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08/28/2015 VATICAN - IRAQ
Fr. Samir of Amadiya: The Pope is the voice of Iraqi refugees
by Bernardo Cervellera
The Chaldean priest met Pope Francis, asking him to keep the world’s focus on Christian refugees from Mosul and the Nineveh Plain. His diocese is home to 3500 Christian families and almost half a million Yazidis who fled Islamic State violence. ISIS is not all Islam and there are Muslims who want an Iraq of coexistence. Christians might not emigrate, but remain in their own land. Aid projects for refugees: school for children, work for adults, a home for every family. An appeal to AsiaNews.
Vatican City (AsiaNews) – Still deeply moved and emotional at having been able to meet and speak with Pope Francis for at least three minutes, at the end of the general audience two days ago, Fr. Samir says "it was a...

08/26/2015 VATICAN
Pope on prayer: God is "the caress that keeps us alive"
At the general audience, Pope Francis explains the value of prayer in family life. Rediscovering our love for God. He is not only "the great Being, the Almighty, who created all things, the judge who controls every action." "There are mothers and fathers who could win the Nobel Prize" because in 24 hours they do things that they would need 48 hours for. "The Gospel read and pondered in the family is like a good bread that nourishes everyone’s heart". Appointment for September 1 at 17 in St. Peter for a Liturgy of the Word on the World Day of Prayer for the care of creation, together with the Orthodox.
08/23/2015 VATICAN
Pope: Who is Jesus for me? Answer in the silence of our heart. Appeal for peace in Ukraine
Three times at the Angelus Sunday, Pope Francis calls on people to ask themselves "Who is Jesus for me?". "Everything we have in the world does not satisfy our hunger for the infinite. We need Jesus. " Fidelity to God is "fidelity to a person ... And this person is Jesus." Appeal for peace in eastern Ukraine.
08/21/2015 VIETNAM
Hanoi ignores Caodaists and Catholics who criticise new religious bill for violating human rights
by Nguyen Hung - J. Dang
Proposed new legislation fails to grant religions any status or recognise the right to freedom of religion. Adversarial in their attitude, the authorities view religions suspiciously, and want to regiment their actions through legal restrictions. Caodaist and Catholic religious leaders publicly slam the draft bill, but Vietnam’s National Assembly is unmoved by critics and alternative proposals.
08/20/2015 VATICAN
For pope, the challenge migrants represent find an answer in the Gospel of mercy
Pope Francis picked the theme for the upcoming World Day of Migrants and Refugees (17 January 2016< which comes during the Jubilee of Mercy dedicated to those who flee hunger and persecution. Welcoming foreigners is one of the works of mercy, and not on a single day alone.

08/20/2015 KOREA
Korean Church to examine the beatification of the bishop of Pyongyang and companions, martyred by Kim Il-sung
The Bishops’ Conference announced that in late November that it will begin to assess whether Mgr Francis Borgia Hong Yong-ho and his 80 companions can be considered as martyrs. Jailed in 1949, Mgr Hong has been missing ever since. The group includes Mgr Byrne, a Maryknoll missionary forced on a "death march" by the soldiers of the North Korean regime.
08/19/2015 VATICAN
Pope Francis: Frère Roger was a guide for young people in their journey of spiritual quest
The pope sends a message to the Taizé community, which is celebrating three anniversaries: the 75th anniversary of its foundation, the centenary of the birth of its founder, Frère Roger, and the tenth anniversary of the latter’s death. He was an example of witness and faith up to his violent death. His community is fundamental in building bridges among Christians.
08/19/2015 VATICAN
Pope: Today’s world of work considers families a burden, a weight
At the general audience Pope Francis speaks about the world of work. "To cause a loss of jobs, means to create serious social damage . “Work is sacred, work gives dignity to a family. We must pray that no family lacks work". The logic of profit only corrupts the environment and affects the poorest families. The "great mission" of families in today's world is like "David versus Goliath ... but we know how that challenge ended". A special greeting to the Taize community for the 75th anniversary of its founding. Greetings for the pilgrims from Japan and the Middle East.
08/17/2015 HONG KONG – CHINA
For Card Zen, removing crosses in Zhejiang is an insult to the faith of Catholics
Hong Kong’s bishop emeritus has come to the conclusion that the campaign to dismantle crosses and religious buildings is part of a broader, nation-wide strategy, and constitutes regression in terms of the mainland's religious policy. Catholics and Protestants in Hong Kong now fear that it might happen to them. In Zhejiang, another 15 religious buildings are slated for destruction by 1 September.
08/16/2015 VATICAN
Pope: The Eucharist is Jesus who gives himself entirely to us
During the Angelus, Pope Francis explained the meaning of the Eucharist, the real and not symbolic presence of Jesus, and the Mass, which is not a "private prayer". For the pontiff, “Feeding on this ‘bread of life’ means becoming attuned to Christ’s heart, and assimilate his choices, thoughts, and behaviour.”
08/15/2015 VATICAN
Pope offers prayer for the people of Tianjin, our pilgrimage in the sign of Mary
Pope Francis shares the pain for the calamity that struck the Chinese city where two explosions killed more than 50 people and injured an additional 700. The presence of 700 tonnes of sodium cyanide in the warehouse that blew up is cause for great concern. Bullies weigh on history but “God does not abandon his humble and poor children”. Life “is not about aimlessly wandering” but “is a pilgrimage that [. . .] has a safe destination: the house of the Father." The pontiff called on the faithful to visit to the ‘Salus Populi Romani’ at S. Maria Maggiore.
08/14/2015 EAST TIMOR – VATICAN
Card Parolin signs historic agreement with East Timor
The agreement, in the pipeline since 2006, sets up the Church’s legal framework in the country. The Vatican secretary of state yesterday celebrated Mass in the country’s main seminary. Tomorrow, the feast day of the Assumption of May, he will commemorate five centuries of evangelisation.
08/13/2015 SOUTH KOREA
A year after Pope Francis’ visit, Korea still touched to the heart
Two events are planned in Solmoe and Haemi, "places of martyrs" in the Diocese of Daejeon. A stone memorial will be unveiling in Seoul’s Gwanghwamun Square, where the pontiff beatified the 124 witnesses of Christ. For Card Yeom, the “Francis effect” has “brought to the fore the memory of the martyrs, [and] hope”. For the head of the Justice and Peace Commission, his message has touched “the heart of many people who now feel compelled to seek a better life”. With the visit, the martyrs’ memory has been revived, Oblate missionary said.
08/13/2015 HONG KONG – CHINA
Hong Kong cardinals, Catholics and Protestants denounce the sufferings of Zhejiang crosses
by Victoria Ma
Responding to Card Tong’s appeal, Card Zen will celebrate a Mass tomorrow for ‘Safeguarding the faith, safeguarding the Cross’ organised by the Diocesan Commission for Justice and Peace. Catholics and Protestants protest outside China's liaison office in Hong Kong.
08/13/2015 HONG KONG – CHINA
Card Tong issues an "urgent appeal" against cross demolition in China
The bishop of Hong Kong calls on the central government to open an investigation into the unjust acts that are happening in Zhejiang where many lawfully built crosses and buildings have been dismantled. In order to share the suffering of Zhejiang Christians, he has proposed prayers and fasting. More than a thousand Catholic and Protestant crosses and buildings have been dismantled.

