09/30/2014VATICAN - UNITED NATIONS It is "licit and urgent" to stop the aggression of terrorism, Card Parolin says at UN The Holy See's top diplomat calls for "multilateral action and a proportionate use of force" to ensure "the defence of unarmed citizens." The theory of the "clash of civilizations" ignores "longstanding and profound experiences of good relations between cultures, ethnic groups and religions". The path to follow is to "promote dialogue and understanding among cultures," as well as a sense of "responsibility to protect". New York
City (AsiaNews) - For the Vatican, it is "licit and urgent" to stop
the aggression of "transnational" terrorism through "multilateral
action and a proportionate use of force" to ensure "the defence of unarmed
citizens" under the jurisdiction of the Security Council, said Card Pietro
Parolin, Secretary of State of the Holy See who yesterday...
09/30/2014LAOS Persecution continues in Laos as Christians are detained for meeting to pray Authorities in Savannakhet raid home and arrest Christian clergyman and six members of his congregation. They were having lunch after Sunday Mass. At present, they are still being held at a government building. The clergyman was brought in handcuffed and shackled. Village authorities had banned Christians from praying together.
09/30/2014VATICAN Pope: Prepare and pray: the "things" to do ahead of our "dark times” "Our life is too easy, our complaints are overdramatized". Think of the great tragedies, of "these Christian brothers and sisters of ours who are driven from their home and left with nothing: 'But, Lord, I have believed in you. Why? Is believing in You a curse, Lord?'".
09/30/2014MYANMAR Burmese Dissident: Little chance of Aung San Suu Kyi becoming President by Francis Khoo Thwe For Aye Chan Naing, director of the Democratic Voice of Burma (DVB), the Nobel Peace Laureate will “lead" the party in elections; however, the possibility of constitutional change to allow it to run for head of state are "very poor". For the presidential race he predicts the presence of personalities from the "Generation 88" student movement.
09/30/2014CHINA Need a driver's license, donate a pint of blood to the state In the city of Baoji, new regulations impose a "voluntary donation" of blood for municipal services. Soldiers and university students are urged to donate at least once a year. People react online. For one netizen, "donations should be voluntary". Others tell the authorities to remember country's health scandals.
09/30/2014HONG KONG - CHINA Hong Kong Chief Executive calls for immediate end to protests. Occupy Central calls for his resignation by Paul Wang Day three of Occupy Central. Sit-ins extend to Yau Ma Tei and Des Voeux Road. Schools are still closed; 37 banks are closed. There is growing solidarity among population towards the demonstrators. Yesterday evening, tens of thousands of people were in the street. Last night in Mong Kok, a speeding car tried to crash into some of the demonstrators. Many commuters accept transport difficulties because they share the ideals of democracy. "Proud" to be Hong Kongers.
09/30/2014IRAQ Patriarch of Baghdad to Muslims: Condemn extremism, rebuild Iraq with Christians by Louis Raphael I Sako * On the occasion of Eid al-Adha, the Islamic festival of sacrifice, Mar Sako renews his call for "reconciliation" and "brave dialogue" for true peace. Tolerance, respect and justice to maintain "national identity" and "co-existence". The memory of Muslims who sacrificed themselves to save the Christians. He adds: "We love because Christ teaches us to love everyone."
09/29/2014JAPAN Death toll rises to 36 following Mount Ontake's eruption Saturday's event was the first fatal one in modern times. At least 63 people suffered injuries and more than 230 climbers had to seek overnight refuge in local lodges. It is still unclear how many may be missing.
09/29/2014VATICAN Pope: "Communicating the Family: A Privileged Place of Encounter with the Gift of Love" The topic Pope Francis chose for the next World Day of Social Communications has been announced. The "Church must learn again how to show that the family is a great gift, something good and beautiful. The Church is called to show more vividly that the gift of love, which the bride and groom offer each other, draws all people to God. It is an exciting task".
09/29/2014PHILIPPINES - UNITED STATES - South China Sea: Manila and Washington play war games against Beijing Thousands of US and Filipino soldiers begin 12-day joint military exercises today near Palawan Island, where Manila is involved in a bitter territorial dispute with Beijing. Recently, the Philippines boosted its military presence in the area.
09/29/2014HONG KONG - CHINA Hong Kong protests: police violence "a boomerang against the government" A Catholic source in the city tells AsiaNews that "police behaviour shocked people". Increasingly, Hongkongers want democracy. "Now the only way out is for Leung to resign" and open channels of communication." Protest turnout is increasing. Kowloon Peninsula is blocked.