11/28/2014 VATICAN - TURKEY
Pope in Turkey calls on religious leaders "to denounce all violations against human dignity and human rights"
Francis met the president of the Diyanet, Turkey's highest religious authority. He highlights the importance of interreligious dialogue to promote mutual respect and friendship, noting that "entire communities, especially - though not exclusively - Christians and Yazidis, have suffered and continue to suffer barbaric violence simply because of their ethnic and religious identity." In light of this, he expressed his "appreciation for everything that the Turkish people" is "doing to help the hundreds of thousands of people who are fleeing" Syria and Iraq.
Japan, rare albino dolphin captured
The Taiji fishermen plan to sell it to a aquatic circus. Animal campaigners: "These rare, beautiful and unique animals will spend the rest of their life doing silly games in exchange for food".
11/28/2014 NORTH KOREA
Pyongyang, the three women behind Kim Jong-un’s throne
With the appointment of his younger sister to the leadership of the Workers' Party, the North Korean dictator finds himself at the center of a circle of women who advise and guide him: two sisters and his wife, increasingly influential in the regime’s political and economic decisions.
Pope Francis in Turkey. The ecumenism of martyrdom
by NAT da Polis
The Pope's trip to Turkey is primarily of ecumenical importance, but also to give witness. Christian unity, founded on faith and common witness of the martyrs, urges greater commitment to a world which in theory is united by finance, but in reality is divided and disintegrated from the social point of view. A possible appeal for joint commemoration of Nicea and joint condemnation of the massacre of Christians. Which is also taking place on Turkish borders.
For apostolic vicar in Aleppo, young Christians bear witness to the faith in a wounded city
Mgr Georges Abou Khazen talks about scores of young men and women who "see Christ in others" and so serve them handing out aid and organising school activities and games for children. Weddings and baptisms are a sign of the Church's vitality. For a battered people, Advent is a time to "wait and hope" through prayer in "the coming of the Saviour."
11/28/2014 CAMBODIA - VIETNAM
Vietnamese Montagnards: better starvation and malaria in Cambodia that persecution in Hanoi
A group of 13 members of the ethnic minority fled Vietnamese province of Gia Lai and, after crossing the border, hid in the forests of Ratanakiri. They face mosquitoes infested with the parasite and lack of food. Appeals associations activists to the government in Phnom Penh to grant asylum and assistance. But more often than not they are repatriated.
Pope calls Church to mission, witness, charity and listening in cities
Francis’ "proposals" for a ministry in a world in which the Church is no longer the only representative of culture, dialogue with multiculturalism is necessary as is the need to discover in the religiosity of our peoples, "the authentic religious substrata, which in many cases is Christian and Catholic".
Pope urges religious to continue their "spiritual, charismatic and institutional" renewal
Examine "everything in the light of the Word of God and listen to the needs of the Church and the contemporary world, using all means that the wisdom of the Church offers to advance on the path of your personal and community holiness". The "not insignificant" number of people who “abandon” religious life says something about selection and formation of candidates". "Prayer is not a waste of time, worship of God is not wasting time, praise of God not to waste time. "
Pope: Amid corruption and "distraction" from the Lord, Christians must keep hope alive
"This word 'corruption' says a lot to us today: not only economic corruption, but corruption with many different sins; the corruption of that pagan spirit, that worldly spirit. The worst [form of ] corruption is the spirit of worldliness!" " When we think of the end of time, with all of our sins, with our history, let us think of the banquet which will be freely offered us and let us lift up our heads. Do not give way to depression: Hope!"
With planned election delayed, Thailand has "less democracy but more serenity"
The country's ruling military junta announces changes to the election date. Initially set for next year, now the vote will take place in 2016. In the meantime, political and constitutional reforms as well as economic growth will be the priority. Sources in Bangkok tell AsiaNews that most Thais are "resigned, almost mummified." Some, however, are happy for "the arrest of crooks."
Fight against terrorism and religious extremism "unites South Asia"
by Christopher Sharma
Heads of state and government meeting in Kathmandu for the annual South Asian Association for Regional Cooperation summit lay out a roadmap for mutual help against fanaticism and sectarian violence. Beijing's bid to join the group is turned down.
Federal agency says two girls in Dalit rape case not murdered
For the Central Bureau of Investigation (CBI), the two teenagers found hanging in their village "committed suicide." The federal agency also said it found no conclusive evidence that the two teenagers were gang raped. All five defendants, including two policemen, have been released. For civil society groups, the case is a "cover up".
11/27/2014 TURKEY - VATICAN
Pope Francis and Bartholomew renew long tradition of quest for Catholic-Orthodox unity
by Mavi Zambak
Pope Francis is set to visit Turkey on 28-30 November to join the ecumenical patriarch especially for the feast day of Saint Andrew. After nearly a thousand years of divisions, Pope John XXIII broke the ice. For the past 50 years, the two sides have exchanged visits. With Pope Bergoglio, meetings and collaboration have intensified. For Bartholomew, this pope is a dear friend.
Myanmar: Army violence against women, victims of sexual abuse and violence
A report documents at least 188 cases of rapes and abuse in the four years of "reformist" president Thein Sein. However, the actual number of crimes committed against women, particularly among ethnic minorities, is far greater. Calls for greater female participation in political, social and institutional framework of the country.