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08/12/2015 INDONESIA - VATICAN
Card. Parolin in Indonesia: "Unique nation for tolerance and respect for diversity" by Mathias Hariyadi
08/12/2015 VATICAN
Pope: Celebration and rest is a precious gift that God gave to the human family, countering the "nasty virus" of consumption and waste
08/12/2015 PHILIPPINES
A filial appeal from Manila to the pope to stand by marriage
08/11/2015 VATICAN
‘Overcome indifference and win peace’ on the 2016 World Day of Peace
08/10/2015 VATICAN – ORTHODOX
Pope picks 1 September as a day for the Care of Creation together with the Orthodox
08/10/2015 EGYPT – MIDDLE EAST
The cause of beatification of Boutros Cassab, apostle of Upper Egypt and youth, begins
08/10/2015 ISRAEL - VATICAN
Catholic leaders denounce extremist rabbi who encourages arson attacks on churches and mosques by Joshua Lapide
08/09/2015 VATICAN
Pope: Hiroshima and Nagasaki, a permanent warning to humanity. An end to war!
08/07/2015 VATICAN
Pope: "In a world at war, you are a sign of hope". A meeting with the Eucharistic Youth Movement
08/06/2015 VATICAN – JORDAN – ITALY
Pope offers hope to Iraqi Christians victimised by "atrocious, inhuman and inexplicable persecution"
08/05/2015 VATICAN
Pope: "No closed doors" to divorced and remarried, they are part of the life of the Church
08/04/2015 VATICAN
Pope to altar servers: The joy of friendship with Jesus makes us all missionaries
08/04/2015 CHINA – VATICAN
Calm episcopal ordination in Anyang, a model for the mission in China by Bernardo Cervellera
08/02/2015 VATICAN
For pope, Jesus urges us to look for the "bread of life", which expresses His love
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HONG KONG – CHINA
For Card Zen, removing crosses in Zhejiang is an insult to the faith of CatholicsHong Kong’s bishop emeritus has come to the conclusion that the campaign to dismantle crosses and religious buildings is part of a broader, nation-wide strategy, and constitutes regression in terms of the mainland's religious policy. Catholics and Protestants in Hong Kong now fear that it might happen to them. In Zhejiang, another 15 religious buildings are slated for destruction by 1 September.
CHINA – VATICAN
Calm episcopal ordination in Anyang, a model for the mission in China
by Bernardo CervelleraThe ordination took place today with three bishops loyal to the pope. The bishop and the diocese have always engaged the government in dialogue, but have always set the religious mission as their priority, and rejected the Chinese Catholic Patriotic Association. The local Church is closely involved in catechesis, health care, and education, building on the tradition of PIME missionaries, who served the diocese for decades.
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08/25/2015 PAKISTAN
Faisalabad: Christian family forced to flee from place to place after wife converts from Islam
by Stephen Masih
08/21/2015 NEPAL-SAUDI ARABIA
Saudi Islamic leaders oppose extradition Nepalese murderer: "He is an Islamic missionary"
by Christopher Sharma
08/22/2015 LEBANON
Islamic Makassed launch doctrinal battle against Muslim extremism
by Fady Noun
08/25/2015 LEBANON
Muslims defend Christians’ freedom in Beirut Declaration
08/24/2015 SINGAPORE - MALAYSIA - BRUNEI
Catholics in Singapore, Malaysia and Brunei use rosary and website against human trafficking
08/21/2015 VIETNAM
Hanoi ignores Caodaists and Catholics who criticise new religious bill for violating human rights
by Nguyen Hung - J. Dang
08/22/2015 IRAQ - SYRIA
Unesco: Islamic State most brutal destruction since Second World War
08/21/2015 SYRIA
As IS destroys Mar Elian monastery, nuncio in Damascus calls for international diplomacy to save Syria
08/24/2015 RUSSIA - CHINA
As price per barrel drops so do Russia’s hopes of signing a second gas deal with China
08/26/2015 VATICAN
Pope on prayer: God is "the caress that keeps us alive"

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