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10/13/2015 INDONESIA
Flores: Muslim mother blesses her son’s ordination as a Catholic priest
by Mathias Hariyadi
The Muslim family of Robertus B. Asiyanto joyfully participated in his ordination in Maumere. His mother laid her hands on the altar: "I'm really happy with my son’s choice". The island of Flores is one of the few predominantly Catholic areas of Indonesia.
Jakarta (AsiaNews) - A Muslim woman blessed her son, a Catholic deacon, at the altar of the church where shortly after he was ordained priest. The incident happened three days ago in the chapel of the Major Seminary of Maumere...

10/13/2015 MYANMAR
Floods in Kayah State: 17 dead, dozens of families evacuated
Heavy rains triggered a landslide that hit dozens of houses in the villages of Mawchi Taung Paw and Lokhalo. The victims were 10 men and seven women, but the toll is still provisional. Food, shelter, clothing are becoming scarce. Mawchi was once an important mining center.
10/13/2015 CHINA
September imports drop to under 20.4%
Imports and exports drop for 11t h consecutive month. Fears for equity markets and Chinese markets. Analysts predict a massive government intervention to stem unemployment and declining purchasing power.
10/12/2015 VATICAN
Synod: accompanying families as Jesus did with the disciples in Emmaus
Today, the work groups discussed the second part of the Instrumentum laboris. Some proposed a day of prayer and adoration for marriage and the family. Others suggested a "catechumenate as part of marriage preparation with witnesses, and not only experts. Participants mentioned Asia Bibi and Coptic martyrs. Questions about the final report and a letter by 13 cardinals to the pope were mentioned at the briefing.
10/12/2015 IRAQ
Iraqi air strikes kill Islamic State officials but not al-Baghdadi
Rumours that the IS leader was killed have been met with denials. Eight senior IS leaders are thought however to have been killed. An IS-linked twitter account slams death reports as false. Another says that if dies, thousands like him would continue the war.

10/12/2015 RUSSIA - SYRIA
Not only raids, Russia strikes on diplomatic front to find a solution in Syria
by Nina Achmatova
Putin meets with leaders from Saudi Arabia and Emirates which has ensured that the Russian objective is "to create the conditions for finding a political compromise". Waiting for the meeting between Lavrov and UN envoy Staffan de Mistura. Experts urge the West to look to new openings with Moscow.
10/12/2015 NEPAL
Nepal elects Communist Sharma Oli as prime minister
by Christopher Sharma
He stood against outgoing Prime Minister Sushil Koirala. During his campaign, he pledged to lead the country’s reconstruction following its recent earthquake and resolve the diplomatic and economic crisis with India. India and China sent congratulations.
10/12/2015 INDONESIA
Papua: release of Franciscans and Augustinians arrested during a peaceful protest
by Mathias Hariyadi
About ten religious were detained by police in front of the Good Shepherd Catholic Church. They were demanding justice for a young student murder victim. Their action “was designed to give a voice to our heart and conscience,” a clergyman said. “The Franciscans came to Papua in 1936 out of love for the people, not the state." A few hours after their arrest, they were released.
10/12/2015 CHINA
Myanmar detains activist’s 16-year-old son on behalf of China
Working with Myanmar authorities, China gets Bao Zhuoxuan as he tries to flee the country. His "fault" is that he is the son of Wang Yu, one of China’s foremost human rights lawyers. Meanwhile, the crackdown against China’s legal profession continues, but some members are still holding their head high, demanding justice in an open letter.
10/12/2015 INDIA
Mumbai: special blessing for pets reflects “Laudato sì”
by Nirmala Carvalho
For 15 years, Fr. Joseph D'Souza presided over the ceremony in memory of St. Francis of Assisi. Laudato sì "invites us to an safeguard ecology, to reflect on the relationship between humans and animals." The blessing appreciated even by non-Catholics. A special prayer for sick animals.
10/12/2015 INDONESIA
Central Java, surprise gay marriage not legal
by Mathias Hariyadi
Ratu Airin Karla and Dumani, two men, invited relatives and friends to a party to celebrate their long friendship. Participants found themselves instead at a real wedding, celebrated according to the Javanese tradition. The union was not recognized by the government, because it lacks the necessary blessing of religious authority.
10/12/2015 TAIWAN
Taipei’s National Museum celebrates Jesuit artist Giuseppe Castiglione
by Xin Yage
To celebrate the 90 years since the founding of the museum, one of the world's most important, exhibit of Jesuit artist who served three emperors living 51 years in the Forbidden City. Ceramic work, based on his paintings, was given to Pope Francis for the start of his pontificate.
10/12/2015 SYRIA
Nuncio in Damascus: Fr. Mourad "was released," is "resting" and "in good health"
Msgr. Zenari confirms news of the release of the prior of the monastery of Mar Elian Al Qariatayn, kidnapped last May. The priest is expected in Damascus, to speak of the details of the kidnapping. No news yet on the kidnapping of Fr. Dall'Oglio.
10/12/2015 TURKEY
Turkey sliding towards civil war
by NAT da Polis
Confusion reigns in Ankara over number of victims from twin suicide bombing and perpetrators. Erdogan's party blames the PKK, leftist movements and Isis. The Kurdish party accuses the government of exploiting tensions to win the elections on November 1st
10/11/2015 VATICAN – TURKEY
Pope: Great sorrow over the "terrible massacre that occurred in Ankara, Turkey"
During the Angelus, Pope Francis asks for a silent prayer in memory of the victims of the twin bombing in the Turkish capital that killed at least 95 deaths. Speaking about “Jesus’ three gazes with regards to ‘The Rich Man’ and the disciples, the pontiff said, “Money, pleasure, and success dazzle, but then let down”. Addressing “young people, young women and young men who are in the streets,” he asks, “Have you felt Jesus' gaze on you? What do you say to that?” He noted that this Tuesday, 13 October, is International Day for Disaster Reduction. Yesterday, he sent a telegram to Turkish President Recep Tayyip Erdogan.

