09/22/2014USA - IRAN Islamic State threat pushes United States and Iran to discuss nuclear issue US Secretary of State Kerry meets with Tehran’s Minister of Foreign Affairs. For the Americans, Iran has a role to play. In an effort to broaden the coalition in the fight against the jihadists, Kerry speaks with Russian Foreign Minister Lavrov. New York (AsiaNews / Agencies) - The enlargement of
the coalition against the Islamic
State (IS) and the Iranian
nuclear negotiations are becoming entangles these days in New York, in talks between the United...
09/22/2014AFGHANISTAN Pashtun Ashraf Ghani is the new president of Afghanistan Rival Abdullah Abdullah to take newly formed post of chief executive. The two candidates have signed an agreement to form a government of national unity, with the mediation of the United States. Washington hopes to extend the presence of its troops beyond 2014.
09/22/2014INDIA Missionary month in India, PMS director: Every Christian must proclaim the Gospel by Santosh Digal Fr. Faustine L. Lobo invites the community to live October, "according to the guidelines laid down in Ad Gentes". He calls for a thorough study of the conciliar decree and the development of a "planned strategy" to give new impetus to evangelization. Witness and unity of the universal Church: "We are all part of the same effort".
09/22/2014NEPAL Nepal, Hindu radicals target celebrity pop star for converting to Christianity by Christopher Sharma Anju Panta is one of the biggest stars in the country. After changing religion, she refused to perform at a Hindu festival: "My faith does not allow me to worship gods through song". Following an avalanche of criticism from media and civil society, she responds: "I have nothing to say to those who are criticizing me. May be it’s God’s plan and now I’m under the grace of God".
09/22/2014TIBET - CHINA Tibet, a return of self-immolations as 22 year old sets himself on fire 5 months since the last suicide, a Tibetan student burns himself to death in front of the Tsoe Police headquarters. He died in protest against Chinese rule in the region, shouting slogans in support of the Dalai Lama. Thus the victims no number 132 people from 2009 to present
09/21/2014ALBANIA - VATICAN "Today we touched martyrs," a moved Pope Francis said in front of two who witnessed persecution Pope Francis put aside his prepared speech and said the homily off the cuff after he heard the stories of a priest who was tortured and imprisoned during Albania's Maoist dictatorship and a nun who was subjected to forced labour, both of whom kept their faith and support that of others. Consecrated persons are consoled only by God and are thus able to console others.
09/20/2014VATICAN - CHINA Pope wishes Chinese bishops "were here", tells them they are not alone, that they have his solidarity and that of the Church In his meeting with newly appointed bishops from around the world, in Rome for a seminar organised by Propaganda Fide, Francis devoted part of his address to the pastors of the Chinese flock. "Deep down in my heart, I hope" they were here, "that that day will not be far off! Let me assure them not only of my and our solidarity, but also that of the world's Episcopate, so that, in the shared faith and despite sometimes the impression of being alone, they can feel the certainty that their suffering will bear fruit - and what fruit! - for the good of the faithful, their fellow citizens and the whole Church."
09/20/2014ASIA - ITALY Mission congress: nine missionaries to follow PIME founder Angelo Ramazzotti by Bernardo Cervellera PIME's superior general launches a year dedicated to the society's founder. Bishop of Pavia and then Patriarch of Venice, he corresponds to Pope Francis' role mode for a pastor. The missionary men and women leaving for Cameroon, Mexico, Brazil, Cambodia, Hong Kong, and Bangladesh, including two Colombian priests associated with the PIME, will receive a crucifix as a "companion" for their apostolic activity.
09/20/2014TURKEY - IRAQ - SYRIA Islamic State releases Turkish hostages seized in Mosul Nothing is known about the three Iraqis abducted with the Turks. Some suspect a bargain between Turkey and the Islamic State. Ankara refuses military support for US-led coalition. Syrian Kurdish refugees are allowed in after Turkish Kurds protest. Kerry shows flexibility on Iran in the fight against Islamic State. UN Security Council adopts a statement of support for the new Iraqi government and calls on the international community to fight Islamic State terrorism.
09/20/2014CHINA Chinese authorities tear down two Catholic churches Located in different provinces, the places of worship stood on land slated for commercial development and were torn down on the same day. A third church had its cross removed. In the case of the church in Jinxi (Hunan), the priest tried to stop the demolition but was arrested. The priest of the Church of Our Lady in Jingdezhen (Jiangxi) was tricked into leaving before the bulldozers got to work. The watchman was abducted and released only after the church was levelled.