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03/29/2015 VATICAN
Pope: Holy Week, God’s way is humility, it is Jesus’ way, and “we will take this path”
During Palm Sunday Mass, which begins Holy Week, Pope Francis cited the example of people “who, in silence and hiddenness, sacrifice themselves daily to serve others: a sick relative, an elderly person living alone, a disabled person . . .” He also cited today’s martyrs, persecuted because of their faith, a “cloud of witnesses”. Palm Sunday also marks the celebration of the 30th World Youth Day. Deacons of the Pontifical Institute for Foreign Missions provided the service to the pope and the altar. The pope called on young people to come in pilgrimage to Krakow in 2016. He also mentioned the victims of the plane crash in the French Alps.
Vatican City (AsiaNews) – During “This week, Holy Week, which leads us to Easter, we will take this path of Jesus’ own humiliation. Only in this way will this week be ‘holy’ for us too! [. . .] This is God’s way, the way of humility. It...

03/28/2015 THAILAND
Amid conversions, charity and mission, Fr Pelosin tells more stories about the Thai Church
by Adriano Pelosin
One story is about a widow, Ari, her diabetic father and her conversion. In the case of Mueli and Visal, the young couple fled their native Cambodia and gave birth to a child, welcomed like Mary and Joseph in Bethlehem. In his Easter letter, Fr Adriano Pelosin, a 34-year veteran of the mission in Thailand also talks about the 25th anniversary of the Thai Missionary Institute, new ordinations, and the Thai Church’s first synod in 350 years.
03/28/2015 VIETNAM
Vinh: government uses violence to drive out Catholics from their parish
The authorities targeted the small, remote parish of Dông Yên. Most Catholics have left, but about 150 families have decided to stay. Police carried out a raid, injuring several parishioners, a few days ago. The bishop of Vinh expressed his solidarity with the victims.
03/27/2015 INDONESIA
Indonesia tops human-elephant run-ins
As farming encroaches on wild areas, elephants are more likely to encounter humans. The authorities are concerned about the economic impact of elephants trespassing onto farmland, and humans’ violent reaction to it.
03/27/2015 INDONESIA
East Java: three militants arrested on returning from Syria. They were "disappointed by the Islamic State"
After six months in Syria, three militants have returned home disillusioned: they did not find the riches they expected in Syria. To counter the increasing numbers of citizens who join the Islamic State, the Minister of the Interior plans to revoke the citizenship of those who leave.

03/27/2015 LAOS - CHINA
Laos, workers march against a Chinese company that does not pay wages
Dozens of workers of a chemical factory took to the streets to demand payment. A rare event in a country that strongly punishes public dissent. According to a worker, Chinese employees are paid on a regular basis, but not the Laotians. Local residents protest environmental pollution.
03/26/2015 VATICAN
Pope: people can be "doctors of the law" without faith, without hope, without joy
During Mass at the Domus Sanctae Marthae, Francis Pope stressed that faith is joy and hope in Christ. Rules and casuistry are "an abstract world" without joy, faith, love, nor God.
03/26/2015 INDONESIA
Jakarta, hijab for policewomen gets go ahead to joy of extremist opposition
by Mathias Hariyadi
Gen. Haiti, Chief of police, has approved the use of hijab throughout the force. So far it was used only in Aceh, the only province where sharia is law. Satisfaction among members of the pro-Islamic parties. PKS politician: "Apex of a long battle."
03/26/2015 PHILIPPINES
Muslim and Christian leaders against prejudices, for “still possible” peace in Mindanao
Silsilah’s Inter Faith Council calls for peace and unity between Christians and Muslims in southern Philippines. Humility and wisdom are needed to promote collaboration, overcome differences and build a "pluralistic" society in the region.
03/26/2015 PHILIPPINES - CHINA
Manila accuses Beijing of wanting to control the entire South China Sea
Philippine Foreign Minister speaks of " China’s expansionist agenda" dominated by "massive" reclamation projects. Beijing’s "growing" activities aimed to affect the work of the UN international tribunal, convoked by Manila to resolve the dispute. China continues to claim sovereignty of the area.
03/25/2015 VATICAN
Pope: we must all pray for the Synod on the family, "the womb of human life."
"The bond between the Church and the family is sacred and inviolable. The Church, as a mother, never abandons the family, even when it is disheartened, wounded, and mortified in so many ways. Not even when it falls into sin or grows distant". Twenty years since Evangelium Vitae. "When you do not earn a wage you lose your dignity! This is the drama of our time. "
03/25/2015 MYANMAR
Myanmar, dozens of students on trial for protesting against education reform
At least 80 people have been made appear in court, many of them without knowing the exact charge. They are face charges of sowing disunity and encouraging instability, which carry jail terms of up to six years. They were brutally attacked by police and now risk jail time. The "reformist" president Thein Sein has defended police actions.
03/24/2015 INDONESIA
Authorities seize schoolbook that praises Islamic radicalism
The text contained notions taken from Wahhabi doctrine that encourage the killing of non-Muslims. The authorities have set up a team to contain widespread online extremism.
03/24/2015 VATICAN
Pope: "May Holy Week will help us leave behind the temptation to be ‘Yes, but Christians...'"
"Do not accept the gift of God on your own terms: That is a sin, that is a poison. It poisons the soul, takes away our joy, never lets go of you". "This lukewarm soul, this being halfway Christians, ‘Yes, but Christians...'. This enthusiasm at the outset on the journey with the Lord and then becoming disgruntled, only heals gazing at the Cross, gazing at God who takes on our sins: my sin is there".
03/24/2015 SINGAPORE
Archbishop of Singapore: The Catholic Church mourns death of Lee Kuan Yew
On March 27, Msgr. William Goh will celebrate Mass in memory of the founder of the city-state, who died yesterday. All churches and Catholic communities in the nation will offer prayers for the dead leader.

