» 09/02/2013, 00.00
CHINA - VATICAN
China thanks Pope for his appeal for peace in Syria
Two senior Chinese government officials speak to AsiaNews about the figure of the new pope: "He appears to be a great pastor, just like a ‘good father’ . And we hope that soon we can see some progress in relations between Beijing and the Vatican”. China "needs the Catholic Church , which brings peace and harmony rather than division." Positive opinion on the new Secretary of State.
Beijing ( AsiaNews) - The appeal
of Pope Francis for peace in Syria "is wise and true, and we Chinese are
with him . We do not want to see conflicts in the Middle East any longer, we
are opposed to any attack by the United States against the government Damascus.
As the pontiff said War begets war, violence begets violence.' Pope Francis,
thank you for these words". These
are the thoughts of two senior Chinese government officials, who want to remain
anonymous who have spoken to AsiaNews
appeal at yesterday's Angelus and more generally the figure of the new Pope.
The two officials deal with relations
between cultures and religions in China: " The Chinese government - they
explain - is not familiar with the new pope but appreciates many things about
him, from his simplicity to the speeches he has made to the Christian world .
You could even make compare Francis and the new Chinese President Xi Jinping,
who has brought some good changes to the country. Even Xi is simple and
friendly, he wants the common good of his people, just like the Pope".
The Chinese people "have seen Francis
on television and internet. Its clear to everyone that he is a really great pontiff,
a ' good father ', although we are still trying to get to know him better. It
is our heartfelt hope that with him there might be an improvement in relations between
China and the universal Church that Beijing and the Vatican can draw closer in
the future. We love this Pope, even if until now has not spoken openly of the
On the other
hand, they continue, "after the great economic and social development our
country needs to improve relations with other religions, especially the
Catholic Church. With the Muslims of Xinjiang and with the Buddhists of Tibet our
relationships have been complicated by politics, we are afraid that they want
to divide the country. Instead we know that the Church does not seek does not
bring division and war but peace and serenity. "
Secretary of State , Msgr. Pietro Parolin , they say: "We do not know him
well yet, but we know that he spent a lot of time promoting ties between the
Vatican and Vietnam. And not long after his involvement the two countries established
diplomatic relations. We do not believe that Beijing will follow
in the footsteps of Hanoi on this issue, but of course there is the will to
01/09/2013 VATICAN - SYRIA
Pope: a day of prayer for peace in Syria and in the world
Francis makes his "the cry of peace" that "rises from every corner of the earth, from every nation, from every heart". Concern for the Syrian conflict and "the dramatic developments that lie ahead ." The "judgment of God" and of history for the use of chemical weapons. The international community must promote initiatives of dialogue. "
Pope: urgent appeal for the release of Fr. Dall'Oglio, kidnapped two years ago in Syria
At the Angelus, Pope Francis recalls the Jesuit priest, the two Orthodox bishops and all those who have been kidnapped, calling on all present to join him in the recitation of a Hail Mary. Joined by the presence of two young people, he opens registration for WYD in Krakow and registers himself as teh first pilgrim online with a tablet. Commenting on today's Gospel: "Who among us does not have his" five loaves and two fish "? If we are willing to put them in the hands of the Lord, they will be a bit more love in the world to go around".
Pope: Syrian "tragedy" "can only be resolved through dialogue and negotiation".
At the General audience, Francis speaks again of the “Mother Church ". “A good mother who shows us the path to travel in life, who always knows how to be patient , compassionate , understanding, and knows how to put ourselves in God's hands ." Also present were a delegation from the Ministry of Religious Affairs of Vietnam and the bishops of the Latin Church of the Holy Land, Syria, Jordan , Iraq, Lebanon , Somalia and the Gulf countries.
Pope appeals for kidnapped in the Syrian conflict. Corpus Christi, faith in Providence, sharing the little we have
At the Angelus Francis remembers "the scourge of kidnapping," a result of the war in Syria. Silent prayer with the faithful for the fallen in peacekeeping operations in the world, and for their families. Corpus Christi urges us to share the little that we are and that we have.
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At the Angelus Francis launches appeals also to eradicate new forms of slavery and sends greetings of peace and serenity for the Chinese New Year. He asks for prayers for the meeting with "my brother Kirill." "The essentials" of Christianity is "the essence of Christianity: to spread the regenerating and gratuitous love of God, with attitude of welcome and mercy to everyone, so that everyone can meet the tenderness of God and have the fullness of life."
VATICAN - USA
Pope to Trump: America’s greatness is measured by its attention to the poor
Pope Francis exalts the "rich spiritual and ethical values that have shaped the history of the American people” and the nation’s “commitment to the advancement of human dignity and freedom worldwide ". Concerns " for the poor, the outcast and those in need who, like Lazarus, stand before our door ". The oath Trump preceded by various prayers of Catholic, Protestant, Jewish Representatives. The slogan "America first" will guide political choices. String criticism of the establishment. China’s caution and the enthusiasm of the president of Taiwan.
CHINA - UNITED STATES
The Trump era begins: The China-US relationship and the risk of war
As the inauguration ceremony of the Trump presidency approaches, the Propaganda Bureau of the Chinese Communist Party has banned all journalists from “unauthorized criticism" of Trump’ words and deeds. According to the great dissident Wei Jingsheng there is a chance that Trump will force China into fair trade deals, possibly leading to political and legal reforms. A trade war is an option.
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