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12/20/2014 VATICAN
Pope: the most dangerous misery is "the presumption that we can do without God"
According to such blind misery, material wealth, the quest for power and pleasure, and the enslavement of others to achieve these goals, are the purpose of existence.
Vatican City (AsiaNews) - As he greeted the Pope John XXIII Community, an Italian association operating in 34 countries to free enslaved women from prostitution, Pope Francis said that "the most dangerous misery, which causes all the others," is "the distance from God, the presumption that...

12/20/2014 INDONESIA
Bogor: apostolic nuncio ordains 12 priests and deacons to pray and serve the community
by Mathias Hariyadi
Hundreds of faithful flocked to the Holy Family Parish Church in Cibinong. Mgr Filipazzi stressed that the priesthood is a service that requires obedience and holiness. Priestly vestments should not feed "personal ambitions" but encourage to "preach the Gospel and bring God to the people."
12/19/2014 SRI LANKA - LAOS
Sri Lanka activists tell UN to find the truth about Laotian dissident Sombath Somphone's fate
by Melani Manel Perera
The human rights activist was seized in 2012. The members of the Asian Federation against Disappearances (AFAD) organised a peaceful protest in member countries: Sri Lanka, the Philippines, Malaysia, Thailand, Bangladesh, Pakistan and Nepal.
12/19/2014 MALAYSIA
Christmas in Malaysia, a moment of "celebration and sharing" for Christians and Muslims
The archbishop of Kota Kinabalu in Sabah recited the inaugural prayer. The event provided an opportunity for people to come together in unity, harmony and prosperity. For the tenth anniversary, organisers chose as motto 'The Star of Great Joy,' Jesus who brings peace. For a State minister, the festivity shows "good relations between people of different faith and ethnicity".
12/19/2014 VATICAN
For pope, even to non-believers the crèche and the Christmas tree "speak of fraternity, intimacy and friendship"
This afternoon Francesco inaugurated the crèche and Christmas tree in St Peter's Square as well as the new lighting on the façade and the dome of St Peter's Basilica.

12/19/2014 VATICAN
Pope: May the Church "allow itself be surprised by the Holy Spirit", it is not an entrepreneur but a mother
"From sterility, the Lord is able to restart a new lineage, a new life. And that is the message of today. When humanity is exhausted and can no longer go forward, grace comes, and when the Son comes Salvation comes. And that exhausted Creation gives way to a new creation... ".
12/18/2014 VATICAN - US - CUBA
Pope: "Today we are all happy" for the new relations between the US and Cuba
Presidents Obama and Castro thanked the Vatican for its mediation aimed at the resumption of diplomatic relations interrupted in1961. In recent months, Francis has spoken of Cuba with Obama and written a personal letter to the two Presidents.
12/18/2014 VATICAN
Pope: God walks with us in history, and when we go wrong he correct history and brings it forward
"Making history with his people means for God to walk with us and to test the ones he has chosen". But in the end He saves them: "Let us always remember, with confidence, even in the worst moments, even in times of illness, when we realize we have to ask for the Last Rites because there is no way out, to say: 'Lord, history did not start with me and will not end with me! You go ahead, I am willing to come with you'. And to put ourselves in the hands of the Lord".
12/18/2014 PHILIPPINES - VATICAN
Filipino priest: Pope Francis' visit strengthens the fight against corruption
Father Atilano "Nonong" Fajardo re-launches the "Huwag Kang Magnakaw" campaign in line with the dictates of the seventh commandment: "do not steal". He spares no criticism for a nation "of thieves" at every level. But he does not lose optimism: "With good examples, like the Pope, it will be possible to be redeemed."
12/17/2014 VATICAN
Pope: May God "convert the hearts of the violent who do not stop even before children"
Prayers "for the victims of inhuman terrorist acts in recent days in Australia, Pakistan and Yemen." Tango dancers, a cake and birthday wishes in all languages for Francis' 78 years. The "meditations" on the family during the general audiences are part of a journey in which the Extraordinary Synod of October" was the first step."
12/17/2014 INDONESIA
Central Java, Islamist threat: Scrap Christmas symbols and no celebrations
by Mathias Hariyadi
Dozens of Islamic extremists of the Sukaharjo District attacked three shops in Solo. The group has forced retailers not to allow employees to wear Christmas symbols or to promote celebrations. The Mayor of Banda Aceh issued a public announcement prohibiting Muslims to attend Christian events.
12/16/2014 IRAQ - VATICAN
As 'Adopt a Christian from Mosul' continues, Mosul bishop notes that Jesus is born amid refugee containers
by Amel Nona
Persecuted by the Islamic state, refugees have lost everything: belongings, home, jobs, school, and their future. Yet, their faith and mission remain strong. For them, almost 900,000 euros have been raised and sent. Pope Francis sends a message of closeness. The campaign continues according to the Patriarch of Baghdad's proposal of fasting and moderation at Christmas and New Year, with the money saved offered to the Christians of Mosul.
12/16/2014 VATICAN
Pope: God saves "a repentant heart," while he who does not trust in Him draws "condemnation" upon himself.
"If your heart is not repentant, if you do not listen to the Lord, if you don't accept correction and you do not trust in Him, you have an unrepentant heart". When we are able to offer the Lord our sins as well "we will be that meek people, that humble and poor people" that has trust in the name of the Lord.
12/16/2014 INDONESIA
Java, the Church in the field for flood victims: volunteers and basic needs
by Mathias Hariyadi
The last toll estimates 57 victims; four days from the landslide, rescue teams are still searching for survivors. The Parish of St. Anthony in Banjarnegara has set up two emergency centers. Caritas in Purwokerto has taken action sending dozens of volunteers. Help appreciated by Muslim NGOs.
12/16/2014 AUSTRALIA - ISLAM
Siege of Lindt Café in Sydney ends in bloodshed
Two hostages and the gunman - an Iranian converted from Sunnism to Shiism - killed. According to the Prime Minister, he was "infatuated by extremism" and unstable from a mental point of view. Condemnation by the Council of Imams. Fears of attacks by young Australian sympathizers of al Qaeda or Isis that return home after fighting in the Middle East.

