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04/18/2014 IRAQ
Chaldean Patriarch celebrates Holy Thursday with disabled and marginalised Christians and Muslims
by Joseph Mahmoud
Mar Sako visited a residential facility in the Iraqi capital that caters to people with severe disabilities. His Beatitude performed the traditional rite of 'Washing of the Feet' on 12 people, including two Muslim women. "Easter is for you," he told the disabled residents. After the service, he offered them a meal, as a token of closeness and sharing.
Baghdad (AsiaNews) - Chaldean Patriarch Raphael Louis Sako I celebrated Holy Thursday at 'Beit Ania,' a residential facility located in Baghdad for people with severe disabilities who have no family. His Beatitude, who visited the centre along with Auxiliary Bishop Mgr Shlemon Warduni and eight other priests, celebrated the Coena Domini with them. He also performed the traditional...

04/18/2014 IRAN - UNITED NATIONS
Nuclear deal: Iran diluted half of its higher-grade enriched uranium stockpile
The International Agency for Atomic Energy Agency (IAEA) announces results. The United States responds by unfreezing funds for US$ 450 million. Hope remains for a final deal by next July.
04/18/2014 PAKISTAN
Good Friday in Pakistan: fasting and prayers for Asia Bibi, Sawan Masih and other blasphemy victims
by Jibran Khan
The country's Christian community and civil society groups express closeness to the victims of the "black law". The bishop of Islamabad also expresses his solidarity. Muslim activist joins "our Christian brothers and sisters in Good Friday celebrations." Appeals are made to the government to take "serious steps to fight intolerance and abuse."
04/18/2014 CHINA
Beijing: four more New Citizens Movement activists convicted
All wanted government officials to declare their economic and financial assets. A court in Haidian found them guilty of disturbing "public order" and sentenced them to prison terms ranging from three and half to two years in prison. Defence lawyer slams the decision, calling it flawed. Now "calling on officials to disclose their assets is a crime."
04/18/2014 PHILIPPINES
Central Luzon: making learning fun in summer camp for 150 "special" children
Organised every year by the GUIDE association and its chief and founder Gerry Duwin Dela Zerna, the event this year is set for 25 April to 4 May. The NGO works with children with disabilities, like Down syndrome or other physical and learning disorders. Dedicated, the activist has turned down offers from abroad worth thousands of dollars in order to take care of Filipino children.

04/18/2014 INDONESIA
Charitable works, confession and Mass fill Holy Week for Indonesian Catholics
by Mathias Hariyadi
This is a time of meditation, devotions and deep introspection into the faith. In the Archdiocese of Jakarta, families offer small sums of money to fund community-wide projects. The head of the Archdiocese's communications commission releases some videos. During Chrism Mass, hundreds of priests renew their pledge to their bishops.
04/18/2014 LAOS - THAILANDIA
Thai geologists warn Xayaburi dam is an earthquake risk
The huge barrage under construction on the Laotian section of Mekong River is located near active fault lines and is therefore vulnerable to seismic activity. There is a 30 per cent chance of a medium-sized earthquake in the next 30 years, and a 10 per cent chance of a magnitude 7 tremor. Builders claim instead that the project complies with all earthquake safety rules
04/18/2014 NEPAL
Nepali Hindus and Buddhists also celebrating Easter
by Christopher Sharma
Many activities are being organised in the mountain nation to celebrate the Christian holy day. A priest at Kathmandu Cathedral hopes "that all the inhabitants of the country can share the Easter message, and that Easter will soon become a festivity for all faiths and communities". Thousands of cards and e-messages are exchanged for the occasion.
04/17/2014 VATICAN
Pope: "The washing of the feet", "a gesture of love, of service" to remind us that "we must be servants of one another"
Francis celebrates "in Coena Domini" Mass at the Don Gnocchi Foundation. He washes and kisses the feet of 12 people of different ages, of different disabilities different religious affiliations, three foreigners and nine Italians.
04/17/2014 ITALY - ASIA
Easter, victory over death and impotence
by Bernardo Cervellera
04/17/2014 SRI LANKA
Easter should spur Catholics to defend human rights in Sri Lanka
by Melani Manel Perera
Interview with Sister Deepa Fernando, a nun with the Congregation of the Holy Family, and a member of Justice, Peace and Integrity of Creation (JPIC) and the Christian Solidarity Movement (CSM). According to her, Christians in Sri Lanka sometimes "forget that we are all brothers and sisters." For this reason, we must follow in the footsteps of Jesus, who "died to protect the rights of others."
04/17/2014 SOUTH KOREA
As sorrow grips the country, bishop of Jeju calls for prayers on behalf of ferry victims
The Sewol, a ferry that capsized yesterday for still unknown causes, was on its way to Jeju Island. "All we can do for them and their worried families is to pray, and hope that our prayers and solidarity can somehow bring some comfort," said Mgr Peter Kang U-il, bishop of Jeju and president of the Bishops' Conference, as he spoke to AsiaNews. Rough seas and strong winds have slowed down rescue operations. About 300 people are still missing.
04/17/2014 VATICAN
Pope: A priest’s "joy", "anoints", is "incorruptible", "missionary" and guarded by poverty, obedience and loyalty
Pope Francis celebrates the Chrism Mass with "his" priests. The priestly joy only flows “when the pastor is in the midst of his flock". Even in "in those moments of listlessness and boredom which at times overcome us in our priestly life (and which I too have experienced), even in those moments God’s people are able to “guard” that joy; they are able to protect you, to embrace you and to help you open your heart to find renewed joy"
04/17/2014 INDIA
Easter among India's Christians, a challenge and a mission of hope
by Nirmala Carvalho
Through AsiaNews, Card Telesphore Toppo, archbishop of Ranchi, calls on his community to bear witness with their lives to the light of Christ. "The Church's task is to defend man's dignity, especially that of the most vulnerable".
04/17/2014 CHINA
Beijing blogger sentenced to 3 years for "spreading rumors" online
Qin Zhihui is the first victim of the law passed in September 2013 against micro-blogs, increasingly active in denouncing corruption and scandals . The courts have handed down the sentence without investigating allegations of defamation brought against the blogger .

