07/01/2015Hong Kong – China Hong Kong Catholics join march to demand genuine universal suffrage by Victoria Ma Before the rally, Catholics and Protestants held a prayer service in Victoria Park. For Cardinal Zen, political reform was rejected by pan-democrats’ votes, which safeguarded the dignity of the people, but did not advance the cause of true suffrage. Hong Kong (AsiaNews) – More than 48,000 people took part in today’s march in Hong Kong, the first large-scale rally after the Hong Kong Legislative Council rejected on 17 June a proposed political reform...
07/01/2015BANGLADESH Mgr Rozario tells Bangladesh’s Catholic physicians to care for patients’ spiritual needs by Sumon Corraya Each year, the Catholic Church organises training workshops for health workers. Catholic clinics have high professional standards but cannot meet the demand for their services. For the bishop of Rajshahi, "Physicians must be honest." The country has some 70 Catholic health facilities, a hundred physicians and a thousand nurses.
07/01/2015INDIA Raipur archbishop: Catholic schools on strike to protest nun’s rape by Nirmala Carvalho Mgr Victor Henry Thakur led today’s demonstration, which involved 30 Christian and some private schools in the state of Chhattisgarh. “Ours is a symbolic shutdown and protest to express our anguish and pain at what happened,” the prelate said.
07/01/2015CHINA Beijing, a new law on national security to "protect" sovereignty The law was adopted almost unanimously. It envisages a strengthening of the power of the central government on sensitive issues such as information and internet. Analysts report a possible tightening of the control of the Communist Party. The new rule officially does not apply directly to Hong Kong and Macau.
07/01/2015PALESTINE IS threatens to uproot Hamas and impose Sharia in Gaza In a video addressed to the "tyrants of Hamas," IS announces plans to uproot Israel and Fatah. "Eight years they control the territory, and have yet to enforce one Islamic teaching," it says. "The point of jihad is not to liberate land . . . but jihad as defined by God is fighting for and implementing the law of God”.
07/01/2015VIETNAM Released from prison, Vietnamese Catholic lawyer to continue human rights fight Le Quoc Quân, a 45-year-old activist, was released from prison last Friday, after serving his term in full. He had been convicted for tax fraud on trumpeted up charges he had always denied. In the last few days before his release, he had gone on a hunger strike against mistreatment in jail. His ideals remain the same even after his imprisonment, he said.
07/01/2015IRAN Cautious optimism on extension of Iran nuclear talks The Russian Foreign Minister Sergei Lavrov, after a meeting with US Secretary of State John Kerry, has argued that a final deal is "within reach". And the Iranian Mohammad Javad Zarif, "I'm here to get a final agreement, and I think we can get there."
07/01/2015INDONESIA Indonesian priest: Pope Francis’ encyclical strengthens love for creation by Mathias Hariyadi Fr. Ferry Sutrisna Widjaja, West Java, recalls the bond between the Argentine pope and the saint of Assisi, in their shared commitment towards nature. He recalls that it is the duty of the laity, priests and religious to defend and nourish the planet. "Laudato sì" message of hope and guidance to Catholics and non-Catholics around the world.
07/01/2015MYANMAR Yangon, police and students clash over military’s no to Aung San Suu Kyi by Francis Khoo Thwe Hundreds of ordinary citizens joined students in protests. Riot police intervened giving rise to clashes. Protesters want military out of Parliament and amendments to the Constitution. Catholic activist alongside Aung San Suu Kyi for a real democratic change in Myanmar.
06/30/2015SRI LANKA For Buddhist environmentalist, ‘Laudato si’’ gives hope for our common home by Melani Manel Perera The Encyclical on environmental protection should inspire all new political projects. The planet’s development must go hand in hand with curbing unbridled economic development. By the end of the century, there will be 250 million "climate refugees". The race for profit, political pressure, and corruption also touches Sri Lankan society.