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  • 23/05/2017 - THAILAND

    “Too often people of different religions have too little time to talk,” but “Studying for two years with monks gave me” a chance to “ask topical questions without fear of being misunderstood.” "Those who are in contact with Buddhism should not emphasise theory or theoretical concepts, but rather communicating the Christian experience [. . .] and the ways to reach it." Interfaith dialogue is fundamental to the life of the Church in Thailand. The challenges of the future include the call “to grow freer from influences and be more and more the clear voice and image of its Lord."




    23/05/2017 - VATICAN - CHINA

    Prayer for China at AsiaNews Symposium: the relics of Mother Teresa and a martyr of PIME


    Mother Teresa made several requests to open a nursing home in China, but was always denied permission. Fr. Alberico Crescitelli of Pime was martyred in 1900 and canonized by John Paul II in 2000. The Prayer for China accompanied by the choir of the Chinese community of Rome and Augustin Zhang, of the Giotto Cooperative from Padua prison.


    23/05/2017 - VATICAN - GREAT BRITAIN

    Pope denounces Manchester attack as "barbaric," and "meaningless violence"


    In a telegram, Francis expresses a special thought to “those children and young people who have lost their lives, and of their grieving families," invoking God's blessings for peace, healing, and strength across the nation. Isis claims the attack.


    23/05/2017 - VATICAN

    Pope: a "lukewarm" Church pleases the evil spirit, but "breeds distrust"


    "A Church without martyrs breeds distrust; A Church that does not risk breeds distrust; A Church that is afraid of proclaiming Jesus Christ and chasing out demons, idols, the other lord, which is money, is not the Church of Jesus. "


    23/05/2017 - ASIA-G.BRITAIN

    Manchester attack. Condolences of Xi Jinping, Modi and Card. Gracias


    At least 22 dead and 50 injured. Suspicion of a lone bomber. Solidarity with British people expressed by th Chinese president and the Indian premier. The Archbishop of Mumbai: The Church in Asia is mourning for the loss of lives, our heart suffers with families and we pray to God to console them. May Our Lady of Fatima touch the hearts of those who have perpetrated the massacre.


    22/05/2017 - VATICAN

    Pope: Only the Holy Spirit can lead us to testify that Jesus is the Lord


    The Holy Spirit is "a gift, the great gift of Jesus,” who does not lead us astray. “It is precisely within our hearts that we carry the Holy Spirit. The Church calls the Spirit ‘the sweet guest of the heart’: He is there. But He cannot enter a closed heart. ‘Ah, but where can one buy the keys to open the heart?’ No! That too is a gift.”


    21/05/2017 - VATICAN

    Pope: together with the faithful in China on 24 May to celebrate Our Lady of Sheshan


    During the Regina Caeli, Pope Francis speaks about the World Day of Prayer for the Church in China, instituted by Benedict XVI. Chinese Catholics must make a “personal contribution to communion among believers and to harmony in the whole society." AsiaNews Symposium on the Church in China is set for this week. Francis appeals for peace in the Central African Republic, and for loving “one another following the example of the Lord”. For him, “Sometimes conflicts, pride, envy, and divisions leave a blotch on the beautiful face of the Church.” Five new cardinals will be named, including a bishop from Laos.


    20/05/2017 - VATICAN

    Pope on Centesimus Annus calls for alternative ways to deal with economics, poverty, and unemployment


    Pope Francis praised the Centesimus Annus Foundation for its work inspired by the Church's social doctrine. In economics and business, " things can change," the pope said. For him, poverty is “a human and not merely economic phenomenon.” Unemployment has "reached truly dramatic proportions in both developed and developing countries”.


    19/05/2017 - VATICAN

    Pope: True doctrine unites, but when it becomes ideology it divides


    "There has always been those people who, without any commission, set out to disturb the Christian community with discourses that upbraid souls: 'Eh, no. What he said is heretical, that cannot be said, that no, the doctrine of the Church says this ... ".


    18/05/2017 - VATICAN

    Pope: peace built In dialogue, putting man at the center of the economy and isolating fundamentalists


    Francis receives ambassadors from Mauritania, Nepal, Trinidad and Tobago, Sudan, Kazakhstan and Niger during the presentation of Credentials Letters. Crisis of fundamentalism also aggravated by "the abuse of religion to justify a thirst for power, the manipulation of God’s holy name to advance by any means possible one’s own plans to gain power."

     


    18/05/2017 - VATICAN

    Pope: Abiding in the love of Jesus which, like that of the Father, is boundless


    "The Ten Commandments are the basis, the foundation but we must follow" all the things Jesus taught us, these commandments of daily life," which represent "a Christian way of living." We Christians "must give joy to people", love, without any interest. "Our Christian mission is to give joy to people."


