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.” Vatican City (AsiaNews) – In his message for the 89th World Mission Day, Pope Francis writes that the missionary dimension is in the Church’s very nature, that it is “a passion for Jesus and at the same time a passion for his people" and is “intrinsic to all forms of consecrated life"....
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".
05/20/2015CARITAS - THAILAND Caritas Thailand, a home for 120 thousand Burmese refugees Reception centers for the ethnic Karen refugees in nine refugee camps on the western border of the country. Caritas activities include medical care in villages, and aid to small landowners. An aid worker: "We do not just give material aid. We have to meet people's lives. "
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.
05/19/2015ASIA Vigil for persecuted Christians, our teachers in the mission in the West by Bernardo Cervellera The "wall of indifference and cynicism" and the silence and apathy so often denounced by Pope Francis have become almost a fortress. Such persecution reflects confessional manipulation, which slams Islam as such, and ideological manipulation, which forgets what is happening in North Korea or China. An increasingly post-Christian Europe seems disinterested in Christians.