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12/19/2014 VATICAN
Pope: May the Church "allow itself be surprised by the Holy Spirit", it is not an entrepreneur but a mother
"From sterility, the Lord is able to restart a new lineage, a new life. And that is the message of today. When humanity is exhausted and can no longer go forward, grace comes, and when the Son comes Salvation comes. And that exhausted Creation gives way to a new creation... ".
Vatican City (AsiaNews) - May this Christmas "make our Church open to the gift of God, may it allowing itself to be surprised by the Holy Spirit,  may it be a Church that gives birth to children, a mother Church. A mother. So many times I have the...

12/19/2014 INDIA
For Christian leaders, the government needs to rid itself of Hindu radicals because India is not a theocracy
The archbishop of Delhi and other members of the Christian clergy sign a statement on the situation of religious freedom in the country. "In a secular and democratic India, there is no place for a state religion. Religion has no place in the national political discourse." Grieving over the victims of the Peshawar attack, they note that such violence is "evidence of the dangers of fanaticism".
12/19/2014 JAPAN
With empty cradles, Japan needs to boost birth rate, govt says
Shinzo Abe's government released a draft plan to halt the decline of the Japanese population. Without a higher birth rate, health care and retirement systems are no longer viable. The draft plan includes two parts, a long-term vision and a comprehensive strategy to boost births.
12/19/2014 MALAYSIA
Christmas in Malaysia, a moment of "celebration and sharing" for Christians and Muslims
The archbishop of Kota Kinabalu in Sabah recited the inaugural prayer. The event provided an opportunity for people to come together in unity, harmony and prosperity. For the tenth anniversary, organisers chose as motto 'The Star of Great Joy,' Jesus who brings peace. For a State minister, the festivity shows "good relations between people of different faith and ethnicity".
12/19/2014 SOUTH KOREA
Seoul, the Constitutional Court bans a Political Party: "Dictatorship is back"
Chief judges have accepted the Government's demands and imposed the dissolution of the Unified Progressive Party, accused of carrying out "pro-North Korea" policies. The Party's five elected MPs have been forced to resign: they will be banned from political life "for at least five years." The Party leader speaks of a "return of dictatorship", concern among international observers.

12/19/2014 MACAU - HONG KONG - CHINA
Occupy effect: umbrellas banned during Xi Jinping's visit to Macau (despite the rain)
by Paul Wang
Hong Kong activists were expelled from the former Portuguese colony. At the Macau Ferry Pier, people opened their umbrellas to demand freedom for all Chinese political prisoners. Opponents to Occupy are up (plus 9 per cent, to 38). Some 43.1 per cent are opposed to China's electoral reform. At least 1.2 million people took part in the Occupy protest.
12/19/2014 PAKISTAN
Faisalabad, Sehar's Christmas: blind from birth, she now can see thanks to a chain of solidarity
by Shafique Khokhar
The six year old was born with cataracts in both eyes. Her family was poor and had already faced many difficulties; they could not afford the cost of surgery. Thanks to a joint effort enough money was collected to raise the sum required for the little girl's eye surgery. Now her dream will come true: to go to school and learn to read.
12/19/2014 IRAQ - SYRIA
Mount Sinjar, the peshmerga break siege of Islamic State militias
The Kurds' most important military victory against the Islamists since the beginning of the war. The fighters have opened a humanitarian corridor to allow the escape of 1,200 families trapped since summer. However Yazidi sources have not confirmed the end of the siege or the positioning of Peshmerga troops. December US airstrikes killed high-ranking military leaders of IS.
12/18/2014 CHINA - KENYA
Illegal ivory trade 'out of control' due to Chinese demand, elephants could disappear
During a news conference in Nairobi, Iain Hamilton, founder of the organization Save The Elephants, estimated that 100,000 wild elephants had been killed in Africa over the past three years for their ivory. China remains the "key" to the future of elephants.
12/18/2014 INDIA
Clergy tunes "in to God's message" to mark Christmas in Vijayawada
by Benigna Menezes*
Priests and nuns from the diocese gathered for their annual Christmas meeting, which this time also included the inauguration of the Year of Consecrated Life. The variety of orders and congregations is "a gift from God that enriches the Church."
12/18/2014 VATICAN
Pope: "Today we are all happy" for the new relations between the US and Cuba
Presidents Obama and Castro thanked the Vatican for its mediation aimed at the resumption of diplomatic relations interrupted in1961. In recent months, Francis has spoken of Cuba with Obama and written a personal letter to the two Presidents.
12/18/2014 PALESTINE - ISRAEL
Palestine presents peace plan to the UN Council, Israel calls it an act of aggression
by Joshua Lapide
The resolution calls for a peace treaty within a year and Israel's withdrawal from the Occupied Territories by 2017. The peace plan also provides for two states within the 1967 borders with Jerusalem as a shared capital, plus bilateral security guarantees. US-led talks in the last 20 years have proven useless. For Avigdor Lieberman, the UN should deal with more serious things, and not go for Palestinians' "gimmicks". Without a solution, despair could engulf Palestinians.
12/18/2014 UNITED STATES - NORTH KOREA
Sony Pictures pulls 'The Interview' following threats from pro-North Korea hackers
The comedy mocks North Korean dictator Kim Jong-un by concocting a CIA plot against him. Hackers steal sensitive company emails, posts their content, and warn viewers they might be victims of another 9/11.
12/18/2014 INDIA
Radical Hindus' Christmas reconversions postponed, not cancelled
The Rashtriya Swayamsevak Sangh (RSS) takes a step back to let parliament's winter session to end. It pledges however to reconvert 5,000 Christian and Muslim families "before the end of the year". Opposition call on the prime minister to speak on the matter, but the ruling party says no.
12/18/2014 PAKISTAN
Karachi archbishop calls for prayer and silence in Catholic schools for Peshawar massacre victims
by Shafique Khokhar
As Mgr Coutts remembered the "innocent victims of senseless violence," he called on the faithful to be a source of "peace and reconciliation". Intra-Taliban divisions exacerbate the violence. A power struggle between Pakistan's civilian and military leaders favours Islamist terrorism. For a Muslim activist, the attack is Pakistan's 9/11. Christian priest says it threatens the enlightened future of the country.

