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08/27/2014 VATICAN
Pope: Division among Christians is not just schism, but result of idle gossip and the work of the devil
At the General audience, Francis recalls Jesus' prayer for the unity of Christians, who are still divided today. “How much we gossip in parishes". "But, this is not the Church! We must not do this! We should not do this! I will not tell you to cut out your tongues, no, no... But, ask the Lord for the grace not to [gossip]”.
Vatican City (AsiaNews) - "The division in a Christian community, be it in a school, a parish or in an association, wherever, is a grave sin, because it is the devil's work", said Pope Francis today during his catechesis for the General Audience,...

08/27/2014 VIETNAM
To please Beijing, Hanoi jails three activists on false charges
The blogger Bui Thi Minh Hang, leader of the protests against China's imperialist policies, is sentenced to three years prison. Police arrest dozens of activists outside the courtroom, then they beat them up in the barracks. The convictions coincide with a senior government officials visit to Beijing.
08/26/2014 CHINA - JAPAN - VIETNAM
Beijing's diplomacy to ease maritime tensions with Tokyo and Hanoi
Next month, a senior Chinese government official and a childhood friend of Xi Jinping, will visit Japan. Her goal is to mend relations ahead of the November APEC summit. Beijing wants to overcome disagreements in the name of "common interests." Senior Vietnamese official visits Chinese capital at the invitation of the Chinese Communist Party.
08/26/2014 PHILIPPINES - IRAQ
Filipino Church calls for an end to violence and silent guilt, urges Manila to help fellow Christians in Iraq
Catholic leaders criticise government for its weak and uncommitted attitude. "The time to use religion in the name of religious hegemony is long past;" now it is time for "dialogue in the name of peace," said Card Quevedo, who also slammed "the Iraq situation as created by this fundamentalist radical group".
08/26/2014 VIETNAM
Hanoi resorts to traffic charges to jail dissidents
Three activists on trial on charges of having "incited" public disorder and causing a “serious obstruction to traffic". Those on trial include a popular blogger, critic of China, and a Buddhist faithful. They face up to seven years in jail. Pro human rights groups accuse Vietnam of not respecting its international obligations.

08/25/2014 PHILIPPINES
As post-Yolanda reconstruction continues, the Filipino Catholic Church raises more than 12 million dollars for the displaced
REACHPhilippines, the recovery appeal programme launched by CBCP-NASSA/Caritas Philippines, has helped more than 141,000 people in nine different dioceses. It was a success, "Not only in terms of the funding", but also in terms of "communities" and "projects". For NASSA secretary, "even amid calamities, we do not lose hope".
08/25/2014 INDONESIA - ISLAM
In Jakarta, Muslim leaders explain Islamic fundamentalism to Christians
by Royani Lim
An initiative promoted by the Bishops' Conference was attended by bishops, priests, nuns as well as lay Catholics and Protestants. Speakers included experts in counter-terrorism and scholars of religion and society. Social injustice, poverty and propaganda feed extremism. We need moderate Muslim figures in the foreground, like former President "Gus Dur".
08/24/2014 VATICAN
Pope appeals for peace in Ukraine. Peter's blind faith and hearts of "rock" or "sand"
At the Angelus, Pope Francis recalls situation of conflict that create "so much suffering among the civilian population". A bishop writes a letter to the pope, "describing this pain." As for Peter, Jesus expects a "reliable", faith on which to build the Church. "What is your faith like? We should all find the answer in our hearts. What does the Lord find in our hearts? A stable heart like stone, or a heart like sand, that is incredulous, doubtful, suspicious?". He makes the pilgrims repeat Peter's profession three times: "You are Christ, the Son of the living God."
08/23/2014 INDONESIA
Jakarta, hundreds of students participate in "Live for God, Life for Good"
by Mathias Hariyadi
With this motto, young Catholicsjoined the initiative promoted by Persink activists. The movement born in the 80's aims to help students of state institutions in their journey of faith and formation. Moments of meditation and spiritual reflection alongside activities and games.
08/22/2014 VIETNAM
Half a million Vietnamese Catholics on pilgrimage to the Marian shrine of La Vang
For the Church in Vietnam, this was a major moment of bearing witness that confirms the devotion of the faithful to the Virgin. The leaders of Vietnam's Bishops Conference and Archbishop Leopoldo Girelli were present at the event. The pilgrimage provided an opportunity to revive the missionary commitment based on the theme "Evangelisation of family life."
08/22/2014 PHILIPPINES
More than 30 churches and chapels re-open in areas affected by typhoon Yolanda
Caritas Manila led the rebuilding project. "The people were really happy and others became emotional that after some months, their churches were rebuilt again".
08/22/2014 INDONESIA
Constitutional Court dismiss appeal, confirm Widodo President. Analysts and civil society satisfied
by Mathias Hariyadi
The Supreme Court yesterday rejected allegations of vote rigging and fraud, confirming the result of the elections on July 9. A judgment based on law and not politics. Political scientist in Jakarta: the people want Jokowi. "Clear and fair" expression of democracy. Formation of the government next step.
08/22/2014 MALAYSIA
Kuala Lumpur, nation mourns over victims of Flight MH17 shot down in Ukraine
Today, the first 20 bodies arrived at the airport in the capital. 43 Malaysians died in the air disaster, 15 of them crew members. Highest authorities present, flags at half-mast and for the first time a national day of mourning declared for civilian casualties. Malaysia Airlines' condolence to family members.
08/21/2014 INDONESIA - ISLAM
Borobudur, Islamists target Indonesia’s most important Buddhist temple
by Mathias Hariyadi
The complex, a UNESCO World Heritage Site, risks being destroyed like the Buddhas of Bamiyan. Authorities strengthen security measures. Citizens invited to participate in the defense of "cultural heritage". President Yudhoyono declares jihadist violence "humiliating" for Islam.
08/21/2014 THAILAND
Army leader Prayuth Chan-ocha is new Prime Minister of Thailand
Powers conferred by interim Parliament, with a unanimous vote. He was the only candidate for the leadership of the government. Formal ratification of King Bhumibol Adulyadej needed. The new prime minister will reform the country without a real internal opposition; next elections slated for the end of 2015.

