20/10/2016 - VATICAN
It’s not enough to read the Gospel and study the catechism. We have to be like St. Paul and "plunge" into the "immense sea that is the person of Christ."
20/10/2016 - SYRIA
Truce in Aleppo, Moscow extends three-hour "humanitarian pause"
The goal is to secure a corridor in the eastern sector for civilians and militiamen who wish to leave the war. Six "safe" corridors set up to evacuate the civilians, particularly the elderly and injured. Two other corridors reserved for the armed fighters. The standoff between Moscow and the West continues.
19/10/2016 - RUSSIA – ASIA
The Trans-Siberian, the longest railway in the world, for upgrading or collapse?
The world’s most famous transport route between Europe and Asia is 100 years old. China, Japan and Western countries are looking for cheaper alternatives routes. One possibility is the Arctic.
19/10/2016 - HONG KONG – CHINA – VATICAN
On “Hong Kong sectors” supposedly "against Francis"by John Mok Chit Wai
A scholar at the Chinese University of Hong Kong, who collaborates with AsiaNews, responds to accusations against the agency and people in Hong Kong with respect to criticism of the Vatican’s diplomatic approach towards China. Religious freedom is a fundamental human right and a universal value, whether in China, Russia or the Middle East. Between "Right" and "Left", China defines itself as left, yet it practices state capitalism and unfettered capitalism just as "right-wing governments" do. Gaudium et Spes calls on the faithful to engage in politics against the "arbitrary domination by [. . .] a political party,” like in China.
19/10/2016 - VATICAN
Pope: "Our relationship with God passes through giving food to the hungry and drink to the thirsty"
"It is necessary to cultivate a public conscience that preserves food and access to water as universal rights of all human beings, without distinction or discrimination". "One of the consequences of the so-called 'wellbeing' is to lead people to withdraw into themselves, making them insensitive to the needs of others."
18/10/2016 - VATICAN-ASIA
The "enemies" of Pope Francisby Bernardo Cervellera
The charge made against AsiaNews that we are against the Pope and in favor of Putin, is an opportunity to outline what motivates our commitment to evangelization. And also to ask for greater professionalism from those who write about the Pope. The Pope does not need public defenders. Facilitating dialogue between "conservatives" and "progressives" to realize the Council and concern ourselves with the world so that it encounters Jesus Christ. Christ’s “enemies” were also his "friends."
18/10/2016 - VATICAN
Pope: The shepherd who follows Jesus, although abandoned by everyone, always has the Lord by his side
At the end of their lives apostles, prophets and martyrs experienced loneliness, difficulties, they were stripped, abandoned, but the Lord remained by their side. "Pray for the pastors who are at the end of their lives and who are waiting for the Lord to take them with Him."
18/10/2016 - RUSSIA
Ultra-conservativism chosen path of Russia’s eliteby Aleksei Levinson
Europe alarmed by the Third World War tones in mainstream media in Russia describing the current escalation of tension between Moscow and Washington on Syria. The militarist propaganda is not new in Putin's Russia and is part of the new ultra-conservative ideology, adopted by the leadership of the country to maintain the status quo. Below, an article which appeared in the Moscow Times signed by Aleksei Levinson, a sociologist with the independent polling Levada institute.
18/10/2016 - ISLAM – FRANCE
How to stop radical Islam in Franceby Hocine Drouiche
As terror attacks multiply, it is no longer enough to say that “they have nothing to do with Islam” or that “Islam is peace". What is needed is reform within Islam to reconcile faith and reason, spirituality and the values of secularism, freedom, and equality. The imam of Nîmes, vice president of the Conference of Imams of France has some proposals to erase fear and establish the coexistence of Muslims in Europe.
16/10/2016 - VATICAN
Pope: saints, men and women who struggle with prayer
At the Mass in St Peter’s Square, Pope Francis canonizes seven new saints from Europe and Latin America and Central Europe. Among these two martyrs,"Dear Brochero", dear to the pope, and the Carmelite Elizabeth of the Trinity. " To pray is not to take refuge in an ideal world, nor to escape into a false, selfish sense of calm. On the contrary, to pray is to struggle, but also to let the Holy Spirit pray within us". World Day against Poverty.
