09/05/2015VATICAN Pope: Parish Cells, instruments of mission and proclamation The Pope meets with groups, spread throughout the world, and encourages them: "A key part of evangelization is acceptance, because it is one of the first signs of communion that we are called to witness from having encountered Christ in our lives ". The Eucharist is "the heart of this mission." Vatican City (AsiaNews) - Parish Cells of Evangelization "are like a seed by which the parish community questions itself about its call to mission, and this is why you have the irresistible call to meet all to proclaim the beauty of the Gospel" ....
09/05/2015JAPAN Four years after disaster, government "reopens" Fukushima zone The government has removed the evacuation order from Naraha, a town near the reactors affected by the tsunami in 2011. The population can return to their homes. But only 10 of the more than 7 thousand residents have announced a desire to return. Fear of contamination is still too strong.
09/05/2015TAJIKISTAN Gun battle in Tajikistan capital: 17 victims, former minister involved The authorities of the Central Asian country confirm "terrorist" attack led by former Deputy Defence Minister Abuhalim Nazarzoda. The US closes embassy and warns of "Possible further violence." Behind the ambush, simmering political instability, rare in the nation led by Rakhmon.
09/05/2015PHILIPPINES Care for creation, Filipino Catholics promote organic farming In response to the invitation of Pope Francis and the day that he instituted, in Davao farmers launch a method of natural cultivation free of pesticides. Healthy and environmentally friendly food production. A parish plants 100 trees against deforestation and for the prevention of natural disasters.
09/05/2015INDIA Siadih parish of Mundari tribal celebrates Patron Mother Teresa by Nirmala Carvalho Fr. Lino Fernandes speaks of the preparations for the solemn celebration for the founder of the Missionaries of Charity, who died in 1997. Today is the liturgical memorial of the Blessed. The religious is a "source of inspiration" and guidance in transforming the word "love" into action. Presiding over the Mass the Auxiliary of Ranchi, Mgr. Mascarenhas.
09/04/2015INDIA RSS nationalists like Egypt’s Muslim Brotherhood The ultranationalist paramilitary Hindu organisation is holding a conference this week, with in attendance many government ministers and officials, including Prime Minister Modi. For Dalit rights advocate Lenin Raghuvanshi, nationalists want to impose their ideology on the government’s agenda. The main points of discussion are economic, social and religious, as well as border disputes with Pakistan and Bangladesh, not to mention India’s growing Muslim population.
09/04/2015CHINA - VATICAN Card. Zen on Anyang episcopal ordination by card. Joseph Zen Ze-kiun The bishop emeritus of Hong Kong analyzes what happened on August 4, during the ordination of Msgr. Joseph Zhang Yinlin. Card. Zen believes that there is too much “giving in” to regime’s demands
09/04/2015CHINA – UNITED STATES For Wei Jingsheng, Xi Jinping’s parade is a sign of weakness, not strength A member of the Democracy Wall movement, the well-known dissident looks at Beijing’s massive parade marking the 70th anniversary of the end of the war with Japan. For him, Chinese leaders are like “Rats carrying guns [who] only dare to be brave at home.” Harmonic relations among different generations of leaders is a sign that the anti-corruption campaign is faltering. Only democracy and rule of law can save China.
09/04/2015INDONESIA Strike in Jakarta, a "political move" not in the interests of the workers by Mathias Hariyadi Protesters demand fewer foreign workers and a 22 per cent wage hike in 2016. “People just want to work and bring money home,” source tells AsiaNews. Many see strikes as detrimental to workers. Government sources indicate “only” 30,000 jobs lost as a result of China’s crisis.
09/04/2015VATICAN Pope: The peace of Christ and the disease of gossip, which is terrorism During his homily in Santa Marta, Francis returns to speak of those who sow discord through gossip: "Christians are called to live like Jesus and bring peace, not division. We have to grow in this, we must convert, never a word spoken that divides, never, never a word that brings war, small wars, never gossip. "The exercise "biting ones’ tongue".
09/04/2015CHINA Pollution causes 1.6 million deaths per year in China UC Berkeley researchers have used Google Maps (obscured in China) to create a live map of air pollution in the country. Between April and August 2014, 38% of Chinese lived in an environment harmful to health.
09/04/2015MYANMAR Church and Caritas on frontline of Myanmar’s ongoing flood crisis by Lawrence Gam, JM Destructive toll of monsoon rains causes more than one hundred victims and affects a million people. Worst hit are Chin and Rakhine areas. Crops lost, food supplies threatened. The Catholic volunteers provide food, water and basic necessities; more than 120 thousand temporary housing units built.