03/11/2014IRAQ Chaldean Patriarchate and Caritas Iraq aid Muslim families fleeing violence by Joseph Mahmoud A delegation led by Mar Sako visited the Sunni mosque of Umm al- Qura , west of the capital , and distributed food and medicine. His Beatitude expresses "solidarity" with the displaced from Fallujah and Ramadi who have fled from the al Qaeda militias. He invites all to pray to God "so the country may return to normal". Muslim leader : "Fraternity , characteristic of Iraqi Christians". Baghdad (
AsiaNews) - "We have come to express our solidarity with our displaced brothers
and sisters of Fallujah and Ramadi", and "help them in their suffering". These are the words of His Beatitude Mar...
03/11/2014INDONESIA Indonesian Church urges citizens to vote to fight corruption and political crisis by Mathias Hariyadi In 2014 the country will vote in two crucial elections: the general elections in April and presidential elections in July. The electorate is discouraged, tired of the "same faces" and calls for a renewal of the ruling class. The Catholic leadership promotes education and calls for active participation in the democratic process.
03/10/2014ASIA - PIME Eighty-five years of grace and joy by Piero Gheddo With, as his passion, the Christian message to proclaim as a missionary and journalist, Fr Gheddo is grateful to his parents and teachers. After 61 years as a priest, it is still great to be a priest. As he marks his birthday, he offers it as an invitation to young people.
03/10/2014MALAYSIA - CHINA - VIETNAM Kuala Lumpur: terrorism suspected in the disappearance of a Malaysia Airlines flight There is still no news about flight MH370. All leads remain open. The authorities deny claims that pieces of the wreckage were found. One of two passengers who boarded the plane with a stolen passport has been identified. Malaysian authorities come under increasing pressure to shed light on the incident.
03/10/2014VATICAN - KOREA Seoul and Vatican confirm the Pope to visit Korea The Pope 's trip will take place August 14 to 18 , 2014. Francis will preside at the Mass of beatification of 124 Korean martyrs, a mass for peace with North Korea in mind and he will participate in the Asian Youth Day in the Diocese of Daejeon.
03/10/2014BANGLADESH Caritas Bangladesh opens new facility for typhoon victims by Sumon Corraya A local government official, a Muslim, inaugurates the new building, thanks Caritas for its work on behalf of "local residents". The new facility has solar panels and a big safe water tank, and will be used as a short-term disaster rescue centre as well as long-term shelter. Caritas runs about 250 such shelters in Bangladesh's coastal regions.
03/10/2014TURKEY Pan-Orthodox Assembly issues final communiqué by NAT da Polis Announcement sets dates and stages of 2016 Pan-Orthodox Synod. Participants express solidarity with the people of Syria and persecuted Christians, and make an appeal for the release of all hostages. They pray reconciliation in Ukraine. Faced with the world's economic and moral crisis, the Churches respond by bearing spiritual witness to the faith and defending human dignity, the relationship between men and women, and the environment.
03/10/2014PAKISTAN In Pakistan, the Catholic Church is helping drought-stricken Sindh by Jibran Khan Yesterday, prayer vigils and fundraisers were held to fund emergency relief operations. More than 2,000 villages are at risk. In the past three months, malnutrition has killed more than 130 children. A ban on cattle sales because of poor animal health has compounded an already dire situation.
03/10/2014SOUTH KOREA Card. Yeom: Lent, a time of new hope for humanity by Stephany Sun* In his Message for Lent, the Archbishop of Seoul invites Korean Catholics to reflect on their sins with humility to prepare for the new beginning of Easter: "Love and respect for others, repentance, and earnest prayer: these are our partners in this journey”.
03/10/2014RUSSIA - UKRAINE The Ukrainian border, where Putin, Europe and the United States risk their demise by Vladimir Rozanskij The Ukrainian territory has always been fought over and occupied by Poles, Mongols, Russians. Tsar Putin’s claims too great, the European Union’s proposals too empty, the United States’ proclamations too confusing. The demise of ideologies and grand schemes and the emergence of people power.
03/10/2014INDIA - TIBET - CHINA Dalai Lama representative: Tibetan spirit still strong, Beijing must listen On the anniversary of the 1959 anti-Chinese riots in Tempa Tsering , the representative of the Buddhist leader in Delhi tells AsiaNews: "China's policies are still very oppressive however the population continues on the path of non-violence". A memorandum to China with five demands to halt the bloodshed in the region.
03/10/2014SYRIA-LEBANON Ma'aloula nuns freed in exchange for 150 rebels held prisoner by Paul Dakiki The release took place around midnight, hours after the news first broke. The Lebanese and Qatari security chiefs Abbas Ibrahim and Ghanim al- Kubaisi were key mediators. The nuns were held on the second and third floor of a house controlled by the Al Nusra Front rebels for two months. Great publicity and media alerted ahead of release.
03/09/2014VATICAN Pope: Do not argue with Satan, defend yourself with the Word of God Pope Francis dedicates his Sunday Angelus to the Gospel of the first Sunday of Lent on Christ’s temptation in the desert, "Jesus does not dialogue with Satan, as Eve did in the Garden of Eden . Jesus knows that there is no dialogue with Satan, because he is too cunning. This is why Jesus, instead of entering into a dialogue like Eve, chooses to take refuge in God's Word and responds with the power of this Word. We should remember this when we are tempted".