The Joy of the Church at Father Bossi's Liberation

30/03/2014 VATICAN
Pope: Like the blind man healed, "come to see the light", reborn to new life
At the Angelus Francis Pope compares the blind man who comes to believe in Jesus and "those who supposedly see but remain blind in their soul”. Our life is sometimes "similar to that of the blind man" and sometimes "to that of the doctors of law: in our lofty pride we judge others, and even the Lord”. The invitation to read the Gospel of John for "the path of the light and the path of blindness”. A greeting to the Italian soldiers who "work for peace".
30/03/2014 VATICAN
Pope: Like the blind man healed, "come to see the light", reborn to new life
At the Angelus Francis Pope compares the blind man who comes to believe in Jesus and "those who supposedly see but remain blind in their soul”. Our life is sometimes "similar to that of the blind man" and sometimes "to that of the doctors of law: in our lofty pride we judge others, and even the Lord”. The invitation to read the Gospel of John for "the path of the light and the path of blindness”. A greeting to the Italian soldiers who "work for peace".
30/03/2014 VATICAN
Pope: Like the blind man healed, "come to see the light", reborn to new life
At the Angelus Francis Pope compares the blind man who comes to believe in Jesus and "those who supposedly see but remain blind in their soul”. Our life is sometimes "similar to that of the blind man" and sometimes "to that of the doctors of law: in our lofty pride we judge others, and even the Lord”. The invitation to read the Gospel of John for "the path of the light and the path of blindness”. A greeting to the Italian soldiers who "work for peace".
30/03/2014 VATICAN
Pope: Like the blind man healed, "come to see the light", reborn to new life
At the Angelus Francis Pope compares the blind man who comes to believe in Jesus and "those who supposedly see but remain blind in their soul”. Our life is sometimes "similar to that of the blind man" and sometimes "to that of the doctors of law: in our lofty pride we judge others, and even the Lord”. The invitation to read the Gospel of John for "the path of the light and the path of blindness”. A greeting to the Italian soldiers who "work for peace".
29/03/2014 SOUTH KOREA
Seoul: after 17 years, "Raphael clinic" for migrants will have its own building
Inspired by Card. Kim, who in 1996 has prompted Catholic doctors and volunteers to help immigrants with no money or health insurance in Korea. Forced to operate in a corridor of the seminary in the capital, this great tool of charity has found the funds to open an independent structure.
29/03/2014 MYANMAR - CHINA
Growing trade in Burmese jade, but at cost of workers health
In the last quarter of 2013, the export revenue reached $ 290 million. The total volume of trade is worth at least eight billion dollars. But the industry also attracts the smuggling and exploitation of miners, subjected to harsh conditions and with soaring HIV cases.
29/03/2014 TURKEY
Erdogan’s fate to be decided in tomorrow’s local elections
The elections take place in a highly tense climate after Gezi Park protests and the corruption scandals involving AKP ministers and even the prime minister's son. Erdogan's wrath against Twitter and Youtube, but especially against Fetullah Gulen. Conflicting predictions: the opposition says that the AKP will lose up to 15% of the vote. The ruling party is hoping for a solid 38%. Almost no women candidates.
28/03/2014 VATICAN
Pope: "the life of every person who has the courage to approach the Lord, will find the joy of God’s celebration".
"He is the God of mercy, He never gets tired of forgiving. We are the ones who get tired of asking for forgiveness, but He never tires. Seventy times seven: always; onwards with forgiveness".
28/03/2014 INDIA - ITALY
Indian Supreme Court upholds Italian Marines' plea
India's highest court stays proceedings for four weeks. Marines' lawyers had pleaded against the involvement of India's anti-terrorism federal agency in the case.
27/03/2014 CHINA
Tan Zuoren, who sought justice for children killed in Sichuan, free after five years
After the terrible earthquake of 2008 , which killed more than 5,600 children in the schools of the province, the activist had investigated the building standards and denounced the corruption of the local government. Convicted of "subversion of state power", he is ready to continue his fight for the peoples’ rights.
27/03/2014 VATICAN
Pope at Mass with Italian MPs: Don’t be “whitewashed tombs” follow the path of salvation
"Let us pray that the Lord give us the grace to always choose the path of salvation, to open ourselves to the salvation that only comes from God, by faith, not from what these 'doctors of duty' proposed, those who had lost faith and led the people with this theology of pastoral duty".
27/03/2014 INDIA
Jesuit priest urges fight against India's culture of death
The Archdiocese of Mumbai gives an award to Fr Cedric Prakash, director of the Prashant Centre for Human Rights, Justice and Peace, and to the Sisters of Mother Teresa orphanage in Mumbai for their pro-life work. For the Jesuit priest, Christians must defend life from "abortion, the death penalty and euthanasia."
