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10/04/2015 VATICAN
Pope: In “extremely difficult social and marital context”, Church called to carry out mission in fidelity, truth and charity.
The opening Mass of the Synod on "The vocation and mission of the family in the Church and in the contemporary world," Pope Francis speaks of the paradoxes of global society: "power" accompanied by loneliness and helplessness." Today's man "ridicules" the family and love, but thirsts for it. The Church bears witness to indissoluble love, but must not forget to care and sustain "the man who falls or who errs." "A Church with closed doors betrays itself and its mission, and instead of being a bridge it becomes a barrier."
Vatican City (AsiaNews) - In an "extremely difficult social and marital context," the Church is called to live "its mission in fidelity, in truth and love". This was Pope Francis’ reflection as he outlined the main path of the Synod journey which opens today, on "The vocation and mission of the family in the Church and in the contemporary world", at morning Mass presided by the Pope in St Peter's Basilica, attended by all...

10/04/2015 VATICAN
Pope: Parents and educators, instruments "of the love with which Jesus embraces the little ones"
At the Angelus, Pope Francis asks for prayers for the Synod on the family and asks people to welcome children "starving, abandoned, exploited, forced into the war, refused." Not a "fortress society", but a "society-family, to welcome, with proper rules, but welcome, always welcome, with love." Pray for the Synod. The beatification of Cistercian monk Pio Heredia and seventeen companions, martyrs of the Spanish Civil War. Thoughts for victims of Guatemala landslide and the flood in southern France.
10/03/2015 VATICAN
Pope: Every family is always a light in the darkness of the world, may synod set out once more from Nazareth
The great prayer vigil before the Synod of Bishops on "The vocation and mission of the family in the Church and in the contemporary world", Francis prays that the Synod Fathers hear the Holy Spirit: "Without the Holy Spirit God is far off, Christ remains in the past, the Church becomes a mere organization, authority becomes domination, mission becomes propaganda, worship becomes mystique, Christian life the morality of slaves".
10/03/2015 VATICAN
Pope to the Food Bank: counter food waste by distributing it to the poor
In an audience with Italy’s Food Bank Foundation, which is marking 25 years of operations, Pope Francis recalls the need to respond to the "scandal" of hunger and the "sin" of injustice of wealth and waste beside destitution. Look the poor "in the eye, shake hands with them, see in them the flesh of Christ." The memory of the "founders", the entrepreneur Danilo Fossati and Don Luigi Giussani.
10/03/2015 IRAN - SAUDI ARABIA
Bodies of first 104 Iranian pilgrims who died at Mecca arrive home
At least 464 Iranians are believed to have died in Mecca. The Saudi authorities have not yet drawn up a detailed list of the dead and nationalities. Officially 769 pilgrims died, but it is suspected that the real body count is between 2 and 4 thousand.

10/03/2015 CHINA
Guangxi parcel-bomb suspect died in one of the explosions
Wei Yinyong reportedly acted out of anger against the people and the government that forced him to close his quarry. But for relatives he is innocent.
10/03/2015 INDONESIA
Central Java, Muslim student lauds confessional harmony of Catholic campus
by Mathias Hariyadi
The testimony of Satya Tantra, a Muslim student at the Catholic University of Soegijapranata, attending Aseaccu event. A "wonderful opportunity" to an "inclusive" experience on a religious, human and social level. With him, a young Catholic, who sees possibility of a "society in which Muslims, Christians and Buddhists live happily together."
10/03/2015 ASIA
Singapore, Japan and Hong Kong in the top ten of the world economy
World Economic Forum on competitiveness ranking published. Top three unchanged since last year: Switzerland, Singapore and the United States. Japan sixth, followed by Hong Kong. The world economy is slowing down compared to the previous decade, only exception- addition to China - India, which gains 16 positions.
Government cuts subsidies for its largely impoverished citizens
by Alexander Kim
Since 1993 in Turkmenistan has provided its citizens with free access to water, electricity and natural gas. In 2007, the new president introduced limitations. Overall subsidies represent 22% of GDP. The global economic crisis is reducing the government's finances. The country consumes 36.7% of the natural gas it produces. “The time has come to move to market relations. Now we must all learn to pay,” a government official said.
Top world leaders focus on economics and war at UN General Assembly
A content analysis shows what G20 heads of government and state said. At 38 times Syria tops citations. The world economy and war were the main topics, cited together 100. China’s Xi Jinping named no country other than China and did not mention terrorism and related topics. North Korea’s nuclear threat mentioned only by South Korea.
10/02/2015 VATICAN
Synod: 270 bishops and 18 married couples to speak about the family
The assembly, dedicated to "The vocation and mission of the family in the Church and in the contemporary world", opens Sunday with a papal Mass. Among the changes, the greater role of the working groups divided according to language. The final report will be delivered to Francis who will decide whether to draw a papal document from it.
Jakarta chooses Beijing for the country’s first high-speed train
by Mathias Hariyadi
After weeks of sometimes hard negotiations, Indonesia picks China to build its US$ 5.5 billion high-speed train. China’s offer without requiring funding from Indonesia was the tipping point. The rail link should be up and running in three years. The decision boosts Sino-Indonesian economic relations.
10/02/2015 BANGLADESH
Bangladeshi Catechist bringing Jesus to Santal tribal villages for 46 years
by Sumon Corraya
Lawrence Murmu, 67, serves the Diocese of Rajshahi. He began to preach in remote areas during the country’s War of Independence from Pakistan. "I never start talking about Jesus Christ with these people,” but he becomes their friends first. In 50 years, thanks to catechists, literacy among Santal has gone from 3 to 75 per cent. As “80 per cent of Santal want to be baptised,” the Church always stand by them.
10/02/2015 SRI LANKA
For UN High Commissioner, the Sri Lankan government must lay the foundations for peace and reconciliation
by Melani Manel Perera
In a video message to the Human Rights Council in Geneva, Ra'ad Zeid Al Hussein said that the Sri Lankan government must shed light on civil war crimes. He added that hate speech should be made a crime to break the old cycle of impunity. Sri Lankan ambassador said that Colombo is willing to accept advice and assistance of the international community.
10/02/2015 VATICAN
Pope: we all have a guardian angel, "God’s messenger" who should be listened to and respected
Our guardian angel is our friend “who we cannot see but we can feel". "Listen to his voice, because he advises us. When we hear that inspiration: ‘ Do this ...don’t do this ...'. Listen! Don’t rebel against him".

