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    23/08/2016 - CHINA

    Dr. Anthony Lam Sui-ky, a researcher at the Holy Spirit Study Centre of the diocese of Hong Kong and a leading expert of the Church in China, analyses the "plateau" phenomenon that affects Chinese Catholics. After a great wave of baptisms and vocations, the numbers show a slowdown that keeps the number of the Catholic community stable but stagnant. Catholics are now about 10.5 million. The official and underground Church have the same dilemma and must work together to overcome it. Courtesy of Tripod.


    by Anthony Lam Sui-ky

    23/08/2016 - ITALY - VATICAN

    Mother Teresa: Bring Jesus to the poor and the poor to Jesus. Revelations and visions (II)

    by Sebastian Vazhakala, MC

    "Will you refuse to do this for me?" Is the question that Jesus put to Mother Teresa of Calcutta in one of her mystical experiences. The life of the future saint was her response to this question. Fr. Sebastian Vazhakala continues his narrative about the Mother of Calcutta. The strength of her experience, and that of all the Missionaries and the Missionaries of Charity, is assimilation to Jesus. Love to the very end, even in times of trial.


    22/08/2016 - ITALY - VATICAN

    Fr. Sebastian: My vocation from an encounter with Mother Teresa (I)

    by Sebastian Vazhakala, MC

    As a student he was destined for a banking career, but was always dominated by the desire to be a missionary to the poor of India. His encounter with Calcutta and Mother Teresa changed his life. We speak to the first missionary of charity, co-founder along with the future saint of Calcutta, of the contemplative branch of the Missionaries. First in a series.


    21/08/2016 - VATICAN

    Pope: The door of God's mercy is always wide open. For everyone!


    The goal, says Pope Francis before the Angelus prayer, "is Jesus himself. He leads us into fellowship with the Father, where we find love, understanding and protection. But why is this door is narrow? It is a narrow door not because it is oppressive, but because it asks us to restrict and limit our pride and our fear, to open ourselves with a humble and trusting heart to Him, recognizing ourselves as sinners, in need of his forgiveness. " An appeal for peace "in dear Turkey ".

     


    20/08/2016 - BANGLADESH - VATICAN

    Pope awards two Catholics "who changed the country"

    by Sumon Corraya

    The Nuncio George Kocherry delivers the "Pro Ecclesia et Pontifice" cross to Dr. Benedict Alo D'Rozario and the widow of the jurist Promod Mankin. It is the first time that two Bangladeshi laity receive this honor, the highest recognition granted by the Vatican. Their commitment "was of enormous impact for the Church and for Bangladeshi society."


    19/08/2016 - PAKISTAN

    Beloved by Muslims, Mother Teresa changed a bishop’s life

    by Kamran Chaudhry

    The bishop of Faisalabad tells AsiaNews about his first meeting with the founder of the Missionaries of Charity. "I was about to be ordained priest, and was thrilled. She told that, that was ‘nice, but not enough. The world needs good priests'." Muslims respect her, an example for the world.


    19/08/2016 - INDIA - VATICAN

    Official logo of Mother Teresa's canonization created in Mumbai

    by Nirmala Carvalho

    Created by Karen nee D'Lima Vaswani, a Catholic from the parish of Our Lady of Victories in Mahim. She never personally met Mother Teresa, but it is full of admiration for her work. Sister Prema, the superior of the Missionaries of Charity, and Fr. Brian Kolodiejchuk, the postulator of the cause of canonization, have decided to adopt the logo for international use. Before, during and after creating the logo, Karen thanked and prayed to God.


    18/08/2016 - CHINA - VATICAN

    In China-Holy See talks, silence shrouds future of underground priests

    by Zhao Nanxiong

    Later this year, all priests must register to receive a certificate that allows them to exercise their ministry. But the request has to go through the Patriotic Association, whose statutes are "incompatible" with Catholic doctrine. Many priests, official and unofficial, now face an enormous dilemma.


    18/08/2016 - INDIA - VATICAN

    Orissa: Kandhamal victim, Sr. Meena Barwa, recalls Msgr. Cheenath

    by Nirmala Carvalho

    The nun was raped and beaten during the anti-Christian pogrom of 2008. At the funeral of the archbishop of Cuttack-Bhubaneshwar Sr Meena message sent a of gratitude for the support she received.


    17/08/2016 - VATICAN

    Pope. Jesus "feeds us" to make us "a visible sign of God's mercy"


    At the general audience in Paul VI Hall, Pope Francis speaks of the miracle of the loaves. "Jesus performs a miracle, but the miracle of faith, prayer, stirred by compassion and love". "While the Eucharist that we celebrate nourishes us of Christ, transforming us little by little into the body of Christ and spiritual food for our brothers". His greeting to pilgrims from the Middle East and China.


    17/08/2016 - VATICAN

    Pope set up new dicastery for the laity, the family and life


    After two months ‘ad experimentum’, Francis issues an Apostolic Letter setting up the new body with Mgr Kevin Joseph Farrell, currently bishop of Dallas, as its head. Mgr Paglia and Mgr Sequeri will be respectively the chancellor and president of the Pontifical John Paul II Institute. Mgr Paglia will also head the Pontifical Academy for Life. The Church is a "loving mother" who wants to walk in step with the times.


