|09/11/2012 LEBANON - VATICAN|
Fr. Samir: Benedict XVI’s courage carries the Churches of the Middle East and the Arab Spring
by Samir Khalil Samir
Despite the tensions in neighboring Syria and the winds of war between Israel and Iran, the journey to Lebanon was not postponed. Christians and Muslims are waiting for him. The exhortation to promote the relationship between clergy and laity, ecumenism between Christians and relations with Muslims, the commitment to the poor, education. Lebanon can be a model for the Arab Spring: common citizenship between Christians and Muslims, freedom of conscience (and conversion from one religion to another), beyond the excesses of Western permissiveness and Islamic fundamentalism.
Beirut (AsiaNews) All of Lebanon is preparing to welcome the visit of Benedict XVI (14-16 September). Above all the Christians are preparing themselves with national and diocesan meetings for young people, couples,...
|09/11/2012 TURKEY - IRAQ|
Sentenced to death, Iraqi vice president flees to Turkey
Ankara said it would not extradite Iraq's vice president Tareq al-Hashemi. A court on Sunday convicted him in absentia of murder and sentenced to death. For the accused, the sentence was fabricated by the Shia-controlled government of Prime Minister Maliki.
|09/11/2012 SRI LANKA|
Stress and crises cause 4,000 suicides a year
by Melani Manel Perera
The 15 to 44 age group is the most affected. Alcohol and drug abuse, physical and mental illness and stress are the main risk factors. The World Health Organisation (WHO) launches a prevention and support campaign.
|09/11/2012 CHINA - JAPAN|
Beijing sends patrol ships to Diaoyu/Senkaku
As Tokyo announces the purchase of the islands from an Okinawa family, China reacts by sending warship into the waters of the disputed archipelago. For Chinese PM Wen Jiabao, the islands are "an inherent part of China's territory" and vowed his country would "never ever yield an inch" on its sovereignty.
New cathedral of Karaganda stands in the middle of Stalin's largest camp
Dedicated to the Virgin of Fatima, the church was inaugurated on Sunday. For the country's bishops, it stands as "an epitaph" and a place of "expiation in honour of the victims" as well as a symbol of "evangelisation". In fact, "Taking into consideration the countless numbers of prisoners who passed through the Karlag forced-labour camps, suffering and eventually perishing there, it is fair to say that soil of Kazakhstan has in no other place been so thoroughly soaked in the blood and tears of more innocent victims of Communist repression than here in Karaganda," the bishop wrote in their letter.
|09/11/2012 HONG KONG - CHINA|
Hong Kong vote: although divided, pro-democracy parties keep veto power
Pro-democracy parties win 27 seats, retain power to block government proposals. New breakaway parties are the real winners, penalising the Democratic Party, which chose to back election reform in 2010 and abandon full universal suffrage.
Iran reacts to ayatollahs dictatorship through music
Across the country underground music stores proliferate. Among the artists Um Katlhoum, Bee Gees, The Beatles, but also current chart toppers. For Iranians listening to banned songs is a way of feeling alive and moving on.
|09/11/2012 MYANMAR - CHINA|
Activists arrested in pagoda as they prepare to protest against Sino-Burmese mine
Twelve women are detained during a prayer to Buddha, including Thet Thet Win, leader of an anti-copper mine protest. Fearing growing tensions, the authorities remain on high alert for possible mass demonstrations. Last week, hundreds of villagers stop a police raid.
Police violence against antinuclear protesters: two dead and a church profaned
by Nirmala Carvalho
The victims are a fisherman of 44 and a 6 year-old girl. The man was killed by a shot fired by the police, the little girl was crushed. A priest denounces the "atrocities" committed by police: attacks on unarmed and non-violent protesters; statues of the Madonna destroyed and desecrated.
Xi Jinping absent for 10 days: illness, purge or attack
by Wang Zhicheng
The future president "in pectore" did not show up to meetings with foreign dignitaries and party meeting. Rumors of leadership tensions and even a possible attempt on his life by Bo Xilai supporters. Internet searchers blocked.
Christian leader cries shame as Minister, Mayor and Islamists close the Yasmin Church
by Mathias Hariyadi
Meeting decides to expel the Protestant community, despite regular permits and Constitutional Court judgment. YC leaders excluded from meeting and accuse Minister for Interior. A complaint to the police, supported by the Indonesian Churches and human rights activists.
|2012/09/11 土耳其 - 伊拉克|
|2012/09/11 中国 - 日本|
|2012/09/11 香港 - 中国|
|2012/09/11 缅甸 - 中国|
by Wang Zhicheng
|2012/09/10 黎巴嫩 - 梵蒂冈|
|2012/09/10 香港 - 中国|
by Joseph Mahmood
全 国各地上演系列恐怖袭击造成一百多人丧生、三百五十多人受伤。袭击旨在回应判处前政府副总理，逊尼派穆斯林塔里克·埃尔-哈希米绞刑。萨克总主教表示，" 政府四分五裂、和解计划渐行渐远、国家分裂、与叙利亚的种种相似处，邻国的影响也愈加强大。教宗本笃十六世黎巴嫩之行是和平的希望、勾画了未来前景"
|2012/09/10 亚洲 - 太平洋|