05/05/2015VATICAN Jubilee: living mercy following the Father’s example The calendar and list of activities associated with the Jubilee of Mercy were presented today. For the first time, a jubilee will be celebrated in all the dioceses of the world. On 3 April 2016 there will be the Jubilee of movements, associations, religious institutions; on September 4, that of charity volunteers; on 9 October, that of Marian spirituality; and April 24, that of kids. There will also be a Jubilee for inmates, which might include the presence of some inmates at St Peter. There will be no jubilee for youth because they will meet for World Youth Day in Krakow, 26-31 July. Vatican City (AsiaNews) – The upcoming Jubilee based on the theme of Mercy will be celebrated in each diocese, and cannot be compared to the great Jubilee of 2000. Nevertheless, there will be major events with large crowds like the Jubilee of movements, associations, and religious institutions on 3 April; the Jubilee for charity volunteers on 4 September; the Jubilee for Marian spirituality on 9 October; and the Jubilee for kids on 24...
05/05/2015PHILIPPINES For missionary in Mindanao, MILF-government agreement is not perfect, but it is better than nothing In recent months, the Filipino Congress has been discussing the Bangsamoro Basic Law, which is the cornerstone of an agreement between the government and Islamic separatist groups. For Fr D'Ambra, “It is a small step toward peace, but divisions among Muslims are a source of concern". Meanwhile, Abdul Basit Usman, a known Islamic terrorist sought since 2002, was killed yesterday.
05/05/2015PAKISTAN Pakistan’s religious minorities included in school textbooks by Shafique Khokhar History courses for grade 8, 10 and 11 students will contain references to the role Christians, Hindus and Sikhs played in building the country after independence. The successful changes to the curriculum is the work of the Pakistan Minorities Teachers' Association (PMTA). Excerpts from the first speech to the country’s Constituent Assembly by Pakistan founder Ali Jinnah, with references to freedom of religion and equality between citizens, will be included as well.
05/05/2015VIETNAM Justice and Peace: migrants, priority for the Vietnamese Church In their first annual meeting, Vietnam’s bishops addressed the issue of internal and external migration. Mgr Nguyen Thai Hop said that migrants should be welcomed and their integration promoted. From slave labour to the victims of the sex racket, many problems have to be solved. The challenge involves the Church and the highest offices of state.
05/05/2015THAILAND - MYANMAR Thailand, dozens of Rohingya buried in mass graves, four arrests by Weena Kowitwanij Three Thai citizens and one Burmese national were arrested after the discovery of a mass grave. It contained 26 bodies of refugees belonging to the Muslim minority. They were kidnapped by human traffickers, who demanded a ransom for their release. Bangkok promises to clamp down on trafficking.
05/05/2015IRAN Iran, Rouhani reboots secular State: Police should not impose Islamic morality The Iranian president states: "It is the duty of the police to respect and enforce the law. However it has no right to interpret Islam or force the population to do so". Since his election, the politician has waged a campaign to ease the religious pressure on society. The Assembly of Experts criticizes him: "The government is bound to implement the laws of Islam, and cannot say no to Islam”.
05/04/2015BANGLADESH Church celebrates St Mary’s Girls, a beacon on earth by Sumon Corraya Run by local nuns, St Mary's Girls' High School is now in its 75th year. Dhaka archbishop led the celebrations, which brought together some 2,000 former students and their families. For the prelate, the school is a “light on earth,” each student, “a light on humankind". About 100,000 students attend Catholic schools in Bangladesh, mostly non-Christians.
05/04/2015INDIA Madhya Pradesh: Government bans Christian gathering on "law and order" concerns by Nirmala Carvalho According to the district authorities, the turnout for the event organised by the Pentecostal community was excessive. Pentecostals "are free to hold small prayer meetings in the local church,” district official said, “but no permit will be granted for large-scale services will be granted.” For the Global Council of Indian Christians, this is an excuse since radical Hindus attack Christians even “at home”.
05/04/2015ISRAEL Ethiopian Jews and police clash into overnight in Tel Aviv with 68 injured and 43 arrested Ethiopian Israelis protest in Tel Aviv against police racism and brutality, following an incident in which police beat a black soldier because of “the colour of his skin”. In the 1980s, thousands of Ethiopian Jews were airlifted to Israel. Since then, they have not been fully integrated and endure racism and discrimination. This morning, PM Netanyahu met with Ethiopian community leaders.
05/04/2015TAIWAN Taiwan, communication "helps deepen living experience of Gospel" by Xin Yage Famous television presenter John Hei, teaches Carnegie courses to the new Chinese leaders: "People who call themselves Christian must have the ability to communicate in an honest way to to bring out the best in other people". Parishioner of Holy Family, helping the poor with free intensive courses twice a year.