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John Paul II is beatified


01/05/2011
From Vietnam, Korea, Palestine and Israel to greet the new Blessed John Paul II
Thousands faced long hours of waiting in queues and travel for days just to show their devotion to Pope Wojtyla. Vietnamese pilgrims and Palestinians are asking the new blessed to watch over their countries, victims of violence and war.

01/05/2011
Love for others, John Paul II’s legacy to young people
Huge numbers of foreigners, more than Italians, descended on Rome today, the day of the beatification of the Polish pope, acclaimed saint since his death. John Paul II was a guide especially important for young people, as many Asians recall.

29/04/2011
John Paul II’s special love for India
Pope John Paul II promulgated "Ecclesia in Asia", a basic document for the inculturation of the Christian faith in the great continent. Father Mascarenhas: "He wanted a real inculturation of the faith, genuine evangelization and genuine interfaith dialogue full of meaning."

29/04/2011
Pope Wojtyła, the image of a free man, says apostolic vicar to Phnom Penh
Mgr Schmitthaeusler, in Rome for John Paul II’s beatification, stresses the late pontiff’s plea to “be free” and to “experience love as a gift”. The Church in Cambodia remembers him with affection. Thanks to him, Buddhist religious leader have a “positive view” of Catholicism. Bearing witness to Christ and contributing to the development of Cambodian society are some of the challenges of the future.

29/04/2011
Thai Church remembers Pope Woytiła
He was the first pope to visit the Asian nation, in May 1984. His presence had a lasting impact on the small but active local Church. For those who saw him, the memory is still alive, 27 years later, a still vibrant example for everyday life.

28/04/2011
John Paul II, hailed "Chief Rabbi" by the Jews of Israel
He was the first pope to change relations between the Church and State of Israel, establishing a true dialogue between Catholics and Jews. His memory invites us, challenges us to go further forward, build and dare again, always new, always more.

28/04/2011
India has much to learn from John Paul II
Pope John Paul II's commitment to the poor, the marginalized, women and in favour of life in all its forms is more valid than ever in India today. And the Church must fight against the "structures of sin".

27/04/2011
John Paul II, the “saviour” of Lebanon’s unity
Ahead of John Paul II’s beatification, we are publishing today an article on the role he and Vatican diplomacy played in saving Lebanon from possible fragmentation. “Lebanon is more than a country. It is a message,” the Pope had said; words that have gone around the world.

26/04/2011
When John Paul II embraced Mother Teresa of Calcutta and the dying
On the eve of the beatification of John Paul II, we present testaments to the late Pope’s legacy in in Asia. Archbishop Henry D'Souza, former Archbishop of Calcutta and Sister Glenda, superior of the Nirmal Hriday in Calcutta speak of his visit to India in 1986. The fruits of living a "new solidarity" with the Hindus.



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ISRAEL – PALESTINE
New Vicar of Jerusalem to focus on young people and education, future of peace and hope



Mgr Giacinto-Boulos Marcuzzo stressed the importance of education to ensure the future of new generations. The Church is a sign of "unity" in a context "marked by divisions" and a bridge in interfaith dialogue. The situation has gone from euphoria for peace to resignation over permanent conflict. He appeals to Western Christians to come as pilgrims to the Holy Land.


NEPAL
As Dashain starts, mass slaughter of animals sparks protest by Buddhists and animal rights activists

Christopher Sharma

The 15-day event is the most important religious celebration in Nepal. Animal rights activists have gone to Hindu temples to raise awareness among believers. The stench of rotting dead animals fills the areas near the places of worship. Police have been deployed to prevent confrontation.


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