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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"
"So often we feel horrified by the hurt and pain that surrounds us and we ask, "Why does God allow this? . "It wounds us deeply to see suffering and death, especially that of the innocents". "This is the mystery of evil". Two children join Francis on the back of his jeep.
Vatican City (AsiaNews) - Christ's Resurrection "is not the happy ending of a movie," but the intervention of God the Father "when all seems lost", "a humble victory that humanly looks like a failure", when Jesus reached the end of the path of humiliation and dispossession by accepting betrayal,...

04/16/2014 TIBET - CHINA
A 32-year-old Tibetan dies in a blaze to protest Chinese occupation
Thinley Namgyal, who died from his burns, is the 131st person to choose self-immolation as a form of protest. Associations of Tibetans in exile hold a vigil in his memory.
04/16/2014 INDIA
Narendra Modi's right hand man stopped for inciting hatred against Muslims
Election Commission bars Amit Shah from any meeting or election speech in Uttar Pradesh. In early April, he had asked people not to vote for Muslim candidates because Muslims had raped, killed and humiliated Hindus. Modi, an ultra-nationalist Hindu, has been blamed in connection with the 2002 communal massacres in Gujarat, when almost a thousand Muslims were killed.
04/16/2014 JAPAN
Japan’s whalers want to return to sea "soon"
The Japanese organization for whalers proposes a change in program to international community to in exchange for the resumption of activities. They also seek an injunction against the environmental movement Sea Shepherd, which follows the whalers to boycott them at sea.
04/16/2014 PHILIPPINES
Good Friday in Manila: a "journey of penance" to protect the country from natural disasters
The Special Way of the Cross will start at 5 am in Pasay City and end in front of Manila Cathedral. All of the capital's 500 parishes will send a delegation. Prelates from areas affected by typhoons and quakes will all attend. Card Tagle calls for "solidarity" with the victims, to be one with those who suffer.

04/16/2014 MYANMAR
Benedict Rogers: My Easter in Myanmar, the land where I became a Catholic
by Francis Khoo Thwe

The Asian director of Christian Solidarity Worldwide speaks of his special bond with the country and the Archbishop of Yangon. Water as an element of purification, which unites Catholics and Buddhists who are celebrating major holidays together in 2014. The universality of the Church "does not mean uniformity", but appreciation of the local culture. The Burmese Church is "a vibrant Church".
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
The Chaldean Patriarch reminds faithful that "Jesus is the heart " of Easter, "the center of our faith," his resurrection "makes the sun rise" on Iraq and the whole of humanity . His Beatitude exhorts the faithful to come together and pray. Ahead of the upcoming general election, he appeals for a leader who embodies the values of freedom , dignity and social justice .
04/16/2014 SOUTH KOREA
Korea, ferry full of students capsizes: 2 dead and 100 missing
The Sewol was shuttling from Incheon to Jeju Island: the survivors speak of a "loud bang " which resulted in the sinking of the ship. The government spring into action to rescue passengers. One of them says: "The bottom of the ship was full of shops and amusement arcades . People who were there might be dead".
04/15/2014 SRI LANKA
For Sri Lanka bishops, Easter is a time of reconciliation for our people
by Melani Manel Perera
In their Easter message (in Sinhala, Tamil and English), the country's bishops call on fellow Sri Lankans to search for "true peace" that "can be lived united with God [. . .] in the aftermath of a war that ravaged the country."
04/15/2014 INDIA
For Pune bishop, India is multi-religious because it is an authentic and healthy democracy
by Nirmala Carvalho
The 5th round in India's general election is set for Thursday. Mgr Thomas Dabre calls on the community in his archdiocese to vote for "candidates and parties who will take care of every citizen, [. . .] especially minorities. This is true secularism." Fearful of a victory by Hindu nationalists, the prelate notes that "No religious community has a monopoly over the nation's history and culture".
04/15/2014 CHINA
Party and military setting up local offices to monitor and protect soldiers
After two senior military leaders are arrested, central authorities set up special agencies to monitor military rights. Heads of political and law commissions at county, city and provincial levels will lead the groups.
04/15/2014 NEPAL
Catholics in Nepal: With Christ's example, our leaders can save the country
by Christopher Sharma
In his homily during Palm Sunday Mass, Mgr Anthony Sharma, apostolic vicar of Nepal, slammed politicians for their failures. "They have made ​​so many promises that they have not kept." Hundreds of people, including young people who are preparing for baptism on Easter Eve, attended the service. "We shall give a Bible to our Members of Parliament," said one. "We hope they will find inspiration."
50 years of Varallo’s "Group for Bangladesh "
by Piero Gheddo
The diocese of Novara and Dinajpur twined in 1964, giving rise to the "Novara Technical School" in Suihari on the outskirts of Dinajpur, now directed by PIME brother Massimo Cattaneo, and which is one of the most popular Catholic Church institutes among Bangladeshi people, not only for the thousands of young men and women it has educated, but for the concrete example it proposes.
04/15/2014 SYRIA
Fr Frans van der Lugt died in Syria, for Syria
by Fady Noun
A memorial Mass is celebrated in Beirut for the priest killed in Homs. In a message from the superior of Jesuits, Fr Frans is remembered as "a man of reconciliation between generations, between communities, between Christians and Muslims, between cultural and political tendencies."
04/15/2014 SAUDI ARABIA
Saudi court shuts down liberal forum
Forum founder Raif Badawi is already purging a seven-year sentence for violating Islamic teachings and criticising prominent religious figures. Meanwhile, King Abdullah continues to push for reforms to the country's legal system and greater transparency in sentencing.

