01/29/2015VATICAN Pope: God saves everyone personally, but "as a people", not "just me" and "my group" "There is a danger of forgetting that He saved us individually, but as part of a people. A people. Always the Lord saves us as part of a people”. We must not "privatize" salvation, "I have to ask myself whether I speak and communicate the faith; whether I speak and communicate hope; whether I speak, do and communicate charity”. Vatican City
(AsiaNews) - God saves everyone personally, but as "a people", not
"just me" and "my group", my " ecclesial elite ".
Because salvation must not to be privatized, warned Pope Francis at Mass this
morning in Casa Santa Marta, commenting on a passage...
01/29/2015JAPAN - SYRIA - ISLAM Anxious hours in Tokyo, as Islamic State ultimatum expires Terrorists still hold a Japanese hostage, Kenji Goto Jogo, and a Jordanian pilot, Lt Muath al-Kaseasbeh. Negotiations are set to expire at sunset (Syrian time). Terrorists want the release of failed suicide bomber Sajida al-Rishawi. Helpless, Tokyo leaves negotiations in Jordanian hands.
01/29/2015ASIA The mission to the nations is in Asia by Piero Gheddo Francis' apostolic journeys to Korea, Sri Lanka and the Philippines indicate that the missionary choice is still of huge relevance. The Church must support and develop this aspect, and bring Christ's "Good News" to those peoples who still consider it as an emanation of Western colonialism. In this, PIME has a task to play.
01/29/2015INDIA For Indian bishop, to save girls from selective abortions, minds must be educated The Supreme Court orders Google, Yahoo and Microsoft to ban pre-natal sex selection ads. Prime Minister launches two new programmes to educate and empower girls. "Indian society is sexist," CBCI Office for Women chairman told AsiaNews. thus, Indian women must be helped "to be aware and empower themselves".
01/29/2015EGYPT - ISLAM For Catholic Church spokesman, al-Sisi's Egypt is more liberal on new churches and freedom of expression The government has issued construction permits for a new church in New Cairo and two in Upper Egypt. Some permit applications go back 8-10 years. Mubarak never favoured church construction. After the elections, the new parliament is required to upgrade legislation governing the construction of places of worship. Representatives of Christian Churches drafted the bill. A Christian family law is also on the drawing board.
01/29/2015MYANMAR Chin Christians ready to go to jail to stop cross removal by Francis Khoo Thwe Built by members of the Christian community in Hakha, the 16-metre cross targeted by local authorities stands on a hill that overlooks the state capital. Since it lacked the proper permit, the authorities ordered the cross' removal and said that they would prosecute its builders. "If the authorities say I have to go to jail, I am not afraid; I am ready to go to jail for this case," a Chin Christian said. For human rights activists, such an action "continues a decades-long pattern of religious discrimination against Chin Christians."
01/29/2015SRI LANKA Sri Lanka, former Supreme Court president reinstated by Melani Manel Perera The new president Maithripala Sirisena has returned Shirani Bandaranayake to office, from which she was removed in 2013 with a controversial impeachment motion. The previous government had "punished" the judge for a number of judgments made against the state.
01/29/2015NORTH KOREA North Korea, "suspicious activities" near Yongbyon atomic reactor Satellite images reveal source of great heat in the vicinity of reactor. After five month stop, reactivation raises fears it may provide plutonium for the atomic bomb. "Six-Party Talks" on the disarmament of the peninsula stalled since 2008.
01/29/2015CAMBODIA - VIETNAM Montagnards flee to Cambodia, to escape Hanoi’s persecution 18 more people, including two women, have left the villages of origin and crossed the border. They sought shelter in a remote area, in the forest of the northeastern province of Rattanakiri. Cambodian activist: "They are seeking political asylum and count on UN help”.
01/28/2015EGYPT Braving Arab-Islamic tradition, Egyptian women are beginning to use the bicycle Most men in the Arab world's largest Sunni nation view women who ride a bicycle as "shameless". However, despite the traffic, poor safety and lack of bike lanes in Cairo, riding saves time and money (for gas). Go Bike encourages cycling. President al-Sisi did the same by taking part in a cycling marathon.
01/28/2015ISRAEL - LEBANON - SYRIA Israel and Hizbollah trade fire after Israeli soldiers are wounded After Hizbollah shells Israeli military convoy, Israel shells Lebanese border villages. Tensions rose after an Israeli attack killed six Hizbollah militants and an Iranian general. Overnight, Israeli planes hit Syrian bases near Quneitra and the Damascus International Airport.
01/28/2015KOREA Korean religious leaders in Pyongyang to pray for peace North Korea allows the Korean Conference of Religions for Peace to organise a meeting in its capital to mark the 70th anniversary of liberation from Japanese colonial rule. In Seoul, Iranian religious from Iran take part in a conference to counter misunderstandings about Islam.
01/28/2015INDIA - UNITED STATES Christian leader thanks to Obama for defending freedom of religion by Nirmala Carvalho During his official visit to India, the US president spoke out in defence of freedom of worship, citing Article 25 of the Indian Constitution. Sajan K George welcomed the words of the US leader in a nation "where violence against minorities, especially Christians, is commonplace." Hindu extremist movements support the government, a "stain" on the country's secular credentials.