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    05/05/2016 - VATICAN

    Francis led a prayer vigil “to dry the tears” of all those in need of consolation. One of the witnesses who spoke was Qaiser Felix, a Pakistani journalist who works for AsiaNews. During his address, he said that he had to leave his country because he is Catholic and fundamentalist Muslims threatened his family.




    05/05/2016 - INDONESIA - MALAYSIA - PHILIPPINES

    Jakarta, Kuala Lumpur and Manila together against piracy and Abu Sayyaf

    by Mathias Hariyadi

    In recent months, the waters of the South China Sea have seen an escalation in violence and abduction. “Basic standard operating procedures are expected to be finalised by the end of May” against the Filipino Jihadi Abu Sayyaf group.


    05/05/2016 - PHILIPPINES

    Lipa, 10 thousand people march against coal plants


    Led by their Archbishop, the protesters are asking the president who will be elected on 9 May to dismantle all polluting power plants in the country. Msgr. Arguelles: "We are in the middle of a planetary emergency. We only use fossil fuels”. The energy needs of the nation are great, some areas there without power for 4-5 hours a day. Regional superior: "We hope that there is power at least on election day."


    04/05/2016 - PHILIPPINES

    Abu Sayyaf’s escalating violence due to political strife in Mindanao


    Terrorists release a video in which they threaten to kill three more hostages. Source tells AsiaNews that Jihadi group’s greater activity has been facilitated by the election campaign for the governorship in the Autonomous Region in Muslim Mindanao. Militants are a “tool of political propaganda”. The region has one of the most corrupt governments in the country, and “has dealings with Jihadis”.


    04/05/2016 - VATICAN

    Pope urges Christians to avoid “stink” of herd mentality


    God does not know culture of waste, for Jesus the Good Shepherd, "there is no such thing as sheep lost forever”, but only sheep that have yet to be found. "The only way to gather the flock together is to follow the path outlined by the mercy of the shepherd. While searching for the lost sheep, he calls on the ninety-nine to reunite the flock".


    03/05/2016 - MALAYSIA

    Kampar: soup kitchen "is a small way to let others know about the presence of God”


    With the Jubilee of Mercy, the Sacred Heart parish has begun to run a soup kitchen with volunteers helping to prepare up to 200 meals each Saturday, including university students and lecturers. The food is handed out near the local market where the needy line up. As volunteers meet the poor, “their eyes are opened to the needs of others,” said Fr Tan who is behind the initiative.


    03/05/2016 - VATICAN

    Pope: There are many Christians who are "mummified" or "vagabond" or "stubborn" or, finally, "halfway"


    There are many "confused" Christians who do not follow the only "right path" that is Jesus. "How am I on this Christian journey? Standing still, on the wrong road, hanging around, only stopping for things that I like or following Jesus  who said 'I am the way!'? Let us ask the Holy Spirit to teach us to walk the right path, forever! And when you get tired, take a little refreshment and carry on. Let us ask for this grace. "

     


    03/05/2016 - VIETNAM

    Chemicals in the sea: thousands of people without food

    by Paul N. Hung

    Tens of thousands of dead fish litter central coast of the country. The government has not yet given an answer to causes, but independent experts blame local steel company. An underwater pipe uncovered, it had polluted the coast for years. Archbishop of Ho Chi Minh City: "Let us pray for our brothers and sisters affected by the tragedy."


    02/05/2016 - PHILIPPINES

    CBCP: may the upcoming elections be tools of peace and reconciliation


    For Mgr Socrates Villegas, president of the Bishops’ Conference, “One cannot proclaim Christ as King and at the same time accept the governance of one whose thoughts, speech and demeanour are diametrically opposed”. Winners should not seek revenge, but show respect for "the rights of God’s people enshrined in the Constitution and their demand for justice, unity, progress and peace”.


    02/05/2016 - VATICAN

    Pope: the Christian bears witness to Jesus, but "often" this provokes attacks and persecution


    "The Spirit gives witness to Jesus. And each time we feel something in our heart that brings us closer to Jesus, it is the Spirit who is at work". It 'good to ask "that worldliness, easy things, the things that come directly from the father of lies, the prince of this world, sin, do not turn away from witness".


