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18 September 2014

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09/18/2014 TAIWAN

Taipei and food scandals, damages to the tune of 130 million euro

by Xin Yage
Taipei and food scandals, damages to the tune of 130 million euro
After the investigation into the Guann Chang Co. - guilty of producing oil from expired products - the government runs for cover: investigations, convictions, fines and "more vigorous" inspections to stop a trend that threatens to destroy the domestic food market.



09/18/2014 INDONESIA - ISLAM

Yogyakarta: Catholic university cancels seminar on homosexuality after Islamist threats

by Mathias Hariyadi
Yogyakarta: Catholic university cancels seminar on homosexuality after Islamist threats
The Sanata Dharma (Usd) psychology department was to hold a meeting on the theme: "LGBTI: We are different, we are unique and we are One". The local branch of the Islamic Society Forum forced it to be cancelled because it "dishonors Islam." Islamic leader claims "deviant" sexual behavior is a "contagious virus".



09/18/2014 INDIA

India, Caritas in front line of relief efforts for Kashmir flood victims

by Santosh Digal
India, Caritas in front line of relief efforts for Kashmir flood victims
The social arm of the Catholic Church in India has launched a series of initiatives. The president of the Bishops' Conference (CBCI) offers "our prayers and our condolences to those who lost their lives and their property in these devastating floods." About 2,500 villages are still inaccessible.



09/18/2014 MYANMAR

Archbishop of Yangon: human trafficking, "a hell that shames Myanmar"

by Francis Khoo Thwe
Archbishop of Yangon: human trafficking,
Msgr. Charles Bo lashes out against this modern form of slavery, particularly widespread in South-East Asia. The Burmese dictatorship created a "nation of the Exodus" and the current government also shows nothing but "indifference". Harsh accusations against China and its one-child policy, the cause of an "abominable" trafficking.



09/17/2014 VATICAN - SRI LANKA

Pope Francis approves canonisation of the Apostle of Sri Lanka


Pope Francis approves canonisation of the Apostle of Sri Lanka
The Blessed Joseph Vaz will be a saint. Within the Church of Sri Lanka, some hope to see the canonisation ceremony take place during next January's apostolic visit by the pope.



09/17/2014 CHINA

On trial for separatism, Ilham Tohti says Uighurs and Han Chinese have the same problems in Xinjiang


  On trial for separatism, Ilham Tohti says Uighurs and Han Chinese have the same problems in Xinjiang
Jailed in January, the economist has never supported separatism. However, he has called on Beijing to talk with Uighurs and check its corrupt local government, which angers both Uighurs and Han Chinese. However, Chinese government repression could generate a more unified and violent movement.



09/17/2014 LAOS

Laos follows China's example to curb NGOs


Laos follows China's example to curb NGOs
Like mainland China, Laos plans to restrict foreign donations and place non-governmental organisations under Foreign Ministry control, raising concerns among NGOs and Western diplomats.



09/17/2014 UNITED NATIONS - MIDDLE EAST

For Baghdad patriarch, an intervention by Arab States is essential in the Iraqi crisis

by Louis Raphael I Sako *

For Baghdad patriarch, an intervention by Arab States is essential in the Iraqi crisis
At the UN, the patriarchs and bishops of the Churches of the Middle East denounce the sufferings of Christians, victims of the violence of the Islamic State, a tragic situation that calls for action by the international community. Islamists must be defeated and peaceful coexistence restored. AsiaNews presents Mar Sako's address.



09/17/2014 CHINA - HONG KONG - VATICAN

Towards the synod: challenges for marriage in China, threatened by selfishness and consumerism

by Don Peter
Towards the synod: challenges for marriage in China, threatened by selfishness and consumerism
As the country grows and develops, the challenges that threaten marriage and family life multiply. Divorce, changing gender roles, and the one-child policy endanger the healthy development of the idea of the couple as the basis for the creation of a new family. The Church has sought to curb this negative trend, but it can and must do more to help young couples. ">Ahead of the upcoming Synod on the family, a priest in Xianxian looks at the issue.



09/17/2014 VATICAN

Pope: The Church is "catholic" and "apostolic". That is it’s "universal" and "missionary"


Pope: The Church is
"If the apostles had stayed there in the Upper Room, without leaving to preach the Gospel, the Church would only be the Church of the people of that city, in that Upper Room." "Let us give thanks to the Lord because our Church has many missionaries, has had many missionary and still needs more ".



09/17/2014 INDIA

For Odisha bishop, building exemplary families needs the commitment of clergy and laity

by Santosh Digal
For Odisha bishop, building exemplary families needs the commitment of clergy and laity
With the help of Couples for Christ (CFC), Mgr John Barwa wants to renew family life. Ministering to the family, he says, should "spread into every corner of society."



09/17/2014 NEPAL

Caritas Nepal: witnessing to Christ, 25 years at the service of the poor and marginalized

by Christopher Sharma
Caritas Nepal: witnessing to Christ, 25 years at the service of the poor and marginalized
Celebrating its Silver Jubilee, the Catholic organization emphasizes the value of a work that follows the teachings of the Church's social doctrine. For the apostolic vicar it is a time for "sanctification" and to rethink the "future endeavors". A job that has garnered the respect of authorities and citizens.



09/17/2014 BANGLADESH

Bangladesh, Muslim leader’s death sentence commuted to life imprisonment

by Sumon Corraya
Bangladesh, Muslim leader’s death sentence commuted to life imprisonment
The Supreme Court has upheld an appeal by Delwar Hossain Sayeedi, vice president of Jamaat-e-Islami (Islamic fundamentalist party). In 2013, an international tribunal for war had sentenced him to death for crimes against humanity.



09/17/2014 IRAQ

Kurdish Peshmerga free some Christian villages occupied by jihadists


Kurdish Peshmerga free some Christian villages occupied by jihadists
US air raids fundamental. The Islamist militants mined many houses before fleeing. Syriac Christians return to the city of Alqosh, liberated days ago, and celebrate the feast of the patron saint.



09/17/2014 INDONESIA - ISLAM

Jakarta: As his term in office ends President Yudhoyono attacks Islamic terrorism

by Mathias Hariyadi
Jakarta: As his term in office ends President Yudhoyono attacks Islamic terrorism
The outgoing leader, one month ahead of the handover, promotes an all-out struggle against extremist cells and movements. Increased controls in passports and visas, to limit enrollments in the Islamic State. More attention to sensitive areas and prisons. International pressure behind the change of course.





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