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  • 23/03/2017 - VATICAN

    "When a people, a community, even a Christian community, a parish, a diocese, close their ears and become deaf to the Word of the Lord, they look for other voices, other lords, and end up with the idols, idols of the world, the worldliness, that society offers them. They walk away from the living God. "




    23/03/2017 - ASIA - ISLAM - GREAT BRITAIN

    Indian Church praying for the victims of London attack. The sympathy of world leaders


    Cardinal Gracias expresses deep sorrow for an attack that caused a "senseless loss of life." And prays God grant "peace, strength and consolation." Sympathy and solidarity from international leaders. Iran asks to stop the sale of the "weapons to terrorist groups ". Erdogan expresses solidarity with the British, but launches a new attack on Europe.


    22/03/2017 - VATICAN

    Pope: Protect water, a common good, also by enhancing the cultural and religious significance


    The Word of God "feeds a hope that concrete results in sharing in mutual service." "Our hope is not based on our own strength or means, but on the support of God and the faithfulness of His love, that is, on God's strength and consolation of God." "That of migrants is the biggest tragedy since the Second World War".


    21/03/2017 - VATICAN

    Pope tells young people to remember the past, to have courage in the present and hope for the future


    The Message for the 32nd World Youth Day was issued today centred on “The ‘great things’ that the Almighty accomplished’.” In her meeting with Elizabeth, Mary becomes a model. The pontiff calls on young people to avoid being couch potatoes, safe and cosy, urges them to rediscover the relationship with seniors. The Church experience is not a flash mob. The future should be experienced in a constructive way, and “the institutions of marriage, consecrated life and priestly mission” should not be devalued.


    21/03/2017 - VATICAN

    Pope: the forgiveness of sins "is a mystery" and the first step is shame


    Forgiveness received from God, "the wonder he created in your heart" must be able to "enter into your consciousness." "We ask for the grace of shame before God. It 'a great grace! Ashamed of our sins and thus we receive forgiveness and the grace of generosity to give it to others because if the Lord has forgiven me so much, who am I not to forgive? ".

     


    21/03/2017 - ASIA

    The happiest countries in the world: Norway in first place, China ranked 79th despite economic growth


    The ranking takes into account the gross domestic product per person, life expectancy, social welfare, freedom and perception of corruption. Well Australia and New Zealand, Cambodia is the saddest Asian country. Disappointment for India, to 122th place.


    21/03/2017 - NORTH KOREA-RUSSIA

    North Korean migrant slaves in Russia. This is how Pyongyang tackles crisis


    North Korean workers must first study Russian language and history. They are employed on minimum wages (maximum $ 100). 70% paid to the state as "loyalty fee." Slaves also in the Gulf and Europe. The UN report: up to 20 hours of work per day; one or two days off per month.


    20/03/2017 - RUSSIA

    Students and spectators coopted and paid to celebrate annexation of the Crimea

    by Vladimir Rozanskij

    For the students it was a "obligated holiday." Flyers promised 400 rubles "for three hours of work", actually to participate in the "Anniversary celebrations." Several representatives of political parties and nationalist movements have repeated the proposal to make March 18 an official holiday, and - to the glory of the Crimean referendum - a fixed day for the most important votes.

     


    20/03/2017 - VATICAN

    Pope: St. Joseph gives young people "the ability to dream, to take risks"


    "The man who does not speak but obeys, the man of tenderness, the man capable of keeping promises so they may become solid, safe." He is also the guardian of God’s dream": the dream of God" to save us all ", of redemption, is confided to him.

     


    19/03/2017 - VATICAN

    Pope: Forgetful of great gift of baptism, we seek wells whose waters cannot quench our thirst


    At the Angelus Pope Francis comments on Christ’s dialogue with the Samaritan woman: "This Gospel is meant for us!". Lent opportunity to encounter Jesus "in prayer, in a heart to heart conversation, see his face in the face of a suffering brother or sister ". Solidarity with the people of Peru, hit by floods. The beatification in Bolzano of Josef Mayr-Nusser, Nazi martyr: a model for the laity and for fathers. 


