Tsunami in Asia - the sorrow and the compassion

21/11/2014
Pope: the migrant, "a reminder of the need to eradicate inequality, injustice and abuses"
Migration "remains an aspiration to hope… to seek a better future wherever that may be". Those who leave their country should not be seen as a problem, but a person who contributes to the economic development and a possible "partner in the construction of richer communities", "stimulating the development of inclusion, creativity and respect for the dignity of all".
21/11/2014
For Global Times, Beijing open on Vatican choosing bishops, closed on Patriotic Association
Anonymous sources suggest Beijing could propose two names with the Vatican choosing one. Even Pope Benedict XVI called for an agreement with the government on episcopal appointments. The CCPA is however considered an important, untouchable "historic legacy". It is also a one of China's most Maoist and corrupt agencies involved in business dealings worth billions, spared so far, from Xi Jinping's anti-graft campaign.
21/11/2014
Pope: the migrant, "a reminder of the need to eradicate inequality, injustice and abuses"
Migration "remains an aspiration to hope… to seek a better future wherever that may be". Those who leave their country should not be seen as a problem, but a person who contributes to the economic development and a possible "partner in the construction of richer communities", "stimulating the development of inclusion, creativity and respect for the dignity of all".
21/11/2014
Pope: churches must never become businesses
Redemption is free " when the Church or churches start doing business, then it is said that salvation is not so free ...". "There are two things that the people of God cannot forgive: a priest attached to money and a priest who mistreats people. This they cannot forgive!"
21/11/2014
Pope: the migrant, "a reminder of the need to eradicate inequality, injustice and abuses"
Migration "remains an aspiration to hope… to seek a better future wherever that may be". Those who leave their country should not be seen as a problem, but a person who contributes to the economic development and a possible "partner in the construction of richer communities", "stimulating the development of inclusion, creativity and respect for the dignity of all".
21/11/2014
Jerusalem: calm returns to the Esplanade of the Mosques
Israeli police drops age limit on men visiting the holy place. For now, things are under control. A spate of attacks shake but do not break the calm. PM Netanyahu attacks mayor of Ashkelon for banning Arab workers from his town.
21/11/2014
For Global Times, Beijing open on Vatican choosing bishops, closed on Patriotic Association
Anonymous sources suggest Beijing could propose two names with the Vatican choosing one. Even Pope Benedict XVI called for an agreement with the government on episcopal appointments. The CCPA is however considered an important, untouchable "historic legacy". It is also a one of China's most Maoist and corrupt agencies involved in business dealings worth billions, spared so far, from Xi Jinping's anti-graft campaign.
21/11/2014
Archbishop of Yangon: Myanmar's Jubilee Church, rebuilding the nation
From November 21 to 23 in the final stage of celebrations for the 500th anniversary of the Catholic presence in Myanmar will be held. A reality that has taken 500 years, born and nurtured by missionary institutes. From the "sacrifices” in order to proclaim the Gospel gushed "seed" of faith. The prelate calls for a renewal, "according to the guidelines laid down by Pope Francis."
21/11/2014
Philippines, still no justice for the victims of "the worst political massacre" ever
Five years after the massacre, ordered by the Ampatuan clan to eliminate the rival Mangudadatu family, no has been charged. 58 people died in the attack, including dozens of journalists following the election campaign. Real risk of a court battle to the bitter end, that could end in a stalemate. Even Card. Tagle condemns corruption "born in the family."
21/11/2014
Pope: churches must never become businesses
Redemption is free " when the Church or churches start doing business, then it is said that salvation is not so free ...". "There are two things that the people of God cannot forgive: a priest attached to money and a priest who mistreats people. This they cannot forgive!"
21/11/2014
Archbishop of Yangon: Myanmar's Jubilee Church, rebuilding the nation
From November 21 to 23 in the final stage of celebrations for the 500th anniversary of the Catholic presence in Myanmar will be held. A reality that has taken 500 years, born and nurtured by missionary institutes. From the "sacrifices” in order to proclaim the Gospel gushed "seed" of faith. The prelate calls for a renewal, "according to the guidelines laid down by Pope Francis."
21/11/2014
Fr Robert, a PIME missionary who went from Myanmar to a Papua New Guinea mission "on water"
Fr Robert talks about his story, illustrating the maturing of the Church of Myanmar, which this year marks the 500th anniversary of its first evangelisation. The faith brought by the missionaries is now offered across geographic boundaries and cultures.
21/11/2014
Jerusalem: calm returns to the Esplanade of the Mosques
Israeli police drops age limit on men visiting the holy place. For now, things are under control. A spate of attacks shake but do not break the calm. PM Netanyahu attacks mayor of Ashkelon for banning Arab workers from his town.
21/11/2014
Pope: the migrant, "a reminder of the need to eradicate inequality, injustice and abuses"
Migration "remains an aspiration to hope… to seek a better future wherever that may be". Those who leave their country should not be seen as a problem, but a person who contributes to the economic development and a possible "partner in the construction of richer communities", "stimulating the development of inclusion, creativity and respect for the dignity of all".
20/11/2014
Pyongyang threatens nuclear test in response to UN inquiry
Pyongyang responds to the UN’s request to refer the country to the ICC charging the United States, of “orchestrating everything". Satellites show great activity in areas of the reactors. North Korea’s number two flies to Moscow to meet Putin.
20/11/2014
Myanmar army attacks Kachin camp: 23 dead and 13 wounded
The military fired artillery shells hitting a training center of the ethnic formation located not far from Laiza. Kachin spokesman "it was an intentional attack," preceded by "fighting". Peace talks between the central government and ethnic minorities at risk. New round of talks was scheduled for next week.
20/11/2014
Haryana, guru charged with murder arrested. One child and five women found dead
The five dead bodies were found in the ashram where he was hiding. The causes of their death still unknown. More than 16 thousand devotees were held as a hostage in the holy place. Another woman died in hospital shortly after being released.
