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03/06/2015 VATICAN
Pope says the Church must "move from a pastoral ministry of mere conservation to a decidedly missionary pastoral ministry"
Francis expresses appreciation and encouragement for the Neocatechumenal Way. "Even before words, your witness of life manifests the heart of Christ’s revelation”. "How much loneliness, how much suffering, how much distance from God in many suburbs of Europe and America, and in many cities of Asia."
Vatican City (AsiaNews) - "If we do not want stagnant water" in the Church, then we "must move from a pastoral ministry of mere conservation to a decidedly missionary pastoral ministry", which is what the Neocatechumenal Way has been doing "for years". This is how Pope Francis...

03/06/2015 CHINA
All China Lawyers Association calls on government to drop the "presumption of guilt"
During a meeting of the Chinese People's Political Consultative Conference, the lawyers association's deputy chairman criticised the justice system's "bad practices". "An arrest would be made on the day, then the next day you have the [suspect] confessing on television and some are forced to confess," said Zhu. For him, the presumption of innocence should be the guiding principle.
03/06/2015 VATICAN - AZERBAIGIJAN
Pope receives Azerbaijan President, the value of interreligious dialogue
Focus on the importance of negotiations in conflict resolution and education to promote the conditions for a peaceful coexistence between peoples and the different religious groups
03/06/2015 BANGLADESH
Bangladesh Catholic doctors to treat patients as members of their own family
by Sumon Corraya
The Archdiocese of Dhaka organised a seminar during Lent to boost the spirituality of Catholic doctors, nurses and other healthcare professionals. "Our God-given vocation" is to treat patients with love.
03/06/2015 VIETNAM
In Djak Pnan, lepers' Catholic faith is stronger than government persecution
by Thanh Thuy
In a small village in the central highlands, Catholics are subject to constant harassment and abuse by the authorities. Nuns who work for the sick get the same treatment. However, Church support is a source of strength and courage. Mgr Girelli's visit is remembered for bringing Pope Francis' greeting and support.

03/06/2015 INDIA
Christian leader calls on Karnataka to stop Hindu radicals, who are dangerous to minorities
by Nirmala Carvalho
The Global Council of Indian Christians (GCIC) calls on the state government to stop the president of the Hindu nationalist Vishwa Hindu Parishad (VHP) whose presence could "cause public disturbances". Sadhvi Balika Saraswati, another radical activist, urges Hindus to "rebuild the temple of Ram in Ayodhya," and calls for giving "young Hindu women a sword, and if a Muslim just looks at them, they will cut off his head."
03/06/2015 PAKISTAN
Christian activists satisfied with Punjab's decision to enforce existing minority quotas
by Shafique Khokhar
Thanks to the commitment of Khalil Tahir Sindhu, provincial minister for Human Rights and Minorities Affairs, the existing law will be enforced. For Faisalabad Bishop, the efforts of religious and political leaders "always bring positive change". Christians pray "for the rights of the weak."
03/06/2015 ASIA
Card. Tagle: Let us bring the Gospel to Asia through personal encounter
Speaking at the Catholic University of Washington, the archbishop of Manila stresses the importance of human interaction, "the key to combating the ills that plague the modern world." On the mainland Christians "are still a minority, perceived as alien to Asian cultures. In addition to words, contact and encounter with others is needed".
03/06/2015 JAPAN
Japanese bishops: With Pope Francis against a return to a "warlike mentality"
The prelates publish a message commemorating 70 years since the end of World War II: "We have a special vocation for peace, not for politics but for the remorse of what Japan has done before and after the war." As always the pontiff reminds us "the world is dominated by the globalization of business and the financial system. Inequalities continue to widen and the poor are excluded. If we want to achieve peace, that has to change." The full text of the message.
03/06/2015 SYRIA
Nusra Front military chief killed in an air raid in Syria
Abu Homam al-Sham died in a government forces air raid security in Idlib province. Three other prominent leaders also died during the operation. The leaders were meeting to outline the groups future strategies. They were considering the possibility of leaving al Qaeda, and seeking the support of the Arab states.
03/06/2015 KOREA - UNITED STATES
Seoul seeks attempted murder charge against US ambassador’s attacker
The South Korean authorities want to prosecute the attacker with with attempted murder, violence against a foreign envoy and business obstruction and violations of the law on national security. Kim Gi-jong’s visits to North Korea also being investigated: if connected to yesterday’s attack yesterday, he could be sentenced to death.
03/05/2015 SRI LANKA
Police charge peaceful protesters, including nuns, who oppose a port city project
by Melani Manel Perera
Christian and Buddhist leaders and clerics, as well environmentalists protest a Chinese project to build a port city in Colombo, which they deem illegal. A day after the crackdown, the government put the project on hold.
03/05/2015 MYANMAR
Police beat and arrest protesters in Yangon
by Francis Khoo Thwe
Security forces and plainclothes agents target students and activists protesting in favour of changes to a proposed education reform bill. Witnesses say that some demonstrators were slightly injured. Sources told AsiaNews that some leading dissidents were among the people arrested. Some 200 people were protesting when the crackdown took place.
03/05/2015 VATICAN
Pope: "the abandonment is the most serious 'illness' of the elderly", who must be helped at the end of their life
When life becomes very fragile and is approaching its earthly end, "we feel the responsibility to assist and accompany the person in the best way" to relieve the suffering. This is what families and palliative care provide. For the pontiff, "all medical knowledge is truly science, in its most noble sense, only if it finds its place as a help in view of the good of man, a good that is never achieved by going 'against' his life and dignity."
03/05/2015 CHINA
Li Keqiang calls 7 per cent growth the "new normal," pledges fight against pollution and corruption
by Wang Zhicheng
Speaking before the National People's Congress, the prime minister promised to create 10 million new jobs and undertake painful reforms to stabilise an economy too dependent on exports and government investments. China's economy suffers from excess capacity, little innovation, and a weak agriculture. The "war on corruption" and "zero tolerance" will continue, as will support for clean technology.

