09/16/2014CAMBODIA - CHINA Protest over Sino-Cambodian dam: Phnom Penh arrests 11 activists They blocked a group of officials, including Chinese engineers, from visiting the site in for the proposed mega-dam. The police deny the arrest and speak of "invitation" for interrogation. Over the weekend monks and farmers held a hunger strike in front of the Chinese Embassy, dispersed by the authorities. Phnom Penh (AsiaNews / Agencies) - Phnom Penh authorities have
arrested 11 environmentalists, for having prevented a group
of officials visiting a town in
the southwestern province of
Koh Kong, where a
Sino-Cambodian dam is being planned. The arrest took place yesterday and involved the president...
09/15/2014HONG KONG - CHINA One Hongkonger is two against Beijing's anti-democratic proposal For 48 per cent of survey participants, pro-democracy lawmakers should vote against mainland China's election law. Thousands of people march in silence and mourning to lift the Occupy Central movement. Professors support student strike and criticise the mainland's openness.
09/15/2014IRAQ-VATICAN "Adopt a Christian from Mosul": Archbishops’ thanks as first aid arrives by Amel Nona Msgr. Amel Nona, the Chaldean Archbishop of Mosul, who is also a refugee himself, thanks all the donors to the AsiaNews campaign. The situation is increasingly difficult given the huge number of refugees and the arrival of winter and snow, making outdoor shelters and tents impossible. The crisis, an occasion that activates the faith of Christians.
09/15/2014INDIA Andhra Pradesh, Msgr. Ramazzotti "inspiration and provocation for all Indian Catholics" by sr. Benigna Menezes* Great celebrations in Eluru for the opening of the year dedicated to the PIME founder. The local bishop, Msgr. Maipan, recalls his life "worthy of a saint" and urges the faithful to be "true disciples" of the founding father of the Pontifical Institute for Foreign Missions. The delivery of the crucifix to a young Indian, who is leaving for Papua New Guinea, "demonstrates the PIME vocation which is increasingly an expression of the missionary will of the local churches."
09/15/2014TURKEY Erdogan's new Turkey to requires all students to study the Qur'an by NAT da Polis School reform begins this year by introducing compulsory Islamic religious education to all grades, including Arabic, to help students understand the Qur'an. For 200,000 Syrian Christian refugees in Turkey, this will be a problem.
09/15/2014SRI LANKA The website of Pope Francis' visit to Sri Lanka already accessible by Melani Manel Perera The trilingual website (Sinhala, Tamil, and English) provides information about the visit. Francis will be the first pope to travel to the north of the island, a Tamil region strongly affected by the civil war. The logo remembers the Blessed Joseph Vaz, "the apostle of Sri Lanka," whose canonisation the local church is waiting for.
09/15/2014INDONESIA - TURKEY Indonesia, four Turkish citizens arrested for "ties" with the Islamic state by Mathias Hariyadi Indonesian extremists were also arrested in the operation; according to the authorities they may be active in the formation of local Islamist cells. Anti-terrorism squad say they were trying to contact Santoso, the most wanted man in the country. At least 66 Indonesian citizens are active in the jihad in the Middle East.
09/14/2014VATICAN Pope: Celebrate the Holy Cross, and think of our brothers and sisters, persecuted and killed At the Angelus Pope Francis recalls the Feast of the Exaltation of the Holy Cross: "We do not exalt just any cross, but the Cross of Jesus," where " God’s love for humanity was revealed most". The cross is not a sign of "magic": "Belief in the Cross of Jesus means following Jesus on his path”. An appeal for the Central African Republic. He returns to his prayer at Redipuglia: "War is a madness ... When will we learn this lesson?"
09/14/2014VATICAN Pope: Christ’s love sustains married couples' love and renews it when, humanly speaking, it becomes lost Pope Francis celebrates Mass during which 20 couples are united in marriage. Some of them have lived together for some time and have children. Families are the “bricks” for the building up of society". The merciful love that flows from the Cross heals "those who succumb to the dangerous temptation of discouragement, infidelity, weakness, abandonment”. An added piece of advice: Never let the sunset on an argument