10/30/2014SRI LANKA Sri Lanka, rescue operations hampered: more than 300 people buried alive by mud by Melani Manel Perera Bad weather prevents rescuers from freeing the village of Meeriyabedda inhabited by tea growers, swept away by a landslide. Except for the children who had left early to go to school. Colombo
(AsiaNews) - More than 300 people have been buried alive and an
entire village swept away by an
avalanche of mud. This is the death
toll from yesterday's landslide in the mountainous area of Meeriyabedda
(Badulla District), inhabited by farmers on the local tea...
10/29/2014TURKEY- SYRIA-IRAQ Kurdish peshmerga arrive in Turkey to fight in Kobane They were greeted by thousands of Turkish Kurds who were barred from entering Syria to fight. Ankara fears the strengthening of the PKK and the creation of a Kurdish state. Some areas of the province of Idlib have passed into the hands of the Nusra Front, aided by the militia of the Islamic State.
10/28/2014VATICAN Pope: "No family without a home. No farmer without land. No worker with rights" Meeting with the Popular Movements Francis asks for change in a system that is “an idolatrous cult of money and global indifference." We must "do so with courage but also with intelligence. With tenacity, but without fanaticism. With passion, but without violence." Jesus would call "hypocrite" those who want to face "the scandal of poverty by promoting strategies of containment that only convert the poor into domestic and inoffensive beings".
10/28/2014BANGLADESH - COLOMBIA Fr Belisario: From Colombia to Bangladesh, the "madness" of the mission by Bernardo Cervellera Fr Belisario de Jesus Montoya Cyrus, 29, is a Colombian priest from the diocese of Sonsón-Rionegro. A month ago, he left for Bangladesh. For him, the missio ad gentes should be part of every priest's baggage. Although the pain of separation is too much for his parents ("They cried as if I had been laid to rest in a coffin."), for him, this is the way to be "like Jesus" and experience the Church's universality.
10/28/2014VIETNAM - CHINA 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.
10/26/2014VATICAN Pope: With Jesus, love is the measure of faith, and faith is the soul of love At the Angelus, Pope Francis emphasizes "the center" "from which everything must eradiate and to which everything must return": love for God and love for brethren. Jesus did not hand down formula or commandments, "but two faces, actually one, the face of God reflected in many faces, because in the face of every brother, especially the smallest, most fragile and helpless, person in need is the very image of God". The beatification of Mother Assunta Marchetti, a Scalabrini, an example of this "love of t two faces, which is in reality just One".
10/25/2014VATICAN Pope: Never before has the family been under such attack, Church renewal starts from the heart Receiving the Schoenstatt Apostolic Movement for the centenary of its foundation, Francis speaks off the cuff and addresses issues raised at the Synod: "There is a great crisis of the family, we need person to person pastoral care and a patient accompaniment". On Mary, Mother of the Church: "We would all be orphans without her". The Church that is not outward bound "only grooms the sheep already in its flock". Renewal "is not just about the Curia and the Vatican, the newspapers are wrong. I am looking for a renewal of heart”.
10/25/2014CHINA Xinjiang, coal mine collapses: 16 miners dead, 11 injured The tragedy occurred overnight near the provincial capital of Urumqi. The local government and the National work safety watchdog "are investigating." Families of the workers who "escaped" arrive at the site. Coal mining confirmed as China’s most dangerous job.
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.
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.