09/01/2015VATICAN Pope stresses Jubilee, God’s tenderness for women who had an abortion, Lefebvrians, prisoners, the sick In a letter to Mgr Rino Fisichella, Pope Francis adds new criteria to traditional ones to receive indulgence. All priests can forgive the sin of abortion by preparing themselves to welcome sincerely the sinners. The sick and the lonely can accept “suffering as an experience of closeness to the Lord”. The Jubilee year might bring amnesty, whilst a cell’s door might become a Holy Door. Through works of mercy, one can obtain plenary indulgence. The pontiff seeks reconciliation with the Society of St Pius X. Vatican City (AsiaNews) – The Vatican Press Office made public today a letter by Pope Francis to Archbishop Rino Fisichella, president of the Pontifical Council for the Promotion of the New Evangelisation.
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09/01/2015VATICAN Day of Prayer for the Care of Creation in St Peter's Basilica Pope Francis leads the Liturgy of the Word on the day he instituted in unity with the Orthodox Church. Representatives of all Christian churches attend the service. Without the conversion of heart to God, “ecology has not chance of succeeding." Saint Francis of Assisi is the model of caring for creation.
09/01/2015NEPAL Activists slam government for ignoring 1,400 civil war victims still missing by Christopher Sharma Last Sunday was International Day of the Disappeared. During Nepal’s decade-long civil war, some 12,800 people were killed and almost 100,000 were displaced. At the end, both government and rebel forces had committed war crimes. As victims tell their stories, activists call on the government to sign and ratify the International Convention for the Protection of All Persons from Enforced Disappearance.
09/01/2015HONG KONG – CHINA Hong Kong Kuomintang exhibit reopens the debate on the war with Japan Organised by a collector son of a KMT official, the event highlights the role of China’s Nationalists in the fight against Japan. For the former, the untold stories of the anti-colonial struggle “aren’t told now because the Communist Party claims that they won the war when in fact they were attacking Nationalist soldiers.” The venue is set to open in a few days to mark the end of the war in Asia.
09/01/2015BANGLADESH – VATICAN Dhaka: Urban and tribal cultures can meet the goals set by Laudato si’ by Sumon Corraya Mgr Patrick D'Rozario, archbishop of Dhaka, organised a meeting with representatives of various groups to discuss Pope Francis’ encyclical. "We can heed the pope by teaching everyone to love the environment from the point of view of his or her religion,” a Catholic priest said.
09/01/2015INDIA India feels China crisis, as growth halts at 7% The figure refers to the last quarter. The crisis in the Chinese market offers new opportunities for expansion for India. Expert says: "China will not disappear from investors radar". Lack of private investment in India, amid need for an increase public spending. Infusion of capital announced by New Delhi will not remedy the difference of money required by state banks.
09/01/2015THAILAND Bangkok bomb: police pocket reward as investigations flounder Three million baht (85 thousand dollars) ended up in the pockets of policemen after the arrest of a suspect of an unknown nationality. Four others are being sought. A Muslim woman is accused of having rented out apartments to the perpetrators of the attack.
09/01/2015MYANMAR Myanmar president signs (anti-Muslim) law that bans polygamy Thein Sein inks controversial law that bans multiple marriages and common law partnerships. Promoted by rightwing Buddhist extremists, the new legislation follows a series of measures designed to defend “race and religion”. For HRW official, the new legislation is potentially discriminatory, especially for the way it might be implemented.
09/01/2015VATICAN Pope: Our final embrace with Christ and the idleness "of chatter" As public Masses begin again in Casa Santa Marta, Pope Francis calls Christians to witness to hope (and fear) of the definitive encounter with Jesus Christ. "He will come to see me so that I may see him with my own eyes, embrace him and be with him always." "Let us comfort one another through good deeds and good words, on this road."
09/01/2015KOREA Seoul and Pyongyang meet to plan family reunifications Red Cross Officials from the two countries will meet on September 7th in Panmunjon to discuss the details. The government of South warns: "Better to be cautious, they can change their mind right up until the last moment" An estimated 70 thousand "divided" families living in the South, no data from the North.
09/01/2015CAMBODIA Demonstrators call for release of three environmentalists Three young people are under arrest for interfering with drainage works at the mouth of a river in the province of Koh Kong. Two Vietnamese companies involved. According to activists, the operations are a source of pollution and flooding. Indefinite protests to obtain environmentalists release. Today is the first World Day of Prayer for the Care of Creation, wanted by the Pope.
08/31/2015INDIA Orissa: Ordeal of Pastor Sushil Lima, for years a victim of radical Hindus by Nirmala Carvalho The religious leader and his family are victims of persecution since 2005, when he began to preach the Gospel. He received death threats during the anti-Christian pogroms in Kandhamal in 2008. Over the years he has baptized about 100 faithful. His followers publicly humiliated and threatened with expulsion by village council.
08/31/2015ORTHODOX CHURCH – VATICAN Bartholomew I and Catholics together on World Day of Prayer for the Care of Creation For the first time tomorrow, Orthodox and Catholics will celebrate event together, which Pope Francis picked this year. The content of the patriarch’s message is very similar to that of the encyclical Laudato si’. Man is a fool to think that he owns creation rather than being its steward. Ascetic behaviour can correct the excesses of consumerism. The Gospel can clean the spiritual garbage caused by material garbage.