04/27/2015INDIA – NEPAL Card Gracias feels personal sorrow over Nepal quake, now it is time for prayers and aid by Card. Oswald Gracias Through AsiaNews, the archbishop of Mumbai reaches out to earthquake victims. "I was in Nepal and I saw in person many of the devastated areas [. . .]. I share the victims’ suffering, that of their families”. Mumbai (AsiaNews) – The Church in India has expressed its solidarity and closeness to the people affected by the earthquake. We pray for its victims in Nepal and parts of Bihar, Uttar Pradesh...
04/27/2015NORTH KOREA Pyongyang handing out extra food to families separated by the war Rice, eggs and liqueurs are among food items (along with propaganda badges), the government has handed out to North Koreans with relatives in South Korea. The regime wants to make them look healthier in view of possible family reunions, perhaps for the 70th anniversary of Korea’s independence from Japan.
04/27/2015NEPAL – ASIA Nepal earthquake: Church and international community coming to the aid of survivors The Italian Bishops’ Conference has pledged € 3 million in emergency medical assistance. The South Korean Church has allocated funds for the displaced. India, Pakistan and China are already on the ground. A Chinese airline has hiked ticket fares to evacuate its nationals. Israel is selective in its help, airlifting 25 children of surrogate mothers and gay couples.
04/27/2015VATICAN Card. Dziwsz: John Paul II, the Pope of young people, a man of prayer, contemplation and action The Archbishop of Krakow, historical secretary of Pope John Paul II, recalls the saint in Mass celebrated in St. Peter's Basilica to mark one year since canonization of the Polish Pope. He was the "Pope of Divine Mercy,", he said, something that binds him strongly to Pope Francis. For both the reality of divine and human mercy should be placed at the center of the life of the Church today".
04/27/2015MALAYSIA –ASEAN – CHINA A divided ASEAN takes a soft line against Beijing over South China Sea Filipino President Aquino slams China’s imperialist tendencies at sea, which he deems a “threat to the security and stability of the region”. Summit host Malaysian Prime Minister Razak soft-pedals the issue to avoid direct conflicts. Meanwhile, the association is working on a code of conduct whilst maintaining a non-confrontational approach to dispute resolution.
04/27/2015FRANCE – LEBANON – MIDDLE EAST For Maronite Patriarch, without Christians moderate Muslims will also disappear from the Middle East by Fady Noun Card Bechara al Rahi pleads with those waiting for the dawn of peace in “the dead of night”. He points the finger at the international community for being "slow" in stopping the "death and destruction" caused by "killers without faith." Peace between Israel and Palestine is a precondition for the preservation of the Christian presence. He inaugurated the new headquarters of the Maronite diocese of France.
04/27/2015TAIWAN Sister Marianeldis’ "three missions", 50 years in the service of Taiwan’s poor by Xin Yage The nun is from Silesia and has known the hunger and suffering of war. Her calling to religious life, from the example of an aunt who was a nun, a vocation that over time has turned into different, always stimulating paths. Today, retired, she helps people with HIV and those who have contracted HIV: "For all the gifts I have received I always thank the Lord."
04/27/2015KAZAKHSTAN Nazarbayev re-elected president with 97.7% of the votes by Nina Achmatova The Kazakh leader wins a new mandate and promises stability and prosperity. But he faces the challenge of an economy slowing under the weight of the drop in oil prices and the scenario of a succession crisis.
04/27/2015NEPAL Earthquake in Nepal: more than 3,500 dead. Caritas on frontline in rescue by Christopher Sharma The toll is of tens of thousands of displaced and at least 20 thousand completely destroyed buildings. Catholic schools open to provide shelter to survivors. Rains hamper rescue operations. "Incalculable" the economic damage to the tourism sector, the primary source of income for the country.
04/27/2015INDONESIA - HONG KONG From Jakarta to Hong Kong, activists seek pardon for Filippino on death row by Mathias Hariyadi Yesterday afternoon there was a rally in the Indonesian capital to ask president Jokowi to spare the life of a young innocent woman. Human rights groups and feminists have promoted similar demonstrations in Hong Kong. Her defense team files a last desperate appeal. The execution scheduled for tomorrow April 28th.
04/26/2015VATICAN Pope prays for Nepal quake victims, hopes they receive "fraternal solidarity" A good shepherd is like Christ, someone who “is a guide, who participates in the life of His flock. He pursues no other interests, for He has no other ambition but to lead, nurture and protect his sheep. All of this comes at the highest price, that of the sacrifice of His own life.” When the pope met the crowd at the window of his study, two new priests stood by his side.