08/31/2015INDIA Card. Toppo: Learning to take care of the earth and its inhabitants from India’s tribals by Nirmala Carvalho The Archbishop of Ranchi, speaks to AsiaNews ahead of the World Day of Prayer for the care of creation (1 September). The nation is home to "more than one million tribal Catholic, and in our culture we respect nature and will celebrate its gifts." Today "to be true witnesses of Christ, we must respond to the ecological crisis through a deep spiritual conversion." Mumbai (AsiaNews) - "Thanks to the richness that comes from the diversity of tribes, languages and people, India can be the model for the world community. The integral development of the human person created in the image...
08/31/2015CHINA Zhang Kai, a courageous lawyer who defended Zhejiang crosses with law books Arrested on 25 August, Zhang has not been heard ever since. He was the main defence lawyer in the case involving Churches and Christians in the province of Zhejiang. A devout Christian, he was able to get charges against Protestant Churches and clergymen overturned. “Just by going by the book,” he was able to save many churches and open a new path for defending people’s rights and religious freedom in China. What is more, “I have God as my backer,” he said.
08/31/2015TIBET Mother of four dies after setting herself on fire against village demolitions Tashi Kyi also leaves behind her husband and her elderly father. She is the seventh victim since the beginning of 2015. Her nephew: "She was a generous believer and devoted to her family, she lived in good conditions". The woman was protesting against the repressive policies of Beijing. The police have seized her body. International Film Festival in Dharamsala, India, screens documentary film about self-immolations of Tibetan dissidents.
08/31/2015PALESTINE-ISRAEL Msgr. Michel Sabbah among demonstrators assaulted by Israeli army in Beit Jala by Joshua Lapide The Patriarch Emeritus of Jerusalem had joined hundreds of Palestinians demanding a stop to the construction of the wall near Bethlehem. Fears over new illegal settlements of Jewish settlers. "This land belongs to us ... and one day will be returned to us” ." You are stronger with your guns, but you are not the strongest when it comes to humanity."
08/30/2015VATICAN For pope, the blessed martyr Flavianus Michael Malke can bring “consolation” to persecuted Mideast Christians During the Angelus, Pope Francis mentioned yesterday’s beatification in Harissa (Lebanon) of the bishop killed during the Armenian-Syriac Genocide (1915), appealing to the international community to "do something" to end violence and abuses against religious freedom. He also urged the faithful to pray for the migrants who died trying to reach Europe, with a minute of silence observed for the 71 victims who suffocated to death in a lorry on their way to Vienna. “With external attitudes, one cannot call oneself a Christian unless one changes one’s heart,” he said. “The border between good and evil does not run outside of us but within us, in our consciousness."
08/29/2015IRAN - CHINA Tehran and Beijing to develop closer ties, work on Arak nuclear reactor project China will play a leading role in redesigning the Arak heavy-water reactor to reduce its plutonium output from 10 kg to less than 1kg. It might also help Iran build two small, 100 megawatts nuclear reactors. China, Iran and the US are set to meet in mid-September at the International Atomic Energy Agency's general conference.
08/29/2015IRAQ Baghdad patriarch calls for a government of "national emergency" to save Iraq by Joseph Mahmoud In a letter to Iraq’s highest authorities, Mar Sako calls for a government that represents all of the country’s components. He notes that reforms currently discussed should be wisely vetted before they are approved. Politicians should possess “high integrity and professionalism”. Ethnic and sectarian militias should be incorporated into the regular police and armed forces.
08/28/2015KYRGYZSTAN - CHINA Chinese-funded project gives Kyrgyzstan its first independent power transmission line Construction on the Datka-Kemin power transmission line began at the Kemin substation in 2012. A Chinese company built the US$ 390 million project. Before, Kyrgyzstan relied on other countries for energy, now it “will not only meet the needs of the country, but it will also export electricity,” the president said.
08/28/2015SYRIA – EUROPEAN UNION Migrants found suffocated to death in a lorry in Austria were from Syria A girl aged between one and two years old was among the victims. Four people – three Bulgarians and an Afghan – have been arrested in connection with the case. Most of those fleeing to Europe are from Syria and Afghanistan. Two boats with 500 people sink off the coast of Libya.