05/25/2015VATICAN Pope: "Attachment to riches is the beginning of all kinds of corruption" "Riches are for the common good, for everyone. And if the Lord gives them to one person it is so that they are used for the good of all, not for oneself, not so they are closed in one’s heart, which then becomes corrupt and sad." Vatican City (AsiaNews) - "Attachment to riches is the beginning of all kinds of corruption" because it has "the ability to seduce", whereas if the Lord gifts us wealth it is "for the good of all", said today Pope Francis during mass celebrated this morning in Casa...
05/25/2015BANGLADESH All religious groups condemn the rape of a Catholic tribal woman by Sumon Corraya The 21-year old ethnic Garo is currently recuperating at the Tejgaon's Victim Support Centre. Five rapists are still at large. The attack took place on minibus in the capital. The Bishop of Mymensingh, where the young woman hails from, calls for "exemplary punishment” for the attackers.
05/25/2015YEMEN UN talks over Yemen postponed A UN official made the announcement. Getting the parties to meet for peace talks is the main reason. The conflict has has left some 2,000 people dead and displaced more than half a million people.
05/25/2015MYANMAR - ASIA Yangon Cardinal: Myanmar has a moral duty to resolve the Rohingya crisis by Charles Maung Bo* 139 mass graves of migrants discovered in Malaysia, scattered in 28 fields near the border with Thailand. In a letter Card. Charles Bo recalls the obligation to assist these modern boat people to regain their dignity and rights. The cardinal speaks of "agony" of inhuman proportions and calls on all citizens to work together to resolve this emergency.
05/25/2015RUSSIA Russia faces debate on the legalization of polygamy After the marriage between a Chechen police chief and a minor, who he took as his second wife, an official close to Kadyrov intends to "regularize" the practice, already widespread in the Muslim majority Russian Caucasus. The Kremlin keeps a low profile, while the Church defends Chechnya: "Media attack" launched by opponents of the traditional family.
05/25/2015PAKISTAN Lahore, Muslims set Christian colony ablaze: new charges of blasphemy by Jibran Khan A young drug addict with mental health problems is accused of burning newspapers containing sacred verses. Islamic leaders called for his death; faced with the refusal of the police, hundreds attacked the Christian community. Unknown the fate of the accused.
05/25/2015SOUTH KOREA Seoul, government "is liable for lepers castrated by force" From 1937 to the nineties, the South Korean executive imposed sterilizations and abortions on leprosy patients, locked up in prison-like camps. A group of 130 victims wins the case requiring an apology and compensation. The judge: "A case contrary to common sense of humanity."
05/25/2015BANGLADESH Bangladesh: Catholic Church promotes interreligious dialogue against extremism by Sumon Corraya The Episcopal Commission for Christian Unity and Interreligious Dialogue promotes a week of meetings and discussions. The aim is to create an environment "conducive" to dialogue. The initiative was also attended by Muslim and Hindu leaders. Mons. Bejoy N. D'Cruz: diversity is a value.
05/24/2015VATICAN For pope, the missionary dimension is in the Church’s very nature and is "intrinsic to all forms of consecrated life" "In Jesus’ command to ‘go forth’, we see the scenarios and ever-present new challenges of the Church’s evangelizing mission,” said Pope Francis in his message for World Mission Day. “All her members are called to proclaim the Gospel by their witness of life. In a particular way, consecrated men and women are asked to listen to the voice of the Spirit who calls them to go to the peripheries, to those to whom the Gospel has not yet been proclaimed.”