05/25/2015VIETNAM Beijing bans fishing in the South China Sea, a step Hanoi calls arrogant and illegitimate by Nguyen Hung The ban covers disputed maritime areas and most of Vietnam’s and Philippines’ coastal waters. Hundreds of thousands of people who depend on fishing could lose their jobs. For Vietnam, China “does not have the right to ban fishing in our waters.” Ho Chi Minh City (AsiaNews) – The Vietnamese government has firmly rejected China’s recent fishing ban in South China Sea.
The ban came into effect on 16 May and will last until August, running 12 degrees north parallel to the border of the waters of...
05/24/2015VATICAN For pope, the missionary dimension is in the Church’s very nature and is "intrinsic to all forms of consecrated life" "In Jesus’ command to ‘go forth’, we see the scenarios and ever-present new challenges of the Church’s evangelizing mission,” said Pope Francis in his message for World Mission Day. “All her members are called to proclaim the Gospel by their witness of life. In a particular way, consecrated men and women are asked to listen to the voice of the Spirit who calls them to go to the peripheries, to those to whom the Gospel has not yet been proclaimed.”
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.
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".
05/19/2015ASIA 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.