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09/02/2014 VATICAN
Pope: Christian identity is not "academic degrees", but being moved by the Holy Spirit
"If we Christians do not fully understand the things of the Spirit, if we do not give or offer witness then we no identity". "Often, so often, we find among our faithful, simple old women who perhaps didn’t even finish elementary school, but who can speak to us of things better than any theologian, because they have the Spirit of Christ".
Vatican City (AsiaNews) - Christian identity does not come from knowledge, or "degrees", but from being moved by the Holy Spirit, like Jesus, whose "authority" came from "the special anointing of the Holy Spirit". This...

09/01/2014 NEPAL
Nepalese Premier: New Constitution will protect minority rights and state secularism
by Christopher Sharma
Sushil Koirala speaks at an event of the Nepal Trust Office, the government agency which lists and controls the assets belonging to the former royal family. The words of the premier weaken the Hindu pro-monarchist movements. Jesuit priest: "Democracy will be stronger when all religions are respected."
09/01/2014 VATICAN
Pope: Carry a "little Gospel" and when you can read a passage, to "find Jesus"
During his homily at Mass in Santa Marta, Francis says that "Jesus is right there in His Word, in His Gospel". We must receive the Word of God "just as you receive Jesus, that is to say with an open heart, with a humble heart, with the spirit of the Beatitudes".
08/31/2014 VATICAN
Pope: Conform to Christ and not this world, and follow His path
At the Sunday Angelus Pope Francis warns against becoming "worldly" and "tasteless salt”. "Watered down Christians" are like watered down wine, "you do not know whether it is wine or water". Read the Gospel every day. Gospel, Eucharist, prayer help us to safeguard the newness of Jesus. Tomorrow World Day for Safeguarding Creation.
08/29/2014 NEPAL
NGOs "force" Nepali Muslims to use contraceptives and abortion
by Christopher Sharma
Several Islamic leaders from the poorest areas of the country speak out against non-governmental organizations, which will only provide humanitarian aid if households adopt their methods of family planning: "This is despicable, it goes against our faith and exploits our poverty".

08/28/2014 NEPAL
Religious festival discriminates against the poor, Hindus should learn from Pope Francis
by Christopher Sharma
The festival of Teej is dedicated to women and is currently underway across the country. However, people continue to struggle against hunger and poverty as well as the effects of floods and landslides in the poorest districts of the country. Activists slam waste and selfishness among the rich. An expert on Hinduism warns that this way religion is emptied of its beliefs.
08/28/2014 IRAQ - ISLAM
The barbaric cruelty of the Caliphate puts Islam to the test
by Samir Khalil Samir
The bloodthirsty and dramatic violence of the Islamic State has met with lukewarm condemnation but above all the silence of the Muslim world. The causes: an education system that rejects critical thought in preference of memorization; a religion that paralyzes reason and intelligence (as Muslims themselves state). The hideous cruelty of the former Isis goes against the Koran and the life of Muhammad. But are the humus in which the violence "in the name of God" appears justified. Islam needs to be profoundly renewed through a radical transformation of the educational method.
08/27/2014 VATICAN
Pope: Division among Christians is not just schism, but result of idle gossip and the work of the devil
At the General audience, Francis recalls Jesus' prayer for the unity of Christians, who are still divided today. “How much we gossip in parishes". "But, this is not the Church! We must not do this! We should not do this! I will not tell you to cut out your tongues, no, no... But, ask the Lord for the grace not to [gossip]”.
08/25/2014 NEPAL
Catholics celebrate godparents and Pope Francis on Father's Day
by Christopher Sharma
Hindus mark the celebration, which is popular in the country, with ceremonies of gratitude and gifts to biological fathers. Catholics choose to spend the day with the "parents in the faith", showing their love for "the father of us all, the pontiff."
08/24/2014 VATICAN
Pope appeals for peace in Ukraine. Peter's blind faith and hearts of "rock" or "sand"
At the Angelus, Pope Francis recalls situation of conflict that create "so much suffering among the civilian population". A bishop writes a letter to the pope, "describing this pain." As for Peter, Jesus expects a "reliable", faith on which to build the Church. "What is your faith like? We should all find the answer in our hearts. What does the Lord find in our hearts? A stable heart like stone, or a heart like sand, that is incredulous, doubtful, suspicious?". He makes the pilgrims repeat Peter's profession three times: "You are Christ, the Son of the living God."
08/22/2014 NEPAL
As famine strikes Nepal's Humla District, non-residents leave the area
by Christopher Sharma
In the northern part of the country, drought has destroyed crops with food in short supply for the past three months. As local authorities get NGO activists to leave so as to limit food consumption, Christians, Hindus and Buddhists work together to help the population.
08/20/2014 NEPAL
Floods leave 200 people dead and 10,000 families homeless
by Christopher Sharma
For residents, this is the worst environmental disaster in 70 years. At present, 400 people are missing with hundreds injured. Some 30,000 homes have been flooded, 5,000 damaged. In Bardia District, there is no drinking water. The carcasses of dead animals are causing fear of disease. The Catholic Church and Caritas are providing aid.
08/20/2014 VATICAN
Pope asks Church to unite in prayer for persecuted Christians and minorities worldwide, particularly in Iraq
The trip to Korea "can be condensed into three words: memory, hope, witness." "In a country where ancient Asian cultures and the perennial newness of the Gospel meet" there is "a young and dynamic church ", "founded on faith, on mission and the martyrdom of the lay faithful". The meeting with managers and players of his favorite soccer team, San Lorenzo, winners of the Copa Libertadores. Pope’s gratitude "for prayers and condolences for what happened in my family."
08/18/2014 VATICAN
For pope, in Iraq "It is lawful" to halt an "unjust aggressor", but the decision belongs to the UN
During the flight that brought him back to Rome, Francis spoke of his "respect" for the Chinese people, reiterating the importance of the Letter by Pope Benedict XVI. "If I felt I could not go on, I would resign," he said. As preparations for the encyclical on safeguarding creation continue, the pope plans future trips, including one to Albania, which has "important reasons".
08/18/2014 VATICAN-CHINA
Pope Francis and Xi Jinping’s "new line" and the Chinese young people in Korea
by Bernardo Cervellera
Pope Francis sends another telegram to China. Still no answer, but Xinhua today published an article on the trip. The pontiff’s "olive branch" in line with missionary work of Matteo Ricci, missionaries in China, of previous popes. No emphasis on diplomatic relations. Beijing’s hampering Chinese youth in attending Asian Youth Day. An overview of the "new line" for China, in the hope that the young people are not arrested or persecuted.

