10/30/2014 THAILAND - ITALY
For Thai Buddhists, Francis, the "missionary" pope, embodies the spirit of Assisi, Fr Sala says
by Dario Salvi
Fr Valerio Sala has been a PIME priest in the Asian country for the past five years. He describes how he came to his vocation and how he developed his missionary zeal after a brief stint in Africa. He explains how globalisation and relativism have deeply penetrated Thai culture, as well as the challenges they represent. For him, Christ is the basis for a true "social and moral change."
Secularist party wins Tunisia elections
The Nidaa Tounes party wins 85 seats, defeating Ennahda, the main Islamist party. Tunisia was the first country in the Middle East to experience the Arab Spring and the only one to go through a real democratic transition.
10/30/2014 PHILIPPINES - VATICAN
Manila: Card Tagle tells reporters to stop dividing the Church in good and bad
Upon his return home from the Extraordinary Synod on the family, the archbishop of the Filipino capital discussed what was done. He also urged the media to stop generalising. "Conservatives, liberals, or traditionalists are wrong categories that prevent listening." In general, coverage was "dominated by the West." There should be more "Asian and African journalists".
Palestinian killed in Jerusalem suspected of having shot a rabbi
Police say the man suspected of the attack opened fire on counter-terrorism agents that had surrounded his house. The rabbi is the leader of a right-wing movement that wants Jews to be allowed pray on the Temple Mount, home to the al-Aqsa mosque and the Dome of the Rock.
10/30/2014 SOUTH KOREA
Korea, Msgr. Kim elected president of Bishops. Bishop You to Justice and Peace
The bishops' conference concludes its plenary assembly convened to elect the new leadership of the episcopate. The Archbishop of Gwangju chosen by a large majority, his deputy will be Msgr. Chang. The Bishop of Daejeon, entrusted the most “sensitive” Commission. For Christ the King, a fundraiser for the Christians of Syria and Iraq.
Filipino Church builds more than 1,600 housing units for Yolanda victims
New, permanent units were built in all nine ecclesiastical sees hit by the typhoon. The aim is to complete at least 3,000 units by the end of the year. For NASSA executive secretary, many families have already received their shelter. The priest calls on the government to hurry up; so far it has not yet handed out the aid it had promised.
10/29/2014 MIDDLE EAST - ISLAM
Only Christians can show Muslims the "mad utopia" of the Islamic State
by Fady Noun
Superstitions, rituals, deportation, rape, summary justice and indoctrination are the foundations upon which the power of terrorists rests. The latter want to create a theocratic and regressive "perfect city". But utopias generate terror and monsters like Communism and Nazism. Christians have a duty to show Muslims the "true face" of their religion as well as its "elements of violence."
Pope calls for "every effort to eradicate" "relentless disease", Ebola
The Pope "expressed his closeness to all those suffering from Ebola, “as well as to the doctors, nurses, volunteers, religious institutes and associations, who are working heroically to help our brothers and sisters who are sick". "The Church is a mystery in which what is not seen is more important than what is seen". A prayer for the Mexican students burned alive by drug traffickers.
10/29/2014 NEPAL - CHINA - TIBET
Nepalese government: No more refugees from Tibet
by Christopher Sharma
In response to pressure from the Chinese government, Kathmandu has decided to no longer provide the necessary documents to Tibetan refugees to reach India, the residence of the Dalai Lama and his government-in-exile. The outrage of civil society: "You have sold out to Beijing."
10/29/2014 TURKEY- SYRIA-IRAQ
Kurdish peshmerga arrive in Turkey to fight in Kobane
They were greeted by thousands of Turkish Kurds who were barred from entering Syria to fight. Ankara fears the strengthening of the PKK and the creation of a Kurdish state. Some areas of the province of Idlib have passed into the hands of the Nusra Front, aided by the militia of the Islamic State.
Bangladesh, Islamic Party leader gets death sentence
A special court has found Motiur Rahman Nizami, 71, guilty of genocide, murder, torture and rape. The crimes were committed during the war of liberation from Pakistan in 1971. Fear of further violence after the ruling.