07/27/2014VATICAN "Stop! I am asking you with all my heart. Stop!" says pope as he speaks out on the Middle East, Iraq and Ukraine He mentions children, victims of war, "from whom we take away the hope for a decent life," urging the parties to address "every diatribe with the tenacity of dialogue and negotiation and the power of reconciliation". As tomorrow marks 100 years since the outbreak of the First World War, "a day of mourning," we should learn the lessons of history. The Gospel makes us know the true Jesus, the living Jesus, who speaks to the heart and is a life changer as he was for Saint Francis of Assisi. "The joy of finding the treasure of the Kingdom of God comes through, can be seen. Christians cannot hide their faith." Vatican City (AsiaNews)
- "Stop! I am asking you
with all my heart. Stop!" said Pope Francis
in a plea addressed "to the peoples and authorities" involved in three
crises that presently occupy his "thoughts":
namely the Middle East, Iraq, and
Putting aside his prepared text, the
Holy Father addressed the pilgrims in
07/26/2014CHINA American Benedictine nuns help women's religious congregations in Jiangsu and Beijing The need to assimilate the teachings of the Second Vatican Council on Consecrated Life is moving many congregations around the world to help religious communities in China. This includes courses in spirituality and Bible reading in Jiangsu, as well as assistance in drafting the first charters of the Congregation of the Sisters of St Joseph in Beijing, which was founded in 1872.
07/26/2014INDONESIA Indonesian Church welcomes Jokowi's election "with joy and hope" by Mathias Hariyadi "Widodo is the right man to change our country," the president of the Bishops' Conference tells AsiaNews. He has high hopes that the new president "will remain the man we all know," someone who "understands the difficulties of ordinary people [. . .] particularly those living on the margins of society." In economic circles, there are great expectations that he "will boost the country's development".
07/26/2014INDIA In Madhya Pradesh: nationalists shout victory for Rama after Catholic school wall demolished by Nirmala Carvalho For the principal at Holy Spirit School in Khandwa, tearing down the wall was an illegal act, done by the authorities "under pressures from Hindu nationalist forces". Because of the demolition, torrential rains flooded the school compound. The wall is at the centre of a legal dispute with the nearby Vatsala Vihar Housing Colony. So far, the courts have backed the school.
07/26/2014ISRAEL - PALESTINE Gaza: Israel and Hamas agree to a 12-hour humanitarian truce Israel troops will continue to "locate and neutralise" Hamas tunnels and vows to respond to any attack. The international community continues to negotiate to achieve a seven-day ceasefire. Rescue team get to work in Gaza to treat the wounded, restore electricity and provide water supplies.
07/25/2014MYANMAR For Yangon archbishop, Myanmar's ethnic groups are part of a single family Mgr Charles Bo makes the point in his message for the feast day of St Anne and St Joachim. The prelate notes that ancestor worship is an integral part of the oriental culture. For this reason, there is an "urgent need to unify in one Myanmar family ", leaving aside hatred because "blood and tears" have no religion.
07/25/2014ASIA Air disasters: 2014 could beat 2005 in terms of fatalities So far this year, 680 people have died, higher than 12-month totals for the past three years. With 916 deaths, 2005 was the worst year. IATA points out that about 100,000 flights take place every day without incident with passenger trips on airlines exceeding three billion last year.
07/25/2014INDONESIA Jakarta: new president thanks bishops for encouraging Catholics to vote by Mathias Hariyadi Joko Widodo pays a courtesy call to the Indonesian Bishops' Conference, where he met with its president, Archbishop of Jakarta Mgr Suharyo. Padang bishop tells AsiaNews that his election is "a blessing" that brings a "new national spirit", "unity of the people" and "social ethics" to the country.
07/25/2014INDIA Jharkhand, a journey among children crippled by uranium contamination For years, environmental groups have denounced the living conditions of the inhabitants of the villages around Jaduguda, India’s first uranium mine. The majority of children suffer from severe physical deformities, which often lead to their death. Activisits denounce the dumping of toxic waste products. The president of the company that operates the mine claims the children "were brought here on purpose."
07/25/2014ISRAEL - PALESTINE As efforts to stop the war in Gaza intensify, death toll tops 800 Israel and Hamas are vetting a proposal US Secretary of State John Kerry for a temporary ceasefire, during which the parties meet to seek a wider agreement with Egypt's mediation. Yesterday, Israel hit a UN hospital in Gaza, killing at least 15 civilians.