04/20/2015SYRIA Msgr. Zenari: prayers in Beirut and Damascus for kidnapped bishops and priests. Fears for their fate The apostolic nuncio in Syria confirms that "over time fears mount” for the fate of the Orthodox Bishops and Fr. Dall'Oglio. After two years in captivity, there is no news of them. The prelate recalls that "at least 20 thousand people have disappeared" in the country since the beginning of the conflict. Damascus (AsiaNews) - "Over time, time fears mount” for the fate of the bishops and priests kidnapped in Syria, however, "who can say that the door is closed?". "Hope" of their release remains, although the passing of every...
04/20/2015VATICAN Buddhists and Christians together against modern slavery and human trafficking Message of the Pontifical Council for Interreligious Dialogue to Buddhists for Vesakh. The Pope spoke against these "plagues" in his Message for the World Day of Peace 2015, while "the Buddha declares that trading in live beings, including slaves and prostitutes, is one of five occupations that are not to be engaged in" .
04/20/2015PHILIPPINES – VIETNAM South China Sea: Vietnam offers the Philippines a deal to contain China Talks between Hanoi and Manila are already underway as China moves into disputed area. For Benigno Aquino, “Perhaps it’s even worse today,” he said speaking about the situation. Meanwhile, joint military exercise US-Philippines military manoeuvres get underway.
04/20/2015INDONESIA – ASIA – AFRICA In the "spirit of Bandung", Asia and Africa to boost global south cooperation by Mathias Hariyadi Sixty years after the historic conference that marked the birth of the Non-Aligned Movement, heads of state and government meet again to boost multilateralism, economic growth and sustainable development. However, divisions among the leading nations – including China and Japan – are likely to limit the summit’s results.
04/20/2015BANGLADESH Land grab against Protestant community by Sumon Corraya The Barisal District Bar Association seizes land belonging to St Peter’s Church. Some 15 Christians (including 10 women) were attacked when they tried to stop the land grab.” We are ready to sacrifice our lives for the land of the Church. We shall not leave our land,” said the secretary general of the Bangladesh Christian Association.
04/20/2015VATICAN Pope: saints and martyrs show that you cannot follow Jesus to “seek power" "This is a daily temptation of Christians, ours, of all of us who are in the Church: the temptation not of the power, of the strength of the Spirit, but the temptation of worldly power. Thus one falls in that religious tepidness which brings you to worldliness, that tepidness that ends, when it grows, grows, grows, in that attitude that Jesus calls hypocrisy".
04/20/2015LIBYA- ISLAM Ethiopian Christians shot, beheaded and filmed by Islamic State by Paul Dakiki The video features two different versions: 12 decapitated on the seashore; 16 killed by firing squad. Threats to Christians if they do not convert to Islam. UN envoy to Libya: Close to an agreement for a new government.
04/19/2015VATICAN Pope remembers and prays for "latest tragedy" of migrants, "our brothers and sisters" who "are seeking happiness" At the Regina Caeli, Pope Francis says he is praying for the hundreds of victims in a sinking off the coast of Libya. An appeal to the international community to "act decisively and promptly." "Every baptized person is called to witness in word and deed, that Jesus is risen, He is alive and present in our midst." The Christian message "is not a theory, an ideology or a complex system of precepts and prohibitions, or moralism, but a message of salvation, a concrete event, even a person: the Risen Christ, the living and only Savior of all" . The Pope will be in Turin on June 21 to honor the Shroud, the exposition of which begins today.
04/18/2015YEMEN-SAUDI ARABIA Saudi policy: UN aid for Yemen, but no ceasefire by Paul Dakiki Ban Ki-moon has asked for emergency aid and a truce to help the exhausted population, without food, water, medicine, fuel. Riyadh provides $ 274 million in aid, but continues to bomb the cities of Yemen.
04/18/2015VATICAN Pope: Denounce and combat trafficking in human beings, a hidden evil At an audience with participants at the Plenary Assembly of the Pontifical Academy of Social Sciences, Pope Francis calls for national and international laws to "ensure the traffickers meet with justice and their unjust gains are reused for the rehabilitation of their victims." The fight against slavery, the work of Christian saints and "many men and women of good will who do not identify with a religion."