09/15/2014MIDDLE EAST-UN Haines beheading "heinous and cowardly". Paris summit to counter Islamic State Islamist militias promise a new execution of a Briton, accusing Cameron of having allied with the United States to fight the Islamic State. Hollande calls Paris meeting with Iraqi president to plot a strategy for counteroffensive. Syria and Iran excluded, but Russia present. Paris (AsiaNews / Agencies) - The UN Security Council
yesterday condemned the "heinous and cowardly"
beheading of David Haines, a British
security officer with an NGO. The news of the execution itself posted online by the Islamic State
Haines, 44, from East Yorkshire, lived
09/14/2014VATICAN Pope: Celebrate the Holy Cross, and think of our brothers and sisters, persecuted and killed At the Angelus Pope Francis recalls the Feast of the Exaltation of the Holy Cross: "We do not exalt just any cross, but the Cross of Jesus," where " God’s love for humanity was revealed most". The cross is not a sign of "magic": "Belief in the Cross of Jesus means following Jesus on his path”. An appeal for the Central African Republic. He returns to his prayer at Redipuglia: "War is a madness ... When will we learn this lesson?"
09/14/2014VATICAN Pope: Christ’s love sustains married couples' love and renews it when, humanly speaking, it becomes lost Pope Francis celebrates Mass during which 20 couples are united in marriage. Some of them have lived together for some time and have children. Families are the “bricks” for the building up of society". The merciful love that flows from the Cross heals "those who succumb to the dangerous temptation of discouragement, infidelity, weakness, abandonment”. An added piece of advice: Never let the sunset on an argument
09/13/2014MIDDLE EAST Patriarch Laham: Unity among Muslims and Christians, to save the Arab world by Gregorio III Laham* The Greek-catholic patriarch opened the ecumenical conference of In Defense of Christians (IDF, 9-11 September). Arab society "needs all of us and together we can build a better world”. The need to reject being regarded as "the cradle of fundamentalism, violence and terrorism."
09/13/2014VATICAN Pope in Redipuglia: War is madness. This is the time to weep At the cemetery that is the final resting place for the mortal remains of over 10 thousand victims of the First World War, Pope Francis condemns past and present wars, their destructive power, motivated by Cain’s attitude: "What does it matter to me?". The "the merchants of war perhaps have made a great deal of money, but their corrupted hearts have lost the capacity to cry". "... Even today, after the second failure of another world war, perhaps one can speak of a third war, one fought piecemeal, with crimes, massacres, destruction ...". Present cardinals and bishops from Austria, Slovenia, Hungary, Croatia, ordinary soldiers and representatives of Orthodox and Muslims in Europe. Pope Francis’ grandfather fought in the Great War on the Piave. The gift of "Light of St. Francis" to the military ordinary military in commemorations of the First World War. The full text of the papal homily.
09/12/2014TURKEY - UNITED STATES - IRAQ Kerry seeks Turkish support against Islamic state Turkey's government has not signed Jeddah communiqué agreed by United States and ten Arab states, and will not allow the US to use bases in southern Turkey against extremists. "Any action of any kind without the consent of the Syrian government would be an attack on Syria," Syrian official says. Moscow agrees.
09/12/2014INDIA - ITALY Italian marines case: Latorre back in Italy for four months India's Supreme Court authorises his return to Italy on medical grounds (plus written pledge for his return) after the marine suffered a brain ischemia. For Indian source, "big media interest around this story has waned. Now we are just waiting to see justice take its course".
09/12/2014INDONESIA Indonesian Bishops against bill legalising abortion in rape cases by Mathias Hariyadi With Bill 61/2014, the Health Ministry plans to legalise abortion in certain cases. After months of discussion, the Conference of Bishops speaks out. For the prelates, any act against life has no "moral legitimacy". In cases of sexual violence, they quote John Paul II.
09/12/2014HONG KONG - CHINA Occupy Central ready for a lavish democracy "banquet" in Hong Kong The "courses" include peaceful acts of civil disobedience to be held on an almost weekly basis. The first one will entail a 500-metre-long black banner to express Hongkongers' ire at Beijing's offer of universal suffrage. Chinese scholar warns that Beijing might restrict the territory's freedom. Catholic Church backs the student strike.
09/12/2014RUSSIA - UKRAINE Greek Catholic Church blames Russia for Ukraine bloodshed by Nina Achmatova The Greek Catholic Synod slams the presence of heavy weapons, thousands of Russian mercenaries and regular troops. Russian propaganda is also a destructive weapon. In Crimea, imams lose residence permit. Greek Catholic priest faces the same problem.