Posts Tagged ‘Asia’

Pope heads to Asia seeking dialogue, peace and ecological solidarity Comments 0

Monday, September 16th, 2019

For experts and locals alike, it seems Pope Francis’s upcoming visit to Thailand and Japan will not only highlight the Vatican’s strong ties with interreligious communities in each country, but it could also help the pope advance his ecological and peace-making agenda. Speaking to Crux, Adul Smanyaphirak, a Muslim living in Bangkok, said that for Read more

Asia’s forgotten refugees — the big picture Comments 0

Friday, November 11th, 2016

As waves of refugee crises continue to make international headlines, Southeast Asian nations face their own challenges to support and protect millions of refugees and asylum seekers. Across the region, people continue to flee conflict and political persecution and have sought to make new homes with varying degrees success or failure. For some nations the Read more

Asian moral theologians challenged to break West mindset Comments 0

Friday, August 14th, 2015

Asian theologians have been taken to task by one of their own for being locked into a classical Western moral theology framework. Sri Lankan Redemptorist Fr Vimal Tirimanna told the first pan-Asian conference of Catholic moral theologians, held in Bangalore, India, last month, that fresh approaches are required. Theologians have failed to take seriously indications Read more

Pope to highlight global focus in South Korea Comments 0

Tuesday, August 12th, 2014

(RNS) Pope Francis departs next week (Aug. 14) on a five-day trip to South Korea, his first to Asia and the start of an important new papal focus on the region. In January, Francis will return to visit Sri Lanka and the Philippines, and a trip to Japan — where the pope wanted to go Read more

The ambiguities of being Catholic Comments 0

Friday, June 27th, 2014

Perhaps because of my visits to Tokyo I’ve been haunted by images from a film I saw some time ago. The multi-award winning Lost in Translation, starring Bill Murray and Scarlet Johansson, displays a relationship that unfolds between two Americans – a middle-aged man and a younger woman – when they meet in Japan. Portrayed Read more

The rise of the Third Church Comments 0

Tuesday, November 5th, 2013
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These are the very early days of a phenomenon that will reshape Christianity forever, the coming of what theologians call the “Third Church.” The “First Church” was that of the original disciples and the generations that followed them, centred on the Mediterranean and making the first missionary advances into lands and cultures outside of Israel. Read more

Pacific Islander migration patterns set to be studied Comments 0

Tuesday, October 1st, 2013

Victoria University in Wellington, New Zealand, has awarded a scholarship  to New Zealand-born Pacific Islander, Rachel Yates,  to investigate the migration of young Pacific Islanders to Asia. Yates says she expects her PhD to take three year to complete but hopes it will motivate other New Zealand Pacific Islanders to study and travel abroad. Read More Read more

Pope Francis plans future trips to Jerusalem, Asia Comments 0

Friday, August 2nd, 2013

Pope Francis this week revealed his plan to travel to Italy, Jerusalem, and Asia in the coming months. “I think papal trips are always good,” the pope was quoted as saying during the flight back to Rome after a week in Brazil. Pope Francis, however, said there is still “nothing definite-definite,” but added that he Read more

Persecution of Christians rises in Asia Comments 0

Tuesday, November 6th, 2012

Persecution of Christians belonging to evangelical denominations in Asia has increased by three or four times in the last 10 years, according to the Gospel for Asia ministry. Its president says people who have not experienced persecution firsthand “cannot fully understand what it means to receive threats against your life, to have your house destroyed, Read more

An Asian plea for humility at the Synod of Bishops Comments 0

Tuesday, October 16th, 2012

Anybody who’s seen the movie “Pulp Fiction” probably recalls the scene where John Travolta explains to Samuel L. Jackson that in France, McDonald’s calls the quarter-pounder a “Royale with cheese” because, in light of the metric system, the French wouldn’t know what a quarter-pounder is. (It turns out that the movie got the French slightly Read more