20/11/2014
Pyongyang threatens nuclear test in response to UN inquiry
Pyongyang responds to the UN’s request to refer the country to the ICC charging the United States, of “orchestrating everything". Satellites show great activity in areas of the reactors. North Korea’s number two flies to Moscow to meet Putin.
20/11/2014
Haryana, guru charged with murder arrested. One child and five women found dead
The five dead bodies were found in the ashram where he was hiding. The causes of their death still unknown. More than 16 thousand devotees were held as a hostage in the holy place. Another woman died in hospital shortly after being released.
20/11/2014
Myanmar army attacks Kachin camp: 23 dead and 13 wounded
The military fired artillery shells hitting a training center of the ethnic formation located not far from Laiza. Kachin spokesman "it was an intentional attack," preceded by "fighting". Peace talks between the central government and ethnic minorities at risk. New round of talks was scheduled for next week.
20/11/2014
Pyongyang threatens nuclear test in response to UN inquiry
Pyongyang responds to the UN’s request to refer the country to the ICC charging the United States, of “orchestrating everything". Satellites show great activity in areas of the reactors. North Korea’s number two flies to Moscow to meet Putin.
20/11/2014
Christian politicians and religious leaders agree to a memorandum for a "single Ukrainian Church"
A Greek Catholic representative signed the Rivne Memorandum, as did two bishops loyal to the Moscow Patriarchate, who later withdrew their signature. Pressure is coming from many sides. Moscow Patriarchate slams Catholics, saying that if they wish to be part of this process they must end their communion with the pope.
20/11/2014
Myanmar army attacks Kachin camp: 23 dead and 13 wounded
The military fired artillery shells hitting a training center of the ethnic formation located not far from Laiza. Kachin spokesman "it was an intentional attack," preceded by "fighting". Peace talks between the central government and ethnic minorities at risk. New round of talks was scheduled for next week.
20/11/2014
Pope: Jesus weeps before the closure of our hearts, as he wept over Jerusalem
"I ask myself: today we Christians who know the faith, the catechism, who go to Mass every Sunday, we Christians, we pastors are we content with ourselves? Because we have organized everything and do not need new visits from the Lord ... And the Lord continues to knock on the door of each one of us and of His Church, the pastors of the Church”.
20/11/2014
Christian politicians and religious leaders agree to a memorandum for a "single Ukrainian Church"
A Greek Catholic representative signed the Rivne Memorandum, as did two bishops loyal to the Moscow Patriarchate, who later withdrew their signature. Pressure is coming from many sides. Moscow Patriarchate slams Catholics, saying that if they wish to be part of this process they must end their communion with the pope.
20/11/2014
A Hindu "living goddess" chooses to study with Catholics
Samita Bajracharya has spent the last few years as "Kumari" or "living goddess", the incarnation of Kali worshiped by both Hindus and Buddhists. After her "divine" period, she chose to enrol in the St Francis Xavier Catholic School. "I am still a Hindu," she told AsiaNews, "but I received solidarity and respect from Catholics."
20/11/2014
Patriarch of Baghdad to Muslim leaders: Unbefitting silence on the Islamic State, a Nazism in the name of Islam
Speaking at an interfaith conference sponsored by a Saudi institution, Mar Sako describes a "wounded" Middle East. The liberation of Mosul and the Nineveh Plain is a priority for the return of displaced people, Christian and non-Christians, forced to live in appalling conditions. The silence of Muslim leaders is fueling jihadist violence, we need a clear condemnation.
20/11/2014
Pope: Jesus weeps before the closure of our hearts, as he wept over Jerusalem
"I ask myself: today we Christians who know the faith, the catechism, who go to Mass every Sunday, we Christians, we pastors are we content with ourselves? Because we have organized everything and do not need new visits from the Lord ... And the Lord continues to knock on the door of each one of us and of His Church, the pastors of the Church”.
20/11/2014
Occupy Central supporters arrested in mainland China
The Chinese government detained almost a hundred activists and citizens last month for expressing support for Hong Kong's democratic struggle. Now it is putting them on trial for "creating a disturbance" or "inciting subversion of state power". The "guilty" face up to five years in prison.
20/11/2014
Pope: Jesus weeps before the closure of our hearts, as he wept over Jerusalem
"I ask myself: today we Christians who know the faith, the catechism, who go to Mass every Sunday, we Christians, we pastors are we content with ourselves? Because we have organized everything and do not need new visits from the Lord ... And the Lord continues to knock on the door of each one of us and of His Church, the pastors of the Church”.
20/11/2014
Indonesia's Year of the Consecrated Life celebrates the "beauty and dignity of vocations"
In a pastoral letter, the country's Catholic bishops highlight the example of priests, religious or nuns. A children's book with information about all the religious orders and congregations is planned. The country has at least 6,800 seminarians.
20/11/2014
Israeli Soldiers ready to demolish Palestinian attackers' homes
Abd al-Rahman al-Shaludi's house of in Silwan was demolished yesterday. The families of Ibrahim al-Akkari, Muhammad Jaabis and Mutaz Hijazi received their demolition notices. "Violence begets violence." For B'Tselem, it is wrong to punish innocent people just because their relatives carried out acts of violence. Haaretz notes that the homes of Israeli terrorists remain intact. Selective justice is not justice - it is vengeance.
20/11/2014
Pope at FAO: food is not a commodity subject to speculation, the hungry "ask for dignity, not for charity"
The "challenge" of solidarity and the "paradox of plenty": "there is food for everyone, but not everyone can eat". "The the struggle against hunger and malnutrition is hindered by “market priorities”, and the “primacy of profit”. The "moral obligation to share the economic wealth of the world." "A source of inspiration is natural law, inscribed in the human heart, that speaks a language that everyone can understand: love, justice, peace, elements that are inseparable from each other"
20/11/2014
Pope at FAO: food is not a commodity subject to speculation, the hungry "ask for dignity, not for charity"
The "challenge" of solidarity and the "paradox of plenty": "there is food for everyone, but not everyone can eat". "The the struggle against hunger and malnutrition is hindered by “market priorities”, and the “primacy of profit”. The "moral obligation to share the economic wealth of the world." "A source of inspiration is natural law, inscribed in the human heart, that speaks a language that everyone can understand: love, justice, peace, elements that are inseparable from each other"
20/11/2014
Occupy Central supporters arrested in mainland China
The Chinese government detained almost a hundred activists and citizens last month for expressing support for Hong Kong's democratic struggle. Now it is putting them on trial for "creating a disturbance" or "inciting subversion of state power". The "guilty" face up to five years in prison.
