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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."
Colombo (AsiaNews) - "Whilst we observe certain positive signs of development in the country, the need is also felt to promote unity and reconciliation among the people in our motherland. This can only be done if we respect one another and safeguard each other's...

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.
04/15/2014 SINGAPORE
Archbishop of Singapore: At Easter Christ conquers death and gives hope of eternal life
In his message to the faithful, Msgr. William Goh speaks of "new life" in Christ, a "personal" encounter with the Risen Lord and the joy of proclamation. For the prelate prayer, deep meditation of the Word of God and the life of the community to are fundamental overcoming temptation. He exhorts the faithful to mission with "patience and love".
04/15/2014 ASIA
Asia home to world’s biggest arms traders
This was revealed by the Stockholm International Peace Research Institute ( SIPRI). After the United States, China, Russia, Saudi Arabia, Japan and India are - in this order - among the top 10 nations.
04/15/2014 RUSSIA - UKRAINE
Obama calls Putin over Ukraine; Orthodox Church warns against separatism
Tension rises in the south-east of the former Soviet republic, while Moscow rejects accusations of interference. Metropolitan Atony of Boryspil and Brovary : we asked our priests to be patriots and not allow separatism to spread.
04/15/2014 MYANMAR
Kachin, Burmese Army raids rebel stronghold: thousands of refugees and humanitarian crisis
by Francis Khoo Thwe

A group of local NGOs , including Christian and Catholic organizations, warn of a crisis in the State in northern Myanmar. In the last few days - in conjunction with the census - the fighting has intensified, at least 3 thousand people take flight. Part of the displaced have found refuge across the border in China. Appeals for a ceasefire and the resumption of peace talks.
04/14/2014 VATICAN
For pope, the seminary is not a refuge, hence 'Woe do the wicked shepherds'
Speaking at a meeting with seminarians at the Pontifical Leonine College of Anagni, Pope Francis reminded them of "the four pillars of education," namely "Spiritual life, strong; intellectual life, serious; community life; and, ultimately, apostolic life". In view of this, it is "better to lose a vocation than take risks with an unsure candidate."
04/14/2014 BANGLADESH
Fr Silvano Garello, a missionary "wordsmith" who can win over Bangladesh Muslims
by Sumon Corraya
The Xaverian priest, 74, has lived in the Asian country since 1970 where he has translated into Bangla Vatican II documents, the Catechism of the Catholic Church and some encyclicals. He has also written 200 Christian books directly in that language.
04/14/2014 CHINA
Beijing: two more Zhou Yongkang cronies arrested
For experts and analysts, the government is trying to rid itself of former powerful "national security czar." Zhao Miao and Yan Cunzhang, two of his associates, are the latest victims, both accused of corruption. For one observer, a "power struggle" is underway.
04/14/2014 UKRAINE - RUSSIA
As Kyiv's deadline against pro-Russian groups passes, Moscow and West trade accusations
A UN Security Council meeting requested by Moscow last night highlights rising international tensions. For UN Assistant Secretary-General for Political Affairs Oscar Fernandez Taranco, "The situation is [. . .] now more combustible than ever."

Altri articoli
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
04/14/2014 MYANMAR
Easter in Yangon: Catholics "source of reconciliation, peace and prosperity for the country" by Francis Khoo Thwe

04/13/2014 VATICAN
Pope asks, Am I like Pilate? When the situation gets tough, do I wash my hands?
04/12/2014 MYANMAR
Myanmar newspapers in black to protest journalist arrest
04/12/2014 CHINA
With benzene in water, residents in Gansu city storm supermarkets to buy bottled water
04/12/2014 VIETNAM
Lent of prayer and solidarity with Catholic and non-Catholic poor in Bùi Chu by Thanh Thuy
04/12/2014 RUSSIA - UKRAINE
Russian schools to teach new course on Crimean "reunification" by Nina Achmatova
04/12/2014 BANGLADESH
Bangladesh government launches 'digital bus' service with free 'Wi-Fi' for all by Sumon Corraya
04/11/2014 SYRIA
Syria rebel commander denies charges of violence against Armenian community
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
04/10/2014 VATICAN
Pope: "Dictatorship of thought" suppresses "freedom of conscience, people’s relationship with God"
04/14/2014 PAKISTAN
Lahore: third postponement in Asia Bibi's appeal as Islamist threats against judges continue
by Jibran Khan
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