Papal trips to Asia

28/10/2014
Pyongyang open talks with Tokyo over Japanese kidnapped by the Kim regime
During the 1970’s and ‘80’s, North Korea kidnapped at least 13 Japanese citizens to "train them as spies to use in the Land of the Rising Sun". Five returned home in 2002; mystery surrounds the fate of the other eight. To re-open a channel of dialogue, the government of Shinzo Abe has withdrawn some sanctions against the regime.
28/10/2014
Tibetan Buddhist monk sentenced to 12 years for "separatism"
Tsangyang Gyatso, chant leader at a monastery in Trido, was arrested in March with three other monks. The charges against him have not been made public, and the fate of those who were arrested with him remains unknown. A flurry of arrests is carried out in the area, where graffiti say, "Tibet is independent".
28/10/2014
Hanoi and Beijing seeking shared solutions to maritime disputes
The two Communist governments agree to a mechanism for defining boundaries and "appropriately handle" issues. Both seek peace, stability and development. There are however some critics. For a Vietnamese official, Beijing will never give up its maritime ambitions.
28/10/2014
Tibetan Buddhist monk sentenced to 12 years for "separatism"
Tsangyang Gyatso, chant leader at a monastery in Trido, was arrested in March with three other monks. The charges against him have not been made public, and the fate of those who were arrested with him remains unknown. A flurry of arrests is carried out in the area, where graffiti say, "Tibet is independent".
28/10/2014
Letter from Archbishop of Mosul: Thank you for your aid, supporting the plight of refugees
The donations made through the "Adopt a Christian from Mosul" campaign are used to buy food, warm clothes, blankets for refugees and rent houses or caravans given the early onset of winter and. Two women have defended their Christian faith before the Islamist militants who wanted to convert them, despite the threat of death. A refugee among refugees, Msgr. Nona discovers a new way of being a pastor.
28/10/2014
Baghdad, at least 38 dead and dozens wounded in a double bomb attack
A suicide bomber blew himself up near a government checkpoint in Jurf al-Sakhar, 50 km south of the capital. Islamic State terrorists behind the attack on: casualties among government forces and Shiite militias. The second attack took place in the district of Karrada in central Baghdad.
28/10/2014
Pope: Jesus builds the Church, which we must enter, not linger on the threshold
When he chose the apostles, they were "all sinners", but Jesus did not look at their sin, but their heart. " We cannot understand the Church without Jesus who prays and heals. May the Holy Spirit help us understand that this Church has its strength is in Jesus’s prayer that can heal us all ". We are citizens of this Church. "If we do not enter this temple, if we are not part of this construction so the Holy Spirit dwells within us, we are not in the Church."
28/10/2014
Fr Belisario: From Colombia to Bangladesh, the "madness" of the mission
Fr Belisario de Jesus Montoya Cyrus, 29, is a Colombian priest from the diocese of Sonsón-Rionegro. A month ago, he left for Bangladesh. For him, the missio ad gentes should be part of every priest's baggage. Although the pain of separation is too much for his parents ("They cried as if I had been laid to rest in a coffin."), for him, this is the way to be "like Jesus" and experience the Church's universality.
28/10/2014
Malala not alone as Pakistan's gender gap gets wider
In its annual report, the World Economic Forum ranks the South Asian nation 141st out of 142 countries in terms of gender inequality. In the past few years, it has lost 30 positions. Nobel Prize laureate Malala is example and incentive for women. A forum slam the conditions of home-based workers, with neither legal status nor rights.
28/10/2014
Turkmenistan to free conscientious objectors
Amnesty marks the 23rd anniversary of the country's independence from the Soviet Union. Six prisoners had been convicted for conscientious objection; two for exercising their right to freedom of religion and worship.
27/10/2014
Ukrainian elections: prime minister Yatseniuk’s party takes lead
The results are still provisional. The prime minister is highly unpopular with Moscow, he favors a hard-line to resolve the conflict in the East. The Kremlin considers him Obama’s "puppet". Second place goes to the Poroshenko formation. Talks underway to form a coalition capable of ensuring peace and reform.
27/10/2014
More than 100 thousand Rohingya Muslims flee persecution and violence in Myanmar
According to activist groups, the number of "boat people" is increasing. The new exodus began on 15 October with an average of 900 people a day and an estimated 10 thousand in less than two weeks. Government policies aimed at the expulsion of the Muslim minority.
27/10/2014
Pope: Our words tell if we are "Christians of light, of darkness or gray areas"
"There are Christians bright, full of light who seek to serve the Lord in this light" and there are "dark Christians" who lead "a life of sin, a life distant from the Lord" and those who are "first on this side, then on the other ". "Also in gray areas. They are lukewarm".