16/01/2017 - KYRGYZSTAN
It had left Hong Kong bound for Istanbul. The cause of the disaster seem to be the weather. The plane crashed into about 15 houses, killing entire families, some caught in their sleep. The Kyrgyz president has interrupted a trip to China to return immediately to the capital.
16/01/2017 - FRANCE - ISRAEL - PALESTINE
Israel-Palestine: from Paris a renewed commitment to peace and two States
Over 70 countries, including the permanent members of the UN Security Council and Arab League attended the meeting. Israeli Prime Minister Benjamin Netanyahu and Palestinian leader Mahmoud Abbas absent. The final communique result of long negotiations between the parties. No direct reference to unresolved issues, including the status of Jerusalem and the US embassy move.
16/01/2017 - TAIWAN
A prize for "hidden people": 30 people who improve the lives of others in the peripheriesby Xin Yage
The award created and given by Kuangchi Program Service (光啟 社) in collaboration with AsiaNews and the Chinese Regional Bishops' Conference. Prizes donated by category: social commitment; music; art; proclamation of faith; training and education; jobs for migrants; spiritual accompaniment; responsibility towards society. Pope Francis in favor of program called "Not I (wu wo)", which means: "Not I, but the people I serve."
15/01/2017 - VATICAN
Pope: The Church does not proclaim itself, it proclaims Christ; it does not bring itself, it brings Christ
During the Angelus, Pope Francis said that "The Church, in every age, is called to do what John the Baptist did – show Jesus to the people." The pontiff warned though, “Woe, woe to the Church when it proclaims itself, for it loses its compass, and does not know where it goes.” On the World Day of Migrants and refugees, dedicated to migrant children, “It is necessary to take every possible measure to ensure protection and defence to migrant children, as well as their integration." Speaking to ethnic communities, he expressed his hope that they will “live peacefully in the towns that welcome you, respecting their laws and traditions and, at the same time, maintaining the values of your cultures of origin.” He thanked the Migrantes Office and cited the example of Saint Frances Xavier Cabrini, patron saint of migrants.
14/01/2017 - KAZAKHSTAN – RUSSIA – UNITED STATES
Moscow to invite new Trump administration to Syria peace talks in Astana
The Kremlin bypassed President Obama, not involved in the background work for the talks in the Kazakh capital. Outgoing administration tells Trump to honour the invitation. Russia is in favour of the "broadest possible representation of the parties." According to Ankara, the US presence is necessary.
14/01/2017 - VIETNAM – VATICAN
Following Pope Francis, the archdiocese of Saigon promotes the pastoral care of migrantsby Thanh Thuy
A few days ago, Catholics in Ho Chi Minh City began a week dedicated to migrants. Thousands of people took part in meetings, roundtables, seminars, and services. The archbishop of Saigon notes that migrants are "the first missionaries of the Church." A nun tells AsiaNews that the diocesan initiative offers an opportunity to raise issues and hear the views.
14/01/2017 - SRI LANKA
Buddhists destroy a church in Sri Lanka. Christians continue to pray under a treeby Melani Manel Perera
The Kithu Sevana prayer centre is located in a village in north-western Sri Lanka. However, religious services are performed by clergymen who come from other places. On 5 January, a Buddhist monk and a dozen thugs attacked the centre. The latter "do not accept that some families converted. They don’t realise the blessing they receive through prayer."
14/01/2017 - CHINA
Lawyer Li Chunfu shows signs of deep mental and physical scars after 18 months in prisonby Wang Zhicheng
He has represented 200 miners in Hebei and some members of the Falun Gong movement. His brother, a Christian lawyer, has represented members of house churches and political dissidents. The police have probably threatened him of jailing him again if he talks about his situation and if he meets other human rights lawyers, or their spouses, who are fighting for their release. China Change calls for an international investigation into torture and violence in China.
