07/28/2014VATICAN - ITALY Pope: for Pentecostals Holy Spirit produces Church diversity but also unity Francis is back in Caserta for a meeting with Rev Giovanni Traettino, a friend from Buenos Aires. He asks for forgiveness for the behavior of some Catholics under Fascist Italy's race laws. Caserta
- Overcoming the boundaries between Christian Churches, which were not
born divided, and awareness that the Holy Spirit produces
Church diversity as well as unity
are ideas Pope Francis voiced today during a meeting at the Pentecostal Church of Reconciliation in Caserta, where he met Rev Giovanni Traettino, a friend from the times when...
07/28/2014JAPAN Shock in Nagasaki after 15-year-old student kills and dismembers best friend The terrible story echoes a similar incident ten years ago when an 11-year-old girl killed a 12-year-old friend. For PIME missionary in Japan, "Such upsetting extreme cases stem perhaps from marginalisation and social alienation. We should not generalise but strive to help kids grow up in a healthy way."
07/28/2014BANGLADESH Bangladeshi Christians celebrate the end of Ramadan with "Muslim brothers" by Sumon Corraya The president of the Episcopal Commission for Christian Unity and Interreligious Dialogue releases a message for the feast of Eid al-Fitr. As "selfishness grows in the world," we need to create a "harmonious society" in which we can behave as "brothers and sisters of one family."
07/28/2014TIBET - CHINA - NEPAL Nepali government ready to allow the funeral of 14th Shamar Rinpoche by Christopher Sharma The Tibetan Buddhist religious is one of the three main disciples of the Karmapa Lama, tasked with recognising of the Dalai Lama's reincarnation. The current Shamar, Mipham Chokyi Lodro, died two weeks ago and asked to be cremated in a monastery he founded near Kathmandu. Despite China's opposition, the government "is considering" that possibility. Thousands of people are expected at his funeral, some from Tibet as well.
07/28/2014ISRAEL - PALESTINE Truce holding in Gaza raises hopes for negotiations by Joshua Lapide
After the UN Security Council called for an "immediate and unconditional humanitarian ceasefire," Israel stopped its airstrikes whilst sporadic Islamist rocket fire continues. For Obama, a long-term solution should allow "Palestinians in Gaza to lead normal lives" as well as "ensure the disarmament of terrorist groups and the demilitarisation of Gaza".
07/28/2014INDONESIA Jakarta: for Islamic intellectual, Jokowi will stop religious discrimination by Mathias Hariyadi Siti Musdah Mulia is one of the best known Muslim academic in the country. Tired of "marginalisation and oppression of every kind," she spoke to AsiaNews about her hopes for the new president. For another political analyst, the new president "needs civil society to carry out fundamental reforms for the country."
07/28/2014INDIA Uttar Pradesh, curfew imposed after violence between Sikhs and Muslims The clashes sparked by dispute over land. Three killed, 20 injured and 38 arrests. According to the authorities the Muslims started the riots. But members of both communities claim that the violence was perpetrated by "outsiders, not locals. Perhaps there are political motivations".
07/28/2014KOREA Talks resume between North and South over Big Dictionary of the Korean People's Language The project was started in 2005 because of the growing cultural gap between the two sides of the border. The South has adopted international terms which never arrived in the North, and the difference of the– pre-existing - dialects has become more radical. The goal, says Seoul, is "to preserve the cultural heritage Korean language and overcome distances”.
07/28/2014TAIWAN Filming begins’ on Martin Scorsese epic on Christian mission in Japan by Xin Yage The film, in preparation for years, tells the story of a Portuguese Jesuit missionary who became an apostate and collaborated in the persecution of Christians. Lay and religious experts involved, especially the Jesuits. The impact on the Japanese Church. Actors include Liam Neeson, Ken Watanabe, Adam Driver, Andrew Garfield ("Spiderman").
07/28/2014ISLAM Eid al-Fitr: Ramadan ends today (for Sunnis) For Shia Muslims, the festival of Eid begins tomorrow. Saudi Arabia, Kuwait, Qatar, UAE, Tunisia, Egypt, Lebanon (Sunnis) announce the end of Ramadan, which commemorates the period during which the Koran was revealed to Muhammad.
07/27/2014VATICAN "Stop! I am asking you with all my heart. Stop!" says pope as he speaks out on the Middle East, Iraq and Ukraine He mentions children, victims of war, "from whom we take away the hope for a decent life," urging the parties to address "every diatribe with the tenacity of dialogue and negotiation and the power of reconciliation". As tomorrow marks 100 years since the outbreak of the First World War, "a day of mourning," we should learn the lessons of history. The Gospel makes us know the true Jesus, the living Jesus, who speaks to the heart and is a life changer as he was for Saint Francis of Assisi. "The joy of finding the treasure of the Kingdom of God comes through, can be seen. Christians cannot hide their faith."