11/26/2015VATICAN – KENYA Pope in Kenya: climate conference would be “catastrophic” if no global “transformational” agreement is reached In his address to United Nations Offices in Nairobi, Francis called for an “agreement based on the principles of solidarity, justice, equality and participation” to reduce the impact of climate change, fight poverty and respect human dignity. He tells priests and men and women religious to follow Jesus, and serve others, but not out of ambition or interest. Nairobi (AsiaNews) – This afternoon Pope Francis first held a special meeting with clergy, religious men and women, as well as seminarians at Nairobi’s St Mary's School. Later he addressed the...
11/26/2015CHINA – SOUTH KOREA Phoney “cloning pioneer” plans a cloning animal factory Once a national hero in South Korea, scientific fraudster Hwang Woo-suk wants to work with China’s Chinese Yingke Boya Gene Technology Ltd to clone prime choice beef. Scepticism prevails among experts on both health and economic grounds.
11/26/2015ISRAEL – PALESTINE With Gaza like a huge prison, Caritas Jerusalem is raising funds for Christmas gifts for Christians The Catholic charity wants to raise US$ 50,000 to buy gifts for the Strip’s 350 Christian families who live in what the Caritas general director describes as a desperate situation, from which many want to escape. He does not want money or aid; instead, he calls on Western Christians to come “in pilgrimage” to the Holy Land, to show their tangible “closeness and solidarity”.
11/26/2015INDIA Bihar to go dry next year Alcohol ban is Chief Minister Nitish Kumar’s first decision since his re-election in early November. Alcohol abuse is rampant among the poor. Last year, the state earned US$ 600 in tax revenues from alcohol.
11/26/2015BANGLADESH Recuperating fast, Fr Piero soon to return to Italy Three unknown assailants attacked Fr Piero Parolari. As his health improves, he can speak without difficulty and can walk. Doctors have reduced his drug dosage. He will soon be transferred to Rome’s Bambino Gesù Hospital to recuperate. Christian groups organise a human chain in Dinajpur.
11/26/2015MYANMAR – VATICAN Card Bo: Jubilee of Mercy for a future of peace and prosperity in Myanmar by Charles Maung Bo* In a pastoral letter for the Year of Jubilee, the archbishop of Yangon reminds the nation that it needs "mercy and compassion". The local Church’s task is to set an example and be a reference against a reality of indifference, hatred and violence. Following Laudato si’, people must show mercy to "a wounded planet." Guidelines are available at the national and parish levels.
11/26/2015INDONESIA Jakarta, respect for human rights only path to social peace by Mathias Hariyadi Human Rights Cities conference held in the capital, brought together ministers of the country and human rights groups. Activist: "This movement is not only a political label, but the heart of change in our city." According to data of 2013, 542 cases of violations are attributable to the government. The Minister for Human Rights announces measures in 490 districts in favor of the population.
11/26/2015VATICAN - KENYA Pope in Kenya: never violence in God's name, call to mission and to create a just society On his second day in Africa, Francis meets religious leaders and celebrates Mass. "The health of any society depends on the health of families." "Support for families in their mission within society, to welcome children as a blessing to our world and to defend the dignity of every man and every woman, because we are all brothers and sisters in the human family." "Interfaith understanding, friendship and cooperation in defending the dignity conferred by God on individuals and peoples".
11/26/2015CHINA Supreme Court reduces prison term against journalist Gao Yu Known for her sharp criticism of the communist regime, the reporter was arrested in April 2014 and sentenced to seven years in prison. After appeal, the judges reduce term by two years for "health reasons". Given her age, she may be moved to house arrest.
11/25/2015VATICAN - KENYA Pope in Kenya: fear, mistrust and despair feed violence and terrorism Speaking to the country’s political, economic and cultural leaders, Francis spoke of building democracy and protecting creation. “We have a responsibility to pass on the beauty of nature in its integrity to future generations,” and “invest in them” as well as “show genuine concern for the needs of the poor”.
11/25/2015JAPAN From tsunami to winemaking, Fukushima starts over The Fukushima Ouse Winery began operations on 27 October some 70 kilometres from the area devastated by the 2011 tsunami. Local farmers will provide the grapes. For one farmer, it will “show people how Fukushima has recovered”.
11/25/2015THAILAND Between tradition and modernity, the Church’s mission among Thailand’s Paganyaw by Weena Kowitwanij The Missionaries of the Sacred Hearts of Jesus and Mary play a leading role in pastoral care. Through their facilities, they provide a home where new relationships can develop. Moving to a large city can often be traumatic. To cope with it, the missionaries have developed targeted programmes, including rules that provide “discipline and security”.