12/01/2015VATICAN Pope on climate change: "we’re on the brink of suicide", but "certain" that "they will do something" in Paris During the flight back from Africa, Francis responds to questions on issues, among other things, such as religious fundamentalism, the idolatry of money, Vatileaks 2 and Africa, the "exploited" continent. Fundamentalism "is a disease that is in all religions." With Islam, dialogue is possible. But corruption, in the Vatican "goes far back ...".
Vatican City (AsiaNews) – “We are on the brink of suicide" regarding climate change, but "I'm sure that almost all of those who are in Paris at Cop21, are aware of this and want to do something”, said Pope Francis responding to just one of the questions put to him by reporters yesterday afternoon, during his return flight from the Central African...
12/01/2015INDIA - UN Modi at COP21: Reduce emissions, but India will continue to use coal The Indian prime minister has inaugurated the India pavilion and spoke before the plenary session. A series of commitments in favor of clean energy by 2030 and the launch of a "solar alliance". The need for rich countries who have the "luxury of choosing" to reduce greenhouse gas emissions. The need for development of India through the conventional energy sources like coal.
12/01/2015CHINA - TIBET CCP "will never give up right to choose next Dalai Lama" Says Zhu Weiqun, chairman of CCP Committee on Ethnic and Religious Affairs in Beijing. Tenzin Gyatso has no right to stop the tradition of reincarnation. "The issue is political. The Dalai Lama is a political power in Tibet and by only the central government being able to choose it will defeat the separatists".
12/01/2015CAMBODIA – VATICAN Amid war and violence, Mercy is the way to reconcile people, says Vicar of Phnom Penh by Olivier Schmitthaeusler* In a pastoral letter for the Year of Jubilee, Mgr Olivier Schmitthaeusler calls on the faithful to be living signs of God’s Mercy and live together as brothers and sisters. The prelate urges believers to undertake pilgrimages to Christian holy places in Cambodia, and announces events for next year.
12/01/2015MYANMAR Shan, gunmen kidnap 50 civilians. Thousands flee fighting. by Francis Khoo Thwe The raid took place amid clashes in an area of conflict between the Burmese army and rebel militias. Identity of the assailants unknown. Shan militias are among those who have not signed a ceasefire with the outgoing national government. Activists warn of war crimes. Burmese Cardinal: "Peace, priority of the new NLD led government ".
11/30/2015BANGLADESH Bangladesh’s only Catholic weekly, "a love letter to the Church" by Sumon Corraya The Catholic community is marking the 75th anniversary of Pratibeshi, a weekly founded in 1940. Run by the Office for Social Communications of the Bishops Conference, the paper is a member of the World Catholic Association for Communication. Its 8,000 copies are available in Bangladesh and abroad. For Mgr Gervas Rozario, “We publish it to serve people through the doctrine of the Church.”
11/30/2015VIETNAM Land of 444 martyrs, Bà Ria gets a new bishop, local Catholics rejoice by Thanh Thuy Pope Francis named Emmanuel Nguyễn Sơn Hồng as the new bishop on Friday. Trained in Paris dogmatic theology, the priest becomes auxiliary bishop in the southern Vietnamese diocese whose history goes back 300 years. In 1862, Vietnamese imperial troops burnt down local prisons when the French attacked.
11/30/2015INDIA Parliament set to focus on growing intolerance in winter session Opposition leaders have planned discussions on the growing intolerance in both houses. Bollywood stars are concerned about the climate of violence. Interior Minister unleashes political reactions for saying that Ambedkar did not consider it "necessary" to include the term "secularism" and "socialism" in the Constitution.
11/30/2015VATICAN - CAR Pope to Bangui, sectarian violence between Christians and Muslims "disfigures the face of God" Francis visits Kaudoukou mosque and says " no to hatred, no to revenge and no to violence, particularly that violence which is perpetrated in the name of a religion or of God himself. God is peace, God salam". At Mass he calls on faithful to carry on work of missionaries, looking at '' other side '. "Every baptized person must continually break with the old man, sinful man, always ready to awaken to the call of the devil."
11/30/2015INDONESIA Muslim businessman proposes Bali as "sharia" tourism destination by Mathias Hariyadi The chairman of the Sharia Economic Society has proposed the creation of specific services in accordance with Muslim law in the most visited Indonesian island. The idea, he says, works from an economic standpoint because it attracts visitors requiring "halal services". Numerous criticisms have been raised in the archipelago: "Do not ruin Bali, a place of tolerance and encounter".