09/02/2015VATICAN Pope: Never again war, the plea of minorities and persecuted Christians On the anniversary of the end of the Second World War, Francis asks that “the world today no longer experience the horrors and the appalling suffering of such tragedies. But she does!”. "The alliance between families and God, called today to combat the desertification of the modern city." Vatican City (AsiaNews) - "Never again war", persecutions, sufferings, arms trafficking. This was the rallying call made by Pope Francis on the anniversary of the end of the Second World War, with Japan's surrender on Sept. 2, 1945.
09/02/2015CHINA – HONG KONG China and the Cross, a history of miracles that conquer demolitions The symbol of the Christian religion appeared in the sky over China many times in past centuries. Official documents held at the Roman College contain the stories of those who saw the bright cross. Given these facts, even if the government takes down the crosses, what prevents them from reappearing?
09/02/2015BANGLADESH Muslims, Hindus and Christians pay homage to Catholic doctor Edric Baker by Sumon Corraya The New Zealand native died yesterday at the age of 74. In Bangladesh, he founded the Kaliakuri Health Care Project in Tangail District. During his 35 years of service, he took care of the country’s poor. For the bishop of Mymensingh, "he was an example of how we can sincerely take to heart caring for people.” A documentary by a producer working for state television raised his profile, and led the government to grant him Bangladeshi citizenship.
09/02/2015SINGAPORE Singapore elections: Church tells Catholics to cast a moral and responsible ballot The city-state is set to renew its parliament on 11 September. After 50 years in power, the ruling party remains the frontrunner, but the opposition has become competitive. Archbishop Goh reminds Catholics that they have a right and duty to vote. The Church’s task is to promote people and the common good. It does not endorse any candidate or party, but informs people’s conscience.
09/02/2015MYANMAR Electoral Commission rejects candidacy of Muslim leaders Rejected the request of 17 aspiring MPs (out of 18), for problems related to citizenship. Of these 11 are from Rakhine State, the scene of sectarian Islamic-Buddhist violence. The party, Muslim-based, now risks dissolution. Solidarity from NLD: "unconstitutional".
09/01/2015VATICAN Day of Prayer for the Care of Creation in St Peter's Basilica Pope Francis leads the Liturgy of the Word on the day he instituted in unity with the Orthodox Church. Representatives of all Christian churches attend the service. Without the conversion of heart to God, “ecology has not chance of succeeding." Saint Francis of Assisi is the model of caring for creation.
09/01/2015NEPAL Activists slam government for ignoring 1,400 civil war victims still missing by Christopher Sharma Last Sunday was International Day of the Disappeared. During Nepal’s decade-long civil war, some 12,800 people were killed and almost 100,000 were displaced. At the end, both government and rebel forces had committed war crimes. As victims tell their stories, activists call on the government to sign and ratify the International Convention for the Protection of All Persons from Enforced Disappearance.
09/01/2015HONG KONG – CHINA Hong Kong Kuomintang exhibit reopens the debate on the war with Japan Organised by a collector son of a KMT official, the event highlights the role of China’s Nationalists in the fight against Japan. For the former, the untold stories of the anti-colonial struggle “aren’t told now because the Communist Party claims that they won the war when in fact they were attacking Nationalist soldiers.” The venue is set to open in a few days to mark the end of the war in Asia.
09/01/2015VATICAN Pope stresses Jubilee, God’s tenderness for women who had an abortion, Lefebvrians, prisoners, the sick In a letter to Mgr Rino Fisichella, Pope Francis adds new criteria to traditional ones to receive indulgence. All priests can forgive the sin of abortion by preparing themselves to welcome sincerely the sinners. The sick and the lonely can accept “suffering as an experience of closeness to the Lord”. The Jubilee year might bring amnesty, whilst a cell’s door might become a Holy Door. Through works of mercy, one can obtain plenary indulgence. The pontiff seeks reconciliation with the Society of St Pius X.
09/01/2015BANGLADESH – VATICAN Dhaka: Urban and tribal cultures can meet the goals set by Laudato si’ by Sumon Corraya Mgr Patrick D'Rozario, archbishop of Dhaka, organised a meeting with representatives of various groups to discuss Pope Francis’ encyclical. "We can heed the pope by teaching everyone to love the environment from the point of view of his or her religion,” a Catholic priest said.
09/01/2015INDIA India feels China crisis, as growth halts at 7% The figure refers to the last quarter. The crisis in the Chinese market offers new opportunities for expansion for India. Expert says: "China will not disappear from investors radar". Lack of private investment in India, amid need for an increase public spending. Infusion of capital announced by New Delhi will not remedy the difference of money required by state banks.
09/01/2015THAILAND Bangkok bomb: police pocket reward as investigations flounder Three million baht (85 thousand dollars) ended up in the pockets of policemen after the arrest of a suspect of an unknown nationality. Four others are being sought. A Muslim woman is accused of having rented out apartments to the perpetrators of the attack.