Fr. Andrea Santoroa missionary killed in Turkey

13/08/2014 UKRAINE - RUSSIA
Synod to vote for new Moscow-loyal Ukrainian Orthodox Metropolitan of Kyiv
Tonight Vladimir's successor will be chosen. The late primate passed away on 5 July. His replacement will receive the blessing of Kirill, Patriarch of Moscow. Many fear political meddling in the selection of candidates. Bishop Onufry, locum tenens of Kyiv, and Metropolitan Alexander, a friend of President Poroshenko, are among the leading contenders.
13/08/2014 KOREA - VATICAN - AYD
Daejeon, thousands celebrate opening of the Asian Youth Day
Gathered in the sanctuary of Solmoe, birthplace of the first Korean priest, they come from 23 countries of the continent. Bishop You: "You have to make our Church a young and missionary reality. To do this, study Evangelii Gaudium". Young Indonesian tells AsiaNews: "I never thought that Korea was so beautiful, I am grateful to God for this experience of universality."
13/08/2014 KOREA - VATICAN
Gu-Won Lee, with Pope Francis I will proclaim the Gospel of life with no legs or arms
Suffering from severe congenital malformations, the young man was abandoned at birth. Adopted by a Catholic priest, he managed to graduate at the Catholic University of Daejeon and entered as a lay brother in the Missionary Society of St. Luke. "I want to communicate to Korea and to the world the message of hope in our Lord." In two days he will meet the Pope.
13/08/2014 KOREA - VATICAN
Seoul, families of the Sewol victims to remain in Square: "Overjoyed for Pope, but we want justice"
Standoff between the group together holding a sit-in in Seoul’s central square, and the government that wants to evict them before the beatification ceremony for 124 Korean martyrs. The spokesman for the families tells AsiaNews: "We have nothing against the Pope, the Church, or martyrs. Indeed, we are certain that Francis will bring great comfort to our grief. But we can not abandon our sit-in."
13/08/2014 KOREA - VATICAN
Gu-Won Lee, with Pope Francis I will proclaim the Gospel of life with no legs or arms
Suffering from severe congenital malformations, the young man was abandoned at birth. Adopted by a Catholic priest, he managed to graduate at the Catholic University of Daejeon and entered as a lay brother in the Missionary Society of St. Luke. "I want to communicate to Korea and to the world the message of hope in our Lord." In two days he will meet the Pope.
13/08/2014 UKRAINE - RUSSIA
Synod to vote for new Moscow-loyal Ukrainian Orthodox Metropolitan of Kyiv
Tonight Vladimir's successor will be chosen. The late primate passed away on 5 July. His replacement will receive the blessing of Kirill, Patriarch of Moscow. Many fear political meddling in the selection of candidates. Bishop Onufry, locum tenens of Kyiv, and Metropolitan Alexander, a friend of President Poroshenko, are among the leading contenders.
13/08/2014 UKRAINE - RUSSIA
Synod to vote for new Moscow-loyal Ukrainian Orthodox Metropolitan of Kyiv
Tonight Vladimir's successor will be chosen. The late primate passed away on 5 July. His replacement will receive the blessing of Kirill, Patriarch of Moscow. Many fear political meddling in the selection of candidates. Bishop Onufry, locum tenens of Kyiv, and Metropolitan Alexander, a friend of President Poroshenko, are among the leading contenders.
13/08/2014 SRI LANKA
Pakistani refugee pleads for his compatriots not to be sent home to be killed
A Protestant pastor appeals on behalf of dozens of refugees seeking political asylum in Sri Lanka. Disregarding the request by the UN agency for refugees, Sri Lanka's government has begun deportation. At least 84 Pakistanis, 71 Afghans and 2 Iranians could be expelled.
13/08/2014 EGYPT - ISLAM
For Catholic Church spokesman, Egyptian Muslims show solidarity with Iraq's persecuted Christians
Media and civil society groups are following with concern events in the Arab country. Criticism is expressed against the inertia of Arab and Muslim leaders. Father Greiche describes a nation that is slowly recovering with "a sense of greater security." The Qur'an and the sayings of the Prophet have become the subject of "non-violent" interpretation.