    18/05/2017 - ASIA - VATICAN

    In Asia, the Rosary is also recited by non-Christians

    by Piero Gheddo

    In Fatima, where Pope Francis went on a pilgrimage, Mary exhorted us to recite the rosary. Card. Martini’s devotion to Mary. In South Korea, Catholic buildings are called "the Church of the Mother." The statue of Mary in the Brunei church. The Shrine of Gunadala (India), which has shaped friendship between Hindus and Muslims even during period partition.


    17/05/2017 - VATICAN

    Pope: God knows each of us "by name"


    "Jesus is not one who adapts Himself to the world, tolerating that in it death, sadness, hatred, the moral destruction of persons should endure … Our God is not inert, But our God – I permit myself the word – is a dreamer. He dreams of the transformation of the world, and He realized it in the mystery of the Resurrection".


    17/05/2017 - CHINA - ASIA

    'One belt one road': the problems in international relations of the New Silk Road

    by Luca Galantini

    The project’s pharaonic prospects reveal China’s desire to redefine the entire international geopolitical framework, to become the economic and political center of the Eurasian industry and trade sectors. Indian opposition;  Russian fears; European skepticism. And the problems of the Uighurs, Central Asia, Iran and the South China Sea. China caught between national interests and the desire to distribute wealth.


    16/05/2017 - VATICAN

    Pope: "Peace without the Cross is not the peace of Jesus"


    "God's peace is real peace, that enters the reality of life, that does not deny life; that is life. There is suffering, there are the sick people, there are many bad things, there are wars." "The peace that the world offers us," "is a peace without tribulations. It offers us an artificial peace "reduced to "tranquility".


    16/05/2017 - CHINA-NORTH KOREA

    Beijing, schools and government offices hit by Ransomware ... of North Korean origin (maybe)


    Over 10,000 schools and colleges hit. License distribution and credit card payment at service stations blocked. Suspicions settle on Lazarus group who work in China are under North Korea.


    15/05/2017 - CHINA – INDIA

    New Silk Road praised by 27 countries, suspected by many others, boycotted by India


    India did not attend the Beijing summit because it is against the US$ 57 billion Kashmir corridor project between China and Pakistan. President Xi Jinping got 27 countries to sign up to fund the ambitious Chinese infrastructure plan. He says China will “share” and not interfere in the social models of the countries concerned, renewing China’s push for globalisation.


    15/05/2017 - VIETNAM – VATICAN

    For the Vietnamese, Card Văn Thuận’s sainthood also includes his commitment to the Church's social doctrine

    by Joseph Nguyen Hung

    The future Blessed laid the bases for the Compendium of the Social Doctrine of the Church when he was president of the Pontifical Council for Justice and Peace. A club in Hanoi inspired by him spreads the doctrine and collects books through a ‘Bookcase of hope’ to encourage young people to read in every parish and engage in charity and mission.


    15/05/2017 - ASIA

    Ransomware cyberattack due to governments carelessness


    Microsoft warns national security agencies not to "store up" viruses – to only let them leak- but to make them known. South Korea, almost untouched. Russia, Britain, Germany, France hit as well as universities in China, Italy and Greece.


    14/05/2017 - VATICAN

    Pope: After Fatima, I entrust people in the Middle East to Mary, Queen of Peace


    At the Regina Caeli Pope Francis remembers the violence suffered by Christians, Muslims and yazides, and asks all involved to follow "the path of dialogue and reconciliation." In Fatima "immersed in the prayers of the holy faithful people". Sainthood of Francisco and Jacinta "is not a consequence of the apparitions, but of the fidelity and they have paid for the privilege of being able to see the Virgin Mary." "Even today there is a great need for prayer and penance." Greetings sent to  "Empty Prams" protesters and calls for" a concrete attention to life and maternity needs". On the Mother's Day, "let's remember with gratitude and affection all the mothers, trusting them to Mary, the mother of Jesus.


    13/05/2017 - PORTUGAL - VATICAN

    Pope at Fatima: Saints the two shepherds Mary "introduced into the immense sea of the Light of God"


    Nearly a million people witness the canonization of the two children, the youngest in Church history to climb to the glory of the altars without being martyrs. “Our Lady foretold, and warned us about, a way of life that is godless and indeed profanes God in his creatures.  Such a life – frequently proposed and imposed – risks leading to hell.  Mary came to remind us that God’s light dwells within us and protects us".


