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  • 19/03/2018 - VATICAN

    The new prelates are Mgr Waldemar Stanisław Sommertag, nuncio to Nicaragua; Mgr Alfred Xuereb, nuncio to Korea and Mongolia; and Mgr José Avelino Bettencourt, nuncio to Armenia and Georgia. The Pope emphasised that a bishop’s mission is “the good of men in things that concern God", adding emphatically, “not for business, not for politics, not for other things."

    19/03/2018 - VATICAN

    Pope: Escaping from the 'poisoned' logic of 'but it's always been that way'

    The pre-Synodal meeting is open, with over 300 young people from all continents, Catholic, Christians and non-believers. A Synod that "wants to be not only a Synod on the 'young and' for 'young people, but also a Synod' of 'young people and' with 'young people". "Too often we talk about young people without questioning you". Anticipation from the new book-interview: "" To understand a young person - you can read it - today you have to understand it in movement, you can’t stand still and expect to be on their wave length”.

    19/03/2018 - KOREA-US-FINLAND

    Helsinki, first meeting between officials from the two Koreas and the USA

    Choe Kang-il, a senior North Korean diplomat, left for Finland yesterday. The goal is to prepare the summits between Kim Jong-un, Moon and Trump. The South Korean president evaluates a possible coordination of South Korea-China-Japan.

    18/03/2018 - VATICAN

    Pope: the Crucifix is ​​not an ornament, but a religious sign to be contemplated

    "In the image of Jesus crucified the mystery of the death of the Son of God is revealed as the supreme act of love, the source of life and salvation for humanity of all times". Being, like Jesus, the grain of wheat "means thinking less about oneself, about personal interests, and knowing how to" see "and meet the needs of our neighbors, especially the least among us".

    17/03/2018 - VATICAN - ITALY

    Pope in Pietrelcina: Follow in the footsteps of Padre Pio

    Today Francis visits the birthplace of the saint and San Giovanni Rotondo on the centenary of the appearance of the permanent stigmata of Saint Pio and on the 50th anniversary of his death. In his native country "he was strongly tormented in his heart and he feared to fall into sin, feeling assaulted by the devil". "The devil - he added - tempts us".

    16/03/2018 - KOREA-US

    Preparations for Korea-US summit. Moon's approval ratings hit 74%

    Seoul reassures Tokyo over meetings as necessary for peace on the peninsula, and urges for a preliminary summit with Kim Jong Un. North Korean Foreign Minister flies to Sweden. "Sports diplomacy" continues. But some experts warn: a nuclear reactor active, the purpose is not clear.

    16/03/2018 - CHINA-VATICAN

    The Year of Truth? (Truth with Chinese characteristics?)

    by Card. Joseph Zen

    The considerations of the bishop emeritus of Hong Kong on claims made by recent articles regarding the agreement between Beijing and the Holy See.

    15/03/2018 - VATICAN

    Pope: Pray to God in freedom, like children and pray with insistence

    "If I want the Lord to listen to my requests, I must return, and return again, to knock at the door of God’s heart, since my own heart is committed to [this petition]! But if my heart is not concerned for this need, or the person for whom I am praying, neither will it be capable of courage and patience".

    14/03/2018 - VATICAN

    Pope: the Our Father is not one of many prayers, but the prayer God’s children

    In the "great prayer that Jesus taught us", in which we also implore "the remission of our sins", and "to be worthy to receive God's forgiveness we commit ourselves to forgive those who have offended us. And this is not easy, It is a grace that we must ask for: Lord, teach me to forgive as you have forgiven me ".

    13/03/2018 - CHINA - VATICAN

    Three bishops among assembly that made Xi Jinping president for life

    by Wang Zhicheng

    Although how they voted remains unknown, the appearance of the three bishop-delegates has already helped make the story of the biggest constitutional change in 36 years. The three are: Joseph Huang Bingzhang of Shantou, excommunicated, Guo Jincai of Chengde, illegitimately ordained and Fang Jianping, illegitimately ordained and who after receiving forgiveness participated in three illicit episcopal ordinations as consecrating or concelebrant

    13/03/2018 - VATICAN

    Benedict XVI underscores continuity of Pope Francis’ pontificate

    A Letter of the Pope Emeritus on the fifth anniversary of the beginning of Francis’ pontificate. The first South American Pope, first Jesuit Pope and first to have wanted the name of the Saint of Assisi. The Pope of the "discarded" and of a God who always tends His hand, a God whose fundamental characteristic is Mercy.

