08/05/2015VATICAN Pope: "No closed doors" to divorced and remarried, they are part of the life of the Church At the general audience, returning to his catechesies on the Family, Pope Francis asks all Christians to behave like the Good Shepherd, welcoming couples who are divorced and remarried and their children because they "are not excommunicated." They "can develop their belonging to Christ" through prayer, listening to the word of God and service to the poor, “participating in the liturgy." The Pope did not, however, mention participation in the Eucharist. A group of pilgrims from mainland China greet the Pope and sing the "Our Father" in Chinese. Vatican City (AsiaNews) - Divorced and remarried couples "are not excommunicated" and "should never be treated as such: they are always part of the Church." This was thewarm and heartfelt appeal that Pope Francis...
08/05/2015CHINA Guizhou: two children die stabbed in another left-behind tragedy Bijie is sadly known in China for the number of left-behind children who have died. Neighbours reported nothing unusual to investigators. In 2012, five children died from carbon monoxide poisoning sheltering in a rubbish container. In 2015, four died from drinking pesticide.
08/05/2015CHINA - KAZAKHSTAN Winter Games, Almaty's disappointment and an online "funeral” for the Chinese mountain The International Olympic Committee has chosen Beijing for the 2022 Games. Mountaineers complain that skiing will cause irreparable environmental damage. Haituo mountain is a natural barrier against pollution and dust storms affecting Beijing. The competition area is located near a nature reserve. Almaty residents and the Kazakhstan authorities disappointed by defeat of only four votes.
08/05/2015MYANMAR For Yangon cardinal, Myanmar’s flood victims need immediate food and aid by Francis Khoo Thwe Floods so far have killed 69 people, displacing another 260,000, but the final figure is expected to get much worse. The situation is critical in Rakhine state, already torn by sectarian violence. For Card Bo, aid is needed right away because of the massive devastation. The Church is playing a leading role in terms of aid and volunteers.
08/05/2015INDIA India, two trains derailed by floods: 24 dead The vehicles were crossing a bridge. The river flooded the tracks, which gave in. According to a government report of 2012, at least 15 thousand people die each year in rail accidents.
08/04/2015VATICAN Pope to altar servers: The joy of friendship with Jesus makes us all missionaries Meeting thousands of participants in the international pilgrimage "Here I am Lord. Send me!", involving children and young people from about 20 countries, Francis thanks the altar servers and recalls that "it was God who made the first move. God’s actions were not impeded by his imperfections; it was God’s goodness alone that enables us to take up the mission, transforming us nto a totally new person and therefore one able to respond to the call of the Lord"
08/04/2015CHINA – VATICAN Calm episcopal ordination in Anyang, a model for the mission in China by Bernardo Cervellera The ordination took place today with three bishops loyal to the pope. The bishop and the diocese have always engaged the government in dialogue, but have always set the religious mission as their priority, and rejected the Chinese Catholic Patriotic Association. The local Church is closely involved in catechesis, health care, and education, building on the tradition of PIME missionaries, who served the diocese for decades.
08/04/2015PHILIPPINES – INDONESIA For Filipino bishop, Mary Jane Veloso is innocent; those who took advantage of her should be punished The Filipino woman is in jail in Indonesia, convicted of drug trafficking. The death sentence still hangs over her. The president of the Episcopal Commission for the care of migrants told AsiaNews, “They used her, and robbed her of her innocence.” The Church will pray for her and protect her children. “We hope and we are convinced that Mary Jane will be spared the death sentence.”
08/04/2015INDIA Tamil Nadu inaugurates seven milk banks by Nirmala Carvalho The initiative coincides with World Breastfeeding Week (1-7 August). Its goal is to safeguard the health of newborns and reduce infant mortality.
08/04/2015TIBET – CHINA China’s Communist Party will pick the “next Dalai Lama, period!” The party’s politburo met in Beijing chaired by President Xi Jinping to settle the “Tibetan question” once and for all. No unauthorised reincarnations will be allowed. China’s Communist government wants to interfere in purely religious matters, exploiting traditions that precede the People’s Republic by centuries. For Tibetan lawmaker, this “is ridiculous at best”.