09/04/2015SYRIA For Gregory III Laham, young people need peace, not refugee status, to have a future Ending regional wars will prevent tragedies like that of little Aylan, Melkite Patriarch says. Peace and coexistence are needed, not refugee status. The Church reiterates is closeness to young Christians at home and abroad. Microcredit is provided to help families rebuild their life. Damascus (AsiaNews) – "The whole world saw the pictures of the Syrian Kurdish child," dead on a beach of the Turkish city of Bodrum. In view of this, "I want to make an appeal: to prevent such tragedies we need to make peace and ensure salvation and the...
09/04/2015INDIA RSS nationalists like Egypt’s Muslim Brotherhood The ultranationalist paramilitary Hindu organisation is holding a conference this week, with in attendance many government ministers and officials, including Prime Minister Modi. For Dalit rights advocate Lenin Raghuvanshi, nationalists want to impose their ideology on the government’s agenda. The main points of discussion are economic, social and religious, as well as border disputes with Pakistan and Bangladesh, not to mention India’s growing Muslim population.
09/04/2015CHINA - VATICAN Card. Zen on Anyang episcopal ordination by card. Joseph Zen Ze-kiun The bishop emeritus of Hong Kong analyzes what happened on August 4, during the ordination of Msgr. Joseph Zhang Yinlin. Card. Zen believes that there is too much “giving in” to regime’s demands
09/04/2015CHINA – UNITED STATES For Wei Jingsheng, Xi Jinping’s parade is a sign of weakness, not strength A member of the Democracy Wall movement, the well-known dissident looks at Beijing’s massive parade marking the 70th anniversary of the end of the war with Japan. For him, Chinese leaders are like “Rats carrying guns [who] only dare to be brave at home.” Harmonic relations among different generations of leaders is a sign that the anti-corruption campaign is faltering. Only democracy and rule of law can save China.
09/04/2015INDONESIA Strike in Jakarta, a "political move" not in the interests of the workers by Mathias Hariyadi Protesters demand fewer foreign workers and a 22 per cent wage hike in 2016. “People just want to work and bring money home,” source tells AsiaNews. Many see strikes as detrimental to workers. Government sources indicate “only” 30,000 jobs lost as a result of China’s crisis.
09/04/2015VATICAN Pope: The peace of Christ and the disease of gossip, which is terrorism During his homily in Santa Marta, Francis returns to speak of those who sow discord through gossip: "Christians are called to live like Jesus and bring peace, not division. We have to grow in this, we must convert, never a word spoken that divides, never, never a word that brings war, small wars, never gossip. "The exercise "biting ones’ tongue".
09/04/2015CHINA Pollution causes 1.6 million deaths per year in China UC Berkeley researchers have used Google Maps (obscured in China) to create a live map of air pollution in the country. Between April and August 2014, 38% of Chinese lived in an environment harmful to health.
09/04/2015MYANMAR Church and Caritas on frontline of Myanmar’s ongoing flood crisis by Lawrence Gam, JM Destructive toll of monsoon rains causes more than one hundred victims and affects a million people. Worst hit are Chin and Rakhine areas. Crops lost, food supplies threatened. The Catholic volunteers provide food, water and basic necessities; more than 120 thousand temporary housing units built.
09/04/2015MALAYSIA - CHINA French investigators confirm that plane fragment is from flight MH370 After a month of investigation French experts confirm that the flaperon belongs to the aircraft that disappeared in March 2014. Ministers of Australia, Malaysia and China meet today in Canberra. Relatives of the victims are still waiting for the truth. Wife of a Chinese passenger: the discovery "is of little value."
09/03/2015HONG KONG - ASIA Liver transplant highlights organ donation Hong Kong homemaker gave two-thirds of her liver to husband. Organ donation is rare in East Asia and in a recent case, the family of a dead patient refused to donate his organs. The Catholic Church has led the way in promoting the practice in South Korea where donations are rising thanks to the example of the late Cardinal Kim.
09/03/2015VATICAN - ISRAEL Pope Francis meets Israeli President Reuven Rivlin: "cordial talks" by Joshua Lapide Audience focuses on situation in the Middle East; still nascent Bilateral Agreement; the resumption of direct talks between Israel and Palestine; Christian schools. For days now these schools in Israel are on strike because the government has reduced subsidies and blocked the increases in fees. Ultra-Orthodox Jewish schools are subsidized in full.