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03/26/2015 VATICAN
Pope: people can be "doctors of the law" without faith, without hope, without joy
During Mass at the Domus Sanctae Marthae, Francis Pope stressed that faith is joy and hope in Christ. Rules and casuistry are "an abstract world" without joy, faith, love, nor God.
Vatican City (AsiaNews) – One can "be a believer without joy and there is no joy when there is no faith, when there is no hope, when there is no law, but only rules and cold doctrine." By contrast, "the joy of faith, the joy of the Gospel is the touchstone of a...

03/25/2015 ITALY
We all need God's mercy
by Piero Gheddo
Francis’ call for a Holy Year dedicated to mercy shows that this issue is at the core of his pontificate. What he says and does should be interpreted in socio-political terms but as part of an effort to "re-evangelise" Europe, a key part of a more fruitful mission.
03/25/2015 VATICAN
Pope: we must all pray for the Synod on the family, "the womb of human life."
"The bond between the Church and the family is sacred and inviolable. The Church, as a mother, never abandons the family, even when it is disheartened, wounded, and mortified in so many ways. Not even when it falls into sin or grows distant". Twenty years since Evangelium Vitae. "When you do not earn a wage you lose your dignity! This is the drama of our time. "
03/25/2015 LEBANON – FRANCE
The feast of the Annunciation for Islamic-Christian friendship in Beirut and in France
Today’s solemnity became a national holiday in 2010 to boost Christian-Muslim friendship through devotion to Mary. An interfaith ceremony is held at Notre Dame de Jamhour in the presence of the Card Philippe Barbarin and the rector of the Mosque of Lyon, Kamel Kabtane. The goal is to “go beyond the clash of civilisations and indifference towards the brotherhood of hearts."
03/24/2015 VATICAN
Pope: "May Holy Week will help us leave behind the temptation to be ‘Yes, but Christians...'"
"Do not accept the gift of God on your own terms: That is a sin, that is a poison. It poisons the soul, takes away our joy, never lets go of you". "This lukewarm soul, this being halfway Christians, ‘Yes, but Christians...'. This enthusiasm at the outset on the journey with the Lord and then becoming disgruntled, only heals gazing at the Cross, gazing at God who takes on our sins: my sin is there".

03/23/2015 VATICAN
Pope: Where there is no mercy, there is no justice, not even in the Church
"When the people of God come voluntarily to ask forgiveness, to be judged" they often find vicious people "capable of trying to exploit them," they find "dealmakers" who "do not give oxygen to that soul, do not give hope" or they find "the rigid who punish in the penitent they themselves hide in their own soul".
03/23/2015 TAIWAN-CHINA
Great Chinese theologian, Fr. Berchmans Aloysius Chang, has died
by Xin Yage
A native of Suzhou (Jiangsu), he studied in Europe and the Philippines. He taught for 41 years at Furen University. He explained Vatican II in Chinese and worked to enculturate the Gospel in a Chinese perspective.
03/20/2015 VATICAN - JAPAN
Missionaries and 'Hidden Christians' still guide the Japanese Church, pope tells the country's bishops
During the Japanese prelates' ad limina visit, Francis focuses on the role played by foreign missionaries and Nagasaki's Catholics who refused to give up their faith. Bishops have to be "brothers and fathers to their priests, take care of missionaries, and encourage the religious and the laity." His full address follows.
03/19/2015 VATICAN
After two years, the pope is appreciated even from a distance
Francis began his pontificate on the feast day of Saint John in 2013. An inspiration for world leaders like Obama, he is also appreciated by the Church's critics who love more his ways than his words, treated as slogans more than ideas. He chose Francis so that the poor be the focus. As he enters the third year of his pontificate, he will face crucial moments, like the Synod on the family but especially the Jubilee of Mercy, whose impact will be felt both within and without the Church. The same is true for his reform of the Roman Curia.
03/18/2015 VATICAN
Pope: better a society with the "trouble" of children than "sad and gray" without children
The "little ones" are in themselves "a treasure for humanity and for the Church", they understand God and "God has no difficulty in making Himself understood", they remind us that "we did make our own life, but we received it", so we are not the masters. "A society can be judged on how it treats its children, not only morally, but also if it is a free society or a slave to international interests".
03/16/2015 VATICAN
Pope: believing is "making space" for the power of God, "the power of One who loves me"
The Lord "loves me and wants my happiness". "He will share in the joy of His people. It is like a dream of the Lord: the Lord dreams. He has his dreams. His dreams of us". “I don’t believe there is a theologian who can explain this: you cannot explain it. You can only think about it, feel it and cry about it. Out of joy. "
03/15/2015 VATICAN
Pope: Christians are persecuted and the world tries to hide it
During the Angelus, Francis prayed for the victims of today's church massacres in Pakistan. Before the Marian prayer, he said that God "loves us, really love us, and loves us very much! This is simplest expression that sums up the whole Gospel, faith, and theology. God loves us freely and boundlessly." The pontiff also spoke about typhoon victims in Vanuatu. "I pray for the dead, the wounded and the homeless. I thank all those who reacted immediately to bring relief and aid." The pope also made a plea on behalf of persecuted Christians. "May the persecution against Christians, which the world is trying to hide, come to an end, and may there be peace."
03/14/2015 VATICAN
For pope, school must be a positive reference, teachers are people first
Francis met with members of the Italian Union of Teachers, Principals, Educators and Instructors. Calling them 'dear colleagues,' the pontiff underscored the importance of relations with students. Their task is to "enlighten and motivate a just idea of ​​the school, [even though this is] sometimes overshadowed by discussions and reductive positions. The school is certainly composed of a valid and qualified education, but also of human relations, which for us are welcoming and benevolent relations, to be offered indiscriminately to all."
03/14/2015 TAIWAN
Chen Yinhui, a dynamic woman, goes from Buddhism to Christianity
by Xin Yage
Here is another profile in the series of "new Catholics" in Taiwan. Born into a Buddhist family, Chen opened her own advertising and marketing agency. Now she is at the top of her field. After meeting missionaries, and asking her first questions, she made the jump and converted. For her, the Church must "improve communication," especially "with the young generations."
03/13/2015 VATICAN
Pope: A Jubilee Year of Mercy, starting December 8
The special Jubilee will end November 20, 2016. " I am convinced that the whole Church will find in this Jubilee the joy needed to rediscover and make fruitful the mercy of God, with which all of us are called to give consolation to every man and woman of our time". The announcement made by Francis during a penitential liturgy celebrated in St Peter's Basilica as part of the 24 hours of prayer for the Lord.

