09/17/2014CHINA On trial for separatism, Ilham Tohti says Uighurs and Han Chinese have the same problems in Xinjiang Jailed in January, the economist has never supported separatism. However, he has called on Beijing to talk with Uighurs and check its corrupt local government, which angers both Uighurs and Han Chinese. However, Chinese government repression could generate a more unified and violent movement. Urumqi
(AsiaNews) - Economist and university
professor Ilham Tohti went on trial today. Accused of Uighur "separatism",
was arrested last January for criticising Beijing's policy after an attack
09/17/2014CHINA - HONG KONG - VATICAN Towards the synod: challenges for marriage in China, threatened by selfishness and consumerism by Don Peter As the country grows and develops, the challenges that threaten marriage and family life multiply. Divorce, changing gender roles, and the one-child policy endanger the healthy development of the idea of the couple as the basis for the creation of a new family. The Church has sought to curb this negative trend, but it can and must do more to help young couples. ">Ahead of the upcoming Synod on the family, a priest in Xianxian looks at the issue.
09/16/2014CAMBODIA - CHINA Protest over Sino-Cambodian dam: Phnom Penh arrests 11 activists They blocked a group of officials, including Chinese engineers, from visiting the site in for the proposed mega-dam. The police deny the arrest and speak of "invitation" for interrogation. Over the weekend monks and farmers held a hunger strike in front of the Chinese Embassy, dispersed by the authorities.
09/15/2014HONG KONG - CHINA One Hongkonger in two against Beijing's anti-democratic proposal For 48 per cent of survey participants, pro-democracy lawmakers should vote against mainland China's election law. Thousands of people march in silence and mourning to lift the Occupy Central movement. Professors support student strike and criticise the mainland's openness.
09/14/2014VATICAN Pope: Celebrate the Holy Cross, and think of our brothers and sisters, persecuted and killed At the Angelus Pope Francis recalls the Feast of the Exaltation of the Holy Cross: "We do not exalt just any cross, but the Cross of Jesus," where " God’s love for humanity was revealed most". The cross is not a sign of "magic": "Belief in the Cross of Jesus means following Jesus on his path”. An appeal for the Central African Republic. He returns to his prayer at Redipuglia: "War is a madness ... When will we learn this lesson?"
09/14/2014VATICAN Pope: Christ’s love sustains married couples' love and renews it when, humanly speaking, it becomes lost Pope Francis celebrates Mass during which 20 couples are united in marriage. Some of them have lived together for some time and have children. Families are the “bricks” for the building up of society". The merciful love that flows from the Cross heals "those who succumb to the dangerous temptation of discouragement, infidelity, weakness, abandonment”. An added piece of advice: Never let the sunset on an argument
09/13/2014VATICAN Pope in Redipuglia: War is madness. This is the time to weep At the cemetery that is the final resting place for the mortal remains of over 10 thousand victims of the First World War, Pope Francis condemns past and present wars, their destructive power, motivated by Cain’s attitude: "What does it matter to me?". The "the merchants of war perhaps have made a great deal of money, but their corrupted hearts have lost the capacity to cry". "... Even today, after the second failure of another world war, perhaps one can speak of a third war, one fought piecemeal, with crimes, massacres, destruction ...". Present cardinals and bishops from Austria, Slovenia, Hungary, Croatia, ordinary soldiers and representatives of Orthodox and Muslims in Europe. Pope Francis’ grandfather fought in the Great War on the Piave. The gift of "Light of St. Francis" to the military ordinary military in commemorations of the First World War. The full text of the papal homily.
09/12/2014HONG KONG - CHINA Occupy Central ready for a lavish democracy "banquet" in Hong Kong The "courses" include peaceful acts of civil disobedience to be held on an almost weekly basis. The first one will entail a 500-metre-long black banner to express Hongkongers' ire at Beijing's offer of universal suffrage. Chinese scholar warns that Beijing might restrict the territory's freedom. Catholic Church backs the student strike.
09/12/2014VATICAN Communio: special issue for the Synod on the Family by Bernardo Cervellera The issues dominating discussions thus far - the pastoral care of divorced, communion for the remarried, gay couples - are likely to overshadow the positive beauty of married life and of the sacrament, bound to the Eucharist. Mercy towards the remarried should not be psychological benevolence, but help that comes from the mystery of the Cross. The conflict between the Christian mentality and the individualistic mentality is leading the contemporary world to treat heterosexual marriages like "gay marriage." The summer issue of the prestigious magazine, with articles by Cardinals Ouellet and Scola, and other personalities related to the John Paul II Institute for the family.
09/10/2014VATICAN - IRAQ - UNITED STATES For the fight against the Islamic state, Obama chooses the Saudis, the Vatican chooses the UN by Bernardo Cervellera The US president is set to present a plan to fight caliphate militias. His would-be alliance includes states that have provided ISIL with financial and ideological support, and excludes Syria, Iran and Russia. Pope Francis, Card Sandri, and Mgr Tomasi, the Vatican observer at the UN, demand that the United Nations be involved to enhance the fight's effectiveness.
09/10/2014HONG KONG - CHINA Card. Zen: With Occupy Central we may have provoked the Emperor’s ire by card. Joseph Zen Ze-kiun The democratic movement is not a threat to the Territory’s survival. Beijing’s "three slaps in the face" of the local population. "When the imperialists attack, they only do damage, but when it is our fellow Chinese who want to enslave us, then our heart is wounded. There is no other option for those who do not want to be enslaved except resistance". The reflections of the bishop emeritus of Hong Kong.
09/10/2014CHINA - LAOS - CAMBODIA Maximum alert for floods on lower Mekong as Beijing opens dams The Jinghong dam can contain up to 600 million cubic meters of water and a capacity of 1,750 megawatts. Experts in Laos, Thailand and Cambodia carefully monitor the level of the river. High risk of flooding. But the government of Phnom Penh, a staunch ally of Beijing, denies the threat.