07/31/2015JAPAN Bishop of Niigata hopes to see Japan build peace through development, not weapons by Tarcisio Isao Kikuchi The prelate, who chairs Caritas Asia, reflects on the meaning of peace before the ten days during which the Japanese Church commemorates the carnage of Hiroshima and Nagasaki. Whilst civil society groups oppose the abolition of Article 9, the prime minister speaks of urgent requests from the international community. The history of the country and its involvement with developing nations are its real contributions to human dignity and harmony in the world. Niigata (AsiaNews) - Summer, especially in month of August, is the time to contemplate and act for peace in Japan. In 1945, on 6 August, Hiroshima was hit by the very first atomic bomb which was followed by Nagasaki on 9 August. Then on 15 August, Japan accepted unconditional surrender to allied...
07/31/2015PHILIPPINES Artists, donors and activists among 2015 Asia’s “Nobel Prize” winners The winners came from India, Philippines, Laos, and Myanmar. The presentation ceremony for Ramon Magsaysay Award, will take place on August 31 in Manila. President of the Foundation says: “There is one thing this year’s Magsaysay laureates all share in common: a greatness of spirit that infuses their crusade for change.”
07/31/2015CHINA Beijing to host 2022 Winter Olympics The IOC was faced with two starkly different choices: Beijing offers the experience and some venues from the 2008 Olympics, but lacks natural snow or winter conditions, while lesser-known Almaty boasts a mountain setting with plenty of natural snow.
07/31/2015INDIA Following rape, abortion allowed for six-month pregnant girl, but the child “is innocent" by Dominic Savio Fernandes The Supreme Court of India will allow a 14-year-old girl to have an abortion, although she is in the 25th week of her pregnancy. As per law, abortion beyond 20 weeks is not allowed. When “rape ends in pregnancy – it is like rubbing salt to injury,” Mumbai’s auxiliary bishop told AsiaNews. However, “A child conceived by rape is innocent.” For him, “The child should be allowed to be born, and then be entrusted to an orphanage.”
07/31/2015EGYPT – SAUDI ARABIA Cairo and Riyadh to develop military and economic relations "The two sides stressed the need to exert all efforts to boost security and stability in the region, and to work together to protect Arab national security," including an Arab military force, the ‘Cairo Declaration’ states.
07/31/2015NORTH KOREA – CANADA Pyongyang holds a Protestant missionary for planning a theocracy in North Korea Local authorities confirmed that they are holding Hyeon-Soo Lim, 60, who heads Toronto’s Light Korean Presbyterian Church. The pastor was detained on charges of planning to overthrow the regime to establish a religious state. North Korea’s official news agency reported his "confession".
07/31/2015ISRAEL-PALESTINE Nablus: Palestinian child burnt alive after Israeli settlers set fire to home by Joshua Lapide The mother, the father and the eldest son, aged four, are injured, but safe. The settlers have left graffiti praising the "Vendetta" and the coming of the "Messiah". The Israeli army defines the gesture an act of "terrorism". In 2015 there were 120 attacks by Israeli settlers against Palestinians in the occupied territories and East Jerusalem. Many settlers share a vision of radical Judaism who wants to "purify" the Land of Israel also by killing.
07/30/2015SRI LANKA The civil war did not stop Dilakshini’s yearning to study by Melani Manel Perera The 18-year-old Tamil woman talks about the horrors and consequences of ethnic conflict, including the loss of family, work, and home. Jobless parents cannot pay for their children’s education. Dilakshini dreams of becoming “a great woman and work for this society."
07/30/2015CHINA Zhejiang: 16 Protestants opposed to cross demolition detained Believers and clergymen are held “on suspicion of ‘running an illegal business,’ ‘obstructing official duty,’ and ‘running secret accounting procedures’”. For their lawyer, the charges are “random stuff” when the real reason is “they refused to allow the cross to be taken down”.
07/30/2015PAKISTAN Faisalabad diocese celebrates the 75th anniversary of the Parish of St Pius X by Skafique Khokhar Fr Pius Corbelini inaugurated the church in 1940. The current bishop, who led the anniversary celebrations, explained the role he and his priests play, as well as the religious path the faithful must follow, and the importance of children education. He also talked about spreading the Gospel and helping the local community.
07/30/2015TURKEY – SYRIA – IRAQ Erdogan’s ambiguous policy and the beginning of the Turkish (and Kurdish) tragedy by NAT da Polis Air strikes against IS in Syria and PKK targets in northern Iraq are a last ditch attempt to save Erdogan’s neo-Ottoman policies. A great game is being played out in the Middle East to redesign the borders between Turkey, Syria, and Iraq. The United States also seems to be using IS. The Incirlik air bases is part of the bargaining between Washington and Ankara.