Altri articoli
10/10/2015 VATICAN
Synod: the indissolubility of marriage, which "must be presented positively and not as a yoke"
10/10/2015 TAIWAN
2016 Presidential elections: Taiwan’s opposition leader in Japan to seek support
As attacks and deaths increase, in Gaza Hamas calls for a "third intifada" by Joshua Lapide
10/10/2015 NEPAL
Nepal on the brink of civil war as India’s embargo unleashes hatred against Modi by Christopher Sharma
10/10/2015 PHILIPPINES
For Filipino catechist, the mission in Asia is a task even at home
Transpacific Partnership: a mixed bag for Vietnam’s economy
10/09/2015 VATICAN
Synod: today’s families are subject to many negative forces, but they also offer many shining examples
10/09/2015 TUNISIA – ISLAM
Tunisian Christians and Muslims are excited by the Nobel Prize, a sign that “we are on the right path”
10/09/2015 SYRIA
Syrian bishop: Ambiguous US policy favors Islamic state. Fears for kidnapped Christians
10/09/2015 INDIA
Mother Teresa's sisters: no to adoptions to single or divorced by Nirmala Carvalho
10/09/2015 TUNISIA
Tunisia's Dialogue Quartet wins 2015 Nobel Peace Prize for pulling the country back from the brink
10/09/2015 INDONESIA
Indonesian Jesuit: Migrants are modern slaves, let us help them regain dignity by Mathias Hariyadi
10/09/2015 VATICAN
Pope: "caution and discernment", because "the Devil is hidden" and "always tries to deceive"
10/09/2015 CHINA
China’s sluggish economy boosting strike actions and protests over wages
Editor's choices
Pope: In “extremely difficult social and marital context”, Church called to carry out mission in fidelity, truth and charity.The opening Mass of the Synod on "The vocation and mission of the family in the Church and in the contemporary world," Pope Francis speaks of the paradoxes of global society: "power" accompanied by loneliness and helplessness." Today's man "ridicules" the family and love, but thirsts for it. The Church bears witness to indissoluble love, but must not forget to care and sustain "the man who falls or who errs." "A Church with closed doors betrays itself and its mission, and instead of being a bridge it becomes a barrier."
Singapore, Japan and Hong Kong in the top ten of the world economyWorld Economic Forum on competitiveness ranking published. Top three unchanged since last year: Switzerland, Singapore and the United States. Japan sixth, followed by Hong Kong. The world economy is slowing down compared to the previous decade, only exception- addition to China - India, which gains 16 positions.
Top 10
10/07/2015 LEBANON-ISLAM
Muslim toddler cured by a miracle of St. Charbel (Video)
Rolando Del Torchio, a former PIME missionary, abducted in Dipolog City
10/11/2015 VATICAN – TURKEY
Pope: Great sorrow over the "terrible massacre that occurred in Ankara, Turkey"
10/09/2015 SYRIA
Syrian bishop: Ambiguous US policy favors Islamic state. Fears for kidnapped Christians
10/07/2015 EGYPT
Egypt is changing: burqa ban, Qur’anic exegesis, equal rights for Muslims and Christians
Saudi Arabia may lose finances and military prestige in Yemeni quagmire
by James Brandon - Nicholas A. Heras
10/08/2015 VATICAN
Pope: God never abandons the just, while the wicked "in the Book of God's memory, have no name"
10/09/2015 TUNISIA – ISLAM
Tunisian Christians and Muslims are excited by the Nobel Prize, a sign that “we are on the right path”
10/06/2015 VATICAN
Synod: for pope doctrine on marriage not in question, communion for divorced and remarried people not the only problem
10/09/2015 VATICAN
Synod: today’s families are subject to many negative forces, but they also offer many shining examples


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