11/27/2014VATICAN Pope: Amid corruption and "distraction" from the Lord, Christians must keep hope alive "This word 'corruption' says a lot to us today: not only economic corruption, but corruption with many different sins; the corruption of that pagan spirit, that worldly spirit. The worst [form of ] corruption is the spirit of worldliness!" " When we think of the end of time, with all of our sins, with our history, let us think of the banquet which will be freely offered us and let us lift up our heads. Do not give way to depression: Hope!" Vatican
City (AsiaNews) - Although reality
"is ugly" and there is corruption
in the world, as there was in Babylon, or "distraction"
from the Lord, as in Jerusalem, the Christian should give in to
depression, but keep hope alive,
said Pope Francis in his...
11/27/2014MYANMAR Myanmar: Army violence against women, victims of sexual abuse and violence A report documents at least 188 cases of rapes and abuse in the four years of "reformist" president Thein Sein. However, the actual number of crimes committed against women, particularly among ethnic minorities, is far greater. Calls for greater female participation in political, social and institutional framework of the country.
11/26/2014BANGLADESH Coming back to life after the Tazreen Fashions fire thanks to Caritas Bangladesh by Sumon Corraya Two years have passed since a fire demolished a large garment factory, killing more than a hundred and leaving at least 200 injured. From the start, the Bangladeshi chapter of the Catholic charity helped survivors through care and rehabilitation. Hence, 104 people were able to get back on their feet through, among other things, courses in sewing and animal husbandry.
11/26/2014HONG KONG - CHINA Card Tong calls for non-violence, rationality, and an end to clashes in Mongkok Hong Kong's bishop appeals to "all sides" to end violence in the former British colony's central district. Urging Catholics "to fervently pray" in the hope that the "Lord will lead us out of the present impasse," he reiterates call for electoral reform. Meantime, seven police officers are arrested for their role in October's violence.
11/26/2014TURKEY - VATICAN Turkish Christians, migrants and refugees waiting for Pope Francis The country's small Christian community (0.15 per cent of the population) now includes Filipino and African immigrants as well as refugees from Iraq and Syria. Only a few will be able to see the pope because of tight security. The Church's legal non-existence (part of Ataturk's legacy) drives people to bear personal witness and share in the ecumenism of "blood". People of all ethnic backgrounds, beliefs, and social conditions seek solace in churches.
11/26/2014TURKEY - VATICAN An inward-looking Turkey looks to Pope Francis' visit with sympathy by Mavi Zambak Turks are impressed by the Argentinian pontiff, by his love for the poor and the sick. They hope for signs of peace in the region and help for the wave of refugees. There is no much by way of newspaper coverage. In 2006 Benedict XVI's visit had generated a lot of criticism for the pope and for Bartholomew I.
11/26/2014HONG KONG - CHINA Occupy: Police clear Nathan Road. At least 116 arrests by Paul Wang Two student leaders arrested: Joshua Wong, of Scholarism (high school); and Lester Shum, of the Federation of University Students. At least 7 thousand policemen razed and cleaned up the site where the sit-in lasted 60 days. Police accused of manipulating the law and the court order.
11/26/2014CHINA China, yet another massacre of miners: a fire kills 24 workers in Liaoning The fire was caused by a slight earthquake, that ignited accumulated coal dust. The company which operates the mine, the state Fuxin Coal Corporation, has a long history of mining accidents: in 2005, due to the negligence and corruption of its leaders, 214 workers died in another quarry.