10/20/2014VATICAN Pope: We cannot resign ourselves to thinking of a Middle East without Christians Many of our brothers and sisters are being persecuted and have had to leave their homes in a brutal way" and "in the general indifference of so many". Cardinal Pietro Parolin: international community must respond to the terrorism of the Islamic State with a negotiated solution to all the problems in the Middle East, starting from the Israeli-Palestinian conflict. Vatican City (AsiaNews) - There
is a terrorism of "previously unimaginable dimensions" in the Middle
East and many Christians are being persecuted "in the general indifference
of many. This unjust situation requires, in addition to our constant prayer, an
adequate response even from the international community". This...
10/20/2014TURKEY - SYRIA - UNITED STATES Ankara to allow Iraqi Kurds to cross to fight Islamic state The Turkish government backtracks on blocking Kurds. The latter will now be able to fight with Syrian Kurds in Kobane. The United States carries out airdrops of military and medical supplies to fighters resisting Islamic fundamentalists.
10/20/2014BANGLADESH Diocesan assembly in Sylhet centred on the Gospel, strength and support for families by Sumon Corraya Over a hundred priests, nuns and faithful, led by the bishop, took part in the diocesan assembly on 15-18 October. Mgr D'Cruze emphasised God's word as a mysterious force that can help families meet their challenges. The family must be protected from dangers and threats. Micro-credit tools should be used to help households in need.
10/20/2014NEPAL Nepal, an "audio-Bible" to bring Christ’s message to villages by Christopher Sharma The World Mission, a Protestant Christian organization, is engaged in recent weeks in an extensive tour of the country in order to distribute "to those who are interested," a digitally recorded copy of the sacred book. "We reach out to those who ask - says the president - and then they are the ones who spread the Gospel message to family and friends".
10/20/2014INDIA Mumbai: threats to life undermine God in society, says Card Gracias by Nirmala Carvalho In conjunction with the Synod on the Family, the Church in Mumbai organised a conference on 'Protecting, Preserving and Promoting the Gift of Human Life: Emerging Challenges'. "It is sad to see that many people today think they do not need God in their lives," says Mumbai archbishop. "The traditional family has deep roots" in India, but "the country's rapid industrialisation" creates challenges that must be met right away, says a professor of moral theology.
10/20/2014HONG KONG - CHINA Justice and Peace: Occupy Central increases the dignity and political consciousness of Hong Kong by Mary Yuen Mee-yin* Mary Yuen, a member of the Vatican Council for Justice and Peace, shows the reasons and the strength of the pro-democracy movement that has occupied for weeks some streets in central Hong Kong. The inspiration is obviously nonviolent and Christian. The sit-in is a meeting place, study, and debate. For Hong Kong, it is a new era of political consciousness, solidarity, and commitment to social justice. Protesters are willing to dialogue, not to overthrow the authority.
10/20/2014PAKISTAN - ISLAM Lahore: Christian activists ask Supreme Court to deliver speedy justice for Asia Bibi by Shafique Khokhar Christian Solidarity Worldwide calls on Pakistan's highest court to guarantee her safety as well as a speedy trial to secure her release. Her conviction is evidence of the poor status of the country's justice system, plagued by bias and corruption in blasphemy cases. Michelle Chaudhry is hopeful and optimistic about an acquittal.
10/20/2014HONG KONG - CHINA Beijing and the Hong Kong government spread smear campaign and threats against Occupy by Paul Wang The police threaten: Do not allow your children (students) go to Mong Kok. Fears of violent clamp down. China and Leung accuse Occupy of being in the pay of foreign organizations that want Hong Kong "independence": these allegations could be a foretaste of Chinese military intervention. Government and students to meet tomorrow.
10/20/2014INDONESIA Jakarta, Jokowi takes office: peace, unity and development key steps of mandate by Mathias Hariyadi The 53 year old carpenter's son, a former governor of the capital, is now the 7th President of Indonesia. He intends to revive sea trade and preserve the principle of "neutrality" in foreign policy. Thousands of people celebrate the swearing in ceremony. For the first lady he remains a "simple and hardworking man."
10/18/2014VATICAN Pope: Synod is "walking together" with the "consolation" and "temptations" of a "Church that has its doors wide open to receive the needy, the repentant and not only the righteous" The Relatio Synodi document will be the basis for discussion in next year’s synod. "The generous fidelity with which so many Christian families respond to their vocation and mission." "The crisis of faith that has affected many Catholics is often at the root of the crisis of marriage and the family." It is '"a pastoral challenge". The Church ,"while recognizing that for the baptized, there is another constraint that the sacramental wedding, and that any breach of it is against the will of God, is also aware of the fragility of many of her children who struggle on the path of faith ". For the divorced and remarried "any access to the sacraments should be preceded by a penitential journey under the responsibility of the diocesan bishop."
10/18/2014VATICAN Synod Message: Admiration and gratitude to the families who follow Christ, Way, Truth and Life The Message (which we publish in full) is addressed to "ordinary" families and speaks of the beauty of the love between a man and a woman. Little or no space to the issues discussed in the media: communion to remarried; gay families. A prayer to the Father, in union "with the family of Nazareth," which shows the family as the transforming cell of society and the world.
10/18/2014HONG KONG - CHINA Police assault Occupy Central in Mong Kok. Students rebuild barricades by Paul Wang Police clash with thousands of demonstrators overnight. Over 60 injured; 15 policemen. The young people of Occupy were "armed" with umbrellas; Police in riot gear used batons and pepper spray. Possibility of dialogue and confidence in the police evaporates. A new wave of occupations likely.