10/03/2015VATICAN Pope: Every family is always a light in the darkness of the world, may synod set out once more from Nazareth The great prayer vigil before the Synod of Bishops on "The vocation and mission of the family in the Church and in the contemporary world", Francis prays that the Synod Fathers hear the Holy Spirit: "Without the Holy Spirit God is far off, Christ remains in the past, the Church becomes a mere organization, authority becomes domination, mission becomes propaganda, worship becomes mystique, Christian life the morality of slaves". Vatican City (AsiaNews) - What good is it to light a little candle in the darkness? Isn’t there a better way to dispel the darkness? Can the darkness even be overcome? These are the questions that Pope Francis put to the tens of thousands of...
10/03/2015VATICAN Pope to the Food Bank: counter food waste by distributing it to the poor In an audience with Italy’s Food Bank Foundation, which is marking 25 years of operations, Pope Francis recalls the need to respond to the "scandal" of hunger and the "sin" of injustice of wealth and waste beside destitution. Look the poor "in the eye, shake hands with them, see in them the flesh of Christ." The memory of the "founders", the entrepreneur Danilo Fossati and Don Luigi Giussani.
10/03/2015IRAN - SAUDI ARABIA Bodies of first 104 Iranian pilgrims who died at Mecca arrive home At least 464 Iranians are believed to have died in Mecca. The Saudi authorities have not yet drawn up a detailed list of the dead and nationalities. Officially 769 pilgrims died, but it is suspected that the real body count is between 2 and 4 thousand.
10/03/2015INDONESIA Central Java, Muslim student lauds confessional harmony of Catholic campus by Mathias Hariyadi The testimony of Satya Tantra, a Muslim student at the Catholic University of Soegijapranata, attending Aseaccu event. A "wonderful opportunity" to an "inclusive" experience on a religious, human and social level. With him, a young Catholic, who sees possibility of a "society in which Muslims, Christians and Buddhists live happily together."
10/03/2015ASIA Singapore, Japan and Hong Kong in the top ten of the world economy World 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.
10/02/2015TURKMENISTAN Government cuts subsidies for its largely impoverished citizens by Alexander Kim Since 1993 in Turkmenistan has provided its citizens with free access to water, electricity and natural gas. In 2007, the new president introduced limitations. Overall subsidies represent 22% of GDP. The global economic crisis is reducing the government's finances. The country consumes 36.7% of the natural gas it produces. “The time has come to move to market relations. Now we must all learn to pay,” a government official said.
10/02/2015UNITED NATIONS – ASIA Top world leaders focus on economics and war at UN General Assembly A content analysis shows what G20 heads of government and state said. At 38 times Syria tops citations. The world economy and war were the main topics, cited together 100. China’s Xi Jinping named no country other than China and did not mention terrorism and related topics. North Korea’s nuclear threat mentioned only by South Korea.
10/02/2015VATICAN Synod: 270 bishops and 18 married couples to speak about the family The assembly, dedicated to "The vocation and mission of the family in the Church and in the contemporary world", opens Sunday with a papal Mass. Among the changes, the greater role of the working groups divided according to language. The final report will be delivered to Francis who will decide whether to draw a papal document from it.
10/02/2015INDONESIA – CHINA – JAPAN Jakarta chooses Beijing for the country’s first high-speed train by Mathias Hariyadi After weeks of sometimes hard negotiations, Indonesia picks China to build its US$ 5.5 billion high-speed train. China’s offer without requiring funding from Indonesia was the tipping point. The rail link should be up and running in three years. The decision boosts Sino-Indonesian economic relations.
10/02/2015BANGLADESH Bangladeshi Catechist bringing Jesus to Santal tribal villages for 46 years by Sumon Corraya Lawrence Murmu, 67, serves the Diocese of Rajshahi. He began to preach in remote areas during the country’s War of Independence from Pakistan. "I never start talking about Jesus Christ with these people,” but he becomes their friends first. In 50 years, thanks to catechists, literacy among Santal has gone from 3 to 75 per cent. As “80 per cent of Santal want to be baptised,” the Church always stand by them.
10/02/2015CHINA Beijing, industrial production falls to 2009 levels The sector was once the workhorse of the entire national economy. Now the central government wants to change its growth model, abandoning the heavy industry and exports to support the services sector and domestic consumption. But the transition will not be painless.
10/02/2015MYANMAR Myanmar government wants to censor the pope and Card Bo over Rohingya plight by Francis Khoo Thwe Officials with the Ministry of Religious Affairs approached the cardinal before he left for Rome to ask him to use "Bengali" or Muslim Rakhine in lieu of the controversial term at meetings with the pontiff. Sectarian tensions are rising as elections approach. Myanmar’s government and military are pursuing a strategy of stirring tensions to stay in power.