04/21/2015VATICAN Pope: Church of today is a "Church of martyrs", many whose throats are cut, who are burnt alive or thrown into the sea "because they are Christians" "Let us think of our brothers whose throats were slit on the beach in Libya; let’s think of the young boy who was burnt alive by his companions because he was a Christian; let us think of those migrants thrown from their boat into the open sea by other migrants because they were Christians; let us think – just the day before yesterday – of those Ethiopians assassinated because they were Christians… and of many others. Many others of whom we do not even know and who are suffering in jails because they are Christians… ". Vatican City (AsiaNews) - The Church of today is "Church of martyrs", whose throats are cut, who are burnt alive or thrown into the sea "because they are Christians" and also the "hidden martyrs" who are looking for new ways to help brothers and for this are...
04/21/2015MACAU – CHINA First Mass in honour of Matteo Ricci The cause of beatification for the great Jesuit missionary is underway. Four choirs, three soloists, an organ, and brass instruments under composer Aurelio Porfiri will perform pieces and songs at St Joseph’s Seminary, an ancient place of training for missionaries in the Far East. The composer is also working on an oratorio dedicated to Ricci, with a libretto by Fr Gianni Criveller, PIME missionary in Hong Kong.
04/21/2015RUSSIA Russian rabbis calls on pope to be a bridge builder between East and West
Moscow’s Chief Rabbi Goldsmith led a delegation from the Conference of European Rabbis in a meeting with the pontiff. "We see the threat of a new wall between East and West,” he said. For this reason, as a “messenger of God,” the pope should “pull East and West back from the brink of war towards” peace.
04/21/2015THAILAND Thailand’s ruling junta to focus on the economy and social peace by Weena Kowitwanij Retired general and current Prime Minister Prayuth outlined government’s priorities: economic growth, security and the fight against corruption. He called on all Thais to work for peace and the good of the country. Tourism grows by 23 per cent. The government plans to promote social policies and boost international relations against a background of authoritarianism.
04/21/2015YEMEN – UNITED STATES – IRAN Americans send aircraft carrier to the waters off Yemen
US media are saying that the USS Theodore Roosevelt is being deployed to prevent Iran from providing weapons, especially ground-to-air missiles, to Houthi rebels. The Pentagon denies the reports. The goal would be to show support to the Saudis.
04/21/2015UN-EU UN: 800 dead in the worst Mediterranean migrant tragedy The ship that sank came from Egypt and made a stop in Tripoli (Libya) to load new passengers. The refugees were from Mali, Gambia, Senegal, Somalia, Eritrea, Bangladesh and Syria. A boat sinks near the coast of Rhodes, with 80 survivors. The EU seeks solution to stop human trafficking. In 2014 more than 170 thousand people reached Italy.
04/21/2015JAPAN Japan, train sets 603 km / h speed record Central Japan Railway test runs a train in Yamanashi province at a speed never achieved before. First 286 km of track that can accommodate the new technology is already under construction, and will be covered in just 40 minutes. Plans to market the new trains in 2027 and most attractive market is America
04/20/2015VATICAN Buddhists and Christians together against modern slavery and human trafficking Message of the Pontifical Council for Interreligious Dialogue to Buddhists for Vesakh. The Pope spoke against these "plagues" in his Message for the World Day of Peace 2015, while "the Buddha declares that trading in live beings, including slaves and prostitutes, is one of five occupations that are not to be engaged in" .
04/20/2015PHILIPPINES – VIETNAM South China Sea: Vietnam offers the Philippines a deal to contain China Talks between Hanoi and Manila are already underway as China moves into disputed area. For Benigno Aquino, “Perhaps it’s even worse today,” he said speaking about the situation. Meanwhile, joint military exercise US-Philippines military manoeuvres get underway.
04/20/2015INDONESIA – ASIA – AFRICA In the "spirit of Bandung", Asia and Africa to boost global south cooperation by Mathias Hariyadi Sixty years after the historic conference that marked the birth of the Non-Aligned Movement, heads of state and government meet again to boost multilateralism, economic growth and sustainable development. However, divisions among the leading nations – including China and Japan – are likely to limit the summit’s results.
04/20/2015BANGLADESH Land grab against Protestant community by Sumon Corraya The Barisal District Bar Association seizes land belonging to St Peter’s Church. Some 15 Christians (including 10 women) were attacked when they tried to stop the land grab.” We are ready to sacrifice our lives for the land of the Church. We shall not leave our land,” said the secretary general of the Bangladesh Christian Association.