14/01/2017 - VATICAN – PALESTINE – ISRAEL
Pope Francis meets with Mahmoud Abbas as the Palestinian Embassy to the Holy See is inaugurated
The 20-minute meeting was held in a friendly and relaxed atmosphere. For Abbas, the pontiff "loves the Palestinian people and loves peace." He hopes that other countries will follow the Holy See and recognise Palestine as "an independent state." Concerns remain over the Holy Places. The Middle East Peace Conference starts tomorrow in Paris. Abbas criticises Trump for his statements on Jerusalem.
14/01/2017 - VATICAN
Pope: Mother Teresa is an icon for all those who treat irresponsible globalization
In his meeting with members of the Global Foundation, Pope Francis condemned the "culture of waste" and the "capitalist system”, as had John Paul II in his encyclical Centesimus Annus. Mother Teresa welcomed “every human life, whether unborn or abandoned and discarded". For a " fraternal and cooperative" globalization, we need to learn “compassion for those suffering”, and be guided by the Church's social doctrine.
13/01/2017 - INDONESIA
West Kalimantan Dayak tribal groups stop radical Islamic leader from deplaningby Mathias Hariyadi
A group of people in traditional outfit and wielding traditional weapons "invaded" the Sintang airport runway to prevent Tengku Zulkarnain, MUI deputy secretary, from deplaning. The Muslim Islamic leader was set to meet the local Muslim community. He had previously described the Dayak as "infidels." In fact, the indigenous group has always promoted an atmosphere of harmony and dialogue with other faiths and ethnic groups.
13/01/2017 - BANGLADESH
Card D'Rozario tells Bangladesh priests and religious to visit more familiesby Sumon Corraya
The cardinal met with 50 priests, 20 nuns and 30 Catholic lay people. "Family members want to hear words of hope". The family is the root of the Church. The country needs more people trained to meet their needs. Marriage is not just a social tradition, but is “the mirror of God’s love."
13/01/2017 - VATICAN
Pope: Church must listen to "the sensitivity of the faith; even the doubts and criticism" of young people
Francis writes a Letter to present the preparatory document of the 2018 Synod, on "Young People, the Faith and Vocational Discernment". Online questionnaire for young people announced.
13/01/2017 - PAKISTAN
Pakistan premier praises religious harmony, but should not forget Ahmadis and other minoritiesby Kamran Chaudhry
For Nawaz Sharif, the country will be recognized as a "friend of minorities." Ahmadi Muslims however are considered heretical by Sunnis and Shias. And in December, an Ahmadi place of worship was attacked. The Government of Sindh rejects the law against forced conversions. Protests take place on the day Salman Taseer was remembered.
13/01/2017 - IRAQ
Chaldean Patriarchate proposes an Iraq’s Churches Council based in Baghdad
Patriarch issues statement outlining the new body designed to bring together the country’s different Christian Churches. Based in Baghdad, it will include an executive council and a general council. Its task will be to, among other things, promote a "spirit of unity" and “coordinate” activities.
13/01/2017 - CHINA – RUSSIA – SOUTH KOREA
Wary of South Korea-based THAAD, Beijing and Moscow discuss "countermeasures"
The two countries held joint anti-missile drill in May last year, plan another one this year.
13/01/2017 - CHINA
As Chinese exports drop in December, all eyes are on Trump
13/01/2017 - VATICAN
Pope: following Jesus "is not easy, but it's nice! It is always a risk". And to do that you have to get moving
"To follow Jesus, because we need something or follow Jesus because we are in danger and that means following Jesus in faith: this is the faith. Trust in Jesus, trust Jesus. "
13/01/2017 - PHILIPPINES - VATICAN
Manila, Congress of Mercy: Respect for rights, not murders in the fight against drugs
From January 16 to 20 the Filippino capital will host the IV World Apostolic Congress of Mercy (Wacom). 4 thousand people to attend event including prelates, priests, religious and laity. Bishop of Balanga: Mercy is "defending life." Auxiliary of Manila: We cannot remain silent in the face of governmental count of victims.
13/01/2017 - PAKISTAN
Lahore High Court stops execution of schizophrenic prisoner
Khizar Hayat was convicted in 2003 for killing a fellow policeman. The court, the ruling on another inmate, who was also suffering from schizophrenia, for which the Supreme Court stayed the execution. Since December 2014, 427 executions have been carried out.
