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02/28/2015 VATICAN
Pope encourages the growth of cooperatives as an economic model that serves the common good
Cooperatives are "enterprises based on the principle of solidarity and social relations," that act as "the lever that raises and develops the weakest part of local communities and civil society," and provide "new welfare solutions" that support, facilitate and even encourage family life, because even though money is "the dung of the devil," if it is well managed, "it can be used to promote the common good."
Vatican City (AsiaNews) -  Pope Francis spoke to thousands of members of the Italian Federation of Cooperatives in the Vatican's Paul VI Hall about the need to build "a new quality economy" that can "create...

02/28/2015 RUSSIA
A leading opponent to Vladimir Putin murdered in Moscow
Boris Nemtsov, a former deputy prime minister under President Yeltsin, was shot to death last night. The Kremlin called it a "brutal murder" and a "provocation". Obama calls "upon the Russian government to conduct a prompt, impartial, and transparent investigation". The 55-year-old politician was opposed to Russia's stance in the Ukraine, and was planning to take part in a protest tomorrow against Russian interference in that country.
02/28/2015 PHILIPPINES
Filipino Church: helping women and families in crisis against abortion
Pregnancy Support Services of Asia (PSSA) is organising a conference together with the Commission on Family and Life of the Archdiocese of Manila and Life and Couples for Christ. The goal is to promote a "healthy" way of experiencing pregnancy.
02/28/2015 LEBANON
Bishop Baïssari dies poor, but rich in Christian virtues
by Fady Noun
As a professor, as a priest and as a bishop, he trained a generation of Lebanese to love the Church, Lebanon and everything that is right.
02/28/2015 VIETNAM
Saigon: Catholic activist follows Don Bosco and helps Christian and non-Christian blind kids
by NC
In 1999, Nguyễn Quốc Phong founded Mái Ấm Thiên Ân, a home for children. Blind himself following an accident, he runs the facility helping young people regardless of sex, religion or social class. Particular care is given to poor children and those from remote areas. The goal is to educate them and encourage them through school to be part of society.

02/27/2015 NEPAL
Nepal's Supreme Court rules against civil war amnesty
The court struck down the amnesty provisions of a law favourable to those who committed serious human rights abuses during the civil war. The government promises to respect the court's decision. Between 1996 and 2006, more than 17,000 people were killed, 1,300 disappeared. Thousands more were displaced.
World Bank investment in Tajikistan to lead the country out of isolation
The international organisation is helping to develop trade between Central Asian countries. The transformative project includes road links between Tajikistan, Uzbekistan and Kyrgyzstan. Tajikistan's Transport Ministry plans to improve road management. The World Bank has granted so far US$ 978 million.
02/27/2015 SYRIA
Despite their uncertain fate, Mgr Audo denies rumours that 15 Christians have been killed
The Chaldean Archbishop of Aleppo, who contacted the vicar in Al-Hasakah, denies reports that the Islamic State group executed hostages. The Apostolic Nuncio to Damascus renews his call for caution "because it is difficult to have accurate information." The fate and number of kidnapped Christians by jihadists remain uncertain.
02/27/2015 INDIA
No more attacks on Mother Teresa, "beloved by India and the world".
by Anthony Charangat*
In an editorial Fr. Charangat, Director of Communications and Media for the Archdiocese of Mumbai, criticizes statements made by the head of the Rashtriya Swayamsevak Sangh (RSS). Accusing the founder of the Missionaries of Charity of helping the poor to get them to convert is "an arrogant, incorrect, misleading, malicious act and done in bad faith". "The Catholic Church does not recognize conversions made by force or deception".
For Filipino bishops' president, "pope awakes from indifference, a national evil"
Speaking to AsiaNews, Mgr Socrates Villegas, archbishop of Lingayen-Dagupan and president of the Filipino bishops' conference, underscores "the enormous importance of Francis' message for this Lent. Ours is a Catholic country, but selfishness is conquering more and more." The pope's great mass in Manila was "ray of sunshine that illuminates the future. Among those present, 50 per cent were under 20. They are our best hope."
02/27/2015 ISRAEL
Arson attack against Greek Orthodox seminary in Jerusalem
Jewish extremists are the main suspects. Disparaging phrases about Jesus were found on the building's walls, some identical to graffiti found on a mosque set on fire a few days ago. Israeli President Reuven Rivlin expresses his sadness at the incident, whilst Jerusalem Mayor Nir Barkat called it "deplorable".
Montagnard Christians continue to flee to Cambodia, but are running out of food and supplies
Eight more people, seven men and a woman aged 20 to 40 have been hiding in the forest for the past five days. The nearby border village is facing shortages. "We don't have enough food," a local said. Meanwhile, Cambodian authorities continue to repatriate refugees in violation of international treaties.
China, a record 2014 for loans to Latin America
Beijing has lent $ 22 billion a year to the South American continent and is poised to break the of 2010 record, when the figure touched 37 billion. Analysts warn: "China may tacitly require that Chinese companies have a hand in some projects". "Diplomacy of the yuan" continues to spread from Southeast Asia to Africa.
02/27/2015 EGYPT - LIBYA - ISLAM
The Lent of the 21 Egyptian Copts martyred in Libya
by Bernardo Cervellera
The Islamic State claim to fight for God, but in reality that suffer from megalomania because they feel themselves to be God. The 21 timid martyrs who whispered the name of Jesus with their last breath testified to the very end how the center of their lives, was not their own well-being but Jesus himself. This year, in his Lenten Message Pope Francis asked us to combat the "globalization of indifference": " As long as I am relatively healthy and comfortable, I don’t think about those less well off. Today, this selfish attitude of indifference has taken on global proportions, to the extent that we can speak of a globalization of indifference”.
02/27/2015 MYANMAR - ASIA
WHO sounds alarm over spread of Bird flu after massive cull in Myanmar
Concerns over the rapid spread and genetic swapping of the virus, termed "unprecedented”. Taiwan, Myanmar and Vietnam, as well as Egypt, the United States and Hungary under observation. In the center of Myanmar in 1500 poultry and over 20 thousand quail specimens culled. Many poultry farms risk collapse.

