24/05/2017 - VATICAN
The episode of the disciples at Emmaus shows that ours is not an "invasive God", but he is always next to us. "It is a quick encounter, that of Jesus with the two disciples of Emmaus. But in it there is all the fate of the Church. He tells us that the Christian community is not locked up in a fortified citadel but walks in its most vital environment, on the road. And there it meets people, with their hopes and their disappointments, sometimes heavy. "
24/05/2017 - VATICAN - USA
Pope receives Trump: Middle East talks and protection of Christians, but also immigrants
Private interview lasts 30 minutes. Francis gifts Trump the message for the World Peace Day this year, titled "Nonviolence, a style of politics for peace", pointing out some of its themes to the president. "This, he said, is for you so you can be an instrument of peace." "We can use peace," replied the president.
24/05/2017 - CHINA- VATICAN
Day of Prayer for China: Msgr. Peter Shao still in the hands of the police. Prayer to Our Lady of Sheshanby Victoria Ma
The Bishop of Wenzhou (Zhejiang) had been kidnapped even before Easter. Pilgrimages continue to Sheshan: at least 80 groups - about 17,000 people - have arrived so far. Penance, prayer and recitation of the Rosary for the Church in China. Readings of Benedict XVI’s Letter to Chinese Catholics.
24/05/2017 - GREAT BRITAIN - ISLAM
Manchester Police: Salman Abedi, 22, Libyan parents, likely author of the attack
He had abandoned university, and according to some, had become radicalized. His father and brother were well-known in the mosque for their service and volunteerism. Great gathering places appear increasingly "vulnerable".
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 - VIETNAM
The Rosary, a moment of prayer that unites Vietnamese Catholicsby Thanh Thuy
Believers meet in many prayer groups. The Dominican Congregation in Vietnam has set up Rosary Associations. Many people are actively involved in promoting and supporting such groups. Several pilgrimages to Vietnam's shrines devoted to the Virgin are organised. Some young Catholics set up the Vinh Fatima prayer group. Celebrations are held throughout May, the Marian Month of Flowers.
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-Christiansby 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"
17/05/2017 - CHINA - ASIA
'One belt one road': the problems in international relations of the New Silk Roadby 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 - VIETNAM
Authorities crack down on activists fighting for Formosa victims
Hoàng Đức Bình will be detained for 90 days. He was with Fr Nguyễn Đình Thục, one of the two priests denounced by the government. Hundreds of people gathered to demand Bình’s release. The Catholic Church supports local grievances and is the victim of government reprisals. Catholic activist Thái Văn Dung is wanted by the authorities.
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.
16/05/2017 - VATICAN
Vatican: With international cooperation and controls, suspicious economic activities have declined
The Financial Information Authority presents its annual report on financial and supervisory activities both in the regulatory framework and in the prevention and combating of money laundering and financing of terrorism
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 doctrineby 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 - VIETNAM
Catholic media launch appeal for Vietnamese priests defamed by the governmentby Peter Đang
Fr. Đặng Hữu Nam and Fr. Nguyễn Đình Thục support protests against the government for failing to distribute compensation from a company responsible for one of the most serious environmental disasters in the country's history. The Catholic Mass Media Federation in a statement: "Immediately stop terrorist acts against the priests of Thuận Nghĩa." "With our total confidence in God, we are in communion, we share and accompany the victims of the disaster." "We call upon international bodies to accompany us in the fight for human rights and religious freedom in Vietnam."
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.
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