    17/08/2016 - CHINA - VATICAN

    Random thoughts on "imminent" China-Holy See relations

    by Cheng Zhi

    The author is a priest of the underground Church in China Eastern. A lot of media speak as if the agreements between Beijing and the Vatican were already ready. The problems of illegitimate bishops with lovers and children. Card. Tong and Card. Zen, separated only by optimism and pessimism. Doubts about the freedom that "the Chinese Empire" will grant the Church.


    16/08/2016 - INDIA - VATICAN

    Mother Teresa: Her contribution to humanity

    by P. Felix Raj

    Opposed, misinterpreted or misunderstood, Mother Teresa was always dominated by Christ's love for the dignity of every human being. A presence which generated change. The testimony of a Jesuit who met her.


    15/08/2016 - INDIA - VATICAN

    Msgr. Raphael Cheenath, Archbishop emeritus of Orissa's martyrs, has died

    by Nirmala Carvalho

    He died in Mumbai and not in Orissa because he had received death threats. He led the Church during the Kandhamal pogroms and fought for the rights of victims and survivors.


    15/08/2016 - VATICAN

    Pope: Assumption of Mary, the Magnificat and women "slaves". Appeal for North Kivu


    At the Angelus Pope Francis entrusts to the Virgin Mary and Christ "women overwhelmed by the weight of life and the drama of violence", the "women slaves of the arrogance of the powerful", the "little girls forced to do inhumane work" "women forced to surrender themselves in body and in spirit to the greed of men". "The shameful silence" on the massacres of "many innocent people that have no influence in politics or global public opinion."


    14/08/2016 - VATICAN

    Pope: The Church does not need bureaucrats, but passionate missionaries


    At the Angelus, Pope Francis says there is always need in the Church for the "fire" of the Spirit who "makes us creative and encourages us to set out, to even walk on unexplored or inconvenient roads, offering hope to those we meet" . The invitation to "take five minutes and ask: How is my heart? Is it cold, warm or is able to receive this fire? ". Thanks to the "many priests and religious who, all over the world, are dedicated to the proclamation of the Gospel with great love and loyalty, often even at the cost of life." The memory of St. Maximilian Kolbe.


    10/08/2016 - VATICAN

    Pope: At the Holy Door, Jesus says "Arise!". "With my heart healed I do works of mercy"


    At the general audience in the Paul VI Hall, Pope Francis compares the miracle of the widow of Nain to the change every person undergoes passing through the Holy Door. "Drawing towards the Door of Mercy, everyone knows they are drawing close to the door of the merciful heart of God, of Jesus". “This is the door where the suffering of humanity encounters the compassion of God". From a change of "heart" to the "hands" that perform "acts of mercy". Holy Doors are both "inward" and "outward bound".


    09/08/2016 - INDIA – VATICAN

    Ranchi: Sister Mary Bernadette Prasad Kispotta, first tribal Servant of God


    The founder of the Congregation of the Daughters of St. Anne died in 1961, after a lifetime working to educate villagers. In November 2015, the first diocesan commission to vet her holiness was set up. in July came the 'nihil obstat' from the Holy See. For Card Toppo, “It is all God's mercy”.


    09/08/2016 - CHINA – VATICAN

    "The Church in China can grow even without diplomatic relations between China and the Holy See" (2)

    by AA.VV.

    Card Tong’s words show the Vatican's attention for the Chinese Church. Those of Card Zen’s express pessimism towards diplomatic relations. The debate continues in the Church in China in the two articles published days ago. The success in Holy See-Vietnam relations is due to the large number of Catholics in that country. The Chinese Patriotic Catholic Association and the government put obstacles to episcopal ordinations. Second part of a series of three.


    08/08/2016 - RUSSIA – UKRAINE – VATICAN

    Moscow Patriarchate: "Uniates" too aggressive, threaten dialogue with the Catholic Church

    by Nina Achmatova

    The Russian Orthodox Church slams the "politicised" attitudes of Ukraine’s Greek Catholic leaders following criticism by the archbishop of Kyiv, Sviatoslav Shevchuk, against the all-Ukrainian procession organised in July by the Ukrainian Orthodox Church.


    08/08/2016 - CHINA-VATICAN

    Respect for Card. Tong, skepticism on China-Vatican dialogue (I)

    by AA.VV.

    The articles published last week, penned by Card. John Tong, on dialogue between China and the Holy See, and Card. Joseph Zen, expressing doubts and difficulties, have sparked debate in China and worldwide. AsiaNews asks for responses from its many sources in China, who express their concerns regarding “overly politicized|” bishops; an "imperial" ideology and Chinese government "oppression". The first of a three part series.


    07/08/2016 - VATICAN

    Pope: Let us pray for the people of Aleppo, who are paying for the want of a will for peace among the powerful


    At the Angelus, Pope Francis asked twice to pray for "the civilian victims of the war". “It is unacceptable that so many defenseless persons – among them many small children – must pay the price for conflict”. Sadly, “so much injustice, violence and daily wickedness are born from the idea of ​​behaving as masters of the lives of others."


