12/06/2013VATICAN - SOUTH AFRICA Pope: with Mandela, a nation built on the foundations of non-violence, truth and reconciliation In a message of condolence Francis pays homage to the strong commitment shown by Nelson Mandela in the promotion of human dignity of all citizens of the nation. Vatican City (
AsiaNews) - In a message of condolence for the death of Nelson Mandela, Pope
Francis pays homage to the strong commitment shown by the former president in
the promotion of human dignity of all citizens of the country.
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12/06/2013VATICAN Pope: Praying is a bit like annoying God to listen to us, certain that He will "Jesus tells us: 'Ask ', but he also tells us: 'Knock on the door', and those who knock on the door make noise, they disturb". "Prayer has these two attitudes: it is in needy and certain" because "when we ask for something, we are in need", "but also , when it is true, it is certain: ' Listen to me I think you can do it because you promised . '"
12/06/2013ASIA- SOUTH AFRICA The world bows down to Nelson Mandela by Paul Wang The South African leader passed away last night at the age of 95. He was the first black president of his country. Tributes of Desmond Tutu and FW de Klerk : He taught a divided nation to live together. Also from Nobel Peace Laureates Aung San Suu Kyi and the Dalai Lama. Even China calls him "friend", although many of Mandela petitions for Tibet and dissidents have been ignored .
12/05/2013VATICAN Pope to create Commission for the Protection of Children On 22 February consistory for the appointment of new cardinals. The Commission, proposed by the Council of Cardinals, will advise the Pope on the Holy See’s commitment in the protection of children and ministry for victims of abuse.
12/05/2013VIETNAM Haiphong: Church and local organisations together for AIDS patients by Thanh Thúy Due to the lack of interest on the part of the Vietnamese government, thousands of people die of HIV every year. Haiphong alone has had more than 10,000 people with HIV/AIDS by June of this year. In the Year of Faith, the local Caritas and the Health Education Centre worked together to provide care and psychological and spiritual support to patients.
12/05/2013INDONESIA South Sulawesi: Islamists and local authorities pull down Protestant church by Mathias Hariyadi Pangkep District leaders order the demolition of the GKSS's only place of worship. For extremists, the building did not have the necessary permits. For the faithful, this was a "senseless operation" in violation of religious freedom. Christian activist slams the Indonesian president and government for failing to protect minorities.
12/05/2013THAILAND Thai king marks birthday with call for peace and solidarity amid protest truce Today, Thailand celebrates the 86th birthday of King Bhumibol Adulyadej . The monarch addresses the nation and invites the people to preserve "the public interest, stability and security." The anti-government protests promise to continue after festivities. AsiaNews sources : intellectuals, government, military and religious leaders want a peaceful resolution of the dispute.
12/04/2013VATICAN Pope appeals for nuns abducted in Syria and "for all the people kidnapped during the conflict " During the general audience in his continuing reflection on the "Creed" , he spoke of the " resurrection of the body". The Pope underlined that we are "the disciples of the One who came , comes every day and will come at the end of the world" and since Jesus is risen, "he has opened the way" and will resurrect us too: "this is not a lie. If Jesus is alive, do you think that will leave us to die and never share in his resurrection? " .
12/04/2013PHILIPPINES Caritas Philippines: long-term projects for victims of Typhoon Yolanda After initial emergency response, Nassa and Caritas international study reconstruction projects in the areas most affected. Particular attention is devoted to the work of prevention, with the launch of a plan for the first quarter of 2014. The president of the bishops conference invites volunteers and faithful to read and "apply" Evangelii Gaudium .
12/03/2013PHILIPPINES - MYANMAR In Manila Yangon Archbishop calls for hurricane of compassion after Typhoon Haiyan by Francis Khoo Thwe Archbishop Charles Bo celebrated Solemn Mass and took part in the 34th edition of the Intramuros Marian procession. In his homily, he called on the faithful to show compassion, extolling the generosity shown in this of difficulty and trial. "Catholics Burmese are close to you. You are an example and testimony for Christians in all of Asia."
12/03/2013ASIA Most corrupt countries in the world found in Asia and Middle East Findings are based on the Corruption Perceptions Index released by Transparency International North Korea, Afghanistan, Iraq, Uzbekistan, Turkmenistan and Syria are among the top 10 "worst" nations. Political instability and civil war favour corruption. The only Asian countries to be among the most transparent nations are Singapore and Hong Kong.