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02/01/2015 VATICAN
Pope: The Gospel changes our lives when we let ourselves be transformed by the Word of God
Before the Angelus prayer, Francis noted how Jesus "did not postpone, once in Capernaum, the proclamation of the Good News. His main concern was to communicate the Word of God. [. . .] Read every day a passage from the Gospel, bring it with you always. It can change the heart." On 6 June, the pope will be in Sarajevo: "I ask you to pray even now for those dear people." May the Day for Life "help a new humanism: the humanism of solidarity."
Vatican City (AsiaNews) - The main concern for Christians, following in the footsteps of our Master Jesus, "should be the proclamation of the Gospel. The Gospel changes lives and hearts, when we let ourselves be transformed by it. That is why I call upon you to take it always with you: read a passage a day. The Gospel is the word of life: it does not...

01/31/2015 INDIA
Indian missionaries of the Immaculate celebrate Sister Nirmala's jubilee
by Benigna Menezes*
Staff and students from the Nirmala High School marked 50 years of consecrated life of one of their own. A local bishop and 40 priests celebrated the thanksgiving Mass. Participants carried 50 candles in procession. The nun's nephew, a priest, marked his 25 years as a clergyman. The missionary embodies Mary's "Yes", serving Church and community.
01/31/2015 PHILIPPINES
Filipino cardinal wants inquiry into Mamasapano "massacre," expresses condolences for the victims
Cotabato Archbishop Cardinal Quevedo calls for an impartial investigation into such an "unimaginable tragedy." Yesterday, Filipinos took part in a day of national mourning, holding Masses and prayer services across the country. President Aquino wants to kick-start the peace plan.
01/31/2015 ASIA
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01/30/2015 NEPAL
Nepal government revokes license from "unofficial" religious schools
by Christopher Sharma
The decision concerns institutions that are not run by religious organisations that can operate and finance them. For the authorities, "economic sustainability" and "suspicious fundamentalist activity" are the reasons for closure. Madrassas are affected.

01/30/2015 INDIA
West Bengal, two radical Hindu leaders reported over "reconversion" of Christians and Muslims
Mamata Banerjee, chief minister of the Indian state, demands investigation of Praveen Togadia, president of the Vishwa Hindu Parishad (VHP) and its secretary general. The militants have forced dozens of tribal families (12 Christian and Muslim 7) to convert to Hinduism, with yet another "coming home".
01/30/2015 IRAQ
Mar Sako, two years as Chaldean Patriarch: Main challenge is "the unity of the Church in the East"
by Louis Raphael I Sako*
On the second anniversary of his election, the Patriarch appeals for the unity of the Eastern Churches and announces the formation of "a joint committee of dialogue". He recalls the "joyful mission" to "witness" the Gospel "to the world today." Finally, Mar Sako appeals for Christians to "remain" close to the suffering of "our displaced brothers and sisters of all denominations."
01/29/2015 ASIA
The mission to the nations is in Asia
by Piero Gheddo
Francis' apostolic journeys to Korea, Sri Lanka and the Philippines indicate that the missionary choice is still of huge relevance. The Church must support and develop this aspect, and bring Christ's "Good News" to those peoples who still consider it as an emanation of Western colonialism. In this, PIME has a task to play.
01/29/2015 EGYPT - ISLAM
For Catholic Church spokesman, al-Sisi's Egypt is more liberal on new churches and freedom of expression
The government has issued construction permits for a new church in New Cairo and two in Upper Egypt. Some permit applications go back 8-10 years. Mubarak never favoured church construction. After the elections, the new parliament is required to upgrade legislation governing the construction of places of worship. Representatives of Christian Churches drafted the bill. A Christian family law is also on the drawing board.
01/29/2015 MYANMAR
Chin Christians ready to go to jail to stop cross removal
by Francis Khoo Thwe
Built by members of the Christian community in Hakha, the 16-metre cross targeted by local authorities stands on a hill that overlooks the state capital. Since it lacked the proper permit, the authorities ordered the cross' removal and said that they would prosecute its builders. "If the authorities say I have to go to jail, I am not afraid; I am ready to go to jail for this case," a Chin Christian said. For human rights activists, such an action "continues a decades-long pattern of religious discrimination against Chin Christians."
01/29/2015 CAMBODIA - VIETNAM
Montagnards flee to Cambodia, to escape Hanoi’s persecution
18 more people, including two women, have left the villages of origin and crossed the border. They sought shelter in a remote area, in the forest of the northeastern province of Rattanakiri. Cambodian activist: "They are seeking political asylum and count on UN help”.
01/28/2015 KOREA
Korean religious leaders in Pyongyang to pray for peace
North Korea allows the Korean Conference of Religions for Peace to organise a meeting in its capital to mark the 70th anniversary of liberation from Japanese colonial rule. In Seoul, Iranian religious from Iran take part in a conference to counter misunderstandings about Islam.
01/28/2015 INDIA - UNITED STATES
Christian leader thanks to Obama for defending freedom of religion
by Nirmala Carvalho
During his official visit to India, the US president spoke out in defence of freedom of worship, citing Article 25 of the Indian Constitution. Sajan K George welcomed the words of the US leader in a nation "where violence against minorities, especially Christians, is commonplace." Hindu extremist movements support the government, a "stain" on the country's secular credentials.
01/28/2015 SAUDI ARABIA
A forest of crosses and names of martyrs in the desert of Saudi Arabia
A Franco-Saudi archaeological team is responsible for the discovery. Prof Frédéric Imbert dated the graffiti to 470-475, a time when anti-Christian persecution began, culminating under the usurper Yusuf. Even the Qur'an refers to it indirectly. The findings show how far Christianity had spread at the time, until the arrival of Islam.
01/28/2015 LEBANON-MIDDLE EAST
Patriarchs of the East: Peace requires an end to terrorism, help for refugees, resolution of Israeli-Palestinian problem
by Paul Dakiki
An ecumenical meeting in Bkerke to address the difficulties faced by Christian communities. Attended by representatives of Catholic, Orthodox, Armenian, Protestant denominations. Appeal to the Arab and the international community to stop financing and arming terrorists. The need to increase aid to refugees and to hasten their return to their homes. The urgency of electing a president for Lebanon.

