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08/11/2014 INDONESIA
Catholic Women's Movement boosts the role of women in Indonesian society
Founded in 1924, the Indonesian Association of Catholic Women (WKRI) is active in promoting the dignity of women, according to the dictates of the Church. The movement’s goal is to tackle under-development and gender issues. Initiatives include, programs, female literacy, sewing classes and other training courses.
06/11/2014 HONG KONG - CHINA
Hong Kong protesters arrested after clashes with police
Dressed like Guy Fawkes, the rebel who tried to set fire to the British Parliament, young people wanted to bring the democracy protests back into focus of public attention. Today, the Student Federation must decide whether or not to participate in further talks with the government on political reform.
06/11/2014 RUSSIA - PAKISTAN
Patriarch of Moscow writes to Pakistani president "pardon Asia Bibi"
In a letter to Hussain, Kirill warns: "There is the risk of jeopardizing the dialogue and relations between Christians and Muslims not only in Pakistan but all over the world."
04/11/2014 INDIA
India government plans to repeal some 300 "colonial" laws but forgets the people
Two well-known activists speak to AsiaNews about legislative changes that focus on the economy, not on "real" problems. Prison reform and police abuse are not addressed. India's attempt to globalise leaves little space for human rights.
03/11/2014 VATICAN
Pope: "We are all invited to enter" the death and resurrection of Jesus, "the foundation, the rock" of our faith
Francis celebrates Mass for the souls of cardinals and bishops who died during the year. "This is what the Apostle Paul preached: the crucified and risen Christ. If He is not risen, our faith is empty and insubstantial. But because He is risen, indeed, He is the Resurrection, then our faith is full of truth and eternal life".
02/11/2014 VATICAN
Pope: Remember the forgotten dead, victims of war, hunger and persecution
On the feast of All Souls, Francis says that "death is not the last word on the fate of the human person, because man is destined to a life without limits, which has its roots and its fulfillment in God". Mary, Gate of Heaven, "will support us in our daily pilgrimage on earth and help us not to lose sight of the ultimate goal of life which is Paradise".
31/10/2014 VATICAN
Pope: Putting law above love is not a model but mark of a hypocrite
In his homily this morning, Francis speaks of the Gospel passage where Jesus opposes the Pharisees who would not heal a sick man on the Sabbath, denying help to his parents because "they had given everything to the Temple. But who is more important? The Fourth Commandment or the Temple? The path is the opposite way: from love to the law".
31/10/2014 INDIA - SRI LANKA
Sri Lanka, "premeditated" death sentence for five Indian fishermen
According to Jesuit priest Santhanam, the judgment issued by the Sri Lankan court is the result of decades of conflict between Delhi and Colombo over trespassing in territorial waters. The verdict "contradicts Pope Francis’ position against the death penalty".
31/10/2014 BANGLADESH
Celebrating the 50th anniversary of PIME-founded credit union in Rajshahi
Father Luigi Pinos, founder of the Bonpara Christian Co-operative Credit Union Ltd., taught his followers about the value of money and on how to save. After starting with 19 members, it now boasts 2,754 members.
Vietnamese dissident: Hanoi using political prisoners as bargaining chips in negotiations
Nguyen Van Hai says he was not released but deported and was unable to say goodbye to family and friends. He calls on governments to "put democracy and other civil rights as conditions" before negotiating with Vietnam.
31/10/2014 VATICAN
Pope: The true Christian lives of prayer and mission. It's like breathing!
Francis meets with members of the Catholic Fraternity of Charismatic Covenant Communities and Fellowships, and urges them to unity in diversity "which means recognizing and accepting with joy the different gifts that the Holy Spirit gives to each one and putting them all in the service of the Church. It is listening, accepting differences, having the freedom to think differently and expressing it! With all due respect to the other who is my brother". A strong call to "remember the ecumenical nature" of the charismatic movement: "For persecutors, we are one! Ecumenism of the blood."
31/10/2014 SRI LANKA
No hope for people buried alive in Sri Lanka landslide
Bad weather has been hampering rescue operations. For the Disaster Management Centre (DMC), about 100 people were trapped at home when tonnes of mud covered them. For locals, at least 250 are still missing.
