05/24/2013VATICAN Pope: May the Lord bless and Our Lady watch over the noble Chinese people Marking the feast of Mary Help of Christians, Day of Prayer for China, Francis speaks of the ”grace” to “bear and overcome external and internal oppression with patience and love. "Praying for your enemies, for those who make us suffer" is not easy. "But we are" defeated Christians "if we do not forgive our enemies and if we do not pray for them. Vatican
City (AsiaNews) - A song to Our Lady in Chinese concluded Mass celebrated today
by Pope Francis in the Casa Santa Marta, who, at the end of the prayer of the
faithful also invited prayers "for the noble Chinese people that the Lord
bless and Our...
05/24/2013MYANMAR Rakhine: Chinese-style family planning to contain Rohingya Muslims The members of the minority cannot have "more than two children," a rule designed to stop its "rapid population growth" in accordance with central government recommendations, state spokesman says. Activists complain that under the pretext of opposition to polygamy, a campaign of "ethnic cleansing" is underway.
05/24/2013INDIA Marian devotion overcomes religious barriers in India by Nirmala Carvalho People of all religions flock to Mary, so much so that 80% of the pilgrims to Marian shrines are non-Catholics, including Muslims. On the occasion of the feast of Mary Help of Christians, AsiaNews speaks with an expert in the scriptures, Fr. Errold Fernandes, to understand this phenomenon of interfaith harmony.
05/24/2013VATICAN-CHINA Archbishop Savio Hon: The World Day of Prayer for China together with Pope Francis by Bernardo Cervellera The Secretary of the Congregation for the Evangelization of Peoples comments on the words of Pope Francis, his first in explicit reference to China for the Day of Prayer launched by Benedict XVI in 2008. The intercession of Our Lady of Sheshan to strengthen the unity of the Chinese Church with the universal Church and the Pope, the successor of Peter.
05/23/2013VATICAN Pope: bishops should not be career-oriented, interested in money or compromises with the spirit of the world Celebrating the Liturgy of the Word with Italian Bishops, Francis outlines how the pastors of souls ought to be. They must be men capable of "listening to the silent stories of those who suffer, and help those who are afraid of not making it." We must also lift, reassure and inspire hope by leading our "life in accordance with God's plan, and fully commit ourselves to the Lord Jesus. From this, comes the discernment that recognises and takes on the thoughts, expectations, and needs of the people of our times."
05/23/2013VATICAN - CHINA Chinese priests and young people to attend Mass with Pope Francis
The celebration is set for tomorrow morning at the Domus Sanctae Marthae. The Pope invited Chinese priests, men and women religious, as well as young people to celebrate World Day of Prayer for the Church in China and the feast of Our Lady of Sheshan.
05/23/2013INDONESIA Mt Rokatendo's 2,000 Catholic refugees still in a critical situation by Mathias Hariyadi Lava flow forced islanders to abandon their homes in February. A medical team that visited them complains that they live in a situation of neglect and distress. The Central government and local authorities have failed to help the refugees. For a Jakarta doctor, eating twice a day is "a luxury" for them.
05/23/2013SRI LANKA - INDIA Sri Lanka to build new homes for war refugees with Indian support by Melani Manel Perera With the help of the Indian High Commission, the Sri Lankan government continues its three-year plan to re-house IDPs. The Indian High Commissioner and Sri Lanka's Economic Development Minister launch the project, "an unprecedented humanitarian action," in the east of the island.
05/23/2013CHINA - UNITED STATES Chinese activists appeal to white house against “Dog meat Festival” An online petition calls for U.S. intervention to stop a "bloody tradition." The promoters state: no "politics" motives behind the appeal. For the defenders of tradition, dog meat cures disease and improves sexual performance in men. In recent days, a rapper has spoken out against the festival.
05/23/2013AFGHANISTAN Afghan university students protest against women's rights During yesterday's protest in Kabul, protesters called for the repeal of a decree that defines domestic violence as a crime, bans child and forced marriages and says that rape victims cannot be prosecuted for adultery. It also outlaws "ba'ad", the traditional practice of exchanging women or girls to settle disputes or pay debts.
05/23/2013SYRIA - JORDAN Jordan’s Catholics march in silence for release of Syrian Orthodox bishops A candlelight vigil yesterday in Amman. Initiative was attended by hundreds of people. The march is a message of solidarity with the Patriarchate of Antioch of the Greek-Orthodox and the Syrian Orthodox Church. The kidnap of Msgr. Yohanna Ibrahim and Msgr. Boulos Yaziji afflicts not only Christians, but also secular society and Muslim.