11/29/2015VATICAN -CAR Pope to Bangui, "I come as a pilgrim of peace, and an apostle of hope" Francis is in Bangui where, this afternoon, he will open the Holy Door of the cathedral. "Unity, dignity, work. Three words full of meaning. " "I would like particularly to draw the attention of everyone, citizens and national leaders, international partners and multinational societies, to their grave responsibility in making use of environmental resources". In a country torn apart by violence, the first visit dedicated to a refugee camp: "We must work and pray and do everything for peace, but peace without love, friendship, tolerance and forgiveness is not possible." Bangui (AsiaNews) - "I come as a pilgrim of peace, and an apostle of hope". This is how Pope Francis greeted the Central African Republic, in a speech centered on the values of " Unity, dignity, labour! Three very significant words, each of which...
11/28/2015VATICAN - UGANDA Pope calls on Ugandan youth to transform hatred into love, war into peace Francis in festive encounter with youth. Faced with a negative experience, "there is always the possibility of opening a horizon, opening it with the power of Jesus." At a charity centre: - "As Christians, we can not just stand idly by" while there are those who are "victims of today's culture of ''the disposable '."Priests are called to be faithful to the tradition of the "witness" of the martyrs of Uganda.
11/28/2015CHINA Beijing denies entry visa to Miss Canada, she denounced the persecution of Falun Gong Anastasia Lin wanted to participate in the final of Miss World in China. She has been stuck at the international airport of Hong Kong, because she "is not welcome". She belongs to the Falun Gong movement, whose members are branded as "heretics" and persecuted by the authorities. "They want to keep me from talking about human rights. I have been excluded from the competition for political reasons".
11/28/2015INDIA Uttar Pradesh:Coca-cola needs to pack up and go According to 18 village councils in Mehdiganj plant is cause of water scarcity. The company draws from local sources water needed for production. Environmentalist: "Coca-Cola is not welcome. It portrays itself internationally as a responsible water user, while in India it consumes a vital resource". In a 2012 study the company denies the allegations.
11/28/2015ISRAEL Galilee: first ordination of a Maronite priest in 100 years by Joan Maria Vernet Mateu, S.D.B.* The celebration took place in Jish, in the Upper Galilee, and was followed by the whole city. Fr. Sandy Habib was ordained by the Bishop of Haifa. A Salesian priest tells AsiaNews about the atmosphere: "It was a celebration for everyone. You could see the presence of the Holy Spirit. " At the end of the function, singing, dancing and a great banquet in the church garden.
11/28/2015VATICAN - UGANDA Pope in Uganda: "worldly pleasures and earthly power do not bring lasting joy and peace" Fidelity to God "does not diminish our concern for this world, as if we looked only to the future life. On the contrary, it provides a purpose to life in this world and helps us reach out to those in need, to cooperate with others for the common good and to build a more just society, "to protect" life, a gift of God, and protect the wonders nature, creation, our common home ".
11/28/2015SINGAPORE Singapore lifts ban on communism, but not on Jehovah's Witnesses The government has lifted ban on 240 books, including "The Long March" and erotic novels of the '700, a legacy of British colonialism. Books referring to the sect still banned in the city-state. The Constitution guarantees religious freedom, but the state carefully monitors the practice of worship.
11/27/2015VATICAN - UGANDA Pope in Uganda: "The Martyrs, both Catholic and Anglican, are true national heroes" Bearing witness to the faith was at the heart of Franc’s first two meetings in Uganda. The pontiff stressed the exemplary hospitality that Uganda has for the refugees at a time which we are witnessing the globalisation of a “throwaway culture". He told catechists to “Go forth without fear to every town and village in this country, to spread the good seed of God’s word".
11/27/2015VATICAN - KENYA Pope Kenya: extremism stems from lack of education and employment On the last day of his visit to Kenya, Francis goes to a slum and meets young people before leaving for Uganda. Corruption is "in all institutions, including the Vatican." The marginalized "have a special place in my life and in my choices." They are "a result of new forms of colonialism.
11/27/2015INDIA – KENYA From Kenya to India: Catholic schools committed to educating the young by Nirmala Carvalho Kevin de Souza, a teacher and director of the Opus Dei Centre in Mumbai, talks about the Strathmore School. Founded in 1958 at the initiative of Saint Josemaria Escriva, it was Kenya’s first interracial school. Later the order also set up the Kimlea Technical Training Centre for young rural women and girls and the Eastlands College of Technology. Half of the Kenyan population is under 25 years with unemployment at 80 per cent.
11/27/2015PAKISTAN Pro-environment march unites Christians, Muslims, Hindus and Sikhs in Lahore by Kamran Chaudhry About 300 people of all religions came together in Punjab’s capital in a march organised in cooperation with St Columban Missionaries. Religious leaders and ordinary citizens want world leaders, who will meet in Paris on 30 November, to reach "a just and binding agreement to limit carbon emissions that are changing the Earth's climate.” Muslim environmentalist complains that Pakistan has some of “the most polluted cities in the world” and is “doing nothing about it".
11/27/2015INDONESIA Jakarta plans social policy to integrate disabled people by Mathias Hariyadi At-risk groups, like the blind, physically challenged, and undocumented, still lack effective protection. A human rights conference in the capital discusses the issue in the presence of the Social Affairs minister with integration as the goal. Alcohol abuse among young people has become a worrisome development.
11/27/2015BANGLADESH Religious intolerance growing in Bangladesh, but “it is not certain that ISIS is responsible” The Islamic State group claimed responsibility in a number of incidents, including a threatening text message sent to a Catholic priest, a letter telling ten Baptist clergymen that their lives are at risk, and an attack by gunmen against worshippers at a Shia mosque. However, it is likely that “ISIS is trying to steal the show.” The Caliphate does not recognise the radical group that operates in Bangladesh. Factional divisions have led to a power struggle among extremist groups.
11/27/2015SAUDI ARABIA Riyadh plans mass execution of 55 people in one day These include those convicted of crimes related to terrorism and internal revolt. The executions are "imminent". In 2015 151 people executed, the highest number since 1995. Activists: the government uses the death sentences to solve the problem of internal dissidence.
11/27/2015CHINA - THAILAND Two Chinese dissidents forcibly repatriated and arrested The activist Dong Guangping and political cartoonist Jiang Yefei were arrested by Thai police for illegal immigration. Both had received refugee status by the UN, however, the status is not recognized by Bangkok. The Thai police handed them over to Beijing, who immediately arrested them. The two have been targeted by the Chinese authorities for years, subjected to arrest and torture.