    02/05/2016 - PHILIPPINES - INDONESIA

    Jolo, 10 Indonesian sailors freed: they were held by Abu Sayyaf

    by Mathias Hariyadi

    On April 26 last the terrorist group beheaded a Canadian hostage. The crew members were found yesterday in front of the house of the governor of Sulu. In good condition, they were transported to Jakarta. Mystery over the payment of a ransom: according to Philippine media it amounted to 900 thousand euro, but Indonesia denies any knowledge.


    01/05/2016 - VATICAN

    Pope: May the Holy Spirit help us to understand and to remember the words of Jesus


    After the Marian prayer of the Regina Caeli Francis appeals for peace in Syria: "There is a spiral of violence in the country that continues to aggravate the already desperate humanitarian situation of the country, particularly in the city of Aleppo, and claim innocent victims, even among children, the sick and those who with great sacrifice pledged to provide assistance to others ". Economic development "must take into account human dignity and fully respect labor laws". Pedophilia "is a tragedy. We must not tolerate it, the guilty must be severely punished."


    30/04/2016 - CAMBODIA

    Drought kills hundreds of animals, survival of villages at risk


    In many areas of the country lack of water and high temperatures means survival is at risk. 50 degrees reached in areas. Tons of fish and hundreds of species of animals - monkeys, reptiles, birds – have died in the last days. People wait for rainy season and the arrival of the monsoon.

     


    30/04/2016 - VATICAN

    Pope: No one be distanced from God because of man-made obstacles!


    At an extraordinary Jubilee audience, Francis returns to the theme of reconciliation, "God has never failed to offer his forgiveness to men: his mercy is felt from generation to generation." An appeal to confessors: "You are in the place of God the Father." A special Jubilee greeting for the police and the Armed Forces: "Faced with every day challenges, irradiate Christian hope, which is the certainty of the victory of love over hatred and peace over war."


    29/04/2016 - PAPUA NEW GUINEA – AUSTRALIA

    Manus Island refugees to sue PNG


    The fate of almost a thousand people held in a detention camp on Manus Island has not yet been decided after PNG authorities decided to close the facility. With Port Moresby and Canberra expected to hold emergency talks, lawyers for the asylum seekers plan to “go straight to assessing reasonable compensation” in the billions.


    29/04/2016 - VATICAN

    Pope: A Christian does not say one thing and do another: He walks in the light, "because God is Light."


    "The lie we know where it comes from: in the Bible, Jesus calls the devil 'father of lies', the liar". "Sin is ugly! But if you have sinned, He is watching and waiting for you to forgive you! '. Always! Because He - God - is greater than our sins".

     


    28/04/2016 - THAILAND

    Thai Muslim leader calls for learning from other religions to build peace

    by Weena Kowitwanij

    The Department of Religious Affairs organised an inter-faith forum that brought together leaders of major religions. According Abdulau Nhumsuks, a member of the Bangkok Islam Association, the idea that learning the teachings of other faiths is a sin “is old-fashioned and incorrect”.


    28/04/2016 - CHINA - ASIA

    Xi Jinping says only nations directly involved can discuss South China Sea disputes


    Chinese leaders slam "foreign interference" in territorial disputes in the Asia-Pacific seas. Soon the international tribunal in The Hague will decide on the dispute initiated by Manila and Hanoi. Chinese President against military escalation on the Korean peninsula.


    28/04/2016 - PHILIPPINES

    Church mourns Abp. Labayen, one of the "Magnificent 7" who defeated Marcos


    The Infanta bishop was one of the champions of human and civil rights in the country. In 60 years of priestly life he faced down the dictator’s martial law and corruption of his successors, pledging to protect the environment and respect for the dignity of workers. The Philippine Church, says the bishop of Caceres, "was blessed by his service".


    28/04/2016 - AUSTRALIA - PAPUA N. GUINEA

    Manus island refugees "have already paid. Now they must be helped "


    The Australian government agrees to close the refugee camp on the island, which falls within the sovereignty of Papua New Guinea, but does not know what to do about one thousand people living there. PIME missionary Fr. Giorgio Licini, 11 years in the country: "It is a huge problem that has no easy solutions. But you have to start by removing the causes of migration, not by rejecting those who suffer them".

     


    27/04/2016 - SINGAPORE

    Marriage, "a sign of closeness to God" in hyper-competitive Singapore


    The archdiocese of the city-state has organised a series of meetings on the family and its problems in a society increasingly focused on productivity. The last meeting is set for 21 May. For one of the organisers, Christians are “called to be the alternative voice, the counter-culture.” Each year, 21,000 marriages take place; 7,000 end in divorce.