    18/03/2017 - RUSSIA

    Jehovah's Witnesses' presence at risk across Russia


    The Ministry of Justice wants to declare all activities of the group "extremist" and therefore banned throughout the Federation. According to the Government, such activities "violate the rights and freedoms of man and citizens and harm people, public order and national security." The religious texts of Jehovah's Witnesses banned because they give "negative views" toward other religions and because they are against military service.


    18/03/2017 - INDONESIA

    Yogakarta set to welcome youth from 29 countries for next Asian Youth Day

    by Mathias Hariyadi

    Pluralism of Indonesian society inspired the theme of the event. The Catholic Church in Asia in the wide variety of ethnic groups, languages ​​and cultures. Msgr. Suharyo: "All participants deeply understand the importance of the concept of unity in diversity". Msgr. Prapdi: "Diversity is a priceless" social and cultural asset.


    17/03/2017 - VATICAN

    Pope leads penitential liturgy


    Francis, who did not deliver the homily, was confessed for about five minutes and then confessed, for about 50 minutes, some of the faithful. This morning he said that the confessor must pray, discern – to avoid generalising – and remember that the confessional is also a place of evangelisation, because it allows an encounter with the true face of God, which is that of mercy.


    16/03/2017 - VATICAN

    Pope: "Cursed is the man who trusts in himself", in goods and not in the Lord


    Those who trust in riches, goods, "in the flesh" are on a dangerous road of sin, that always personalizes God, and leads to corruption, "from which there is no going back."

     


    16/03/2017 - VATICAN-LEBANON

    Pope: I will go to Lebanon and I will always remember it in my prayers


    Francis receives Lebanese President Michel Aoun, for whom "The coexistence of Lebanon occupies a special place in the heart of Pope Francis, who will respond to the invitation to visit the Land of the Cedars." Vatican appreciation for Lebanon's support to Syrian refugees.

     


    16/03/2017 - RUSSIA

    More convictions in Russia for missionary activity


    A court fined three Evangelical Baptists for illegally handing out religious literature and inviting people to their meetings without notifying the Justice Ministry about the start of their activities, as required by law.


    15/03/2017 - ITALY

    Jesus teaches us how to become missionaries

    by Piero Gheddo

    15/03/2017 - VATICAN

    Pope: Sin of taking work from people is "very serious”


    "This work gives us dignity, and those in charge of people, leaders, have an obligation to do everything possible so that every man and every woman can work and thus hold their heads high, face others, with dignity". "We are called to love, to love", but we must avoid the risk that our charity is "hypocritical."


    15/03/2017 - RUSSIA

    The Orthodox "recognition" of St. Patrick, "Irish ecumenism" in Russia

    by Vladimir Rozanskij

    The Moscow Patriarchate has decided to include the memory of the patron saint of the Irish in its liturgical calendar. The decision is also perhaps to be seen in light of the desired Russian-American friendship, envisaged after the election of President Trump, or perhaps it is a consequence of the resumption of Catholic-Orthodox dialogue, followed the meeting of Patriarch Kirill with Pope Francis of last February 2016 in Cuba.


    14/03/2017 - VATICAN

    Pope: conversion is turning away from evil and learning to do good, not in words but in "getting things done"


    " Along the path of life, of the Christian life one learns every day. You have to learn every day to do something, to be better than the day before. " " He, the Lord, names three concrete things, but there are many: seek justice, relieve the oppressed, give orphans justice, defend the cause of the widow… but concrete things."

     


    14/03/2017 - SYRIA - KAZAKHSTAN

    Anti-Assad opposition will not take part in Astana peace talks


    Government and rebels in the Kazakh capital were to discuss the strengthening of the ceasefire and exchange of prisoners. Opposition leader: Boycott for "broken promises" by the government on the truce. In Homs, the capital of the revolution, rebel groups reach an agreement for evacuation.

     


    13/03/2017 - RUSSIA

    No ironizing Patriarch, awarded as a geographer

    by Vladimir Rozanskij

    A poem ironizes on a recognition - rather unique - awarded by the Minister of Defence and not by the Geographical Society raises a protest Authority for complaints against the press.


