12/06/2013CHINA - SOUTH AFRICA The Bishop of Shanghai, under house arrest, prays for Mandela and recalls his fight for freedom by Jian Mei Bishop Ma Daqin has been under house arrest in Sheshan Seminary since July of 2012 when, shortly after his ordination, he resigned from the Patriotic Association. On his microblog, he invites prayers for the deceased South African leader and cites three sentences, symbolic of his struggle: freedom is indivisible, faith is sometimes persecuted, oppressor and oppressed are both in chains. Shanghai (AsiaNews)
- - Auxiliary Bishop
Thaddeus Ma, in his weibo (microblog) message this morning Dec. 6, mourns the first
black president of South Africa Nelson Mandela and cites Mandela's quotations
that call for freedom, faith and justice.
Bishop Ma usually issues spiritual or
12/06/2013SOUTH KOREA Unafraid of the truth, Korean priests write open letter calling for Park's resignation by Joseph Yun Li-sun The Catholic Priests' Association for Justice calls on the government to shed light on the abuses committed by the Secret Service and on President Park to step back and take the "honourable course of action". Saying that they are unafraid of retaliation and willing to bear their cross, they found encouragement in the pope's words and the "blood-stained records of the martyrs".
12/06/2013INDIA - VATICAN For Bangalore archbishop, Evangelii Gaudium spurs India to a new evangelisation by Giulia Mazza Archbishop Bernard Moras celebrated Mass with Pope Francis, bringing to a close the Year of Faith. "He is a Pontiff who is a good shepherd for everyone, one who calls on the universal Church to renew the proclamation of the Good News." Talking about Bangalore, the prelate explained that it "has become the fastest growing city in Asia" due to its large IT industry and the development of its health and education sectors. He also talks about recent attacks against Christians, the result of personal vendettas but also due to the lack of prudence on the part of minorities, which do not always respect their neighbours.
12/06/2013VATICAN For Pope, faith in God "is not and can never be a source of violence or intolerance" In his audience with the International Theological Commission, Francis spoke of the mission of the theologian as something that is "at once fascinating and risky" and of the "sensus fidelium", which he describes as a sort of "spiritual instinct" that enables the faithful "to discern that which is in conformity with the apostolic faith and the spirit of the Gospel."
12/06/2013PAKISTAN - ISLAM Sharia court rules blasphemers can only be punished with death penalty by Jibran Khan The Federal Sharia Court accepts lawyer's petition claiming that the death penalty, not life in prison, is the only punishment in blasphemy cases. Under Nawaz Sharif, it is "dark times" for minorities. For many activists and NGOs, Islamisation progresses in the country. Paul Bhatti notes that poverty must be the "priority" through "employment and investment to boost development."
12/06/2013EGYPT Salafists to support new constitution spare the country "more anarchy" The al-Nur Party will call on its followers to vote 'yes' in the constitutional referendum of January 2014. The move goes against the positions taken by other Islamist parties. For Salafist leader Makhyoun, the priority is to restore stability to the country. The Muslim Brotherhood instead is going back to the streets against the interim government and the new constitution.
12/06/2013VATICAN Pope: Praying is a bit like annoying God to listen to us, certain that He will "Jesus tells us: 'Ask ', but he also tells us: 'Knock on the door', and those who knock on the door make noise, they disturb". "Prayer has these two attitudes: it is in needy and certain" because "when we ask for something, we are in need", "but also , when it is true, it is certain: ' Listen to me I think you can do it because you promised . '"
12/06/2013INDIA - SOUTH AFRICA India salutes Nelson Mandela , "an apostle of non-violence like Mahatma Gandhi " by Nirmala Carvalho Catholic priests and human rights activists pay tribute to the South African leader as "an ideal and an icon to follow." Mandela wanted not only to "end the segregation of blacks ," but also that " all his people lived , walked and worked together." And this is what India should do to try to "fight the caste system, violence of a religious nature and social exclusion ."
12/06/2013THAILAND PIME priest: Advent, mission "ad gentes" among Thai Buddhists and Muslims by Adriano Pelosin* Fr. Pelosin 35 years in Thailand, gives an initial overview of the new parish of St. Mark in Pathumthani . The desire to involve "the few Catholics" in mission . Visits to the community of Wat Sake , among the abandoned elderly and young people of the underworld. A thought for his mother who passed away a few months ago.
12/06/2013ASIA- SOUTH AFRICA The world bows down to Nelson Mandela by Paul Wang The South African leader passed away last night at the age of 95. He was the first black president of his country. Tributes of Desmond Tutu and FW de Klerk : He taught a divided nation to live together. Also from Nobel Peace Laureates Aung San Suu Kyi and the Dalai Lama. Even China calls him "friend", although many of Mandela petitions for Tibet and dissidents have been ignored .
12/05/2013VATICAN Pope to create Commission for the Protection of Children On 22 February consistory for the appointment of new cardinals. The Commission, proposed by the Council of Cardinals, will advise the Pope on the Holy See’s commitment in the protection of children and ministry for victims of abuse.
12/05/2013VIETNAM Haiphong: Church and local organisations together for AIDS patients by Thanh Thúy Due to the lack of interest on the part of the Vietnamese government, thousands of people die of HIV every year. Haiphong alone has had more than 10,000 people with HIV/AIDS by June of this year. In the Year of Faith, the local Caritas and the Health Education Centre worked together to provide care and psychological and spiritual support to patients.
12/05/2013SRI LANKA Catholics and Tamil activists view civil war census with suspicion by Melani Manel Perera A government-sponsored survey of damages (to people and property) caused by the country's civil war gets underway. For some priests and activists, the investigation is "not credible" because it is being conducted by the government, which has been accused of war crimes. Tamil activist says, "The president creates commissions to escape awkward situations."