10/06/2015VATICAN Pope: no to rigid ministers, the Lord asks for mercy "Where there is the Lord there is mercy. And St. Ambrose added: 'And where is rigidity, there are its ministers''. "We only understand God's mercy when it was poured out on us, our sins, our miseries ..." Vatican City (AsiaNews) - " Where there is the Lord there is mercy. And St. Ambrose added: 'And where is rigidity, there are its ministers'', said Pope Francis during mass this morning in Casa Santa Marta.
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10/06/2015ASIA El Niño could cause outbreaks of dengue fever in Southeast Asia International researchers warn that that latest warming trend is "ideal" for dengue haemorrhagic fever. Countries in South-East Asia are at risk because their health care systems might not be able to cope with his year’s outbreak. On average, nearly 400 million infections are recorded each year.
10/06/2015JAPAN Japanese wins Nobel Prize in Physics for neutrino mass discovery Takaaki Kajita shares the award with Arthur B. McDonald. Their work shows how neutrinos, subatomic particles that are the "building blocks" of matter, “flip”. For Japan, this is a second honour after another Japanese was awarded the Nobel Prize in medicine yesterday.
10/06/2015ISRAEL Protest: Israel’s Catholic schools turn the page and start year The Patriarchal Vicar of Jerusalem and the Patriarchate’s director general visited the country’s Catholic schools. After the four-week strike, this school year has "a special taste and significance" with pupils “full of enthusiasm”. For Mgr Marcuzzo, children need to learn about Pope Francis’ Laudato si’.
10/06/2015SRI LANKA Eliminating poverty by distributing lands for agriculture. President Sirisena’s plan by Melani Manel Perera The unused land owned by the state and private citizens will be converted to agricultural production. Sri Lanka imports more than 80% of the food needs for chilli, soy, green and black beans. In 2014 it spent about 38 million euro. Sirisena to return about 600 acres of land confiscated by the military in the north to their owners.
10/06/2015RUSSIA-TURKEY-SYRIA Turkey and NATO against Russian raids. But the US "are not serious in the fight against the Islamic State" by Paul Dakiki Twice Russian military planes trespassed into Turkish airspace. NATO accuses Moscow of "irresponsible behavior". The UN is concerned about the " a lot of different countries and different coalitions " fighting in Syrian skies. A war for hegemony and influence in the Middle East. Iraq prefers the Russians to the US-led coalition: they are more "serious" in fighting Daesh. Even Italy goes to war.
10/06/2015ASIA - UNITED STATES Pacific free trade treaty signed, covering 40% of the world economy After five years of negotiations, the United States reaches deal with 11 other nations in the region on treaty which provides for the removal of trade barriers - including tariff - and adaptation of commercial standards. Obama: "We cannot allow the rules of the world economy to be set by China." Beijing welcomes "with caution" the news but does not join group.
10/06/2015CHINA Beijing’s pride over Nobel for Tu Youyou: Proves China’s progress In a letter sent to the scientist, the Premier Li Keqiang writes: "Tu's winning the prize signifies China's great contribution to the cause of human health." The researcher, never admitted in the Academy of Social Sciences, used traditional herbs to treat malaria. Rewarded with her Irish colleague William Campbell and Japanese colleague Satoshi Omura.
10/05/2015BANGLADESH Protestant clergyman in stabbing by three, possibly Muslim attackers by Sumon Corraya Luke Sarkar was at home when three men approached him. The attackers pulled out a knife and tried to cut his throat. The modus operandi is the same as in the cases of Cesare Tavella and Hoshi Kunio. Police suspect Muslim extremists. “Christians are vulnerable in this country,” says Christian activist. “We can be attacked at any moment."
10/05/2015VATICAN Synod: Facing the challenges of today’s world against family as Christians The reports before proceedings. Card. Erdo: indissolubility and mercy for marriage, mission and witness of Christian spouses, support and truth for couples "with problems", respect for and responsibility towards life". "Need for proper and merciful pastoral care for divorced and civilly remarried which, however, without any room for doubts regarding truth of the indissolubility of marriage as taught by Jesus Christ himself. The mercy of God offers forgiveness to the sinner, but it demands conversion".
10/05/2015NEPAL Women sold as sex slaves in Tanzania and Qatar by Christopher Sharma The victims’ stories are just about the same. Rima Basnet was lured into slavery in Tanzania, and Kamala Tamang was sold in Qatar, where she contracted AIDS before she was thrown out. In both cases, the victims received death threats if they did not perform to satisfy the sex desires of customers. Thousands of women share the same fate: sold and used in the Middle East and Africa.