13/08/2014 NEPAL
To stop Ebola, Nepal to monitor all foreigners arriving from Africa
The monitoring programme is scheduled to last three weeks. Nepalis will not be allowed to travel to African countries. Screening centres have been set up at the airport in Kathmandu and on the border with India and China. The government hopes to prevent an epidemic.
12/08/2014 INDONESIA - ISLAM
Aceh, the operative base for the Islamic Caliphate in Asia, through recruitment and indoctrination
Fringes of the jihadist movement already active in 16 provinces in the Indonesian archipelago. Thousands of people have sworn allegiance to the fundamentalist leader Abu Bakar Al-Baghdadi. Most are veterans of the jihad with extensive experience in Afghanistan or, on the domestic front of the Moluccas. Jakarta: some areas are "fertile ground" for enrollment.
12/08/2014 IRAQ
Baghdad: as a new premier is named to stop the Islamist advance, al Sistani expresses solidarity to Christians
President Masum names Iraq's deputy parliamentary speaker as the new prime minister, a decision approved by the White House and the United Nations. However, outgoing Prime Minister al Maliki says he will resist the move. In Najaf the Chaldean patriarch and Iraq's highest Shia religious leader meet. Both are committed to Iraq's national unity, territorial integrity and all its components.
12/08/2014 INDIA
Ultranationalist Indians to impose Hindutva on religious minorities
Social activist Ram Puniyani sounds the alarm after recent statements by the president of the Rashtriya Swayamsevak Sangh (RSS). The Hindu leader said that Hindutva is the "cultural identity of all Indians", which radical groups want to impose in order to create an "all Hindu" state.
12/08/2014 INDIA
Ultranationalist Indians to impose Hindutva on religious minorities
Social activist Ram Puniyani sounds the alarm after recent statements by the president of the Rashtriya Swayamsevak Sangh (RSS). The Hindu leader said that Hindutva is the "cultural identity of all Indians", which radical groups want to impose in order to create an "all Hindu" state.
12/08/2014 VATICAN - ISLAM
Pontifical Council for Interreligious Dialogue slams Islamic Caliphate crimes and barbarism
Caliphate militants are responsible for inhumane actions like public executions, humiliation of women, and terror towards Christians, Yezidis and members of other religions. The Vatican body calls on Islamic religious leaders and governments to condemn these crimes and prosecute their authors to boost their credibility and willingness to engage in dialogue. The goal is to strengthen the coexistence between Christians and Muslims that has lasted for centuries amid the ups and downs.
12/08/2014 VATICAN - ISLAM
Pontifical Council for Interreligious Dialogue slams Islamic Caliphate crimes and barbarism
Caliphate militants are responsible for inhumane actions like public executions, humiliation of women, and terror towards Christians, Yezidis and members of other religions. The Vatican body calls on Islamic religious leaders and governments to condemn these crimes and prosecute their authors to boost their credibility and willingness to engage in dialogue. The goal is to strengthen the coexistence between Christians and Muslims that has lasted for centuries amid the ups and downs.
11/08/2014 IRAQ - VATICAN
Patriarch of Baghdad: plight of Christians should inflict "pain" on consciences of mankind and institutions
The continued Islamic Caliphate violence against Christians and Yazidis. Reports of mass graves and the seizure of hundreds of women, dozens of dead dehydrated children. Appeals of Pope Francis against those who commit "hatred in the name of God". Appeals Mar Sako, who speaks of the "alarming" situation and judges Washington's position "disappointing".
05/08/2014 CHINA
Earthquake in Yunnan, Catholics at forefront in helping survivors
The quake killed more than 380 people: thousands are wounded, more than 60 thousand displaced. The affected area is unreachable because of torrential rains, causing a series of landslides blocking all communications. The diocese launches a chain of prayers and collects basic necessities to send to the population.
04/08/2014 INDIA
Surrogacy: the case of Gammy, "son of the commodification of women"
Speaking to AsiaNews, an Indian doctor, member of the Pontifical Academy for Life, talks about the story of the baby born to a surrogate Thai mother who was abandoned by his Australian "parents" because he has Down. The lack of legislation is a problem for a practice that is "fruit of the culture of death."