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03/01/2014 INDIA
Card Gracias: The Message of Peace is a recipe for India's development
The archbishop of Mumbai reflects on AsiaNews about the importance of the theme chosen by Francis for World Peace Day. "Only fraternity can save our beloved country from the evils of discrimination and social inequality. We are all brothers and sisters; we must live as a family to make the world a better place."
03/01/2014 CAMBODIA
Phnom Penh police fire on striking textile workers, three victims
Hundreds of workers protest for an increase in minimum wage. Police respond to a provocation by opening fire on the crowd . Several injured and several arrests. Human rights activists speak of the "unprecedented" use of force, a sign that the authorities want to crack down on "peaceful protests ."
23/12/2013 THAILANDIA
Bangkok, opposition wants to block February 2 vote
Anti-government campaign mounts to prevent return to the polls. Stadium used by MPs and parties to submit nominations surrounded. Prime Minister calls for respect for "democratic system". Some demonstrators want to cancel the principle of "one person, one vote" to prevent another Shinawatra victory.
20/12/2013 VATICAN
Pope: Like Mary, silence - not publicity - covers the mystery of our relationship with God
"The Shadow" which covers the Virgin is the silence in which her relationship with God grows. This guarantees fruitfulness and hope, even in the darkest moments . The silence of Mary at the foot of the Cross.
20/12/2013 IRAQ
Chaldean Patriarch: amid war and crises, Christmas is the Middle East's real hope
On his first Christmas as patriarch, Mar Raphael Louis Sako I will address the Christians of Iraq, the Middle East and the Diaspora, pointing out that the face of the Child Jesus is a source of wellness and prosperity, for our "Muslim brothers" too. Priests and the faithful must turn churches into "real grottoes," enlivened by the love and warmth of the faith.
18/12/2013 CHINA - US
China confirms US warship "near-collision"
The incident came amid tensions after China established an air defence identification zone over a swathe of the East China Sea. The two crews were able to communicate and "both vessels manoeuvred to ensure safe passage".
16/12/2013 INDONESIA
Advent: Indonesian Catholics spreading the 'virus of love' among the poor and marginalised
Catholics are preparing to celebrate Christmas with a number of initiatives of charity and sharing. They include free mobile check-ups, blood donation drives, and providing help to the neediest. The Archdiocese of Jakarta is also preparing a Christmas thanksgiving dinner for a thousand orphans.
16/12/2013 INDONESIA
Advent: Indonesian Catholics spreading the 'virus of love' among the poor and marginalised
Catholics are preparing to celebrate Christmas with a number of initiatives of charity and sharing. They include free mobile check-ups, blood donation drives, and providing help to the neediest. The Archdiocese of Jakarta is also preparing a Christmas thanksgiving dinner for a thousand orphans.
14/12/2013 JAPAN - CHINA - ASIA
Tokyo offers ASEAN 20 billion to halt Beijing’s hegemony
The funding was announced today at the ASEAN summit in Tokyo. The loan will be used mainly to develop the Mekong River region. The 10 ASEAN members send a signal to China and sign a joint declaration on freedom of movement and trade in the East China Sea .
13/12/2013 SOUTH KOREA
For Seoul archbishop, the 'Joy of the Gospel' is a tool in the fight against poverty in Korea
Pope Francis' first apostolic exhortation touches "the whole of Korean society, not just Catholics". Now the Church must reflect and join the pope in the fight against the "structural causes of poverty" and social exclusion.
13/12/2013 CHINA
Chinese boy who had his eyes gouged out leaves hospital
Six-year-old Bin-Bin spent almost four months in treatment at a Shenzhen hospital during which prosthetic eyes were implanted. Before going home, he left his toys "so that other children coming here for treatment can share" them." He is due back in six months for another operation that will allow him to capture images and detect what is in front of him.
12/12/2013 INDIA
Card. Gracias: Indian Church condemns the brutal attack on Delhi clergy
The archbishop of Mumbai defines police attack (even with batons) on consecrated and lay women as "disgraceful , dishonorable and deplorable”. It is a behavior that " reflects the lack of dignity and respect for women in this country." The cardinal appeals to the Prime Minister of India.
12/12/2013 CHINA
Baby hatches arrive in China to save abandoned children
After Xian, Shenzhen will also open a "baby hatch", a small structure equipped to accommodate abandoned infants. Catholic sources tell AsiaNews : " A good step forward in favor of life, which is under constant threat in the country. But we will have to see how it will be managed".
06/12/2013 EGYPT
Salafists to support new constitution spare the country "more anarchy"
The al-Nur Party will call on its followers to vote 'yes' in the constitutional referendum of January 2014. The move goes against the positions taken by other Islamist parties. For Salafist leader Makhyoun, the priority is to restore stability to the country. The Muslim Brotherhood instead is going back to the streets against the interim government and the new constitution.
06/12/2013 INDIA - SOUTH AFRICA
India salutes Nelson Mandela , "an apostle of non-violence like Mahatma Gandhi "
Catholic priests and human rights activists pay tribute to the South African leader as "an ideal and an icon to follow." Mandela wanted not only to "end the segregation of blacks ," but also that " all his people lived , walked and worked together." And this is what India should do to try to "fight the caste system, violence of a religious nature and social exclusion ."
