07/07/2015VATICAN - ECUADOR Pope in Ecuador: "Let there be no differences, let no one be excluded or rejected, let us all be brothers and sisters" In Quito, after mass celebrated in Guayaquil, Francis visited the Cathedral and met with President of the Republic. Today he will celebrate Mass in the Bicentennial Park in Quito, he will meet about 40 bishops of the country, visit the Pontifical Catholic University of Ecuador where he will meet the world of schools and universities and finally visit the church dedicated to St. Francis, Latin America’s oldest religious building, where he will meet with civil society. Quito (AsiaNews) - The journey that Pope Francis is making "was an opportunity to meet a huge number of Ecuadorians", but at the same time "also included in the context of the universal Church, which is working on the theme of the family in these days, with great...
07/07/2015IRAQ Mosul: Islamic State abducts 111 children Aged 10-15 years, the kidnapped children are set to be trained as terrorists, a spokesperson for the ruling Kurdistan Democratic Party said. IS also took away78 adults, who tried to protect the children.
07/07/2015THAILAND Striking fishermen slam “inefficient” Government controls by Weena Kowitwanij The crackdown advised by EU and implemented by the military junta leaves workers disgruntled. The crisis in the sector due to past failures. Destructive fishing techniques banned since 1972, but no one has ever implemented the law.
07/07/2015HONG KONG – ASIA Evangelisation "can also take place on the Internet,” especially in Asia Participants in a major international conference in Hong Kong reflected upon the use of cyberspace in proclaiming the Word. Organised by the Online School of Evangelisation led by Fr Giampietro, a missionary with the Pontifical Institute for Foreign Missions, the event was a success. For him, the Internet is a powerful “tool” for the mission, and priests must realise this. Whenever “two or three people gather in His name, then Christ is with them. This also applies online.”
07/07/2015PAKISTAN - PHILIPPINES Bishop of Hyderabad: the Pope's encyclical inspiration against environmental crisis by Shafique Khokhar Msgr. Samson Shukardin stresses the importance of "Laudato sì" in a country wreaked by a water crisis and victim of climate change. The prelate traces some guidelines that will animate the work of the diocese on nature and ecology. Pakistani priest in Manila helps humanity "to find God in all things."
07/07/2015JAPAN Japan, "patriarch of mankind" dies at 112 Sakari Momoi, born a few months before the experimental flight of the Wright brothers, died in a nursing home in Tokyo from kidney failure. His crown now passes to another Japanese, Yasutaro Koide, a month younger. In America Susannah Mushatt Jones yesterday celebrated 116th birthday.
07/06/2015SYRIA – HOLY LAND For the Custody of the Holy Land, Nusra Front might be holding priest seized in Syria
Fr Dhiya Azziz, a Franciscan born in Mosul, Iraq, is missing. No contacts have been possible with him since last Saturday. According to the Custody, “Some militants of an unknown armed brigade, perhaps connected with Jabhat al-Nusra,” took him. His name now goes on the list of missing clergymen, including two bishops and Fr Paolo Dall'Oglio.
07/06/2015BANGLADESH Church thanks missionaries for their example of charitable economics by Sumon Corraya Bangladeshi Catholics celebrated the 60th anniversary of Dhaka’s Christian Co-operative Credit Union Ltd, the first member-owned financial institution founded by the missionaries of the Congregation of the Holy Cross. The financial institution provides loans to thousands of Christians in the South Asian nation. Protestants have followed its example.
07/06/2015ASIA – GREECE Asian stock markets fall after Greek No vote and Shanghai’s share plunge The Greek referendum hits Asia-Pacific financial markets. The greatest looser is mainland China where shares have been steadily declining for weeks. In view of the situation, Japan is ready to do its part. In Seoul, blue-chip shares drop by 2.5 per cent. Wall Street’s holiday on Friday for Independence Day adds to the uncertainties.
07/06/2015PAKISTAN ‘Laudato sì’ coming soon in Urdu, with the help of Muslims by Kamran Chaudhry Translation will be the work of the Society of St. Columban for Foreign Missions, in collaboration with the Theological Institute for Laity. For their "ecological" apostolate already active in schools across the country, the missionaries want to increase cooperation with the Islamic world.
07/06/2015VIETNAM - JAPAN Tokyo consolidates relations with Hanoi and cooperation with Mekong nations by Paul N. Hung Japan, Cambodia, Laos, Myanmar, Thailand and Vietnam are launching a three-year plan for sustainable development, environmental protection and strengthening of infrastructure. The Land of the Rising Sun will invest 6.1 billion in development aid. Spotlight also the safety at sea. Tokyo-Hanoi axis gains strength.
07/06/2015HONG KONG - CHINA Hong Kong, Occupy movement "will not be punished by national security" The Territory’s former "Minister of Justice", now head of Basic Law Committee for the National People’s Congress, said that the democratic movement does not threaten the internal security of the Chinese mainland and therefore does not fall within the parameters of the new, repressive law passed by Beijing. Also exempt those who march to demand the end of communist rule: "Just people chanting slogans".