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12/29/2014 BAHRAIN
Bahrain opposition leader arrested
Sheikh Ali Salman leads al-Wefaq, which challenged the monarchy boycotting the elections last November. Summoned for questioning about "violating certain aspects of law," was then held by the Ministry of the Interior. His group warns: "Mr Salman's arrest is a perilous and arbitrary adventure which will seriously complicate the political and security scene in Bahrain".
Manama (AsiaNews/Agencies) - Bahrain's main opposition movement, al-Wefaq, says its leader has been arrested after a day of questioning at the interior ministry. Sheikh Ali Salman was summoned for questioning about "violating certain aspects...

12/29/2014 BANGLADESH
Bishop of Rajshahi: the vocation for the priesthood is a call to responsibility
by Sumon Corraya
Bishop Rozario celebrates the ordination of a new priest. In recent years many priests, nuns and religious have abandoned consecrated life, unable to resist temptation. The faithful "must help their priests with prayer."
12/29/2014 CHINA
For the first time, China will not meet five-year plan targets
Trade and investment goals set out in the 2011-2015 plan will not be met. For Chinese economists, the decision by Chinese policymakers to boost quality is behind the trend. For international experts, the very concept of five-year plans is outdated and unworkable.
12/29/2014 INDONESIA
The search continues for the AirAsia Airbus that has vanished with 162 people on board
This morning an Australian plane detected objects in the sea. According to the Head of the Search and Rescue operations, the aircraft could have precipitated into the Java Sea. Among the 155 passengers, most of them Indonesian, there are three Koreans, a Briton, a Malaysian, a Singaporean. They include 17 children and a baby. Emergency number set up for relatives and friends.
12/29/2014 INDIA
Christmas in jail for Christians in Orissa and Madhya Pradesh
by Nirmala Carvalho
Two different communities (one Protestant the other Pentecostal) were attacked by Hindu fundamentalist groups while celebrating the birth of Christ. Local police arrested the faithful and their leaders on charges of forced conversion.

12/28/2014 VATICAN
Pope: Let us pray in silence for the families that are suffering, that they may not lack concrete help
On the feast day of the Holy Family, Francis calls on the faithful in St Peter's Square to pray in silence (and then with a Hail Mary) in support of families in need. The pontiff mentioned the importance of grandparents and intergenerational solidarity in households. At the end, his thoughts go to the plane that disappeared between Singapore and Indonesia, and for people in distress in the waters of the Adriatic, saying "I am close to you affection and prayer."
12/27/2014 MALAYSIA
Five people dead and 160,000 forced to flee in Malaysia's record-breaking floods
Seasonal monsoon rains and strong winds devastate the country's north-eastern states. Photographed playing golf with Obama, Malaysia's prime minister rushes home to deal with the emergency.
12/27/2014 CHINA
As police stops woman who tried to "bring the Gospel" to Xi Jinping, Wenzhou bans Christmas celebrations in schools and universities
by Wang Zhicheng
The woman, a member of an underground Protestant community, denies having mental problems, but wants to spread the Gospel to change party members' "corrupt thoughts". In Wenzhou (Zhejiang), the authorities crack down on Christmas celebrations, deemed "Western spiritual pollution". Surveys indicated that some 60 per cent of university students want to learn about Christianity. In Beijing, 3,000 people are baptised on Christmas night. Zhejiang supplies 60 per cent of the world's Christmas decorations.
12/27/2014 PHILIPPINES - VATICAN
Manila: Islamic leader calls on Muslims to follow Pope Francis for world peace
Ebra Moxsir M. al-Haj, head of the Imam Council of the Philippines and chaplain of the Philippine National Police, speaks on Know The Truth programme, praising Francis' efforts in favour of the good and peace in the world against all forms of extremism, which must be backed all the way. He calls on Muslims to welcome the pontiff and understand his words.
12/27/2014 BANGLADESH
Christmas in Bangladesh, a faith that grows without being overcome by dejection
by Franco Cagnasso*
PIME's regional superior in Bangladesh takes stock of the activities carried out in 2014. Snehanir, a community for children and young people who have disabilities or are very poor, is set to welcome blind and deaf children. Some students tells their story: Mithun is ready to give up his dreams for his family's sake, and Ashis might become a PIME missionary.
12/27/2014 NEPAL
For Kathmandu bishop, a country that welcomes Christ is a fairer country
by Christopher Sharma
Christian leaders celebrated Christmas with a prayer service. Political leaders and members of civil society groups were present at the event. Nepal's prime minister pledges respect for freedom of worship and protection for minorities in the new constitution. For the apostolic vicar, "Christ was Christ was born [. . .] to limit the differences among human beings [. . .] Likewise, we must reject violence, discrimination and terrorism".
12/27/2014 IRAQ
For Chaldean Patriarch, Christmas is the source of hope for Iraqi Christians "displaced" like Jesus
by Louis Raphael I Sako*
In his homily, Mar Sako noted the Christian community's "difficult and painful circumstances," but also pointed out that the festivity is cause for renewed hope. He looks forward to a future of peace, harmony and coexistence, but to reach that goal, the country needs a strong political system and the foreign policy of the United States and the West must change.
12/26/2014 VATICAN
Pope: like Saint Stephen, in the trials accepted because of one's faith, violence is defeated by love
During the Angelus, Pope Francis notes that the festivity of the first martyr continues "the celebration of Christmas", stripping it of "that false sugar-coating that does not belong to it." He mentions "those who are discriminated against, persecuted and killed for bearing witness to Christ." Religious freedom is "an inalienable right of every human person."
12/25/2014 VATICAN
Pope; May Christmas bring the hope of peace to those suffering in the Middle East and the world, especially the children
In his 'Urbi et orbi' message, Francis turned his thoughts to the victims of war in the Middle East, Nigeria, Libya, South Sudan, the Central African Republic and Democratic Republic of Congo, as well as to those who suffer from tensions in Ukraine. " May Jesus save the vast numbers of children who are victims of violence, made objects of trade and trafficking, or forced to become soldiers; children, so many abused children. May he give comfort to the families of the children killed in Pakistan last week. May he be close to all who suffer from illness, especially the victims of the Ebola epidemic".
12/25/2014 VATICAN
Pope: May the world and each of us accept "God's tenderness" at Christmas
"The question the Child asks us with his presence is: Do I let God love me? And again, do we have the courage to accept with tenderness the difficult situations and problems of those next to us, or do we prefer impersonal solutions, more efficient perhaps but lacking the Gospel's warmth? How much does the world need tenderness today! God's patience, God's closeness, God's tenderness."

