07/27/2015RUSSIA For Patriarch Kirill, the Church can help the state fight corruption by Nina Achmatova The Patriarchate and the Accounts Chamber of the Russian Federation signed an agreement that formalises cooperation between Church and State. According to the Orthodox primate, society’s woes stem from the destruction of values and the economic collapse that occurred in the 1990s. Corruption costs the state more than US$ 600 million. Moscow (AsiaNews) – The church can help the state fight corruption more effectively since it educates people in the spirit of evangelical values and the highest moral requirements, Patriarch of Moscow and all-Rus Kirill said at the signing ceremony of an agreement on cooperation between the Russian Orthodox Church and Russia’s Accounts Chamber, which...
07/27/2015JAPAN Battle over peace “reopens old wounds that never healed” Fr Domenico Vitali, a Jesuit, has been in Japan for more than half a century. He spoke to AsiaNews about Japan’s ongoing debate over constitutional reform. For him,” It is not about being in favour or against war, but about arguments heard before the Second World War” based on nationalist rhetoric and honour. Even within the Church, “various groups have split to take different positions”.
07/27/2015TURKEY – SYRIA – IRAQ Ankara changing strategy vis-à-vis the Islamic state and the Kurds at NATO meeting by Sami Osman Tomorrow’ "emergency meeting" is set for Ankara with all NATO representatives. Yesterday Turkish jets carried out air strikes against PKK bases north of Dohuk and Arbil in Iraqi Kurdistan. Turkey wants to ensure that no autonomous Kurdish region emerges in Syria. Clashes occur in Istanbul and Diyarbakir.
07/27/2015INDIA Karnataka: thousands of pupils join Pope Francis’ ‘Green crusade" by Nirmala Carvalho More than 6,000 boys and girls took part in the ‘Clean and green Ballari’ as a practical response to the Laudato Si’ encyclical. The initiative is a joint effort by local Catholic schools and state officials. For the local bishop, “Teaching ecology must become an integral part of formal education.”
07/27/2015NEPAL Four arrests in a case involving a 10-year-old child killed in a witchcraft sacrifice by Christopher Sharma The child’s name was Jeevan Kohar. He was playing near home and was tricked into following his murderers with a box of biscuits and the equivalent of 50 cents. His body was offered in sacrifice to Hindu gods in order to cure an 18-year-old man. The latter’s father said he feels guilty for his action. Lawyers staged a protest in front of parliament against Hindu superstitious practices, which are used to justify the murder of innocent people.
07/27/2015ISRAEL – PALESTINE After yesterday's clashes in Jerusalem, Palestinian dies today trying to escape arrest The young man, 18, was wounded in the leg, and fell as he tried to leap from one roof to another. Yesterday's clashes were caused by an attempt by ultra-Orthodox Jews to commemorate Tisha B'av, a day of remembrance for the destruction of both the First and Second Temples in Jerusalem, on the Esplanade of the Mosques, where, according to Jewish tradition the temples once stood.
07/26/2015 VATICAN-SYRIA Pope: urgent appeal for the release of Fr. Dall'Oglio, kidnapped two years ago in Syria At the Angelus, Pope Francis recalls the Jesuit priest, the two Orthodox bishops and all those who have been kidnapped, calling on all present to join him in the recitation of a Hail Mary. Joined by the presence of two young people, he opens registration for WYD in Krakow and registers himself as teh first pilgrim online with a tablet. Commenting on today's Gospel: "Who among us does not have his" five loaves and two fish "? If we are willing to put them in the hands of the Lord, they will be a bit more love in the world to go around".