Altri articoli
01/28/2015 JAPAN - SYRIA - ISLAM
Tokyo, leaders of all religions pray for hostages held by Islamic State
01/27/2015 INDONESIA
Catholic intellectuals come together in Jakarta to boost Church's presence in society by Royani Lim
01/27/2015 CAMBODIA
Building up the Church starting from the bottom up by Mario Ghezzi
01/27/2015 TURKEY - SYRIA
Kurdish victory in Kobane worries Erdogan
01/27/2015 MALAYSIA - ISLAM
For the archbishop of Kuala Lumpur, the word "Allah" can be used in the Bible and in the Mass
01/27/2015 RUSSIA - CRIMEA
The Catholic Church in Crimea must register according to Russian law
01/27/2015 CHINA
Zhejiang, Hong Kong journalist arrested for investigating cross demolition
01/26/2015 CHINA - VATICAN
Opposed to new unlawful ordinations, Chinese Catholics are united for religious freedom by Veritas Vincit
01/26/2015 VATICAN
Pope Francis, "rabbits" and the colonization of families by Bernardo Cervellera
01/26/2015 EGYPT - ISLAM
More blood in Tahrir Square four years after anti-Mubarak revolution
01/25/2015 VATICAN
Pope: many Christians are persecuted and killed because they are Christians, regardless of their confession
01/24/2015 ISRAEL - PALESTINE - FRANCE
The massacre in Paris helps Islamic fundamentalism and the Israeli right by Uri Avnery
01/24/2015 CHINA-VATICAN
In 2015 China set to ordain independent bishops against the Holy See. Possible reactions of Catholics by Bernardo Cervellera
01/24/2015 MYANMAR
Burmese Church promotes a "culture of peace", to heal the wounds of the colonial past by Pau Lian Cin
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IRAQ
The children of Mosul and the future: the "five-star" refugee camp
by Bernardo CervelleraIn the garden of the parish of Mar Elia beside the tents there are containers that serve as classrooms for the children and as a library. Another serves as a room for sewing. A children's choir. Fr. Douglas: "Taking care of refugees does not just mean thinking about eating, drinking, medicines, injections, vaccinations ... The displaced persons need to do something and to cultivate hope."
IRAQ
Way of the Cross: the refugees from Mosul beyond the emergency
by Bernardo CervelleraThere are at least half a million people who have taken refuge in Kurdistan to flee from ISIS. In the Shlama Mall at Erbil: 350 people living in the skeleton of a building under construction, with draped sheets and blankets serving as walls. The ordination of a young man, also a refugee, shows that with the flight, there is something that has not been destroyed: the faith, the traditions, the priesthood.
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01/28/2015 SAUDI ARABIA
A forest of crosses and names of martyrs in the desert of Saudi Arabia
01/27/2015 TIBET - CHINA
Beijing sends a new flood of Han migrants to Lhasa: Tibetans risk disappearing
01/26/2015 VATICAN
Pope Francis, "rabbits" and the colonization of families
by Bernardo Cervellera
01/27/2015 VATICAN
Pope: "It is not easy" to do God’s will, for this we must pray to recognize it and follow it
01/26/2015 CHINA - VATICAN
Opposed to new unlawful ordinations, Chinese Catholics are united for religious freedom
by Veritas Vincit
01/27/2015 MALAYSIA - ISLAM
For the archbishop of Kuala Lumpur, the word "Allah" can be used in the Bible and in the Mass
01/29/2015 EGYPT - ISLAM
For Catholic Church spokesman, al-Sisi's Egypt is more liberal on new churches and freedom of expression
01/29/2015 CAMBODIA - VIETNAM
Montagnards flee to Cambodia, to escape Hanoi’s persecution
01/30/2015 VATICAN
Pope feels "dismay and deep sadness at what is happening in the Middle East, especially in Iraq and Syria"
01/29/2015 VATICAN
Pope: God saves everyone personally, but "as a people", not "just me" and "my group"

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