Altri articoli
04/15/2014 SINGAPORE
Archbishop of Singapore: At Easter Christ conquers death and gives hope of eternal life
04/15/2014 ASIA
Asia home to world’s biggest arms traders
04/15/2014 RUSSIA - UKRAINE
Obama calls Putin over Ukraine; Orthodox Church warns against separatism
04/15/2014 MYANMAR
Kachin, Burmese Army raids rebel stronghold: thousands of refugees and humanitarian crisis by Francis Khoo Thwe

04/14/2014 VATICAN
For pope, the seminary is not a refuge, hence 'Woe do the wicked shepherds'
04/14/2014 BANGLADESH
Fr Silvano Garello, a missionary that translated Church into Bangla by Sumon Corraya
04/14/2014 CHINA
Beijing: two more Zhou Yongkang cronies arrested
04/14/2014 UKRAINE - RUSSIA
As Kyiv's deadline against pro-Russian groups passes, Moscow and West trade accusations
04/14/2014 PAKISTAN
Lahore: third postponement in Asia Bibi's appeal as Islamist threats against judges continue by Jibran Khan
04/14/2014 SRI LANKA
Sri Lanka, Christian activists: With John XXIII, defending human rights by Melani Manel Perera
04/14/2014 SYRIA
I will miss you Fr Frans, you inspired us all, says Syrian Jesuit by Tony Homsy*
04/14/2014 KUWAIT
Kuwait invests 27 billion to upgrade refineries
04/14/2014 VIETNAM
On back of international pressure, Hanoi releases two pro-democracy activists
04/14/2014 AFGHANISTAN
Elections in Afghanistan, exit polls put Abdullah Abdullah in the lead
Editor's choices
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'.
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.
Top 10
04/09/2014 KOREA
Pyongyang arrests scores for "religious activities", questions 100 people who could end up in concentration camps
04/14/2014 VATICAN
For pope, the seminary is not a refuge, hence 'Woe do the wicked shepherds'
04/09/2014 VATICAN
Pope: new "heartfelt appeal to Syrian authorities and the international community” to “silence the weapons"
Patriarch Sako: mourning and prayer for Card Delly who kept us united in dark times
by Joseph Mahmoud
04/14/2014 PAKISTAN
Lahore: third postponement in Asia Bibi's appeal as Islamist threats against judges continue
by Jibran Khan
04/10/2014 VATICAN
Pope: "Dictatorship of thought" suppresses "freedom of conscience, people’s relationship with God"
04/11/2014 SRI LANKA
Christ's Passion changed my life, young Buddhist says
by Melani Manel Perera
04/10/2014 CHINA - ISRAEL
After two centuries, Henan Jews prepare to celebrate Passover
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"
04/09/2014 CHINA
Beijing, trial begins of two more anti-corruption activists


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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