10/09/2015SYRIA Syrian bishop: Ambiguous US policy favors Islamic state. Fears for kidnapped Christians Msgr. Hindo reports that Russian raids in recent days have proved effective against Daesh, in retreat in some areas. The US operations are "just window dressing, and really leave jihadists free to act", as confirmed by the kidnapping of Christians. Fears for the fate of the hostages after the execution of three Assyrians. Money is the real engine of the war in Syria. Damascus (AsiaNews) - US air strikes in Syria are window-dressing, and have little real effect on the militias of the Islamic state (IS), who are left free to act on the ground. Instead the...
10/09/2015INDIA Mother Teresa's sisters: no to adoptions to single or divorced by Nirmala Carvalho From 1 August orphanages run by the Missionaries of Charity have blocked practices. Sister Bressila: "But we will continue to take care of children, following the mission of Mother Teresa." Card. Toppo: "Children are not objects, each of them is a precious gift from God. The sisters want to make sure that children grow up in a good family environment and have a joyful future - just as they would with biological parents."
10/09/2015TUNISIA Tunisia's Dialogue Quartet wins 2015 Nobel Peace Prize for pulling the country back from the brink The organisation, which is made up of four civil society organisations, helped the country’s democratic transition and preserved the gains achieved by the Jasmine Revolution, which ended badly in other countries in the region. The Nobel Committee hopes that the group’s example will inspire the Middle East and North Africa because it has met “wide range of challenges across political and religious divides”.
10/09/2015INDONESIA Indonesian Jesuit: Migrants are modern slaves, let us help them regain dignity by Mathias Hariyadi Fr. Benedictus Hari Juliawan speaks of the Jesuits’ work with the boat people since 2010. Migration flows affect countries of Southeast Asia. The islands of Eastern Indonesia turned into forced labor camps. "About 700 thousand people a year leave the country to find work. They fall prey to human trafficking mafia ".
10/09/2015VATICAN Pope: "caution and discernment", because "the Devil is hidden" and "always tries to deceive" If "he has been kicked out" he has "patience, and waits to return", “he arrives with his polite friends, knocks on the door, asks permission to come in and come and live with a person and become part of his or her daily life and, drop by drop, gives instructions. " With "this mannerly way" the devil convinces him to "do things with relativism", reassuring consciousness.
10/09/2015CHINA China’s sluggish economy boosting strike actions and protests over wages In a report on the third quarter of 2015, the China Labour Bulletin shows, with figures and tables, the rising tide of labour protest, with almost 600 incidents. Contraction in manufacturing and unscrupulous employers are behind the trend. In some instances, this is taking an extreme turn. In the city of Jiaxing alone, three groups of workers commit suicide over a ten-day period.
10/09/2015SRI LANKA Sri Lanka, trade unions and activists defend domestic workers by Melani Manel Perera The project launched on the occasion of the Day for Dignified Work. Union: "Domestic workers are exposed to violence and abuse by employers." The purpose of the project is "give them value, dignity, protection and respect."
10/08/2015VATICAN Synod: the West must “not forget the Christians in the Middle East,” says Patriarch Younan Responding to a question about a “hermeneutic of conspiracy” attributed to the pope, Vatican spokesman Fr Lombardi said, “Clearly, the concept is that we should not believe in conspiracies. We should see the Synod as a process of exchange, and communication, taking place in peace and sincerity, not as something driven by special interests or attempts to manipulate".
10/08/2015INDIA Intellectuals condemn beef lynching as Modi boosts Hindutva Writer Nayantara Sahgal and poet Ashok Vajpeyi return the prestigious Sahitya Akademi Award. Indian president and Home minister speak out for diversity, tolerance and plurality in India. Politicians from the Bharatiya Janata Party instead make statements fomenting sectarian hate. The prime minister tightens beef export controls. Opposition parties, particularly Congress, fail to counter sectarian violence in the country.
10/08/2015INDONESIA Family planning is a good thing, not abortion and contraceptives by Mathias Hariyadi Members of the Catholic Church in Indonesia are in favour of government family planning, as long as it promotes “responsible parenthood." Started by Suharto in the 1970s, family planning had fallen by the wayside after 1998. Now the government wants to cut population growth, deemed a burden on the economy.
10/08/2015VIETNAM Following Francis, the Vietnamese Church promises help and hospitality to migrants by Paul N. Hung Modernisation and industrialisation have driven millions of people to the big cities. The Bishops' Conference calls for openness to these "brothers and sisters" in difficult conditions. Parishes are tasked to provide pastoral care. For Vietnamese bishop, migrants must be "helped, supported, loved and encouraged”.