10/30/2014CHINA - AFGHANISTAN Ashraf Ghani offers China cooperation against Islamic terrorism in exchange for aid The afghan president is in Beijing on his first official trip abroad. To Xi Jinping, he vowed to tackle Islamist-controlled pockets on the border with Pakistan. By 2017, Beijing will provide Kabul with US$ 327 million dollars in aid. Beijing
(AsiaNews/Agencies) - Afghanistan's new
president, Ashraf Ghani, is offering his Chinese counterpart, President
Xi Jinping, help against Islamic terrorism in exchange of economic aid. Both
issues are critical to Kabul, which is trying to secure stability before the
10/30/2014THAILAND - ITALY For Thai Buddhists, Francis, the "missionary" pope, embodies the spirit of Assisi, Fr Sala says by Dario Salvi Fr Valerio Sala has been a PIME priest in the Asian country for the past five years. He describes how he came to his vocation and how he developed his missionary zeal after a brief stint in Africa. He explains how globalisation and relativism have deeply penetrated Thai culture, as well as the challenges they represent. For him, Christ is the basis for a true "social and moral change."
10/30/2014TUNISIA Secularist party wins Tunisia elections The Nidaa Tounes party wins 85 seats, defeating Ennahda, the main Islamist party. Tunisia was the first country in the Middle East to experience the Arab Spring and the only one to go through a real democratic transition.
10/30/2014PHILIPPINES - VATICAN Manila: Card Tagle tells reporters to stop dividing the Church in good and bad
Upon his return home from the Extraordinary Synod on the family, the archbishop of the Filipino capital discussed what was done. He also urged the media to stop generalising. "Conservatives, liberals, or traditionalists are wrong categories that prevent listening." In general, coverage was "dominated by the West." There should be more "Asian and African journalists".
10/30/2014ISRAEL Palestinian killed in Jerusalem suspected of having shot a rabbi Police say the man suspected of the attack opened fire on counter-terrorism agents that had surrounded his house. The rabbi is the leader of a right-wing movement that wants Jews to be allowed pray on the Temple Mount, home to the al-Aqsa mosque and the Dome of the Rock.
10/30/2014SOUTH KOREA Korea, Msgr. Kim elected president of Bishops. Bishop You to Justice and Peace The bishops' conference concludes its plenary assembly convened to elect the new leadership of the episcopate. The Archbishop of Gwangju chosen by a large majority, his deputy will be Msgr. Chang. The Bishop of Daejeon, entrusted the most “sensitive” Commission. For Christ the King, a fundraiser for the Christians of Syria and Iraq.
10/29/2014PHILIPPINES Filipino Church builds more than 1,600 housing units for Yolanda victims New, permanent units were built in all nine ecclesiastical sees hit by the typhoon. The aim is to complete at least 3,000 units by the end of the year. For NASSA executive secretary, many families have already received their shelter. The priest calls on the government to hurry up; so far it has not yet handed out the aid it had promised.
10/29/2014MIDDLE EAST - ISLAM Only Christians can show Muslims the "mad utopia" of the Islamic State by Fady Noun Superstitions, rituals, deportation, rape, summary justice and indoctrination are the foundations upon which the power of terrorists rests. The latter want to create a theocratic and regressive "perfect city". But utopias generate terror and monsters like Communism and Nazism. Christians have a duty to show Muslims the "true face" of their religion as well as its "elements of violence."