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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10/24/2014PHILIPPINES Philippines, after the Synod "we need a ministry of accompaniment" for gay and remarried The President of the Bishops Conference, Msgr. Villegas: "We need to help homosexuals to live in chastity, responding to Christ’s call to purity". But "there is no equivalence between marriage and so-called civil unions between persons of the same sex”. With regards the divorced and remarried "we cannot presume to judge and condemn".
10/24/2014CAMBODIA Phnom Penh, police arrest 10 activists for attempting to overthrow government They are members of the Khmer National Liberation Front (KNLF) movement based in Denmark and branded as "terrorist" by the government. According to the charges, they set up an armed unit to overthrow the government and the prime minister. Pro human rights activists speak of spurious and unfounded arrests.
10/23/2014VATICAN Pope for the abolition of the death penalty, against life in prison, a "concealed death penalty" In a speech before a delegation of the International Association of Penal Law, Francis expressed his opposition to pre-trial detention "when it abusively anticipates imprisonment before conviction". Slavery is not just "treason against humanity;" is a crime that cannot be committed "without the complicity, by commission or omission, of states." For the pontiff, "Corruption is an evil greater than sin."
10/23/2014PAKISTAN Lost innocence in Pakistan as sexual abuse and violence against children grows by Shafique Khokhar - Shumaila Gill In 2013, more than 3,000 cases of sexual abuse were reported, but the extent of the problem is even greater. Among the more than 1.5 million children living on the streets, 90 per cent are victims of violence. Although Pakistan has ratified the UN convention, there are still no laws or programmes to protect children. Criminal organisations are also behind abuse and exploitation.
10/23/2014JAPAN For the bishop of Niigata, charity is the right tool for new evangelisation in Japan by mons. Tarcisio Isao Kikuchi After a summer of activities on behalf of Caritas Internationalis, the bishop opened the new year with a pastoral visit to his diocese. Rising number of migrants and the decline of the native population are "challenges for the pastoral ministry, which needs a greater impetus." We must "bear witness to God's love through dialogue and work" in order to reach rural communities.
10/23/2014VIETNAM Saigon: with Pope Francis, Vietnam laity leads the journey of evangelisation by Thanh Thuy On the day dedicated to the missions, parishes in Ho Chi Minh City celebrated hundreds of baptisms. Many young couples and future brides and grooms attended courses on the family in society. A newly baptised said he wants to build a "happy family" on the model of that of Saint Joseph.
10/23/2014HONG KONG - CHINA Hong Kong government threatens protesters, ready to use force An anonymous source confirms that doves have "been side-lined while hawks" have gained "the upper hand," and that "a certain degree of bloodshed would be unavoidable." So far, talks have failed to produce any result.
10/23/2014EGYPT The new face of Tahrir Square: a journey through the streets of Cairo by Giulia Mazza inviato Three years after the 2011 revolution, the capital still bears the marks of the revolt that shook Egypt. Chaotic traffic; crumbling buildings that flank luxury hotels; ongoing work on the square, the symbolic heartland of democracy; well-to-do Heliopolis. One Cairo resident: "We support this new government because we want to build a better country."
10/23/2014MYANMAR Burmese military wants to retain veto power of constitutional reforms With 25% of the seats allocated to them by law, the military control the country and all modern and democratic reform in society. Issues in dispute include Art. 59 (F) which prevents Aung San Suu Kyi becoming president and Art. 436, on the military veto. The next elections scheduled for late October and early November 2015.
10/22/2014SAUDI ARABIA - ISLAM Saudi grand mufti against Twitter as source of all evil and lies On his 'fatwa' show, Sheikh Abdul Aziz al-Sheikh, Saudi Arabia's highest religious authority, comes out against the microblogging site, blaming it for evil as well as moral and social devastation. Users are divided: some agree with the sheikh; others comment his views with sarcasm. In Saudi Arabia, Twitter has the highest number of active users.