    04/08/2016 - VATICAN - ITALY

    Pope in Assisi: No one can feel exempt from task of offering todays world witness of mercy


    On a visit to the Portiuncula, for the eighth centenary of the "Pardon of Assisi", Pope Francis explains that forgiveness should be given to others because we have been forgiven. To say "you will pay!” is unchristian. In an unscheduled move, the Pope enters a confessional to offer the sacrament of reconciliation.


    04/08/2016 - CHINA - VATICAN

    Card. Zen: My concerns over China-Holy See dialogue and repercussions on Chinese Church


    The bishop emeritus of Hong Kong highlights the ambiguities that drag on in talks and in the expectations of diplomatic relations between China and the Vatican: belonging to the Patriotic Association, which Benedict XVI called "incompatible" with Catholic doctrine (and which Francis confirmed); silence on the persecution of the faithful and priests; ambiguities over appointment of bishops. A critique of the revival of the Vatican's Ostpolitik.


    04/08/2016 - CHINA - VATICAN

    Card. Tong: Communion of the Church in China with the Universal Church

    by Card. John Tong

    Card. John Tong, bishop of Hong Kong, gives an in-depth explanation of the Holy See’s reasons for continuing dialogue with Beijing: to ensure greater religious freedom to the Catholic communities; re-establish unofficial and imprisoned bishops; reinstate illicit bishops. The Letter of Pope Benedict XVI is "absolutely valid."


    03/08/2016 - VATICAN

    Pope: Krakow, prophetic for young people, Europe, the world and its "piecemeal war"


    Wednesday audiences resume, with Pope Francis' reflections on his recent visit to Poland. The fraternity of young people is a "sign of hope". "Flags of nations in conflict waving side by side". Poland says to Europe that "there can be no future for the continent without its founding values", among which there is mercy, witnessed by Pope John Paul II and Sr. Faustina Kowalska. The abyss of evil in Auschwitz and evil today "look alike." Best wishes to the Brazilian people for the Rio de Janeiro Olympics. Tomorrow the Pope will travel to the Porziuncola (Assisi).


    02/08/2016 - POLAND - VATICAN - WYD

    WYD, a "privileged path" for vocation to the priesthood

    by Vincenzo Faccioli Pintozzi

    Luca is 32 years old, comes from Molise and followed the World Youth Day in Krakow while in his last year in the seminary. The call of the Lord "came while I was in Madrid, at the WYD in 2010, in a tent with my girlfriend. I could not ignore it, and I hope to go to Panama for my last WYD as a priest". The vocational centers in Krakow "outpost" of discernment: "The Church must do more to help young people in their search for answers. It is true that there are frustrated priests, but there are many more young people who do not understand where this sense of restlessness comes from”.


    02/08/2016 - CHINA - VATICAN

    At least 20 thousand faithful at the funeral of Msgr. Huang Shoucheng, bishop of Mindong (Photos)

    by Wang Zhicheng

    A long line of faithful accompanied the bishop's ashes to the place of burial. Crowds line the roadside from the cathedral to the place of cremation. Agreements between the local authorities and the bishop's successor, Msgr. Guo Xijin.


    01/08/2016 - CHINA - VATICAN

    Funeral of Msgr. Huang Shoucheng tomorrow. Agreement with the local government on the ceremony and cremation

    by Wang Zhicheng

    Funeral will be held tomorrow at 6.30 am. Checkpoints set up to curb the flow of the faithful. Only 3 thousand people allowed into the cathedral. Ban on miter and pastoral buried with corpse. But faithful succeed in gaining permission for episcopal ring, pectoral cross, skull cap and floral arrangements, as well as small procession to the cremation. The tomb, ruined by bad weather of recent days, restored by the government, who wants to stop the prelates ashes from being buried in the cathedral for the homage of the faithful. The successor of Msgr. Huang is Msgr. Vincenzo Guo Xijin. He, like his predecessor, has spent several years in prison.


    01/08/2016 - PAKISTAN - WYD

    The Church in Pakistan must learn from the young people who went to Krakow

    by Shafique Khokhar

    The youth who travelled to Poland had trouble getting visas. But in the coming days they will return to Pakistan and can be an example for all Catholics. The priest invites the Church leaders to prepare ahead of the next World Youth Day.






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    CHINA - VATICAN
    In China-Holy See talks, silence shrouds future of underground priests

    Zhao Nanxiong

    Later this year, all priests must register to receive a certificate that allows them to exercise their ministry. But the request has to go through the Patriotic Association, whose statutes are "incompatible" with Catholic doctrine. Many priests, official and unofficial, now face an enormous dilemma.


    IRAQ
    Alqosh, despite the Islamic State, the Church celebrates the first communion of one hundred children



    On the feast day of the Assumption the whole community attended the function, celebrated by Mar Sako. For the patriarchal vicar, this is an historic moment for the frontier town long threatened by jihadists. The Chaldean primate calls on children to "contribute to the community." In Kirkuk His Beatitude opened a grotto dedicated to Our Lady.


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