05/28/2015VATICAN Pope: selfish, worldly or rigorous Christians, draw people away from Jesus There are three groups of Christians: those who instead of responding to the cry of the people asking for salvation distance them from Jesus because they only think about their "selfish" relationship with God, or because they worldly people or rigorists. And then there are Christians who really listen to the cry and live in accordance with their faith and help draw people closer to Jesus. Vatican City (AsiaNews) - There are three groups of Christians: those who instead of responding to the cry of the people asking for salvation distance them from Jesus because they only think about their "selfish" relationship with God, or because they worldly...
05/28/2015CHINA - RUSSIA Moscow wants to "restore" Russian sites and monuments in Northeast China by Nina Achmatova The Coordination Council of Russian Compatriots in the People's Republic has prepared a program which identifies seven objects of historical and artistic significance; these include churches and a cross on the site where a battle was fought in the Russo-Japanese War.
05/26/2015VATICAN Pope: Christianity is a radical choice: you cannot have "heaven and earth" "It's sad to see a Christian, whether it’s a lay person, consecrated, priest, or bishop - it’s sad when you see he wants two things: to follow Jesus and worldly things, to follow Jesus and worldliness." Jesus does not promise riches to his apostles, but the legacy of the Kingdom of heaven "but with persecution, with the cross."
05/25/2015RUSSIA Russia faces debate on the legalization of polygamy After the marriage between a Chechen police chief and a minor, who he took as his second wife, an official close to Kadyrov intends to "regularize" the practice, already widespread in the Muslim majority Russian Caucasus. The Kremlin keeps a low profile, while the Church defends Chechnya: "Media attack" launched by opponents of the traditional family.
05/24/2015VATICAN For pope, the missionary dimension is in the Church’s very nature and is "intrinsic to all forms of consecrated life" "In Jesus’ command to ‘go forth’, we see the scenarios and ever-present new challenges of the Church’s evangelizing mission,” said Pope Francis in his message for World Mission Day. “All her members are called to proclaim the Gospel by their witness of life. In a particular way, consecrated men and women are asked to listen to the voice of the Spirit who calls them to go to the peripheries, to those to whom the Gospel has not yet been proclaimed.”
05/20/2015VATICAN Pope: pray for the Catholics of China and for persecuted Christians "Religious freedom is a human right". In Italy the Pentecost Vigil will be recall our "many brothers and sisters exiled or killed simply because they are Christians." On May 24 the prayer to Our Lady of Sheshan. Chinese Catholics are "credible witnesses" of merciful love and live "spiritually united to the rock of Peter on which the Church is built." The family’s "natural vocation to educate", must not be replaced by "experts" and “intellectual critics".
05/19/2015ASIA Vigil for persecuted Christians, our teachers in the mission in the West by Bernardo Cervellera The "wall of indifference and cynicism" and the silence and apathy so often denounced by Pope Francis have become almost a fortress. Such persecution reflects confessional manipulation, which slams Islam as such, and ideological manipulation, which forgets what is happening in North Korea or China. An increasingly post-Christian Europe seems disinterested in Christians.
05/19/2015RUSSIA – CHINA Moscow Patriarchate: China authorises the ordination of Chinese Orthodox priests on its territory by Marta Allevato Metropolitan Hilarion, the Moscow Patriarchate’s ‘foreign minister’, made the announcement after a visit to China where he met the leaders of the State Administration for Religious Affairs. The first priest should serve in Harbin. Two more ordinations are expected. With a new Cold War as the background, the Moscow-Beijing strategic alliance also has a Church connection with the People's Republic recognising the latter’s 'political' role in Russia.