08/21/2014IRAQ - LEBANON Erbil: patriarch tells refugees fleeing Islamists "Today, we are all the Chaldeans" by Fady Noun Beshara al Rahi visited families living in refugee centres in Iraqi Kurdistan. They are the "mystical body of Christ that renews itself." Even today, they continue to flee under the threat of an Islamic state. The moral anguish is even worse than the physical devastation. Through suffering, the solidarity of the Chaldean Church is winning back the country. Erbil
(AsiaNews) - It is in Iraq that the Church of the Arab world suffers today. That is where the
passion of the mystical body of
Christ is renewing itself, following
the rule laid down by Saint Paul that "If [one] part suffers, all the parts suffer with...
08/21/2014LEBANON - IRAQ For Eastern Churches, the use of force is legitimate to defend Iraq's Christians The leaders of Eastern Churches call for the ouster of the Islamic state from Mosul and the Nineveh Plains. For Syriac Catholic Patriarch Yousef II Younan, the international community must have the "courage" to live up "to its principles." Mar Sako says Eastern Churches, when together are "big and strong".
08/21/2014INDIA India's infertility clinics, the other side of surrogacy in India In three years, the number of facilities rose 20 per cent. Although infertility has not increased in the country, a high number of people (64 per cent) prefer artificial insemination or surrogate mothers. Surrogacy is thus spreading among Indian couples.
08/21/2014CHINA-VATICAN Chinese experts: cautious openings in relations with Vatican by Wang Zhicheng Zhuo Xinping, of the Academy of Social Sciences in Beijing says Pope Francis "will improve" relations being "a Jesuit" and "Latin American". Li Xiangping speaks of a "new atmosphere". But Party press do not report on the Pope’s statements or telegrams. A website recalls the "two mountains" to be overcome: diplomatic relations with Taiwan and "interference" in the internal affairs of China. Generic statements of the Ministry of Foreign Affairs spokesman.
08/21/2014IRAQ - SYRIA - UNITED STATES James Foley, a journalist who had to make "sense" of war Born into a Catholic family, he came late to journalism after a career teaching inner-city kids. He was drawn to reporting in war-torn countries because of his brother, a member of the US Air Force, and felt he had to be there to understand the big issues. During his captivity in Libya in 2011, he prayed and recited the rosary.
08/21/2014INDONESIA - ISLAM Borobudur, Islamists target Indonesia’s most important Buddhist temple by Mathias Hariyadi The complex, a UNESCO World Heritage Site, risks being destroyed like the Buddhas of Bamiyan. Authorities strengthen security measures. Citizens invited to participate in the defense of "cultural heritage". President Yudhoyono declares jihadist violence "humiliating" for Islam.
08/21/2014THAILAND Army leader Prayuth Chan-ocha is new Prime Minister of Thailand Powers conferred by interim Parliament, with a unanimous vote. He was the only candidate for the leadership of the government. Formal ratification of King Bhumibol Adulyadej needed. The new prime minister will reform the country without a real internal opposition; next elections slated for the end of 2015.
08/21/2014CHINA Trial opens against members of the cult "of Almighty God" Five members of the sect are charged with the murder of a woman. A sixth member, a minor, will be judged separately. In recent months, 1000 members of the sect have been arrested, judged an "evil and illegal cult". They have been tortured to force them to give up their beliefs.
08/20/2014EGYPT Attacks on Egyptian churches a year later by Nirmala Carvalho In an interview, the principal of a Jesuit school in Minya talks about "an anniversary that the world wanted to forget." Today, "the situation has improved" in the city, especially in the relations between Muslims and Christians. The Islamic community "reassures us of the need of our presence here."
08/20/2014NEPAL Floods leave 200 people dead and 10,000 families homeless by Christopher Sharma For residents, this is the worst environmental disaster in 70 years. At present, 400 people are missing with hundreds injured. Some 30,000 homes have been flooded, 5,000 damaged. In Bardia District, there is no drinking water. The carcasses of dead animals are causing fear of disease. The Catholic Church and Caritas are providing aid.