01/26/2015VATICAN Pope Francis, "rabbits" and the colonization of families by Bernardo Cervellera The controversy over Catholics who have children "like rabbits" has overshadowed the Pope’s message about ideological attacks on the family a "colonization" to be freed of. The UN and development agencies funds used for "reproductive health". Collaboration with other religious traditions, including Jews and Muslims vital to counter this "ideological colonization". Rome (AsiaNews)
- The dust has yet to settle over the controversy aroused by the words of Pope
Francis that Catholics have "children like rabbits". Many Catholic husbands
and wives who have large families, were offended that a Pope downgraded them to
01/26/2015INDONESIA The "war" between police and anti-corruption agency shows President Jokowi's weakness by Mathias Hariyadi The power struggle currently underway in Indonesia is threatening the country's stability. The corruption watchdog blocked the appointment of a close associate of former President Megawati to the post of police chief. As a result, the anti-corruption agency's chief has become the victim of a smear campaign, whilst his deputy chief has been arrested. Human rights activists and civil society groups have taken to the streets to defend the rule of law. The president is a hostage of those powerful groups that backed his presidency bid.
01/26/2015INDIA - UNITED STATES Obama and Modi reach nuclear deal without giving details After years of deadlock, the two powers take an "important step" to implement an earlier 2005 US decision to provide India reactor components. The US leader shortens his visit to fly to Saudi Arabia. China cast its shadow over the meeting.
01/26/2015VIETNAM - ASIA A top Vietnamese architect designs low-cost housing that can withstand natural disasters Vo Trong Nghia and his team want to build prefabricated homes for less than US$ 4,000 that can resist earthquakes, floods, and typhoons. Thrilled by the project, the first beneficiary of the bamboo and coconut leaf prototype home is a farmer in the Mekong Delta. NGOs and international organisations are ready to support large-scale use of this technology.
01/26/2015CHINA In China, one third of all online products is fake (or hazardous to human health) According to official statistics, up to 350 million Chinese have shopped online. A government-backed study indicates a high risk for consumers, state TV reported. Bootleg products include a mobile phone with a fake circuit board, toys without proper safety certification, and ordinary soil sold as fertiliser.
01/26/2015VATICAN Pope: Mainly women transmit the faith It is ' the path chosen by Jesus, "who wanted to have a mother. "All of us have received the gift of faith. We have to safeguard it." Two things oppose our "living faith": "the spirit of fear and shame." . "We ask the Lord for the grace to have a sincere faith, a faith that is non-negotiable depending on the opportunities that come.
01/26/2015EGYPT - ISLAM More blood in Tahrir Square four years after anti-Mubarak revolution 15 people killed in clashes with police. A policeman also killed. Dozens injured and hundreds of arrests. A woman, left-wing activist, was killed the day before in Cairo. A 18 year old girl killed in Alexandria. Police accuse Islamist militants. Bomb attack in a neighborhood of the capital and the Nile delta.
01/26/2015JAPAN - SYRIA - ISLAM Tokyo confirms death of hostage and takes time on the exchange of prisoners Abe government denounces the "terrible and unforgivable execution" of Haruna Yukawa, held hostage along with Kenji Goto by Islamic State terrorists in Syria. Fundamentalists want the release of Sajida al-Rishawi, who in 2005 took part in the attack in Amman which killed 60 people. Beijing attacks the Land of the Rising Sun: "The price that Japan has paid for its support to Washington."
01/25/2015VATICAN Pope: many Christians are persecuted and killed because they are Christians, regardless of their confession "Christian unity will not be the fruit of subtle theoretical discussions in which each party tries to convince the other of the soundness of their opinions. We need to realize that, to plumb the depths of the mystery of God, we need one another, we need to encounter one another and to challenge one another under the guidance of the Holy Spirit, who harmonizes diversities and overcomes conflicts. Who reconciles differences".
01/25/2015VATICAN Pope: the desire for Christian unity part of our "thirst for God" "Heartfelt appeal" for end to fighting and resumption of dialogue in Ukraine. "In becoming man God tasted our own thirst, not only our material thirst for water, but above all the thirst for a full life, free from the slavery of evil and death”. Filipinos, a "wonderful people"
01/24/2015SOUTH KOREA Auxiliary of Seoul: youth, the basis of faith. But do not overdo it with activism The annual meeting for the youth ministry of the South Korean capital this year was directed by Msgr. Peter Chung Soon-taek. During the meeting, in the form of questions and answers, the bishop invites young Catholics to give more space for reflection and prayer: "Only in this way will balances grow in the love of God."
01/24/2015ISRAEL - PALESTINE - FRANCE The massacre in Paris helps Islamic fundamentalism and the Israeli right by Uri Avnery Israeli Prime Minister Netanyahu has used the attack for electioneering ahead of the vote. The dispute between Jews and Arabs in French territory legacy of North African colonialism. And anti-Semitism becomes the collector to encourage the return of the Jews to Palestine. The fanatics of both sides, the worst enemies of peace. From the great statesman and Israeli activist.