03/11/2014VIETNAM Vietnam, the Philippines and Malaysia find common ground against Beijing's "imperialism" by Paul N. Hung Southeast Asian nations are increasingly concerned over repeated attacks by Chinese (paramilitary) boats against their fishing and commercial vessels. Hanoi stands with Manila as the latter sues China over maritime boundaries in an international court. Malaysia also join the fray, worried over Chinese incursion near James Island. Hanoi (AsiaNews)
- Kuala Lumpur, Hanoi and Manila are boosting their ties to counter Beijing's
hegemony in the South China Sea, reacting to the Chinese Navy's unremitting violations
of the rights of...
03/10/2014ASIA - PIME Eighty-five years of grace and joy by Piero Gheddo With, as his passion, the Christian message to proclaim as a missionary and journalist, Fr Gheddo is grateful to his parents and teachers. After 61 years as a priest, it is still great to be a priest. As he marks his birthday, he offers it as an invitation to young people.
03/10/2014MALAYSIA - CHINA - VIETNAM Kuala Lumpur: terrorism suspected in the disappearance of a Malaysia Airlines flight There is still no news about flight MH370. All leads remain open. The authorities deny claims that pieces of the wreckage were found. One of two passengers who boarded the plane with a stolen passport has been identified. Malaysian authorities come under increasing pressure to shed light on the incident.
03/09/2014VATICAN Pope: Do not argue with Satan, defend yourself with the Word of God Pope Francis dedicates his Sunday Angelus to the Gospel of the first Sunday of Lent on Christ’s temptation in the desert, "Jesus does not dialogue with Satan, as Eve did in the Garden of Eden . Jesus knows that there is no dialogue with Satan, because he is too cunning. This is why Jesus, instead of entering into a dialogue like Eve, chooses to take refuge in God's Word and responds with the power of this Word. We should remember this when we are tempted".
03/06/2014VATICAN Pope: Time of mercy, closeness to wounded for entire Church Encountering priests of the diocese of Rome, Francis says that “we must think of the Church today like a ‘field hospital'". "I always carry a small cloth pouch" containing a cross, in memory of a "great confessor", and when I have bad thoughts about someone my hand reaches for it". Confessors must be neither too "lax" nor too "rigorous".
03/05/2014VIETNAM Xuan Loc diocese dedicates Lent to family pastoral care by Thanh Thuy Over 200 parishes mark Ash Wednesday with retreats and prayer. The Diocesan Pastoral Committee for the Family organizes a seminar for religious and laity, in the context of the initiatives for the Evangelization of families. A response to the materialism and individualism that are eroding the very core of Vietnamese society.
03/04/2014VATICAN Pope: Remember that among Christians "there are more martyrs today than in the early days of the Church" "The world does not tolerate the divinity of Christ. It doesn’t tolerate the announcement of the Gospel. It does not tolerate the Beatitudes". "They are condemned because they have a Bible. They can not make the sign of the Cross", "they can not go to Mass, because it is forbidden". How often "does a priest come in secret, among them, they pretend they are having a meal, taking tea and there they celebrate Mass", "so they will not see them".
02/27/2014VATICAN Pope: bishops are not managers but witnesses to the Risen Christ who lives for and near his flock Francis chaired a meeting of the Congregation for Bishops today. For him "To identify a bishop, it is not necessary to list his human, intellectual cultural or even pastoral skills". To "choose," we "need to elevate ourselves, to rise to the 'upper level'. We must rise above and overcome any eventual preferences, sympathies, provenances or tendencies to arrive at God's broad horizon".