12/01/2015THAILAND – ASIA Activists and experts tell ASEAN to stop the boat people tragedy The International Organisation for Migration calls for actions against trafficking. Regional governments must avoid a repeat of the previous crisis, which left hundreds dead. They urge "full cooperation" and a policy of "reception". A regional summit is set to start shortly in Thailand. Bangkok (AsiaNews/Agencies) – Southeast Asian countries were urged on Tuesday to treat migrants landing on their shores humanely and avoid a repeat of this year's disaster in which hundreds of refugees were either lost at sea or died in jungle...
12/01/2015VATICAN – COP21 Card Parolin at COP21 stresses ethical imperative to act in a context of global solidarity The Paris Conference should result in the adoption of a “global and ‘transformational’ agreement based on the principles of solidarity, justice, equality and participation; an agreement which targets three complex and interdependent goals: lessening the impact of climate change, fighting poverty and ensuring respect for human dignity.”
12/01/2015CAMBODIA – VATICAN Amid war and violence, Mercy is the way to reconcile people, says Vicar of Phnom Penh by Olivier Schmitthaeusler* In a pastoral letter for the Year of Jubilee, Mgr Olivier Schmitthaeusler calls on the faithful to be living signs of God’s Mercy and live together as brothers and sisters. The prelate urges believers to undertake pilgrimages to Christian holy places in Cambodia, and announces events for next year.
12/01/2015MYANMAR Shan, gunmen kidnap 50 civilians. Thousands flee fighting. by Francis Khoo Thwe The raid took place amid clashes in an area of conflict between the Burmese army and rebel militias. Identity of the assailants unknown. Shan militias are among those who have not signed a ceasefire with the outgoing national government. Activists warn of war crimes. Burmese Cardinal: "Peace, priority of the new NLD led government ".
11/30/2015VIETNAM Land of 444 martyrs, Bà Ria gets a new bishop, local Catholics rejoice by Thanh Thuy Pope Francis named Emmanuel Nguyễn Sơn Hồng as the new bishop on Friday. Trained in Paris dogmatic theology, the priest becomes auxiliary bishop in the southern Vietnamese diocese whose history goes back 300 years. In 1862, Vietnamese imperial troops burnt down local prisons when the French attacked.
11/30/2015VATICAN - CAR Pope to Bangui, sectarian violence between Christians and Muslims "disfigures the face of God" Francis visits Kaudoukou mosque and says " no to hatred, no to revenge and no to violence, particularly that violence which is perpetrated in the name of a religion or of God himself. God is peace, God salam". At Mass he calls on faithful to carry on work of missionaries, looking at '' other side '. "Every baptized person must continually break with the old man, sinful man, always ready to awaken to the call of the devil."
11/30/2015INDONESIA Muslim businessman proposes Bali as "sharia" tourism destination by Mathias Hariyadi The chairman of the Sharia Economic Society has proposed the creation of specific services in accordance with Muslim law in the most visited Indonesian island. The idea, he says, works from an economic standpoint because it attracts visitors requiring "halal services". Numerous criticisms have been raised in the archipelago: "Do not ruin Bali, a place of tolerance and encounter".
11/29/2015VATICAN -CAR Pope to Bangui, "I come as a pilgrim of peace, and an apostle of hope" Francis is in Bangui where, this afternoon, he will open the Holy Door of the cathedral. "Unity, dignity, work. Three words full of meaning. " "I would like particularly to draw the attention of everyone, citizens and national leaders, international partners and multinational societies, to their grave responsibility in making use of environmental resources". In a country torn apart by violence, the first visit dedicated to a refugee camp: "We must work and pray and do everything for peace, but peace without love, friendship, tolerance and forgiveness is not possible."
11/28/2015VATICAN - UGANDA Pope calls on Ugandan youth to transform hatred into love, war into peace Francis in festive encounter with youth. Faced with a negative experience, "there is always the possibility of opening a horizon, opening it with the power of Jesus." At a charity centre: - "As Christians, we can not just stand idly by" while there are those who are "victims of today's culture of ''the disposable '."Priests are called to be faithful to the tradition of the "witness" of the martyrs of Uganda.
11/28/2015VATICAN - UGANDA Pope in Uganda: "worldly pleasures and earthly power do not bring lasting joy and peace" Fidelity to God "does not diminish our concern for this world, as if we looked only to the future life. On the contrary, it provides a purpose to life in this world and helps us reach out to those in need, to cooperate with others for the common good and to build a more just society, "to protect" life, a gift of God, and protect the wonders nature, creation, our common home ".
11/28/2015SINGAPORE Singapore lifts ban on communism, but not on Jehovah's Witnesses The government has lifted ban on 240 books, including "The Long March" and erotic novels of the '700, a legacy of British colonialism. Books referring to the sect still banned in the city-state. The Constitution guarantees religious freedom, but the state carefully monitors the practice of worship.
11/27/2015VATICAN - UGANDA Pope in Uganda: "The Martyrs, both Catholic and Anglican, are true national heroes" Bearing witness to the faith was at the heart of Franc’s first two meetings in Uganda. The pontiff stressed the exemplary hospitality that Uganda has for the refugees at a time which we are witnessing the globalisation of a “throwaway culture". He told catechists to “Go forth without fear to every town and village in this country, to spread the good seed of God’s word".