Synod on the Eucharist

22/09/2014
Big pro-democracy student strike starts in Hong Kong
The weeklong class boycott began today. "[P]ained and outraged to see the advancement of democracy in Hong Kong stifled and suppressed," about 400 academics and non-teaching staff stand by students, who are "Hong Kong's future". Occupy Central is planning a silent sit-in for 1 October, anniversary of the founding of the People's Republic. Billionaires from the former colony are set to meet with Xi Jinping to ask him to "stop" the pro-democracy movement.
19/09/2014
Over 50 thousand flee flooding in Manila, schools and offices closed
The heavy rains caused by tropical storm Fung-Wong have paralyzed the capital. 268 mm of rain, 76% of the monthly average fell in a few hours. More rain predicted. 21 domestic flights canceled, some international routes diverted. So far, no deaths or injuries.
18/09/2014
Archbishop of Yangon: human trafficking, "a hell that shames Myanmar"
Msgr. Charles Bo lashes out against this modern form of slavery, particularly widespread in South-East Asia. The Burmese dictatorship created a "nation of the Exodus" and the current government also shows nothing but "indifference". Harsh accusations against China and its one-child policy, the cause of an "abominable" trafficking.
18/09/2014
Archbishop of Yangon: human trafficking, "a hell that shames Myanmar"
Msgr. Charles Bo lashes out against this modern form of slavery, particularly widespread in South-East Asia. The Burmese dictatorship created a "nation of the Exodus" and the current government also shows nothing but "indifference". Harsh accusations against China and its one-child policy, the cause of an "abominable" trafficking.
18/09/2014
Moscow: congress of translators turns into an indictment of the Kremlin's war in Ukraine
A statement signed by more than 300 participants from all over the world protests against "hate propaganda that distorts reality and encourages people to violence" and digs "deep trenches" between two brotherly peoples.
18/09/2014
Pope: those who acknowledge their sins "open their hearts in the confession of sins, to encounter with Jesus"
"Jesus says this word - 'You are saved, you have been saved- only to those who open their hearts and acknowledge that they are sinners. Salvation only comes hearts that are open to the truth of our sins".
18/09/2014
Chinese Church: confidence and caution in Pope Francis' invitation to Xi Jinping to meet at the Vatican
The story first reported by an Argentinian online paper stands out in Catholic websites in China. The pontiff's hand written letter was delivered to close Xi aides. For a priest in northern China, this is a first step that shows great respect for the Chinese president. The second step will be to speak about the problems of the Catholic Church in China. Hong Kong waits for Xi's response before evaluating matters. China and the Vatican see eye to eye on a multi-polar world and the problems of the Middle East. Ping-pong diplomacy is played out for world peace and religious freedom and democracy in China.
17/09/2014
Bangladesh, Muslim leader’s death sentence commuted to life imprisonment
The Supreme Court has upheld an appeal by Delwar Hossain Sayeedi, vice president of Jamaat-e-Islami (Islamic fundamentalist party). In 2013, an international tribunal for war had sentenced him to death for crimes against humanity.
17/09/2014
Bangladesh, Muslim leader’s death sentence commuted to life imprisonment
The Supreme Court has upheld an appeal by Delwar Hossain Sayeedi, vice president of Jamaat-e-Islami (Islamic fundamentalist party). In 2013, an international tribunal for war had sentenced him to death for crimes against humanity.
17/09/2014
For Baghdad patriarch, an intervention by Arab States is essential in the Iraqi crisis
At the UN, the patriarchs and bishops of the Churches of the Middle East denounce the sufferings of Christians, victims of the violence of the Islamic State, a tragic situation that calls for action by the international community. Islamists must be defeated and peaceful coexistence restored. AsiaNews presents Mar Sako's address.
17/09/2014
Towards the synod: challenges for marriage in China, threatened by selfishness and consumerism
As the country grows and develops, the challenges that threaten marriage and family life multiply. Divorce, changing gender roles, and the one-child policy endanger the healthy development of the idea of the couple as the basis for the creation of a new family. The Church has sought to curb this negative trend, but it can and must do more to help young couples. ">Ahead of the upcoming Synod on the family, a priest in Xianxian looks at the issue.
