01/28/2015VATICAN Pope: the absence of a father, an evil that affects the family and society "At first, it was perceived as a liberation: liberation from the father-master figure, from the father as a representative of the law that is imposed from the outside". "Sometimes it seems fathers no longer know what place they should occupy in the family and how to educate children. So, when in doubt, they abstain, they withdraw and neglect their responsibilities, perhaps taking refuge in an unlikely relationship 'on par' with their children". Even the civil community neglects or badly exercises its responsibility towards young people, leaving them "orphans of safe streets to play in, orphans of teachers to trust, orphans of ideals”. Vatican City
(AsiaNews) - The "father figure", which should propose ideals and be
a positive role model to children is often absent in our society, both within
the family and in civil community which often neglects or badly exercises its
responsibility towards young people, leaving them...
01/28/2015ISRAEL - LEBANON - SYRIA Israel and Hizbollah trade fire after Israeli soldiers are wounded After Hizbollah shells Israeli military convoy, Israel shells Lebanese border villages. Tensions rose after an Israeli attack killed six Hizbollah militants and an Iranian general. Overnight, Israeli planes hit Syrian bases near Quneitra and the Damascus International Airport.
01/28/2015KOREA Korean religious leaders in Pyongyang to pray for peace North Korea allows the Korean Conference of Religions for Peace to organise a meeting in its capital to mark the 70th anniversary of liberation from Japanese colonial rule. In Seoul, Iranian religious from Iran take part in a conference to counter misunderstandings about Islam.
01/28/2015INDIA - UNITED STATES Christian leader thanks to Obama for defending freedom of religion by Nirmala Carvalho During his official visit to India, the US president spoke out in defence of freedom of worship, citing Article 25 of the Indian Constitution. Sajan K George welcomed the words of the US leader in a nation "where violence against minorities, especially Christians, is commonplace." Hindu extremist movements support the government, a "stain" on the country's secular credentials.
01/28/2015CHINA Shanghai government calls for more children or the city will collapse By the end of the year, a third of all residents will be 60 and over. Forgetting 35 years of the country's violent one-child policy, an official with the Family Development Bureau blames women who choose a career over family for the problem. The existing hukou system of family registration, which penalises migrant workers, comes in for criticism.
01/28/2015MYANMAR Thousands of students march to Yangon, against education reform by Francis Khoo Thwe Young people, from different cities, are heading to the commercial capital of Myanmar. They plan to hold a major demonstration to demand amendments to the government text. Organizations and activists alongside the students. Among the most controversial issues, free association and the teaching of local dialects.
01/28/2015THAILAND Bangkok, Red Shirt leader jailed for "defamation" Jatuporn Prompanm charged with insulting the then Prime Minister Vejjajiva during two gatherings in October 2009. No reduction of the sentence: two years in prison. The judges are considering bail request put forward by his lawyer. Analysts speak of attack on opposition critical of junta; "a bigger plan" hatched by "Bangkok elite" to silence dissent.
01/28/2015JAPAN - SYRIA - ISLAM Tokyo, leaders of all religions pray for hostages held by Islamic State About 80 Muslim, Christian and Buddhist religious gathered outside the office of Prime Minister Shinzo Abe to condemn the kidnapping of Kenji Goto Jogo and terrorism by Muslims. A new video shows the Christian reporter and announces: "Less than 24 hours to save him and Jordanian Lieutenant Muath al-Kaseasbeh". Japanese official: "We are incompetent, all we can do is ask for help in Amman."
01/27/2015SRI LANKA Sri Lanka's Tamils welcome the new president "with hope and fear" by Melani Manel Perera Tamil votes in the northern part of the country were crucial in ensuring Maithripala Sirisena's victory. Now Tamils want basic human rights restored, the military back in their barracks and new economic policies to curb the price of basic necessities.
01/27/2015CAMBODIA Building up the Church starting from the bottom up by Mario Ghezzi A missionary struggling with a new small community of 10 people, including many who are disabled, shares his many thoughts. Misery is "the most fertile ground" for the Gospel to take root. For a newly baptised woman, "The most beautiful gift I received from God is my disability". Father Mario Ghezzi, PIME missionary, has been in Cambodia for 16 years.
01/27/2015VATICAN Pope: Lent, a time of personal and communal renewal to defeat the globalization of indifference Lenten Message of Francis. In the communion of saints, in this sharing in holy things, no one possesses anything alone, but shares everything with others. " those places where the Church is present, especially our parishes and our communities, may become islands of mercy in the midst of the sea of indifference". "Anyone who wishes to be merciful must have a strong and steadfast heart, closed to the tempter but open to God. A heart which lets itself be pierced by the Spirit so as to bring love along the roads that lead to our brothers and sisters".
01/27/2015TURKEY - SYRIA Kurdish victory in Kobane worries Erdogan The Islamic state had threatened the city since September. Some 1,800 people died in the fighting with tens of thousands made refugees. Turkey's ambiguity stems from its fear that a Kurdish autonomous region might emerge in northern Syria.