05/04/2015VIETNAM Hanoi consults bishops on a new law on faiths that violates religious freedom The government’s unusual initiative, for a bishop, feeds a suspicion of an attempt to “appear democratic”. The new laws violate "the right to freedom of religion", go against the Universal Declaration of Human Rights and the Constitution of the Socialist Republic of Vietnam, show that the purpose of government is "to profoundly interfere with religious affairs", continuing policies that encourage corruption and allows abuse by local authorities. Hanoi (AsiaNews) - The Vietnamese government's draft laws on "faith and religion" are in violation of "the right to freedom of religion", go against the Universal Declaration of Human Rights and the Constitution of the Socialist Republic of Vietnam, show that the purpose of government is "to...
05/04/2015BANGLADESH Church celebrates St Mary’s Girls, a beacon on earth by Sumon Corraya Run by local nuns, St Mary's Girls' High School is now in its 75th year. Dhaka archbishop led the celebrations, which brought together some 2,000 former students and their families. For the prelate, the school is a “light on earth,” each student, “a light on humankind". About 100,000 students attend Catholic schools in Bangladesh, mostly non-Christians.
05/04/2015INDIA Madhya Pradesh: Government bans Christian gathering on "law and order" concerns by Nirmala Carvalho According to the district authorities, the turnout for the event organised by the Pentecostal community was excessive. Pentecostals "are free to hold small prayer meetings in the local church,” district official said, “but no permit will be granted for large-scale services will be granted.” For the Global Council of Indian Christians, this is an excuse since radical Hindus attack Christians even “at home”.
05/04/2015ISRAEL Ethiopian Jews and police clash into overnight in Tel Aviv with 68 injured and 43 arrested Ethiopian Israelis protest in Tel Aviv against police racism and brutality, following an incident in which police beat a black soldier because of “the colour of his skin”. In the 1980s, thousands of Ethiopian Jews were airlifted to Israel. Since then, they have not been fully integrated and endure racism and discrimination. This morning, PM Netanyahu met with Ethiopian community leaders.
05/04/2015TAIWAN Taiwan, communication "helps deepen living experience of Gospel" by Xin Yage Famous television presenter John Hei, teaches Carnegie courses to the new Chinese leaders: "People who call themselves Christian must have the ability to communicate in an honest way to to bring out the best in other people". Parishioner of Holy Family, helping the poor with free intensive courses twice a year.
05/04/2015CHINA – TAIWAN Xi Jinping meets KMT party leader to boost cooperation China’s president, who is also Communist Party chief, met Eric Chu, head of Taiwan’s ruling KMT party. During the meeting, he praised their mutual efforts to co-operate, which has improved cross-strait relations and prevented war. He also urged the two sides to ensure a brighter future across the Taiwan Strait. For mainland China, Taiwan remains a breakaway province.
05/04/2015NEPAL Nepal: the earthquake destroyed lives and ancient Hindu traditions by Christopher Sharma The latest toll is 7,350 dead; 15 thousand serious injuries; 150 thousand houses destroyed and 160 thousand with partial damage. Numerous temples of Kathmandu valley are now rubble. Devotees bring the idols of the gods to safety, breaking the traditional rituals. The government appeals to public not to plunder the destroyed places of worship.
05/04/2015SRI LANKA John Kerry meets Tamil leaders, calls on government to investigate war crimes by Melani Manel Perera The US Secretary of State ended a visit to the country yesterday. Inter-ethnic reconciliation six years after the end of civil war was one of the issue discussed with Tamil leaders. For Kerry, investigating war crimes is a key point, "No matter how painful the truth is".
05/04/2015KOREA - RUSSIA - CHINA Missiles, security and diplomatic embarrassment behind Kim’s failed Moscow trip The North Korean dictator had accepted the invitation of the Kremlin, but declined at the last moment. His refusal motivated by failed agreement with Russia for purchase of missiles or the fear of meeting his "godfather" Xi Jinping for the first time in a foreign land. Pyongyang increasingly isolated by the international community.
05/04/2015IRAQ Yazidi’s confirm massacre of “at least 300 people” by Islamic State According to a Yazidi Party at least 300 people have been killed, but there is uncertainty about numbers. Reasons for the massacre and the manner in which it occurred unknown. The vice-president of Iraq speaks of a "horrible and barbaric" act. In two attacks 13 civilians and six soldiers killed.
05/03/2015VATICAN Pope: Like the branches of the vine, we all depend on communion with the Risen Christ At the Regina Caeli Francis reflects on the Gospel passage of the Last Supper, when Christ knows that death is drawing near: "to impress firmly in their minds a fundamental truth: even when He will no longer be physically present in the midst of them, they will still be able to remain united to Him in a new way, and so bear much fruit". The Life of Christ "may be ours."
05/02/2015VATICAN Pope: The missionary zeal of Fray Serra challenges us, his witness provokes us Francis celebrates Mass marking a Day of Reflection on "Fray Junipero Serra, Apostle of California, witness of holiness," who will be canonized on 23 September. His work "has three characteristics: missionary zeal, Marian devotion and witness of holiness." "I wonder if today we are able to respond with the same generosity and the same courage to God's call."
05/02/2015INDIA - UNITED STATES Washington: religious freedom has worsened under Modi US Commission on International Religious Freedom Report 2015 in the subcontinent: "Since the elections last year, attacks and verbal violence against religious minorities have increased. The government is not doing enough to stop them. " Delhi responds: "You do not understand the country."
05/02/2015NEPAL Religions united for earthquake victims: We are all brothers and sisters by Christopher Sharma After the appeal launched by the Apostolic Vicar, the charitable organizations of various denominations decide to unite - under the leadership of Caritas - for rescue operations. Protestant Bishop: “Our prayers are accompanied by aid, we need international support." Imam Kathmandu: "We are delighted to be guided by the Catholics in these operations."