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07/06/2015 VATICAN – ECUADOR
Pope in Ecuador: Synod; for what we offend or frighten us so that God “can turn into a miracle"
During Mass in Guayaquil, Francis says society’s help for the family is not “alms, but rather a genuine ‘social debt’ with respect to the institution” where love, service, help and faith are taught. As Mary did, “let us ‘do what he tells us’”.
  Guayaquil (AsiaNews) – The help society provides families is “not a type of alms, but rather a genuine ‘social debt’ with respect to the institution of the family” where love, service, help...

07/06/2015 ASIA – GREECE
Asian stock markets fall after Greek No vote and Shanghai’s share plunge
The Greek referendum hits Asia-Pacific financial markets. The greatest looser is mainland China where shares have been steadily declining for weeks. In view of the situation, Japan is ready to do its part. In Seoul, blue-chip shares drop by 2.5 per cent. Wall Street’s holiday on Friday for Independence Day adds to the uncertainties.
07/05/2015 ECUADOR – VATICAN
In Ecuador, pope says that the Gospel holds the key to solving current challenges, excluding no one
Francis began his pastoral visit to Latin America in Quito. After Ecuador, he will travel to Bolivia and Paraguay. At the airport, Ecuadorian President Correa, the country’s bishops and a group of faithful met him. “I thank God for having allowed me to return to Latin America [. . .] the point closest to outer space” is in Ecuador. “No one, save Jesus Christ, possesses his or her own light”. If the Church turns away from Christ, it no longer bears witness.
07/03/2015 VATICAN
“It is preferable that every service, even in the Church, come to an end,” says pope
More than 30,000 people gathered in St Peter's Square for the Convocation of the Renewal in the Holy Spirit. “Jesus, for all of us you asked the Lord the grace of unity in this Church of yours, not ours. History has divided us,” the pope said. "If the enemy unites us in death who are we not to be united in life."
07/03/2015 ASIA
2015, young people celebrate anniversaries of Taize and Brother Roger
by Frère Ghislain*
Over 100 years since birth, 10 years after his death and 75 years after the foundation of the experience of Taizé, Brother Roger's charism is still alive. Gestures of prayer and solidarity across Asia: Philippines, Singapore, Korea, Thailand, Vietnam. In Calcutta, prayer around the tomb of Mother Teresa, who Frere Roger visited in 1976 and 1997. In Japan and throughout the continent an experience of the Church united "in God’s heart".

07/02/2015 VATICAN
Tourism offers "a billion opportunities" for sustainable development on Earth
In its message for World Tourism Day, the Pontifical Council for the Pastoral Care of Migrants and Itinerant Peoples notes that growth in this sector represents “a challenge to all the sectors involved in this global phenomenon: tourists, businesses, governments and local communities and, of course, the Church too. The billion tourists should necessarily be considered above all in their billion opportunities.”
07/01/2015 IRAN
Cautious optimism on extension of Iran nuclear talks
The Russian Foreign Minister Sergei Lavrov, after a meeting with US Secretary of State John Kerry, has argued that a final deal is "within reach". And the Iranian Mohammad Javad Zarif, "I'm here to get a final agreement, and I think we can get there."
07/01/2015 RUSSIA
The statue of Cheka founder could return to central Moscow
The question could be the subject of the first referendum in the Russian capital in its post-Soviet history. Communists behind initiative, but analysts say the Kremlin also has its own interests.
06/30/2015 VATICAN
Pope: Nostra Aetate a definitive 'yes' to the Jewish roots of Christianity and irrevocable no to anti-Semitism"
Greeting participants in the conference sponsored by the International Council of Christians and Jews, Francis points out that "both faiths have their foundation in the One God, the God of the Covenant, who reveals himself through his Word. In seeking a right attitude towards God, Christians turn to Christ as the fount of new life, and Jews to the teaching of the Torah".
06/29/2015 VATICAN
Pope: Rome’s "affection and gratitude" for witness of Peter and Paul
At the Angelus Pope Francis remembers the mission of the Church of Rome, that preserves the legacy of Peter and Paul: faith and charity. The " Romans centuries long devotion to the Virgin, especially invoked as Salus Populi Romani". The bond of communion of metropolitan archbishops with "the See of Peter" and "brotherly ties" with the Sister Church of Constantinople. The announcement of the trip to Ecuador, Bolivia, Paraguay 5 to 12 July.
06/29/2015 CHINA
Signing ceremony launches Asia’s newest investment bank with China holding a 30 per cent stake
The new Asian Infrastructure Investment Bank will start operating before the end of the year. China will have no right of veto. It is set to rival with the World Bank and the Asian Development Bank, and with the US and Japan, which have not joined the new financial institution.
06/29/2015 VATICAN
Pope to new metropolitan archbishops: The Church wants men of faith, prayer, witness
On the Feasts of St. Peter and Paul, Pope Francis blesses the pallium for 46 metropolitan archbishops appointed this year. These include six Asian archbishops. The pallium will be imposed by the nuncios in the countries of origin. Orthodox delegation sent by Bartholomew I, Ecumenical Patriarch of Constantinople also present. The apostles and the first Christian communities with “courage carried forward the work of evangelisation, free of fear of death and martyrdom, within the social context of a pagan empire”. “Many forces in the course of history have tried, and still do, to destroy the Church, from without as well as within, but they themselves are destroyed and the Church remains alive and fruitful". " the Church does not belong to Popes, bishops, priests, nor the lay faithful; the Church in every moment belongs solely to Christ." " A Church or a Christian who does not give witness is sterile; like a dead person who thinks they are alive; like a dried up tree that produces no fruit; an empty well that offers no water! The Church has overcome evil thanks to the courageous, concrete and humble witness of her children".
06/28/2015 VATICAN
Pope: Believe that Jesus can heal us and awaken us from death?
At the Angelus in St. Peter's Square, Pope Francis speaks of today's Gospel - of healing and resurrection - that "have a single center: the faith." A "tarnished or uncertain" faith tends to confuse "resurrection with reincarnation." "Faith ... promotes life in every situation."
06/27/2015 VATICAN-ORTHODOX
Pope: Increase opportunities for meetings and collaboration between the Churches of Rome and Constantinople
On the eve of the feast of Saints Peter and Paul, Pope Francis meets a delegation of the Ecumenical Patriarchate, in a tradition that has lasted for 47 years. The collaboration on the encyclical "Laudato sì" and the importance of theological dialogue to integrate synodality and primacy. The message of Bartholomew I.
06/27/2015 ISLAM - MIDDLE EAST
Al Azhar and Vatican against terrorism. The ambiguity of the international community
by Bernardo Cervellera
The influential Sunni university denounces " heinous" violence of the Islamic state and demands the world defeat this group “through every possible means". Vatican: terrorism is a threat to all humanity. France claims to fight terrorism, but then sells weapons, aircraft, helicopter gunships to Saudi Arabia, which supports Islamic fundamentalism. Kuwait tolerates Salafis who support the Nusra Front and the Islamic state. Turkey against the Kurds; the United States against Iran, Russia and China.

