12/01/2015CHINA IMF welcomes inclusion of the yuan among reserve currencies China’s currency joins club of dollar, euro, yen and pound. Together they decide special withdrawal rights from international organization’s reserves. The decision will take effect from 1 October 2016. Beijing (AsiaNews / Agencies) - After about a month of technical evaluation, the IMF has approved the inclusion of the yuan renminbi - the "people's currency" of China – among its reserve currencies. The decision was reached yesterday evening by the IMF...
12/01/2015MYANMAR Shan, gunmen kidnap 50 civilians. Thousands flee fighting. by Francis Khoo Thwe The raid took place amid clashes in an area of conflict between the Burmese army and rebel militias. Identity of the assailants unknown. Shan militias are among those who have not signed a ceasefire with the outgoing national government. Activists warn of war crimes. Burmese Cardinal: "Peace, priority of the new NLD led government ".
11/30/2015BANGLADESH Bangladesh’s only Catholic weekly, "a love letter to the Church" by Sumon Corraya The Catholic community is marking the 75th anniversary of Pratibeshi, a weekly founded in 1940. Run by the Office for Social Communications of the Bishops Conference, the paper is a member of the World Catholic Association for Communication. Its 8,000 copies are available in Bangladesh and abroad. For Mgr Gervas Rozario, “We publish it to serve people through the doctrine of the Church.”
11/30/2015VIETNAM Land of 444 martyrs, Bà Ria gets a new bishop, local Catholics rejoice by Thanh Thuy Pope Francis named Emmanuel Nguyễn Sơn Hồng as the new bishop on Friday. Trained in Paris dogmatic theology, the priest becomes auxiliary bishop in the southern Vietnamese diocese whose history goes back 300 years. In 1862, Vietnamese imperial troops burnt down local prisons when the French attacked.
11/30/2015INDIA Parliament set to focus on growing intolerance in winter session Opposition leaders have planned discussions on the growing intolerance in both houses. Bollywood stars are concerned about the climate of violence. Interior Minister unleashes political reactions for saying that Ambedkar did not consider it "necessary" to include the term "secularism" and "socialism" in the Constitution.
11/30/2015VATICAN - CAR Pope to Bangui, sectarian violence between Christians and Muslims "disfigures the face of God" Francis visits Kaudoukou mosque and says " no to hatred, no to revenge and no to violence, particularly that violence which is perpetrated in the name of a religion or of God himself. God is peace, God salam". At Mass he calls on faithful to carry on work of missionaries, looking at '' other side '. "Every baptized person must continually break with the old man, sinful man, always ready to awaken to the call of the devil."
11/30/2015INDONESIA Muslim businessman proposes Bali as "sharia" tourism destination by Mathias Hariyadi The chairman of the Sharia Economic Society has proposed the creation of specific services in accordance with Muslim law in the most visited Indonesian island. The idea, he says, works from an economic standpoint because it attracts visitors requiring "halal services". Numerous criticisms have been raised in the archipelago: "Do not ruin Bali, a place of tolerance and encounter".
11/30/2015IRAQ – VATICAN Amid violence and persecution, mercy is the Christian way, says Patriarch Sako by Louis Raphael I Sako* The Chaldean patriarch issues a pastoral letter for the beginning of the Extraordinary Jubilee of Mercy. It is the way forward in times of trial and suffering. It is not “a vague ideal,” but a "dynamic behavior “in the light of faith" and “in the manner of Jesus." Martyrdom is charism of the Eastern Church. Muslims are invited to work together "in peace and harmony."
11/30/2015FRANCE - UN Paris: difficult negotiations underway in COP21 on climate change The goal of the 21st Conference of the Parties is to reduce global warming by 2 degrees Celsius. But less developed countries complain that the limit is not sufficient to ensure their economic development. Yesterday peaceful climate march marred by clashes between thugs and the police. Hollande: "Scandalous events there where there are flowers, candles and other mementos in memory of the victims of the Paris attacks."
11/30/2015SYRIA Islamic State has executed over 3,500 people in Syria, more than 2 thousand civilians According to updated data from the Syrian Observatory for Human Rights in the last month alone there have been 53 executions, including 35 civilians. The jihadists have also executed at least 103 women and 77 children. Among those civilians killed, many accused of witchcraft, homosexuality and collaborating with the enemy.
11/29/2015VATICAN -CAR Pope to Bangui, "I come as a pilgrim of peace, and an apostle of hope" Francis is in Bangui where, this afternoon, he will open the Holy Door of the cathedral. "Unity, dignity, work. Three words full of meaning. " "I would like particularly to draw the attention of everyone, citizens and national leaders, international partners and multinational societies, to their grave responsibility in making use of environmental resources". In a country torn apart by violence, the first visit dedicated to a refugee camp: "We must work and pray and do everything for peace, but peace without love, friendship, tolerance and forgiveness is not possible."