03/08/2014TURKEY Fanar: Churches reach agreement on pan-Orthodox Holy Synod in 2016 Representatives of the various expressions of orthodoxy have agreed to meet in synod in two years. Meanwhile, a Preparatory Commission consisting of a bishop from each church will prepare the introductory documents. Istanbul (AsiaNews ) - The "sacred and great" pan-Orthodox
Synod will be held in Istanbul in 2016 at the Cathedral of St. Irene. In the
meantime, the Orthodox Churches, a
Preparatory Commission - composed of a bishop from each church will begin preparatory
work "in a fruitful...
03/08/2014SOUTH KOREA Daejeon Diocese celebrates "fruits of love " born thanks to Benedict XVI by Pietro Kim Jaedeok After the publication of "Deus Caritas Est ," Msgr. Lazzaro You Heung- sik promised the Pope Emeritus that he would launch a major campaign for the poor in Korea and Mongolia. Six years later, the project "100 won for a meal" has produced a home for the poor, a regular distribution of meals and support for students.
03/07/2014LAOS - CAMBODIA In Laos, poorly designed Don Sahong dam threatens Mekong Environmentalists slam Environmental Impact Assessment (EIA) based on "incomplete" research. The project endangers fish and more than 60 million people living in the lower basin of the river. Some of the endangered species are "unique". Damage is estimated at between US$ 1.4 and 3.9 billion a year.
03/07/2014UKRAINE - RUSSIA Crimea: Church and pro-Ukraine Crimeans demonstrate for peace The Orthodox Metropolitan of Simferopol prays for Ukraine's territorial integrity. Crimean Muslims also demonstrate. Tensions persist between pro-Russia and pro-Ukraine Crimeans. As US and EU threaten Putin with financial sanctions if he does not accept negotiations with Ukraine, fears rise in the Baltic republics.
03/07/2014PAKISTAN Faisalabad: hundreds of "white ribbons" to protest against violence against women by Shafique Kholkar On the eve of International Women's Day, hundreds of people march to demand an end to abuse in all its forms. They appeal to the government for "new laws" to protect women, who are discriminated in the family and the workplace. This battle is "cultural" as well as societal in a country that does not fully recognise equal rights for women.
03/07/2014INDONESIA Moluccas: Fire destroys Ambonia’s Xaverian seminary by Mathias Hariyadi Short circuit believed to have sparked fire, however police initiate an investigation to ascertain the causes. The entire second floor destroyed. It housed rooms for seminarians and a prayer chapel. Students moved to rooms of the diocesan pastoral center.