The Year of Faith and the martyrdom of Fr Fausto Tentorio

10/10/2012
Tens of thousands of Egyptians take to the streets a year after the massacre of Copts at Maspero
Muslims and people from the Islamic university of al-Azhar take part in the rally. Slogans are shouted against President Morsi and the military, accused of doing nothing to bring to justice those responsible for the bloodbath.
10/10/2012
Netanyahu calls early elections to ensure Israel's security and stability
Poll is moved up from October to January 2013 after cabinet fails to reach a budget agreement with the ultra-Orthodox camp rejecting cuts to welfare and benefits. The outgoing PM is betting on his personal appeal to increase Knesset seats. It is still not clear whether Olmert will run or not; he is seen by many as the only one who could fill the leadership vacuum in the centre-left bloc.
09/10/2012
Faisalabad: 24-year old Christian abducted, forced to convert to Islam and marry her abuser
Shumaila Bibi kidnapped by a 26 year old Muslim Muhammad Javed Iqbal on the way home. Subjected to sexual assault and forced to study the Koran. On a pretext she managed to escape and return to her family. Her captor denounced the girl's father for "kidnapping" her. Shumaila's future hangs in the balance.
09/10/2012
The Year of Faith begins in the footsteps of the Second Vatican Council
The long procession of bishops 50 years ago marked the beginning of the Second Vatican Council, the Synod Fathers, the presidents of all the Episcopal Conferences of the world and 14 Council Fathers. Archbishop Fisichella: "The fiftieth anniversary of the Council, therefore, deserves to be not only remembered, but celebrated by the Church. The Year of Faith is a good opportunity to revive the faith of believers and animate them with a renewed spirit of evangelization more convinced than ever. "
09/10/2012
The Synod prays for peace in Syria
The difficulties, but also the hopes of proclaiming the Gospel in the world today is the leitmotif of many interventions today, delivered by representatives of the various continental realities. Cardinal Gracias, in Asian culture, "religion is discipleship to a person more than adherence to a doctrine or obedience to a set of rules."
09/10/2012
The Synod prays for peace in Syria
The difficulties, but also the hopes of proclaiming the Gospel in the world today is the leitmotif of many interventions today, delivered by representatives of the various continental realities. Cardinal Gracias, in Asian culture, "religion is discipleship to a person more than adherence to a doctrine or obedience to a set of rules."
09/10/2012
End to Hong Kong's 'national education,' a victory for civil society
Hong Kong's chief executive shelves Beijing-imposed curriculum. For Catholic Social Communications Office director, "This is the last stage in the matter. Led by highly mobilised youth, the people won."
08/10/2012
Huawei and ZTE "a threat to United States security"
The two big telecommunications companies are suspected of being spying tools for the Beijing government and Chinese army. The companies deny the charges. May influence presidential election campaign.