13/01/2017 - SYRIA - ISRAEL
Damascus accuses Israel of bombing a military airport near the capital
The airport is located in the Mezzeh, already the scene of past attacks. The missiles have caused a huge fire, but there are no reports of casualties or wounded. The Syrian government promises "repercussions", but does not specify whether there will be "direct reprisals." Yesterday a suicide bomber blew himself up in Damascus, causing eight deaths.
12/01/2017 - INDIA – NEPAL
Bangalore Cares for Nepal: a year and a half of actual help to lepers and quake victims (photos)
An Indian priest, Fr George Kannanthanam, is behind the initiative. He left for Nepal the day after the earthquake. At first he used his own money, then found partner organisations and volunteers. After a month, he had reached 24,000 people. Later he provided temporary housing for 450 families and built homes for the 50 families of a leprosy colony.
12/01/2017 - UNITED STATES – CHINA
Tillerson sets stage for confrontation with Beijing over South China Sea islands
"Building islands and then putting military assets on those islands is akin to Russia's taking of Crimea. Its taking of territory that others lay claim to," Secretary of State-designate Rex Tillerson said.
12/01/2017 - VATICAN
Pope: "our life is today: now or never", tomorrow there is eternity
"Today cannot be repeated: This is life. And the heart, an open heart, open to the Lord, not closed, not hard, not hardened, not without faith, not perverted, not seduced by the sins. "
12/01/2017 - INDONESIA
Evangelization in remote areas of Kalimantan, where the mission overcomes adversitiesby Mathias Hariyadi
Together with the bishop, Mgr Pius Riana Prapdi, AsiaNews’s correspondent visited the most remote and isolated communities of the diocese of Ketapang. To reach them, they had to travel rough by car and, where the river is navigable, by boat. The advent of modernity has upset the ecosystem and the traditional lifestyle. For the bishop, strong motivation and will can overcome "unimaginable" challenges.
12/01/2017 - SRI LANKA
Reconciliation task force calls on government to establish a hybrid courtby Melani Manel Perera
The presidential task force submitted its final document. It was set up last year to seek opinions on how to investigate war crimes. Experts recommend a "hybrid" mechanism that includes national and international judges, as well as experts. The government insists on a local court.
12/01/2017 - INDIA
Priest falsely accused of raping a child is acquitted in Chhattisgarhby Nirmala Carvalho
Fr Joseph Dhanaswami was arrested in September 2015 along with a nun and a school employee. He heads the Jyoti Mission High School in the diocese of Ambikapur, which the alleged victim attended. According to a Christian leader, since nationalists came to power in 2003, "we have had an increased in attacks against Christians”.
12/01/2017 - MYANMAR - CHINA
Kachin: Thousands of displaced persons and civilians fleeing army offensive against rebelsby Francis Khoo Thwe
At least 4 thousand people sought refuge in Chinese territory. But the Beijing authorities are continuing rejections and repulsed the displaced across the border. Caritas and international NGOs speak of a serious humanitarian crisis, calling for an end to violence and aid for civilians. Naypyidaw denies UN envoy permission to visit the war zones.
12/01/2017 - PAKISTAN
Pakistan, another secular activist goes missing. The fifth in a week
12/01/2017 - YEMEN - SAUDI ARABIA
Conflict in Yemen, 1,400 children killed and up to 2 thousand schools destroyed
This is the dramatic toll of the conflict, which has also left "more than 2140" children with minor injuries. UNICEF pleas that schools should be "zones of peace" and not targets of attacks. A renewed appeal for the protection of children. Yemeni institution for children against the Saudi air raids, responsible for "war crimes".
12/01/2017 - ISRAEL - PALESTINE
Arab Israelis strike against demolition of houses, closed schools and businesses
The population went a day long strike yesterday to protest the demolition of private homes built without permits. The documents, explain the promoters of the strike, are difficult to obtain. Prime Minister Netanyahu has accelerated the demolition process in response to the court decision on Amona outpost.
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