11/21/2014MYANMAR Fr Robert, a PIME missionary who went from Myanmar to a Papua New Guinea mission "on water" Fr Robert talks about his story, illustrating the maturing of the Church of Myanmar, which this year marks the 500th anniversary of its first evangelisation. The faith brought by the missionaries is now offered across geographic boundaries and cultures. Loikaw
(AsiaNews) - Fr Robert Moe, an ethnic Kaya seminarian from the mountains of Myanmar,
a country where Christians are 1 per cent of the population, discovered his
vocation and became a PIME missionary, now on an island in predominantly
Christian Papua New Guinea, which is still in need of rediscovering the Gospel.
of the 35-year-old priest reflects the fate of the Church in Myanmar, which is marking
11/21/2014ISRAEL - PALESTINE Jerusalem: calm returns to the Esplanade of the Mosques Israeli police drops age limit on men visiting the holy place. For now, things are under control. A spate of attacks shake but do not break the calm. PM Netanyahu attacks mayor of Ashkelon for banning Arab workers from his town.
11/21/2014CHINA - VATICAN For Global Times, Beijing open on Vatican choosing bishops, closed on Patriotic Association by Bernardo Cervellera Anonymous sources suggest Beijing could propose two names with the Vatican choosing one. Even Pope Benedict XVI called for an agreement with the government on episcopal appointments. The CCPA is however considered an important, untouchable "historic legacy". It is also a one of China's most Maoist and corrupt agencies involved in business dealings worth billions, spared so far, from Xi Jinping's anti-graft campaign.
11/21/2014VATICAN Pope: the migrant, "a reminder of the need to eradicate inequality, injustice and abuses" Migration "remains an aspiration to hope… to seek a better future wherever that may be". Those who leave their country should not be seen as a problem, but a person who contributes to the economic development and a possible "partner in the construction of richer communities", "stimulating the development of inclusion, creativity and respect for the dignity of all".
11/21/2014INDIA India, an open pit latrine that continues to kill thousands of children each year In a world of some seven billion people, about 60 per cent of its residents without toilets live in India. Poor sanitation and hygiene as well as water pollution cause acute, often fatal diarrhoea and cholera. The government's Clean India campaign promises to solve the emergency, but ordinary Indians remains sceptical.
11/21/2014MYANMAR - VATICAN Archbishop of Yangon: Myanmar's Jubilee Church, rebuilding the nation by Francis Khoo Thwe From November 21 to 23 in the final stage of celebrations for the 500th anniversary of the Catholic presence in Myanmar will be held. A reality that has taken 500 years, born and nurtured by missionary institutes. From the "sacrifices” in order to proclaim the Gospel gushed "seed" of faith. The prelate calls for a renewal, "according to the guidelines laid down by Pope Francis."
11/21/2014MYANMAR - VATICAN Church in Myanmar, five centuries of missionary history (a profile) The first proclamation of the Gospel in Burma dates back to the sixteenth century, thanks to the work of the Dominicans, Franciscans and Jesuits. Of particular value the work of the PIME in remote areas, including among the tribals, who they help to discover building with bricks, writing and sanitation. Catholicism is stronger than the persecution of the military regime.
11/21/2014KOREA Korean unification could cost "$ 500 billion" Without "reliable data on North Korea's financial and economic situations," unification could create a shock as big as the collapse of Lehman Brothers, South Korea's Financial Services Commission chief says. However, for South Korea, unification could be an economic "bonanza" as it combines its capital and technology with the North's labour and natural resources. The Catholic Church fears instead that North Korean workers might become "modern slaves, underpaid and marginalised".
11/21/2014VATICAN Pope: churches must never become businesses Redemption is free " when the Church or churches start doing business, then it is said that salvation is not so free ...". "There are two things that the people of God cannot forgive: a priest attached to money and a priest who mistreats people. This they cannot forgive!"
11/21/2014PHILIPPINES Philippines, still no justice for the victims of "the worst political massacre" ever Five years after the massacre, ordered by the Ampatuan clan to eliminate the rival Mangudadatu family, no has been charged. 58 people died in the attack, including dozens of journalists following the election campaign. Real risk of a court battle to the bitter end, that could end in a stalemate. Even Card. Tagle condemns corruption "born in the family."
11/20/2014VATICAN Pope at FAO: food is not a commodity subject to speculation, the hungry "ask for dignity, not for charity" The "challenge" of solidarity and the "paradox of plenty": "there is food for everyone, but not everyone can eat". "The the struggle against hunger and malnutrition is hindered by “market priorities”, and the “primacy of profit”. The "moral obligation to share the economic wealth of the world." "A source of inspiration is natural law, inscribed in the human heart, that speaks a language that everyone can understand: love, justice, peace, elements that are inseparable from each other"
11/20/2014CHINA Occupy Central supporters arrested in mainland China The Chinese government detained almost a hundred activists and citizens last month for expressing support for Hong Kong's democratic struggle. Now it is putting them on trial for "creating a disturbance" or "inciting subversion of state power". The "guilty" face up to five years in prison.