Altri articoli
10/02/2015 CHINA
Beijing, industrial production falls to 2009 levels
10/02/2015 MYANMAR
Myanmar government wants to censor the pope and Card Bo over Rohingya plight by Francis Khoo Thwe
Phnom Penh denies asylum to nine Vietnamese Montagnards fleeing persecution
10/02/2015 BAHRAIN-IRAN
Bahrain expels Iranian ambassador and recalls its own from Tehran
10/01/2015 INDIA
Indian Jesuit warns that people are starving as governments do nothing by Nirmala Carvalho
10/01/2015 NEPAL
For apostolic vicar, the new constitution threatens freedom of conscience by Christopher Sharma
10/01/2015 VATICAN
Almost 232 million migrants and 45 million refugees and internally displaced persons
10/01/2015 PHILIPPINES
Child slaves in Filipino gold mines, "a cultural problem to be solved"
10/01/2015 KYRGYZSTAN
Kyrgyz elections: despite politicians wooing Christian voters, “friendship” might not survive the poll by Sergei Colubr
10/01/2015 PAKISTAN
Gujrat: imprisoned for blasphemy, four Christians risk their lives. Government: No protection by Jibran Khan
10/01/2015 VATICAN
Pope: " That never, ever, ever should our heart’s longing for God be extinguished.”
10/01/2015 VATICAN
Pope: “indifference and silence lead to complicity whenever we stand by as people are dying”
10/01/2015 RUSSIA-US-SYRIA
Russia enters war against Isis in Syria, to applause of Orthodox and Muslims by Nina Achmatova
UN hoists Palestinian flag. Abu Mazen: safeguard unity of territory and people
Editor's choices
Pope in the US: “We Christians, the Lord’s disciples, ask the families of the world to help us”In the last Mass of the World Meeting of Families in Philadelphia, Francis Pope highlights the daily "little gestures" that define the family, which is “the right place for faith to become life, and life to become faith". Gratitude, respect, and collaboration with families in which the Spirit operates can be found in every “family, people, region, or religion”.
Pope in the US: Without the family, the Church would not existFrancis met bishops gathered in Philadelphia for the eighth World Meeting of Families. “We might well ask whether in our pastoral ministry we are ready to ‘waste’ time with families. Whether we are ready to be present to them, sharing their difficulties and joys.” Young generations should not be blamed if they grew up with distorted values. “As pastors,” we must extend “a sincere invitation to young people to be brave and to opt for marriage and the family.”
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09/28/2015 PALESTINE
Arson attack at Bethlehem’s St Charbel Monastery, probably the work of Islamic fundamentalists, says Maronite leader
10/01/2015 PAKISTAN
Gujrat: imprisoned for blasphemy, four Christians risk their lives. Government: No protection
by Jibran Khan
09/28/2015 NEPAL - INDIA
Kathmandu against Delhi: End embargo
by Christopher Sharma
10/01/2015 VATICAN
Pope: “indifference and silence lead to complicity whenever we stand by as people are dying”
09/29/2015 INDONESIA
Faced by a major economic downturn, Jakarta woos Chinese entrepreneurs to invest in Indonesia
by Mathias Hariyadi
09/28/2015 VATICAN
Pope: "I would love to go to China," which has "a great culture and a lot of good things"
09/29/2015 INDIA
Hindu extremists plan more attacks if beef ban not enforced
by Nirmala Carvalho
09/30/2015 CHINA
Guangxi: series of parcel bombs leaves dead and injured in Liucheng
09/28/2015 ASIA – INDONESIA
Catholic students stay with Muslim, Hindu, and Buddhist families to learn about pluralism
by Mathias Hariyadi
09/28/2015 SINGAPORE
May Mary, Star of the New Evangelisation, guides us in the New Evangelisation, says Singapore archbishop


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