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20/11/2014 INDONESIA
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.
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".
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."
15/11/2014 INDIA
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.
13/11/2014 SOUTH KOREA
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.
07/11/2014 IRAQ
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 INDIA
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."
22/10/2014 ITALY - IRAQ
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 RUSSIA - FRANCE
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.
13/10/2014 JAPAN
Typhoon Vongfong hits Japan: one missing, dozens injured and over 300 flights canceled
It is the 19th typhoon to hit the Japanese archipelago this year. Experts say it is the most powerful tropical storm of 2014, hundreds of millimeters of rain already fallen. Tomorrow it could envelop the capital. Electricity to Okinawa down. High risk of landslides and flooding.
13/10/2014 VATICAN
Synod: "the desire for family" still alive, but "new pastoral programs" needed
The "Relatio post disceptationem" (midterm report) urges greater openness to the "positive realities" found even in individualism, civil marriages and civil partnerships, greater Christian involvement of families in the work of evangelization, "greater involvement of the entire Christian community in preparing engaged couples for marriage "and to" a pastoral accompaniment that goes beyond the celebration of the sacrament ", with the need for subsequent formation of pastoral workers.
13/10/2014 TURKEY - SYRIA
The "cancer" of the Kurdish question corners Ankara
Fifteen million Kurds in Turkey's big cities want Ankara to intervene decisively to save the city of Kobane. Erdogan fears the disintegration of the country and stokes nationalism.
Putin and Poroshenko meet in Minsk
No one expresses hopes for an end to growing tensions. Russia wants to send a new aid convoy to the rebel regions and calls for the cooperation of the Red Cross and the Kiev government. Russian soldiers captured in Ukraine. Date for next elections set for October 26.