Jerusalem: as the Temple Mount is reopened (with restrictions), tension remains high
Men under 50 still banned from the area. For Abbas, Israel's recent closure is tantamount to a "declaration of war". The funeral of Palestinian suspected of wounding Rabbi Glick takes place without incident. The latter remains hospitalised in intensive care.
31/10/2014 MYANMAR
Myanmar, government opens talks with Aung San Suu Kyi on peace, reconciliation and reforms
On the orders of the head of state Thein Sein, the talks include the Nobel Peace Laureate, the head of the army, ethnic representatives and those of the main political parties. For the first time the various spirits and powers of the country come together for discussions. However, for critics it's just a façade ahead of the upcoming East Asia Summit.
30/10/2014 SOUTH 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.
30/10/2014 ISRAEL
Palestinian killed in Jerusalem suspected of having shot a rabbi
Police say the man suspected of the attack opened fire on counter-terrorism agents that had surrounded his house. The rabbi is the leader of a right-wing movement that wants Jews to be allowed pray on the Temple Mount, home to the al-Aqsa mosque and the Dome of the Rock.
30/10/2014 JAPAN
Tokyo, the families of Yasukuni war victims: remove criminals from the sanctuary
The site is one of the "hot spots" of Asian geopolitics. Among the 2.5 million Japanese war dead honored in the temple is the names of 14 war criminals who have committed atrocities in China and Korea. Prime Minister Abe has always gone there, while the emperor has never gone.
30/10/2014 THAILAND - ITALY
For Thai Buddhists, Francis, the "missionary" pope, embodies the spirit of Assisi, Fr Sala says
Fr Valerio Sala has been a PIME priest in the Asian country for the past five years. He describes how he came to his vocation and how he developed his missionary zeal after a brief stint in Africa. He explains how globalisation and relativism have deeply penetrated Thai culture, as well as the challenges they represent. For him, Christ is the basis for a true "social and moral change."
30/10/2014 VATICAN
Pope: "The devil exists" and "we have to fight him”, “girded in truth” “armored with justice”.
"This generation - and many others - were led to believe that the devil is a myth, a figure, an idea, the idea of evil. But the devil exists and we have to fight him". "The salvation that Jesus gives us is free", but we are called to defend it.
30/10/2014 TUNISIA
Secularist party wins Tunisia elections
The Nidaa Tounes party wins 85 seats, defeating Ennahda, the main Islamist party. Tunisia was the first country in the Middle East to experience the Arab Spring and the only one to go through a real democratic transition.
30/10/2014 VATICAN
Pope: in a Europe where there is "thirst for God," Catholics and Old Catholics should bear credible witness to the Gospel
During an audience with bishops from the Union of Utrecht, Francis recognises "the increasing distance between us on matters of ministry and ethical discernment." Nevertheless, it is "possible to build new bridges of a more profound mutual understanding and practical co-operation". Indeed, "In prayer for and with one another, our differences are taken up and overcome in fidelity to the Lord and his Gospel."
29/10/2014 BANGLADESH
Bangladesh, Islamic Party leader gets death sentence
A special court has found Motiur Rahman Nizami, 71, guilty of genocide, murder, torture and rape. The crimes were committed during the war of liberation from Pakistan in 1971. Fear of further violence after the ruling.
Kurdish peshmerga arrive in Turkey to fight in Kobane
They were greeted by thousands of Turkish Kurds who were barred from entering Syria to fight. Ankara fears the strengthening of the PKK and the creation of a Kurdish state. Some areas of the province of Idlib have passed into the hands of the Nusra Front, aided by the militia of the Islamic State.
Kurdish peshmerga arrive in Turkey to fight in Kobane
They were greeted by thousands of Turkish Kurds who were barred from entering Syria to fight. Ankara fears the strengthening of the PKK and the creation of a Kurdish state. Some areas of the province of Idlib have passed into the hands of the Nusra Front, aided by the militia of the Islamic State.
29/10/2014 RUSSIA
The victims of Stalinist terror remembered In Moscow's Lubyanka Square
Memorial organised today's 'Return of the names', 12-hour reading of the names of those executed in the 1930s for political reasons. Almost half of Russians now believe that they too will expression the same repression in their lifetime.