09/19/2014VATICAN Pope: Evangelii gaudium, many "tired and haggard" people wait for the Church Speaking to the participants of the International meeting for the "Pastoral Project of 'Evangelii gaudium'", Francis stressed the need for listening and human proximity as the key to effective evangelisation. Let us do good without expecting a reward. Let us sow and bear witness." Vatican City
(AsiaNews) - The Gospel of Matthew talks about the "compassion of Jesus
who, before the crowds, saw them tired and haggard, like sheep without a
shepherd." Reflected in this image are the many "tired and...
09/19/2014HONG KONG - CHINA Occupy Central adopts "Taiwan model" for protests The goal is to maintain calm during demonstrations, as the 'sunflower' movement did in Taipei, which forced the Taiwan government to back down on a trade pact with Beijing. The behaviour of pro-Beijing officials is eliciting growing disdain. They are "resorting to red-guard tactics to resist change".
09/19/2014BHUTAN Protestant pastors convicted of "attempted proselytising" in Bhutan The two were sentenced for engaging in "unauthorised fundraising" and organising a meeting for the purpose of worship "without the necessary permits". The authorities repeatedly changed the charges during the trial. There is no substantial evidence of guilt. This story is but another example of religious freedom violation and persecution of the Christian minority.
09/19/2014SRI LANKA Card Ranjith: Joseph Vaz as saint, a missionary example for the Church in Sri Lanka The archbishop of Colombo tells AsiaNews that he hopes to see Pope Francis celebrate the canonisation during his visit next January to the former Ceylon. "In the chocking effect of secularism and religious indifferentism, the life of the blessed will be a strong indication for our people of where our options ought to be.
09/19/2014CHINA China, internment in a mental hospital for criticizing government The new Mental Health Act of 2013 prohibits the forced hospitalization without consulting a doctor, but the authorities ignore it. Shi Genyuan and Song Zaimin "disappear" after their arrest and reappear in psychiatric facilities, tied to the bed and sedated. The practice has been going on for decades.
09/19/2014RUSSIA - UKRAINE The challenge of winter in the Russian-Ukrainian conflict by Vladimir Rozanskij The United States and European sanctions and Russian counter-sanctions damage the economy on both sides. The shortage of gas in Ukraine and in the pro-Russian areas will test ideological leanings. The signs of the end of globalization, with the growth of localism, the risk of the West’s demise and religious fundamentalism.
09/19/2014IRAQ Mosul, the Islamic State "bans Christians from school" Archbishop Nona tells AsiaNews, an entire "generation is in danger of not being educated". The schools turned into shelters, cannot accommodate lessons. The Church is racing against the clock to find housing, but only a fraction of the institutions will be able to resume activities. In the city and Nineveh plain population is increasingly hostile to the Islamist militias, 98% want "their expulsion."
09/19/2014PHILIPPINES Over 50 thousand flee flooding in Manila, schools and offices closed The heavy rains caused by tropical storm Fung-Wong have paralyzed the capital. 268 mm of rain, 76% of the monthly average fell in a few hours. More rain predicted. 21 domestic flights canceled, some international routes diverted. So far, no deaths or injuries.
09/18/2014CHINA - VATICAN Chinese Church: confidence and caution in Pope Francis' invitation to Xi Jinping to meet at the Vatican by Bernardo Cervellera The story first reported by an Argentinian online paper stands out in Catholic websites in China. The pontiff's hand written letter was delivered to close Xi aides. For a priest in northern China, this is a first step that shows great respect for the Chinese president. The second step will be to speak about the problems of the Catholic Church in China. Hong Kong waits for Xi's response before evaluating matters. China and the Vatican see eye to eye on a multi-polar world and the problems of the Middle East. Ping-pong diplomacy is played out for world peace and religious freedom and democracy in China.
09/18/2014INDIA - CHINA Xi Jinping in India to "create a better tomorrow" for Asia and humanity As Indian Prime Minister Narendra Modi welcomed China's president, praising the new bilateral entente, which will enable them to "script history". Long-term trading partners, the two Asian giants want to boot their relationship to make Asia the main player in the third millennium as the end of the US-centred unipolar world comes to an end. Both leaders also represent a major generational shift since they were born after their respective country's foundational moments.