom is “being able to choose the good”. He warned young people “who dare not dream,” telling them that “If you do not dream at your age, you are already ready for retirement”. He also received funds raised for the Ukraine, and appealed for the release of bishops and the priests held in Syria.
23/04/2016 - ISRAEL – PALESTINE
For Fr David, Tel Aviv kindergarten for migrant children is like Jesus’ family
The facility has 52 children from the Philippines, Sudan, Eritrea, India and Sri Lanka, including two with autism, and one with Down. The “multi-faceted project” is not profit oriented, manager says. For one parent, children get “children everything they need”.
23/04/2016 - VATICAN
Pope tells youth that without Jesus, “there is no signal. Talking becomes impossible”
In a video message to the boys and girls taking part in the Jubilee for Teens, Pope Francis stressed forgiveness and works of mercy, even for “Young people like yourselves, who are hungry, thirsty; who are refugees or foreigners or sick and in need of our help, and friendship.”
23/04/2016 - PHILIPPINES
Davao: running against child malnutrition
The archdiocese organises ‘I am running for you’ (Para sa Iyo ang Takbo Ko), a fun run to raise funds for its nourishment centre, which feeds 200 children every day. Davao is located in one of the areas most affected by El Niño-related drought.
22/04/2016 - INDONESIA
Jakarta brings home Samadikun Hartono, wanted for financial scandals in the 1990sby Mathias Hariyadi
The former head of the now defunct Modern Bank, Hartono had been on the run for 13 years. Five different passports and identities did not save him. Indonesia’s intelligence agency, who found him in Shanghai, brought him home, possibly with Chinese help.
22/04/2016 - VATICAN
Pope: Announcing the Gospel, intercession and hope, lynchpins of Christian life
"Each one of us, let’s ask ourselves: How is the announcement (of Jesus) in my life? How is my relationship with Jesus who intercedes for me? And how is my hope? Do I truly believe that the Lord is risen? Do I believe that he prays to the Father on my behalf? Each time that I call him, He is praying for me, He is interceding? ".
21/04/2016 - ASIA
Reporters Without Borders: Asia lacks press freedomby Paul Eckert
North Korea, China, Vietnam and Laos are at the bottom of the ranking of 180 countries studied. Concerns regarding the "totalitarian vision" of Xi Jinping and his grip on freedom in Hong Kong. In almost all the countries of East and Southeast Asia, the media are controlled directly or indirectly by the government. Even the Korean and Japanese democracies are worsening, previously considered of models of freedom.
21/04/2016 - VATICAN
Pope: Remembering what God has done in our lives, strengthens the journey of faith
"It is good for a Christian’s heart to remember their journey, for their path: how the Lord led me here, how He took me by the hand. And how often I have said to the Lord: 'No! Go away! I do not want to!'".
20/04/2016 - PHILIPPINES
Drought forcing farmers to eat rats, Caritas slams government
Fr Peter Geremia, a PIME missionary Arakan Valley, describes the tragic situation farmers face as a result of El Niño. For him, “Rice distribution is proceeding too slowly”. On 1 April, police killed two protesters demanding rice. Caritas blames the authorities for not handing out financial aid to the agricultural sector.
20/04/2016 - SRI LANKA
For Card Ranjith, despite evil’s temptations, God continues to generate vocationsby Melani Manel Perera
In his message to Sri Lanka’s Catholics on World Day of Prayer for Vocations, the archbishop of Colombo called for prayers and support for education so as to “encourage many more to follow” those already consecrated. For the Rector of the National Seminary, the vocation to the religious life “is a seed planted by God that germinates and grows in a human heart when there is a genuine and positive response on the part of the recipient.”
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