Pope: Christ’s Resurrection, the decisive mystery of our faith, in our minds and hearts
Benedict XVI, in his first Regina Caeli at Castel Gandolfo, invites us to use vacation time to reread the stories of the Resurrection of Jesus narrated in the Gospels. The testimony of women, important in the passion and resurrection, but also in all ages of the Church. The importance of Mary, who through the resurrection of Jesus, becomes the Mother of the Church.
Castel Gandolfo (AsiaNews) - "The Resurrection of Jesus" is "the crucial mystery of our faith. In fact, as St. Paul writes to the Corinthians,"And if Christ has not been raised, then empty [too] is our preaching; empty, too, your faith' (1 Cor 15:14) "This is what Benedict XVI stressed this Easter Monday, or Monday of the Angels, which in Italy and in many countries is a holiday. "The Monday...
Pope: May the Risen Christ give peace and hope to persecuted Christians and the Middle East
The Easter message, Benedict XVI: "If Jesus is risen, then – and only then – has something truly new happened, something that changes the state of humanity and the world". Last night, during the vigil "with regard to material things, our knowledge and our technical accomplishments are legion, but what reaches beyond, the things of God and the question of good, we can no longer identify. "
|04/07/2012 CHINA - VATICAN|
Police pressure on underground community. Easter in the Church of Silence
by Wang Zhicheng
Controls stepped up ahead of the change of leadership at the next Party Congress. A campaign to "convert" underground communities to the official Church and subject them to government policy. Arrests, "dialogue" and "study sessions".
|04/07/2012 HONG KONG|
3500 adults receive baptism at Easter Vigil. Card. Tong thanks the catechists
by Annie Lam*
There are 39 paid catechists and 1500 volunteer catechists. Evangelization a pastoral priority for Card. Tong. The story of Janet, who will be baptized tonight, along with her younger brother.
In Christ’s Passion, redemption of the suffering of Pakistani Christians
by Jibran Khan
All over the country the minority participated in Holy Week religious functions, the Way of the Cross yesterday. Bishop of Islamabad: look to the Cross on Calvary as the place for relief from suffering. Throughout Lent, the faithful promoted charitable activities and Bible study.
May families burdened by tribulations find in the cross the strength to continue, pope says
Benedict XVI ends the Via Crucis at the Coliseum. At present, the economic crisis is making the situation worse for families. "At times of trouble, when our families have to face pain and adversity, let us look to Christ's cross. There we can find the courage and strength to press on".
|04/06/2012 HOLY LAND|
Nuncio in Holy Land: Easter between checkpoints and war
Mgr Antonio Franco talks about Easter for Christians in the Holy Land. More than 20,000 people took part in Palm Sunday services. Checkpoints in the territories and the war in Syria have discouraged pilgrims. At the Holy Sepulchre, many visitors are tourists, few are believers. In Jordan, Catholics and Orthodox celebrate Easter on the same date following the Julian calendar.
After Bo Xilai: party discipline and the appeal of reforms
by Willy Lam
The move against Bo Xilai and his allies breaks the party's aura of unity and stability. Bo sought military support for a possible coup. Calls for unity and obedience of the People's Liberation Army to the leadership undermine Wen Jiabao's appeals for political reforms. Wen's words might be once more an empty promise. Bo Xilai's trial should follow the rules, with Chinese and foreign journalists allowed to report on it. Expert Willy Lam analyses the situation with text courtesy of The Jamestown Foundation.
Christ saves from poverty, discrimination and bad government, says archbishop of Manila
by David Viehland
In his first Chrismal Mass, Mgr Tagle calls on priests and lay people to spread the Gospel to free people from the enslavement of material things. He calls on the faithful to pray for the priests of his archdiocese, which serves 3 million people.
Korean bishops: At Easter, let the light of Christ enlighten a society divided, sick from materialism
by Theresa Kim Hwa-young
South Koreans are afflicted by materialism, selfishness and social autism. Never before has humanity enjoyed such "unprecedented material affluence," but what has it brought? The destruction of "harmony among ourselves and with nature." In an appeal for the upcoming elections, the bishops call on voters to choose wisely "people who are ready to serve the nation".
In Kon Tum, Catholics pray in private homes since the government seized their church
by Nguyen Hung
The authorities in Hiếu Đạo confiscated the building 30 years ago and have not returned it yet. Nevertheless, the number of believers keeps on growing through conversions. "We are convinced that God will return the altar to us," local bishop tells AsiaNews.