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03/12/2015 VATICAN
Pope: "He who is not with me is against me", either a Christian is a saint or a hypocrite
03/11/2015 VATICAN
Pope: the elderly’s "vocation" is to transmit the meaning of life and faith to young people
03/11/2015 MONGOLIA
Mongolia: "24 hours for the Lord" praying for mission, united with the Pope
03/10/2015 VATICAN
Pope: "God always forgives," but asks me to forgive, otherwise "I close the door to God's forgiveness"
03/09/2015 VATICAN
Pope: God’s “style” is to act with simplicity, humility, in silence, not with "worldly show "
03/07/2015 VATICAN
Pope: Leading people to an encounter with the "person" of Jesus to educate in that freedom that only comes from Him
03/06/2015 VATICAN - AZERBAIGIJAN
Pope receives Azerbaijan President, the value of interreligious dialogue
03/06/2015 VATICAN
Pope says the Church must "move from a pastoral ministry of mere conservation to a decidedly missionary pastoral ministry"
03/06/2015 BANGLADESH
Bangladesh Catholic doctors to treat patients as members of their own family by Sumon Corraya
03/06/2015 ASIA
Card. Tagle: Let us bring the Gospel to Asia through personal encounter
03/06/2015 JAPAN
Japanese bishops: With Pope Francis against a return to a "warlike mentality"
03/05/2015 VATICAN
Pope: "the abandonment is the most serious 'illness' of the elderly", who must be helped at the end of their life
03/05/2015 VATICAN
Pope: those with a heart "sick of worldliness" cannot understand the need and the neediness of others
03/05/2015 TAIWAN
The encounter with Christ "changes every perspective, it is a radical force" by Xin Yage
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VATICAN
Pope: Christians are persecuted and the world tries to hide itDuring the Angelus, Francis prayed for the victims of today's church massacres in Pakistan. Before the Marian prayer, he said that God "loves us, really love us, and loves us very much! This is simplest expression that sums up the whole Gospel, faith, and theology. God loves us freely and boundlessly." The pontiff also spoke about typhoon victims in Vanuatu. "I pray for the dead, the wounded and the homeless. I thank all those who reacted immediately to bring relief and aid." The pope also made a plea on behalf of persecuted Christians. "May the persecution against Christians, which the world is trying to hide, come to an end, and may there be peace."
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03/24/2015 INDONESIA
Authorities seize schoolbook that praises Islamic radicalism
03/23/2015 VATICAN
Pope: Where there is no mercy, there is no justice, not even in the Church
03/22/2015 CHINA - VATICAN
BREAKING NEWS: Chinese police seize two priests in Mutanjiang
by Bernardo Cervellera
03/20/2015 AFGHANISTAN
Afghanistan, woman beaten to death for burning Koran pages
03/24/2015 PAKISTAN
Attacks in Lahore, police arrest 200 Christians
by Jibran Khan
03/21/2015 PHILIPPINES
Filipino priest: Youth as online “agents of peace” to counter Islamic State violence
03/20/2015 VATICAN
Pope says death penalty "is unacceptable," offends the dignity of life and "contradicts God's plan"
03/24/2015 IRAN
Time for a deal with Tehran, a reliable partner against the Islamic State group
by Bernardo Cervellera
03/20/2015 NEPAL
Thousands of Nepali women "disappear" in the byways of human trafficking
by Christopher Sharma
03/20/2015 VATICAN - JAPAN
In a blessed meeting, the pope encouraged us to follow our path, said Niigata bishop
by Tarcisio Isao Kikuchi

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