Altri articoli
08/20/2014 MALAYSIA
Kuala Lumpur: ready to hit pubs, discos and breweries dreaming of the Islamic Caliphate
08/20/2014 VATICAN
Pope asks Church to unite in prayer for persecuted Christians and minorities worldwide, particularly in Iraq
08/19/2014 MYANMAR
Kachin Bishops urge "sustainable" solution to conflict, "peace is possible" in Myanmar by Francis Khoo Thwe
08/18/2014 VATICAN
For pope, in Iraq "It is lawful" to halt an "unjust aggressor", but the decision belongs to the UN
08/18/2014 VATICAN-CHINA
Pope Francis and Xi Jinping’s "new line" and the Chinese young people in Korea by Bernardo Cervellera
08/18/2014 KOREA - VATICAN - AYD
President of the Korean bishops: Francis gave wake up call to Korea and Asia
08/18/2014 KOREA - VATICAN - AYD
Pope: Reconciliation and peace in Korea and world need conversion of hearts by Vincenzo Faccioli Pintozzi
08/17/2014 KOREA - VATICAN - AYD
Pope tells Asia's young people to wake up and not to be afraid to bring faith to society
08/17/2014 KOREA - VATICAN - AYD
Card Tagle: pope urges us to be more and more missionary, engage non-believers in dialogue by Vincenzo Faccioli Pintozzi
08/17/2014 KOREA - VATICAN - AYD
Pope ready to talk to countries that do not have diplomatic relations with Vatican
08/16/2014 KOREA - VATICAN - AYD
Baptised by the pope, father of a Sewol victim chooses Francis as his name
08/16/2014 KOREA - VATICAN - AYD
Disabled, men and women religious and lay people in the pope's "ministry of compassion"
08/15/2014 KOREA - VATICAN - AYD
Pope tells young people in Asia to pray for Korea's reunification, that God never tires of forgiving
08/14/2014 KOREA - VATICAN - AYD
Seoul, Francis’ first immersion among crowd. To the bishops: "May we be saved from spiritual worldliness" by Vincenzo Faccioli Pintozzi
Editor's choices
IRAQ-ITALY
"Adopt a Christian from Mosul," the thanks of the Patriarch Louis Sako; the concerns of the Bishop of Kurdistan
by Bernardo CervelleraThe head of the Chaldean Church is grateful for the AsiaNews campaign and hopes that "this chain of solidarity will reach far and wide”. Helping refugees to remain in Iraq. But many want to flee abroad. The bishop of Amadiyah where thousands of displaced people have found haven in churches and homes: We also help the Arabs (Muslims), and Yazidis, for free and without looking at our confessional differences.
VATICAN
"Stop! I am asking you with all my heart. Stop!" says pope as he speaks out on the Middle East, Iraq and Ukraine He mentions children, victims of war, "from whom we take away the hope for a decent life," urging the parties to address "every diatribe with the tenacity of dialogue and negotiation and the power of reconciliation". As tomorrow marks 100 years since the outbreak of the First World War, "a day of mourning," we should learn the lessons of history. The Gospel makes us know the true Jesus, the living Jesus, who speaks to the heart and is a life changer as he was for Saint Francis of Assisi. "The joy of finding the treasure of the Kingdom of God comes through, can be seen. Christians cannot hide their faith."
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08/21/2014 INDONESIA - ISLAM
Borobudur, Islamists target Indonesia’s most important Buddhist temple
by Mathias Hariyadi
08/21/2014 UKRAINE - RUSSIA
Greek Catholics warn the time of martyrdom is upon their Church in Eastern Ukraine
08/21/2014 LEBANON - IRAQ
For Eastern Churches, the use of force is legitimate to defend Iraq's Christians
08/25/2014 IRAQ
Patriarch of Baghdad: While politicians argue, Iraqi Christians continue to suffer and die
by Joseph Mahmoud

08/21/2014 CHINA
Churches and crosses demolished: lawyers challenge Zhejiang government in defense of religious freedom
08/23/2014 VATICAN - IRAQ
The Pope donates 1 million US dollars for Christians and other minorities in Iraq
08/21/2014 IRAQ - LEBANON
Erbil: patriarch tells refugees fleeing Islamists "Today, we are all the Chaldeans"
by Fady Noun 

08/24/2014 VATICAN
Pope appeals for peace in Ukraine. Peter's blind faith and hearts of "rock" or "sand"
08/22/2014 UNITED STATES - IRAQ - ISLAM
For the United States, the Islamic State is the "biggest threat" and must be fought in Syria
08/21/2014 CHINA-VATICAN
Chinese experts: cautious openings in relations with Vatican
by Wang Zhicheng

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