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12/27/2014 IRAQ
For Chaldean Patriarch, Christmas is the source of hope for Iraqi Christians "displaced" like Jesus
by Louis Raphael I Sako*
In his homily, Mar Sako noted the Christian community's "difficult and painful circumstances," but also pointed out that the festivity is cause for renewed hope. He looks forward to a future of peace, harmony and coexistence, but to reach that goal, the country needs a strong political system and the foreign policy of the United States and the West must change.
Erbil (AsiaNews) - Iraqi Christians celebrated the birth of Jesus in "difficult and painful circumstances," away from their homes and cities, like displaced people. However, the festivity brought "new hope" because...

12/27/2014 MALAYSIA
Five people dead and 160,000 forced to flee in Malaysia's record-breaking floods
Seasonal monsoon rains and strong winds devastate the country's north-eastern states. Photographed playing golf with Obama, Malaysia's prime minister rushes home to deal with the emergency.
12/27/2014 CHINA
As police stops woman who tried to "bring the Gospel" to Xi Jinping, Wenzhou bans Christmas celebrations in schools and universities
by Wang Zhicheng
The woman, a member of an underground Protestant community, denies having mental problems, but wants to spread the Gospel to change party members' "corrupt thoughts". In Wenzhou (Zhejiang), the authorities crack down on Christmas celebrations, deemed "Western spiritual pollution". Surveys indicated that some 60 per cent of university students want to learn about Christianity. In Beijing, 3,000 people are baptised on Christmas night. Zhejiang supplies 60 per cent of the world's Christmas decorations.
Manila: Islamic leader calls on Muslims to follow Pope Francis for world peace
Ebra Moxsir M. al-Haj, head of the Imam Council of the Philippines and chaplain of the Philippine National Police, speaks on Know The Truth programme, praising Francis' efforts in favour of the good and peace in the world against all forms of extremism, which must be backed all the way. He calls on Muslims to welcome the pontiff and understand his words.
12/27/2014 NEPAL
For Kathmandu bishop, a country that welcomes Christ is a fairer country
by Christopher Sharma
Christian leaders celebrated Christmas with a prayer service. Political leaders and members of civil society groups were present at the event. Nepal's prime minister pledges respect for freedom of worship and protection for minorities in the new constitution. For the apostolic vicar, "Christ was Christ was born [. . .] to limit the differences among human beings [. . .] Likewise, we must reject violence, discrimination and terrorism".

12/26/2014 VATICAN
Pope: like Saint Stephen, in the trials accepted because of one's faith, violence is defeated by love
During the Angelus, Pope Francis notes that the festivity of the first martyr continues "the celebration of Christmas", stripping it of "that false sugar-coating that does not belong to it." He mentions "those who are discriminated against, persecuted and killed for bearing witness to Christ." Religious freedom is "an inalienable right of every human person."
12/25/2014 VATICAN
Pope; May Christmas bring the hope of peace to those suffering in the Middle East and the world, especially the children
In his 'Urbi et orbi' message, Francis turned his thoughts to the victims of war in the Middle East, Nigeria, Libya, South Sudan, the Central African Republic and Democratic Republic of Congo, as well as to those who suffer from tensions in Ukraine. " May Jesus save the vast numbers of children who are victims of violence, made objects of trade and trafficking, or forced to become soldiers; children, so many abused children. May he give comfort to the families of the children killed in Pakistan last week. May he be close to all who suffer from illness, especially the victims of the Ebola epidemic".
12/25/2014 VATICAN
Pope: May the world and each of us accept "God's tenderness" at Christmas
"The question the Child asks us with his presence is: Do I let God love me? And again, do we have the courage to accept with tenderness the difficult situations and problems of those next to us, or do we prefer impersonal solutions, more efficient perhaps but lacking the Gospel's warmth? How much does the world need tenderness today! God's patience, God's closeness, God's tenderness."
12/24/2014 INDIA
As India shifts towards fundamentalism, Indian priest urges Christmas prayers for religious freedom
by Dominic Emmanuel*
As Hindu nationalist parties and movements come to power, a nationalist and extremist definition of the nation is taking hold. Attacks against minorities, particularly Christians, continue. By his silence, the prime minister takes sides. India is now likely to become another Pakistan. A public relations officer at the Archdiocese of Delhi shares his thoughts.
12/24/2014 VIETNAM
Christmas among the poor fishermen of Thanh Hoa
by Thanh Thuy
Many fishermen have lost their job. Fishing in the river is hard because of pollution and waste. For Bishop Joseph Nguyen Chi Linh, Christmas is a season accompanied by works of charity for anyone, Catholics and non-Catholics alike.
12/24/2014 IRAQ - VATICAN
For Chaldean Patriarch, pope's letter to the Christians of the East is an "oracle," a source of courage and hope
Francis' words are "beautiful" and "moving," said Mar Sako, expressing "profound suffering" and "closeness". They are the voice of a prophet who embraces a community that is preparing to celebrate Christmas under tents. The pope's "spiritual closeness" is "even stronger than the physical distance."
12/24/2014 JAPAN
Christmas in Japan, studying Evangelii Gaudium to understand the faith better
During Advent, the bishop of Niigata led study sessions dedicated to Pope Francis' apostolic exhortation, which he describes as "a major challenge for Catholics" in Japan. In the New Year, it will be the turn to study Ad Gentes.
12/24/2014 SOUTH KOREA
Christmas in Korea amongst the migrants, putting the person first
Father Maurizio Giorgianni, OMI, has lived in South Korea, with legal and illegal immigrants for almost 22 years. The visit of Pope Francis and the Nativity "have a common message which is useful to the entire Korean society: man must go back to being the center of society and of development." The festivities with those whose visas have expired: “I try to be a friend and to build true and sincere relationships.”
12/24/2014 ASIA
Tears (and Best Wishes) for Christmas
by Bernardo Cervellera
At Christmas God shows us that he has not tired of us. Despite so many wars, injustice, torture, persecution, God has not stopped trusting in man and comes to his aid. The world lives of sterile immobility and apocalyptic terror. With Jesus' birth the world began to change and there are witnesses of hope in Iraq, in Hong Kong, in the Middle East. The revolution of solidarity.
12/24/2014 INDIA
Assam: separatist guerrilla attacks, 56 dead and over 80 injured. Curfew imposed.
Villagers taken from their homes and gunned down in summary executions; women and children amongst the victims. Revenge in response to the army offensive against separatists of the National Democratic Front of Bodoland (NDFB). Condemnation of the Indian Premier and Head of State.