Altri articoli
12/16/2014 MYANMAR
Kunlong: rebels attack outposts of the Burmese army, seven dead and 20 wounded among the military
12/15/2014 VATICAN
For Pope, Catholics should avoid the "sins of the media: disinformation, slander and defamation"
12/15/2014 CAMBODIA
Christmas for Vuon, a Cambodian who converted and beat illness thanks to Jesus by Luca Bolelli
12/15/2014 VATICAN
Pope: the heart of Christians "is built on the rock" and not "plastered over" in a "cast" of discipline"
12/15/2014 PHILIPPINES
Reproductive health law does not stop young Filipino Catholics' pro-life commitment
12/15/2014 VIETNAM - VATICAN
The soon to be Saint Father Diep, Vietnamese priest and martyr honored even by non-Christians
12/14/2014 VATICAN
On the "Sunday of Joy", pope gives a prayer booklet, telling the faithful to "always carry it"
12/13/2014 VATICAN
Pope tells Union of Blind and Sight-impaired Persons that Saint Lucy teaches courage, community, and self-giving
12/13/2014 INDONESIA
Central Java: 18 dead and 90 missing in landslides and flooding
12/13/2014 IRAQ
Chaldean Patriarch calls for fasting on Christmas Eve for refugees' return to Mosul by Joseph Mahmoud
12/12/2014 VATICAN
Pope, "compelled to ask that the future of Latin America be forged for the poor and those who suffer"
12/12/2014 VATICAN
Pope: close to the Catholics "of Iraq and Syria, who are living moments of great suffering and fear in the face of violence"
12/12/2014 INDONESIA
Satirical cartoon on Islamic State, the director of the Jakarta Post investigated for blasphemy by Mathias Hariyadi
12/12/2014 VIETNAM - CHINA
South China Sea: Hanoi and Manila towards an appeal to the UN. Beijing enraged
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IRAQ - VATICAN
As 'Adopt a Christian from Mosul' continues, Mosul bishop notes that Jesus is born amid refugee containers
by Amel NonaPersecuted by the Islamic state, refugees have lost everything: belongings, home, jobs, school, and their future. Yet, their faith and mission remain strong. For them, almost 900,000 euros have been raised and sent. Pope Francis sends a message of closeness. The campaign continues according to the Patriarch of Baghdad's proposal of fasting and moderation at Christmas and New Year, with the money saved offered to the Christians of Mosul.
IRAQ
Chaldean Patriarch calls for fasting on Christmas Eve for refugees' return to Mosul
by Joseph MahmoudMar Louis Sako calls on the faithful not to celebrate Christmas and New Year in a "worldly" fashion, with pomp and abundance, out of solidarity with the people who fled the Nineveh plains, persecuted by the Islamic Army. AsiaNews is joining the fast proposed by the Patriarch and calls on all readers to give what they would have otherwise spent in support of the campaign 'Adopt a Christian from Mosul'.
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12/17/2014 INDIA
Radical Hindus attack Christians singing Christmas carols
by Nirmala Carvalho
12/14/2014 VATICAN
On the "Sunday of Joy", pope gives a prayer booklet, telling the faithful to "always carry it"
12/13/2014 IRAQ
Chaldean Patriarch calls for fasting on Christmas Eve for refugees' return to Mosul
by Joseph Mahmoud
12/16/2014 IRAQ - VATICAN
As 'Adopt a Christian from Mosul' continues, Mosul bishop notes that Jesus is born amid refugee containers
by Amel Nona
12/17/2014 INDONESIA
Central Java, Islamist threat: Scrap Christmas symbols and no celebrations
by Mathias Hariyadi
12/15/2014 CAMBODIA
Christmas for Vuon, a Cambodian who converted and beat illness thanks to Jesus
by Luca Bolelli
12/15/2014 VATICAN
Pope: the heart of Christians "is built on the rock" and not "plastered over" in a "cast" of discipline"
12/17/2014 MIDDLE EAST - ISLAM
Secularism, Sunni-Shia divide, and the Islamic state are wiping out Christians from the Middle East
by Fady Noun
12/15/2014 VIETNAM - VATICAN
The soon to be Saint Father Diep, Vietnamese priest and martyr honored even by non-Christians
12/13/2014 VATICAN
Pope tells Union of Blind and Sight-impaired Persons that Saint Lucy teaches courage, community, and self-giving

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