27/03/2014 INDIA
Jesuit priest urges fight against India's culture of death
The Archdiocese of Mumbai gives an award to Fr Cedric Prakash, director of the Prashant Centre for Human Rights, Justice and Peace, and to the Sisters of Mother Teresa orphanage in Mumbai for their pro-life work. For the Jesuit priest, Christians must defend life from "abortion, the death penalty and euthanasia."
27/03/2014 VATICAN - HOLY LAND
Pope Francis to visit Amman, Bethlehem and Jerusalem in his journey to the Holy Land
The Holy Father will meet twice the Ecumenical Patriarch Bartholomew, hold an ecumenical meeting in the Basilica of the Holy Sepulchre, and sign a joint declaration. The pilgrimage will also mark the 50th anniversary of the meeting in Jerusalem between Pope Paul VI and Patriarch of Constantinople Athenagoras. Despite labour troubles in Israel, preparations for the trip continue "as planned," says Father Lombardi.
26/03/2014 MYANMAR - CHINA
Burmese activists’ "long march" for the closure of Myitsone dam
Over one hundred people participate in the journey of more than 2400 km, which connects Yangon with the dam in the northern state of Kachin. Thein Sein had declared the suspension of construction, activists fear work could resume after the 2015 elections, with the formation of a new government. Chinese pressure on the Burmese executive.
26/03/2014 IRAQ
Electoral Commission resigns en masse over interference from Maliki and judiciary
Baath Party members, still tied to Saddam Hussein, but also Sunni political opponents erased from lists. The Shiite prime minister prefers an iron fist with extremist militants, rather than involving Sunnis in political debate.
26/03/2014 INDIA
Seeking reconciliation, Mumbai Catholics set to celebrate the 'Festival of Forgiveness' with Pope Francis
Speaking to AsiaNews, Mumbai Archbishop Card Oswald Gracias says that celebrations will begin at the archdiocesan seminary, "proclaiming, bearing witness to and celebrating God's mercy". Churches, religious houses, convents and seminaries plan to stay open during the event. In addition to hearing confessions, the cardinal will also a pilgrimage that is expected to draw 25,000 people.
26/03/2014 CHINA
Wukan, protest leader flees and seeks political asylum in the U.S.
After the arrest of Yang Semao and Hong Ruichao for "corruption", another member of the Guangdong village people’s committee who fought (and defeated) the government is forced to flee, “If I remained, the authorities would have settled scores with me". Analyst in Beijing: "It all takes place ahead of 31 March elections, which no longer makes sense".
25/03/2014 VATICAN
Pope: "Salvation can not be bought", it is a gift to be received "with a humble heart" like that of Mary
On the Feast of the Annunciation, Francis says that Mary’s "obedience" untied the knot of Eve's disobedience. "The Lord walks with His people. Why did He walked with His people, with so much tenderness? To soften our hearts". The "path of humility, humiliation", " means to simply say: I am a man, I am a woman and you are God, and go forward, in the presence of God."
25/03/2014 RUSSIA - EU - US
As G-8 goes back to G7, Russia turns to China and India
Following Moscow's suspension, the upcoming G-8 meeting in Sochi is cancelled, a decision Russian Foreign Minister dismisses as irrelevant. Concerns emerge over sanctions given the interdependence between EU, US and Russia in oil and gas. Sechin travels to India, Japan, South Korea, and Vietnam. China remains a good customer for Russian oil.
24/03/2014 VATICAN
Pope: "If we are to be saved, we must choose the path of humility" of "self-marginalization"
"Christian humility is not the virtue of saying, 'I do not serve for nothing' and hiding our pride there, no, no! Christian humility is telling the truth: 'I am a sinner, I am a sinner'. Telling the truth: this is our truth. But, there is another: God saves us. He saves us there when we are marginalized".
24/03/2014 TAIWAN
Taipei, police clear students from government buildings as protest turns violent
Unsatisfied with President Ma Ying- jeou’s promises, the students occupied the houses of government, after having staged a sit-in at parliament. The operation – which sparked conflict – ended at dawn today. Some young students’ frustration resulted in vandalism. The students speak to AsiaNews.
22/03/2014 CHINA-VATICAN
Msgr. Fan Zhongliang's funeral attended by 5,000 priests and faithful from the official and underground Churches
Msgr. Ma Daqin, who is under house arrest, was absent. In the liturgy the priests referred to him as "our Bishop Ma Daqin". During the celebration and prayers, Msgr Fan was also referred to as a "bishop", although the government prohibits the use of this term for a non recognized prelate. During the service, red vestments were used, "a sign of martyrdom". Hope for the unity of the Church in China is growing.
