Orissa: the Hindu pogrom against Christians

03/12/2013
Most corrupt countries in the world found in Asia and Middle East
Findings are based on the Corruption Perceptions Index released by Transparency International North Korea, Afghanistan, Iraq, Uzbekistan, Turkmenistan and Syria are among the top 10 "worst" nations. Political instability and civil war favour corruption. The only Asian countries to be among the most transparent nations are Singapore and Hong Kong.
03/12/2013
Council of Cardinals to vet 'real' reform to Roman Curia
The Council's eight cardinals met this morning in the Domus Sanctae Marthae to start the review process with the Congregation for Divine Worship and the Discipline of the Sacraments. A meeting on economic issues not expected at this point in time.
02/12/2013
A 131 hour strike. Catholic activist : People victim of political conflict
For Rosaline Costa , coordinator of Hotline Bangladesh, the country " is at the mercy of the ego of politicians." She warns that the "climate has to change, otherwise the situation will get worse". Since January, 347 people have been killed in violent clashes between political factions . Most of them are innocent citizens.
02/12/2013
Pope: Christmas is not just "a nice memory”, but a "journey" towards an "encounter with the Lord"
But what is important is allowing ourselves to be open to an encounter with the Lord." "When we go to meet the Lord, we are - let's face it - the masters of this meeting , but when we let Him encounter us, it is He who enters us, it is He who makes us new again, because this is the coming, this is what the coming of Christ means".
02/12/2013
North Sumatra: Hundreds of Islamists attack Protestant community during prayer service
A group of FPI members stopped the Sunday services of the Hkbp in Binjai . Fundamentalists threaten Christians, who are forced to leave under police escort. Attack sparked by false accusations of promoting religious activities in a building without permission. A case pending for more than five years.
02/12/2013
Mar Sako: the Pope in Iraq is a "necessity" for Christians hoping in a Syria-like "miracle"
The Chaldean Patriarch testifies to the "need" for solidarity and closeness to Iraq's Christian community. Muslims appreciate the Pope Francis' "symbolic gestures ", which enhance his "prophetic character". For Mar Sako, the Christian presence in the Middle East is "essential" and its "identity" must be preserved. The ordination of a priest and six new deacons are source of hope in this time of Advent.
02/12/2013
Bangkok: police use rubber bullets in clashes with anti-government protesters
The prime minister rejects calls for her resignation, but is willing to dialogue with the opposition. Protest leaders ultimatum of "two days" for the government to quit. For now, the army remains on sidelines. Sources tell AsiaNews that the protest is degenerating and the effects on the economy are already visible.
02/12/2013
Pope receives Netanyahu and hopes for peace soon between Israelis and Palestinians
The Prime Minister renews invitation to Francis to visit Israel , which should take place at the end of May next year. Relations between the State authorities and Catholics and between Israel and the Holy See also discussed, with the hope of a speedy conclusion of overdue Accord.
02/12/2013
A 131 hour strike. Catholic activist : People victim of political conflict
For Rosaline Costa , coordinator of Hotline Bangladesh, the country " is at the mercy of the ego of politicians." She warns that the "climate has to change, otherwise the situation will get worse". Since January, 347 people have been killed in violent clashes between political factions . Most of them are innocent citizens.
02/12/2013
North Sumatra: Hundreds of Islamists attack Protestant community during prayer service
A group of FPI members stopped the Sunday services of the Hkbp in Binjai . Fundamentalists threaten Christians, who are forced to leave under police escort. Attack sparked by false accusations of promoting religious activities in a building without permission. A case pending for more than five years.
02/12/2013
Pope receives Netanyahu and hopes for peace soon between Israelis and Palestinians
The Prime Minister renews invitation to Francis to visit Israel , which should take place at the end of May next year. Relations between the State authorities and Catholics and between Israel and the Holy See also discussed, with the hope of a speedy conclusion of overdue Accord.
01/12/2013
Pope: the hope of Advent to end all wars
Pope Francis mentions the prophecy of Isaiah, turning "swords" into "ploughshares" and "spears" in "pruning hooks". Humanity must find a shared horizon for its existence. The Church and the world are walking together toward the final goal. The Virgin Mary is the model to emulate. The Pontiff's thoughts also go out to people living with AIDS, grateful to missionaries and health care workers who quietly stand by them.
30/11/2013
For Patriarch Bartholomew, Pope Francis breathes new life in the "dialogue of love" between "Sister Churches"
The decision to meet in Jerusalem in the spring of 2014 is particularly important coming on the 50th anniversary of the historic embrace between Pope Paul VI and Ecumenical Patriarch Athenagoras. "We are very saddened by our failure to reach full communion, cause of so many evils among us Christians".
30/11/2013
Singapore ranks second in the world in terms of talent competitiveness
The city-state is the only Asian country in the top 20 list based on an index established by a French business school. Japan is 21st whilst China is only 47th, out of 103 countries. A strong and stable political setting attracts students and investors and boosts small and medium-sized businesses.
30/11/2013
Pope calls for "a just and lasting solution" to the war in Syria and respect for religious freedom in the Middle East
"We are not resigned to imagine a Middle East without Christians," Pope Francis told Gregorios III Laham, Patriarch of Antioch of the Greek-Melkites. On the feast day of Saint Andrew, a thought goes to the Orthodox Churches and Patriarch Bartholomew.
29/11/2013
Bangkok, anti-government protesters besiege army headquarters
A thousand people broke into the military compound. The protesters demand the generals declare if they are "with the people or with the dictators". Opponents are demanding the resignation of the executive and the formation of a "council of the people”. Protests are likely to increase over the weekend, before the stop ahead of the king's birthday .
29/11/2013
Secular activists against Egypt's new "authoritarian" law on demonstrations
The controversial law on "unauthorised" protests claims its first victim. Alaa Abdul Fattah, a leading figure in the demonstrations against Mubarak and the Islamists, is arrested. In the Constituent Assembly, Christian Churches and al-Azhar win the battle against Salafis over Sharia.
29/11/2013
Pope: 2015 will be dedicated to consecrated life, which "is prophecy"
Francis met with 120 superiors general. Christians are asked to be radical, but men and women religious are called to follow the Lord in a special way. The problem of exclusion remains a top priority. In addition to these challenges, the Church must meet cultural and educational challenges in schools and universities.
29/11/2013
Pope: 2015 will be dedicated to consecrated life, which "is prophecy"
Francis met with 120 superiors general. Christians are asked to be radical, but men and women religious are called to follow the Lord in a special way. The problem of exclusion remains a top priority. In addition to these challenges, the Church must meet cultural and educational challenges in schools and universities.
28/11/2013
Church in Sri Lanka: No casinos, a threat to country’s dignity
The government has decided to turn a village into a luxury tourist hub, with large hotels and casinos. The site is located near the international airport. Card. Ranjith , President of the Episcopal Conference , condemns the decision: " Yes to development, but our land is not for sale ."
28/11/2013
As government and opposition agree to Geneva, a new Jihadist group emerges
A peace conference on Syria will open on 22 January 2014 in Geneva. The Syrian regime will go but not to hand over power. The Syrian National Council will also be there even though it is increasingly ostracised by jihadist groups. Turkey and Iran both want a political solution to the conflict in Syria.
28/11/2013
Nepal's first time at ICC World T20
Nepal beat Hong Kong. For some people, the victory owes a lot to prayers by Hindus, Muslims and Christian fans. The upcoming T20 is set for Bangladesh in 2014.