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Online petition calls for more funding for India’s children
The campaign was launched on change.org. India has about 442 million children out of a population of 1.2 billion, but only 4 per cent of the Union budget is goes for them. “It is good, let us support it,” says Catholic activist.
28/12/2016 15:58:00 INDIA
Caritas India to bring fraternal and human aid to cancer patients
This is part of its 2017 Lent campaign. Each year, the social arm of the Catholic Church in India pursues programmes to improve people's living conditions. In over 50 years of activity, it has funded nearly 23,000 projects worth US$ 205 million.
19/12/2016 14:30:00 SRI LANKA
Sri Lanka government taking land from small farmers to give to local and foreign investors
The 2017 government budget involves taking 20,000 acres (8,093 hectares). Some land has already been given to private companies, which fenced it off. Thousands of people have been displaced and forced to seek work elsewhere. This could destabilise the country and cause unrest.
01/01/2017 11:52:00 VATICAN
Pope: Celebrating the Holy Mother of God reminds us that we have a Mother; we are not orphans
Mass of the Solemnity of Mary Mother of God and the World Day of Peace, Pope Francis indicates the "motherhood of Mary," as an antidote to the "spiritual orphan hood" that destroys our sense of belonging to a family, to a people. "Mothers are the strongest antidote to our individualistic and selfish tendencies, against our closures and apathy". "That look that frees us from orphan hood ... reminds us that we are brothers, that I belong to you, you belong to me, that we are of the same flesh."
01/01/2017 12:35:00 VATICAN
Pope: Close in prayer to Turkish people following grave Istanbul attack
At the Angelus Pope Francis prays for the 39 dead and 69 wounded in the terrorist attack on the Reina nightclub in Istanbul. People of good will united against terrorism. Saying "no" to "hatred and violence and 'yes' to fraternity and reconciliation." "This year will be good to the extent that each of us, with God's help, tries to do good every day." A prayer to the Mother of God for the new year.
06/03/2017 14:24:00 CHINA
Li Keqiang: In 2017 China will grow by 6.5%, amid internal and external uncertainties
The lowest growth for 25 years. Disquiet about Trump and Brexit. The problems of economic reforms: speculative bubbles, over-production, closure of SOEs. Plans for reduction of 50 million tons of steel; 150 million tons of coal. New infrastructure. He Lifeng: The government has "confidence and resolution."
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