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12/23/2014 CHINA
As more than 400 crosses are destroyed in Zhejiang, violence spreads to Henan, Shandong, and Anhui by Bernardo Cervellera
12/23/2014 INDIA
Church prepared to use "any means" to stop laws that violate religious freedom, says Card Gracias
12/23/2014 VATICAN
Pope: the suffering of Christians and other persecuted religious groups in the Middle East "cries out to God"
12/23/2014 TUNISIA - ISLAM
Despite suspected ties to the old regime, Essebsi is the new president of Tunisia
12/23/2014 LEBANON
The war against Sunni terrorism is Lebanon's main news for 2014 by Fady Noun
12/23/2014 CHINA
Hu Jintao's former top aide Ling Jihua under investigation for corruption by Wang Zhicheng
12/23/2014 SINGAPORE
For Singapore archbishop, through "humility and lowliness," the Child Jesus traces the path of love
Manila, rector of Catholic University: the meeting with the Pope, an inspiration for young people
12/23/2014 PAKISTAN
Karachi, 13 Taliban killed in a shootout. Islamabad ready to execute 500 terrorists
12/23/2014 TIBET - CHINA
Young Tibetan sets woman herself on fire in protest against Chinese repression
12/23/2014 SYRIA
The Islamic State claims to have captured "religious extremists"

12/22/2014 MYANMAR - CHINA

Growing illegal tiger and wild cat trade from Myanmar to China
12/22/2014 ASIA - OPEC
Oil price war aimed at non-OPEC countries
12/22/2014 VATICAN
Pope: the 15 "diseases" of the Curia, from careerism to "gossip", from pomposity to accumulation of wealth
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As 'Adopt a Christian from Mosul' continues, Mosul bishop notes that Jesus is born amid refugee containers
by Amel NonaPersecuted by the Islamic state, refugees have lost everything: belongings, home, jobs, school, and their future. Yet, their faith and mission remain strong. For them, almost 900,000 euros have been raised and sent. Pope Francis sends a message of closeness. The campaign continues according to the Patriarch of Baghdad's proposal of fasting and moderation at Christmas and New Year, with the money saved offered to the Christians of Mosul.
Chaldean Patriarch calls for fasting on Christmas Eve for refugees' return to Mosul
by Joseph MahmoudMar Louis Sako calls on the faithful not to celebrate Christmas and New Year in a "worldly" fashion, with pomp and abundance, out of solidarity with the people who fled the Nineveh plains, persecuted by the Islamic Army. AsiaNews is joining the fast proposed by the Patriarch and calls on all readers to give what they would have otherwise spent in support of the campaign 'Adopt a Christian from Mosul'.
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12/20/2014 VATICAN
Pope: the most dangerous misery is "the presumption that we can do without God"
12/21/2014 VATICAN
Pope: At Christmas, once more, Christ comes by and knocks on the doors of our hearts, and we should not let him get away
12/20/2014 IRAQ
Chaldean Patriarch: on Christmas, Christian refugees should not feel "abandoned" or "forgotten"
by Joseph Mahmoud
12/22/2014 VATICAN
Pope: the 15 "diseases" of the Curia, from careerism to "gossip", from pomposity to accumulation of wealth
12/22/2014 INDONESIA
Indonesian Islamists threaten Christmas celebrations
by Mathias Hariyadi
12/22/2014 MYANMAR - CHINA

Growing illegal tiger and wild cat trade from Myanmar to China
12/22/2014 SYRIA
Aleppo: Christmas among Christian families broken by war, praying for peace
by Giorgio Istifan
12/23/2014 CHINA
As more than 400 crosses are destroyed in Zhejiang, violence spreads to Henan, Shandong, and Anhui
by Bernardo Cervellera
12/20/2014 CHINA
Mongolian rights activist Hada released after 20 years
12/22/2014 MALAYSIA
Kuala Lumpur, religious leaders: Dialogue, the basis of coexistence between different faiths


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This is the root of our hope:

God is with us, God still trusts us!

God comes to dwell with men,

choosing the Earth as his home

to be with man himself

and so He can be found there where man

spends his days in joy or in pain.

Therefore, earth is no longer

just a valley of tears, but is the place where God himself

has pitched His tent,

it is the meeting place between God and men,

of solidarity between God and men.


Pope Francis


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With an happy New Year 2015

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