19 January 2018
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�Deus caritas est�: God�s eros and agape

The Gospel, "instrument" for the development of peoples

Even Christian publishing neglects the fact that the profound factors, which can be either favourable or detrimental to development, are above all religious, cultural, as well as a matter of education, mentality and social structure.

The encyclical "comforts the Korean Church, forced into silence in the North"

Msgr. Nicholas Cheong Jin-suk, Archbishop of  Seoul and Apostolic administrator of Pyongyang, tells AsiaNews: "The Pope was thinking of Asia when he wrote Deus caritas est, because  the people of Asia need to learn how to distinguish the different faces of Love".

"Deus caritas est": Christians help in disguise to avoid persecution

Msgr Barwa, Auxiliary Bishop of the Archdiocese of Ranchi, shares his comments on the encyclical: "The Pope's letter explains the mainspring that inspires us to good, despite the violence of Hindu nationalist."

Russia, enthusiasm and amazement for the Pope's Encyclical

Moscow Archbishop: important the reaffirmed distance from proselytism and the call to charity in a society which is still experiencing the failure of the Marxist model.  Russian press amazed by Benedict XVI's "courage".

Pope: "Deus caritas est", all love comes from God and leads to him

Benedict XVI's first encyclical stresses that it was God to love first.  When eros is concerned first for the other before oneself it becomes agape.  The service of charity is intrinsic to the nature of the Church, but must be "for all", be able to come "from the heart", be independent of ideologies and not have ulterior motives.  The example of Mother Teresa.

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

Fady Noun

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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