Altri articoli
12/24/2014 INDIA
As India shifts towards fundamentalism, Indian priest urges Christmas prayers for religious freedom by Dominic Emmanuel*
12/24/2014 VIETNAM
Christmas among the poor fishermen of Thanh Hoa by Thanh Thuy
12/24/2014 IRAQ - VATICAN
For Chaldean Patriarch, pope's letter to the Christians of the East is an "oracle," a source of courage and hope
12/24/2014 JAPAN
Christmas in Japan, studying Evangelii Gaudium to understand the faith better
12/24/2014 SOUTH KOREA
Christmas in Korea amongst the migrants, putting the person first
12/24/2014 ASIA
Tears (and Best Wishes) for Christmas by Bernardo Cervellera
12/24/2014 INDIA
Assam: separatist guerrilla attacks, 56 dead and over 80 injured. Curfew imposed.
12/23/2014 CHINA
As more than 400 crosses are destroyed in Zhejiang, violence spreads to Henan, Shandong, and Anhui by Bernardo Cervellera
12/23/2014 INDIA
Church prepared to use "any means" to stop laws that violate religious freedom, says Card Gracias
12/23/2014 VATICAN
Pope: the suffering of Christians and other persecuted religious groups in the Middle East "cries out to God"
12/23/2014 TUNISIA - ISLAM
Despite suspected ties to the old regime, Essebsi is the new president of Tunisia
12/23/2014 LEBANON
The war against Sunni terrorism is Lebanon's main news for 2014 by Fady Noun
12/23/2014 CHINA
Hu Jintao's former top aide Ling Jihua under investigation for corruption by Wang Zhicheng
12/23/2014 SINGAPORE
For Singapore archbishop, through "humility and lowliness," the Child Jesus traces the path of love
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'.
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12/22/2014 VATICAN
Pope: the 15 "diseases" of the Curia, from careerism to "gossip", from pomposity to accumulation of wealth
12/22/2014 INDONESIA
Indonesian Islamists threaten Christmas celebrations
by Mathias Hariyadi
12/23/2014 CHINA
As more than 400 crosses are destroyed in Zhejiang, violence spreads to Henan, Shandong, and Anhui
by Bernardo Cervellera
12/22/2014 MYANMAR - CHINA

Growing illegal tiger and wild cat trade from Myanmar to China
12/22/2014 SYRIA
Aleppo: Christmas among Christian families broken by war, praying for peace
by Giorgio Istifan
12/23/2014 PHILIPPINES - VATICAN
Manila, rector of Catholic University: the meeting with the Pope, an inspiration for young people
12/24/2014 INDIA
As India shifts towards fundamentalism, Indian priest urges Christmas prayers for religious freedom
by Dominic Emmanuel*
12/23/2014 VATICAN
Pope: the suffering of Christians and other persecuted religious groups in the Middle East "cries out to God"
12/22/2014 MALAYSIA
Kuala Lumpur, religious leaders: Dialogue, the basis of coexistence between different faiths
12/23/2014 INDIA
Church prepared to use "any means" to stop laws that violate religious freedom, says Card Gracias

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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.

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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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