11/25/2015VATICAN - KENYA Pope in Kenya: fear, mistrust and despair feed violence and terrorism Speaking to the country’s political, economic and cultural leaders, Francis spoke of building democracy and protecting creation. “We have a responsibility to pass on the beauty of nature in its integrity to future generations,” and “invest in them” as well as “show genuine concern for the needs of the poor”. Nairobi (AsiaNews) – Pope Francis addressed the President of Kenya Uhuru Kenyatta and other dignitaries during the welcome ceremony this afternoon at the State House in Nairobi.
"Experience shows,” the pontiff said, “that violence, conflict and terrorism feed on fear, mistrust, and the despair born of...
11/25/2015JAPAN From tsunami to winemaking, Fukushima starts over The Fukushima Ouse Winery began operations on 27 October some 70 kilometres from the area devastated by the 2011 tsunami. Local farmers will provide the grapes. For one farmer, it will “show people how Fukushima has recovered”.
11/25/2015THAILAND Between tradition and modernity, the Church’s mission among Thailand’s Paganyaw by Weena Kowitwanij The Missionaries of the Sacred Hearts of Jesus and Mary play a leading role in pastoral care. Through their facilities, they provide a home where new relationships can develop. Moving to a large city can often be traumatic. To cope with it, the missionaries have developed targeted programmes, including rules that provide “discipline and security”.
11/25/2015BANGLADESH Bangladeshi inter-faith forum leader attacked Alok Sen is the secretary of the Hindu-Buddhist-Christian Unity Parishad, a forum that brings together Hindus, Buddhists and Christians. He was attacked as he left home. The reasons for this remain unknown but some fear it might be in retaliation to the hanging of two opposition political leaders.
11/25/2015INDIA "Mother Teresa" award to the widow of Pastor Graham Staines by Nirmala Carvalho Mrs. Gladys Staines has worked for years in favor of lepers in Orissa. She transformed her home into a specialized hospital. She also founded a hostel and school for children. The Harmony Foundation, part of the legacy of Mother Teresa rewards "people who encourage the values of peace, tolerance and social justice."
11/25/2015MYANMAR More violence in Kachin: Burmese army kidnaps and tortures two civilians by Francis Khoo Thwe The two men arrested on suspicion of links with the Kia rebel militias. Left in the hands of the soldiers , who brutally mistreated them. Hospitals refused to treat them and now under intelligence surveillance. The victory of the Democrats to the polls is not enough to pacify the conflict zones in areas where minorities live.
11/25/2015PAKISTAN Karachi, masked men set Christian television station on fire by Jibran Khan Arson attack occurred at 2.30am local time. Gawahi TV was born three years ago from donations of Catholics and Protestants to "spread the Gospel of Jesus Christ to people of all faiths." The station was destroyed by the flames. The broadcaster had received threats but the authorities had denied any security measures.
11/25/2015CHINA Xinjiang government claims some Party members support Uyghur terrorists Charge laid by Xu Hairong, regional anti-corruption chief, certain that some high ranking members "promote violent terrorist attacks" in the region with special status, to maintain economic benefits. "Some Party officials do not believe in Marxism but in ghosts." Over the last two months clashes have increased between Beijing and the Muslim minority. Police killed more than 40 "terrorists" in one week.
11/25/2015NEPAL 54 foreign couples leave Nepal with surrogate children by Christopher Sharma Surrogacy was legalized in September 2014, but without an effective regulation. In September 2015, the Supreme Court banned the practice of renting wombs. Nepal had become a hub of "reproductive tourism", like India and Thailand. Immigration Department director: "Only parents who have already paid for their children, can return home."
11/25/2015SYRIA Islamic State frees 10 Assyrian Christian from Hassaké community They belong to a group of over 200 faithful abducted last February in the northeast of Syria. Five women among the released hostages. Their release came after "lengthy negotiations" conducted by the Eastern Assyrian Church. An estimated 140 people still in the hands of the militia.
11/24/2015SRI LANKA Sri Lankan Christians organise food and clothing fair to help needy seniors by Melani Manel Perera The Ceylon Bible Society organised the charity event in Moratuwa. This is its 13th edition. Elderly former seamstresses provided hand-made clothing and cooks brought homemade food. For the Bible Society’s secretary general, seniors “are a huge resource for young people who can learn a lot from them”.
11/24/2015VIETNAM Church marks the anniversary of the 117 Vietnamese martyrs by Paul N. Hung Today is the anniversary of Saint Anrê (Andrew) Trần An Dũng Lạc and his 116 fellow martyrs, killed in the 19th century. Saint John Paul II canonised them in 1988. For Vicar in Ho Chi Minh City, they are an example to follow. “Through love, we can eliminate violence.” A group of Catholics visit the shrine built on the site where Saint Mátthêu (Matthew) Lê Văn Gẫm was beheaded in 1847 for carrying bishops and priests on his ship.