01/26/2015INDIA - UNITED STATES Obama and Modi reach nuclear deal without giving details After years of deadlock, the two powers take an "important step" to implement an earlier 2005 US decision to provide India reactor components. The US leader shortens his visit to fly to Saudi Arabia. China cast its shadow over the meeting. Delhi
(AsiaNews) - US President Barack Obama and India's Prime Minister
Narendra Modi ended a ten-year deadlock on an India-US nuclear pact, hailing a
new era of friendship between the world's two largest democracies.
01/26/2015CHINA In China, one third of all online products is fake (or hazardous to human health) According to official statistics, up to 350 million Chinese have shopped online. A government-backed study indicates a high risk for consumers, state TV reported. Bootleg products include a mobile phone with a fake circuit board, toys without proper safety certification, and ordinary soil sold as fertiliser.
01/26/2015VATICAN Pope: Mainly women transmit the faith It is ' the path chosen by Jesus, "who wanted to have a mother. "All of us have received the gift of faith. We have to safeguard it." Two things oppose our "living faith": "the spirit of fear and shame." . "We ask the Lord for the grace to have a sincere faith, a faith that is non-negotiable depending on the opportunities that come.
01/26/2015VATICAN Pope Francis, "rabbits" and the colonization of families by Bernardo Cervellera The controversy over Catholics who have children "like rabbits" has overshadowed the Pope’s message about ideological attacks on the family a "colonization" to be freed of. The UN and development agencies funds used for "reproductive health". Collaboration with other religious traditions, including Jews and Muslims vital to counter this "ideological colonization".
01/26/2015JAPAN - SYRIA - ISLAM Tokyo confirms death of hostage and takes time on the exchange of prisoners Abe government denounces the "terrible and unforgivable execution" of Haruna Yukawa, held hostage along with Kenji Goto by Islamic State terrorists in Syria. Fundamentalists want the release of Sajida al-Rishawi, who in 2005 took part in the attack in Amman which killed 60 people. Beijing attacks the Land of the Rising Sun: "The price that Japan has paid for its support to Washington."
01/25/2015VATICAN Pope: many Christians are persecuted and killed because they are Christians, regardless of their confession "Christian unity will not be the fruit of subtle theoretical discussions in which each party tries to convince the other of the soundness of their opinions. We need to realize that, to plumb the depths of the mystery of God, we need one another, we need to encounter one another and to challenge one another under the guidance of the Holy Spirit, who harmonizes diversities and overcomes conflicts. Who reconciles differences".
01/25/2015VATICAN Pope: the desire for Christian unity part of our "thirst for God" "Heartfelt appeal" for end to fighting and resumption of dialogue in Ukraine. "In becoming man God tasted our own thirst, not only our material thirst for water, but above all the thirst for a full life, free from the slavery of evil and death”. Filipinos, a "wonderful people"
01/24/2015SOUTH KOREA Auxiliary of Seoul: youth, the basis of faith. But do not overdo it with activism The annual meeting for the youth ministry of the South Korean capital this year was directed by Msgr. Peter Chung Soon-taek. During the meeting, in the form of questions and answers, the bishop invites young Catholics to give more space for reflection and prayer: "Only in this way will balances grow in the love of God."
01/24/2015CHINA-VATICAN In 2015 China set to ordain independent bishops against the Holy See. Possible reactions of Catholics by Bernardo Cervellera The State Administration for Religious Affairs has launched plan’s that includes new ordinations without papal mandate. Beijing hardens towards the Holy See. Already now faithful refuse to participate in the ceremonies of the illicit bishops. A return to Maoist politics: the ideal of the Party is to destroy religions. The anti-corruption campaign of Xi Jinping has not yet touched the corruption of the Patriotic Association and the Ministry of Religious Affairs, who have stolen 13 billion euro.
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".
01/23/2015NORTH KOREA - CHINA - SWEDEN Han, a N Korean refugee in Sweden who crossed 7,000 km to escape dictatorship and poverty The 17-year-old boy has (forged) Chinese papers and speaks with a strong North Korean accent. However, Swedish authorities fear he may be a phony refugee, and wants China's help to identify him. The young man says he forded a frozen river, entered Russia, travelled on the Trans-Siberian railway, and crossed two continents to escape the regime. Now he could be sent back to his death. A Seoul-based NGO calls on the Swedish government to "err on the side of ensuring the boy's safety".
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."