07/06/2015SYRIA – HOLY LAND For the Custody of the Holy Land, Nusra Front might be holding priest seized in Syria
Fr Dhiya Azziz, a Franciscan born in Mosul, Iraq, is missing. No contacts have been possible with him since last Saturday. According to the Custody, “Some militants of an unknown armed brigade, perhaps connected with Jabhat al-Nusra,” took him. His name now goes on the list of missing clergymen, including two bishops and Fr Paolo Dall'Oglio. Jerusalem (AsiaNews) – Another priest has gone missing in Syria, probably seized by a unit of the Jabhat al Nusra Front, the Custody of the Holy Land announced in a statement. Like the latter, the missing clergyman belongs to the Franciscan order.
So far, no official confirmation of his disappearance has been made, but what is known is that, late in the afternoon last Saturday, “we lost contact with Father...
07/06/2015BANGLADESH Church thanks missionaries for their example of charitable economics by Sumon Corraya Bangladeshi Catholics celebrated the 60th anniversary of Dhaka’s Christian Co-operative Credit Union Ltd, the first member-owned financial institution founded by the missionaries of the Congregation of the Holy Cross. The financial institution provides loans to thousands of Christians in the South Asian nation. Protestants have followed its example.
07/06/2015ASIA – GREECE Asian stock markets fall after Greek No vote and Shanghai’s share plunge The Greek referendum hits Asia-Pacific financial markets. The greatest looser is mainland China where shares have been steadily declining for weeks. In view of the situation, Japan is ready to do its part. In Seoul, blue-chip shares drop by 2.5 per cent. Wall Street’s holiday on Friday for Independence Day adds to the uncertainties.
07/06/2015PAKISTAN ‘Laudato sì’ coming soon in Urdu, with the help of Muslims by Kamran Chaudhry Translation will be the work of the Society of St. Columban for Foreign Missions, in collaboration with the Theological Institute for Laity. For their "ecological" apostolate already active in schools across the country, the missionaries want to increase cooperation with the Islamic world.
07/06/2015VIETNAM - JAPAN Tokyo consolidates relations with Hanoi and cooperation with Mekong nations by Paul N. Hung Japan, Cambodia, Laos, Myanmar, Thailand and Vietnam are launching a three-year plan for sustainable development, environmental protection and strengthening of infrastructure. The Land of the Rising Sun will invest 6.1 billion in development aid. Spotlight also the safety at sea. Tokyo-Hanoi axis gains strength.
07/06/2015HONG KONG - CHINA Hong Kong, Occupy movement "will not be punished by national security" The Territory’s former "Minister of Justice", now head of Basic Law Committee for the National People’s Congress, said that the democratic movement does not threaten the internal security of the Chinese mainland and therefore does not fall within the parameters of the new, repressive law passed by Beijing. Also exempt those who march to demand the end of communist rule: "Just people chanting slogans".
07/06/2015THAILAND For Chiang Mai bishop, young people are the key to evangelisation in Thailand The country’s northernmost diocese is very promising in terms of conversions, especially among tribals seeking a better life. Housed in several Church-run facilities, thousands of young people are helped in their studies. Evangelisation includes fighting the scourge of drugs and consumerism.
07/06/2015INDONESIA Purwokerto: over 700 young people at diocesan youth day by Mathias Hariyadi Boys and girls from 24 parishes take part. Pdyd director Fr. Prasetyo describes it as a "great opportunity" to "motivate" the young people to be "agents of love and compassion." A solemn Mass celebrated by the bishop closed the four days. The next edition scheduled in 2018.
07/06/2015HONG KONG - VATICAN Card. Tong: "Laudato sì" moves us to speak less and do more for the environment The bishop of Hong Kong says the Papal encyclical is an invitation to be part of the solution, and not only of the problem of the care of creation. The local Church has created an ad hoc committee with the task of identifying the most pressing environmental problems and proposing solutions.
07/06/2015INDIA Orissa, a Pentecostal pastor in prison on false charges of forced conversions by Nirmala Carvalho Charged by radical Hindus. In a year and a half he would have "attracted " 300 tribal Munda to Christianity. Global Council of Indian Christians (GCIC): "The rhetoric of forced conversions to incite crimes against Christians." In 1999, Graham Staines and his two sons were killed in the same district.
07/05/2015ECUADOR – VATICAN In Ecuador, pope says that the Gospel holds the key to solving current challenges, excluding no one Francis began his pastoral visit to Latin America in Quito. After Ecuador, he will travel to Bolivia and Paraguay. At the airport, Ecuadorian President Correa, the country’s bishops and a group of faithful met him. “I thank God for having allowed me to return to Latin America [. . .] the point closest to outer space” is in Ecuador. “No one, save Jesus Christ, possesses his or her own light”. If the Church turns away from Christ, it no longer bears witness.
07/04/2015IRAN Agreement on Iranian nuclear never been closer Iranian Foreign Minister Javad Zarif posts message online saying agreement is close, opening new ways to address common challenges such as extremism in the Middle East.
07/04/2015TIBET Tibetans around the world mark the Dalai Lama’s 80th birthday The Buddhist leader was born on 6 July, but the event was marked in late June following the traditional calendar. Top officials from Arunachal Pradesh, the Tibetan government in exile and the four traditions of Tibetan Buddhism were present. The Dalai Lama received a statue of the Buddha and a traditional Mandala. “The more you care for the happiness of others,” he said, “the greater your own sense of wellbeing becomes and without a doubt, cultivating this sense will help everyone”.