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  • 22/03/2018 - VATICAN

    "Our faithful Lord cannot deny Himself, He cannot deny us, He cannot deny His love, He cannot deny His people, He cannot deny because He loves us". "When we approach the Sacrament of Penance, please: do not think of it as if we were taking a trip to the dry cleaner to remove stains. No. We are going to receive the embrace of love of this faithful God, who is always waiting for us. Always".

    21/03/2018 - VATICAN

    Pope: Christian life is like a plant, it does not bloom without a root, and the root is Jesus

    "The Eucharist makes us strong to gift the flowers of good works". "As it unites us to Christ, wresting us from our selfishness, Communion opens and unites us to all those who are one in Him. This is the prodigy of Communion: we become what we receive!". On August 25 and 26 Francis will travel to Ireland for the World Meeting of Families.

    20/03/2018 - VATICAN

    Pope: 'Look to the crucifix' especially when we are tired of life’s journey

    "Such are the illusions the devil proposes. Once we begin to feel the heat of the day on the journey of conversion, the devil makes us see everything we left behind in a beautiful light, when you have not yet reached the promise of the Lord. It is a bit like the journey of Lent ":" there are always trials and the Lord’s consolation".

    20/03/2018 - SYRIA - TURKEY

    Hundreds of thousands flee Afrin as rebels sack the city

    Shops, homes, military and government facilities subject to raids and expropriations. The Turkish president announces the continuation of the offensive, Kobane is the final goal. At least 200 thousand civilians have left the area in recent weeks; nearly 300 victims, including 43 children. The deafening silence of the United States and Europe.

    19/03/2018 - VATICAN

    Pope Francis confers episcopal ordination to three new nuncios, tells them prayer is their first task

    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 - SYRIA - TURKEY

    Turkish army bends resistance of Afrin’s Kurdish militias and conquers the area

    Turkish soldiers and opposition groups take the city. The statue of a popular figure of Kurdish culture and tradition has been demolished. Ankara intends to continue the operation until "the area is secure". The Kurds promise resistance and announce targeted attacks "at the first opportunity".

    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 - 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.

    16/03/2018 - SYRIA - KAZAKHSTAN

    Astana, diplomacy at work for a ceasefire. Evacuation of Ghouta east continues

    Foreign ministers from Russia, Iran and Turkey meet in the capital of Kazakhstan. A preparatory meeting ahead of the presidents’ summit on April 4 in Istanbul. Yesterday 20 thousand people left the rebel enclave on the outskirts of Damascus, besieged by the government army. At least 25 trucks loaded with aid for Douma.

    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".

    15/03/2018 - TURKEY - UNITED STATES

    US pastor risks life imprisonment in Turkey, over suspected coup support

    Andrew Brunson, 50, has been held in prison for over 500 days without formal charges. The public prosecutor claims he is linked to the Gülen movement, alleged "mastermind" of the coup. He risks 35 years in prison. Activists and NGOs speak of "total lack of proof".

    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 - 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 - VATICAN

    Pope tells priests to be confessors, remember that God’s love is stronger than any sin

    The state of “sin distances us from God. But in fact, sin is the way that we distance ourselves from him. Yet that does not mean that God distances himself from us.” For the pontiff, “The priest-confessor is the source of neither mercy nor grace: he is certainly the indispensable instrument, but always only an instrument”, and never a “master of consciences”.

    09/03/2018 - TURKEY - SYRIA

    Turkish army conquers a strategic town in advance on Afrin

    The Ankara troops take Jandairis. Now they are aiming to reach the capital from the eastern sector. Analysts and experts speak of "milestone" in the context of an "ongoing progress" of the offensive. Ankara's attack on the Kurds has weakened the war against the Islamic State.

    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.

    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 - SYRIA

    Astana, new round of talks to stop the escalation of fighting in Syria

    Next March 16, the Foreign Ministers of Ankara, Teheran and Moscow will meet. Parties involved in the conflict will not attend. The UN special envoy will participate as an observer. The goal is to find the "necessary measures" to guarantee a truce in the conflict. USA: the Turkish offensive on Afrin has weakened the fight against ISIS. 

    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".

    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".

    Editor's choices

    Putin's victory seen from West and East

    Xi Jinping sent a highly congratulatory message. Japan and Germany issued polite words. The Observatory for Security and Cooperation in Europe criticised restrictions on fundamental freedoms. Tensions with Britain remain over the ex-spy poisoning. For Chinese scholar, as the West continues to attack Russia and China, the two will move closer.

    NPC: silence on constitutional amendment, scripted media coverage

    John Ai

    Spokespeople provide scripted answers to scripted questions. Various “foreign” media are funded by China as propaganda tools. The end of term limits for Xi Jinping is the will of the people even though the people did not know about it.


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