10/01/2014HONG KONG - CHINA The "umbrella revolution": students turn their backs on flag raising for China’s National Day by Paul Wang The students boycotted the raising of the flag to mark the founding of the People's Republic of China. Some demand the release of political prisoners and recall Tiananmen. Leung Chun-ying keeps silent. China censors images and news reports on the demands of democracy. 13 Chinese who support Occupy Central arrested. Beijing warns embassies and consulates: do not interfere with the protesters. Support from Canada, Britain, Australia. Hong Kong (AsiaNews) - Thousands of demonstrators continue to block
the main roads of the territory
on the fourth day of Occupy Central,
demanding full democracy for the people
of Hong Kong.
10/01/2014BANGLADESH Dhaka: Telecommunications minister removed for attacking Muhammad and Hajj by Sumon Corraya At a meeting with the press in New York, Abdul Latif Siddique criticised the annual pilgrimage to Makkah, one of the pillars of Islam. Muhammad created it because Arab people were robbers. Then "he introduced a system stating that his followers will assemble once a year. Through this system," some "income would be generated". For the minister, "It is sheer waste of manpower." Now he could be arrested after a complaint was filed against him.
10/01/2014IRAN Iran hangs man for heresy Mohsen Amir Aslani, a 37-year-old former psychologist, taught religion, giving a new interpretation of the Qur'an. The authorities also accused him of insulting the prophet Jonah.
10/01/2014INDONESIA Temporary veto for bill that abolishes direct election of governor and mayor by Mathias Hariyadi Indonesia's outgoing president temporarily vetoes controversial bill approved by parliament last week. President-elect Widodo, who has already criticised the law, will now have to solve the controversy with his own means. Some political groups want to keep in check democracy.
10/01/2014CHINA - HONG KONG Scores of mainland supporters of democracy in Hong Kong arrested Chinese police react angrily to demonstrations in support of Occupy Central and protests in Hong Kong. In almost all of the country's big cities, people are summarily arrested and subjected to overnight interrogations. In some cases, unknown people carry out raids.
10/01/2014VATICAN Pope: Charism, gifts of God for the good of the whole Church They are a grace given by God, gifted for the good of the whole community and they are good, "when the Church, in the variety of its charisms, is expressed in communion, it can’t go wrong", but "God help us if these gifts become a source of envy or division, of jealousy. "
10/01/2014PHILIPPINES Filipino Catholics helping thousands displaced by Mayon volcano After rumbling back to life a few days ago, the volcano represents a clear and present danger. At least, 11,000 families have fled their homes so far. Caritas Manila and Radyo Veritas launch a fundraising campaign. The measures taken show the Church's "loving presence".
10/01/2014INDIA New Delhi, state university abolishes chair named after Mother Teresa by Santosh Digal The Indira Gandhi Open University has taken this decision due to lack of funds. For John Dayal, secretary general of the All India Christian Council (AICC), terms the decision "reprehensible." The chair offered courses on HIV / AIDS, family education, substance abuse and philosophy.
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 - 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".
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?'".