10/23/2014VATICAN Pope for the abolition of the death penalty, against life in prison, a "concealed death penalty" In a speech before a delegation of the International Association of Penal Law, Francis expressed his opposition to pre-trial detention "when it abusively anticipates imprisonment before conviction". Slavery is not just "treason against humanity;" is a crime that cannot be committed "without the complicity, by commission or omission, of states." For the pontiff, "Corruption is an evil greater than sin." Vatican City
(AsiaNews) - "Every Christian and all people of of goodwill are called
today to fight not only for the abolition of the death penalty, whether it is
legal or illegal and whatever form it takes," but they must also stand against "life
in prison, which is a concealed form of death sentence". Above all, "Respect
for the dignity of the human person comes...
10/23/2014EGYPT The new face of Tahrir Square: a journey through the streets of Cairo by Giulia Mazza inviato Three years after the 2011 revolution, the capital still bears the marks of the revolt that shook Egypt. Chaotic traffic; crumbling buildings that flank luxury hotels; ongoing work on the square, the symbolic heartland of democracy; well-to-do Heliopolis. One Cairo resident: "We support this new government because we want to build a better country."
10/22/2014SAUDI ARABIA - ISLAM Saudi grand mufti against Twitter as source of all evil and lies On his 'fatwa' show, Sheikh Abdul Aziz al-Sheikh, Saudi Arabia's highest religious authority, comes out against the microblogging site, blaming it for evil as well as moral and social devastation. Users are divided: some agree with the sheikh; others comment his views with sarcasm. In Saudi Arabia, Twitter has the highest number of active users.
10/22/2014ITALY - IRAQ Baghdad patriarch calls on Muslims to show more courage in a "common front" against terrorists by Dario Salvi Christians and Muslims must join together to defeat the Islamic State. So far, "fear has prevailed." For Mar Sako, a strong "public rejection" is needed. For Advent and Christmas, he calls for visits to the families of refugees, bringing sweets for the festivity to show closeness and solidarity. He calls for a "long term strategy" to fight bigotry.
10/21/2014VATICAN Pope: "The Christian is a man or a woman who knows how to wait for Jesus and this is a man or woman of hope" "Without Christ we have no identity." From "street people" he makes us "fellow citizens with the holy ones and members of the household of God". "Instead, the pagan - and we Christians often behave like pagans - forget Jesus, thinks of himself, of his things, not waiting for Jesus. The selfish pagan acts as if he were a god: 'I can manage on my own'. And this ends badly, it ends without a name, without closeness, without citizenship".
10/21/2014IRAN - IRAQ United Nations admits Tehran "meeting its commitment" on nuclear programme A report by the UN atomic energy agency confirms that the Iranian government is meeting its commitments under a 2013 interim agreement. The document could be a prelude to an historic deal ahead of the deadline of 24 November. Iraqi Prime Minister is in Tehran on an official visit to find ways to fight the Islamic State. The Vatican calls for greater involvement of Iran on the international stage.
10/20/2014TURKEY - SYRIA - UNITED STATES Ankara to allow Iraqi Kurds to cross to fight Islamic state The Turkish government backtracks on blocking Kurds. The latter will now be able to fight with Syrian Kurds in Kobane. The United States carries out airdrops of military and medical supplies to fighters resisting Islamic fundamentalists.
10/20/2014VATICAN Pope: We cannot resign ourselves to thinking of a Middle East without Christians Many of our brothers and sisters are being persecuted and have had to leave their homes in a brutal way" and "in the general indifference of so many". Cardinal Pietro Parolin: international community must respond to the terrorism of the Islamic State with a negotiated solution to all the problems in the Middle East, starting from the Israeli-Palestinian conflict.