    13/05/2017 - CHINA

    With 'One belt, One road', the New Silk Road, China shows its strength. But is it really capable?

    by Willy Wo-Lap Lam

    Xi Jinping makes "a show of strength" at an economic and military level, but many doubt that China can sustain such a financial burden. For many countries, major projects in Central Asia, South Asia, and the South and East China Sea hide very dangerous ghostly dreams. Europe is distrustful. Only Italy is participating in the "One belt, One road" meeting in Beijing this weekend. The analysis of scholar Willy Lam. Courtesy of The Jamestown Foundation. 


    12/05/2017 - PORTUGAL - VATICAN

    At Fatima, Pope implores the Virgin for concord among peoples


    Francis was welcomed to the Marian shrine by tens of thousands of people. A prayer that also announces the gospel proclamation, tearing down all walls and crossing every frontier, going out “to all the peripheries, to make known God’s justice and peace".


    12/05/2017 - PORTUGAL - VATICAN

    Pope in Fatima: With Mary, become a sign and a sacrament of God's mercy, forgiving everything and always


    Pope Francis blesses the candles on the plain filled with hundreds of thousands of pilgrims and emphasizes that "if we want to be Christians, we must be Marian." Not the "unreachable lady," but the "Master of spiritual life, the first one who followed Christ along the "narrow way "of the cross. The Mass celebrated by Card. Pietro Parolin, Vatican Secretary of State.


    11/05/2017 - THAILAND

    Vesakh Bucha: Thais celebrate the Buddha’s birthday

    by Weena Kowitwanij

    Considered Buddhism’s main observance, it draws believers across the country to rituals that follow local ancestral traditions. King Maha Vajiralongkorn led a ritual ceremony. A conference on the Buddha’s teachings was held in Bangkok. “[L]et us celebrate the wisdom of Lord Buddha by taking action for others with a strong spirit of solidarity,” said UN secretary Antonio Guterres.


    11/05/2017 - VATICAN

    Pope: God's People, and everyone one of us, is on a journey "towards the fullness of time"


    This path is "to understand, to deepen our understanding of the person of Jesus, to deepen our faith" and also to "understand morality, the commandments." And something that "once seemed normal, that it was not a sin, it is a mortal sin today", such as slavery or is "inadmissible", such as the death penalty or religious wars.


    11/05/2017 - VATICAN - FATIMA

    Pope Francis: For Our Lady of Fatima, the most beautiful flowers, our brothers and sisters from all over the world redeemed by his blood


    Ahead of his pilgrimage to the Virgin's shrine the Pope sends a video message to the Portuguese people. The pilgrimage entitled "With Mary, Pilgrim in Hope and Peace" begins tomorrow and afternoon.


    10/05/2017 - VATICAN - EGYPT

    Pope tells Tawadros II that they should intensify efforts towards full unity


    Francis sends a message on the day of friendship between Coptic Orthodox and Catholics, mentioning his visit to Egypt.


    10/05/2017 - VATICAN

    Pope: Mary "teaches us the virtue of waiting, even when everything seems pointless"


    The "mother of hope" in her "yes" to the angel appears to us as one of the many mothers of our world, courageous to the extreme when it comes to welcoming the story of a new  person in the womb. " And then she is faithfully present under the cross, among the disciples frightened over the death of the Master and again in the nascent Church.


    09/05/2017 - VATICAN

    Pope: receive the Word with docility, know it and be familiar with it


    “The Spirit guides us to do no wrong, but to receive the spirit with docility, to know the Spirit in the Word and to live according to the Spirit. This is the opposite of the resistance for which Stephen scolded the doctors of the law: ‘You always have resisted the Spirit!’”






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    VATICAN
    Pope: together with the faithful in China on 24 May to celebrate Our Lady of Sheshan



    During the Regina Caeli, Pope Francis speaks about the World Day of Prayer for the Church in China, instituted by Benedict XVI. Chinese Catholics must make a “personal contribution to communion among believers and to harmony in the whole society." AsiaNews Symposium on the Church in China is set for this week. Francis appeals for peace in the Central African Republic, and for loving “one another following the example of the Lord”. For him, “Sometimes conflicts, pride, envy, and divisions leave a blotch on the beautiful face of the Church.” Five new cardinals will be named, including a bishop from Laos.


    VATICAN-CHINA
    May 24, 2017: 'China, the Cross is Red', AsiaNews Symposium

    Bernardo Cervellera

    The event will be held to mark the World Day of Prayer for the Church in China. A title with many meanings: the Cross is red from the blood of the martyrs; From attempts to suffocate the faith with state control; Bceause of the contribution of hope that Christianity gives to a population tired of materialism and consumerism that is seeking new moral criteria. The theme is also about the great and unexpected religious rebirth in the country. Guests to include: Card. Pietro Parolin, Msgr. Savio Hon, the sociologist of religions Richard Madsen, the testimonies of Chinese priests and laity.


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