15/10/2016 - INDIA - VATICAN
Indian Jesuit: Fr. Arturo Sosa is the new Superior General, from the peripheries of the world and attentive to socialby Keith D’Souza*
Yesterday the General Congregation elected the Venezuelan p. Arturo Sosa Abascal to guide the Society of Jesus. As the Pope, he is a native of South America. Combine theological reflection with social issues. The vast experience of government “useful” in a context which is increasingly "globalized."
15/10/2016 - VATICAN
Pope to elderly: Society needs your smile and the beautiful brightness of your eyes
Pope Francis meets with members of the National Older Workers Union and the Italian Seniors Federation, in the context of the national Day of the Elderly. "Maturity and wisdom accumulated over the years" are vital to the Church and to society. Elderly should not be marginalized or considered “unproductive". "In countries that have suffered a severe religious persecution, the grandparents passed on the faith to new generations." Pray to "the grandmother of Jesus, Saint Anne" to be "good and wise grandparents."
15/10/2016 - ASIA
"Monumental" international agreement against greenhouse gases
Rich nations - the EU, US, and others - will reduce the use of fluoro-hydrocarbons by 10% by 2019. But China - main producer - will begin the reduction by 2029. India will reduce by 10% only in 2032.
14/10/2016 - VATICAN
Pope: The good leaven of truth and the bad leaven of hypocrisy
At Mass at Santa Marta, Pope Francis indicates children as a " model of good leaven": at confession they speak “truthfully” of concrete things. "The hypocrite is a simulator": "They say one thing and do another." "The hypocrite is a nominalist, believes that by saying they do everything."
14/10/2016 - NOBEL
Nobel Prize to Bob Dylan meets with approval and joy in Asia
The Nobel Committee recognises the great literary and universal value of the work by the American singer song-writer. For Salman Rushdie, it is a “Great choice”. Rezaul Hasan Laskar admires his "extraordinary poetic power." But some voices are critical.
14/10/2016 - SYRIA – RUSSIA
Deal that allows “permanent" Russian presence in Syria ratified as “safe” passage is offered to rebels who leave Aleppo
Putin signs 2015 Syrian-Russian deal, which allows “indefinite” Russian military presence in the country and provides immunity to Russian forces. Russian general proposes "safe withdrawal" to rebel militias in Aleppo.
14/10/2016 - UNITED NATIONS
For new UN secretary Guterres, “human dignity the core of my work”
13/10/2016 - VATICAN
For pope, Christians are "blessed, because they are chosen, because they are forgiven, because they forge their way”
“Each of us has been dreamt by the Father as a father and a mother dreams of their awaited baby.” We feel like “a fan of a football team". But when “A man or woman who does not feel forgiven,” they are not “fully Christian". Instead, the latter "is a man or a woman forging towards fullness, towards an encounter with Christ who redeemed us”.
13/10/2016 - VATICAN
Pope: Lutherans and Catholics walking on the road that goes from conflict to communion
Speaking to a German ecumenical pilgrimage Francis reflects on his upcoming journey to Lund, Sweden, "and together with the Lutheran World Federation, we will remember, after five centuries, the beginning of Luther's reform and thank the Lord for fifty years of official dialogue between Lutherans and Catholics. "
13/10/2016 - VATICAN
Pope: Reception, protection and integration for migrant children
Francis message for the next World Day of Migrants is titled "Child migrants, vulnerable and voiceless". The phenomenon of migration "is not divorced from the history of salvation, in fact, is part of it." Children "who in a threefold way are defenceless: they are children, they are foreigners, and they have no means to protect themselves.".
12/10/2016 - VATICAN
Pope: the “enemy” teaches us "the ecumenism of blood"
Those who persecute Christians make no distinction between Catholics, Orthodox or Protestants. The path to unity is not only the work of theologians, however important it may be, but it is also praying for each other, and working together for those in need.
