01/24/2015ISRAEL - PALESTINE - FRANCE The massacre in Paris helps Islamic fundamentalism and the Israeli right by Uri Avnery Israeli Prime Minister Netanyahu has used the attack for electioneering ahead of the vote. The dispute between Jews and Arabs in French territory legacy of North African colonialism. And anti-Semitism becomes the collector to encourage the return of the Jews to Palestine. The fanatics of both sides, the worst enemies of peace. From the great statesman and Israeli activist.
/ Gush Shalom) -The three Islamic terrorists could have been very proud
of themselves, if they had lived to see it. By committing two attacks (quite
ordinary ones by Israeli standards) they spread panic throughout France,
brought millions of people onto the streets, gathered more...
01/23/2015VATICAN Mass media: learning a more authentic and human communication from the family In his message for the 49th World Day of Social Communications, Pope Francis calls the family "the paradigm of communication." In it, as in the womb, you learn encounter, language, prayer, closeness, forgiveness. The media often treat the family as "an object" over which to wage ideological battles and not as a place in which to learn to communicate. We need to "relearn to tell, not just to produce and consume information".
01/23/2015VATICAN Pope: God’s “work” is reconciliation, because "our God forgives" any sin and "always" forgives No matter how serious the sins are all you need to do is "repent and ask for forgiveness": "you do not have to pay anything," because "Christ already paid for us". Confession "more than a judgment, is an encounter” with the Lord who "embraces you." "Teach our children, our young people to confess well, so that going to confession is not like going to the dry cleaners to remove a stain. No! It is going to meet the Father."
01/22/2015ITALY - VATICAN Chiara Lubich like Teresa of Avila: her process of beatification begins by Costanzo Donegana* The process will open on 27 January in Frascati where the founder of the Focolare Movement lived most of her life and where she is buried. Her journey began as bombs fell on Trent, developing into communities that lived by the principle of unity. She undertook ecumenical work with Athenagoras and Protestant Churches. She also was open to members of other religions and to atheists in order to create "universal brotherhood on this earth."
01/21/2015VATICAN Pope: Poverty is not caused by many children, but throw-away culture Acts of “brutality” in Niger against “children, against churches", "war can never be waged in the name of God". The trip to Sri Lanka and the Philippines. St. Joseph Vaz "a model for all Christians, called today to propose the saving truth of the Gospel in a multi-religious context". "Care for the poor is an essential element of our Christian life and witness; it involves the rejection of all forms of corruption, because corruption steals from the poor, it demands a culture of honesty."
01/21/2015ISRAEL Tel Aviv, 12 stabbed in bus attack Four injured passengers are in critical condition. The police suspect terrorist attack of a "lone wolf". The assailant is a young 23 year old from Tulkarem (West Bank).
01/20/2015ISRAEL - LEBANON - IRAN The question is not "if" or "when", but "to what extent" Hizbollah will take revenge against Israel by Paul Dakiki Threats aside, neither Hizbollah nor Iran appears to want a new war. In Israel, some observers wonder whether the decision to carry out the attack in Syria was not linked to the country's upcoming elections, noting that "Netanyahu won the 2013 elections because of the security agenda," and he could try to do the same this time to stay in power.
01/20/2015ASIA A billion viewers, illegal betting, and global jihadism at the 2015 Asian Cup The tournament, held in Australia between 9 and 31 January, is now in the final knockout phase. So far, it has attracted a record number of viewers in Asia, where it is already the sporting event of the year. Match-fixing and illegal betting are being closely monitored. In Mosul, the Islamic state executed 13 teenagers for their love of the game.
01/19/2015FRANCE - ISLAM After Charlie Hebdo, France and the West have to implement a "positive secularism" by Fady Noun Freedom of expression is not an end in itself. Opposite extremes of violent fundamentalism and absolute freedom must give way to the "will to live together". The West is becoming a multi-religious society. As in the case of the Holocaust, we must limit anti-religious "negationism". Lebanon is a model. Secularism is dead.
01/19/2015ASIA In 2016, 1% of the richest own more than the remaining 99% (Oxfam) The gap between the world’s wealthy and the rest of the population is increasing. Between 2009 and 2013, the wealth of the richest 1% has increased from 44% to 48%. Rules governing international taxation need to be overhauled by taxing capital more and labor less; setting minimum wages and implementing a social safety net for the poorest.
01/18/2015VATICAN - PHILIPPINES Pope: Help young people to build a better society, every child should be welcomed Celebrating Mass concluding his seventh international apostolic pilgrimage, in Sri Lanka and the Philippines, Francis recalls how "Filipinos are called to be outstanding missionaries of the faith in Asia. God chose and blessed us for a purpose: to be holy and blameless in his sight ". An appeal to the world: "Sadly, in our day, the family all too often needs to be protected against insidious attacks and programs contrary to all that we hold true and sacred, all that is most beautiful and noble in our culture."
01/18/2015PHILIPPINES - VATICAN Pope to young people of Manila: Know, cry, think, feel, be with the poor The testimony of young people, survivors of drugs and prostitution, pushes Francis to leave aside his prepared text and talk for over half an hour off the cuff: "Only if we are able to cry over what we have just heard, can find we an answer to why children have to suffer. "