Pope to create six new cardinals, three Asian, on Nov. 24
At the general audience, Benedict XVI announces a consistory. In his catechesis he questions "What is faith?" in the technological world, in a culture that believes only in what it can touch, but where "a spiritual desert is spreading". It is entrusting ourselves to God "with the attitude of a child, who knows that in all his difficulties, all his troubles he is safe in the "You" of the mother."
Vatican City (AsiaNews) - On 24 November, the Catholic Church will have six new cardinals, including three in Asia. The announcement was made today by Benedict XVI at the end of the general audience. "The Cardinals - said...
|10/24/2012 HOLY LAND|
Catholic ordinaries in Holy Lands slam Cremisan wall
Twenty-two prelates and priests from various Catholic denominations signed the press release issued yesterday. They deny tendentious charges that the Vatican had agreed with Israel to the construction of a wall, illegal under international law, that would deprive the residents of Beit Jala village and two Salesian convents of some 300 hectares of land. Bethlehem too would be negatively affected. The wall would jeopardise the survival of residents because they would be denied access to water sources needed for irrigation.
Rakhine: a thousand homes torched as tensions between Burmese and Rohingya remain high
Officially, 600 homes were burnt; local sources report "1,039 houses in eight villages". Three people died: two Muslim women and a Burmese man. Fears persist that violence between the two groups could get worse. Thein Sein tries to appease the situation by promising jobs and education to restore "peace and harmony".
|10/24/2012 IRAQ - VATICAN|
Mgr Sako: encountering God and others leads to the rediscovery of the faith in Christ
by Louis Sako
We are presenting the address by the archbishop of Kirkuk to the Synod of Bishops on the New Evangelisation. For him, it is important to develop a Christian theology and an Arab-Christian culture to proclaim God's word for non-Christians in the Middle East.
Indian bishop: Help the 400 thousand Assam refugees
by Santosh Digal
Bishop Thomas Pulloppilil, the Diocese of Bongaigaon, appeals to bishops, religious leaders and people of goodwill in the country. The violence of July between Bodo tribals and Muslim settlers led to 90 deaths and hundreds of thousands displaced. NGOs and Catholic groups continue to bring basic necessities. The nee to set up a nursery for children.
|10/24/2012 JAPAN - CHINA|
Tokyo and Beijing to talk about the Diaoyu/Senkaku
After three months of violence and mutual provocations, top diplomats from China and Japan meet to discuss the dispute. Meanwhile, a slowing economy could get worse.
|10/24/2012 TIBET - CHINA|
Tibet: more self-immolations, the seventh this month in protests against Beijing
Dorje Rinchen, 58, set himself on fire near the monastery of Labrang and died from his injuries. The police tried to hide the body, but the intervention of the crowd prevented the assault. In response, officers have prevented the monks from paying their last respects. The Tibetan drama a thorn in the side for Beijing leadership.
Activist confesses under torture, implicates opposition
by Nina Achmatova
Human rights activists make the claim after visiting Leonid Razvozzhayev in Moscow's Lefortovo prison, where he was denied food and water and faced death threats. In his confession, he said that he and others were planning "mass disturbances."
Kuwait, the Islamist opposition blocks the country, 100 thousand on the streets of the capital
Demonstrations to demand democratic reforms last two days and will continue throughout the week. The partial toll is 100 wounded and 15 policemen injured. The Interior Ministry accused of using foreign troops to stop the protesters. The revolt is the largest in the history of the country, the oldest parliamentary monarchy in the Persian Gulf.
Radiation too high in Fukushima rice, government cuts shipments
Nishifukuro in the city of Sukagawa, rice contains 110 bequerels of radioactive cesium: the limit is 100 bequerel. Shipments reduced after checking the 12 million bags of rice in the prefecture. Officials from the Ministry of Agriculture: "There will be no impact on supply."
|10/23/2012 CHINA - VATICAN|
International conference on Carlo Orazi da Castorano and the issue of Chinese rites
by Gianni Criveller
He was the most fervent opponent to Confucian and ancient Chinese Rites, influencing even Pope Benedict XIV, who banned them in 1742. In 1939, the Holy See overturned the previous sentence, giving its approval. Despite this "failure," Carlo Orazi was a great sinologist, giving Rome and Europe an opportunity to know China better. He translated the Nestorian Stele from Xi'an, the first Christian document from China (8th century).