12/10/2016 - VATICAN
Pope: Syria, a ceasefire, at least to evacuate the children
Works of mercy "the best antidote" in a world "struck by the virus of indifference". If everyone did some every day, there would be a "real revolution". Works of 'spiritual' mercy also important such as "patiently bearing with annoying people".
12/10/2016 - RUSSIA-FRANCE-SYRIA
The Kremlin "postpones" Putin's visit to Parisby Nina Achmatova
Moscow could not accept the Elysee conditions, which had downgraded the visit of the Russian president with the worsening situation in Aleppo. The opening of the Orthodox cultural and spiritual center in Paris also postponed. Its inauguration "will depend on political decisions". Analysts: Putin risks losing his closest ally in Europe. A "new Cold War."
11/10/2016 - VATICAN
Pope: do good with humility, reject a “showy religion"
Redemption “comes via the path of humility and humiliations because humility never comes without humiliation. And we see Jesus humiliated on the Cross.” “What counts, Jesus said, is the freedom the father’s redemption, love and recreation gave us.”
11/10/2016 - TURKEY - RUSSIA
Russia and Turkey reinforce energy and military partnership in opposition to US
In Istanbul the two governments give the green light to TurkStream project. Two pipelines, for a total flow of 30 bcma. The first will serve domestic needs, the second will arrive at the coasts of southern Europe. Planned military-intelligence agreements on the agenda. Two fronts (still) distant, but united by their opposition to the United States.
10/10/2016 - ASIA – UNITED STATES
Asians on the Trump-Clinton debate
Yesterday’s presidential debate marginally touched Asian matters, focusing instead on domestic and crude level (especially sexual) issues. The Japanese favour Clinton. South Koreans appear undecided. Singapore is concerned about the lack of a position on the issues like the South China Sea. China remains officially neutral, but Chinese immigrants favour Trump. Indian immigrants support Clinton.
09/10/2016 - VATICAN
Pope: sorrow, prayer and solidarity for Haiti’s hurricane victims
Hurricane Matthew has caused so far 900 deaths leaving southern Haiti completely destroyed. A priest and three lay Spaniards slain in 1936 are beatified. Citing John Paul II, the pontiff said, “Mother ... we wish to entrust to you the future that awaits us. [. . .] Humanity [. . .] can turn this world into a garden, or reduce it to a pile of rubble.”
09/10/2016 - VATICAN
Pope announces new consistory and 17 new cardinals
Unexpectedly, Pope Francis announced a consistory for 19 November, the eve of the conclusion of the Jubilee. Among the "Asian" names are Mgr Mario Zenari, the nuncio in Syria; the archbishop of Dhaka; the archbishop emeritus of Kuala Lumpur. The new cardinals come from 11 nations.
09/10/2016 - VATICAN
Pope: Let us ask the Virgin Mary to help us understand that everything is God’s gift and know how to give thank
In celebrating the Marian Jubilee, Pope Francis said that Mary is the model of "knowing how to give thank" and of "humility". “Often we take everything for granted! This also happens with God” and we forget “the Giver”. Mary was “a simple young woman of Nazareth, who did not dwell in the palaces of power and wealth, who did not do extraordinary things.” Foreigners, “persons of other religions, give us an example of values that we sometimes forget or set aside!”
08/10/2016 - VATICAN
For pope, the Rosary is the synthesis of the history of God's Mercy
Various delegations and images of Marian Shrines from around the world filled in St Peter's Square for the recitation of the Marian prayer. “Praying the rosary does not remove us from the problems of life. On the contrary, it demands that we immerse ourselves in the history of each day, so as to grasp the signs of Christ’s presence in our midst.”
08/10/2016 - RUSSIA
Colleagues and friends remember Anna Politkovskaya, with compassion as her “driving force”by Nina Achmatova
On the 10th anniversary of her assassination, fewer Russians remember. Still, for many, she remains a role model who criticised Kadyrov and Putin. Lana Estemirova, daughter of Natalia Estemirova, Anna’s activist friend killed in the Caucasus in 2009, remembers the slain journalist.
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