07/25/2014INDONESIA Jakarta, former general Subianto begins "final battle" after election defeat by Mathias Hariyadi The retired army officer is appealing to the Constitutional Court over alleged fraud during the vote against Joko Widodo. Widodo responds by reaching out, "Stop fighting, let us unite to better Indonesia." Jakarta (AsiaNews) - The former general Prabowo Subianto,
defeated in the July 9 presidential elections, today began the process of appeal to the Constitutional Court against the outcome of the vote that crowned his
opponent, Joko Widodo (also known as "Jokowi
"), win with 53% of the...
07/24/2014INDONESIA Purwokerto: Muslims in parish hall to break Ramadan fast by Mathias Hariyadi A priest from Banjarnegara Regency, the "heartland" of Islamic Indonesia, calls on "all people of good will" to eat together after sunset. Gus Khayatul Maki, the local leader of the Islamic Defenders Front, attends the event, speaks in favour of pluralism and religious tolerance. In Java, a priest involves more than 90 young people in a two-day event dedicated to interreligious dialogue.
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."
07/23/2014INDONESIA Defeated candidate set to appeal to Indonesia's Constitutional Court Former general Prabowo Subianto is getting ready to challenge the results within three days. According to members of his staff, the vote was rigged in at least 5,000 polling stations. For analysts and experts, the vote will not be overturned because the gap between the two is too wide.
07/22/2014INDONESIA Jakarta: TV announces Widodo is new Indonesian president Jakarta's popular governor of won 53.15 per cent of the votes. His challenger, retired general Subianto, withdraws from the competition, alleging "fraud", and vows to appeal to the Constitutional Court. Tensions remain high in the capital.
07/22/2014VIETNAM - KOREA - VATICAN Young Vietnamese Catholics "in Korea to welcome the Pope, our father in faith" by J. B. Vu Msgr. Joseph Thiên Vũ Văn, president of the Commission for Pastoral Youth Care of the national bishops: "Our delegation to the Asian Youth Day will consist of about 30 young people. Like the Church of Vietnam, the Korean also shed blood for the faith. And this blood proves our loyalty, we hope that they are worthy descendants of the martyrs". The challenges of youth ministry and the opportunity to share experiences and issues with peers from across Asia.
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".
07/19/2014SRI LANKA Jaffna: government erodes freedom and dignity of Tamil people by Melani Manel Perera A thousand people of all ethnicities and religions participate in a meeting to denounce the conditions in which the North’s Tamils are forced to live. Police desperately try to prevent the rally, even threatening some refugees.
07/18/2014VATICAN - ISLAM Christians and Muslims should work fraternally for "justice, peace and respect for the rights and dignity of every person" The Pontifical Council for Interreligious Dialogue issues a message for the Muslims of the world to mark the end of Ramadan. "Despite being aware of our differences, [. . .] We perceive the importance of promoting a fruitful dialogue built upon mutual respect and friendship. Inspired by our shared values and strengthened by our sentiments of genuine fraternity, we are called to work together for justice, peace and respect for the rights and dignity of every person."
07/18/2014MALAYSIA - RUSSIA - UKRAINE Ukraine: Malaysia Airlines flight shot down, 298 deaths. Moscow and Kiev trade blame The tragedy has "deeply shocked" Malaysians still reeling from the disappearance of flight MH370. Prime Minister Najib calls for thorough investigations to clarify the dynamics. Interceptions reveal involvement of Russian separatists; Putin rejects the charges and blames the Ukrainian government which has taken over the military actions in the area. Emergency meeting of the UN.
07/17/2014THAILAND Bishop of Chiang Mai: Sowing seeds of mission among farmers Bishop Francis Xavier Vira Arpondratana wants to "understand" the life of the "farmers" and to "promote" the social doctrine of the Church. The economy of the diocese is based on agriculture, so he wanted to "work" alongside the farm laborers accepting the invitation of a nun. The path of evangelization among the tribals and the contribution of lay catechism.