20/11/2014
A Hindu "living goddess" chooses to study with Catholics
Samita Bajracharya has spent the last few years as "Kumari" or "living goddess", the incarnation of Kali worshiped by both Hindus and Buddhists. After her "divine" period, she chose to enrol in the St Francis Xavier Catholic School. "I am still a Hindu," she told AsiaNews, "but I received solidarity and respect from Catholics."
20/11/2014
Patriarch of Baghdad to Muslim leaders: Unbefitting silence on the Islamic State, a Nazism in the name of Islam
Speaking at an interfaith conference sponsored by a Saudi institution, Mar Sako describes a "wounded" Middle East. The liberation of Mosul and the Nineveh Plain is a priority for the return of displaced people, Christian and non-Christians, forced to live in appalling conditions. The silence of Muslim leaders is fueling jihadist violence, we need a clear condemnation.
20/11/2014
Indonesia's Year of the Consecrated Life celebrates the "beauty and dignity of vocations"
In a pastoral letter, the country's Catholic bishops highlight the example of priests, religious or nuns. A children's book with information about all the religious orders and congregations is planned. The country has at least 6,800 seminarians.
20/11/2014
Patriarch of Baghdad to Muslim leaders: Unbefitting silence on the Islamic State, a Nazism in the name of Islam
Speaking at an interfaith conference sponsored by a Saudi institution, Mar Sako describes a "wounded" Middle East. The liberation of Mosul and the Nineveh Plain is a priority for the return of displaced people, Christian and non-Christians, forced to live in appalling conditions. The silence of Muslim leaders is fueling jihadist violence, we need a clear condemnation.
20/11/2014
Christian politicians and religious leaders agree to a memorandum for a "single Ukrainian Church"
A Greek Catholic representative signed the Rivne Memorandum, as did two bishops loyal to the Moscow Patriarchate, who later withdrew their signature. Pressure is coming from many sides. Moscow Patriarchate slams Catholics, saying that if they wish to be part of this process they must end their communion with the pope.
20/11/2014
Pyongyang threatens nuclear test in response to UN inquiry
Pyongyang responds to the UN’s request to refer the country to the ICC charging the United States, of “orchestrating everything". Satellites show great activity in areas of the reactors. North Korea’s number two flies to Moscow to meet Putin.
20/11/2014
Christian politicians and religious leaders agree to a memorandum for a "single Ukrainian Church"
A Greek Catholic representative signed the Rivne Memorandum, as did two bishops loyal to the Moscow Patriarchate, who later withdrew their signature. Pressure is coming from many sides. Moscow Patriarchate slams Catholics, saying that if they wish to be part of this process they must end their communion with the pope.
20/11/2014
Pope: Jesus weeps before the closure of our hearts, as he wept over Jerusalem
"I ask myself: today we Christians who know the faith, the catechism, who go to Mass every Sunday, we Christians, we pastors are we content with ourselves? Because we have organized everything and do not need new visits from the Lord ... And the Lord continues to knock on the door of each one of us and of His Church, the pastors of the Church”.
20/11/2014
Occupy Central supporters arrested in mainland China
The Chinese government detained almost a hundred activists and citizens last month for expressing support for Hong Kong's democratic struggle. Now it is putting them on trial for "creating a disturbance" or "inciting subversion of state power". The "guilty" face up to five years in prison.
20/11/2014
Indonesia's Year of the Consecrated Life celebrates the "beauty and dignity of vocations"
In a pastoral letter, the country's Catholic bishops highlight the example of priests, religious or nuns. A children's book with information about all the religious orders and congregations is planned. The country has at least 6,800 seminarians.
20/11/2014
Pope at FAO: food is not a commodity subject to speculation, the hungry "ask for dignity, not for charity"
The "challenge" of solidarity and the "paradox of plenty": "there is food for everyone, but not everyone can eat". "The the struggle against hunger and malnutrition is hindered by “market priorities”, and the “primacy of profit”. The "moral obligation to share the economic wealth of the world." "A source of inspiration is natural law, inscribed in the human heart, that speaks a language that everyone can understand: love, justice, peace, elements that are inseparable from each other"
20/11/2014
Israeli Soldiers ready to demolish Palestinian attackers' homes
Abd al-Rahman al-Shaludi's house of in Silwan was demolished yesterday. The families of Ibrahim al-Akkari, Muhammad Jaabis and Mutaz Hijazi received their demolition notices. "Violence begets violence." For B'Tselem, it is wrong to punish innocent people just because their relatives carried out acts of violence. Haaretz notes that the homes of Israeli terrorists remain intact. Selective justice is not justice - it is vengeance.
19/11/2014
After five months Iraqi army controls Baiji refinery, militants on the run
The security forces have entered into the country’s most important oil refinery, the center of a bitter struggle with the Islamic State. Retreating, the jihadists lay landmines. The agriculture minister accuses militants of having stolen more than one million tons of cereals.
19/11/2014
Haryana: 200 injured in clashes between police and followers of a Hindu guru (accused of murder)
For over a week the supporters of Baba Rampal have been holed up in his ashram, to prevent police arresting him. Women and children are being used as human shields by their members, which are blocking more than 20 thousand people from leaving the place. The holy man is on trial for the death of one of his followers, which took place under mysterious circumstances in 2006.
19/11/2014
Singapore overtakes Beijing as biggest investor in Myanmar. With the "help" of US companies
Behind the boom of the city-state are US companies which, in order to circumvent the embargo, are registered in Singapore. Revelation of Washington tries to down play the revelation made by Burmese Vice-Minister of Finance. In 2014 registers more than 5 billion in foreign investment in the former Burma, with further growth prospects for next year.
