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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.
Faisalabad (AsiaNews) - "For the first time in my life I can really enjoy the Christmas holidays, because I can see the world around me clearly. I celebrate the birth of Jesus Christ with great happiness." This is what the...

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.
12/18/2014 VATICAN
Pope: God walks with us in history, and when we go wrong he correct history and brings it forward
"Making history with his people means for God to walk with us and to test the ones he has chosen". But in the end He saves them: "Let us always remember, with confidence, even in the worst moments, even in times of illness, when we realize we have to ask for the Last Rites because there is no way out, to say: 'Lord, history did not start with me and will not end with me! You go ahead, I am willing to come with you'. And to put ourselves in the hands of the Lord".
12/18/2014 JAPAN
Japan's Communist Party celebrates winning 21 seats in recent elections
For the first time in 14 years, the party wins double-digit representation. Analysts and experts agree that its staunch and consistent opposition to the Abe government has paid off. For party leader Kazuo Shii, "Together with the people, we will further push this administration to the edge."
12/18/2014 PHILIPPINES - VATICAN
Filipino priest: Pope Francis' visit strengthens the fight against corruption
Father Atilano "Nonong" Fajardo re-launches the "Huwag Kang Magnakaw" campaign in line with the dictates of the seventh commandment: "do not steal". He spares no criticism for a nation "of thieves" at every level. But he does not lose optimism: "With good examples, like the Pope, it will be possible to be redeemed."
12/18/2014 SYRIA
Syria, over 230 bodies in a mass grave: massacred by Islamic State
The carnage took place in August in the village of Kashkiya, in the eastern province of Deir al-Zour. The bodies belong to members of the Sheitat tribe and are the vast majority are not fighters. The tribe leaders did not want to ally with jihadi militias; the revenge of the terrorists caused the death of at least 900 people.
12/17/2014 PAKISTAN
In a country in shock over Peshawar massacre, Islamabad bishop calls for unity against terrorism
by Jibran Khan
Mgr Rufin Anthony led a prayer vigil in memory of the victims of the Taliban attack on a military-run school, which killed 132 students, many of them children, and nine teachers. Survivors are now speaking about their dramatic experience. Christian and Muslim religious leaders, politicians and civil society groups unanimously condemn the attack. Pakistani prime minister ends moratorium on the death penalty.
12/17/2014 CHINA
China's anti-corruption campaign claims more victims
China Resources' vice-president Jiang Wei is in the spotlight for lending US$ 320 million to a businessman "friend". In Jiangxi, a former senior official gets life imprisonment for getting banks to lend him money to buy 248 properties. Hu Jintao aide pledges loyalty to Xi Jinping, as does the military.

Altri articoli
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
12/16/2014 INDIA
Catholic activist against handing education over to Hindu fundamentalists by Santosh Digal
12/16/2014 CHINA
China loses US$ 1.25 trillion to tax evasion and corruption
12/16/2014 PAKISTAN
Card Gracias describes Peshawar school attack as a horrible tragedy that unites us all by Jibran Khan
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
12/16/2014 VATICAN
Pope: God saves "a repentant heart," while he who does not trust in Him draws "condemnation" upon himself.
12/16/2014 INDONESIA
Java, the Church in the field for flood victims: volunteers and basic needs by Mathias Hariyadi
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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'.
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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
12/12/2014 VATICAN
Pope: close to the Catholics "of Iraq and Syria, who are living moments of great suffering and fear in the face of violence"
12/17/2014 INDONESIA
Central Java, Islamist threat: Scrap Christmas symbols and no celebrations
by Mathias Hariyadi
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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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.

 

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With an happy New Year 2015


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