09/15/2014HONG KONG - CHINA One Hongkonger is two against Beijing's anti-democratic proposal For 48 per cent of survey participants, pro-democracy lawmakers should vote against mainland China's election law. Thousands of people march in silence and mourning to lift the Occupy Central movement. Professors support student strike and criticise the mainland's openness. Hong
Kong (AsiaNews) - Almost half of the population of Hong Kong wants
pro-democracy members of the Legislative Council to vote against Beijing's proposed
new electoral law for the Special Region. With 27 seats,...
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
09/13/2014VATICAN 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.
09/12/2014HONG 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.
09/12/2014VATICAN Communio: special issue for the Synod on the Family by Bernardo Cervellera The issues dominating discussions thus far - the pastoral care of divorced, communion for the remarried, gay couples - are likely to overshadow the positive beauty of married life and of the sacrament, bound to the Eucharist. Mercy towards the remarried should not be psychological benevolence, but help that comes from the mystery of the Cross. The conflict between the Christian mentality and the individualistic mentality is leading the contemporary world to treat heterosexual marriages like "gay marriage." The summer issue of the prestigious magazine, with articles by Cardinals Ouellet and Scola, and other personalities related to the John Paul II Institute for the family.
09/10/2014VATICAN - IRAQ - UNITED STATES For the fight against the Islamic state, Obama chooses the Saudis, the Vatican chooses the UN by Bernardo Cervellera The US president is set to present a plan to fight caliphate militias. His would-be alliance includes states that have provided ISIL with financial and ideological support, and excludes Syria, Iran and Russia. Pope Francis, Card Sandri, and Mgr Tomasi, the Vatican observer at the UN, demand that the United Nations be involved to enhance the fight's effectiveness.
09/10/2014VATICAN Pope: Church teaches that mercy is to share with those in need The example of Mother Teresa, who brought the dying home and "gave them a dignified farewell”. May God "instill courage" in the Christians of the Middle East "in the fight against the forces of evil and to open the eyes of those who are blinded by evil, so they may soon see the light of truth and repent for their mistakes". Thanks to "Mare Nostrum".
09/10/2014HONG KONG - CHINA Card. Zen: With Occupy Central we may have provoked the Emperor’s ire by card. Joseph Zen Ze-kiun The democratic movement is not a threat to the Territory’s survival. Beijing’s "three slaps in the face" of the local population. "When the imperialists attack, they only do damage, but when it is our fellow Chinese who want to enslave us, then our heart is wounded. There is no other option for those who do not want to be enslaved except resistance". The reflections of the bishop emeritus of Hong Kong.
09/09/2014ASIA World Bank: global employment crisis At least 100 million people are unemployed in G20 countries with an additional 447 million working poor. Persistent slow growth will dampen employment prospects, with real wages stagnating or dropping. An extra 600 million jobs are needed worldwide by the year 2030 just to cope with the expanding population.
09/09/2014HONG KONG - CHINA Pro-Beijing official compares striking students to triad gangs Wong Kwan-yu, a member of pro-Beijing Alliance for Peace and Democracy, threatens a campaign of slander and denunciations against those who boycott classes for true democracy in Hong Kong. He compares protesters to criminal gangs. For Occupy Central founder Benny Tai, the struggle is just beginning; more demonstrations in favour of universal suffrage will take place.