08/23/2014VATICAN - IRAQ The Pope donates 1 million US dollars for Christians and other minorities in Iraq The Prefect of Propaganda Fide, Cardinal Filoni, has returned from a humanitarian mission to Erbil and brought with him "a tenth of the amount. 75% of the money went to the Catholics, the rest to Yazidis. “As long as even one only Christian lives in Iraq, we will be there ". Baghdad (AsiaNews) - Pope Francis has
donated 1 million US dollars for Christians and other religious
minorities in Iraq who have been targeted by terrorists of the
Islamic state and forced to leave their homes to avoid having to
08/23/2014SOUTH KOREA Sewol activist hospitalized after 40 days of hunger strike In the April 16 disaster, Kim Young-oh lost his 17 year old daughter. Since then together with other families of victims he has campaigned for a new law to punish those responsible for the massacre. The man met Pope Francis before the beatification of the 124 Korean martyrs, and gave him the yellow badge that is their symbol of protest. The pontiff wore it throughout the journey.
08/23/2014INDONESIA Jakarta, hundreds of students participate in "Live for God, Life for Good" by Mathias Hariyadi With this motto, young Catholicsjoined the initiative promoted by Persink activists. The movement born in the 80's aims to help students of state institutions in their journey of faith and formation. Moments of meditation and spiritual reflection alongside activities and games.
08/23/2014IRAQ Diyala, massacre in Sunni mosque: At least 68 victims A command group of terrorists entered the place of worship during Friday prayers: one blew himself up, while others opened fire on worshipers. Sunni politicians desert talks for the formation of the new government to protest against the killings.
08/22/2014NEPAL As famine strikes Nepal's Humla District, non-residents leave the area by Christopher Sharma In the northern part of the country, drought has destroyed crops with food in short supply for the past three months. As local authorities get NGO activists to leave so as to limit food consumption, Christians, Hindus and Buddhists work together to help the population.
08/22/2014VIETNAM Half a million Vietnamese Catholics on pilgrimage to the Marian shrine of La Vang For the Church in Vietnam, this was a major moment of bearing witness that confirms the devotion of the faithful to the Virgin. The leaders of Vietnam's Bishops Conference and Archbishop Leopoldo Girelli were present at the event. The pilgrimage provided an opportunity to revive the missionary commitment based on the theme "Evangelisation of family life."
08/22/2014JAPAN Hiroshima, landslides: Number of missing jumps to 51 39 confirmed deaths in the disaster, but dozens of people still missing. An entire months rainfall in just three hours as government admits having delayed evacuation order. About 3 thousand people engaged in rescue operations, but more landslides feared.
08/22/2014MONGOLIA - CHINA Xi Jinping in Mongolia to boost (China's control of) of local economy China's president will remain until tomorrow. Several agreements have been signed during meetings with Mongolian officials, boosting China's presence in the landlocked nation. Still, "Mongolia is seeking to diversify its export partners to reduce China's overwhelming control of its economy," expert says.
08/22/2014CHINA - USA - JAPAN China's atomic "super-missile" worries the United States and Japan Beijing is testing a system capable of releasing nuclear missiles (at immense speed to evade defence systems) over American and Japanese territory. According to the Land of the Dragon it is a "necessary" technology to counter Washingtons presence, but experts fear a new hike in tensions in the area.
08/22/2014MALAYSIA Kuala Lumpur, nation mourns over victims of Flight MH17 shot down in Ukraine Today, the first 20 bodies arrived at the airport in the capital. 43 Malaysians died in the air disaster, 15 of them crew members. Highest authorities present, flags at half-mast and for the first time a national day of mourning declared for civilian casualties. Malaysia Airlines' condolence to family members.