John Paul II, missionary for the Third Millennium

29/10/2014
Nepalese government: No more refugees from Tibet
In response to pressure from the Chinese government, Kathmandu has decided to no longer provide the necessary documents to Tibetan refugees to reach India, the residence of the Dalai Lama and his government-in-exile. The outrage of civil society: "You have sold out to Beijing."
29/10/2014
Pope calls for "every effort to eradicate" "relentless disease", Ebola
The Pope "expressed his closeness to all those suffering from Ebola, “as well as to the doctors, nurses, volunteers, religious institutes and associations, who are working heroically to help our brothers and sisters who are sick". "The Church is a mystery in which what is not seen is more important than what is seen". A prayer for the Mexican students burned alive by drug traffickers.
29/10/2014
Only Christians can show Muslims the "mad utopia" of the Islamic State
Superstitions, rituals, deportation, rape, summary justice and indoctrination are the foundations upon which the power of terrorists rests. The latter want to create a theocratic and regressive "perfect city". But utopias generate terror and monsters like Communism and Nazism. Christians have a duty to show Muslims the "true face" of their religion as well as its "elements of violence."
29/10/2014
Filipino Church builds more than 1,600 housing units for Yolanda victims
New, permanent units were built in all nine ecclesiastical sees hit by the typhoon. The aim is to complete at least 3,000 units by the end of the year. For NASSA executive secretary, many families have already received their shelter. The priest calls on the government to hurry up; so far it has not yet handed out the aid it had promised.
29/10/2014
For Indian Jesuit, radical Hindu news service is a "tragedy" for democracy
Rashtriya Swayamsevak Sangh (RSS), a right-wing paramilitary group affiliated with the ruling Bharatiya Janata Party, adds more languages to its news service. For Fr Cedric Prakash, the news agency's "fascist ideology" is a problem.
29/10/2014
The victims of Stalinist terror remembered In Moscow's Lubyanka Square
Memorial organised today's 'Return of the names', 12-hour reading of the names of those executed in the 1930s for political reasons. Almost half of Russians now believe that they too will expression the same repression in their lifetime.
28/10/2014
Hanoi and Beijing seeking shared solutions to maritime disputes
The two Communist governments agree to a mechanism for defining boundaries and "appropriately handle" issues. Both seek peace, stability and development. There are however some critics. For a Vietnamese official, Beijing will never give up its maritime ambitions.
28/10/2014
Malala not alone as Pakistan's gender gap gets wider
In its annual report, the World Economic Forum ranks the South Asian nation 141st out of 142 countries in terms of gender inequality. In the past few years, it has lost 30 positions. Nobel Prize laureate Malala is example and incentive for women. A forum slam the conditions of home-based workers, with neither legal status nor rights.
28/10/2014
Tibetan Buddhist monk sentenced to 12 years for "separatism"
Tsangyang Gyatso, chant leader at a monastery in Trido, was arrested in March with three other monks. The charges against him have not been made public, and the fate of those who were arrested with him remains unknown. A flurry of arrests is carried out in the area, where graffiti say, "Tibet is independent".
27/10/2014
For Sri Lankan Catholics, the Synod on the Family was "distant from the problems of the Third World"
For a priest, the special meeting was "an invitation to listen to the suggestions of the Holy Spirit." For a teacher, people in "poor countries are more concerned with making a living than with communion for divorced and remarried people or same-sex couples."
27/10/2014
For Sri Lankan Catholics, the Synod on the Family was "distant from the problems of the Third World"
For a priest, the special meeting was "an invitation to listen to the suggestions of the Holy Spirit." For a teacher, people in "poor countries are more concerned with making a living than with communion for divorced and remarried people or same-sex couples."
27/10/2014
Hong Kong after the revolution
The pro-democracy Occupy Central movement frightened Beijing much more than the short-lived Jasmine Revolution. The government fears a "democratic infiltration" from the Special Administrative Region and will use every means at its disposal, including economics, to stop it. However, doing so it could destroy the country's most dynamic and innovative region. What follows is an analysis by an expert on China, courtesy of the Jamestown Foundation.
27/10/2014
Kyrgyz government to require religions to register or fold
The authorities propose changes to the existing Religion Law. If adopted, changes will further empower the State Commission for Religious Affairs (SCRA). For human rights activists, the amended legislation would "subordinate religion to the state".