10/24/2014MIDDLE EAST - USA The Islamic State "is the world's richest terrorist group" According to the United States government, the Islamic fundamentalists "earn about a million dollars a day just by selling oil". Added to this the ransoms they receive from abductions - especially of Westerners - and the racket set up in the cities under their control. The United States "wants more cooperation" from Kuwait and Qatar, but forget that it is an American company selling arms in the region. Washington (AsiaNews) - The Islamic State " the world's wealthiest terror group, generating tens of millions of
dollars a month from black market oil sales, ransoms and extortion".
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10/22/2014INDIA India, Church and civil society to Government: Ban surrogacy by mons. Agnelo Gracias* Just as with organs and blood, the trafficking of wombs for rent should be prohibited. Indian culture "has always held the sacred role of the mother in high esteem. Surrogacy commercializes this sacred image and robs motherhood of meaning". The full text of the appeal.
10/22/2014AFGHANISTAN Opium poppy cultivation hits record-high in Afghanistan Opium poppy production covers a record 209,000 hectares in 2013, providing nearly 90 per cent of the world's supply. The US Special Inspector General for Afghanistan Reconstruction (SIGAR) calls into question the efficacy of the US$ 7.6 billion counter-narcotics strategy.
10/22/2014SOUTH KOREA Archbishop of Gwangju: The Korean family is in ruins, we need answers from the Synod According to Msgr. Hyginus Kim Hee-jong the family " is the peace of society and basis of world peace at the same time. De-humanizing economy and the rat race are destroying everything". Because of this situation, relations between the two Koreas are getting worse, "Seoul and Pyongyang betray the ideals of peace and reconciliation of our population".
10/21/2014HONG KONG - CHINA As Occupy Central waits for talks with the government, High Court bars protesters from Mong Kok and Admiralty by Paul Wang A bus company and Citic Tower obtain a High Court injunction. One protester challenges the decision as a violation of freedom of expression. The meeting between the Federation of Students and the government is set for 6 pm today. For Hong Kong's chief executive, full democracy would hurt business by giving power to the poor. For the Catholic Church, the Occupy movement has already achieved a great result by raising political awareness and increasing the visibility of certain ideals among Hong Kongers.
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.
10/21/2014RUSSIA - FRANCE Private jet crashes in Moscow, the head of Total dies by Nina Achmatova Christophe de Margerie at the helm of the French oil giant since 2007. Always contrary to Western sanctions against Moscow, he was in Russia on an official visit. Yesterday he met with Prime Minister Medvedev.
10/20/2014INDIA Mumbai: threats to life undermine God in society, says Card Gracias by Nirmala Carvalho In conjunction with the Synod on the Family, the Church in Mumbai organised a conference on 'Protecting, Preserving and Promoting the Gift of Human Life: Emerging Challenges'. "It is sad to see that many people today think they do not need God in their lives," says Mumbai archbishop. "The traditional family has deep roots" in India, but "the country's rapid industrialisation" creates challenges that must be met right away, says a professor of moral theology.
10/20/2014HONG KONG - CHINA Justice and Peace: Occupy Central increases the dignity and political consciousness of Hong Kong by Mary Yuen Mee-yin* Mary Yuen, a member of the Vatican Council for Justice and Peace, shows the reasons and the strength of the pro-democracy movement that has occupied for weeks some streets in central Hong Kong. The inspiration is obviously nonviolent and Christian. The sit-in is a meeting place, study, and debate. For Hong Kong, it is a new era of political consciousness, solidarity, and commitment to social justice. Protesters are willing to dialogue, not to overthrow the authority.
10/20/2014HONG KONG - CHINA Beijing and the Hong Kong government spread smear campaign and threats against Occupy by Paul Wang The police threaten: Do not allow your children (students) go to Mong Kok. Fears of violent clamp down. China and Leung accuse Occupy of being in the pay of foreign organizations that want Hong Kong "independence": these allegations could be a foretaste of Chinese military intervention. Government and students to meet tomorrow.
10/18/2014VATICAN Synod Message: Admiration and gratitude to the families who follow Christ, Way, Truth and Life The Message (which we publish in full) is addressed to "ordinary" families and speaks of the beauty of the love between a man and a woman. Little or no space to the issues discussed in the media: communion to remarried; gay families. A prayer to the Father, in union "with the family of Nazareth," which shows the family as the transforming cell of society and the world.
10/18/2014HONG KONG - CHINA Police assault Occupy Central in Mong Kok. Students rebuild barricades by Paul Wang Police clash with thousands of demonstrators overnight. Over 60 injured; 15 policemen. The young people of Occupy were "armed" with umbrellas; Police in riot gear used batons and pepper spray. Possibility of dialogue and confidence in the police evaporates. A new wave of occupations likely.