    13/03/2017 - SYRIA

    Syrian jihadist group, affiliated with al Qaeda, behind double attack in Damascus


    The Sunni extremist movement Hayat Tahrir al-Sham claimed responsibility for the attack of March 10; at least 40 victims, about 120 wounded. Two busloads of Iraqi Shiite pilgrims targeted. The attack is a "message to Iran" for supporting Assad. New round of talks in Astana mediated by Tehran, Moscow and Ankara.


    12/03/2017 - VATICAN

    Pope: Violence against young people is a “hidden Scream” that we must listen to


    The Cross "is not some home furnishing nor an ornament to wear, but a call to the love with which Jesus sacrificed himself to save humanity from evil and sin. " the pope expresses his "closeness" to the people of Guatemala after fire ravages a youth shelter.


    10/03/2017 - VATICAN

    Pope: prayers, not "optional celibacy” are the answer to the crisis of vocations


    In a long interview published in the German weekly Die Zeit, Francis described himself as a “sinner” and “fallible. He also spoke about the "viri probati", "piecemeal World War", criticism and posters, and populism in Europe.


    09/03/2017 - RUSSIA

    Political and religious lacrimations in Putin's Russia

    by Vladimir Rozanskij

    A deputy of the president's party reports a miraculous liquid appeared in a conquered Crimea church by a bust of the last Tsar, canonized in 2000, and a mayor of tears from a statue of Lenin.

     


    09/03/2017 - SYRIA – UNITED STATES

    Marines in Syria for the assault against Raqqa


    US troops plan to help the Kurdish-Arab Syrian Democratic Forces. Their deployment has not been authorised by Syria’s Assad, but certainly received Russia’s green light.


    07/03/2017 - ASIA

    At least 900 million people paid bribes in 2016 in Asia-Pacific region


    Transparency International found that India and Vietnam are the most corrupt whilst Japan, South Korea, Hong Kong and Australia are the least. The poor suffer the most, but in Myanmar, Vietnam and Cambodia the richest are asked for bribes the most. Bribes “can kill”. Many governments remain lukewarm towards the problem.


    06/03/2017 - RUSSIA - USA

    Trump-Putin: from "Great deal," to specter of Cold War

    by Vladimir Rozanskij

    Everything had seemed set for a great deal that included the cancellation of sanctions against Russia, in exchange for Russian support in the fight against Islamic Terrorism. The new "cold war" 2.0 is not between America and Russia, or between East and West, but everyone against everyone.


    05/03/2017 - VATICAN

    Pope: In Lent, treat the Bible like our mobile phone, always have it at hand


    At the Angelus Pope Francis says we should “always have the Bible close at hand”, open it "several times a day"; read "the messages of God" for strength in "spiritual warfare" against Satan during Lent. Tonight the Pope and the Curia begin the Lenten spiritual exercises. 


    03/03/2017 - VATICAN

    Pope: true fasting is to help others and not do penance while performing injustices


    God delights in "the penitent heart", "the heart that feels it is a sinner and knows it is a sinner." "The other is ‘hypocritical' fasting – this is the word so often used by Jesus - it's a fast to be seen or to feel right but in the meantime I do injustice, I am not just, I exploit people."

     






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    VATICAN
    Pope tells young people to remember the past, to have courage in the present and hope for the future



    The Message for the 32nd World Youth Day was issued today centred on “The ‘great things’ that the Almighty accomplished’.” In her meeting with Elizabeth, Mary becomes a model. The pontiff calls on young people to avoid being couch potatoes, safe and cosy, urges them to rediscover the relationship with seniors. The Church experience is not a flash mob. The future should be experienced in a constructive way, and “the institutions of marriage, consecrated life and priestly mission” should not be devalued.


    AFGHANISTAN
    Fr. Moretti: The Little Sisters of Jesus, for 60 years " Afghan among Afghans"



    They have lived for 60 years at the service of the needy. They remained in Kabul under Soviet occupation, the Taliban control and the NATO bombing. Respected by all, even by the Taliban. This February their experience will end, according to Fr. Moretti "an example for us all."


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