Java Earthquake

14/07/2014
Mission in Taiwan and China through families and vacations
Mission is no longer delegated to religious, or priests. It is a dimension of the everyday life of the faithful. The testimony of Filipino domestic workers has led to the conversion of many of their employers. Families also bring their Christian faith on holiday to China.
13/07/2014
As pope makes "heartfelt appeal" for peace in the Holy Land, he notes that prayer is not "in vain"
After the Angelus, Pope Francis called on those present to pray during a minute of silence. He made the same plea to local and international policy makers. Prayer helps us "not allow ourselves be overcome by evil, nor accept that violence and hatred take over from dialogue and reconciliation." The parable of the sower asks, 'How is our heart? To what ground does it look like: a road, rocky ground, or a bush? We must remember that with our words "we too are sowers". Indeed, "Our words can do so much good and so much evil; they can hurt and heal, encourage and depress." And "please, do not forget to pray for me."
13/07/2014
As pope makes "heartfelt appeal" for peace in the Holy Land, he notes that prayer is not "in vain"
After the Angelus, Pope Francis called on those present to pray during a minute of silence. He made the same plea to local and international policy makers. Prayer helps us "not allow ourselves be overcome by evil, nor accept that violence and hatred take over from dialogue and reconciliation." The parable of the sower asks, 'How is our heart? To what ground does it look like: a road, rocky ground, or a bush? We must remember that with our words "we too are sowers". Indeed, "Our words can do so much good and so much evil; they can hurt and heal, encourage and depress." And "please, do not forget to pray for me."
12/07/2014
Faisalabad: young Christians and Muslims for social peace, starting with traffic
About a hundred students took part in a symposium dedicated to social change, peace and harmony. Starting from the problem of traffic, the goal is to enhance social responsibility and promote greater education. From the new generations comes hope for change.
12/07/2014
Xinjiang: Muslim students forced to eat during Ramadan
Teachers note who does not eat or drink, threatening students with expulsion from university or no diplomas. Many students fast in secret. People using the internet to spread "religious extremist violent terror video" get sentences ranging from 15 years to life. Uygur spokesperson says Beijing is afraid of losing its information monopoly.
12/07/2014
Faisalabad: young Christians and Muslims for social peace, starting with traffic
About a hundred students took part in a symposium dedicated to social change, peace and harmony. Starting from the problem of traffic, the goal is to enhance social responsibility and promote greater education. From the new generations comes hope for change.
12/07/2014
More than half the world's population lives in cities
India will lead the way, as the country's urban population is expected to swell by 404 million people between now and 2050. Tokyo will continue to top the mega-city list followed by Delhi, Shanghai, Mexico City, Sao Paulo, Beijing, Osaka, and Cairo. This trend will be challenge for health care, schools, food, and housing.
12/07/2014
As Kurdish militias seize two oil installations, al-Sistani calls for peace and unity
Oilfields in Kirkuk and Bai Hassan are seized. Although they have an output capacity of 450,000 barrels per day, they had not been producing significant quantities since March. Baghdad calls for their return and threatens retaliation. Kurdish bloc withdraws support for the central government. Grand ayatollah calls for unity and understanding for people regardless of faith or political belief.
11/07/2014
As number of casualties climbs concern mounts over Gaza invasion
The Palestinians speak of 95 dead and say they are ready to fight "until the end". The UN, Russia and France ask for a cease-fire and the United States say they are "ready to facilitate a cessation of hostilities." Senior Egyptian officials quoted by Haaretz say conditions for a mediation "are not ripe."
11/07/2014
12 Muslims arrested from group that attacked the church of Boldipukur
The robbers were after documents pertaining to land ownership. Not the first attempt to steal the deeds. The parishioners are mostly tribal, very poor and poorly educated and often Muslims try to take over their lands. During the attack, three PIME nuns suffered attempted rape.
11/07/2014
Card Zen: Religious freedom and civil liberties are united, for China and Hong Kong
A wide ranging conversation with the bishop emeritus of Hong Kong: the courage of Msgr. Ma Daqin, who sent a message to Pope Francis; underground Catholics are also prepared to be arrested; suspicions about Beijing’s sincerity towards possible dialogue with the Holy See. And in Hong Kong, the march for a referendum on democracy; support for "Occupy Central"; the fear of the government and arrests. Card. Zen reaffirms that religious freedom and civil liberties go hand in hand.
11/07/2014
The Church in Hong Kong has three new auxiliary bishops
The Holy Father appointed Vicar General Michael Yeung, Vicar of Opus Dei for East Asia Rev Stephen Lee, and Fr Joseph Ha, former regional superior of the Friars Minor in Hong Kong.
10/07/2014
Korean pop stars make music video to celebrate Pope Francis’ visit
The song is titled "Koinonia" and is a symbol of friendship and sharing, to "present to the Pope on his arrival". Argentinian Pope’s journey "a source of hope." The stars have signed up for free, because "it is an honor to be part of it”. The song will be preformed during the beatification ceremony of the Korean Martyrs.
09/07/2014
Conflict between Israel and Hamas intensifies
Missiles reach Tel Aviv and Jerusalem where air-raid shelters have been re-activated. The raids have left 28 dead and hundreds injured in Gaza. 40 thousand reservists recalled. "Invasions and ground operations” not ruled out. The Palestinian government of national unity is the "illustrious" victim of these latest clashes.