10/30/2014CHINA - AFGHANISTAN Ashraf Ghani offers China cooperation against Islamic terrorism in exchange for aid The afghan president is in Beijing on his first official trip abroad. To Xi Jinping, he vowed to tackle Islamist-controlled pockets on the border with Pakistan. By 2017, Beijing will provide Kabul with US$ 327 million dollars in aid. Beijing
(AsiaNews/Agencies) - Afghanistan's new
president, Ashraf Ghani, is offering his Chinese counterpart, President
Xi Jinping, help against Islamic terrorism in exchange of economic aid. Both
issues are critical to Kabul, which is trying to secure stability before the
10/30/2014SOUTH KOREA Korea, Msgr. Kim elected president of Bishops. Bishop You to Justice and Peace The bishops' conference concludes its plenary assembly convened to elect the new leadership of the episcopate. The Archbishop of Gwangju chosen by a large majority, his deputy will be Msgr. Chang. The Bishop of Daejeon, entrusted the most “sensitive” Commission. For Christ the King, a fundraiser for the Christians of Syria and Iraq.
10/29/2014VATICAN Pope calls for "every effort to eradicate" "relentless disease", Ebola The Pope "expressed his closeness to all those suffering from Ebola, “as well as to the doctors, nurses, volunteers, religious institutes and associations, who are working heroically to help our brothers and sisters who are sick". "The Church is a mystery in which what is not seen is more important than what is seen". A prayer for the Mexican students burned alive by drug traffickers.
10/29/2014NEPAL - CHINA - TIBET Nepalese government: No more refugees from Tibet by Christopher Sharma In response to pressure from the Chinese government, Kathmandu has decided to no longer provide the necessary documents to Tibetan refugees to reach India, the residence of the Dalai Lama and his government-in-exile. The outrage of civil society: "You have sold out to Beijing."
10/28/2014VATICAN Pope: "No family without a home. No farmer without land. No worker with rights" Meeting with the Popular Movements Francis asks for change in a system that is “an idolatrous cult of money and global indifference." We must "do so with courage but also with intelligence. With tenacity, but without fanaticism. With passion, but without violence." Jesus would call "hypocrite" those who want to face "the scandal of poverty by promoting strategies of containment that only convert the poor into domestic and inoffensive beings".
10/28/2014BANGLADESH - COLOMBIA Fr Belisario: From Colombia to Bangladesh, the "madness" of the mission by Bernardo Cervellera Fr Belisario de Jesus Montoya Cyrus, 29, is a Colombian priest from the diocese of Sonsón-Rionegro. A month ago, he left for Bangladesh. For him, the missio ad gentes should be part of every priest's baggage. Although the pain of separation is too much for his parents ("They cried as if I had been laid to rest in a coffin."), for him, this is the way to be "like Jesus" and experience the Church's universality.
10/28/2014VATICAN Pope: Jesus builds the Church, which we must enter, not linger on the threshold When he chose the apostles, they were "all sinners", but Jesus did not look at their sin, but their heart. " We cannot understand the Church without Jesus who prays and heals. May the Holy Spirit help us understand that this Church has its strength is in Jesus’s prayer that can heal us all ". We are citizens of this Church. "If we do not enter this temple, if we are not part of this construction so the Holy Spirit dwells within us, we are not in the Church."
10/28/2014TIBET - CHINA Tibetan Buddhist monk sentenced to 12 years for "separatism" Tsangyang Gyatso, chant leader at a monastery in Trido, was arrested in March with three other monks. The charges against him have not been made public, and the fate of those who were arrested with him remains unknown. A flurry of arrests is carried out in the area, where graffiti say, "Tibet is independent".
10/28/2014VIETNAM - CHINA Hanoi and Beijing seeking shared solutions to maritime disputes The two Communist governments agree to a mechanism for defining boundaries and "appropriately handle" issues. Both seek peace, stability and development. There are however some critics. For a Vietnamese official, Beijing will never give up its maritime ambitions.
10/28/2014NORTH KOREA - JAPAN Pyongyang open talks with Tokyo over Japanese kidnapped by the Kim regime During the 1970’s and ‘80’s, North Korea kidnapped at least 13 Japanese citizens to "train them as spies to use in the Land of the Rising Sun". Five returned home in 2002; mystery surrounds the fate of the other eight. To re-open a channel of dialogue, the government of Shinzo Abe has withdrawn some sanctions against the regime.