03/06/2015VATICAN 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".
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03/06/2015CHINA 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.
03/06/2015VIETNAM 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.
03/06/2015INDIA 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."
03/06/2015ASIA 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".
03/06/2015JAPAN 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.
03/06/2015SYRIA 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.
03/06/2015KOREA - 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.
03/05/2015MYANMAR 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.
03/05/2015VATICAN 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."
03/05/2015CHINA 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.