John Paul II is beatified

17/12/2012 VATICAN - TAIWAN
Entry into force of the agreement on the recognition of study qualifications between Taiwan and the Vatican
The Treaty covers both the educational and ecclesiastical degrees awarded in every part of the world, and respect for the canonical norms concerning the structure and management of Catholic universities. It will also benefit ecclesiasticswho from mainland China will go to study at Fu Jen Catholic University of Taipei.
15/12/2012 IRAQ - VATICAN
Shiite ayatollah launches fatwa: Iraqi Christians, conversion to Islam or death
From an Egyptian TV Jihad leader Ahmad Al Baghdadi Al Hassani speaks of Christians as polytheists and friends of the Zionists. Sources tell AsiaNews: a grave fact, but the government is attentive to these claims. Card. Sandri reconsecrates the cathedral scene of the massacre in October 2010. The tears, said the cardinal, "are seeds of communion and witness".
14/12/2012 JAPAN
Tokyo, elections revolve on no to nuclear power
The elections on December 16. All candidates had to address the issue of fear of nuclear power after the Fukushima disaster. It was starting point for campaign. All candidates are in favor of its elimination, but with some ambiguity from Shinzo Abe, the almost certain winner.
14/12/2012 INDIA
Body of Msgr. Ambrose Madtha, Papal Nuncio in Ivory Coast, returns to Karnataka
The funeral will be held tomorrow in his native parish, in Belthangady. The nuncio died on 8 December in a car accident. For the archbishop of Mangalore, his funeral will be a "powerful instrument of evangelization," so that "the Year of Faith encourages us to return to an authentic faith."
14/12/2012 INDIA
Christmas tea to reconcile tribal Bodo and Assam's Muslims
A diocesan NGO in Bongaigaon is behind the initiative. In July residents were hit by floods and sectarian violence. Church and Caritas are working together to bring peace to the two communities.
14/12/2012 INDIA
Christmas tea to reconcile tribal Bodo and Assam's Muslims
A diocesan NGO in Bongaigaon is behind the initiative. In July residents were hit by floods and sectarian violence. Church and Caritas are working together to bring peace to the two communities.
14/12/2012 CHINA - VATICAN
Card.Zen: Bishop of Shanghai’s case a disgrace for Church and new Chinese leadership
By removing the title of Bishop of Shanghai from Msgr. Ma Daqin, "opportunist" bishops have obeyed Patriotic Association leaders who fear loosing control of the Church. But in doing so they are slinging mud on the new leadership in Beijing. The Vatican too slow to judge these bishops as "schismatic".
13/12/2012 JAPAN - CHINA
Tokyo sends warplanes to Senkaku / Diaoyu islands
For the first time the tug of war between Tokyo and Beijing involves airspace. The mobilization comes on the 75th anniversary of the Nanjing Massacre. The strategic importance of the islands for control of the Pacific Ocean.
13/12/2012 ITALY - ASIA
Cardinal Scola: Ensuring religious freedom for social peace
In his masterful speech for the feast of St. Ambrose, the Archbishop of Milan traces the foundations for coexistence between state and religions for the third millennium. It must be based upon respect for the religious dimension, freedom of worship, witness and activity in society of the various religions. A contribution to Western societies and those in Asia that all too often marginalize the forces of faith.