21 January 2018
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First Regina Coeli for Benedict XVI
The window of the study in the Apostolic Palace opens after the death of John Paul II with best wishes to Orthodox Churches that celebrate Easter today. The Holy Father Benedict XVI speaks about the Feast Day of Saint Joseph the Worker and jokes with the faithful in the square. He greets ACLI delegations attending the service and prays that there may be employment for those who need it that is dignified. After the Regina Cœli, his thoughts turn to the people of Togo, "torn by painful domestic strife".

Korean hopes and expectations for the new Pope
An emergent Church hopes for a man who understands the drama of a divided country. Secular media focus on Benedict XVI.

Large numbers of South Koreans attend mass for Benedict XVI
The service was attended by every bishop in the country as well as political leaders and leaders from other religions. For Mgr Choi, papal power and authority cannot be interpreted in socio-political terms.

In the face and words of the Pope the humility of Christ, says Bishop of Mosul
Hope, joy and prayers among Christians in Iraq follow the election of Benedict XVI. We are waiting for him to visit our country; he will be the Pope of unity, they say.

Indonesians "discover" a different Pope from the one seen on TV
Benedict XVI's words and deeds surprise Catholics, Muslims and Hindus: he is a friend, a promoter of peace.

St Peter crowded with 500,000 people for Benedict XVI's installation mass
First solemn mass for Benedict XVI. More than 140 delegations and 500,000 faithful present.

Benedict XVI: "Not my own will, but with the whole Church, to do the word and will of the Lord"
Benedict XVI does not present a "programme of governance" but, with the whole Church, must live the zeal of Christ towards "the deserts of the world": only love saves from destructive power and violence. "There is nothing more beautiful than to know Christ and to speak to others of our friendship with Him." An appeal to unity: "So there shall be one flock, one shepherd". To young people: "Do not be afraid of Christ. He takes nothing away, and he gives you everything."

Benedict XVI, humble, will give his life for the Church
First reactions among Asian students in Manila to the mass inaugurating the new pontificate.

Chinese priest: "Best wishes, Holy Father; we pledge our fidelity"
Thanks to a last minute decision, part of the inaugural mass was broadcast via satellite. No comments on official sites.

Pope thanks journalists for their work
Benedict XVI says that "media can respond to God's plan only by keeping in mind the need to respect the human person".

Pope knows and is known in our country, says Card Kim
Cardinal will ask Benedict XVI to create a second Korean cardinal to help evangelise the North.

New Pope, an intellectual giant and the right man for the times
Mgr Percival Fernandez, Secretary General of the Bishops' Conference of India, enthusiastically comments the election of Benedict XVI.

Catholic movements praise Benedict XVI
Focolari movement, Communion and Liberation and the S. Egidio community send joyful messages to the new Pontiff.

The smoke screen of China's preconditions for relations with the Holy See
China requests to pope Benedict XVI, to cut relations with Taiwan and not interfere in its internal affairs are simply a diplomatic blunder.

Indian Bishops: Ratzinger's profound faith in young people's thirst for God
Enthusiastic comments from bishops and theologians about the election of Benedict XVI: great news which will encourage inter-religious dialogue. The widespread desire for spirituality needs clear-cut direction.

Metropolitan Kondrusiewicz: "With Benedict XVI, the Church has awakened to new life."
Message of Alexei II: "Now as never before the world has need of our common witness."

Joseph Ratzinger elected new Pope
In his first words as Pontiff, Pope Benedict XVI invokes Mary, "the Most Holy Mother who is with us."

"Today the Holy Spirit manifested itself in the Church"
Father Samir Khalil Samir, S.J., shares with AsiaNews his thoughts on the election of new pope Benedict XVI.

Catholics in China: "We know him from his books. We love Benedict XVI s humility"
Catholics waited up late into the night to follow the outcome of the Conclave on Internet and satellite t.v.  They are now praying to welcome the Pontiff to Beijing one day.

Benedict XVI, the clarity of faith, unity for Catholics and a basis for dialogue between Jews and Is
Fr Jaeger: "It is only by starting out from a firm knowledge of faith that inter-religious dialogue can be fruitful".

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Muslims and Christians meet in Cairo for Jerusalem, 'the cause of causes'

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A conference was held on 16-17 January at al-Azhar. Many prominent figures from Lebanon took part, including the Maronite Patriarch Bechara Al-Rahi. The Arab world is divided between "complicit passivity" and "noisy but ineffective speeches". For a former Lebanese premier, coordinated actions are needed to ensure greater efficacy on behalf of Jerusalem’s "pluralistic identity " and "religious freedom". Card Al-Rahi called for joint prayers, Islamic-Christian interfaith solidarity in the Arab world, and support for the Palestinians.

Yunnan: Christians accused of membership in an apocalyptic sect get up to 13 years in prison

The Three Grades of Servants cult, an underground pseudo-Protestant sect founded in Henan, is especially strong in the countryside. Those convicted claim they are just ordinary Christians and know nothing about the sect. Defense lawyers have been threatened with loss of their license to practice.


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