    12/03/2018 - SOUTH KOREA

    MeToo movement turns South Korea against sexual abuse

    Charges are levelled at leading political, artistic, religious and social figures. Harsher sentences have been introduced against sex crimes, including in the military. President Moon backs the campaign. The Catholic Church sets up a prevention committee.

    12/03/2018 - VATICAN

    Lent is the ‘proper occasion' to help the Christians of the Holy Land

    The Congregation for Eastern Churches renews its appeal. In the past year the Collection has funded conservation work (like the restoration of the Basilica of the Holy Sepulchre in Jerusalem and the Basilica of the Nativity in Bethlehem), the training of priests, and men and women religious, as well as housing for young couples and accommodation for pilgrims.

    12/03/2018 - VATICAN

    Pope: a true Christian takes "risks" because he seeks the joy of being with the Lord

    Graces and miracles are just the beginning says Francis, who asks what Jesus would think of many Christians who stop there, who do not look beyond instead who behave like someone at a restaurant is content with the appetizer and returns at home, not knowing that the best  is yet to come.

    12/03/2018 - CHINA - VATICAN

    Chinese delegation attends Vatican meeting

    The Global Times yesterday gave the news of the participation of a group of Chinese scholars in a meeting on organ trafficking, adding that this "also creates a good impulse to expand contacts beyond the health sector towards cultural and other social areas ".

    11/03/2018 - VATICAN

    Pope: those who reject God can sometimes be victims of drugs, superstitions and magic

    “It is good to know our own limits, not to despair but to offer them to the Lord who never leaves us on our own, who takes us by the hand and for this we rejoice,” said Francis. “We must not be discouraged when we see our limitations, our weaknesses" for "God is greater than our weaknesses, our sins.” Thus, “Let's look at the cross to go forward."

    09/03/2018 - KOREA-US

    Kim Jong-un and Trump will meet in May

    It would be the first one on one meeting between the leaders of the two countries, since the Cold War. The invitation of the North Korean leader delivered by the Seoul delegation yesterday in Washington. Moon: historical landmark for peace.

    08/03/2018 - VATICAN

    Pope: a sincere and open dialogue with governments for the challenges posed by migration

    Receiving the International Catholic Commission for Migration, Francis stated that "we must encourage countries to coordinate more suitable and effective responses to the challenges posed by issues of migration; and we can do this on the basis of the essential principles of the Church’s social teaching".

    07/03/2018 - VATICAN

    Pope: Paul VI and Archbishop Romero soon saints

    Giovanni Battista Montini was the Pope of the Council and the great reformer of the Church of our time, Abp. Romero is the "martyr of Salvador", killed "in hatred of the faith" for his defense of the poor and the denunciation of repression.

    07/03/2018 - VATICAN

    Pope: 'You don’t pay for Mass, 'Christ's redemption is free'

    "Learning to" give thanks, always and everywhere ", and not only on certain occasions, when everything is all right; second, make our life a gift of love, that is free; third, to build concrete communion in the Church and with everyone ". These are the three "attitudes" present in the Eucharistic prayer.

    07/03/2018 - KOREA

    Seoul: Kim Jong-un is ready to give up nuclear power

    Summit with Moon scheduled for April, after a first telephone call. It would be the first time in 10 years. South Korean Foreign Minister: bring Washington and Pyongyang together. The White House promises new sanctions over the murder of Kim Jong-nam.

    06/03/2018 - VATICAN

    Pope: God forgives us as long as we recognise ourselves as sinners and forgive others

    “Accusing oneself is part of Christian wisdom; not accusing others,” the pontiff said. “Two things will help us understand the path of forgiveness: 'You are great Lord; unfortunately, I have sinned,' and 'Yes, I forgive you, seventy times seven, as long as you forgive others'."

