04/28/2015INDONESIA – PHILIPPINES Jakarta archbishop comes out for Mary Jane’s innocence, calls for an end to the death penalty by Mathias Hariyadi Indonesia’s Catholic Church is against the death penalty. Mgr Suharyo has prepared a special prayer for people on death row. Even Filipino boxing champion Manny Pacquiao has called for her compatriot’s release. On Kambang Island, preparations are underway for the execution. Jakarta (AsiaNews) – After months of appeals and public statements by the Catholic Church in Indonesia, the archbishop of Jakarta, Mgr Ignatius Suharyo, has plunged directly into the...
04/27/2015MALAYSIA –ASEAN – CHINA A divided ASEAN takes a soft line against Beijing over South China Sea Filipino President Aquino slams China’s imperialist tendencies at sea, which he deems a “threat to the security and stability of the region”. Summit host Malaysian Prime Minister Razak soft-pedals the issue to avoid direct conflicts. Meanwhile, the association is working on a code of conduct whilst maintaining a non-confrontational approach to dispute resolution.
04/27/2015INDONESIA - HONG KONG From Jakarta to Hong Kong, activists seek pardon for Filippino on death row by Mathias Hariyadi Yesterday afternoon there was a rally in the Indonesian capital to ask president Jokowi to spare the life of a young innocent woman. Human rights groups and feminists have promoted similar demonstrations in Hong Kong. Her defense team files a last desperate appeal. The execution scheduled for tomorrow April 28th.
04/26/2015VATICAN Pope prays for Nepal quake victims, hopes they receive "fraternal solidarity" A good shepherd is like Christ, someone who “is a guide, who participates in the life of His flock. He pursues no other interests, for He has no other ambition but to lead, nurture and protect his sheep. All of this comes at the highest price, that of the sacrifice of His own life.” When the pope met the crowd at the window of his study, two new priests stood by his side.
04/24/2015PHILIPPINES - CHINA South China Sea: Manila accuses Beijing of "armed robbery" More clashes between Filipino fishing boats and Chinese vessels in disputed waters. The Chinese Coast Guard reportedly used water cannon against a group of Filipino fishermen; previously some Chinese vessels boarded, threatened with guns and robbed two Philippine ships of their load. Manila to lodge formal protest.
04/22/2015VATICAN Christian-Muslim dialogue: most Muslims are against killing in the name of God In a statement, the Pontifical Council for Interreligious Dialogue warns against the" risks of increasing hatred, violence, terrorism and the growing and commonplace stigmatisation of Muslims and their religion." For this reason, we "are called upon to strengthen fraternity and dialogue” because “To kill in the name of religion is not only an offence to God, but it is also a defeat for humanity.”
04/22/2015VIETNAM - PHILIPPINES Asian Catholics (and non) mourn Msgr. Nguyễn Văn Tà, longtime director of Radio Veritas by Nguyen Vu Condolences and emotion accompanied the news of the death of the Vietnamese priest, for 38 years at the helm of the only Catholic voice in Asia. He always called his work in the communications industry an "honor”. To the faithful of the remote areas he was "a source of happiness and spirituality." Buddhist in Manila: he infused "peace and inner calm."
04/21/2015UN-EU UN: 800 dead in the worst Mediterranean migrant tragedy The ship that sank came from Egypt and made a stop in Tripoli (Libya) to load new passengers. The refugees were from Mali, Gambia, Senegal, Somalia, Eritrea, Bangladesh and Syria. A boat sinks near the coast of Rhodes, with 80 survivors. The EU seeks solution to stop human trafficking. In 2014 more than 170 thousand people reached Italy.