Altri articoli
03/24/2015 PHILIPPINES
With a passion for art, Filipino nun raises funds for mission
03/23/2015 VIETNAM
Threats to religious freedom undermine Vietnam’s Communist Party by Nguyen Hung
03/23/2015 INDONESIA
Indonesian elections are an opportunity to boost the Catholic presence in the country's life by Mathias Hariyadi
03/23/2015 VATICAN
Pope: Where there is no mercy, there is no justice, not even in the Church
03/23/2015 SINGAPORE
Singapore mourns Lee Kuan Yew, 91, the towering boss of the Asian tiger
03/22/2015 VATICAN
Pope: Offer to the "many" who want to "see Jesus" the Gospel, the Cross and the witness to our faith
03/21/2015 VATICAN-ITALY
Pope in Naples: "Today is the first day of spring. Pray for young people, for their future, for hope."
03/21/2015 VATICAN - ITALY
Pope: in Naples, find hope in Jesus and the power to redeem a city
03/21/2015 PHILIPPINES
Filipino priest: Youth as online “agents of peace” to counter Islamic State violence
03/20/2015 VATICAN
Pope says death penalty "is unacceptable," offends the dignity of life and "contradicts God's plan"
03/19/2015 VATICAN
After two years, the pope is appreciated even from a distance
03/19/2015 PHILIPPINES
Manila: feast day of St Joseph for the poor
03/19/2015 VIETNAM - VATICAN - CHINA
The "Vietnamese model", a dangerous practice that does not solve the real problems of the Church by J. B. An Dang
03/19/2015 INDONESIA
The presence of children in the ranks of the Islamic State group rattles Indonesia by Mathias Hariyadi
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VATICAN
Pope: Christians are persecuted and the world tries to hide itDuring the Angelus, Francis prayed for the victims of today's church massacres in Pakistan. Before the Marian prayer, he said that God "loves us, really love us, and loves us very much! This is simplest expression that sums up the whole Gospel, faith, and theology. God loves us freely and boundlessly." The pontiff also spoke about typhoon victims in Vanuatu. "I pray for the dead, the wounded and the homeless. I thank all those who reacted immediately to bring relief and aid." The pope also made a plea on behalf of persecuted Christians. "May the persecution against Christians, which the world is trying to hide, come to an end, and may there be peace."
EGYPT - ISLAM
What Tayeb and Sisi said is big step towards a revolution in Islam
by Samir Khalil SamirThe grand imam of Al-Azhar slammed literalist interpretations of the Qur'an and the Sunnah, as fundamentalists and Islamic terrorists do. He supports the urgent need for Islam's reform, especially in terms of teaching lay people and clerics. He also calls for an end to mutual excommunication (takfir) between Sunnis and Shias. Egyptian President al-Sisi chose to fight the Islamic state group after it beheaded 21 Coptic Christians, whom he called "Egyptian citizens" with full rights.
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03/24/2015 INDONESIA
Authorities seize schoolbook that praises Islamic radicalism
03/22/2015 CHINA - VATICAN
BREAKING NEWS: Chinese police seize two priests in Mutanjiang
by Bernardo Cervellera
03/23/2015 VATICAN
Pope: Where there is no mercy, there is no justice, not even in the Church
03/24/2015 PAKISTAN
Attacks in Lahore, police arrest 200 Christians
by Jibran Khan
03/24/2015 IRAN
Time for a deal with Tehran, a reliable partner against the Islamic State group
by Bernardo Cervellera
03/24/2015 CHINA
The “endgame of communist rule has begun", a coup cannot be excluded
03/22/2015 VATICAN
Pope: Offer to the "many" who want to "see Jesus" the Gospel, the Cross and the witness to our faith
03/24/2015 VATICAN
Pope: "May Holy Week will help us leave behind the temptation to be ‘Yes, but Christians...'"
03/27/2015 UNITED NATIONS – MIDDLE EAST
Patriarch of Baghdad addresses UN, calling for new laws against states or individuals who support terrorists
by Louis Raphael I Sako*
03/23/2015 VIETNAM
Threats to religious freedom undermine Vietnam’s Communist Party
by Nguyen Hung

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