05/21/2015INDONESIA Jakarta cracks down on illegal fishing by sinking 41 foreign vessels Ships from China, Vietnam, Thailand and the Philippines are now at the bottom of the sea. With Indonesian President Widodo taking a hard-line position, tensions in the South China Sea could worsen. Now, a deal on disputed maritime borders seems unlikely. Jakarta (AsiaNews/Agencies) – The Indonesian Navy has sunk 41 foreign vessels accused of illegal fishing in Indonesian territorial waters, including boats from China, Vietnam, Thailand and the Philippines. Some of...
05/20/2015VATICAN Pope: pray for the Catholics of China and for persecuted Christians "Religious freedom is a human right". In Italy the Pentecost Vigil will be recall our "many brothers and sisters exiled or killed simply because they are Christians." On May 24 the prayer to Our Lady of Sheshan. Chinese Catholics are "credible witnesses" of merciful love and live "spiritually united to the rock of Peter on which the Church is built." The family’s "natural vocation to educate", must not be replaced by "experts" and “intellectual critics".
05/20/2015CARITAS - THAILAND Caritas Thailand, a home for 120 thousand Burmese refugees Reception centers for the ethnic Karen refugees in nine refugee camps on the western border of the country. Caritas activities include medical care in villages, and aid to small landowners. An aid worker: "We do not just give material aid. We have to meet people's lives. "
05/20/2015INDONESIA - ASIA Hundreds rescued off Aceh coast in boat-people crisis This morning, at least 426 people, mostly from Myanmar, were rescued by local fishermen. One of these ships was at sea for weeks, the people on board sick and undernourished. Partial reverse of Malaysia and Indonesia over push backs. Myanmar also ready to cooperate to resolve the Rohingya crisis.
05/19/2015VATICAN – ASIA For Card Vegliò, the migrant crisis can be solved by investing in poor countries The president of the Pontifical Council for the Pastoral Care of Migrants and Itinerants spoke to AsiaNews about humanitarian emergencies in Europe and Southeast Asia. For him, the latter are primarily a political problem, and governments should show “a little more good will”. Shelling boats will not help countries from where people flee.
05/19/2015ASIA Vigil for persecuted Christians, our teachers in the mission in the West by Bernardo Cervellera The "wall of indifference and cynicism" and the silence and apathy so often denounced by Pope Francis have become almost a fortress. Such persecution reflects confessional manipulation, which slams Islam as such, and ideological manipulation, which forgets what is happening in North Korea or China. An increasingly post-Christian Europe seems disinterested in Christians.
05/18/2015THAILAND Catholics remember the Blessed Fr Kitbamrung, priest and martyr of the Thai Church by Weena Kowitwanij He died in 1944 at a time when Christians were persecuted because their religions was perceived as foreign during colonial times. Arrested on charges of fomenting unrest, he was sentenced to 15 years in prison. He died of tuberculosis in jail. In prison, he led at least 66 people to baptism.