05/27/2015HONG KONG The Missionaries of Charity see the poor as benefactors, thanks to them they can serve Jesus Present in Hong Kong since 1983, the Sisters of Mother Teresa operate two centres where they provide food and shelter to those in need. “The more we give to our poor, the more we receive in abundance,” and “the poorest of the poor often challenge us to live our vocation”. Hong Kong (AsiaNews) – The Sisters of Mother Teresa came to Hong Kong in 1983. At present, they have two religious communities with 14 missionaries who run two centres on Kowloon Peninsula, an area with rundown sections and many homeless people. The...
05/27/2015KYRGYZSTAN – UNITED NATIONS UN calls on Kyrgyz authorities to revise bill that labels NGOs as "foreign agents" The bill would affect foreign-funded organisations involved in political activities to register as foreign agents. For UN High Commissioner for Human Rights, the bill fails to define “political activities” and could jeopardise human rights and freedom of association. Human Rights Watch warns that the bill will “only stigmatize” NGOs working in the country.
05/27/2015CHINA – VATICAN As the parish priest at Baoding’s Mary Queen of China Church is arrested, another Catholic altar is demolished Fr Liu Honggeng has been missing since 7 May. His mobile phone is off and his parishioners have hit a wall of silence by local police. The underground priest was getting ready for the Marian month. He has already spent eight years in prison for refusing to join the Patriotic Association. The authorities have also detained Mgr Julius Jia Zhiguo of Zhengding for 12 days without explanation. In Baoding, agents demolished an "illegal" Catholic altar. Two women were wounded trying to protect it.
05/26/2015CHINA China’s ruling Communist Party warns its members that harbouring religious beliefs will be punished In an article published, the newsletter of the party's Central Commission for Discipline Inspection acknowledges the presence of religious believers in the party. This is “attracting serious concern” because whilst “Chinese citizens have the freedom of religious belief, [. . .] Communist Party members aren't the same as regular citizens; they are fighters in the vanguard for a communist consciousness”. Hence, anyone who strays away will become the target of disciplinary action.
05/26/2015INDIA Bosco’s story or “the gift of sobriety through the mantle of Mary’s love” by Bosco Pereira Son of good Catholic parents, he started drinking at the age of 17. Alcohol took away his family, work, friends, and a girlfriend until he met Brother Cyril, who ran the Mary’s Clan rehab centre at the Basilica of Our Lady of Mount (Bandra). Bosco is now married, with two children and taken over the centre. "God doesn’t always promise you the things that you have lost, but definitely promises you all things new and beautiful."
05/26/2015NEPAL Nepalese authorities ban entry to the Hindu and Buddhist religious sites for fear of collapse by Christopher Sharma Concerns about the continuing aftershocks. Ban focuses on Hindu and Buddhist temples, located on hills and mountains at risk of landslides. The roads leading to the temples will be washed away by monsoon rains, coming in a few weeks. Temples are surrounded by crowded shacks and houses that could collapse along with the religious places.
05/25/2015BANGLADESH All religious groups condemn the rape of a Catholic tribal woman by Sumon Corraya The 21-year old ethnic Garo is currently recuperating at the Tejgaon's Victim Support Centre. Five rapists are still at large. The attack took place on minibus in the capital. The Bishop of Mymensingh, where the young woman hails from, calls for "exemplary punishment” for the attackers.
05/25/2015MYANMAR - ASIA Yangon Cardinal: Myanmar has a moral duty to resolve the Rohingya crisis by Charles Maung Bo* 139 mass graves of migrants discovered in Malaysia, scattered in 28 fields near the border with Thailand. In a letter Card. Charles Bo recalls the obligation to assist these modern boat people to regain their dignity and rights. The cardinal speaks of "agony" of inhuman proportions and calls on all citizens to work together to resolve this emergency.
05/25/2015PAKISTAN Lahore, Muslims set Christian colony ablaze: new charges of blasphemy by Jibran Khan A young drug addict with mental health problems is accused of burning newspapers containing sacred verses. Islamic leaders called for his death; faced with the refusal of the police, hundreds attacked the Christian community. Unknown the fate of the accused.
05/25/2015BANGLADESH Bangladesh: Catholic Church promotes interreligious dialogue against extremism by Sumon Corraya The Episcopal Commission for Christian Unity and Interreligious Dialogue promotes a week of meetings and discussions. The aim is to create an environment "conducive" to dialogue. The initiative was also attended by Muslim and Hindu leaders. Mons. Bejoy N. D'Cruz: diversity is a value.
05/23/2015SYRIA Nuncio in Damascus: no news about Fr Mourad, not even about who abducted him “The Archeparchy of Homs, the patriarch and the community of Mar Musa have activated all channels to make contact with the kidnappers, but without success so far,” said Mgr Zenari. Meanwhile, the Islamic State group claimed responsibility for yesterday’s suicide attack at a Shia mosque in al Qadeeh, in the eastern Saudi province of Qatif that caused at least 21 deaths.