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03/29/2015 VATICAN
Pope: Holy Week, God’s way is humility, it is Jesus’ way, and “we will take this path”
During Palm Sunday Mass, which begins Holy Week, Pope Francis cited the example of people “who, in silence and hiddenness, sacrifice themselves daily to serve others: a sick relative, an elderly person living alone, a disabled person . . .” He also cited today’s martyrs, persecuted because of their faith, a “cloud of witnesses”. Palm Sunday also marks the celebration of the 30th World Youth Day. Deacons of the Pontifical Institute for Foreign Missions provided the service to the pope and the altar. The pope called on young people to come in pilgrimage to Krakow in 2016. He also mentioned the victims of the plane crash in the French Alps.
Vatican City (AsiaNews) – During “This week, Holy Week, which leads us to Easter, we will take this path of Jesus’ own humiliation. Only in this way will this week be ‘holy’ for us too! [. . .] This is God’s way, the way of humility. It...

03/27/2015 IRAQ
Mar Dinkha IV, Patriarch of the Assyrian Church of the East, has died
He was responsible for the rebuilding of his Church and overcoming old divisions. Fond of ecumenical dialogue, on 11 November 1994, he signed a Joint Declaration on Christology with John Paul II, which recognized that the Assyrian Church of the East and the Catholic Church confess the same faith in Christ.
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.
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. "

03/24/2015 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".
03/22/2015 CHINA - VATICAN
BREAKING NEWS: Chinese police seize two priests in Mutanjiang
by Bernardo Cervellera
03/22/2015 VATICAN
Pope: Offer to the "many" who want to "see Jesus" the Gospel, the Cross and the witness to our faith
"Christians can become 'grains' and bear much fruit if, like Jesus, they 'lose their life' for love of God and neighbor." Again this year, Francis distributes pocket Gospels in St Peter's Square. Today is World Water Day, sponsored by the United Nations, "the waters of the planet must be adequately protected and no one should be excluded or discriminated against in the use of this right, which is a common good par excellence."
03/21/2015 VATICAN-ITALY
Pope in Naples: "Today is the first day of spring. Pray for young people, for their future, for hope."
Today's society "discards" young and old, and sees euthanasia as a solution to the ills of old age. Not only " technical euthanasia” applied with an injection, but a "hidden euthanasia", where the elderly are denied medicine, food, family affection. To prisoners: "even if we go wrong in life, the Lord never ceases to show us the way back home". To religious: "Those who gossip are like terrorists who detonate bombs that destroy themselves and everything else".
03/21/2015 VATICAN - ITALY
Pope: in Naples, find hope in Jesus and the power to redeem a city
Corruption "stinks" !. "And a corrupt society ' stinks '! A Christian who allows corruption to enter them is not a Christian, they 'stink'!". "Those who voluntarily take the path of evil steal a piece of hope, earn a little something but steal hope from themselves, from others, from society." "We are all immigrants, children of God: children of God who has put us all on a journey, everyone." "To the criminals and all their accomplices, the Church repeats: convert to love and justice! Let yourselves be touched by the mercy of God!"
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.
03/20/2015 VATICAN
Pope says death penalty "is unacceptable," offends the dignity of life and "contradicts God's plan"
Francis writes to the President of the International Commission against the Death Penalty. For the rule of law it "represents a defeat, because it forces people to kill in the name of justice" and thus "loses all legitimacy" faced with the possibility of judicial errors. Yes to a "universal moratorium" on executions, "in view of the abolition of capital punishment." Life imprisonment "can be considered a hidden death penalty.
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.
03/19/2015 VIETNAM - VATICAN - CHINA
The "Vietnamese model", a dangerous practice that does not solve the real problems of the Church
by J. B. An Dang
Episcopal appointments in Vietnam are the result of a cumbersome and often not respected process. The government continues to plunder the Catholics of property and land. The central religious policies have not changed, and repression is still strong in rural areas of the country. "Naive" to propose this style for China.

Altri articoli
03/18/2015 VATICAN
Pope: better a society with the "trouble" of children than "sad and gray" without children
03/17/2015 VATICAN
Pope: the Church is "Jesus' home" whose doors are always open which the Christian community cannot close
03/17/2015 CHINA-VATICAN
Nothing to toast between China and the Vatican: Beijing wants complete control by Bernardo Cervellera
03/16/2015 VATICAN
Pope: believing is "making space" for the power of God, "the power of One who loves me"
03/15/2015 VATICAN
Pope: Christians are persecuted and the world tries to hide it
03/14/2015 VATICAN
For pope, school must be a positive reference, teachers are people first
03/13/2015 VATICAN
Pope: A Jubilee Year of Mercy, starting December 8
03/13/2015 VATICAN - KOREA
Pope: Church in Korea, Church of martyrs and lay people, a "promise for all of Asia"
03/13/2015 UNITED NATIONS - MIDDLE EAST
Support for Christians' human rights in the Middle East in a joint statement signed by 53 States
03/13/2015 VATICAN - BELARUS
Belarus, Card. Parolin’s visit sparks hopes of a papal trip by Nina Achmatova
03/12/2015 VATICAN
Pope: the Church in Korea is a credible witness to the Gospel, especially among and for young people
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
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CHINA - VATICAN
BREAKING NEWS: Chinese police seize two priests in Mutanjiang
by Bernardo Cervellera
CHINA-VATICAN
Nothing to toast between China and the Vatican: Beijing wants complete control
by Bernardo CervelleraFor the Global Times (the People's Daily) China does not like the "Vietnamese model" of agreed episcopal ordinations. The Chinese Foreign Ministry’s embarrassment in front of the Holy See’s countless efforts. China wants the Vatican to accept all excommunicated bishops and to keep silent on those who are underground and imprisoned. The case of Msgr. Cosma Shi Enxiang. Without religious freedom, diplomatic relations are pointless. The work of mission and the unity of Catholics in China. A task for Xi Jinping: implement the anti-corruption campaign in the Ministry of Religious Affairs and the Patriotic Association, which have grown rich over the decades on the backs of Christians.
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03/27/2015 UNITED NATIONS – MIDDLE EAST
Patriarch of Baghdad addresses UN, calling for new laws against states or individuals who support terrorists
by Louis Raphael I Sako*
03/27/2015 LAOS - CHINA
Laos, workers march against a Chinese company that does not pay wages
03/27/2015 IRAQ
Mar Dinkha IV, Patriarch of the Assyrian Church of the East, has died
03/26/2015 PHILIPPINES
Muslim and Christian leaders against prejudices, for “still possible” peace in Mindanao
03/26/2015 VATICAN
Pope: people can be "doctors of the law" without faith, without hope, without joy
03/27/2015 YEMEN-MIDDLE EAST
Saudis continue raids against Shiite rebels. A religious war, but also a question of power
by Paul Dakiki
03/27/2015 INDONESIA
East Java: three militants arrested on returning from Syria. They were "disappointed by the Islamic State"
03/26/2015 KYRGYZSTAN
Ulema "excommunicate" Islamic State group in Kyrgyzstan
03/25/2015 LEBANON – FRANCE
The feast of the Annunciation for Islamic-Christian friendship in Beirut and in France
03/26/2015 ISLAM
IS a violent response to the emptiness young Muslims feel in the West

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