04/01/2015ASIA - CHINA Beijing closes competition for "Super Bank" founders: 46 States in the running Sweden and Kyrgyzstan increase the European and Asian presence. Group includes Hong Kong and Taiwan, joining under the name "Chinese Taipei". Japan and the US stay out. Analysts: "a big mistake in underestimating the potential threat of this new financial reality". On April 15, the final list and the allocation of capital. Beijing (AsiaNews) - Sweden and Kyrgyzstan were the last two countries to join the Asian Infrastructure Investment Bank, which closed the list of the founding states yesterday. The "Super Bank" launched by Beijing can therefore rely on a list of 47 States...
04/01/2015VATICAN Pope: During the Triduum "we enter into the mystery, making our own" Christ’s sentiments "Over the centuries, there have been men and women who with the testimony of their lives reflect a ray of perfect, full, untouched love," like Don Andrea Santoro, the missionary killed in 2006 in Turkey. "Sometimes the darkness of the night seems to penetrate the soul; sometimes think, 'now there's nothing to be done', and the heart can no longer find the strength to love ... But in that dark Christ lights the fire of God's love: a blaze that breaks the darkness and announces a new beginning".
03/31/2015IRAN Christians in Iran: safe but in a ghetto (II) by Bernardo Cervellera The small Armenian, Chaldean and Latin communities are free but inside their churches. Muslims seeking baptism have to be turned away to avoid antagonising the government. The prevailing model is one of tolerance, living side by side, but without dialogue. As a new Latin cathedral is under construction, many fear that Rouhani’s openness may not last.
03/30/2015IRAN Christians in Iran: with Rouhani there is some movement (I) by Bernardo Cervellera As the world’s most powerful nations try to find an agreement on the Iranian nuclear issue in Lausanne, in Iran things are changing. Despite known limitations on freedom of conscience and problems, including violence, the country’s 350,000 Christians enjoy a degree of freedom that is certainly greater than in other countries of the region. This is the first part of a report.
03/29/2015VATICAN Pope: Holy Week, God’s way is humility, it is Jesus’ way, and “we will take this path” During Palm Sunday Mass, which begins Holy Week, Pope Francis cited the example of people “who, in silence and hiddenness, sacrifice themselves daily to serve others: a sick relative, an elderly person living alone, a disabled person . . .” He also cited today’s martyrs, persecuted because of their faith, a “cloud of witnesses”. Palm Sunday also marks the celebration of the 30th World Youth Day. Deacons of the Pontifical Institute for Foreign Missions provided the service to the pope and the altar. The pope called on young people to come in pilgrimage to Krakow in 2016. He also mentioned the victims of the plane crash in the French Alps.
03/28/2015EGYPT – MIDDLE EAST Arab military force to fight Shias and (perhaps) the Islamic state Arab League members agree to a military coalition to address conflicts in the Arab world. The "historic" deal shelves past Western-led coalitions. The anti-Islamist fight and even the Israeli-Palestinian problem are overshadowed by the main goal: containing Iranian influence. However, the confessional divide is giving the Islamic State group greater leeway and is undermining the social and political demands of the Arab Spring.
03/27/2015YEMEN-MIDDLE EAST Saudis continue raids against Shiite rebels. A religious war, but also a question of power by Paul Dakiki The military operation "Firmness Storm " has already caused 39 civilian deaths. Saudi Arabia (Sunni) along with Sudan, Turkey and Pakistan against Iranian influence in the Middle East. Objectives include: to ensure Bab-el-Mandel Strait; undermine the agreement on the Iranian nuclear question. Inter-Arabian military force launched to fight Islamic State terrorists.
03/25/2015VATICAN Pope: we must all pray for the Synod on the family, "the womb of human life." "The bond between the Church and the family is sacred and inviolable. The Church, as a mother, never abandons the family, even when it is disheartened, wounded, and mortified in so many ways. Not even when it falls into sin or grows distant". Twenty years since Evangelium Vitae. "When you do not earn a wage you lose your dignity! This is the drama of our time. "
03/25/2015IRAN – ASIA As the prospects for a nuclear deal improve, Asians line up for Iranian oil Some of Asia’s biggest refiners are betting on a positive outcome to negotiations. Once international sanctions are lifted, Tehran could boost crude oil production by one million barrels per day to pre-sanctions levels and more. China, South Korea, India and Japan are vying for a slice of the pie.
03/24/2015IRAN Time for a deal with Tehran, a reliable partner against the Islamic State group by Bernardo Cervellera
A framework agreement on the Iranian nuclear issue has to be inked by 31 March. US Republicans, Israel and Saudi Arabia are fiercely opposed to it for ulterior motives. Hassan Rouhani wants Iran to come back into the international fold. Tehran is playing a mediating role in the Middle East. For Vatican nuncio, “there is no evidence that Iran is preparing a nuclear bomb.”
03/24/2015VATICAN Pope: "May Holy Week will help us leave behind the temptation to be ‘Yes, but Christians...'" "Do not accept the gift of God on your own terms: That is a sin, that is a poison. It poisons the soul, takes away our joy, never lets go of you". "This lukewarm soul, this being halfway Christians, ‘Yes, but Christians...'. This enthusiasm at the outset on the journey with the Lord and then becoming disgruntled, only heals gazing at the Cross, gazing at God who takes on our sins: my sin is there".
03/23/2015YEMEN As Houthi militias move south, UN warns of possible civil war After seizing Taez, Houthis move south, towards Aden President Hadi's refuge. IS claims responsibility for the attacks against two mosques in Sana's, killing 142. With Saudi-Iranian confrontation playing itself out, UN calls for renewed political dialogue.