19/11/2014
After five months Iraqi army controls Baiji refinery, militants on the run
The security forces have entered into the country’s most important oil refinery, the center of a bitter struggle with the Islamic State. Retreating, the jihadists lay landmines. The agriculture minister accuses militants of having stolen more than one million tons of cereals.
19/11/2014
After five months Iraqi army controls Baiji refinery, militants on the run
The security forces have entered into the country’s most important oil refinery, the center of a bitter struggle with the Islamic State. Retreating, the jihadists lay landmines. The agriculture minister accuses militants of having stolen more than one million tons of cereals.
19/11/2014
As Ahok, a Christian and ethnic Chinese, becomes the first non-Muslim to lead Jakarta, Islamists rage
In a break with tradition, Tjahaja Basuki Purnama was sworn in today by President Jokowi, his predecessor as Jakarta governor, at the Presidential Palace, and not by the Home Affairs Ministry. Extremist groups call for the ouster of the new governor. Thousands of police have been deployed to enforce security.
19/11/2014
Haryana: 200 injured in clashes between police and followers of a Hindu guru (accused of murder)
For over a week the supporters of Baba Rampal have been holed up in his ashram, to prevent police arresting him. Women and children are being used as human shields by their members, which are blocking more than 20 thousand people from leaving the place. The holy man is on trial for the death of one of his followers, which took place under mysterious circumstances in 2006.
19/11/2014
Pope appeals for the Holy Land, "building peace is difficult, but living without peace is a torment"
"Unacceptable episodes of violence that have not even spared places of worship." The "universal call to holiness" which concerns not only consecrated persons, but is a "gift" offered to all Christians, towards which we must take "small steps", in everyday life. "Money is not to be considered idol to be served, but a means to pursue the common good."
19/11/2014
As Ahok, a Christian and ethnic Chinese, becomes the first non-Muslim to lead Jakarta, Islamists rage
In a break with tradition, Tjahaja Basuki Purnama was sworn in today by President Jokowi, his predecessor as Jakarta governor, at the Presidential Palace, and not by the Home Affairs Ministry. Extremist groups call for the ouster of the new governor. Thousands of police have been deployed to enforce security.
19/11/2014
Singapore overtakes Beijing as biggest investor in Myanmar. With the "help" of US companies
Behind the boom of the city-state are US companies which, in order to circumvent the embargo, are registered in Singapore. Revelation of Washington tries to down play the revelation made by Burmese Vice-Minister of Finance. In 2014 registers more than 5 billion in foreign investment in the former Burma, with further growth prospects for next year.
19/11/2014
Pope appeals for the Holy Land, "building peace is difficult, but living without peace is a torment"
"Unacceptable episodes of violence that have not even spared places of worship." The "universal call to holiness" which concerns not only consecrated persons, but is a "gift" offered to all Christians, towards which we must take "small steps", in everyday life. "Money is not to be considered idol to be served, but a means to pursue the common good."
19/11/2014
For Indian bishop, Christian-Muslim dialogue needs actions, not words
In India, both communities are a minority. For Mgr Felix Machado, archbishop of Vasai, change begins in the school, which must be "an environment that teaches reciprocity, as well as respect for the natural dignity and freedom of every human being". He calls on Muslims to "use their own tools for the good of all and for building the nation."
19/11/2014
Netanyahu "iron fist" against terrorism on synagogue
Homes demolished the of two terrorists who yesterday attacked the place of prayer in Har Nof. The two are not members of any organization. Abbas condemns the attack; Hamas in Gaza celebrate it. The UN secretary: We need a long-term solution for peace between Israelis and Palestinians. Christian leaders visit the synagogue in solidarity with the victims. Patriarch of Jerusalem: We must get to the root of the conflict.
19/11/2014
Netanyahu "iron fist" against terrorism on synagogue
Homes demolished the of two terrorists who yesterday attacked the place of prayer in Har Nof. The two are not members of any organization. Abbas condemns the attack; Hamas in Gaza celebrate it. The UN secretary: We need a long-term solution for peace between Israelis and Palestinians. Christian leaders visit the synagogue in solidarity with the victims. Patriarch of Jerusalem: We must get to the root of the conflict.
19/11/2014
Occupy Central condemns attack on Hong Kong's parliament
Four of the protesters, some of whom used metal barriers and bricks to break LegCo windows, have been arrested. This is the first violent incident in almost 50 days of peaceful and calm protest. The action was apparently prompted by rumours concerning a new law cracking down on the Internet. Occupy Central reiterates the non-violent nature of the pro-democracy movement.
19/11/2014
For Indian bishop, Christian-Muslim dialogue needs actions, not words
In India, both communities are a minority. For Mgr Felix Machado, archbishop of Vasai, change begins in the school, which must be "an environment that teaches reciprocity, as well as respect for the natural dignity and freedom of every human being". He calls on Muslims to "use their own tools for the good of all and for building the nation."
19/11/2014
Set to go on trial in Beijing, Gao Yu claims innocence, blames her "confession" on threats
Her trial for "leaking state secrets" is set to start on Friday. Police is accused of getting the 70-year-old journalist to confess by threatening her son. Ongoing arrests and trials indicate that Xi Jinping's crackdown continues.
19/11/2014
UN committee slams North Korea for crimes against humanity
The General Assembly Human Rights Committee passes resolution to refer North Korea to the International Criminal Court. This is not likely to pass the Security Council because of the veto power of North Korea's ally, China, and Russia. In February, a UN report shed light on the atrocities committed by the regime on its people.
19/11/2014
Singapore overtakes Beijing as biggest investor in Myanmar. With the "help" of US companies
Behind the boom of the city-state are US companies which, in order to circumvent the embargo, are registered in Singapore. Revelation of Washington tries to down play the revelation made by Burmese Vice-Minister of Finance. In 2014 registers more than 5 billion in foreign investment in the former Burma, with further growth prospects for next year.
