04/01/2015VATICAN Pope: During the Triduum "we enter into the mystery, making our own" Christ’s sentiments "Over the centuries, there have been men and women who with the testimony of their lives reflect a ray of perfect, full, untouched love," like Don Andrea Santoro, the missionary killed in 2006 in Turkey. "Sometimes the darkness of the night seems to penetrate the soul; sometimes think, 'now there's nothing to be done', and the heart can no longer find the strength to love ... But in that dark Christ lights the fire of God's love: a blaze that breaks the darkness and announces a new beginning".
Vatican City (AsiaNews) - During the Holy Triduum, which begins tomorrow afternoon with the Mass of the Lord's Supper," "we must not limit ourselves to commemorating the passion of the Lord, but enter into the mystery, make his sentiments, his...
04/01/2015NEPAL – BRAZIL – ASIA South Asia: a committee against child slavery by Christopher Sharma Indian Nobel Prize laureate Satyarthi and Brazilian Senator Buarque are behind the initiative. Poverty and traditions explain the extent of the problem in South Asia. The group underscores the importance of a joint struggle and better education. Likewise, "religious teachers are crucial in reducing child slavery”.
04/01/2015TAIWAN Taipei: “the scent of the Gospel" in the best restaurant in town by Xin Yage Purple is a Taiwanese entrepreneur. Her restaurant has ranked Taipei’s best restaurant for many years. This Easter, she will celebrate the third anniversary of her baptism. "The Catholic faith has improved me as a person and as a businesswoman. When people eat and drink in a refined way, they are happy and open to Jesus and God's love.”
04/01/2015YEMEN Raid in Yemen: India, China, Pakistan and Somalia evacuate their citizens In the last hours New Delhi has managed to rescue 348 compatriots from about 4 thousand living in the Gulf country. Beijing has evacuated 600 people from Aden, Islamabad over 500. Mogadishu asks nationals to contact the consulate: of the nearly 250 thousand refugees living in Yemen, 95% is Somali.
03/31/2015MYANMAR Although government and ethnic groups reach ceasefire deal, it is too soon to celebrate by Francis Khoo Thwe Myanmar’s government and representatives from 16 armed groups fighting for some of the country’s ethnic minorities have reached a draft ceasefire agreement. Rebel leaders must give the green light before proceeding. However, the Kokang have not signed on. Myanmar President Thein Sein is satisfied with the deal. For Catholic Kachin activist, it is hard to trust Burmese authorities because the agreement does not include every group and fighting continues in some parts of the country.
03/31/2015INDIA - TANZANIA Diocese of Mangalore: school, catechism and solar panels for mission in Africa Since 2012 the diocese of Karnataka has sent four priests in Kituri, Tanzania. Msgr. Aloysius Paul D'Souza: "It was time to share the faith with those who need it most." Positive response from local population, working with the missionaries. Among the future projects, the opening of a kindergarten.
03/31/2015INDONESIA Jakarta shuts down 22 pro-Islamic State websites by Mathias Hariyadi The targeted sites are no longer accessible via Indonesian servers because they contained "false teachings" of Islam. After years of doing nothing, the government took direct action against online radicalism.
03/31/2015LEBANON A standing Islamic-Christian conference in Lebanon to meet the region’s challenges by Fady Noun Christian and Muslim leaders yesterday agreed to establish such a structure in Bkerké. It will hold quarterly meetings. The failure to elect a new president and the Islamist threat are the main issues that require a solution. On the long run, the arrival of Syrian and Iraqi refugees, on top of existing Palestinian refugees, threatens the country’s very existence.
03/31/2015IRAN Christians in Iran: safe but in a ghetto (II) by Bernardo Cervellera The small Armenian, Chaldean and Latin communities are free but inside their churches. Muslims seeking baptism have to be turned away to avoid antagonising the government. The prevailing model is one of tolerance, living side by side, but without dialogue. As a new Latin cathedral is under construction, many fear that Rouhani’s openness may not last.
03/31/2015UZBEKISTAN Karimov wins fourth term in office with more than 90 per cent of the vote by Nina Achmatova The outgoing president wins a landslide. Western observers criticise the “unconstitutional” poll. The former Soviet republics of the Commonwealth of Independent States praise the election. Analysts warn that the fight for succession is already underway and could turn violent.
03/31/2015MIDDLE EAST - ISLAM Fr. Samir: Arab military coalition possible peacekeeping force to guarantee pluralism by Samir Khalil Samir For the first time in history, a dozen Arab countries have decided to launch a joint military force to fight terrorism. The idea in itself good, in practice is sliding into a sectarian struggle between Sunni and Shia. Instead they could fight the Islamic state, ensure the return of Christians in Iraq and in Syria, push for peace between Israel and Palestine.