Altri articoli
03/05/2015 VATICAN
Pope: those with a heart "sick of worldliness" cannot understand the need and the neediness of others
03/05/2015 TAIWAN
The encounter with Christ "changes every perspective, it is a radical force" by Xin Yage
03/05/2015 CAMBODIA
The martyrdom of Fr. Rapin, the seed of new life for the mission of the Church in Cambodia by Luca Bolelli
03/05/2015 CHINA
UN rapporteur on torture receives report on activist Li Biyun
03/05/2015 PHILIPPINES
Manila Auxiliary: dialogue between the government and Muslim rebels "only path for peace in the Philippines"
03/05/2015 SYRIA
Aleppo, Syrian rebels attack the Damascus intelligence headquarters: dozens dead
03/05/2015 KOREA - UNITED STATES
Seoul, US ambassador in Korea in knife attack
03/04/2015 ISRAEL - UNITED STATES - IRAN
For Obama, Netanyahu "didn't offer any viable alternatives" to solving the Iranian nuclear problem
03/04/2015 SRI LANKA
Sri Lankan president visits warn-torn Northern Province by Melani Manel Perera
03/04/2015 MYANMAR
As tensions increase between the government and students over education reform, police is set to act by Francis Khoo Thwe
03/04/2015 INDIA
Religious freedom increasingly at risk in India as new attacks are perpetrated against Christians by Nirmala Carvalho
03/04/2015 CHINA
Beijing prepares for NPC with increase of military budget by Chen Weijun
03/04/2015 VATICAN
Pope: A society that "discards" the elderly, "depository of a people’s wisdom", carries a virus of death
03/04/2015 INDONESIA
Civil society groups in protest against new anti-corruption commission leaders by Mathias Hariyadi
Editor's choices
EGYPT - ISLAM
What Tayeb and Sisi said is big step towards a revolution in Islam
by Samir Khalil SamirThe grand imam of Al-Azhar slammed literalist interpretations of the Qur'an and the Sunnah, as fundamentalists and Islamic terrorists do. He supports the urgent need for Islam's reform, especially in terms of teaching lay people and clerics. He also calls for an end to mutual excommunication (takfir) between Sunnis and Shias. Egyptian President al-Sisi chose to fight the Islamic state group after it beheaded 21 Coptic Christians, whom he called "Egyptian citizens" with full rights.
SAUDI ARABIA - ISLAM
For head of Al-Azhar, religious education reform is needed to stop Islamic extremismFor Ahmed al-Tayeb, it is urgent to come up with new educational programmes to avoid "corrupt interpretations" of the Qur'an and Sunnah. Islamic terrorism undermines the unity of the Muslim world. He blames Mideast tensions on a "new global colonialism allied to world Zionism". a speech by the Saudi king is read at the conference.
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03/02/2015 SYRIA - ISLAM
Islamic State group frees 19 Syrian Christians in Syria after a ransom is paid
03/01/2015 VATICAN
Pope: Let us not forget those who are suffering in Syria, Iraq and Venezuela; let us pray for them
03/04/2015 INDONESIA
Civil society groups in protest against new anti-corruption commission leaders
by Mathias Hariyadi
02/27/2015 CAMBODIA - VIETNAM
Montagnard Christians continue to flee to Cambodia, but are running out of food and supplies
02/28/2015 VATICAN
Pope encourages the growth of cooperatives as an economic model that serves the common good
02/27/2015 EGYPT - LIBYA - ISLAM
The Lent of the 21 Egyptian Copts martyred in Libya
by Bernardo Cervellera
03/02/2015 RUSSIA
Tens of thousands flood Red Square in memory of Nemtsov
03/03/2015 VATICAN
Pope: "a thousand times Jesus preferred sinners" to hypocrites
02/27/2015 MYANMAR - ASIA
WHO sounds alarm over spread of Bird flu after massive cull in Myanmar
02/27/2015 SYRIA
Despite their uncertain fate, Mgr Audo denies rumours that 15 Christians have been killed

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