17/09/2014
Pope Francis approves canonisation of the Apostle of Sri Lanka
The Blessed Joseph Vaz will be a saint. Within the Church of Sri Lanka, some hope to see the canonisation ceremony take place during next January's apostolic visit by the pope.
17/09/2014
Pope Francis approves canonisation of the Apostle of Sri Lanka
The Blessed Joseph Vaz will be a saint. Within the Church of Sri Lanka, some hope to see the canonisation ceremony take place during next January's apostolic visit by the pope.
17/09/2014
On trial for separatism, Ilham Tohti says Uighurs and Han Chinese have the same problems in Xinjiang
Jailed in January, the economist has never supported separatism. However, he has called on Beijing to talk with Uighurs and check its corrupt local government, which angers both Uighurs and Han Chinese. However, Chinese government repression could generate a more unified and violent movement.
16/09/2014
Patriarch of Baghdad: "UN mandate", not "innocent victims", needed in Iraqi crisis
Mar Sako says the Paris agreement is "positive”, but warns that any action should be under the auspices of the United Nations. The head of the Chaldean Church emphasizes that "bombs are not a solution" and hopes in collaboration of Arab nations who "know" the region. He calls for support for the new Iraqi government, even if "a true reconciliation will take time".
16/09/2014
Iranian absence at Paris Conference "regrettable"
France begins reconnaissance flights in Iraq; US air raids spread to the south-west of Baghdad. Silence on raids in Syria to counter militants of the Islamic State. Russia will contribute with a deep analysis of the situation.
16/09/2014
Goodbye to Sarath Fernando, who dedicated his life to the protection of creation in Sri Lanka
The Catholic intellectual died at the age 71 from cardiac arrest. Engaged since his youth in social and political activism, he also founded a number of movements to defend farmers.
15/09/2014
Indonesia, four Turkish citizens arrested for "ties" with the Islamic state
Indonesian extremists were also arrested in the operation; according to the authorities they may be active in the formation of local Islamist cells. Anti-terrorism squad say they were trying to contact Santoso, the most wanted man in the country. At least 66 Indonesian citizens are active in the jihad in the Middle East.
15/09/2014
Haines beheading "heinous and cowardly". Paris summit to counter Islamic State
Islamist militias promise a new execution of a Briton, accusing Cameron of having allied with the United States to fight the Islamic State. Hollande calls Paris meeting with Iraqi president to plot a strategy for counteroffensive. Syria and Iran excluded, but Russia present.
15/09/2014
Pope: two mothers, "two women - Mary and the Church – carry forward the hope that is Christ, gift us Christ"
Without Mary there would be no Jesus, just as "without the Church we cannot go forward". "Jesus came into the world to learn how to be a man, and in being a man, to walk with men. He came into the world to obey, and he obeyed. But he learned obedience by suffering."
13/09/2014
PIME missionary: MILF political party, a "positive" step in the interests of peace in the Philippines
Fr. D'Ambra says that the project was rumored in the past and it is "too early" to understand how it will evolve. President Aquino presents the basic text of the Bangsamoro Autonomous Region to Parliament and strongly supports the transformation of the rebel group into a political party. Now agreement must be reached between the various groups, to avoid extremist off shoots.
12/09/2014
Occupy Central ready for a lavish democracy "banquet" in Hong Kong
The "courses" include peaceful acts of civil disobedience to be held on an almost weekly basis. The first one will entail a 500-metre-long black banner to express Hongkongers' ire at Beijing's offer of universal suffrage. Chinese scholar warns that Beijing might restrict the territory's freedom. Catholic Church backs the student strike.
12/09/2014
Pope: you cannot correct a brother without charity, humility and truth, anything else is just "gossip"
"Charity is like an anesthetic that helps you to receive treatment and accept reprimand". How often in our community are things said about another person that are not true: they are slander. Or if they are true, they undermine that person’s reputation". "If you really need to reprimand a little flaw, stop and remember that you have many more and far bigger".
12/09/2014
Occupy Central ready for a lavish democracy "banquet" in Hong Kong
The "courses" include peaceful acts of civil disobedience to be held on an almost weekly basis. The first one will entail a 500-metre-long black banner to express Hongkongers' ire at Beijing's offer of universal suffrage. Chinese scholar warns that Beijing might restrict the territory's freedom. Catholic Church backs the student strike.