05/25/2015VATICAN Pope: "Attachment to riches is the beginning of all kinds of corruption" "Riches are for the common good, for everyone. And if the Lord gives them to one person it is so that they are used for the good of all, not for oneself, not so they are closed in one’s heart, which then becomes corrupt and sad." Vatican City (AsiaNews) - "Attachment to riches is the beginning of all kinds of corruption" because it has "the ability to seduce", whereas if the Lord gifts us wealth it is "for the good of all", said today Pope Francis during mass celebrated this morning in Casa...
05/25/2015MYANMAR - ASIA Yangon Cardinal: Myanmar has a moral duty to resolve the Rohingya crisis by Charles Maung Bo* 139 mass graves of migrants discovered in Malaysia, scattered in 28 fields near the border with Thailand. In a letter Card. Charles Bo recalls the obligation to assist these modern boat people to regain their dignity and rights. The cardinal speaks of "agony" of inhuman proportions and calls on all citizens to work together to resolve this emergency.
05/24/2015VATICAN For pope, the missionary dimension is in the Church’s very nature and is "intrinsic to all forms of consecrated life" "In Jesus’ command to ‘go forth’, we see the scenarios and ever-present new challenges of the Church’s evangelizing mission,” said Pope Francis in his message for World Mission Day. “All her members are called to proclaim the Gospel by their witness of life. In a particular way, consecrated men and women are asked to listen to the voice of the Spirit who calls them to go to the peripheries, to those to whom the Gospel has not yet been proclaimed.”
05/22/2015THAILAND - ASIA Beatings, rapes and abuse: the Rohingya in Thailand recount their journey of despair by Weena Kowitwanij A young 16 year old confirms to AsiaNews the violence irregular migrants are subjected to. Overcrowded boats, little food and no water, beatings and threats are their daily bread. A woman, pregnant and with a three year old daughter, chose the sea route after having experienced violence firsthand in Myanmar. May 29 summit in Bangkok to deal with the emergency.
05/21/2015MALAYSIA – INDONESIA – ASIA As Malaysia rescues migrants, Indonesian activist slams ASEAN for failing them Malaysian Prime Minister Najib Razak said that his country would rescue the desperate refugees drifting at sea. This represents a reversal over what Malaysia did so far. Indonesian and Malaysian officials meet with Myanmar authorities to find a regional solution. Migrant Care expert told AsiaNews that ASEAN has not been able to respond to the drama because it is only interested in the rich.
05/20/2015VATICAN Pope: pray for the Catholics of China and for persecuted Christians "Religious freedom is a human right". In Italy the Pentecost Vigil will be recall our "many brothers and sisters exiled or killed simply because they are Christians." On May 24 the prayer to Our Lady of Sheshan. Chinese Catholics are "credible witnesses" of merciful love and live "spiritually united to the rock of Peter on which the Church is built." The family’s "natural vocation to educate", must not be replaced by "experts" and “intellectual critics".
05/20/2015INDONESIA - ASIA Hundreds rescued off Aceh coast in boat-people crisis This morning, at least 426 people, mostly from Myanmar, were rescued by local fishermen. One of these ships was at sea for weeks, the people on board sick and undernourished. Partial reverse of Malaysia and Indonesia over push backs. Myanmar also ready to cooperate to resolve the Rohingya crisis.
05/19/2015VATICAN – ASIA For Card Vegliò, the migrant crisis can be solved by investing in poor countries The president of the Pontifical Council for the Pastoral Care of Migrants and Itinerants spoke to AsiaNews about humanitarian emergencies in Europe and Southeast Asia. For him, the latter are primarily a political problem, and governments should show “a little more good will”. Shelling boats will not help countries from where people flee.