10/07/2015PHILIPPINES - ITALY Rolando Del Torchio, a former PIME missionary, abducted in Dipolog City Gunmen appear to have seized him in the bistro he owns in the city. Before he left PIME in 2001, he had worked on behalf of tribal and farmers’ rights. In the past decades, two missionaries have been abducted and three killed in Mindanao. Manila (AsiaNews) – Unknown gunmen seized Rolando del Torchio, a former PIME missionary, in Dipolog City (Zamboanga del Norte, Mindanao), where he owned the 'Ur Choice Bistro Café', an eatery near the Andres Bonifacio College.
Initial police reports indicate that six or seven gunmen, posing as customers, entered the eatery and forced Mr del Torchio to go with them. After they pushed into a big car, they took off....
10/07/2015EGYPT Egypt is changing: burqa ban, Qur’anic exegesis, equal rights for Muslims and Christians For Fr Greiche, spokesman for the Catholic Church, the government has taken significant steps that are starting to spread to the population. They include a ban on the burqa in universities, and exegetical attempts to reread Islam’s holy book. Building will soon begin on the ‘Martyrs Church’ dedicated to the Copts beheaded by the Islamic State group in Libya.
10/07/2015VATICAN Synod: searching for a ‘language’ to announce the ‘Good News’ to today's families Thirteen language groups are “working in complete freedom, listening in total humility". In each, "we must not necessarily agree on everything; we must speak about our differences in different situations." Indeed, “In the Catholic Church, we are very keen on unity, but we want cultural differences to emerge, so that everyone can express himself.”
10/07/2015INDIA Hindutiva’s discourse of hate, the life of "sacred cows" is “more precious than that of a human being" by Ram Puniyani Cows are sacred. Crimes against them are used to stir up political hatred for electoral purposes, even though India is a large beef exporter. Gandhi once said that there should be “fullest recognition of freedom to the Muslims to slaughter". Ram Puniyani, president of the Center for Study of Society and Secularism in Mumbai, looks at the lynching of Muslims suspected of consuming beef.
10/07/2015HONG KONG Academic barred for being "a friend of Occupy Central" Johannes Chan Man-mun has been barred from the post of pro-vice-chancellor. Fr Gianni Criveller, PIME missionary in Hong Kong, gives his opinion on the matter. Yesterday, 2,000 students and teaching staff marched in silence through the HKU campus for their autonomy from China. "This is one of many episodes,” Criveller said. "From now until the 2017 elections, Beijing will make its presence felt more and more.” A second rally is scheduled on 9 October.
10/07/2015YEMEN - SAUDI ARABIA Saudi Arabia may lose finances and military prestige in Yemeni quagmire by James Brandon - Nicholas A. Heras The Houthi Shiite rebels have agreed on the seven point UN peace plan in writing. The agreement calls for a ceasefire and the withdrawal of troops from the cities. The military campaign of Saudi Arabia and the UAE complicates the agreement. On the Yemeni front Riyadh risks its prestige and finances. The analysis of two Middle East experts, courtesy of Jamestown Foundation.
10/07/2015CHINA - UNITED STATES ‘Big Xi’ idolatry fails to dispel doubts about US visit by Willy Lam The Chinese leader’s visit to the United States and the United Nations did not produce concrete results. However, for Chinese media - and to some extent international media – it was a milestone. The president wanted to distract the average Chinese from the country’s economic problems. Although he partly succeeded, he did not bring home anything significant. What follows is an analysis by the great China expert, courtesy of the Jamestown Foundation.
10/07/2015LEBANON-ISLAM Muslim toddler cured by a miracle of St. Charbel (Video) The little girl, named Milan was two years old when she fell ill with cancer and after was attacked by a deadly virus. Her mother, a Muslim refugee in Damascus, turned to St. Charbel and the child healed.
10/07/2015CHINA Beijing "100%" under control with cameras and sensors Proudly announced by municipal police: "No corners have escaped us". The "coverage" is part of a national policy called skynet: big cities will be all and always under the eye of the authorities. The dissidents protest "they speak of security, but it's just another way to control us all. "
10/06/2015ASIA El Niño could cause outbreaks of dengue fever in Southeast Asia International researchers warn that that latest warming trend is "ideal" for dengue haemorrhagic fever. Countries in South-East Asia are at risk because their health care systems might not be able to cope with his year’s outbreak. On average, nearly 400 million infections are recorded each year.
10/06/2015JAPAN Japanese wins Nobel Prize in Physics for neutrino mass discovery Takaaki Kajita shares the award with Arthur B. McDonald. Their work shows how neutrinos, subatomic particles that are the "building blocks" of matter, “flip”. For Japan, this is a second honour after another Japanese was awarded the Nobel Prize in medicine yesterday.
10/06/2015ISRAEL Protest: Israel’s Catholic schools turn the page and start year The Patriarchal Vicar of Jerusalem and the Patriarchate’s director general visited the country’s Catholic schools. After the four-week strike, this school year has "a special taste and significance" with pupils “full of enthusiasm”. For Mgr Marcuzzo, children need to learn about Pope Francis’ Laudato si’.