09/19/2014IRAQ Mosul, the Islamic State "bans Christians from school" Archbishop Nona tells AsiaNews, an entire "generation is in danger of not being educated". The schools turned into shelters, cannot accommodate lessons. The Church is racing against the clock to find housing, but only a fraction of the institutions will be able to resume activities. In the city and Nineveh plain population is increasingly hostile to the Islamist militias, 98% want "their expulsion." Ankawa (AsiaNews) - For the first time in history, Iraqi
Christians who always had a "high standard of education" in the region, are
being deprived of the right to study and cannot attend schools. This...
09/19/2014PHILIPPINES Over 50 thousand flee flooding in Manila, schools and offices closed The heavy rains caused by tropical storm Fung-Wong have paralyzed the capital. 268 mm of rain, 76% of the monthly average fell in a few hours. More rain predicted. 21 domestic flights canceled, some international routes diverted. So far, no deaths or injuries.
09/18/2014CHINA - VATICAN Chinese Church: confidence and caution in Pope Francis' invitation to Xi Jinping to meet at the Vatican by Bernardo Cervellera The story first reported by an Argentinian online paper stands out in Catholic websites in China. The pontiff's hand written letter was delivered to close Xi aides. For a priest in northern China, this is a first step that shows great respect for the Chinese president. The second step will be to speak about the problems of the Catholic Church in China. Hong Kong waits for Xi's response before evaluating matters. China and the Vatican see eye to eye on a multi-polar world and the problems of the Middle East. Ping-pong diplomacy is played out for world peace and religious freedom and democracy in China.
09/18/2014INDIA - CHINA Xi Jinping in India to "create a better tomorrow" for Asia and humanity As Indian Prime Minister Narendra Modi welcomed China's president, praising the new bilateral entente, which will enable them to "script history". Long-term trading partners, the two Asian giants want to boot their relationship to make Asia the main player in the third millennium as the end of the US-centred unipolar world comes to an end. Both leaders also represent a major generational shift since they were born after their respective country's foundational moments.
09/18/2014VIETNAM Saigon, government threatens to demolish Catholic churches and Buddhist temples A development plan for an area south of Ho Chi Minh City includes the demolition of places of worship. The Inter-religious Council has launched a petition to stop the project. According to the urban development plan the area is zoned for housing and shopping malls, but not places of worship. A nun: "The government wants to drive us out."
09/18/2014TAIWAN Taipei and food scandals, damages to the tune of 130 million euro by Xin Yage After the investigation into the Guann Chang Co. - guilty of producing oil from expired products - the government runs for cover: investigations, convictions, fines and "more vigorous" inspections to stop a trend that threatens to destroy the domestic food market.
09/18/2014INDONESIA - ISLAM Yogyakarta: Catholic university cancels seminar on homosexuality after Islamist threats by Mathias Hariyadi The Sanata Dharma (Usd) psychology department was to hold a meeting on the theme: "LGBTI: We are different, we are unique and we are One". The local branch of the Islamic Society Forum forced it to be cancelled because it "dishonors Islam." Islamic leader claims "deviant" sexual behavior is a "contagious virus".
09/18/2014INDIA India, Caritas in front line of relief efforts for Kashmir flood victims by Santosh Digal The social arm of the Catholic Church in India has launched a series of initiatives. The president of the Bishops' Conference (CBCI) offers "our prayers and our condolences to those who lost their lives and their property in these devastating floods." About 2,500 villages are still inaccessible.
09/18/2014MYANMAR Archbishop of Yangon: human trafficking, "a hell that shames Myanmar" by Francis Khoo Thwe Msgr. Charles Bo lashes out against this modern form of slavery, particularly widespread in South-East Asia. The Burmese dictatorship created a "nation of the Exodus" and the current government also shows nothing but "indifference". Harsh accusations against China and its one-child policy, the cause of an "abominable" trafficking.