08/01/2014LIBYA - PHILIPPINES Evacuation of 13,000 Filipinos from Libya almost ready The Philippines' Foreign Secretary flew to Tunisia to oversee rescue operations and convince Filipinos who want to stay fearing unemployment at home that they should leave. The beheading of a Filipino worker and the gang rape of a nurse triggered the emergency. China too is sending a ship to repatriate its citizens. Tripoli (AsiaNews)
- Filipino Foreign Secretary Albert del Rosario flew to Tunisia to oversee the
evacuation of 13,000 Filipinos from Libya, after a worker was beheaded and a
nurse was gang raped. Most Filipino migrants in Libya are in Benghazi, Misrata
08/01/2014PHILIPPINES Fr Willmann, the "gentle warrior", moving towards beatification A National Executive Committee has been created in the Asian country to show that the American Jesuit, who was naturalised Filipino in 1975, led a life of sanctity. From 1936 until his death, the clergyman dedicated his life to Filipinos, breathing new life into the country's Order of the Knights of Columbus and the Daughters of Mary Immaculate.
07/31/2014PHILIPPINES - ASIA Two Chinese activists and Pakistani Foundation among “Asian Nobel” winners The Foundation, which assigns the Magsaysay Award, the most famous of the continent, has announced the 2014 winners: a Chinese journalist who challenges abuse of power, an environmental activist and a group of industrialists who promote women’s education in Pakistan. An Indonesian anthropologist, the director of the National Museum of Afghanistan and a Filipino teacher who works with the tribals also awarded.
07/30/2014PHILIPPINES - VATICAN Pope Francis' visit to the Philippines to be a "typhoon of spiritual renewal" Manila Archbishop Card Tagle and Apostolic Nuncio Pinto talk about the confirmation of the Pope's trip to the country, 20 years after the historic World Youth Day in Manila. "Mercy and compassion" are the visit's themes. Let us show Pope Francis who we really are as Filipinos; let us get ready for God's word."
07/29/2014VATICAN - SRI LANKA - PHILIPPI Pope's apostolic visit to Sri Lanka and the Philippines confirmed Francis will travel to the former Ceylon on 12-15 January and the Philippines on 15-19 January 2015. Last May, the bishop of Mannar had already told AsiaNews that the visit was "more than a hope." In June the Archbishop of Manila, Card Tagle, stressed "Pope Francis' great love for Asia and the Philippines."
07/28/2014ISLAM Eid al-Fitr: Ramadan ends today (for Sunnis) For Shia Muslims, the festival of Eid begins tomorrow. Saudi Arabia, Kuwait, Qatar, UAE, Tunisia, Egypt, Lebanon (Sunnis) announce the end of Ramadan, which commemorates the period during which the Koran was revealed to Muhammad.
07/27/2014VATICAN "Stop! I am asking you with all my heart. Stop!" says pope as he speaks out on the Middle East, Iraq and Ukraine He mentions children, victims of war, "from whom we take away the hope for a decent life," urging the parties to address "every diatribe with the tenacity of dialogue and negotiation and the power of reconciliation". As tomorrow marks 100 years since the outbreak of the First World War, "a day of mourning," we should learn the lessons of history. The Gospel makes us know the true Jesus, the living Jesus, who speaks to the heart and is a life changer as he was for Saint Francis of Assisi. "The joy of finding the treasure of the Kingdom of God comes through, can be seen. Christians cannot hide their faith."
07/25/2014ASIA Air disasters: 2014 could beat 2005 in terms of fatalities So far this year, 680 people have died, higher than 12-month totals for the past three years. With 916 deaths, 2005 was the worst year. IATA points out that about 100,000 flights take place every day without incident with passenger trips on airlines exceeding three billion last year.
07/24/2014PHILIPPINES Mindanao's only Christian municipality does not want to be part of Islamic region The peace agreement between the government and Muslim guerrillas provides for the creation of an autonomous region, to be governed under Islamic rules. Wao, the only municipality with Christian majority, wants out. "We respect their culture and desire for freedom lived, but want to stay out. The government should list to us."
07/20/2014VATICAN Pope: I am with the persecuted Christians of Mosul and the Middle East "May the God of peace inspire in all a genuine desire for dialogue and reconciliation. Violence is never defeated with violence. Violence is defeated with peace." At the Sunday Angelus Francis comments on the parable of the wheat and the weeds. God is "patient" He knows "the same weeds in the end, may become good wheat". But "at the time of the harvest, that is, of judgment, the reapers will execute the order of the master separating the weeds to be burned".