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05/21/2015 INDONESIA
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...

05/21/2015 VATICAN
Pope: Christians must seek unity, struggling against "the spirit of the world", which creates division
On the eve of the Passion, Jesus prayed "for the unity of his people, for the Church." But Jesus "knows that the spirit of the world" is "a spirit of division, of war, of envy, jealousy, even in families, even in religious families, even in the diocese, even in the Church as a whole: it is the great temptation".
05/20/2015 VATICAN
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".
05/20/2015 CARITAS - 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. "
05/20/2015 INDONESIA - 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.

05/19/2015 VATICAN – 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.
05/19/2015 PHILIPPINES – ASIA
Manila to accept boat people rejected by Malaysia and Indonesia, a decision backed by the Church
The Filipino government is preparing to take in at least 3,000 Rohingya and Bangladeshi migrants adrift in the seas of Southeast Asia. The local church supports the move because "it is our duty to welcome these people." CSW activists call “for a humane and just solution to the refugee crisis” in the Andaman Sea and the Mediterranean.
05/19/2015 ASIA
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.
05/19/2015 VATICAN
Pope: reflect on final farewells, of those forced to leave their land for good, on the one that awaits us all
In life there are “goodbyes” and “final farewells”, such as for those people who are forced to leave their homes - the Rohingya of Myanmar, Christians and Yazidis in Syria and Iraq - and the final farewell that awaits us all. That is the moment when we entrust our soul, our story our loved ones to God.
05/19/2015 THAILAND
Bangkok, trial begins against Yingluck Shinawatra. Former Prime Minister: I am innocent
The negligence trial of the former prime minister opened this morning. The woman declared herself not guilty. Judges postponed the next hearing to July 21st. From Seoul, her brother Thaksin confident "democracy will win" and urges supporters "to avoid all forms of violence."
05/18/2015 VATICAN
Pope: at this troubled time in history, bishops must comfort, help, and encourage everyone, without distinction
They must disavow and defeat a mind-set of corruption, defend the people of God "from ideological colonisations that take away their human identity and dignity,” reinforce without clericalism “the essential role of lay people who want to assume the responsibilities that fall to them”, translate pastoral choices and documents “into concrete and understandable proposals”, and promote collegiality and communion.
05/18/2015 THAILAND
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.
05/18/2015 MALAYSIA - INDONESIA - ASIA
Migrant laden boats pushed back to sea. Malaysian activist: Asean must solve the boat people crisis
Situation is critical in Aceh with continuous attempted landings. The UN and Thailand schedule regional summit on May 29. Malaysian Catholic: the emergency caused by the Myanmar for failing to grant citizenship to the Rohingya refugees. ASEAN must adopt a reception policy.
05/18/2015 VATICAN
Pope: an end to “this interminable” conflict in the Holy Land and the persecution of Christians
This was Pope Francis’ prayer request this morning to a group of Carmelite nuns and Sisters of the Rosary, who had arrived in Rome from Bethlehem and the Middle East for the canonization of the first two Palestinian saints of the modern era.
05/17/2015 VATICAN
Pope: We and the four new saints, witnesses of the Resurrection "where forgetfulness of God and human disorientation are most evident "
Francis proclaims four religious sisters saints: one French, one Italian, two Palestinians: Maria Alfonsina Danil Ghattas, the foundress of the Sisters of the Rosary, and the Carmelite Maria of Crucified Jesus (nee Maria Bawardy). Mahmoud Abbas, President of the Palestinian Authority present. "Abiding in Christ" and cultivating “unity among us" are essential signs of witness. Maria Bawardy, "instrument of encounter and communion with the Muslim world".

Altri articoli
05/16/2015 VATICAN - PALESTINE
Pope receives Mahmoud Abbas, "may you be an angel of peace"
05/15/2015 ISLAM – MIDDLE EAST
For Al-Baghdadi, Islam is a religion of war, a shrewd message according to Father Samir by Samir Khalil Samir
05/15/2015 VATICAN
Pope: a fearful or joyless community is "sick", "not Christian"
05/15/2015 THAILAND
Thailand, return of Malay separatist violence: bomb attacks leave18 injured
05/14/2015 VATICAN - PALESTINE
Vatican and Palestinian agreement helping hand to Christians in the Middle East by Bernard Sabella
05/14/2015 THAILAND
Thailand’s Hmong women struggle for their rights caught between tradition and modernity by Weena Kowitwanij
05/13/2015 VATICAN
Pope: "Please", "thank you" and "sorry", the words for "a good family life"
05/12/2015 VATICAN
For pope, God will ask the powerful of the Earth “if they really provide[d] food for Him in every person”
05/12/2015 INDONESIA - ASIA
South-East Asian nations must take "regional" action to stop migrant trafficking
05/11/2015 VATICAN
Pope: Christians are still killed today in the name of God
05/10/2015 VATICAN
For pope, written in our hearts with the fire of the Spirit, Jesus’ love generates wonders every day
05/08/2015 IRAQ
‘Adopt a Christian from Mosul’ campaign continues (see video) by Bernardo Cervellera
05/08/2015 VATICAN
Pope: Yes to debate in search of unity, no to “alliances” in the Church
05/07/2015 VATICAN
Pope: true love is "real", not "a soap opera" or "fantasy", “is communicated and not isolated”
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Vigil for persecuted Christians, our teachers in the mission in the West
by Bernardo CervelleraThe "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.
VATICAN
Pope: We and the four new saints, witnesses of the Resurrection "where forgetfulness of God and human disorientation are most evident "Francis proclaims four religious sisters saints: one French, one Italian, two Palestinians: Maria Alfonsina Danil Ghattas, the foundress of the Sisters of the Rosary, and the Carmelite Maria of Crucified Jesus (nee Maria Bawardy). Mahmoud Abbas, President of the Palestinian Authority present. "Abiding in Christ" and cultivating “unity among us" are essential signs of witness. Maria Bawardy, "instrument of encounter and communion with the Muslim world".
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05/19/2015 RUSSIA – CHINA
Moscow Patriarchate: China authorises the ordination of Chinese Orthodox priests on its territory
by Marta Allevato
05/15/2015 ISLAM – MIDDLE EAST
For Al-Baghdadi, Islam is a religion of war, a shrewd message according to Father Samir
by Samir Khalil Samir
05/17/2015 VATICAN
Pope: We and the four new saints, witnesses of the Resurrection "where forgetfulness of God and human disorientation are most evident "
05/15/2015 RUSSIA
Chechen official wants a minor as a second wife, the Kremlin turns a blind eye
by Nina Achmatova
05/15/2015 PALESTINE – VATICAN
Palestinian saints, flame of love that illuminates the persecuted Christians of the Middle East
by Fady Noun 

05/16/2015 VATICAN - PALESTINE
Pope receives Mahmoud Abbas, "may you be an angel of peace"
05/15/2015 CARITAS – KYRGYZSTAN
Meerim Nuru, an oasis of peace for Kyrgyzstan’s disabled children
05/15/2015 PAKISTAN – ISLAM
Catholics and Muslims united in mourning, after the slaughter of Ismaili Shias in Karachi
by Jibran Khan – Silent Thinker
05/19/2015 ASIA
Vigil for persecuted Christians, our teachers in the mission in the West
by Bernardo Cervellera
05/18/2015 NEPAL
Quake survivors forced to drink contaminated water, “only the Christians help us”
by Christopher Sharma

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