22/03/2014 TAIWAN
Student protest against trade deal with China continues
Students have held Taiwan's legislative building for five days now, calling on President Ma Ying-jeou to meet them. Now, the standoff is turning into a political confrontation between the ruling KMT and the opposition.
21/03/2014 RUSSIA - UKRAINE
Crimea annexation frightens Patriarch of Moscow
Kirill not present for Putin's great speech to the Duma. While Russia follows in the footsteps of the empire of Ivan the Terrible, the Orthodox Churches of Ukraine are pushed towards autonomy by Moscow. The Moscow Patriarchate risks being a minority in the next pan-Orthodox Council.
21/03/2014 SRI LANKA
Sri Lanka: Freed Catholic activists “forbidden to speak to press or leave country"
At the request of the Anti- terrorism Department (TID), a court in Colombo issues a restraining order for Fr. Praveen Maheshan and Ruki Fernando. They will also have to hand over their computers and phones. The two had been arrested for having asked to see an arrested Tamil activist. Priest of the Christian Solidarity Movement (CSM): "Why does our country prevent us from practicing our faith?".
21/03/2014 KOREA
As it gets ready for a papal visit, Korea rediscovers its early encounter with the Christian faith
Following the announcement that Pope Francis will visit the country, Koreans, including non-Christians, are debating the teachings of the Gospel and the religion's first coming in the country during the period of persecution under the Joseon kingdom. A government site posts excerpts from the first catechism, written in the 18th century by a courtly scholar commenting the works of Matteo Ricci.
21/03/2014 THAILAND
Bangkok Constitutional Court annuls recent elections
The February 2 general elections, called by Prime Minister Shinawatra, are invalid because “not held on the same day throughout the country". Unclear if new round will be called, but the opposition threatens to boycott the polls again.
21/03/2014 ISRAEL - PALESTINE
Abbas calls for the release of Marwan Barghouti and other prisoners
60% of Palestinians would vote Barghouti as president. For Israel, he is a "terrorist" for his fellow countrymen he is the 'Mandela of Palestine’. The peace talks are likely to run aground for the continued expansion of settlements in the Occupied Territories and the failure to release prisoners.
21/03/2014 BANGLADESH
Dhaka: Christian community fetes Bartholomew Shah, "musician of God"
A devout Catholic, the composer wrote and arranged hundreds of hymns. As a vocational and regional leader in the YMCA, he has been able to join an interfaith and ecumenical sensibility to his passion for music. For the archbishop of the Bangladeshi capital, "His hymns have made praying more powerful. We are proud of him."
21/03/2014 BANGLADESH
Dhaka: Christian community fetes Bartholomew Shah, "musician of God"
A devout Catholic, the composer wrote and arranged hundreds of hymns. As a vocational and regional leader in the YMCA, he has been able to join an interfaith and ecumenical sensibility to his passion for music. For the archbishop of the Bangladeshi capital, "His hymns have made praying more powerful. We are proud of him."
20/03/2014 MALAYSIA
Australian satellites find possible wreck of missing plane
One of the objects found is 24 meters long. Investigators look into past of pilots and passengers to discover possible links to terrorism. Authorities warn against speculation: Everyone is innocent until proven otherwise.
20/03/2014 KOREA - VATICAN
For Jeju bishop, the pope's visit will renew political dialogue and evangelisation in Korea
"The pope is coming at a very important moment. The whole of society is waiting for him in order to respond to his call for peace with the North and among us," Mgr Peter Kang U-il, head of the Bishops' Conference of Korea, told AsiaNews. Francis "also brings reconciliation between Korea, Japan and China."
19/03/2014 BANGLADESH
Bishops of Bangladesh: Living Lent through loving service
The Bishops' Conference (CBCB) publishes a pastoral letter for the period of preparation for Easter. It is a time to devote to "sacrifice, prayer and mercy to purify ourselves and become saints."
19/03/2014 INDONESIA - MALAYSIA
Pain and distress for families of passengers on missing flight MH370
Every day a father searches for news of his son; three young children - high school and elementary school – ask about their parents, both on the Malaysia Airlines flight. Search operations by sea, by air and by land still fail to find any trace. The families of the victims in China threaten a hunger strike if Beijing does not inform them accurately.
19/03/2014 VATICAN
Pope: St. Joseph, model for those who have educational role in Church and in society
"He was able to overcome the darkness of doubt, the experience of exile and of fleeing his home, without ever losing faith in God and in His love". Greetings to "all fathers". "I ask you for the grace to be always very close to your children, allowing them to grow, but close".
18/03/2014 INDONESIA
Sumatra on fire: thousands intoxicated, smog affects Malaysia and Singapore
Schools closed, citizens barricaded in their homes, thousands of people with respiratory problems. Farmers and unscrupulous businesses behind hundreds of deliberately set fires. President Yudhoyono blames local governments. Appeals for prayer for the end of the emergency.
