12/18/2013SINGAPORE Clashes in Singapore , the government expels 53 immigrants. 28 others put on trial The episode involves 52 Indian nationals and a worker originally from Bangladesh. Interior Minister promises zero tolerance against those who foment unrest. 28 were remanded in custody and will stand trial, they face up to seven years in prison and flogging. Activists worried about the "arbitrary expulsions". Singapore (AsiaNews / Agencies )
- The Singapore government has decreed expulsion orders for 53 foreign workers
involved in riots that erupted earlier this month and which left about 40 people
was the most serious street protests in the...
12/18/2013INDIA Indian Parliament approves anti-corruption Lokpal bill For local Catholic sources, the bill sends "a strong message to India, where corruption is endemic." This step is important because it is also supported "by the middle classes and young people, a new generation of educated people who want to change things."
12/18/2013MONGOLIA - JAPAN Mongolia 'is likely to become the world's nuclear dustbin' Ryoko Imaoka, associate professor of Mongolian Studies at the University of Osaka, decided to live with the nomads of Mongolia and ask for their help to prepare a document that proves how extensive is radioactive contamination in the Asian nation. Where now are born lambs with two heads and blind camels.
12/18/2013INDONESIA For Indonesian Ulema, Christmas and New Year are "haram" and should not be celebrated by Mathias Hariyadi The leaders of the Islamic movement in Banda Aceh rail against the upcoming holidays, which are typical of "Western and Roman culture." Their nature "does not belong to the spirit of Islam." They also issue warnings to Christians, who must "respect" sharia, and hotels, which must not organise celebrations or balls.
12/18/2013CHINA - US China confirms US warship "near-collision" The incident came amid tensions after China established an air defence identification zone over a swathe of the East China Sea. The two crews were able to communicate and "both vessels manoeuvred to ensure safe passage".
12/17/2013CHINA Chang'e 3 mission: 'Jade Rabbit' sends first pictures/data from lunar surface The high-tech Yutu rover is already vetting lava flows from the moon's Mare Imbrium (Sea of Rains). Its analyses could reveal important geological activity on the earth's natural satellite. After landing on Saturday, the Chinese rover will be the first man-made object in history to study the stratigraphy of the lunar surface, which could lead to the development of the moon's natural resources.
12/17/2013SRI LANKA - VATICAN As they wait for his visit to Asia, Sri Lankans send their birthday wishes to Pope Francis by Melani Manel Perera Sister Deepa Fernando (Sisters of the Holy Family) expresses the affection the people of Sri Lanka have for the Holy Father. According to the nun, the Pope calls for "men and women to enjoy equal and inviolable dignity," urging the clergy to "proclaim the Word in a missionary way, focusing on the essentials, giving priority to the Gospel and its freshness."
12/17/2013NORTH KOREA Pyongyang: the anniversary of the death of his father used to honour the young Kim Two years after the death of the 'dear leader', a huge military parade in front of the Kumsusan Palace (final resting place of Kim Il-sung and Kim Jong-il) shows young Kim Jong-un's total hold on power. The dictator's aunt and wife were absent from the ceremony, reigniting the rumour mill about a new purge.
12/17/2013INDONESIA 'The Walking Apostle': a documentary film to restart the mission among Indonesian Catholics by Mathias Hariyadi The Archdiocese of Semarang produced a documentary on the life of Austrian-born Jesuit Fr Y B Prenthaler, who played a leading role in the evangelisation of Java in the early 1900s. Some 133 Catholics and a 70-member crew took part "with joy and serenity" in the making of the docu-film. For an Indonesian priest, "it was an experience of faith." The film will be broadcast nation-wide.
12/17/2013INDIA India, a missionary among the Mundari tribals to bring the spirit of Advent Fr. Lino Fernandes SFX, a priest from Pilar, administers to the parish of Blessed Mother Teresa Siadih ( Jharkhand ). For Christmas, he visited 10 remote villages of his mission to bring the Gospel to them and celebrate mass. A difficult journey through forests and dirt roads, rewarded "by these people’s thirst for the Word of God and the sacraments".
12/17/2013VATICAN Pope: birthday wishes from employees and four homeless “Family" atmosphere at the Mass celebrated by Francis on his 77th birthday. God "has made history. God chose to become history. He is with us. Has made the journey with us". "But what is the name of God? We are, each of us . He takes His surname from each of us. ‘I am the God of Abraham, Isaac, and Jacob, Pedro, of Marietta , Armony , Marisa , of Simon, of all! ' .
The light that this world offers us, Is an artificial one. It maybe a bright light, brighter than the light of Christ, Bright like festive fireworks, Bright like the flash of a camera. Instead, the light of Christ is meek, It is a calm and peaceful light. It is the light of that first Christmas Eve: Without any pretence. It is this: It offers and gives peace... It is a meek light with the power of meekness; It is a light that speaks to the heart It is also a light that offers the Cross. Pope Francis
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