09/19/2014PHILIPPINES Over 50 thousand flee flooding in Manila, schools and offices closed The heavy rains caused by tropical storm Fung-Wong have paralyzed the capital. 268 mm of rain, 76% of the monthly average fell in a few hours. More rain predicted. 21 domestic flights canceled, some international routes diverted. So far, no deaths or injuries. Manila (AsiaNews / Agencies) - Heavy rains brought by the
tail end of tropical storm Fung-Wong have paralyzed the capital Manila, forcing
tens of thousands of people to flee their flooded homes and blocking traffic.
This morning, many areas of the...
09/18/2014VIETNAM Saigon, government threatens to demolish Catholic churches and Buddhist temples A development plan for an area south of Ho Chi Minh City includes the demolition of places of worship. The Inter-religious Council has launched a petition to stop the project. According to the urban development plan the area is zoned for housing and shopping malls, but not places of worship. A nun: "The government wants to drive us out."
09/18/2014INDONESIA - ISLAM Yogyakarta: Catholic university cancels seminar on homosexuality after Islamist threats by Mathias Hariyadi The Sanata Dharma (Usd) psychology department was to hold a meeting on the theme: "LGBTI: We are different, we are unique and we are One". The local branch of the Islamic Society Forum forced it to be cancelled because it "dishonors Islam." Islamic leader claims "deviant" sexual behavior is a "contagious virus".
09/18/2014MYANMAR Archbishop of Yangon: human trafficking, "a hell that shames Myanmar" by Francis Khoo Thwe Msgr. Charles Bo lashes out against this modern form of slavery, particularly widespread in South-East Asia. The Burmese dictatorship created a "nation of the Exodus" and the current government also shows nothing but "indifference". Harsh accusations against China and its one-child policy, the cause of an "abominable" trafficking.
09/17/2014LAOS Laos follows China's example to curb NGOs Like mainland China, Laos plans to restrict foreign donations and place non-governmental organisations under Foreign Ministry control, raising concerns among NGOs and Western diplomats.
09/17/2014INDONESIA - ISLAM Jakarta: As his term in office ends President Yudhoyono attacks Islamic terrorism by Mathias Hariyadi The outgoing leader, one month ahead of the handover, promotes an all-out struggle against extremist cells and movements. Increased controls in passports and visas, to limit enrollments in the Islamic State. More attention to sensitive areas and prisons. International pressure behind the change of course.
09/16/2014VIETNAM Evangelization in the family and communion with the Church: aims of Mỹ Tho Diocese by Trung Tin Msgr. Peter Nguyễn Văn Khảm invites people to "build a solid faith" to counter a "materialistic society". The diocese covers a wide agricultural area, with young people fleeing to the cities in search of work. Prelate says they need "targeted programs" of "aid" and moments of prayer in the family to strengthen the faith.
09/16/2014CAMBODIA - CHINA Protest over Sino-Cambodian dam: Phnom Penh arrests 11 activists They blocked a group of officials, including Chinese engineers, from visiting the site in for the proposed mega-dam. The police deny the arrest and speak of "invitation" for interrogation. Over the weekend monks and farmers held a hunger strike in front of the Chinese Embassy, dispersed by the authorities.
09/15/2014INDONESIA - TURKEY Indonesia, four Turkish citizens arrested for "ties" with the Islamic state by Mathias Hariyadi Indonesian extremists were also arrested in the operation; according to the authorities they may be active in the formation of local Islamist cells. Anti-terrorism squad say they were trying to contact Santoso, the most wanted man in the country. At least 66 Indonesian citizens are active in the jihad in the Middle East.
09/14/2014VATICAN Pope: Celebrate the Holy Cross, and think of our brothers and sisters, persecuted and killed At the Angelus Pope Francis recalls the Feast of the Exaltation of the Holy Cross: "We do not exalt just any cross, but the Cross of Jesus," where " God’s love for humanity was revealed most". The cross is not a sign of "magic": "Belief in the Cross of Jesus means following Jesus on his path”. An appeal for the Central African Republic. He returns to his prayer at Redipuglia: "War is a madness ... When will we learn this lesson?"
09/14/2014VATICAN Pope: Christ’s love sustains married couples' love and renews it when, humanly speaking, it becomes lost Pope Francis celebrates Mass during which 20 couples are united in marriage. Some of them have lived together for some time and have children. Families are the “bricks” for the building up of society". The merciful love that flows from the Cross heals "those who succumb to the dangerous temptation of discouragement, infidelity, weakness, abandonment”. An added piece of advice: Never let the sunset on an argument