18/03/2014 RUSSIA - UKRAINE
Putin's Russia recognizes the Crimea and its request for annexation
The EU and the U.S. launch sanctions against 21 Russian and pro-Russian Ukrainian representatives. They include Yanukovych, but not Putin. Kiev is ready to dialogue with Moscow, but rejects the annexation. The problems of the present and the immediate future: Ukrainian soldiers in the Crimea, the Tatars, the peninsula’s economy heretofore dependent on Ukraine. Moscow has sent 15 billion rubles to the new independent state.
18/03/2014 RUSSIA - UKRAINE
Putin's Russia recognizes the Crimea and its request for annexation
The EU and the U.S. launch sanctions against 21 Russian and pro-Russian Ukrainian representatives. They include Yanukovych, but not Putin. Kiev is ready to dialogue with Moscow, but rejects the annexation. The problems of the present and the immediate future: Ukrainian soldiers in the Crimea, the Tatars, the peninsula’s economy heretofore dependent on Ukraine. Moscow has sent 15 billion rubles to the new independent state.
18/03/2014 INDONESIA
Sumatra on fire: thousands intoxicated, smog affects Malaysia and Singapore
Schools closed, citizens barricaded in their homes, thousands of people with respiratory problems. Farmers and unscrupulous businesses behind hundreds of deliberately set fires. President Yudhoyono blames local governments. Appeals for prayer for the end of the emergency.
18/03/2014 THAILAND
Bangkok, government lifts state of emergency
The government of Yingluck Shinawatra approves lifting of emergency rule but announces the entry into force of the Internal Security Act for tomorrow, which allows police greater freedom of maneuver against the demonstrations. The decision was made after the situation "significantly improved”.
18/03/2014 VATICAN - CHINA
Bishop Fan Zhongliang: Better broken jade than intact tile
The Secretary of the Congregation for the Evangelization of Peoples publishes a eulogy for the Bishop of Shanghai who died on March 16, on AsiaNews. A witness faithful to the Pope and the Chinese nation. As a sign of reconciliation and harmony, his funeral should be celebrated by Msgr. Ma Daqin, currently under house arrest.
18/03/2014 INDONESIA
Sumatra on fire: thousands intoxicated, smog affects Malaysia and Singapore
Schools closed, citizens barricaded in their homes, thousands of people with respiratory problems. Farmers and unscrupulous businesses behind hundreds of deliberately set fires. President Yudhoyono blames local governments. Appeals for prayer for the end of the emergency.
18/03/2014 VATICAN-EAST TIMOR
Pope: Church in East Timor “critical conscience” of the nation, missionary and sensitive of local cultures
Francis urges bishops of the Catholic majority nation to continue the work begun 500 years ago and which led to the "roots" of the Church in society. "The requisite independence from political power in a collaboration that is equidistant and allows it to take on its responsibility to care for the common good of society and to promote it". There is "need for qualified teachers and professors of theology, particularly in order to consolidate the achievements in evangelization”. Proclaiming "the Good News of salvation in local languages".
18/03/2014 VATICAN
Pope: Lent is for "drawing closer to the Lord" but "in sincere way", not like the hypocrites who "masquerade as good" and think they save themselves
We all "need to change our lives", to take look "a good at our soul" where we always find something. "The litmus test to ensure we are not hypocrites and that we are drawing closer to the Lord" is "taking care of others: the sick, the poor, those in need, the ignorant". "Hypocrites do not know how to do this, they can not, because they are so full of themselves that they are blind of others".
18/03/2014 PALESTINE - ISRAEL -JORDAN
Amman slams Israel's escalation at the al-Aqsa mosque compound
Israel allows Housing Minister Uri Ariel on Temple Mount. He is a great supporter of settlements in the Occupied Territories. This led to clashes between Palestinian youths and Israeli soldiers. Other clashes occurred last week when Israeli police prevented Muslims under 40 to enter the area for Friday prayers. Jordan fears more violence and growth of religious extremism.
17/03/2014 SRI LANKA
Sri Lanka, Catholic priest and human rights activist arrested
The police deny everything, but the detainees warned others they were being taken away via text message. The two had asked for information on the whereabouts of a Tamil woman and her 13 year old daughter, arrested on suspicion of "hiding a criminal in their house". Their fate remains unknown.
15/03/2014 MIDDLE EAST
Qatar, Bahrain and the United Arab Emirates ban Noah film: it contradicts Islam
The Islamic University Al-Azhar states that "Noah" violates the principle of non- representation of a prophet. Also set to be censured in Egypt, Jordan and Kuwait. Pakistan, Tunisia and Morocco have expressed doubts about the film.