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07/29/2014 VATICAN - SRI LANKA - PHILIPPI
Pope's apostolic visit to Sri Lanka and the Philippines confirmed
Francis will travel to the former Ceylon on 12-15 January and the Philippines on 15-19 January 2015. Last May, the bishop of Mannar had already told AsiaNews that the visit was "more than a hope." In June the Archbishop of Manila, Card Tagle, stressed "Pope Francis' great love for Asia and the Philippines."
Vatican City (AsiaNews) - As AsiaNews reported last May, Pope Francis will make an apostolic trip to Sri Lanka and the Philippines in January 2015. The Holy See Press Office made the official announcement today,...

07/28/2014 VATICAN - ITALY
Pope: for Pentecostals Holy Spirit produces Church diversity but also unity
Francis is back in Caserta for a meeting with Rev Giovanni Traettino, a friend from Buenos Aires. He asks for forgiveness for the behavior of some Catholics under Fascist Italy's race laws.
07/28/2014 ISLAM
Eid al-Fitr: Ramadan ends today (for Sunnis)
For Shia Muslims, the festival of Eid begins tomorrow. Saudi Arabia, Kuwait, Qatar, UAE, Tunisia, Egypt, Lebanon (Sunnis) announce the end of Ramadan, which commemorates the period during which the Koran was revealed to Muhammad.
07/27/2014 VATICAN
"Stop! I am asking you with all my heart. Stop!" says pope as he speaks out on the Middle East, Iraq and Ukraine
He mentions children, victims of war, "from whom we take away the hope for a decent life," urging the parties to address "every diatribe with the tenacity of dialogue and negotiation and the power of reconciliation". As tomorrow marks 100 years since the outbreak of the First World War, "a day of mourning," we should learn the lessons of history. The Gospel makes us know the true Jesus, the living Jesus, who speaks to the heart and is a life changer as he was for Saint Francis of Assisi. "The joy of finding the treasure of the Kingdom of God comes through, can be seen. Christians cannot hide their faith."
07/26/2014 VATICAN - ITALY
For pope in Caserta, we must "have the courage to say no to evil" to "attain" the Kingdom of God
"It is terrible for such a beautiful land to be ruined this way," said the pope as he arrived in a region scarred by dioxin caused by toxic and radioactive waste buried by the Camorra. "Whoever becomes God's friend, loves his brothers, commits himself to safeguarding their life and health, as well as the environment and nature."

07/26/2014 IRAQ - VATICAN
Saddened by "the timidity of the civilised world," Baghdad patriarch's heart bleeding "for the innocent in Iraq, Syria and Gaza"
"Forget us not!" says Mar Louis Sako in a message to Card Barbarin on the occasion of the march of solidarity with Iraqi Christians, held today in Lyon.
07/25/2014 ASIA
Air disasters: 2014 could beat 2005 in terms of fatalities
So far this year, 680 people have died, higher than 12-month totals for the past three years. With 916 deaths, 2005 was the worst year. IATA points out that about 100,000 flights take place every day without incident with passenger trips on airlines exceeding three billion last year.
07/24/2014 SRI LANKA
Bishop of Mannar: Pope Francis’ visit, a consolation for victims of war
Msgr. Rayappu Joseph, Bishop of Mannar, talks about expectations ahead of the apostolic trip scheduled for January 2015. The Church's mission in the north ravaged by civil war, with the population "left to itself" by the government and institutions. The discrimination suffered by the Tamil minority, and "the only possible solution: a federal and truly democratic state."
07/23/2014 SRI LANKA
Sri Lanka: Navy officers rape two children aged 11 and 9
The Asian Human Rights Commission (AHRC) reports two separate attacks, but both in the north of the country. Their parents were threatened and the seven soldiers released on bail.
07/21/2014 SRI LANKA
Sri Lankan human rights activists tell government: Hands off NGOs
by Melani Manel Perera
More than 500 people demonstrated against a Ministry of Defence-issued notice to all non-governmental organisations. The warning prohibits associations from engaging in activities that transcend their specific tasks. Specifically, it bans activities related to freedom of the press, expression and assembly.
07/20/2014 VATICAN
Pope: I am with the persecuted Christians of Mosul and the Middle East
"May the God of peace inspire in all a genuine desire for dialogue and reconciliation. Violence is never defeated with violence. Violence is defeated with peace." At the Sunday Angelus Francis comments on the parable of the wheat and the weeds. God is "patient" He knows "the same weeds in the end, may become good wheat". But "at the time of the harvest, that is, of judgment, the reapers will execute the order of the master separating the weeds to be burned".
07/19/2014 SRI LANKA
Jaffna: government erodes freedom and dignity of Tamil people
by Melani Manel Perera
A thousand people of all ethnicities and religions participate in a meeting to denounce the conditions in which the North’s Tamils are forced to live. Police desperately try to prevent the rally, even threatening some refugees.
07/18/2014 VATICAN - ISLAM
Christians and Muslims should work fraternally for "justice, peace and respect for the rights and dignity of every person"
The Pontifical Council for Interreligious Dialogue issues a message for the Muslims of the world to mark the end of Ramadan. "Despite being aware of our differences, [. . .] We perceive the importance of promoting a fruitful dialogue built upon mutual respect and friendship. Inspired by our shared values and strengthened by our sentiments of genuine fraternity, we are called to work together for justice, peace and respect for the rights and dignity of every person."
07/13/2014 VATICAN
As pope makes "heartfelt appeal" for peace in the Holy Land, he notes that prayer is not "in vain"
After the Angelus, Pope Francis called on those present to pray during a minute of silence. He made the same plea to local and international policy makers. Prayer helps us "not allow ourselves be overcome by evil, nor accept that violence and hatred take over from dialogue and reconciliation." The parable of the sower asks, 'How is our heart? To what ground does it look like: a road, rocky ground, or a bush? We must remember that with our words "we too are sowers". Indeed, "Our words can do so much good and so much evil; they can hurt and heal, encourage and depress." And "please, do not forget to pray for me."
07/12/2014 ASIA - UNITED NATIONS
More than half the world's population lives in cities
India will lead the way, as the country's urban population is expected to swell by 404 million people between now and 2050. Tokyo will continue to top the mega-city list followed by Delhi, Shanghai, Mexico City, Sao Paulo, Beijing, Osaka, and Cairo. This trend will be challenge for health care, schools, food, and housing.