19/11/2014
Pope appeals for the Holy Land, "building peace is difficult, but living without peace is a torment"
"Unacceptable episodes of violence that have not even spared places of worship." The "universal call to holiness" which concerns not only consecrated persons, but is a "gift" offered to all Christians, towards which we must take "small steps", in everyday life. "Money is not to be considered idol to be served, but a means to pursue the common good."
19/11/2014
Yujiang's underground bishop released but under police surveillance
The prelate cannot leave Jiangxi province or exercise his episcopal ministry. The government might be trying to favour the official bishop, who toes the Chinese Patriotic Catholic Association line. For now, the bishops of Shanghai, Baoding, and Yixian are still imprisoned.
19/11/2014
Set to go on trial in Beijing, Gao Yu claims innocence, blames her "confession" on threats
Her trial for "leaking state secrets" is set to start on Friday. Police is accused of getting the 70-year-old journalist to confess by threatening her son. Ongoing arrests and trials indicate that Xi Jinping's crackdown continues.
19/11/2014
Set to go on trial in Beijing, Gao Yu claims innocence, blames her "confession" on threats
Her trial for "leaking state secrets" is set to start on Friday. Police is accused of getting the 70-year-old journalist to confess by threatening her son. Ongoing arrests and trials indicate that Xi Jinping's crackdown continues.
19/11/2014
Singapore overtakes Beijing as biggest investor in Myanmar. With the "help" of US companies
Behind the boom of the city-state are US companies which, in order to circumvent the embargo, are registered in Singapore. Revelation of Washington tries to down play the revelation made by Burmese Vice-Minister of Finance. In 2014 registers more than 5 billion in foreign investment in the former Burma, with further growth prospects for next year.
19/11/2014
UN committee slams North Korea for crimes against humanity
The General Assembly Human Rights Committee passes resolution to refer North Korea to the International Criminal Court. This is not likely to pass the Security Council because of the veto power of North Korea's ally, China, and Russia. In February, a UN report shed light on the atrocities committed by the regime on its people.
19/11/2014
Yujiang's underground bishop released but under police surveillance
The prelate cannot leave Jiangxi province or exercise his episcopal ministry. The government might be trying to favour the official bishop, who toes the Chinese Patriotic Catholic Association line. For now, the bishops of Shanghai, Baoding, and Yixian are still imprisoned.
19/11/2014
Yujiang's underground bishop released but under police surveillance
The prelate cannot leave Jiangxi province or exercise his episcopal ministry. The government might be trying to favour the official bishop, who toes the Chinese Patriotic Catholic Association line. For now, the bishops of Shanghai, Baoding, and Yixian are still imprisoned.
19/11/2014
Occupy Central condemns attack on Hong Kong's parliament
Four of the protesters, some of whom used metal barriers and bricks to break LegCo windows, have been arrested. This is the first violent incident in almost 50 days of peaceful and calm protest. The action was apparently prompted by rumours concerning a new law cracking down on the Internet. Occupy Central reiterates the non-violent nature of the pro-democracy movement.
19/11/2014
Yujiang's underground bishop released but under police surveillance
The prelate cannot leave Jiangxi province or exercise his episcopal ministry. The government might be trying to favour the official bishop, who toes the Chinese Patriotic Catholic Association line. For now, the bishops of Shanghai, Baoding, and Yixian are still imprisoned.
18/11/2014
Hong Kong, police removed the barricades from Occupy Admiralty
High Court injunction requiring the release of some areas occupied by students and members of the Occupy Central. The protesters "do not want to protest" against this move, but protest leaders ask the government for a political solution "without hiding behind the courts."
18/11/2014
Jerusalem: deadly attack at a synagogue. A Palestinian "suicide"
Four Jews died and eight were injured. The two attackers were killed by police. One is on the run. A Palestinian driver found dead on his bus. Police claim it was a suicide, but Palestinians believ he was murdered.
18/11/2014
Yangon, students march for reform and freedom in schools. Authority "on alert"
After four days of protests, the youth threaten to widen protests to a national scale. They are demanding the removal of restrictions on academic freedom and the possibility of union membership. Government given two months to meet their demands. The student protests, "a sensitive issue" in Myanmar.
18/11/2014
Pope: Jesus' call to conversion for Christians who are "lukewarm", "comfortable" or "only concerned with appearances"
"Feeling spiritually comfortable is a state of sin." "When conversion reaches our pockets, its certain. Christians in heart? Yes, everyone is. Christians by blood? All of us. However, Christians with pockets, very few ". The Church calls us to remember the Word of God, appeals to our memory, to be custody it, to be vigilant, and also to obey the Word of God, so that we can begin a new life, converted ".
18/11/2014
Card Tagle: the Churches of Asia defined by martyrs without a name who bore witness to Jesus' Name
At the AsiaNews International Symposium, the archbishop of Manila describes the strength of Asian Churches. Although they are a "small flock," they have given so many martyrs to the Church. Since Vatican II, they have worked on adapting the Christian proclamation to Asian ways of thinking. Filipino migrants are new players in evangelisation. Social media also play a role in mission.
18/11/2014
Mgr You: popes have shown how to overcome the crisis of Korean society
At the 2014 AsiaNews International Symposium, the bishop of Daejeon looks at the trips by John Paul II and Francis to the peninsula, the last country still divided by war. "The seeds that were planted have borne fruit. Let us hope they become a way of salvation for us and throughout Asia."
18/11/2014
Tamil Nadu, 100 Hindu radicals attack a Christian community
Four people, including the Reverend, are hospitalized in serious condition. The extremists also attempted to attack them in the hospital. Desecrated the altar, and a Bible, community’s vehicles destroyed. Global Council of Indian Christians (GCIC): "The violence spreads a culture that holds religious conversions to be illegal ".
18/11/2014
Mgr You: popes have shown how to overcome the crisis of Korean society
At the 2014 AsiaNews International Symposium, the bishop of Daejeon looks at the trips by John Paul II and Francis to the peninsula, the last country still divided by war. "The seeds that were planted have borne fruit. Let us hope they become a way of salvation for us and throughout Asia."
