Islamic authorities slam "I want to touch a dog"
Hundreds of people participated in an event which, according to the organizers, wanted to help people overcome their fear of the animals considered "unclean" by Muslims. For those who touched the dogs, volunteers explained how to perform purifying ritual.
Pope: "The Christian is a man or a woman who knows how to wait for Jesus and this is a man or woman of hope"
"Without Christ we have no identity." From "street people" he makes us "fellow citizens with the holy ones and members of the household of God". "Instead, the pagan - and we Christians often behave like pagans - forget Jesus, thinks of himself, of his things, not waiting for Jesus. The selfish pagan acts as if he were a god: 'I can manage on my own'. And this ends badly, it ends without a name, without closeness, without citizenship".
10/21/2014 HONG KONG - CHINA
As Occupy Central waits for talks with the government, High Court bars protesters from Mong Kok and Admiralty
by Paul Wang
A bus company and Citic Tower obtain a High Court injunction. One protester challenges the decision as a violation of freedom of expression. The meeting between the Federation of Students and the government is set for 6 pm today. For Hong Kong's chief executive, full democracy would hurt business by giving power to the poor. For the Catholic Church, the Occupy movement has already achieved a great result by raising political awareness and increasing the visibility of certain ideals among Hong Kongers.
India, Catholics and Hindus "working together against the globalization of indifference"
by Nirmala Carvalho
The President of the Office for Inter-religious Dialogue and Ecumenism of the Indian Catholic Bishops Conference, Msgr. Felix Machado, speaks to AsiaNews about the Vatican’s message for the Hindu festival of Diwali: "We must not ignore the differences that separate us, but understand them and accept them. In the footsteps of Pope Francis, we must strive for the common good".
10/21/2014 IRAN - IRAQ
United Nations admits Tehran "meeting its commitment" on nuclear programme
A report by the UN atomic energy agency confirms that the Iranian government is meeting its commitments under a 2013 interim agreement. The document could be a prelude to an historic deal ahead of the deadline of 24 November. Iraqi Prime Minister is in Tehran on an official visit to find ways to fight the Islamic State. The Vatican calls for greater involvement of Iran on the international stage.
10/21/2014 PHILIPPINES - AFRICA
Filipino Comboni: Ebola is a call to mission for Africa
Miguel P. Llamanzares relaunches his commitment to "the poorest people in the poorest continent" affected by the virus. He cites the example of a nun, who sacrificed her life in order to remain next to the sick. WHO sources speak of at least 10 thousand cases and approximately 4550 deaths in seven countries. Senegal and Nigeria declared "Ebola Free".
10/21/2014 RUSSIA - FRANCE
Private jet crashes in Moscow, the head of Total dies
by Nina Achmatova
Christophe de Margerie at the helm of the French oil giant since 2007. Always contrary to Western sanctions against Moscow, he was in Russia on an official visit. Yesterday he met with Prime Minister Medvedev.
10/20/2014 TURKEY - SYRIA - UNITED STATES
Ankara to allow Iraqi Kurds to cross to fight Islamic state
The Turkish government backtracks on blocking Kurds. The latter will now be able to fight with Syrian Kurds in Kobane. The United States carries out airdrops of military and medical supplies to fighters resisting Islamic fundamentalists.
Pope: We cannot resign ourselves to thinking of a Middle East without Christians
Many of our brothers and sisters are being persecuted and have had to leave their homes in a brutal way" and "in the general indifference of so many". Cardinal Pietro Parolin: international community must respond to the terrorism of the Islamic State with a negotiated solution to all the problems in the Middle East, starting from the Israeli-Palestinian conflict.
Diocesan assembly in Sylhet centred on the Gospel, strength and support for families
by Sumon Corraya
Over a hundred priests, nuns and faithful, led by the bishop, took part in the diocesan assembly on 15-18 October. Mgr D'Cruze emphasised God's word as a mysterious force that can help families meet their challenges. The family must be protected from dangers and threats. Micro-credit tools should be used to help households in need.
Nepal, an "audio-Bible" to bring Christ’s message to villages
by Christopher Sharma
The World Mission, a Protestant Christian organization, is engaged in recent weeks in an extensive tour of the country in order to distribute "to those who are interested," a digitally recorded copy of the sacred book. "We reach out to those who ask - says the president - and then they are the ones who spread the Gospel message to family and friends".
Mumbai: threats to life undermine God in society, says Card Gracias
by Nirmala Carvalho
In conjunction with the Synod on the Family, the Church in Mumbai organised a conference on 'Protecting, Preserving and Promoting the Gift of Human Life: Emerging Challenges'. "It is sad to see that many people today think they do not need God in their lives," says Mumbai archbishop. "The traditional family has deep roots" in India, but "the country's rapid industrialisation" creates challenges that must be met right away, says a professor of moral theology.
10/20/2014 HONG KONG - CHINA
Justice and Peace: Occupy Central increases the dignity and political consciousness of Hong Kong
by Mary Yuen Mee-yin*
Mary Yuen, a member of the Vatican Council for Justice and Peace, shows the reasons and the strength of the pro-democracy movement that has occupied for weeks some streets in central Hong Kong. The inspiration is obviously nonviolent and Christian. The sit-in is a meeting place, study, and debate. For Hong Kong, it is a new era of political consciousness, solidarity, and commitment to social justice. Protesters are willing to dialogue, not to overthrow the authority.
10/20/2014 PAKISTAN - ISLAM
Lahore: Christian activists ask Supreme Court to deliver speedy justice for Asia Bibi
by Shafique Khokhar
Christian Solidarity Worldwide calls on Pakistan's highest court to guarantee her safety as well as a speedy trial to secure her release. Her conviction is evidence of the poor status of the country's justice system, plagued by bias and corruption in blasphemy cases. Michelle Chaudhry is hopeful and optimistic about an acquittal.
10/20/2014 HONG KONG - CHINA
Beijing and the Hong Kong government spread smear campaign and threats against Occupy
by Paul Wang
The police threaten: Do not allow your children (students) go to Mong Kok. Fears of violent clamp down. China and Leung accuse Occupy of being in the pay of foreign organizations that want Hong Kong "independence": these allegations could be a foretaste of Chinese military intervention. Government and students to meet tomorrow.
Jakarta, Jokowi takes office: peace, unity and development key steps of mandate
by Mathias Hariyadi
The 53 year old carpenter's son, a former governor of the capital, is now the 7th President of Indonesia. He intends to revive sea trade and preserve the principle of "neutrality" in foreign policy. Thousands of people celebrate the swearing in ceremony. For the first lady he remains a "simple and hardworking man."