Altri articoli
07/11/2014 SRI LANKA
Gag order on Sri Lankan activists and NGOs represents a serious limit on freedom of the press and expression by Melani Manel Perera  
07/11/2014 ASIA
WHO: Coronavirus alert remains high in Asia but its spread is "unlikely"
07/10/2014 SRI LANKA
Mullaitivu: more than 300 new complaints of missing people from the Civil War by Melani Manel Perera  
07/09/2014 VATICAN
The Pope’s "revolution" of Vatican finances and administration is underway
07/09/2014 ISLAM
The desperate dream of the Islamic Caliphate by Samir Khalil Samir
07/07/2014 VATICAN
Pope: "no place" in the Church for those who commit sexual abuse
07/06/2014 VATICAN
Pope: Jesus gives rest to the "harassed and helpless", those in the poorest countries, but also those on the margins of wealthy nations
07/05/2014 VATICAN - ITALY
Pope in Molise: overcome the "culture of the provisional" to be truly free
07/05/2014 VATICAN-ITALY
Pope in Molise: Witness to charity, high road of evangelization
07/05/2014 SRI LANKA
Sri Lanka, population protest authorities: You are responsible for enforced disappearances by Melani Manel Perera
07/03/2014 SRI LANKA
Sri Lanka military rebuilding homes after anti-Muslim violence by Melani Manel Perera
07/01/2014 SRI LANKA
Sri Lanka, farmers against the government: No to the privatization of agriculture by Melani Manel Perera
06/30/2014 VATICAN
Pope: today there are more martyrs in the Church than in the early centuries, persecuted or "driven away with white gloves"
06/29/2014 VATICAN
Pope: follow Jesus "day after day, in your work, your conversations and among your friends"
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"Stop! I am asking you with all my heart. Stop!" says pope as he speaks out on the Middle East, Iraq and Ukraine He mentions children, victims of war, "from whom we take away the hope for a decent life," urging the parties to address "every diatribe with the tenacity of dialogue and negotiation and the power of reconciliation". As tomorrow marks 100 years since the outbreak of the First World War, "a day of mourning," we should learn the lessons of history. The Gospel makes us know the true Jesus, the living Jesus, who speaks to the heart and is a life changer as he was for Saint Francis of Assisi. "The joy of finding the treasure of the Kingdom of God comes through, can be seen. Christians cannot hide their faith."
IRAQ - VATICAN
Saddened by "the timidity of the civilised world," Baghdad patriarch's heart bleeding "for the innocent in Iraq, Syria and Gaza" "Forget us not!" says Mar Louis Sako in a message to Card Barbarin on the occasion of the march of solidarity with Iraqi Christians, held today in Lyon.
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07/27/2014 VATICAN
"Stop! I am asking you with all my heart. Stop!" says pope as he speaks out on the Middle East, Iraq and Ukraine
07/26/2014 IRAQ - VATICAN
Saddened by "the timidity of the civilised world," Baghdad patriarch's heart bleeding "for the innocent in Iraq, Syria and Gaza"
07/25/2014 KYRGYZSTAN
Bishkek: Supreme Court outlaws Ahmadis
07/28/2014 TAIWAN
Filming begins’ on Martin Scorsese epic on Christian mission in Japan
by Xin Yage
07/28/2014 TIBET - CHINA - NEPAL
Nepali government ready to allow the funeral of 14th Shamar Rinpoche
by Christopher Sharma
07/26/2014 PHILIPPINES - LIBYA
Filipino priest warns that the lives of 13,000 Filipinos in Libya are in danger
07/28/2014 JAPAN
Shock in Nagasaki after 15-year-old student kills and dismembers best friend
07/24/2014 LEBANON - IRAQ
For Syriac Orthodox patriarch, "Mosul must be retaken"
by Fady Noun
07/26/2014 CHINA
American Benedictine nuns help women's religious congregations in Jiangsu and Beijing
07/24/2014 SRI LANKA
Bishop of Mannar: Pope Francis’ visit, a consolation for victims of war

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