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03/26/2015 VATICAN
Pope: people can be "doctors of the law" without faith, without hope, without joy
During Mass at the Domus Sanctae Marthae, Francis Pope stressed that faith is joy and hope in Christ. Rules and casuistry are "an abstract world" without joy, faith, love, nor God.
Vatican City (AsiaNews) – One can "be a believer without joy and there is no joy when there is no faith, when there is no hope, when there is no law, but only rules and cold doctrine." By contrast, "the joy of faith, the joy of the Gospel is the touchstone of a...

03/26/2015 INDONESIA
Jakarta, hijab for policewomen gets go ahead to joy of extremist opposition
by Mathias Hariyadi
Gen. Haiti, Chief of police, has approved the use of hijab throughout the force. So far it was used only in Aceh, the only province where sharia is law. Satisfaction among members of the pro-Islamic parties. PKS politician: "Apex of a long battle."
03/26/2015 PHILIPPINES
Muslim and Christian leaders against prejudices, for “still possible” peace in Mindanao
Silsilah’s Inter Faith Council calls for peace and unity between Christians and Muslims in southern Philippines. Humility and wisdom are needed to promote collaboration, overcome differences and build a "pluralistic" society in the region.
03/26/2015 PHILIPPINES - CHINA
Manila accuses Beijing of wanting to control the entire South China Sea
Philippine Foreign Minister speaks of " China’s expansionist agenda" dominated by "massive" reclamation projects. Beijing’s "growing" activities aimed to affect the work of the UN international tribunal, convoked by Manila to resolve the dispute. China continues to claim sovereignty of the area.
03/25/2015 VATICAN
Pope: we must all pray for the Synod on the family, "the womb of human life."
"The bond between the Church and the family is sacred and inviolable. The Church, as a mother, never abandons the family, even when it is disheartened, wounded, and mortified in so many ways. Not even when it falls into sin or grows distant". Twenty years since Evangelium Vitae. "When you do not earn a wage you lose your dignity! This is the drama of our time. "

03/25/2015 MYANMAR
Myanmar, dozens of students on trial for protesting against education reform
At least 80 people have been made appear in court, many of them without knowing the exact charge. They are face charges of sowing disunity and encouraging instability, which carry jail terms of up to six years. They were brutally attacked by police and now risk jail time. The "reformist" president Thein Sein has defended police actions.
03/24/2015 INDONESIA
Authorities seize schoolbook that praises Islamic radicalism
The text contained notions taken from Wahhabi doctrine that encourage the killing of non-Muslims. The authorities have set up a team to contain widespread online extremism.
03/24/2015 VATICAN
Pope: "May Holy Week will help us leave behind the temptation to be ‘Yes, but Christians...'"
"Do not accept the gift of God on your own terms: That is a sin, that is a poison. It poisons the soul, takes away our joy, never lets go of you". "This lukewarm soul, this being halfway Christians, ‘Yes, but Christians...'. This enthusiasm at the outset on the journey with the Lord and then becoming disgruntled, only heals gazing at the Cross, gazing at God who takes on our sins: my sin is there".
03/24/2015 SINGAPORE
Archbishop of Singapore: The Catholic Church mourns death of Lee Kuan Yew
On March 27, Msgr. William Goh will celebrate Mass in memory of the founder of the city-state, who died yesterday. All churches and Catholic communities in the nation will offer prayers for the dead leader.
03/24/2015 PHILIPPINES
With a passion for art, Filipino nun raises funds for mission
Sister Venus Marie S. Pegar exhibited three paintings at an exhibition being held in Manila. With the money from the sale of her work she will support the missions abroad and studies of young women who want to take their vows. Her works depict a woman who finds salvation in God.
03/23/2015 VIETNAM
Threats to religious freedom undermine Vietnam’s Communist Party
by Nguyen Hung
Despite its “liberal” claims, Vietnam continues to repress and threaten religious minorities in an attempt to control their activities. Regardless of this, the Catholic Church remains committed to Rome, whilst oppression and injustice by the Communist Party undermines the trust people had in government. This is jeopardising the whole system.
03/23/2015 INDONESIA
Indonesian elections are an opportunity to boost the Catholic presence in the country's life
by Mathias Hariyadi
At the end of this year, Indonesians will go to the polls in 8 provinces, 26 regencies and 170 districts. The country's Catholic bishops support "strong, smart and responsible" Catholic candidates to promote the Church's message and values ​​ in society.
03/23/2015 VATICAN
Pope: Where there is no mercy, there is no justice, not even in the Church
"When the people of God come voluntarily to ask forgiveness, to be judged" they often find vicious people "capable of trying to exploit them," they find "dealmakers" who "do not give oxygen to that soul, do not give hope" or they find "the rigid who punish in the penitent they themselves hide in their own soul".
03/23/2015 SINGAPORE
Singapore mourns Lee Kuan Yew, 91, the towering boss of the Asian tiger
The government, under Lee's son Lee Hsien Loong, declared seven days of national mourning. A state funeral is scheduled for 29 March. The elderly statesman had been in hospital for weeks battling pneumonia. He led the small country with an iron fist for 30 years, creating a stable corruption-free economy. For critics, the price of his success was the denial of rights and freedoms.
03/22/2015 VATICAN
Pope: Offer to the "many" who want to "see Jesus" the Gospel, the Cross and the witness to our faith
"Christians can become 'grains' and bear much fruit if, like Jesus, they 'lose their life' for love of God and neighbor." Again this year, Francis distributes pocket Gospels in St Peter's Square. Today is World Water Day, sponsored by the United Nations, "the waters of the planet must be adequately protected and no one should be excluded or discriminated against in the use of this right, which is a common good par excellence."

