11/30/2015ITALY – BANGLADESH Fr Piero Parolari is back in Italy, out of danger, but in need of a lengthy treatment Extremists attacked the missionary with the Pontifical Institute for Foreign Missions on 18 November. Admitted this morning to Rome’s Bambin Gesù Hospital, he will required long-term care. Rome (AsiaNews) – Father Piero Parolari, a missionary with the Pontifical Institute for Foreign Missions (PIME), returned to Italy this morning from Bangladesh, following an attack by Islamic extremists on 18 November in Dinajpur.
11/30/2015INDIA Parliament set to focus on growing intolerance in winter session Opposition leaders have planned discussions on the growing intolerance in both houses. Bollywood stars are concerned about the climate of violence. Interior Minister unleashes political reactions for saying that Ambedkar did not consider it "necessary" to include the term "secularism" and "socialism" in the Constitution.
11/30/2015VATICAN - CAR Pope to Bangui, sectarian violence between Christians and Muslims "disfigures the face of God" Francis visits Kaudoukou mosque and says " no to hatred, no to revenge and no to violence, particularly that violence which is perpetrated in the name of a religion or of God himself. God is peace, God salam". At Mass he calls on faithful to carry on work of missionaries, looking at '' other side '. "Every baptized person must continually break with the old man, sinful man, always ready to awaken to the call of the devil."
11/30/2015INDONESIA Muslim businessman proposes Bali as "sharia" tourism destination by Mathias Hariyadi The chairman of the Sharia Economic Society has proposed the creation of specific services in accordance with Muslim law in the most visited Indonesian island. The idea, he says, works from an economic standpoint because it attracts visitors requiring "halal services". Numerous criticisms have been raised in the archipelago: "Do not ruin Bali, a place of tolerance and encounter".
11/30/2015IRAQ – VATICAN Amid violence and persecution, mercy is the Christian way, says Patriarch Sako by Louis Raphael I Sako* The Chaldean patriarch issues a pastoral letter for the beginning of the Extraordinary Jubilee of Mercy. It is the way forward in times of trial and suffering. It is not “a vague ideal,” but a "dynamic behavior “in the light of faith" and “in the manner of Jesus." Martyrdom is charism of the Eastern Church. Muslims are invited to work together "in peace and harmony."
11/30/2015FRANCE - UN Paris: difficult negotiations underway in COP21 on climate change The goal of the 21st Conference of the Parties is to reduce global warming by 2 degrees Celsius. But less developed countries complain that the limit is not sufficient to ensure their economic development. Yesterday peaceful climate march marred by clashes between thugs and the police. Hollande: "Scandalous events there where there are flowers, candles and other mementos in memory of the victims of the Paris attacks."
11/30/2015SYRIA Islamic State has executed over 3,500 people in Syria, more than 2 thousand civilians According to updated data from the Syrian Observatory for Human Rights in the last month alone there have been 53 executions, including 35 civilians. The jihadists have also executed at least 103 women and 77 children. Among those civilians killed, many accused of witchcraft, homosexuality and collaborating with the enemy.
11/29/2015VATICAN -CAR Pope to Bangui, "I come as a pilgrim of peace, and an apostle of hope" Francis is in Bangui where, this afternoon, he will open the Holy Door of the cathedral. "Unity, dignity, work. Three words full of meaning. " "I would like particularly to draw the attention of everyone, citizens and national leaders, international partners and multinational societies, to their grave responsibility in making use of environmental resources". In a country torn apart by violence, the first visit dedicated to a refugee camp: "We must work and pray and do everything for peace, but peace without love, friendship, tolerance and forgiveness is not possible."
11/28/2015VATICAN - UGANDA Pope calls on Ugandan youth to transform hatred into love, war into peace Francis in festive encounter with youth. Faced with a negative experience, "there is always the possibility of opening a horizon, opening it with the power of Jesus." At a charity centre: - "As Christians, we can not just stand idly by" while there are those who are "victims of today's culture of ''the disposable '."Priests are called to be faithful to the tradition of the "witness" of the martyrs of Uganda.
11/28/2015CHINA Beijing denies entry visa to Miss Canada, she denounced the persecution of Falun Gong Anastasia Lin wanted to participate in the final of Miss World in China. She has been stuck at the international airport of Hong Kong, because she "is not welcome". She belongs to the Falun Gong movement, whose members are branded as "heretics" and persecuted by the authorities. "They want to keep me from talking about human rights. I have been excluded from the competition for political reasons".
11/28/2015INDIA Uttar Pradesh:Coca-cola needs to pack up and go According to 18 village councils in Mehdiganj plant is cause of water scarcity. The company draws from local sources water needed for production. Environmentalist: "Coca-Cola is not welcome. It portrays itself internationally as a responsible water user, while in India it consumes a vital resource". In a 2012 study the company denies the allegations.
11/28/2015ISRAEL Galilee: first ordination of a Maronite priest in 100 years by Joan Maria Vernet Mateu, S.D.B.* The celebration took place in Jish, in the Upper Galilee, and was followed by the whole city. Fr. Sandy Habib was ordained by the Bishop of Haifa. A Salesian priest tells AsiaNews about the atmosphere: "It was a celebration for everyone. You could see the presence of the Holy Spirit. " At the end of the function, singing, dancing and a great banquet in the church garden.
11/28/2015VATICAN - UGANDA Pope in Uganda: "worldly pleasures and earthly power do not bring lasting joy and peace" Fidelity to God "does not diminish our concern for this world, as if we looked only to the future life. On the contrary, it provides a purpose to life in this world and helps us reach out to those in need, to cooperate with others for the common good and to build a more just society, "to protect" life, a gift of God, and protect the wonders nature, creation, our common home ".