Altri articoli
02/27/2015 HONG KONG
Hong Kong, employer who tortured Indonesia maid jailed for six years
02/26/2015 SYRIA
IS holding more than 250 Christians, for vicar to Aleppo, pope's prayers are a source of courage
02/26/2015 JAPAN
Society of Obstetrics and Gynaecology against freezing eggs because of harm on health
02/26/2015 BANGLADESH
Prostitution and forced labour: trafficking in human beings in Bangladesh by Sumon Corraya
02/26/2015 CHINA
China, first ever Holocaust commemoration for the Shanghai Ghetto
02/26/2015 EGYPT - LIBYA - ISLAM
The pain of the families of the 21 beheaded Egyptian martyrs, praise for Egypt's offensive in Libya by André Azzam
02/26/2015 INDIA
Hindu radicals: We will convert Christians and Muslims until the government stops us by Nirmala Carvalho
02/26/2015 CHINA
China, terrified by New Year fireworks a tiger leaps from eleventh floor of a building
02/26/2015 MYANMAR
Education Reform: Buddhist nationalists and government endanger agreement by Francis Khoo Thwe
02/26/2015 TAIWAN
Lent in Taiwan: proclaiming the Gospel by defending migrants by Xin Yage
02/26/2015 PHILIPPINES
Sulu, clashes between the Philippine army and Abu Sayyaf militia: 14 dead and 19 wounded
02/26/2015 INDIA
Swine flu, more than 900 deaths in India since the beginning of the year
02/25/2015 MACAO - CHINA
Beijing's anti-corruption drive sinks Macau casinos
02/25/2015 EGYPT
As Egypt's tourist sector takes a hit, few people take part in the ceremony honouring Ramses II by André Azzam
Editor's choices
What Tayeb and Sisi said is big step towards a revolution in Islam
by Samir Khalil SamirThe grand imam of Al-Azhar slammed literalist interpretations of the Qur'an and the Sunnah, as fundamentalists and Islamic terrorists do. He supports the urgent need for Islam's reform, especially in terms of teaching lay people and clerics. He also calls for an end to mutual excommunication (takfir) between Sunnis and Shias. Egyptian President al-Sisi chose to fight the Islamic state group after it beheaded 21 Coptic Christians, whom he called "Egyptian citizens" with full rights.
For head of Al-Azhar, religious education reform is needed to stop Islamic extremismFor Ahmed al-Tayeb, it is urgent to come up with new educational programmes to avoid "corrupt interpretations" of the Qur'an and Sunnah. Islamic terrorism undermines the unity of the Muslim world. He blames Mideast tensions on a "new global colonialism allied to world Zionism". a speech by the Saudi king is read at the conference.
Top 10
For head of Al-Azhar, religious education reform is needed to stop Islamic extremism
02/24/2015 EGYPT - ISLAM
What Tayeb and Sisi said is big step towards a revolution in Islam
by Samir Khalil Samir
02/23/2015 EGYPT-LIBYA
Escape from Libyan hell: Egyptian migrants tell of ordeal and Islamic State torture
by André Azzam
02/25/2015 SYRIA
IS abducts 150 Christians, rapes and kills women, a "tragic situation" for vicar to Aleppo
02/22/2015 VATICAN
Pope gifts "Guard your heart" booklet as an aid to conversion in Lent
02/23/2015 TURKEY
Bartholomew I’s Lenten message
by NAT da Polis
02/24/2015 INDIA
Radical Hindus against Mother Teresa, but India rises up: "She is a Saint”.
by Santosh Digal
02/23/2015 TIBET - CHINA
Tibet, thousands of Buddhists celebrate the Dalai Lama’s birthday in public
02/23/2015 UKRAINE - RUSSIA
For Ukrainian Church, even the pope calls the conflict a civil war, something Kyiv does not acknowledge
by Nina Achmatova
02/26/2015 SYRIA
IS holding more than 250 Christians, for vicar to Aleppo, pope's prayers are a source of courage


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