10/22/2014VATICAN Pope: "divisions", "envy" and "misunderstandings" divide the Church, the "Body of Christ" "Wars do not begin on the battlefield: war, wars begin in the heart". "The Church is the Body of Christ! This may seem strange, but it is so, it is not simply a saying, but we really are". The memory of John Paul II, celebrated today, for the first time, as a saint. Vatican City (AsiaNews) - "Divisions", "envy",
"misunderstandings" and "marginalization" within the
Christian community "are not good, because, rather than build and help the
Church grow as the Body of Christ, they pull...
10/22/2014SAUDI ARABIA - ISLAM Saudi grand mufti against Twitter as source of all evil and lies On his 'fatwa' show, Sheikh Abdul Aziz al-Sheikh, Saudi Arabia's highest religious authority, comes out against the microblogging site, blaming it for evil as well as moral and social devastation. Users are divided: some agree with the sheikh; others comment his views with sarcasm. In Saudi Arabia, Twitter has the highest number of active users.
10/22/2014EGYPT New law to lift restrictions on church building, says Catholic Church spokesman by Giulia Mazza inviato Father Rafic Greiche talks to AsiaNews about a draft bill that would remove restrictions on building Christian places of worship. Egypt's parliament is expected to vote on the law in January and February 2015. Under the al-Sisi government Christian security and coexistence with Muslims have improved as "Egypt found itself."
10/22/2014ITALY - IRAQ Baghdad patriarch calls on Muslims to show more courage in a "common front" against terrorists by Dario Salvi Christians and Muslims must join together to defeat the Islamic State. So far, "fear has prevailed." For Mar Sako, a strong "public rejection" is needed. For Advent and Christmas, he calls for visits to the families of refugees, bringing sweets for the festivity to show closeness and solidarity. He calls for a "long term strategy" to fight bigotry.
10/22/2014EGYPT Egypt's Holy Family pilgrimage can now be openly (and safely) undertaken The Ministry of Tourism and the Coptic Church present a new tourist programme that covers all the sites visited by Joseph, Mary and Jesus during their flight from Herod's persecution. Under the Muslim Brotherhood government, the pilgrimage was stopped. Coptic businessman tells AsiaNews, "for the first time in years we" can "freely express ourselves and our faith, and build a better Egypt, everyone together, Christians and Muslims."
10/22/2014INDIA India, Church and civil society to Government: Ban surrogacy by mons. Agnelo Gracias* Just as with organs and blood, the trafficking of wombs for rent should be prohibited. Indian culture "has always held the sacred role of the mother in high esteem. Surrogacy commercializes this sacred image and robs motherhood of meaning". The full text of the appeal.
10/22/2014AFGHANISTAN Opium poppy cultivation hits record-high in Afghanistan Opium poppy production covers a record 209,000 hectares in 2013, providing nearly 90 per cent of the world's supply. The US Special Inspector General for Afghanistan Reconstruction (SIGAR) calls into question the efficacy of the US$ 7.6 billion counter-narcotics strategy.
10/22/2014SOUTH KOREA Archbishop of Gwangju: The Korean family is in ruins, we need answers from the Synod According to Msgr. Hyginus Kim Hee-jong the family " is the peace of society and basis of world peace at the same time. De-humanizing economy and the rat race are destroying everything". Because of this situation, relations between the two Koreas are getting worse, "Seoul and Pyongyang betray the ideals of peace and reconciliation of our population".
10/22/2014VIETNAM Hanoi: activist blogger Nguyen Van Hai freed from prison and leaves country The man, who was sentenced in 2012 to 12 years in prison for anti-government propaganda, was brought from his cell to the airport and boarded on a flight to the United States. His family was not notified of his release. Activists speak of expulsion and deportation. He was among the founders of the Club of Free Journalists.
10/22/2014NORTH KOREA - USA Pyongyang frees Jeffrey Fowle, two Americans still in jail The North Korean regime has allowed the US citizen to return home. Matthew Miller and Kenneth Bae, both sentenced to forced labor, remain in prison. Washington denounces the use of civilians as a "bargaining chip" in diplomatic relations.
10/21/2014HONG KONG - CHINA Hong Kong: first round of talks end in stalemate The government delegation, led by Carrie Lam, "hopes" to be able to hold another meeting with student representatives but rejects their demands. Protest leaders are set to remain in the streets to show that the battle is a long one.
10/21/2014MALAYSIA Islamic authorities slam "I want to touch a dog" Hundreds of people participated in an event which, according to the organizers, wanted to help people overcome their fear of the animals considered "unclean" by Muslims. For those who touched the dogs, volunteers explained how to perform purifying ritual.
10/21/2014VATICAN Pope: "The Christian is a man or a woman who knows how to wait for Jesus and this is a man or woman of hope" "Without Christ we have no identity." From "street people" he makes us "fellow citizens with the holy ones and members of the household of God". "Instead, the pagan - and we Christians often behave like pagans - forget Jesus, thinks of himself, of his things, not waiting for Jesus. The selfish pagan acts as if he were a god: 'I can manage on my own'. And this ends badly, it ends without a name, without closeness, without citizenship".