Altri articoli
03/21/2015 VATICAN-ITALY
Pope in Naples: "Today is the first day of spring. Pray for young people, for their future, for hope."
03/21/2015 VATICAN - ITALY
Pope: in Naples, find hope in Jesus and the power to redeem a city
03/21/2015 PHILIPPINES
Filipino priest: Youth as online “agents of peace” to counter Islamic State violence
03/20/2015 VATICAN
Pope says death penalty "is unacceptable," offends the dignity of life and "contradicts God's plan"
03/19/2015 VATICAN
After two years, the pope is appreciated even from a distance
03/19/2015 PHILIPPINES
Manila: feast day of St Joseph for the poor
03/19/2015 VIETNAM - VATICAN - CHINA
The "Vietnamese model", a dangerous practice that does not solve the real problems of the Church by J. B. An Dang
03/19/2015 INDONESIA
The presence of children in the ranks of the Islamic State group rattles Indonesia by Mathias Hariyadi
03/19/2015 THAILAND
Bangkok, former Prime Minister Yingluck Shinawatra to be tried for negligence
03/18/2015 VATICAN
Pope: better a society with the "trouble" of children than "sad and gray" without children
03/18/2015 ASIA - ISLAM
ASEAN against the Islamic state, a threat that must be neutralised
03/18/2015 INDONESIA
Jakarta sends army to Poso: Growing Islamist threat by Mathias Hariyadi
03/17/2015 VATICAN
Pope: the Church is "Jesus' home" whose doors are always open which the Christian community cannot close
03/17/2015 MALAYSIA
For new Malaysian priest, WYD in Cologne was the turning point in his vocation
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VATICAN
Pope: Christians are persecuted and the world tries to hide itDuring the Angelus, Francis prayed for the victims of today's church massacres in Pakistan. Before the Marian prayer, he said that God "loves us, really love us, and loves us very much! This is simplest expression that sums up the whole Gospel, faith, and theology. God loves us freely and boundlessly." The pontiff also spoke about typhoon victims in Vanuatu. "I pray for the dead, the wounded and the homeless. I thank all those who reacted immediately to bring relief and aid." The pope also made a plea on behalf of persecuted Christians. "May the persecution against Christians, which the world is trying to hide, come to an end, and may there be peace."
EGYPT - ISLAM
What Tayeb and Sisi said is big step towards a revolution in Islam
by Samir Khalil SamirThe grand imam of Al-Azhar slammed literalist interpretations of the Qur'an and the Sunnah, as fundamentalists and Islamic terrorists do. He supports the urgent need for Islam's reform, especially in terms of teaching lay people and clerics. He also calls for an end to mutual excommunication (takfir) between Sunnis and Shias. Egyptian President al-Sisi chose to fight the Islamic state group after it beheaded 21 Coptic Christians, whom he called "Egyptian citizens" with full rights.
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03/24/2015 INDONESIA
Authorities seize schoolbook that praises Islamic radicalism
03/23/2015 VATICAN
Pope: Where there is no mercy, there is no justice, not even in the Church
03/20/2015 AFGHANISTAN
Afghanistan, woman beaten to death for burning Koran pages
03/22/2015 CHINA - VATICAN
BREAKING NEWS: Chinese police seize two priests in Mutanjiang
by Bernardo Cervellera
03/24/2015 PAKISTAN
Attacks in Lahore, police arrest 200 Christians
by Jibran Khan
03/21/2015 PHILIPPINES
Filipino priest: Youth as online “agents of peace” to counter Islamic State violence
03/20/2015 VATICAN
Pope says death penalty "is unacceptable," offends the dignity of life and "contradicts God's plan"
03/20/2015 NEPAL
Thousands of Nepali women "disappear" in the byways of human trafficking
by Christopher Sharma
03/24/2015 IRAN
Time for a deal with Tehran, a reliable partner against the Islamic State group
by Bernardo Cervellera
03/20/2015 VATICAN - JAPAN
In a blessed meeting, the pope encouraged us to follow our path, said Niigata bishop
by Tarcisio Isao Kikuchi

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