18/11/2014
Mgr You: popes have shown how to overcome the crisis of Korean society
At the 2014 AsiaNews International Symposium, the bishop of Daejeon looks at the trips by John Paul II and Francis to the peninsula, the last country still divided by war. "The seeds that were planted have borne fruit. Let us hope they become a way of salvation for us and throughout Asia."
18/11/2014
Baghdad Patriarch hopes to see Francis in Iraq to restore Christians' hope
Speaking at the AsiaNews International Symposium, Mar Sako highlights the pope's message of peace and co-existence. He also remembers John Paul II's anti-war messages and his wish to visit Iraq. He also expresses gratitude for the actions of solidarity as well as hope for the future of the Christian community, which is essential to the country's life.
18/11/2014
Yangon, students march for reform and freedom in schools. Authority "on alert"
After four days of protests, the youth threaten to widen protests to a national scale. They are demanding the removal of restrictions on academic freedom and the possibility of union membership. Government given two months to meet their demands. The student protests, "a sensitive issue" in Myanmar.
18/11/2014
Jerusalem: deadly attack at a synagogue. A Palestinian "suicide"
Four Jews died and eight were injured. The two attackers were killed by police. One is on the run. A Palestinian driver found dead on his bus. Police claim it was a suicide, but Palestinians believ he was murdered.
18/11/2014
Card. Zen: Ready to go to jail for Democracy in Hong Kong
Speaking at the AsiaNews International Symposium 2014, the bishop emeritus of the Territory tells of how Beijing banned any Papal visit: " John Paul II was not even allowed to enter the Territory for the conclusion of the Synod on Asia”. In conclusion, the bishop announces: "I hope to have time to hand myself over to police along with other Democrats for occupying public space. I will pray for you all".
18/11/2014
Pope, hopeful that the AsiaNews Symposium will encourage evangelical zeal in Asia
A telegram from the pope blesses the 2014 international meeting by the PIME agency, its speakers, organisers and all those in attendance. The pontiff is "hopeful that this blessed occasion can be an intense experience of reflection and communion, promoting a renewed apostolic zeal in favour of proclaiming the Gospel in Asia."
18/11/2014
Pope, hopeful that the AsiaNews Symposium will encourage evangelical zeal in Asia
A telegram from the pope blesses the 2014 international meeting by the PIME agency, its speakers, organisers and all those in attendance. The pontiff is "hopeful that this blessed occasion can be an intense experience of reflection and communion, promoting a renewed apostolic zeal in favour of proclaiming the Gospel in Asia."
17/11/2014
Chaldean Patriarch and Speaker of Parliament: Christians essential to Iraq's future
Salim al-Jubouri met Mar Sako and expresses solidarity and closeness to the Christian victims of violence. Sources of the Chaldean Patriarchate speak of "historic visit" that instills "new confidence". The Church asks Christmas be recognized as a "national holiday". New violence in Baghdad, five people dead and 20 wounded in a series of attacks.
17/11/2014
Pope: Today’s culture of the temporary is anti-family, but children have a right to a father and a mother
The complementarity between man and woman "is the foundation of marriage and the family”. Which "is the foundation of co-existence and a guarantee against social fragmentation". It is "an anthropological fact - a socially and culturally related fact. We cannot qualify it with concepts of an ideological nature".
17/11/2014
Rajshahi: Islamists kill university professor for banning burka in classroom
Shafiul Islam, 48, was hacked to death on his way home. An extremist group claims responsibility for his murder on Facebook. The professor was known for his liberal views and for belonging to Baul, a syncretistic spiritual group.
17/11/2014
For Indonesian Bishops, Evangelii Gaudium is the way for a missionary Church
The Bishops' Conference renews the pastoral and missionary journey along the lines laid out by Pope Francis. Multiculturalism, interfaith dialogue and commitment to the poor and marginalised are the priorities of the local church. The bishops also express hope to see an apostolic visit during Indonesian Youth Day in Manado in 2016.
17/11/2014
Faisalabad: Christian and Muslim activists against blasphemy law abuses
About a thousand people come together in a candlelight vigil to remember a young Christian couple that was burnt alive. The government must take "immediate steps" to stop abuses. Protesters demand severe punishment for those who use the blasphemy law to take revenge or settle personal disputes. For Christian activist, a "genocide" against minorities is underway.
17/11/2014
Pope warns against a Church that is a "group of ecclesiastical disciples" that wants to keep the Lord away "from the peripheries"
"Not just the priests and bishops, but faithful too: 'We are the ones on the Lord's side! And yet from spending so much time looking at the Lord, we no longer see what the Lord needs: we do not see that the Lord is hungry, thirsty, in prison, in hospital. The Lord, present in the marginalized. This atmosphere does so much bad".
17/11/2014
Is Pope Francis optimistic about the Church in China?
Whilst open to acts of good will, the pontiff reiterated the relevance of Benedict XVI's Letter to Chinese Catholics. He also deplored the bishops' lack of freedom, making it clear that dialogue requires openness as well as coherent values. Christians are never pessimistic because they know that everything is in the hands of Providence. It would also be wrong to give up fidelity for immediate results.
17/11/2014
Criticism of old guard politics and espionage shadow post-Sunflower vote in Taiwan
At the end of November, the country will vote in local elections. It is the first popular ballot since the Occupation of Parliament by young people, tired of the excessive nationalism and Chinese interference. The polls will be closely watched ahead of Presidential elections.
16/11/2014
Pope: Nurture your God given talents, don’t disappoint Him!
At the Angelus, Francis invites the faithful to "go home, pick up the Gospel and read the passage from Matthew on talents. Meditate on what you do with them: do we share them, nurture them or keep them locked up?. After the Marian prayer, an appeal to Rome: "Tensions are too high, both sides should meet - even in the parish - to discuss and help dialogue win out".