Altri articoli
08/18/2014 NEPAL
Catholics celebrate Kathmandu cathedral by Christopher Sharma
08/18/2014 KOREA - VATICAN - AYD
President of the Korean bishops: Francis gave wake up call to Korea and Asia
08/18/2014 KOREA - VATICAN - AYD
Pope: Reconciliation and peace in Korea and world need conversion of hearts by Vincenzo Faccioli Pintozzi
08/17/2014 KOREA - VATICAN - AYD
Pope tells Asia's young people to wake up and not to be afraid to bring faith to society
08/17/2014 KOREA - VATICAN - AYD
Pope ready to talk to countries that do not have diplomatic relations with Vatican
08/16/2014 KOREA - VATICAN - AYD
Baptised by the pope, father of a Sewol victim chooses Francis as his name
08/16/2014 KOREA - VATICAN - AYD
Disabled, men and women religious and lay people in the pope's "ministry of compassion"
08/15/2014 KOREA - VATICAN - AYD
Pope tells young people in Asia to pray for Korea's reunification, that God never tires of forgiving
08/14/2014 KOREA - VATICAN - AYD
Seoul, Francis’ first immersion among crowd. To the bishops: "May we be saved from spiritual worldliness" by Vincenzo Faccioli Pintozzi
08/14/2014 KOREA - VATICAN - CHINA - AYD
Beijing "recalls" Chinese priests from Seoul and blocks 80 young people from travelling for the AYD
08/13/2014 NEPAL
To stop Ebola, Nepal to monitor all foreigners arriving from Africa by Christopher Sharma
08/13/2014 KOREA - VATICAN
Gu-Won Lee, with Pope Francis I will proclaim the Gospel of life with no legs or arms by Vincenzo Faccioli Pintozzi
08/12/2014 IRAQ-ITALY
"Adopt a Christian from Mosul," the thanks of the Patriarch Louis Sako; the concerns of the Bishop of Kurdistan by Bernardo Cervellera
08/12/2014 VATICAN - ISLAM
Pontifical Council for Interreligious Dialogue slams Islamic Caliphate crimes and barbarism
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IRAQ-ITALY
"Adopt a Christian from Mosul," the thanks of the Patriarch Louis Sako; the concerns of the Bishop of Kurdistan
by Bernardo CervelleraThe head of the Chaldean Church is grateful for the AsiaNews campaign and hopes that "this chain of solidarity will reach far and wide”. Helping refugees to remain in Iraq. But many want to flee abroad. The bishop of Amadiyah where thousands of displaced people have found haven in churches and homes: We also help the Arabs (Muslims), and Yazidis, for free and without looking at our confessional differences.
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."
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08/31/2014 VATICAN
Pope: Conform to Christ and not this world, and follow His path
08/28/2014 IRAQ - ISLAM
The barbaric cruelty of the Caliphate puts Islam to the test
by Samir Khalil Samir
08/27/2014 ISLAM - THE WEST
The West should come back to Christ if it wants to defeat the terror of the Caliphate
by Piero Gheddo
08/29/2014 NEPAL
NGOs "force" Nepali Muslims to use contraceptives and abortion
by Christopher Sharma
08/28/2014 INDIA
Uttar Pradesh: Hindu radicals "reconvert" Christians, turn church into a temple dedicated to Shiva
by Nirmala Carvalho
08/27/2014 VATICAN
Pope: Division among Christians is not just schism, but result of idle gossip and the work of the devil
08/29/2014 SYRIA - UNITED NATIONS
UN warns of 3 million Syrian refugees, "the world's largest humanitarian emergency"
08/29/2014 PAKISTAN
Quetta, three journalists murdered as attacks on Pakistani press mount
by Jibran Khan
08/30/2014 SYRIA - PHILIPPINES
Syria, Islamists attack Philippine contingent in Golan Heights: among them a priest
08/29/2014 IRAQ - SYRIA
From Syria to Iraq, new horrors (and beheadings) by Islamic State militias

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