09/03/2015ASIA – EUROPEAN UNION Aylan’s death and that of the Middle East by Bernardo Cervellera The death of a child from a sinking boat off the Turkish coast has moved the whole world, but lest we forget, thousands more have already died in Syria’s war. The refugee problem must be addressed but so do the causes that have led to this tragedy, namely Mideast wars, funding the Islamic State group, and proxies acting on behalf of regional and world powers. ROME (AsiaNews) – Like others, we too mourn the death of the three-year-old boy who drown with his younger brother during an attempt to cross from Turkey into Greece, his body stranded on a beach in Bodrum, where other people normally play, swim and...
09/03/2015HONG KONG - ASIA Liver transplant highlights organ donation Hong Kong homemaker gave two-thirds of her liver to husband. Organ donation is rare in East Asia and in a recent case, the family of a dead patient refused to donate his organs. The Catholic Church has led the way in promoting the practice in South Korea where donations are rising thanks to the example of the late Cardinal Kim.
09/03/2015CHINA Beijing parade as a display of Xi Jinping’s power The impressive military exercise shows off China’s power but also and especially that of Xi Jinping who is president, party secretary and head of the Central Military Commission. In a sign of praise and in a renewed show of political unity, all of his predecessors are present. Some foreign heads of state and government attend the event as well. Despite purges and cuts (300,000 troops) to the military, the People’s Liberation Army Liberation remains loyal and ready to protect the peace.
09/03/2015INDIA Karnataka faces worst drought in 40 years. Catholic Church launches aid by Nirmala Carvalho Serious damage to crops due to lack of monsoon rains. Poor farmers migrate to towns. Chief Minister of the State prohibits furloughs for employees and requests the Administration to provide jobs. Msgr. D'Souza: "Catholic Dalits are those who suffer most."
09/03/2015VATICAN Pope: Wonder of encountering Jesus opens hearts, calculations close them At Mass in Santa Marta Francis speaks of the Gospel of the miraculous catch and invites participants to recognize themselves as sinners "not in theory, in practice" and to recognize the Savior. The Lord "forgives even those who deny him, if they have the grace of this double confession: You are God, I am a sinner."
09/03/2015INDONESIA West Java, Franciscan missionary translates "Laudato Sì" into Indonesian by Mathias Hariyadi Fr. Martin Harun, of Dutch origin, wanted to translate the document "to express gratitude to God" and "respect" for the Pope. The text, welcomed "with enthusiasm" by the faithful, is available on the Indonesian Bishops' Conference website. As a basic text he used the French, comparing it to the Italian and German version.
09/03/2015YEMEN Sanaa: Islamic State attacks Houthi mosques, 28 dead and dozens wounded The jihadist group has claimed responsibility for the double attack on the place of worship of the minority Shiite. First a suicide bomber, then a car bomb resulting in the slaughter of civilians. Fifth mosque attack in two months in the Yemeni capital. In recent days two International Red Cross workers killed.
09/02/2015INDIA Thousands of Odisha pogrom survivors accuse the BJP of protecting religious terrorism The Kandhamal Nyaya Shanti Samaj O Sadbhabana, an association that represents survivors, organised a rally to demand justice for the 2008 pogrom victims. In a letter to the president of India, the group describes the compensation given to survivors as puny. Communist leader says the ruling BJP does not represent the Hindu majority.
09/02/2015VIETNAM For Xuan Loc coadjutor, the future theological institute is a milestone in Vietnamese Church’s growth For Mgr Joseph Dinh Duc Dao, president of the Episcopal Commission for Education, the establishment of a Catholic university confirms the vitality of Vietnam’s Church, providing a venue for theological research and dialogue with other religions and the government. For the bishop, it will also allow Vietnamese Catholics to follow Pope Francis and bring the “joy of faith” to the edges of society.
09/02/2015CHINA – HONG KONG China and the Cross, a history of miracles that conquer demolitions The symbol of the Christian religion appeared in the sky over China many times in past centuries. Official documents held at the Roman College contain the stories of those who saw the bright cross. Given these facts, even if the government takes down the crosses, what prevents them from reappearing?
09/02/2015CHINA Xi Jinping’s military shows off muscles to hide economic troubles The parade in central Beijing will include some 12,000 troops, 200 fighter jets and new weapons systems. Putin, Park Geun-hye and Ban Ki-moon will be present; Western leaders will not. President Xi is expected to make a major announcement concerning the military. Monkeys, falcons and dogs have been deployed to scare birds from the planes’ flight path.
09/02/2015BANGLADESH Muslims, Hindus and Christians pay homage to Catholic doctor Edric Baker by Sumon Corraya The New Zealand native died yesterday at the age of 74. In Bangladesh, he founded the Kaliakuri Health Care Project in Tangail District. During his 35 years of service, he took care of the country’s poor. For the bishop of Mymensingh, "he was an example of how we can sincerely take to heart caring for people.” A documentary by a producer working for state television raised his profile, and led the government to grant him Bangladeshi citizenship.