15/11/2014
Pope: Abortion, euthanasia and test tube children are false compassion, life is always sacred
Addressing the Catholic Doctors Association, Francis describes healthcare as "a real lay apostolate." "The Gospel - the Pope said - goes beyond the Hippocratic Oath: love life at all times, especially when it requires special care and attention. Fidelity to the Gospel of life and respect for it as a gift from God sometimes requires brave choices".
15/11/2014
Iraq, Army free Baiji from Islamic State control
The area is the largest in the country for oil extraction, it alone accounts for 25% of total production. Control of the area means control of the Islamic extremists supply lines.
15/11/2014
Bangalore to build Asia’s first Science Gallery
Third in the world after the galleries in Dublin and London. The hotel will open in 2018. The institution will host, five temporary collections in five different themes each year, which then move to the other galleries. The goal is to combine art and science to offer a new cultural outlook to young people between 15 and 25.
15/11/2014
Pope: Abortion, euthanasia and test tube children are false compassion, life is always sacred
Addressing the Catholic Doctors Association, Francis describes healthcare as "a real lay apostolate." "The Gospel - the Pope said - goes beyond the Hippocratic Oath: love life at all times, especially when it requires special care and attention. Fidelity to the Gospel of life and respect for it as a gift from God sometimes requires brave choices".
14/11/2014
Al-Baghdadi message: "Volcanoes of jihad" against Jews, crusaders, apostates even in Saudi Arabia
The audio message released to assure followers that their leader is alive. Apocalyptic push for new recruits. Saudi Arabia called "the head of the anti-Islam snake".
14/11/2014
Al-Baghdadi message: "Volcanoes of jihad" against Jews, crusaders, apostates even in Saudi Arabia
The audio message released to assure followers that their leader is alive. Apocalyptic push for new recruits. Saudi Arabia called "the head of the anti-Islam snake".
14/11/2014
Al-Baghdadi message: "Volcanoes of jihad" against Jews, crusaders, apostates even in Saudi Arabia
The audio message released to assure followers that their leader is alive. Apocalyptic push for new recruits. Saudi Arabia called "the head of the anti-Islam snake".
14/11/2014
Scores of Hmong Christians arrested and evicted for refusing to give up their religion
Six families in the District of Khamkeut were forced to leave their homes, driven out by village leaders because they refused to return to their old animist religion. One of the elders of the family died from grief shortly after the forced eviction. Two young Hmong Christians remain in prison of their faith.
14/11/2014
New president of the Korean bishops: Renewing the Church through mission and joy
Msgr. Hyginus Kim Hee-jong, tells AsiaNews about the priorities of his mandate: "Push the clergy to change and the laity to engage more and more in proclaiming the Gospel. Using Evangelii Gaudium as a compass and looking at the teaching of the Fathers the Church". The evangelization of Asia "must start from the understanding, affection and respect for those we meet on the streets".
14/11/2014
India's Hindu Radical go on the offensive, calling for a stop to conversions to Christianity and Islam
On the 50th anniversary of the Vishwa Hindu Parishad (VHP), an extremist leader calls for Christians and Muslims to return to Hinduism. For the Global Council of Indian Christians (GCIC), such statements are "absolutely illegal" and "feed suspicion and mistrust" towards minorities. By contrast, the Indian Constitution guarantees freedom of religion.
14/11/2014
New president of the Korean bishops: Renewing the Church through mission and joy
Msgr. Hyginus Kim Hee-jong, tells AsiaNews about the priorities of his mandate: "Push the clergy to change and the laity to engage more and more in proclaiming the Gospel. Using Evangelii Gaudium as a compass and looking at the teaching of the Fathers the Church". The evangelization of Asia "must start from the understanding, affection and respect for those we meet on the streets".
14/11/2014
Aung San Suu Kyi relaunches path of reform and democracy in Myanmar
The Nobel Peace Prize winner talks with Obama: "The reforms are going through a bumpy patch but change is not irreversible." The "Lady" warns those who show "excessive optimism" and confirms that many unresolved issues remain. The White House calls for rights Rohingya and "free and inclusive" elections in 2015.
14/11/2014
Scores of Hmong Christians arrested and evicted for refusing to give up their religion
Six families in the District of Khamkeut were forced to leave their homes, driven out by village leaders because they refused to return to their old animist religion. One of the elders of the family died from grief shortly after the forced eviction. Two young Hmong Christians remain in prison of their faith.
14/11/2014
Occupy students to travel to Beijing in "political protest"
Students want to meet with Premier Li Keqiang and members of the National People's Congress, which curbed Hong Kong's freedom. Protesters are concerned that police might move in to clear protest sites and end sit-ins. About 31 people arrested in October are released.
14/11/2014
A new "cold war" between Moscow and Washington over Afghan opium
Each year, some 7,000 people die in Russia from heroin made with Afghan opium. Despite spending US$ 7.6 billion, the United States has failed to stop drug production in Afghanistan. In Moscow, this is evidence that "U.S. foreign policy has been intentionally destructive," some experts say.
13/11/2014
World Cup 2022, Qatar will be cleared of corruption charges
A source reveals this to the BBC. The Middle Eastern country won the prestigious tournament in 2010 by beating Australia, the US, Korea and Japan. But the leaders of the International Federation were apparently "convinced" with bribes totaling about 4 million euro. No breakthrough in the situation of migrants, the new slaves forced to build stadiums in the desert.
13/11/2014
Chhattisgarh, "forced" sterilizations assassin doctor arrested
Dr. RK Gupta was trying to flee. A second government center discovered, where at least 26 tubal ligations were carried out, one woman died and 20 were hospitalized.
13/11/2014
Korea, a church in memory of the Sewol victims
Among the 304 victims of the shipwreck there was also a young man who was about to enter the seminary. To realize his dream, his parents decided to build a place of worship. The help of many volunteers and the love of the people leads to the construction of "Seongho" church – named for the young man – in record time.
13/11/2014
Chhattisgarh, "forced" sterilizations assassin doctor arrested
Dr. RK Gupta was trying to flee. A second government center discovered, where at least 26 tubal ligations were carried out, one woman died and 20 were hospitalized.
