05/18/2013VATICAN Pope: Rumors are destructive in the Church, misinformation, libel and slander and "all three are sins" Celebrating the Mass this morning, Francis remembers when Jesus asked Peter, " What is it to you". Gossip is fun at first but then it ruins you, ruins your soul. It’s the spirit of Cain: killing a brother, with wagging tongues; killing a brother. "
City (AsiaNews) - "How much gossip there is in the Church! How we
Christians gossip!" A behavior that can take on three aspects:
disinformation, defamation and slander and "all three are sins." Again
today, at Mass celebrated in St....
05/18/2013INDIA Orissa, two Hindu extremists linked to the murder of missionary Graham Staines arrested Arrest comes almost 14 years after the massacre of missionary and his two children. Ramjan Mahanta and Ghanshyam Mahanta were part of the group of dozens of Hindu extremists responsible for the massacre. They will be tried by a special tribunal. To date, only two of the authors of the massacre have been sentenced to life imprisonment.
05/17/2013SYRIA - UNITED STATES - TURKEY Washington: Obama talks to Erdogan, against shipping weapons to the rebels As talks get underway with Moscow, the US president speaks with Turkey’s PM, Syrian rebels’ main ally. The two leaders discuss Syria’s democratic future and Assad’s necessary departure. Ankara voices doubts about a peace conference between rebels and regime backed by Moscow and Washington. After decades, Russian Pacific fleet warships enter the Mediterranean.
05/17/2013VATICAN The life of the Church and of the Churches is the mission, pope says In meeting the national directors of the Pontifical Mission Societies, Francis focuses on the duty to bring the Gospel to the world, which includes "educating every Christian, from childhood, to have a genuinely universal and missionary spirit," and giving "special attention to the young Churches, which often operate in a climate of difficulty, discrimination, and persecution, so that they might be sustained and assisted in witnessing the Gospel in word and in deed."
05/17/2013JAPAN PM Abe willing to meet Kim Jong-un Japan's prime minister does not rule out the possibility of direct diplomatic talks with the North Korean dictator. At the centre of his statement is the controversy over Japanese citizens abducted by North Korea in the 70s. Abe wants to know more about their fate.
05/17/2013MYANMAR Myanmar, least "transparent" country in the world's oil and gas sector A US-based institute reports the finding. Natural resource earnings are hard to trace because they are often hidden away by members of the military leadership. In terms of corruption, the Myanmar government is worst than those of nations like Turkmenistan and Zimbabwe. How money is spent and where it ends up remains a mystery.
05/17/2013INDIA Bishop John Rodrigues: "Building the Body of Christ in the Year of Faith" by Nirmala Carvalho The new auxiliary bishop of the Archdiocese of Mumbai speaks to AsiaNews: "My appointment by Pope Francis a joy and an honor. I will try to be an instrument of the divine ministry with ever greater strength”. Growing religious intolerance in India "witnessing to the values of the Gospel is not only a right but a necessity."
05/17/2013CHINA Chinese tourists "are uncivilized and damage the image of the Motherland" Vice Premier Wang Yang makes statement during a government meeting to prepare a new law on tourism. Over 80 million Chinese visited a foreign country in 2012: "They scream, spit and draw graffiti. We need to educate them to respect religions, and the customs of the places that host them".
05/17/2013CHINA Kunming, hundreds of people take to streets against oil refinery The protest was held yesterday in front of provincial government building. The protesters took to the streets for hours braving a massive police cordon. To avoid clashes, the mayor opens a mediation with civil society. On May 4, thousands of people protested against the refinery project which is highly polluting.