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Asia

 

Memory, hope and witness

A year has already pass since Pope Francis’ visit to Korea, bringing a message of love and peace during his five-day stay”. Cardinal Andrew Yeom ...

A courageous decision

“Under the new law, 'all forms of discrimination based on religion, caste, creed, doctrine, race, colour or ethnic origin' are outlawed. This means that in ...

A gift from women

A “wonderful gift” for Korea and for Koreans. Cardinal Andrew Yeom Soo-jung, Archbishop of Seoul, thus defined an initiative which aims to reconcile North and ...

Terror in Karachi

At least 47 people were killed and another 20 injured in Karachi on Wednesday, when a bus carrying members of an Ismaili community was attacked ...

A rainbow nation

A Church of the poor and for the poor which defends the dignity of those facing injustices. This is the reality of the Catholic community ...

Stronger than the typhoon

More than 30 places of Catholic worship destroyed by Typhoon Yolanda in November 2013 have reopened. These places include the parishes and chapels of Samar ...

The peace process in the southern Philippines has begun

After four decades of guerilla war, 17 years of negotiation and more than 120,000 dead, an agreement was signed yesterday between the Filipino Government and ...

What the people of Asia love to hear

Cardinal Luis Antonio G. Tagle's book “Raccontare Gesù. Parola, comunione, missione” [Narrating Jesus. Word, communion, mission] (Bologna, Emi, 2014, 63 pages, 6.90 euro) is now ...

Japanese catacombs

Taketa — also known as “little Kyoto” — is located in the Oita prefecture at the centre of Kyushu, surrounded by a mountain range at ...

Afghanistan and far off peace

The number of humanitarian workers who have been killed in Afghanistan has significantly increased this year. According to data released by the United Nations, attacks ...

A battle against time in the Philippines

Six days have passed since Typhoon Haiyan hit the Philippines and hundreds of thousands of people still remain without food and drinking water. In Tacloban, ...

Catastrophe in the Philippines

It is becoming clear that the catastrophe of Typhoon Haiyan in the Philippines has little precedent. According to estimates, 10,000 people were killed in the ...

Christians for a new world vision

Leaving space for stories, experiences, hopes, prayers but above all a vision for the world. This is one of the main themes of the Assembly ...

Social decline of the country Violence against women

“Our women and our children suffer violence and abuse even in their families, as well as in a society that humiliates, degrades, discriminates, excludes and ...

A treasure to protect

The Japanese Parliament is proposing to amend Article 9 of the Nation’s Constitution which bars the country from exerting military force in international disputes. The ...

Forgiveness is the root of peace

To achieve true peace, which is a gift from God, man must walk the path of forgiveness. Cardinal Peter Turkson, President of the Pontifical Council ...

Ban Ki-moon calls for prudence

In an unprecedented visit to the Pentagon, Secretary-General of the UN expressly requested a meeting with U.S. military leader to discuss the serious crisis unfolding ...

An Asia that listens and will make itself heard

The globalization of the world and the rapid processes of social, economic and cultural transformation put fundamental questions to the historical beliefs that have developed ...

Pyongyang defies the United States

North Korea plans to carry out a high level nuclear test that would demonstrate the ability to strike the United States. The communist regime of ...

The first 100 days

The Year of Faith has now landed in China. The Pontifical Council for Promoting the New Evangelization has put the logo and calendar online in ...

An education in respect for life is urgently needed

“In families, there is no education in respect for life”, said Bishop Felix Anthony Machado of Vasai (northern India). He was talking about latest rape, ...

Jesus in Hindi

A unique "first": a film which re-elaborates an ancient subject, taking shape without forcing in that mechanism which is as clearly codified, as it versatile ...

Malala goes to school

A school in Swat valley will be dedicated to the 14-year-old Pakistani girl Malala Yousafzai — seriously injured by the Taliban recently. It is the ...

In Karachi the Islamic authorities grant land to nuns

On behalf of the provincial government of Sindh, Pakistan, Governor Ishrat ul Ebad presented the 99-year lease papers for 1.5 acres of land to the ...

Beijing the final frontier

Beijing, 30. Angela Merkel seeks Chinese support to cope with the European debt crisis. Today, for the second time in the last seven months, the ...

China on the brakes

Signs of a slowing Chinese economy were officially confirmed yesterday: in the second quarter of 2012, growth was an estimated 7.6 percent. That figure, according ...

The first twenty years of the Church in Mongolia

A young Church entrusting her future to young people: this is how the apostolic prefect, Wenceslao Padilla, described the small Catholic community in Mongolia which ...

Free trade in Asia

China, Japan and South Korea will start final talks concerning a common area of free trade before the end of the year. The announcement came ...

The Nagasaki of martyrs

The history of Christianity – as recent events in Nigeria and Kenya remind us – is marked by massacres and persecutions, occurring not only in ...

A meeting on the Church in China in the Vatican from 23 to 25

The Commission, established by Pope Benedict XVI in 2007 to study the issues of greatest importance concerning the life of the Catholic Church in China, ...

Penelope and the Afghan fabric

The warped diplomatic fabric on how to exit the long Afghan crisis has been sown and then unravelled by the international community. Until a few ...

In Pakistan the Catechism in Urdu

As of 27 February, the Church in Pakistan is preparing to publish The Catechism of the Catholic Church in Urdu, the national language. The work ...

Turning the page In Post-tsunami Japan

With the election of the new leader of the democratic party, and hence of the Prime Minister, Japan is starting a new and decisive phase ...

Aberrant surgery in India on newborns

A severe condemnation from the Church of an aberrant phenomenon which unfortunately is spreading in the State of Madhya Pradesh: doctors performing sex change operations ...

Illegitimate episcopal ordination in the Diocese of Leshan

With regard to the episcopal ordination of the Rev. Paul Lei Shiyin, which took place on Wednesday 29 June last and was conferred without the ...

No peace in the Caucasus

The fall of communism and the insurgence of ethnic hostilities have sown havoc in the southern fringe of the ex-Soviet Union, especially in the Caucasus, ...

China Latin America

In the last twelve months, investment by China in Latin America have reached 15,584 billion dollars, an increase of 286%, almost four times more than ...

So close and yet so far

So close and yet so far apart, Pakistan and the United States. Now like never before, perhaps. The raid that led to the killing of ...

Close in prayer to the Church in China

Dear Brothers and Sisters, During the Easter season, the liturgy sings to Christ risen from the dead, conqueror of death and sin, living and present ...

The Church for the rights of followers of all religions

“ Even if he encounters opposition, the Christian’s own charity and forbearance should serve to convince others of the rightness of religious tolerance, from which ...

Killed for a mixed marriage in India

There are hundreds of so called “honor killings” in India every year according to estimates. It is an ancient and tragic practice, used mostly in ...

The closeness of the Holy Father to the Church in China

On 11 – 13 April, the Fourth Plenary Meeting of the Commission, instituted by Pope Benedict XVI in 2007 to study the questions of major ...

Radiation burns Japan’s awareness

“Developments within the nuclear power plant in Fukushima and the sacrifice of everyone involved in the work of shutting down the reactors and in preventing ...

Interreligious dialogue for the common good of humanity

On Thursday, 3 March 2011, the Holy Father received bishops from the Philippines in the Vatican’s Consistory Hall. This is the third “ad limina” visit ...

The meaning of the Gospel in personal life and in society

On Friday morning, 18 February, in his Private Library, the Holy Father spoke to Bishops of the Philippines during their “ad limina” visit. The following ...

The role of women in the mission of the Church in the Philippines

The important role women play in the life of the Church, the close collaboration between lay people, priests and bishops and the current spirit of ...

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