06/12/2013 ASIA- SOUTH AFRICA
The world bows down to Nelson Mandela
The South African leader passed away last night at the age of 95. He was the first black president of his country. Tributes of Desmond Tutu and FW de Klerk : He taught a divided nation to live together. Also from Nobel Peace Laureates Aung San Suu Kyi and the Dalai Lama. Even China calls him "friend", although many of Mandela petitions for Tibet and dissidents have been ignored .
06/12/2013 SOUTH AFRICA
Nelson Mandela, a life of commitment and passion (timeline)
Three marriages, two degrees, a Nobel Prize and more than 27 years in prison. The life of the first leader of South Africa free from apartheid.
05/12/2013 THAILAND
Thai king marks birthday with call for peace and solidarity amid protest truce
Today, Thailand celebrates the 86th birthday of King Bhumibol Adulyadej . The monarch addresses the nation and invites the people to preserve "the public interest, stability and security." The anti-government protests promise to continue after festivities. AsiaNews sources : intellectuals, government, military and religious leaders want a peaceful resolution of the dispute.
05/12/2013 INDIA
Indian Hindu leader against inter-religious violence bill
India's parliament opens its winter session today with the Communal Violence Bill on its agenda. Narendra Modi, prime ministerial candidate for the Bharatiya Janata Party (BJP), defines the bill as a "recipe for disaster" that must be stopped. He has been blamed for deadly violence between Hindus and Muslims in Gujarat in 2002, which led to the drafting of the bill currently before parliament.
05/12/2013 THAILAND
Thai king marks birthday with call for peace and solidarity amid protest truce
Today, Thailand celebrates the 86th birthday of King Bhumibol Adulyadej . The monarch addresses the nation and invites the people to preserve "the public interest, stability and security." The anti-government protests promise to continue after festivities. AsiaNews sources : intellectuals, government, military and religious leaders want a peaceful resolution of the dispute.
05/12/2013 TIBET - CHINA
Young Tibetan father sets himself on fire calling for an end to Chinese repression
Konchon Tseten, 30, burnt for more than an hour before he was taken away by police. His current condition is unknown. When a group of Tibetans try to defend him, police intervene to arrest people, including his wife and relatives. Tseten's self-immolation is the 124th of its kind since protests began.
05/12/2013 INDIA
Indian Hindu leader against inter-religious violence bill
India's parliament opens its winter session today with the Communal Violence Bill on its agenda. Narendra Modi, prime ministerial candidate for the Bharatiya Janata Party (BJP), defines the bill as a "recipe for disaster" that must be stopped. He has been blamed for deadly violence between Hindus and Muslims in Gujarat in 2002, which led to the drafting of the bill currently before parliament.
05/12/2013 TIBET - CHINA
Young Tibetan father sets himself on fire calling for an end to Chinese repression
Konchon Tseten, 30, burnt for more than an hour before he was taken away by police. His current condition is unknown. When a group of Tibetans try to defend him, police intervene to arrest people, including his wife and relatives. Tseten's self-immolation is the 124th of its kind since protests began.
04/12/2013 BANGLADESH
Catholic Bishop calls on political leaders to talk and stop death and violence
Mgr Gervas Rozario, bishop of the Diocese of Rajshahi, told AsiaNews that "the killing of innocent civilians is intolerable" and that "people want peace." For this reason, he has called on the government and the opposition to find ways to communicate. Since January this year, 347 people have died in political unrest.
04/12/2013 RUSSIA
Russia: seven churches burned in one year in Tatarstan
Political and spiritual leaders concerned about rising fundamentalism in the Russian autonomous republic with a Muslim majority. Spiritual leaders invite people not to give in to provocations. Local priest: " The Wahhabis are the culprits."
03/12/2013 SYRIA
Nuncio in Damascus: Fate of Orthodox nuns kidnapped by Islamists still uncertain
Msgr . Zenari tells AsiaNews: "There are no reports of the religious of St. Thecla in Maaloula , in the continuing clashes between the army and rebels ." Navi Pillay , UN High Commissioner for Human Rights : "Assad also guilty of war crimes ."
03/12/2013 SYRIA - VATICAN
For Gregory III, Syria's Greek-Catholic Church has three "true martyrs"
The patriarch spoke to the pope about the tragic events in Maaloula, the Syrian Christian village where people still speak Aramaic. In a climate of terror, three men were told to repudiate their faith, and when they refused, they were publicly executed.
03/12/2013 VATICAN
Pope: "Our Lord is joyful" this is why we “can not have a joyless Church"
"We are not accustomed to thinking of Jesus smiling, joyful. Jesus was full of joy." "The joy of the Church is to evangelize, to move forward and talk about her Spouse. And also transmit this joy to the children she gives birth to, the children she nourishes".
03/12/2013 PHILIPPINES - MYANMAR
In Manila Yangon Archbishop calls for hurricane of compassion after Typhoon Haiyan
Archbishop Charles Bo celebrated Solemn Mass and took part in the 34th edition of the Intramuros Marian procession. In his homily, he called on the faithful to show compassion, extolling the generosity shown in this of difficulty and trial. "Catholics Burmese are close to you. You are an example and testimony for Christians in all of Asia."
03/12/2013 NORTH KOREA
Kim Jong-un's uncle removed in Pyongyang's latest purge
Jang Song-thaek, the regime's eminence grise who handled the transition of power after the death of Kim Jong-il, was removed from his post at the National Defence Commission. A major powerbroker in the regime, he is married to the sister of the deceased 'dear leader' and acted as his nephew's guardian. The latter now appears to be on his way to emancipation.