Altri articoli
06/26/2015 VATICAN
Pope: Jesus teaches that "a community must be close", must "dirty its hands"
06/26/2015 RUSSIA
Alarm in Moscow: Russian Islamic State militants are returning home
06/25/2015 VATICAN
World Meeting of Philadelphia, Gospel nourishment for families of the world
06/25/2015 VATICAN
Pope: A true pastor, a true prophet, knows how to "speak, do, and listen"
06/24/2015 VATICAN
Pope: when the family "crumbles" think about the "weight of the mountain that crushes the soul of a child"
06/23/2015 VATICAN
Synod to focus on the challenges to the family, the discernment of the family vocation, and the mission of the family today
06/22/2015 VATICAN - ITALY
Pope: Christian unity "is a journey of communion" and "does not mean uniformity"
06/21/2015 VATICAN – ITALY
Pope in Turin tells young people to be chaste in love, go against the flow and not retire at 20
06/21/2015 VATICAN – ITALY
Pope in Turin: May Our Lady, the Eucharist and the pope, Don Bosco’s "three white loves," sustain the Salesian Family
06/21/2015 VATICAN – ITALY
Pope in Turin: God’s love towards us is faithful, recreates everything, is stable and reliable
06/21/2015 VATICAN – ITALY
Pope in Turin calls for a "social and generational pact" to create jobs and boost hope
06/19/2015 VATICAN
Pope: Do not store up treasures on earth, do so only for those that have value in the "handbag of Heaven"
06/19/2015 VATICAN
For pope, the persecution of Christians in the Middle East strengthens bonds between the Catholic and Syro-Orthodox Churches
06/19/2015 VATICAN
Pope Francis’ “green” encyclical and the social doctrine of the Church by Bernardo Cervellera
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ISLAM - MIDDLE EAST
Al Azhar and Vatican against terrorism. The ambiguity of the international community
by Bernardo CervelleraThe influential Sunni university denounces " heinous" violence of the Islamic state and demands the world defeat this group “through every possible means". Vatican: terrorism is a threat to all humanity. France claims to fight terrorism, but then sells weapons, aircraft, helicopter gunships to Saudi Arabia, which supports Islamic fundamentalism. Kuwait tolerates Salafis who support the Nusra Front and the Islamic state. Turkey against the Kurds; the United States against Iran, Russia and China.
VATICAN – ITALY
Pope in Turin tells young people to be chaste in love, go against the flow and not retire at 20In his last meeting on the first day of his visit to Turin, Francis met young people in Vittorio Square. In a Question and Answer exchange, he talked about love, friendship and loss of trust towards life. "I understand you. How many hypocrites speak of peace and sell weapons. How can one trust? By following Christ, whose act of extreme love, i.e. the Cross, saved humanity." The pontiff also looked at the horrors of the 20th century as evidence of the loss of trust towards world powers. He urged young people “not to retire at 20,” but “live, don’t just exist.”
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07/03/2015 VATICAN
“It is preferable that every service, even in the Church, come to an end,” says pope
07/03/2015 INDONESIA
Yogyakarta: Islamists expel thousands of Christians from a scout camp because it is Ramadan
by Mathias Hariyadi
06/30/2015 LEBANON – MIDDLE EAST
The ecumenism of blood and Orthodox divisions
by Fady Noun
07/02/2015 SRI LANKA
Sri Lankan activists, Tamils ​​and Buddhists together against all forms of torture
by Melani Manel Perera
06/30/2015 VATICAN
Pope: Nostra Aetate a definitive 'yes' to the Jewish roots of Christianity and irrevocable no to anti-Semitism"
07/01/2015 VIETNAM
Released from prison, Vietnamese Catholic lawyer to continue human rights fight
07/01/2015 BANGLADESH
Mgr Rozario tells Bangladesh’s Catholic physicians to care for patients’ spiritual needs
by Sumon Corraya
07/01/2015 PALESTINE
IS threatens to uproot Hamas and impose Sharia in Gaza
07/01/2015 Hong Kong – China
Hong Kong Catholics join march to demand genuine universal suffrage
by Victoria Ma
07/02/2015 PAKISTAN
Lahore: Christian NGO helping Gypsy women entrepreneurs
by Kamran Chaudhry

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