12/04/2013VATICAN Pope appeals for nuns abducted in Syria and "for all the people kidnapped during the conflict " During the general audience in his continuing reflection on the "Creed" , he spoke of the " resurrection of the body". The Pope underlined that we are "the disciples of the One who came , comes every day and will come at the end of the world" and since Jesus is risen, "he has opened the way" and will resurrect us too: "this is not a lie. If Jesus is alive, do you think that will leave us to die and never share in his resurrection? " . Vatican City ( AsiaNews ) - Pope Francis
has asked for prayer for the Orthodox nuns of the
convent of Santa Tecla, in Maaloula , who " two days ago were forcibly
abducted by armed men. Pray for these sisters and for all the people who
have been kidnapped as a...
12/04/2013INDIA Mumbai: inspired by Ecclesiastes, young Catholics say goodbye to the Year of Faith by Nirmala Carvalho Students at St Andrew's College stage a musical performance to celebrate the feast of their patron saint and mark the end of the Year of Faith proclaimed by Benedict XVI. Songs and dances are interspersed with readings on topical issues like drugs, family problems, violence against women and suicide.
12/04/2013SRI LANKA Mangalika's story: an HIV-positive Catholic woman helps fellow AIDS patients by Melani Manel Perera
The 53-year-old woman discovered she had contracted the virus from her husband, a migrant worker, who could not resist the shame and committed suicide. Faith in God, family support and the encouragement of an HIV-positive doctor led Princy Mangalika to establish an NGO for people with HIV/AIDS. In Sri Lanka, the disease is still stigmatised, even though at least 3,000 people are affected. "They threatened me and tried to set fire to my house," she said, "but I thank the Lord for showing me the way."
12/04/2013BANGLADESH Catholic Bishop calls on political leaders to talk and stop death and violence by Sumon Corraya Mgr Gervas Rozario, bishop of the Diocese of Rajshahi, told AsiaNews that "the killing of innocent civilians is intolerable" and that "people want peace." For this reason, he has called on the government and the opposition to find ways to communicate. Since January this year, 347 people have died in political unrest.
12/04/2013PHILIPPINES Caritas Philippines: long-term projects for victims of Typhoon Yolanda After initial emergency response, Nassa and Caritas international study reconstruction projects in the areas most affected. Particular attention is devoted to the work of prevention, with the launch of a plan for the first quarter of 2014. The president of the bishops conference invites volunteers and faithful to read and "apply" Evangelii Gaudium .
12/04/2013JAPAN Tokyo, the Church slams law on State Secrets: an attack on peace by Joseph Yun Li-sun The Japanese Diet will vote on December 6 on a decree granting the government special powers on matters considered "sensitive" . The Episcopal Commission for Justice and Peace : " The text is too dangerous , it covers too many topics and puts at risk the Constitution and commitment to peace that we took on before the world ."
12/04/2013NEPAL - ASIA EU and Danish Protestant Church for the development of poor farmers in Asia by Christopher Sharma Launched November 29 in Kathmandu, a program for food security that takes in Nepal , India, Bangladesh and Myanmar. Nearly 2 million euros for the formation of small farmers and promotion of new farming techniques . Among the beneficiaries , Dalits and indigenous peoples.
12/04/2013RUSSIA Russia: seven churches burned in one year in Tatarstan by Nina Achmatova Political and spiritual leaders concerned about rising fundamentalism in the Russian autonomous republic with a Muslim majority. Spiritual leaders invite people not to give in to provocations. Local priest: " The Wahhabis are the culprits."
12/03/2013VATICAN Council of Cardinals to vet 'real' reform to Roman Curia The Council's eight cardinals met this morning in the Domus Sanctae Marthae to start the review process with the Congregation for Divine Worship and the Discipline of the Sacraments. A meeting on economic issues not expected at this point in time.
12/03/2013NORTH KOREA Kim Jong-un's uncle removed in Pyongyang's latest purge Jang Song-thaek, the regime's eminence grise who handled the transition of power after the death of Kim Jong-il, was removed from his post at the National Defence Commission. A major powerbroker in the regime, he is married to the sister of the deceased 'dear leader' and acted as his nephew's guardian. The latter now appears to be on his way to emancipation.
12/03/2013PHILIPPINES - MYANMAR In Manila Yangon Archbishop calls for hurricane of compassion after Typhoon Haiyan by Francis Khoo Thwe Archbishop Charles Bo celebrated Solemn Mass and took part in the 34th edition of the Intramuros Marian procession. In his homily, he called on the faithful to show compassion, extolling the generosity shown in this of difficulty and trial. "Catholics Burmese are close to you. You are an example and testimony for Christians in all of Asia."
12/03/2013ASIA Most corrupt countries in the world found in Asia and Middle East Findings are based on the Corruption Perceptions Index released by Transparency International North Korea, Afghanistan, Iraq, Uzbekistan, Turkmenistan and Syria are among the top 10 "worst" nations. Political instability and civil war favour corruption. The only Asian countries to be among the most transparent nations are Singapore and Hong Kong.