Easter in Rome and in Asia

02/10/2013 VIETNAM
Hanoi: 30 months in prison sentence for the Catholic lawyer Le Quoc Quan
He will also have to pay a fine of more than ,000. The Court convicted him of tax evasion. The hearing lasted for a couple of hours and ended with the expected guilty sentence. Outside, thousands of police officers and government-hired thugs prevented entry into the courtroom to supporters of the activist.
02/10/2013 INDIA
Christian Leader: On the day of nonviolence, India betrays the ideals of Mahatma Gandhi
Today the whole world celebrates the day for non-violence, established by the U.N. in honor of the birth of the country's spiritual leader. In India it is a national holiday, but many religious attacks betray the constitutional principles on which the nation was founded. In Karnataka, new cases of anti-Christian violence are worrying. Sajan George: "Gandhi believed in a free India based on religious pluralism".
01/10/2013 IRAN - USA
Tehran - Washington, Rouhani aims to restart direct flights
The new president moves to restore the air route closed since 1979. Hundreds gather to welcome him home in Iran on his return from New York. Isolated protests from radical Islamists, but the Pasdaran warn: "U.S. hostility can not be forgotten after a phone call ."
01/10/2013 INDIA
Pogrom of Orissa, 7 innocent Christians convicted with false accusations
The Court will issue the ruling on 3 October. The convicted Christians are held responsible for the murder of Hindu leader Laxamananda Saraswati, who unleashed the violent anti-Christian persecutions of 2008. The Maoists have claimed responsibility for the murder from the beginning, but the state authorities have always ignored the admission of liability.
01/10/2013 BANGLADESH
Bangladesh: War Court sentences to death a member of the nationalist party
The Court has deemed the member of parliament Salahuddin Quader Chowdhury guilty of crimes against humanity during the war of independence. He is the first member of the Bangladesh Nationalist Party to be tried by these courts: previously only Islamic party leaders been convicted.
01/10/2013 CHINA
Xi Jinping calls on religions to help fight corruption
Unbridled economic development and materialism has undermined the moral standards of Chinese society, especially in the Communist Party . The president and secretary general plan on giving more freedom to Buddhism, Taoism and Confucianism to restore morality to the tired Chinese society. But Prof. Liu Peng believes it beneficial to launch a real law for the freedom of all religions , including Christianity and Islam.
01/10/2013 NEPAL
Nepalese Church: Youth an instrument of social change
Fr. Rabin Rai calls on the faithful to fight inequalities: "youth and their parents should use God's message to avoid every form of oppression and injustice." All the country's churches join the appeal of the pastor from Kathmandu.
01/10/2013 CHINA
Xi Jinping calls on religions to help fight corruption
Unbridled economic development and materialism has undermined the moral standards of Chinese society, especially in the Communist Party . The president and secretary general plan on giving more freedom to Buddhism, Taoism and Confucianism to restore morality to the tired Chinese society. But Prof. Liu Peng believes it beneficial to launch a real law for the freedom of all religions , including Christianity and Islam.
30/09/2013 VIETNAM
Hanoi : thousands hold candlelight vigil for release of Catholic lawyer Le Quoc Quan
On October 2 the first hearing in the activist trial, accused of tax fraud . The faithful carry signs and banners asking the government for his release. Similar initiatives in Ho Chi Minh City and Vinh , his native diocese. During the months of captivity he was not allowed to meet family or lawyer.
30/09/2013 ASIA - USA
Asian markets fall amid fear of U.S. government (budget) crisis
Stock markets all in the negative. Decision is expected by midnight today: Republicans and Democrats need to discuss whether to integrate or not the cost of Obamacare. On October 17, risk of hitting the U.S. debt ceiling.
30/09/2013 TIBET - CHINA
Tibet, at Mani prayer festival a new self-immolation against the Chinese occupation
A farmer, father of two, sets himself on fire during the day Buddhist prayer. The authorities take the corpse of the victim by force: "We need it for investigation."
30/09/2013 VATICAN
Pope: April 27, 2014 John Paul II and Pope Roncalli will be proclaimed saints
The day chosen by Francis is that of Divine Mercy Sunday, a feast inaugurated by Pope Wojtyla.
30/09/2013 VATICAN
Pope: not "functionalism" , but peace and joy sign of God's presence in the Church
"The Church is well organized ! Very well, but without memory and without promise! The Church cannot go on like this: it will be a Church of power struggles, a Church of jealousies among the baptized and many other things that exist when there is no memory and no promise", which is gifted it by the elderly and children.
30/09/2013 PAKISTAN-ISLAM
More blood in Peshawar. Christians pray for victims and peace in the country
Yesterday morning a car bomb struck the town market, not far from the All Saints Church, place of the massacre of 22 September. At least 33 people dead and 70 wounded in the third attack in a few days. The Bishop of Islamabad: "Pakistan is at the crossroads; remain united against terrorism".
30/09/2013 INDIA
Mumbai: there are new 'Lazarus and Dives' in India
In the homily yesterday the Vice-Rector of the basilica of Santa Maria del Monte in Bandra (Mumbai) has compared the parable to the growing gap between rich and poor in the country. Only with "cooperation and solidarity" can people "live safe".
30/09/2013 VATICAN
Pope establishes a "Council of Cardinals " to help govern the Church and reform the Curia
With a Chirograph Francis officially establishes the Council, whose number may vary depending on the needs , " whose task is to help in the government of the universal Church and to study a draft revision of the Apostolic Constitution Pastor Bonus on the Roman Curia ." Members will be consulted both individually and collectively.