07/02/2015EGYPT For Catholic Church, the Egyptian people is united in the fight against Jihadist terrorism For Fr Rafic Greiche, “Rather than fear, what dominates is a feeling of anger” over the state prosecutor’s assassination and the Sinai attack. At least 100 people die in the latter. For the spokesman of the Catholic Church, the prosecutor's death was obviously caused by police letting their guard down. For him external forces are trying to bring "instability" to the country. Cairo (AsiaNews) – "Although there are different views and divisions with the government and president Abd al-Fattah al-Sisi, it is time to be united against terrorists, against those who want to provoke violence and bring the war to the Sinai...
07/02/2015VATICAN Tourism offers "a billion opportunities" for sustainable development on Earth In its message for World Tourism Day, the Pontifical Council for the Pastoral Care of Migrants and Itinerant Peoples notes that growth in this sector represents “a challenge to all the sectors involved in this global phenomenon: tourists, businesses, governments and local communities and, of course, the Church too. The billion tourists should necessarily be considered above all in their billion opportunities.”
07/02/2015CHINA Beijing, the new National Security Act gives enormous powers to the army China wants to exploit its resources "in the seas, in space and in the polar regions." The White Paper on the Ministry of Defence provides a change in strategy of the Chinese Navy, from "defense on the high seas" to "offshore protection ". Closer scrutiny of key areas such as internet, foreign investment and information systems.
07/02/2015IRAN Iranian nuclear programme: IAEA chief in Tehran as diplomats continue to talk Yukiya Amano is set to meet Iranian President Rouhani. An IAEA report says that Iran has made a fundamental commitment, reducing its nuclear material stocks. In addition to the issue of IAEA inspections, major disagreements persist on how quickly the West will drop sanctions and on what types of research and development Iran can undertake in advanced nuclear technology.
07/02/2015PAKISTAN Lahore: Christian NGO helping Gypsy women entrepreneurs by Kamran Chaudhry The AIDS Awareness Society announces an empowerment programme for Gypsy women. It will involve at least 500 craftswomen and artisans, enabling them to improve their skills and marketing capabilities. Supporters also set up a centre for the display and sale of their products.
07/02/2015CAMBODIA Phnom Penh, textile workers faint on mass raising doubts over safety standards At least 200 workers had to seek medical attention in the last few days. In one case, the episodes of fainting are associated with the consumption of rotten food; but the poor working conditions and the use of hazardous chemical solvents adds to the problem. Union: mass fainting of great concern.
07/02/2015JAPAN-CHINA Diaoyu-Senkaku: Tokyo doubles ships around disputed islands Six new Japanese coast guard vessels have reached the islands. Last week, two ships of the Chinese coast guards arrived in the area claiming it as "inherent territory of China." Economic relations and nationalism of both countries.
07/01/2015Hong Kong – China Hong Kong Catholics join march to demand genuine universal suffrage by Victoria Ma Before the rally, Catholics and Protestants held a prayer service in Victoria Park. For Cardinal Zen, political reform was rejected by pan-democrats’ votes, which safeguarded the dignity of the people, but did not advance the cause of true suffrage.
07/01/2015BANGLADESH Mgr Rozario tells Bangladesh’s Catholic physicians to care for patients’ spiritual needs by Sumon Corraya Each year, the Catholic Church organises training workshops for health workers. Catholic clinics have high professional standards but cannot meet the demand for their services. For the bishop of Rajshahi, "Physicians must be honest." The country has some 70 Catholic health facilities, a hundred physicians and a thousand nurses.
07/01/2015INDIA Raipur archbishop: Catholic schools on strike to protest nun’s rape by Nirmala Carvalho Mgr Victor Henry Thakur led today’s demonstration, which involved 30 Christian and some private schools in the state of Chhattisgarh. “Ours is a symbolic shutdown and protest to express our anguish and pain at what happened,” the prelate said.
07/01/2015CHINA Beijing, a new law on national security to "protect" sovereignty The law was adopted almost unanimously. It envisages a strengthening of the power of the central government on sensitive issues such as information and internet. Analysts report a possible tightening of the control of the Communist Party. The new rule officially does not apply directly to Hong Kong and Macau.