10/04/2015VATICAN Pope: In “extremely difficult social and marital context”, Church called to carry out mission in fidelity, truth and charity. The opening Mass of the Synod on "The vocation and mission of the family in the Church and in the contemporary world," Pope Francis speaks of the paradoxes of global society: "power" accompanied by loneliness and helplessness." Today's man "ridicules" the family and love, but thirsts for it. The Church bears witness to indissoluble love, but must not forget to care and sustain "the man who falls or who errs." "A Church with closed doors betrays itself and its mission, and instead of being a bridge it becomes a barrier." Vatican City (AsiaNews) - In an "extremely difficult social and marital context," the Church is called to live "its mission in fidelity, in truth and love". This was Pope Francis’ reflection as he outlined the main path of the Synod journey which opens today, on "The vocation and mission of the family in the Church and in the contemporary world", at morning Mass presided by the Pope in St Peter's Basilica, attended by all...
10/03/2015VATICAN Pope: Every family is always a light in the darkness of the world, may synod set out once more from Nazareth The great prayer vigil before the Synod of Bishops on "The vocation and mission of the family in the Church and in the contemporary world", Francis prays that the Synod Fathers hear the Holy Spirit: "Without the Holy Spirit God is far off, Christ remains in the past, the Church becomes a mere organization, authority becomes domination, mission becomes propaganda, worship becomes mystique, Christian life the morality of slaves".
10/03/2015VATICAN Pope to the Food Bank: counter food waste by distributing it to the poor In an audience with Italy’s Food Bank Foundation, which is marking 25 years of operations, Pope Francis recalls the need to respond to the "scandal" of hunger and the "sin" of injustice of wealth and waste beside destitution. Look the poor "in the eye, shake hands with them, see in them the flesh of Christ." The memory of the "founders", the entrepreneur Danilo Fossati and Don Luigi Giussani.
10/03/2015ASIA Singapore, Japan and Hong Kong in the top ten of the world economy World Economic Forum on competitiveness ranking published. Top three unchanged since last year: Switzerland, Singapore and the United States. Japan sixth, followed by Hong Kong. The world economy is slowing down compared to the previous decade, only exception- addition to China - India, which gains 16 positions.
10/02/2015TURKMENISTAN Government cuts subsidies for its largely impoverished citizens by Alexander Kim Since 1993 in Turkmenistan has provided its citizens with free access to water, electricity and natural gas. In 2007, the new president introduced limitations. Overall subsidies represent 22% of GDP. The global economic crisis is reducing the government's finances. The country consumes 36.7% of the natural gas it produces. “The time has come to move to market relations. Now we must all learn to pay,” a government official said.
10/02/2015UNITED NATIONS – ASIA Top world leaders focus on economics and war at UN General Assembly A content analysis shows what G20 heads of government and state said. At 38 times Syria tops citations. The world economy and war were the main topics, cited together 100. China’s Xi Jinping named no country other than China and did not mention terrorism and related topics. North Korea’s nuclear threat mentioned only by South Korea.
10/02/2015INDONESIA – CHINA – JAPAN Jakarta chooses Beijing for the country’s first high-speed train by Mathias Hariyadi After weeks of sometimes hard negotiations, Indonesia picks China to build its US$ 5.5 billion high-speed train. China’s offer without requiring funding from Indonesia was the tipping point. The rail link should be up and running in three years. The decision boosts Sino-Indonesian economic relations.
10/02/2015CHINA Beijing, industrial production falls to 2009 levels The sector was once the workhorse of the entire national economy. Now the central government wants to change its growth model, abandoning the heavy industry and exports to support the services sector and domestic consumption. But the transition will not be painless.
09/30/2015CHINA Guangxi: series of parcel bombs leaves dead and injured in Liucheng So far there are at least six dead and 13 wounded. The explosions took place in the afternoon. 15 areas targeted, including a shopping center, a prison, a government office, and others. So far there have been no claims of responsibility. Possible hypotheses: Islamic and Tibetan terrorism. But it may also be a sign of internal party struggle. The explosions corresponded with Xi Jinping’s attendance at the UN and his return home.
09/30/2015CHINA Tiananmen Mothers mourn founder Jiang Peikun’s death The retired linguistics professor from Beijing’ Renmin University and his wife Ding Zilin were the heart and soul of a group of people that demanded justice and truth from the authorities in connection with the 1989 massacre. After 26 years, they have heard nothing from the government.
09/30/2015CUBA-VATICAN Pope Francis, Raul Castro, Cubans: Who won and who lost by Anonimo The regime has shown a "tolerant" face, as if to give the impression of “a slate wiped clean” of its past persecution of the Catholic Church. It is impossible to reconstruct the nation without reference to faith. "To serve man": a warning to the government, but also for the Church. An assessment of the Pope's visit to the Caribbean island by a figure in the Cuban church, engaged in the field of human rights, who has asked to remain anonymous.
09/29/2015CHINA Communist Party to tighten grip on NGOs and religions The Party’s Organisation Department is “encouraging” civil society groups to recruit Communist Party members by providing tax breaks and financial incentives. This first phase is expected to be followed by a crackdown on any wayward organisation. The United Front tells party officials that they cannot have a religion.
09/28/2015HONG KONG – CHINA Hong Kong remembers the start of Occupy Central; for Card Zen, the struggle continues by Victoria Ma Thousands of people gathered at sites that symbolise the protest movement to commemorate the first anniversary of the first tear gas fire against demonstrators a year ago. Catholics mark the event with a Mass to ask the Lord for the strength to continue the struggle for democracy. They also express support for Christians in Wenzhou, victims of forced demolition of churches and crosses.