    06/03/2018 - KOREA

    Kim Jong-un welcomes Seoul delegation: smiles and 'satisfactory agreements'

    First ever meeting between Northern leader and Seoul officials. Moon Jae-in invites him to an inter-Korean summit; Kim Jong-un accepts the proposal. Washington is "cautiously optimistic", but insists on the renunciation of nuclear power. South Korean Ministry of Foreign Affairs: sanctions help to finding a peaceful solution.       

    05/03/2018 - VATICAN

    Pope: during Lent, the Church makes us reflect on the conversion of thinking and actions

    Religion and faith are not "a show". The pontiff calls for carrying out new “actions the Christian way, the way that comes from the Beatitudes”. One can recite "the whole Creed, even all the dogmas of the Church", but if one does not do it "with a Christian spirit", it serves no purpose.

    05/03/2018 - VATICAN-CHINA

    A healthy scepticism of China – Vatican agreement, does not mean we are 'against the Pope'

    by Bernardo Cervellera

    AsiaNews is neither an optimist nor a pessimist, but a realist. The "targeted" appointments of bishops have already lead to the suffocation of the Church today. The silence of the "optimists" in front of the destruction of churches, bans on young people practising their religion, the tight control on priests and faithful. A program – that need no agreements -: promote the unity of the Chinese Church; strengthen the formation of priests, religious, laity; support evangelization. The model of underground Protestant communities. The danger of considering the underground Catholic Church as something that can be just "discarded".

    05/03/2018 - KOREA

    South Korea’s chief of security arrives in Pyongyang

    Seoul sends five representatives to the north. Dialogue between the two Koreas  continues in an attempt to convince the North to sit down at the negotiating table with Washington and the international community to denuclearise the peninsula.

    04/03/2018 - VATICAN

    Pope: it is very bad when the Church makes a marketplace of God's house

    Christ's driving the merchants from the temple warns against the temptation to take advantage of good activities for private, and even illicit interests and helps us "to reject the danger of making of our soul, which is the abode of God, a market place, living in the continuous search for our own interests instead of generous and supportive love".


    03/03/2018 - VATICAN

    Pope: after Pentecost the 'memory' of the Virgin Mary, Mother of the Church

    A decree establishes its insertion into the general Roman calendar. The celebration now decided by Francis "will help us to remember that growth in the Christian life must be anchored to the Mystery of the Cross, to the oblation of Christ in the Eucharistic Banquet and to the Mother of the Redeemer and Mother of the Redeemed, the Virgin who makes her offering to God".

    02/03/2018 - VATICAN

    Pope to travel to Geneva for 70th anniversary of the World Council of Churches

    The visit to WCC headquarters will include an ecumenical prayer, a special session of the Central Committee to mark the anniversary, and an address by the pope. Francis will be the third pontiff to visit the organisation after Paul VI on 10 June 1969 and John Paul II on 12 June 1984.

    02/03/2018 - KOREA-US

    Moon to Trump: Seoul will send a special envoy to Pyongyang

    The first phone call between the two leaders since the resumption of inter-Korean dialogue. The two countries reaffirm their commitment to peace, but the White House does not comment on the sending of a representative.

    Editor's choices

    Syrian Trappist nuns say Western powers and factional media fuel war propaganda

    In a written appeal, the religious systematically take apart the version of the conflict touted by governments, NGOs and international news organizations. In Ghouta east, jihadists attack the capital and use civilians as human shields. The Syrian government and people have a duty to defend themselves from external attacks. The conflict alone has undermined the coexistence between Christians and Muslims in the country.

    Xinjiang, crosses, domes, statues destroyed: the new 'Sinicized' Cultural Revolution

    Bernardo Cervellera

    Crosses removed from the domes and the tympanum of Yining Church as well as external decorations and crosses, and the Way of the Cross within the church. The same happened at the churches of Manas and Hutubi. The Cross represents "a foreign religious infiltration ". Prayer services forbidden even in private houses under the threat of arrests and re-education. Children and young people forbidden to enter churches. Religious revival frightens the Party.


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