12/19/2014SRI LANKA - LAOS Sri Lanka activists tell UN to find the truth about Laotian dissident Sombath Somphone's fate by Melani Manel Perera The human rights activist was seized in 2012. The members of the Asian Federation against Disappearances (AFAD) organised a peaceful protest in member countries: Sri Lanka, the Philippines, Malaysia, Thailand, Bangladesh, Pakistan and Nepal. Colombo (AsiaNews) - For the past four days, hundreds of people in Sri
Lanka, the Philippines, Malaysia, Thailand, Bangladesh, Pakistan and Nepal have
held a silent protest, which ends tomorrow, organised by the...
12/19/2014MALAYSIA Christmas in Malaysia, a moment of "celebration and sharing" for Christians and Muslims The archbishop of Kota Kinabalu in Sabah recited the inaugural prayer. The event provided an opportunity for people to come together in unity, harmony and prosperity. For the tenth anniversary, organisers chose as motto 'The Star of Great Joy,' Jesus who brings peace. For a State minister, the festivity shows "good relations between people of different faith and ethnicity".
12/18/2014VATICAN Pope: God walks with us in history, and when we go wrong he correct history and brings it forward "Making history with his people means for God to walk with us and to test the ones he has chosen". But in the end He saves them: "Let us always remember, with confidence, even in the worst moments, even in times of illness, when we realize we have to ask for the Last Rites because there is no way out, to say: 'Lord, history did not start with me and will not end with me! You go ahead, I am willing to come with you'. And to put ourselves in the hands of the Lord".
12/18/2014PHILIPPINES - VATICAN Filipino priest: Pope Francis' visit strengthens the fight against corruption Father Atilano "Nonong" Fajardo re-launches the "Huwag Kang Magnakaw" campaign in line with the dictates of the seventh commandment: "do not steal". He spares no criticism for a nation "of thieves" at every level. But he does not lose optimism: "With good examples, like the Pope, it will be possible to be redeemed."
12/17/2014VATICAN Pope: May God "convert the hearts of the violent who do not stop even before children" Prayers "for the victims of inhuman terrorist acts in recent days in Australia, Pakistan and Yemen." Tango dancers, a cake and birthday wishes in all languages for Francis' 78 years. The "meditations" on the family during the general audiences are part of a journey in which the Extraordinary Synod of October" was the first step."
12/17/2014INDONESIA Central Java, Islamist threat: Scrap Christmas symbols and no celebrations by Mathias Hariyadi Dozens of Islamic extremists of the Sukaharjo District attacked three shops in Solo. The group has forced retailers not to allow employees to wear Christmas symbols or to promote celebrations. The Mayor of Banda Aceh issued a public announcement prohibiting Muslims to attend Christian events.
12/16/2014IRAQ - VATICAN As 'Adopt a Christian from Mosul' continues, Mosul bishop notes that Jesus is born amid refugee containers by Amel Nona Persecuted by the Islamic state, refugees have lost everything: belongings, home, jobs, school, and their future. Yet, their faith and mission remain strong. For them, almost 900,000 euros have been raised and sent. Pope Francis sends a message of closeness. The campaign continues according to the Patriarch of Baghdad's proposal of fasting and moderation at Christmas and New Year, with the money saved offered to the Christians of Mosul.
12/16/2014INDONESIA Java, the Church in the field for flood victims: volunteers and basic needs by Mathias Hariyadi The last toll estimates 57 victims; four days from the landslide, rescue teams are still searching for survivors. The Parish of St. Anthony in Banjarnegara has set up two emergency centers. Caritas in Purwokerto has taken action sending dozens of volunteers. Help appreciated by Muslim NGOs.
12/16/2014AUSTRALIA - ISLAM Siege of Lindt Café in Sydney ends in bloodshed Two hostages and the gunman - an Iranian converted from Sunnism to Shiism - killed. According to the Prime Minister, he was "infatuated by extremism" and unstable from a mental point of view. Condemnation by the Council of Imams. Fears of attacks by young Australian sympathizers of al Qaeda or Isis that return home after fighting in the Middle East.
12/15/2014VATICAN For Pope, Catholics should avoid the "sins of the media: disinformation, slander and defamation" The "tasks" of those involved in social communication include speaking freely, without submissions to politics or economics; choosing the "path of understanding" the whole of reality; and avoiding attention-grabbing the user. "Genuine communication is not concerned with attention-grabbing. Alternating catastrophic alarmism and consolatory detachment - two extremes that we see continually in today's communication - are not a good service media offer to people."