11/25/2015VATICAN - KENYA Pope in Kenya: fear, mistrust and despair feed violence and terrorism Speaking to the country’s political, economic and cultural leaders, Francis spoke of building democracy and protecting creation. “We have a responsibility to pass on the beauty of nature in its integrity to future generations,” and “invest in them” as well as “show genuine concern for the needs of the poor”. Nairobi (AsiaNews) – Pope Francis addressed the President of Kenya Uhuru Kenyatta and other dignitaries during the welcome ceremony this afternoon at the State House in Nairobi.
"Experience shows,” the pontiff said, “that violence, conflict and terrorism feed on fear, mistrust, and the despair born of...
11/25/2015JAPAN From tsunami to winemaking, Fukushima starts over The Fukushima Ouse Winery began operations on 27 October some 70 kilometres from the area devastated by the 2011 tsunami. Local farmers will provide the grapes. For one farmer, it will “show people how Fukushima has recovered”.
11/25/2015CHINA Xinjiang government claims some Party members support Uyghur terrorists Charge laid by Xu Hairong, regional anti-corruption chief, certain that some high ranking members "promote violent terrorist attacks" in the region with special status, to maintain economic benefits. "Some Party officials do not believe in Marxism but in ghosts." Over the last two months clashes have increased between Beijing and the Muslim minority. Police killed more than 40 "terrorists" in one week.
11/24/2015ASIA-UN UN report: the United States, China and India, the countries most affected by climate disasters Data from UN study for reducing the risk of disasters. Between 1995 and 2015 there were 6,547 natural disasters; the greatest damage caused by floods, storms, heat waves and droughts; floods are frequent weather events; 606 thousand people have died and 4.1 billion others have been injured, made homeless or left living in need. UNICEF study indicates that there are 690 million children at risk, of which 530 million in Asia.
11/23/2015CHINA Beijing discovers 125 billion dollars in “grey capital” In April, the People's Bank began a crackdown on illegal money transfers abroad. In recent months, the illegal flow has increased, damaging the yuan, reducing the amount available for domestic lending and putting increased pressure on interest rates. To stem the tide, the authorities pledge to impose greater controls and restrict the channels by which money can leave the country.
11/23/2015JAPAN For the bishop of Niigata, integral human development is key to stopping terrorism by Tarcisio Isao Kikuchi After the attacks in Paris, the president of Caritas Asia reflects on the evil cycle of violence that seems to have gripped the world. For him, “violent retaliation” is unnecessary; “such a solution would be only short term”. It might stop new attacks but only integral human development is the answer on the basis of life’s sacredness, “God’s most precious gift”.
11/23/2015VATICAN – AFRICA In messages to Kenya, Uganda and Central Africa, pope says he is coming as a “messenger of peace" Ahead of his trip, Francis sends video messages to the three countries where he will travel between 25 to 30 November. In his message to the Central African Republic he notes that on the 29th, he will open Bangui Cathedral’s Holy Door “a bit ahead of the Holy Year of Mercy, which "will be for everyone, I hope, a providential time for authentic forgiveness, for giving and receiving, and for the renewal of love."
11/23/2015JAPAN Tokyo: explosion at Yasukuni,focal point of Japanese patriotism An explosion damaged the bathrooms of the shrine where Japanese honor the heroes of the Second World War. No deaths or injuries. Some of the fallen venerated there are considered war criminals by the international community, and especially China and the two Koreas.
11/22/2015VATICAN Pope: The logic of the Gospel is expressed in humility and selflessness For the Solemnity of Our Lord Jesus Christ, King of the Universe, the pope said, "The worldly logic rests on ambition and competition, and fights with the weapons of fear, blackmail and the manipulation of minds." Francis entrusts "the many Christians who are, unfortunately, still persecuted today" to the intercession of the new blessed proclaimed in Spain. He calls for a Hail Mary for his trip to Africa.
11/20/2015VATICAN Pope: priests, chosen "among men", to serve them with a"loving gaze" The family as the fundamental "vocational centre”. "They are not philanthropists or officials, but fathers and brothers. Closeness and visceral mercy, a loving gaze: we can evangelize with this witness of life". The importance of attention to vocational discernment: "when I realize that a young man is too rigid, too fundamentalist, I do not trust him”.