13/11/2014
For Atanacio Jovi, it is possible to be gay and Catholic by "loving God above all"
In an article published on the website of the Bishops' Conference of the Philippines, Atanacio Jovi says he is gay but has "embraced chastity" because the Church invites to "true love," which never lets one down, i.e. "love for God and God's love for all". Devoted to Our Lady Mediatrix of All-Grace, he lives his sexual orientation with serenity. "If I love someone, I want the best for that person. And this goes beyond physical union."
13/11/2014
Korea, a church in memory of the Sewol victims
Among the 304 victims of the shipwreck there was also a young man who was about to enter the seminary. To realize his dream, his parents decided to build a place of worship. The help of many volunteers and the love of the people leads to the construction of "Seongho" church – named for the young man – in record time.
13/11/2014
Pope: the Kingdom of God is not "a spectacle" and grows in the perseverance of many who raise family
"The Kingdom of God is silent, it grows inside us. The Holy Spirit nourishes it through our willingness, in our land, which we have to prepare". "Even suffering, the Cross, the cross of everyday life - the cross of work, family, to carry on doing good things - this small daily cross is part of the Kingdom of God".
12/11/2014
ASEAN: Hanoi and Manila united front against Chinese imperialism on the seas
The regional summit opens today: cooperation, peace and maritime security at the center of agenda. In recent days, talks between Trương San Tan and Benigno Aquino. Freedom of navigation and maritime trade a must.
12/11/2014
Nepal's Human Rights Commission says yes to freedom of conscience
The commission's president will discuss the need to ensure full rights for minorities with the country's prime minister and president. In his view, "The state should be secular". Converting to Christianity still elicits opposition at present.
11/11/2014
Nuncio to Damascus talks about Syrian conflict, UN optimism and the plight of an exhausted people
Mgr Zenari met with UN special envoy Staffan de Mistura, who is "determined" to reach a truce. His goal is to create areas in which to "freeze" the fighting and improve aid delivery. President Assad appears flexible on the matter. People are exhausted and "those who can try to flee." Hope is emerging about a united front against jihadists.
11/11/2014
Pope asks G-20 to reach an agreement to stop terrorism in the Middle East
Pope Francis writes for the Brisbane summit. The answer to "unjust aggression" cannot only be military, but must extend to those who fund it, as well as its "root causes" like poverty or exclusion. People must be defended even from "other forms of aggression" like the "abuses in the financial system."
10/11/2014
APEC: China offers deals and maritime peace to oust the US from Asia
On the sidelines of the Asia-Pacific Economic Cooperation summit in Beijing, Xi Jinping reaches out to Japan, scraps tariffs on South Korea trade and pledges peace and prosperity to Vietnam. Meanwhile Obama is on his way to promote a 12-nation deal that excludes China to bolster the US position in the region.
08/11/2014
Jharkhand's tribal Mundari remember the first Catholic converts
Fr. Lino Fernandes SFX led a pilgrimage to celebrate "Kuntpani Mata". The celebration is in memory of the first six indigenous families who were baptized in 1873. The missionary: "It is Mary who draws all people to her and through her, to her Son Jesus."
07/11/2014
Iraqi Church: Liberating the Nineveh plain, work and Christians’ right to education
These are the objectives that emerged from the emergency meeting of Catholic leaders in Iraq. The patriarch and the bishops would like to thank Pope Francis and the Holy See for its proximity and material aid. Essential to continue the housing program, to protect families from the cold and rain. The call to "live the commandment of love" in a moment of "trial".
05/11/2014
More than 90 "extremists" tweets posted per minute in Saudi Arabia
The figure emerges from a statistic published by the Ministry for Islamic Affairs. Over 500 accounts that promoted extremist organizations closed. A a religious television network also shut down.
05/11/2014
Indian Jesuits confront the crisis of vocations with 21 new priests
The new clergymen will be ordained in 2015, the Year of Consecrated Life. Fr Errol Fernandes SJ led the novices in a retreat. The Asian Church also "faces many challenges, but with its selflessness and other-centredness, it has a message to deliver to the world."
04/11/2014
Vietnamese Catholic blogger and activist on trial for criticizing Hanoi government
For more than six months Nguyen Huu Vinh and his assistant Nguyen Thi Minh Thuy have been held without formal charges. For the defense, the prosecution is "illegal." Pro human rights activists warn of little hope of seeing them free. If found guilty face up to seven years in prison.
04/11/2014
Church vs. Manila over the use of papal visit as an excuse to cover up post-Yolanda delays
Archdiocese of Palo spokesman does not mince his words in slamming the government for dragging the papal visit into the controversy over displaced persons. At least 250 families have been told to leave their bunkhouses. More than 20,000 people remain in temporary shelters.
03/11/2014
Archbishop of Moscow: A spiritual Chernobyl shrouds the family
Msgr. Paolo Pezzi meets the faithful of the Archdiocese of the Mother of God to speak of the last Extraordinary Synod on the Family, in which he took part: "The family, like the priesthood is a vocation."
01/11/2014
Pope: the communion of saints unites heaven and earth, and is not broken by death
"We are here on earth, along with those who have entered into eternity, we form one great family. This family connection is not broken". Prayers for Jerusalem which has recently "witnessed a number of tensions, that it may always be a sign and foretaste of the peace which God desires for the whole human family".
22/10/2014
Baghdad patriarch calls on Muslims to show more courage in a "common front" against terrorists
Christians and Muslims must join together to defeat the Islamic State. So far, "fear has prevailed." For Mar Sako, a strong "public rejection" is needed. For Advent and Christmas, he calls for visits to the families of refugees, bringing sweets for the festivity to show closeness and solidarity. He calls for a "long term strategy" to fight bigotry.
21/10/2014
Private jet crashes in Moscow, the head of Total dies
Christophe de Margerie at the helm of the French oil giant since 2007. Always contrary to Western sanctions against Moscow, he was in Russia on an official visit. Yesterday he met with Prime Minister Medvedev.