October 2013

Torture trial puts rule of law on trial
(Saturday, 5 October 2013 )

 BEIJING (AsiaNews): Six Communist Party officials went on trial in Beijing on September 17 to answer charges of torturing a man to death during an internal investigation.

The trial has brought a practice known as shuanggui, a form of extra-legal detention imposed on party officials under investigation for disciplinary violations, out into the open.

The practice has come...

Meditation gets you closer to God
and helps overcome evil
(Saturday, 5 October 2013 )

HONG KONG (SE): “The twofold experience of the desert fathers was to battle the demons and find intimacy with God,” Benedictine Father Joseph Wong told some 200 people gathered for a three-day seminar on meditation at St. Paul’s Convent School in Causeway Bay from September 20 to 23.

The seminar was sponsored by the World Community for Christian Meditation in Hong Kong and attracted people from all over...

Political resolution in Syria must be found says Jordanian priest
(Saturday, 5 October 2013 )

 AMMAN  (CNS):  “What we need is for the Americans to work with the Iranians and the Russians to find a political solution; otherwise, we will have another Iraq or Afghanistan,” Father Nabil Haddad, director of the Jordanian Interfaith Coexistence Research Centre, told 12 Christian writers and bloggers from the United States of America. 

The priest, who has strong interfaith ties in the...

What Colombo says about human rights ain’t necessarily so
(Saturday, 5 October 2013 )

KANDY (SE): Although official reports coming out of Colombo give accounts of a reasonably pristine Sri Lanka four years after the official cessation of hostilities between the military and the Tigers of Tamil Eelam (Tamil Tigers), a group of 35 people involved with Justice and Peace work with the Church from 16 countries across Asia discovered it ain’t necessarily so.

The Ninth Networking Meeting of the Asia Pacific...