12/20/2013PHILIPPINES Manila airport ambush leaves Mayor of Labangan and four others dead Two people, disguised as policemen, killed Ukol Talumpa , mayor of the province of Zamboanga del Sur. His wife and a toddler of one and a half also killed. The raid took place outside Terminal 3, at least 20 shots fired . In the past, the man had been the target of attacks. Manila ( AsiaNews
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12/19/2013RUSSIA Putin 'ready' to release Mikhail Khodorkovsky Former Yukos tycoon has already spent more than a decade in prison. Grace is motivated by "humanitarian circumstances." Mystery on the document: the detainee's lawyer denies that he did it to present it.
12/19/2013CHINA Party orders a "Marxist exam" for all Chinese journalists The exam will be based on a 700-page manual being sold in bookshops. The manual is peppered with directives such as "it is absolutely not permitted for published reports to feature any comments that go against the party line". Those who fail the test will lose the press card. Increase control over the media in the era of Xi Jinping.
12/19/2013VATICAN Pope: Only God can make fruitful our barren aridity Francis speaks of the gospel of Elizabeth, who from a state of bareness became the mother of John the Baptist. The desert and bareness are rendered fruitful by His power. In these days before Christmas, have the humility to recognize our own misery and pray for the grace to bear fruit.
12/19/2013VATICAN - ISLAM Pope Francis and his invitation to dialogue with Islam by Samir Khalil Samir There are so many positive things in Evangelii gaudium, its urging Christians and Muslims towards a relationship in love and truth, to work for peace, to enrich each other, to welcome immigrants ... But there are also some points that provoke criticism: is the "compassionate and merciful" God of the Muslims really the same as the Trinity? And are the Jesus and Mary in the Koran the same as the Gospels? And is Christian fundamentalism the same as Muslim fundamentalism? What is really urgent - as suggested by Francis – is "a proper reading of the Koran," which Muslims resist.
12/19/2013SOUTH KOREA - VATICAN Ambassador Han looks at 50 years of Korea-Holy See relations, the Gospel and the common good by Thomas Han Hong-soon* The outgoing ambassador of the Republic of Korea to the Vatican gives his thoughts at the end of his mandate, talking about the fruitful influence of Christianity on his country where the Catholic Church is the most respected institution. Within 30 years, Catholics will represent 50 per cent of the population. He talks about his countrymen's hopes for a visit of Pope Francis and makes some suggestions to China.
12/19/2013SRI LANKA Sri Lanka's oldest Catholic monthly launches English and online editions by Melani Manel Perera Bakhti Prabodhanaya has been published by the Missionary Oblates of Mary Immaculate since 1899. International schools and the country's Tamil community had been asking for an English edition. The magazine sells 12.000 copies per month focusing on the social doctrine of the Catholic Church, family issues and ethics.
12/19/2013SINGAPORE - KOREA Christmas in Singapore, a catholic market becomes a way to talk about God by Kim Ae-ran* A South Korean religious Pauline manages with her sisters a little "Areopagus" in the center of the city-state, where they sell nativity scenes and other Christmas items. But passers-by are more interested to renew their faith and to ask questions about the meaning of life, proving that "everything passes except the thirst of the Lord."
12/19/2013VIETNAM For Vinh Bishop, jail and campaigns of lies will not stop the Church's mission For Mgr Paul Nguyen Thai Hop, the Catholic community is trying to participate actively and with "enthusiasm" to the "New Evangelisation". Although the authorities have attacked the diocese, the faithful "are not afraid," showing instead "strong faith and unity." Our goals, said the prelate, remain "dialogue, peace, love and forgiveness."
12/18/2013SYRIA Syria: Saudi and Islamist rebel threat not stopping Geneva II The United States, Europe and Russia continue their diplomatic efforts with the regime of Bashar al-Assad ahead of the Peace Conference on Syria set to begin on 22 January 2014. Leaders with the Islamic Front, the main jihadist group, refuse to meet with the US ambassador to Damascus. Saudi Arabia will continue to take action against Assad with or without the support of the West.
The light that this world offers us, Is an artificial one. It maybe a bright light, brighter than the light of Christ, Bright like festive fireworks, Bright like the flash of a camera. Instead, the light of Christ is meek, It is a calm and peaceful light. It is the light of that first Christmas Eve: Without any pretence. It is this: It offers and gives peace... It is a meek light with the power of meekness; It is a light that speaks to the heart It is also a light that offers the Cross. Pope Francis
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