Altri articoli
04/17/2014 MYANMAR
Chrism Mass in Yangon: The joy of priesthood is the antidote to clericalism by Francis Khoo Thwe

04/17/2014 SYRIA
Gregorios III to set up a forum for Syrian Christian intellectuals to promote a society based on Gospel values by Fady Noun
04/17/2014 BANGLADESH
Bangladesh, tribal Catholic gang raped: Christians and Muslims demand justice by Sumon Corraya
04/17/2014 MALAYSIA - PHILIPPINES
MERS first victim in Asia: A Malaysian returning from a pilgrimage to Mecca
04/16/2014 HOLY LAND
For Christian religious leaders in Jerusalem, Easter brings hope for peace in the region
04/16/2014 TIBET - CHINA
A 32-year-old Tibetan dies in a blaze to protest Chinese occupation
04/16/2014 CHINA
Dongguan: 40,000 workers down tools again
04/16/2014 IRAQ
Iraqi government closes Abu Ghraib prison
04/16/2014 VATICAN
Pope: The Resurrection "is not a happy ending in a movie" but "a humble victory of God, that humanly looks like a failure"
04/16/2014 INDIA
Narendra Modi's right hand man stopped for inciting hatred against Muslims
04/16/2014 JAPAN
Japan’s whalers want to return to sea "soon"
04/16/2014 PHILIPPINES
Good Friday in Manila: a "journey of penance" to protect the country from natural disasters
04/16/2014 MYANMAR
Benedict Rogers: My Easter in Myanmar, the land where I became a Catholic by Francis Khoo Thwe

04/16/2014 IRAQ
Mar Sako at Easter, the power of Christ's broken and risen body pushes Iraq to new life by Mar Louis Raphael I Sako
Editor's choices
SYRIA
I will miss you Fr Frans, you inspired us all, says Syrian Jesuit
by Tony Homsy*A young priest from the Society of Jesus remembers the life and work of Fr Frans van der Lugt, who was killed in Homs after he refused to abandon residents beleaguered by hunger and war. "He gave and continues to give everything for the Church, Syria, and peace. His story and qualities made him an exceptional missionary and witness to the Gospel." Reprinted courtesy of 'The Jesuit Post'.
FRANCE - IRAQ
Chaldean Patriarch on the uncertain future of eastern Christians, a bridge between the West and Islam
by Mar Louis Raphael I SakoThe wars in Iraq, Libya and Afghanistan have made things worse for their peoples, especially minorities. As Western policies have been a failure, fundamentalism has grown with the Arab Spring losing out to extremism. Muslim authorities have a role in protecting rights and religious freedom. The presence of Christians in the Middle East is crucial for Muslims.
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04/14/2014 VATICAN
For pope, the seminary is not a refuge, hence 'Woe do the wicked shepherds'
04/14/2014 PAKISTAN
Lahore: third postponement in Asia Bibi's appeal as Islamist threats against judges continue
by Jibran Khan
04/11/2014 VATICAN
Pope: defend the rights of the child to life, not to be exploited, not to become the subject of "educational experiments"
04/11/2014 SRI LANKA
Christ's Passion changed my life, young Buddhist says
by Melani Manel Perera
04/11/2014 JAPAN
Japanese airports becoming 'Islam-friendly' to cater to growing Muslim tourism
04/11/2014 INDIA
For Card Gracias, canonising popes John Paul II and John XXIII will consecrate India to Mary
by Card. Oswald Gracias
04/11/2014 VATICAN
Pope: Satan exists "even in the 21st century" and continues to tempt us because "he does not want us to follow Christ"
04/14/2014 SYRIA
I will miss you Fr Frans, you inspired us all, says Syrian Jesuit
by Tony Homsy*
04/12/2014 CHINA
With benzene in water, residents in Gansu city storm supermarkets to buy bottled water
04/11/2014 PHILIPPINES
Manila Cathedral reopens after restoration. Card Tagle: "It is the mother of all churches "

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Before the tomb,
something completely new and unexpected happens,
they draw near and they do not find the Lord's body,
What was a simple act,
done surely out of love - going to the tomb -
has now turned into an event, a truly life-changing event.
Nothing remains as it was before,
not only in the lives of those women,
but also in our own lives and in the history of mankind.
Jesus is not dead, he has risen, he is alive!
He does not simply return to life;
rather, he is life itself,
because he is the Son of God, the living God!
Jesus no longer belongs to the past,
but lives in the present and is projected towards the future;
Jesus is the everlasting "today" of God.
This is how the newness of God appears to the women,
the disciples and all of us:
as victory over sin, evil and death,
over everything that crushes life and makes it seem less human.
How often does Love have to tell us:
Why do you look for the living among the dead?
Our daily problems and worries can wrap us up in ourselves,
in sadness and bitterness... and that is where death is.
That is not the place to look for the One who is alive!

                                                                           Pope Francis

 

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a Happy Easter 2014