The Pope in Turkey

25/05/2014 VATICAN - HOLY LAND
Pope in Israel: "our disagreements must not frighten us and paralyse our progress towards unity"
Francis and Bartholomew embrace in the Holy Sepulchre 50 years after Paul VI and Athenagoras did the same, focusing on the duty to "offer a common witness". They also hope to find "a means of exercising the specific ministry of the Bishop of Rome which, in fidelity to his mission, can be open to a new situation and can be, in the present context, a service of love and of communion acknowledged by all."
24/05/2014 VATICAN - HOLY LAND
Pope in Jordan: "A country committed to peace", that "respects religious freedom "
Arriving in Amman, Pope Francis stresses the welcome that the country offers many refugees , including those of Syria, " ravaged by a conflict which has lasted all too long". He acknowledges “with deep regret the continuing grave tensions in the Middle East”. "An affectionate greeting to the Christian communities present in this country since apostolic times, contributing to the common good of the society of which they are fully a part."
24/05/2014 VATICAN - HOLY LAND
Pope in Jordan: "A country committed to peace", that "respects religious freedom "
Arriving in Amman, Pope Francis stresses the welcome that the country offers many refugees , including those of Syria, " ravaged by a conflict which has lasted all too long". He acknowledges “with deep regret the continuing grave tensions in the Middle East”. "An affectionate greeting to the Christian communities present in this country since apostolic times, contributing to the common good of the society of which they are fully a part."
23/05/2014 RUSSIA
International Economic Forum opens in St. Petersburg, in midst of crisis and sanctions
Renamed the "Russian Davos", the event this year takes place in the shadow of Western sanctions over Ukrainian crisis, and the boycott of some large American companies. Moscow is self-assured, bolstered by mega agreement on gas supplies to China.
23/05/2014 THAILAND
Bangkok, Army summons ex-premier: Travel bans and threats of arrest for politicians
Former Prime Minister Yingluck is summoned with 100 other prominent politicians before the military leaders. Schools and offices closed. The crisis in Thailand worries UN and Western governments, the U.S. threatens to cut off funds. Economy and tourism at risk. AsiaNews sources in Bangkok: " The harshest coup in recent years". Situation calmer in the north.
23/05/2014 CHINA
Chinese Church celebrates more than 20 thousand baptism at Easter
According to data from Faith Press, between the Easter vigil and Easter Sunday, over 20 thousand people (mostly adults) were Baptized. However people are usually welcomed into the Church at Christmas or during the Chinese New Year. The data shows an increase in conversions.
23/05/2014 INDONESIA
Jakarta, (Islamic) Minister for Religions accused of making money from the Hajj
Anti-corruption Commission is investigating Suryadharma Ali, a high-profile member of President Yudhoyono’s government and the most important Islamic party, the PPP. He skimmed money from visas and the organization of pilgrimages to Mecca. No links to the presidential campaign, but the political implications are inevitable.
23/05/2014 CHINA
Chinese Church celebrates more than 20 thousand baptism at Easter
According to data from Faith Press, between the Easter vigil and Easter Sunday, over 20 thousand people (mostly adults) were Baptized. However people are usually welcomed into the Church at Christmas or during the Chinese New Year. The data shows an increase in conversions.
23/05/2014 BANGLADESH
Bangladesh Catholic doctors provide free medical care to 248 tribals
The Association of Bangladesh Catholic Doctors (ABCD), which is affiliated with the local Bishops' Conference, organised a mobile clinic in the Diocese of Mymensingh. "We live in the woods and there are no hospitals nearby," said one local. In the country, there are only five doctors and two nurses per 10,000 people.