    27/04/2016 - VATICAN

    Pope: Indifference to the suffering of man is to ignore God


    Jesus teaches us not to "categorize others to see who is our neighbor and who is not. You can become a neighbor to whomever you meet in need, and you will be if you have compassion in your heart, that is if you are capable of suffering with others".

     


    26/04/2016 - MYANMAR

    Karen State: Buddhist militants erect a pagoda on land owned by an Anglican church


    The incident occurred in Hlaingbwe, a village in south-eastern Myanmar.  U Thuzana, a 73-year-old Buddhist monk from the Democratic Karen Benevolent Army, ordered the construction in what is the latest challenge to the state’s Christian minority.  For the Anglican bishop, Christians harbour “no grudges or hatred”.


    26/04/2016 - VATICAN

    Pope: "It is not for the pastor to determine what the faithful have to say in different arenas"


    In a letter to the president of the Pontifical Commission for Latin America Francis speaks of the "temptation" of clericalism that "not only cancels out the Christian personality, but also tends to belittle and underestimate the baptismal grace that the Holy Spirit has placed in the heart of the our people ".

     


    26/04/2016 - PHILIPPINES - CANADA

    Jolo, radical Islamists behead a Canadian hostage


    John Ridsdel was held since September 2015 had been kidnapped along with another Canadian, his Filipina girlfriend and a Norwegian.  Ottawa condemns "a cold-blooded murder, for which responsibility falls on the head of those who did it". In the same area it the former PIME missionary Rolando Del Torchio was released a few days ago.

     


    24/04/2016 - VATICAN

    Pope Francis tells young people that “genuine love” is not a “soap opera”, but Christians’ real identity card


    In his homily for the Jubilee of Teens, Pope Francis asked questions and gave answers to the 70,000 present. Stressing the great ideal of love as giving oneself “without being possessive”, he noted that freedom is “being able to choose the good”. He warned young people “who dare not dream,” telling them that “If you do not dream at your age, you are already ready for retirement”. He also received funds raised for the Ukraine, and appealed for the release of bishops and the priests held in Syria.


    23/04/2016 - ISRAEL – PALESTINE

    For Fr David, Tel Aviv kindergarten for migrant children is like Jesus’ family


    The facility has 52 children from the Philippines, Sudan, Eritrea, India and Sri Lanka, including two with autism, and one with Down. The “multi-faceted project” is not profit oriented, manager says. For one parent, children get “children everything they need”.


    23/04/2016 - VATICAN

    Pope tells youth that without Jesus, “there is no signal. Talking becomes impossible”


    In a video message to the boys and girls taking part in the Jubilee for Teens, Pope Francis stressed forgiveness and works of mercy, even for “Young people like yourselves, who are hungry, thirsty; who are refugees or foreigners or sick and in need of our help, and friendship.”


    23/04/2016 - PHILIPPINES

    Davao: running against child malnutrition


    The archdiocese organises ‘I am running for you’ (Para sa Iyo ang Takbo Ko), a fun run to raise funds for its nourishment centre, which feeds 200 children every day. Davao is located in one of the areas most affected by El Niño-related drought.


    22/04/2016 - INDONESIA

    Jakarta brings home Samadikun Hartono, wanted for financial scandals in the 1990s

    by Mathias Hariyadi

    The former head of the now defunct Modern Bank, Hartono had been on the run for 13 years. Five different passports and identities did not save him. Indonesia’s intelligence agency, who found him in Shanghai, brought him home, possibly with Chinese help.






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    VATICAN
    Pope: only Jesus can console the tears of sorrow of the world, "an ocean of desolation"



    Francis led a prayer vigil “to dry the tears” of all those in need of consolation. One of the witnesses who spoke was Qaiser Felix, a Pakistani journalist who works for AsiaNews. During his address, he said that he had to leave his country because he is Catholic and fundamentalist Muslims threatened his family.


    YEMEN – ITALY
    Salesian vicar says priest abducted in Yemen still alive, urges prayers for him



    Fr Cereda confirms the latest reports saying that Jihadi-held Fr Tom is "still alive". He stresses the need to focus on the case, keeping communication channels open and media attention high without pressure or “false hopes”. Meanwhile, Salesians continue to pray, hold Masses and perform Eucharistic adorations for the kidnapped clergyman.


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