Altri articoli
12/18/2014 VATICAN
Pope: God walks with us in history, and when we go wrong he correct history and brings it forward
12/18/2014 JAPAN
Japan's Communist Party celebrates winning 21 seats in recent elections
12/18/2014 PHILIPPINES - VATICAN
Filipino priest: Pope Francis' visit strengthens the fight against corruption
12/18/2014 SYRIA
Syria, over 230 bodies in a mass grave: massacred by Islamic State
12/17/2014 PAKISTAN
In a country in shock over Peshawar massacre, Islamabad bishop calls for unity against terrorism by Jibran Khan
12/17/2014 CHINA
China's anti-corruption campaign claims more victims
12/17/2014 PALESTINE - ISRAEL
UN: Palestinians call for an end to Israeli occupation despite threat of US veto by Joshua Lapide
12/17/2014 SRI LANKA - VATICAN
As Tamil Catholics wait for Pope Francis' visit to the island, they wish the pope a Happy Birthday by Melani Manel Perera
12/17/2014 MIDDLE EAST - ISLAM
Secularism, Sunni-Shia divide, and the Islamic state are wiping out Christians from the Middle East by Fady Noun
12/17/2014 INDIA
Christmas in Mumbai, bringing Jesus to the lepers of Heaven's Gate
12/17/2014 VATICAN
Pope: May God "convert the hearts of the violent who do not stop even before children"
12/17/2014 INDIA
Radical Hindus attack Christians singing Christmas carols by Nirmala Carvalho
12/17/2014 IRAN
Tehran, six-year sentence revoked for three Protestant clerics
12/17/2014 INDONESIA
Central Java, Islamist threat: Scrap Christmas symbols and no celebrations by Mathias Hariyadi
Editor's choices
IRAQ - VATICAN
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.
IRAQ
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'.
Dossier
Top 10
12/14/2014 VATICAN
On the "Sunday of Joy", pope gives a prayer booklet, telling the faithful to "always carry it"
12/17/2014 INDIA
Radical Hindus attack Christians singing Christmas carols
by Nirmala Carvalho
12/13/2014 IRAQ
Chaldean Patriarch calls for fasting on Christmas Eve for refugees' return to Mosul
by Joseph Mahmoud
12/16/2014 IRAQ - VATICAN
As 'Adopt a Christian from Mosul' continues, Mosul bishop notes that Jesus is born amid refugee containers
by Amel Nona
12/17/2014 INDONESIA
Central Java, Islamist threat: Scrap Christmas symbols and no celebrations
by Mathias Hariyadi
12/12/2014 VATICAN
Pope: close to the Catholics "of Iraq and Syria, who are living moments of great suffering and fear in the face of violence"
12/12/2014 VIETNAM - CHINA
South China Sea: Hanoi and Manila towards an appeal to the UN. Beijing enraged
12/12/2014 CHINA
Xinjiang want to ban burqa: Could spark unrest
12/15/2014 VATICAN
Pope: the heart of Christians "is built on the rock" and not "plastered over" in a "cast" of discipline"
12/12/2014 VATICAN
Pope, "compelled to ask that the future of Latin America be forged for the poor and those who suffer"

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God is with us, God still trusts us!

God comes to dwell with men,

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to be with man himself

and so He can be found there where man

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

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