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25 October 2014

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10/25/2014 VATICAN

Pope: Never before has the family been under such attack, Church renewal starts from the heart


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”.



10/25/2014 EGYPT

Egypt, young Catholics: The revolution has been betrayed, but the future belongs to us

by Giulia Mazza inviato
Egypt, young Catholics: The revolution has been betrayed, but the future belongs to us
Martine, 26, lives and works in Cairo. The problem of discrimination in Egypt comes from "well defined social classes". The lessons of equality, respect and compassion in Christian schools "are a benefit for Muslim students." The 2011 riots "were stolen from the Egyptians" by other countries and (in part) by the military". It will take 50 years to erase the mistakes of the past."



10/25/2014 PHILIPPINES

Manila, 90 new "barefoot doctors" for mountain tribes


Manila, 90 new
The Catholic Foundation of Our Lady of peacekeeping missions has been involved for years in preparing health care professionals capable of providing first aid in remote areas of the country. A course in 10 modules to ensure the marginalized of society have immediate access to quality care.



10/25/2014 INDONESIA

Semarang:Church hosts conference to strengthen friendship and dialogue between religions

by Mathias Hariyadi
Semarang:Church hosts conference to strengthen friendship and dialogue between religions
Promoted by the archdiocese, the faithful of the six official religions recognized in the country take part in the initiative. A documentary film on Cardinal Darmojuwono, markingthe centenary of his birth, will be broadcast. Indonesian priest: diversity is a "wealth" from which "we learn".



10/25/2014 CHINA

Xinjiang, coal mine collapses: 16 miners dead, 11 injured


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.



10/24/2014 CHINA

For Plenum, the rule of law "guaranteed" by the Chinese Communist Party

by Wang Zhicheng
For Plenum, the rule of law
The "rule of law" must have "Chinese characteristics". The leadership's power remains unchallenged. Six members are expelled, four from Zhou Yongkang's clique. A system of more independent judges is planned.



10/24/2014 UNITED STATES - INDIA

Silicon Valley: US firm "grossly" exploits Indian workers at a dollar an hour


Silicon Valley: US firm
US labour regulators fine Electronics for Imaging, a California-based company that grossly underpaid eight workers from Bangalore for 122 hours of weekly work without overtime pay. The company ignored the state's minimum wage law, and paid the workers in rupees.



10/24/2014 IRAQ - UNITED NATIONS

UN seeks US$ 2.2 billion dollars for displaced people in Iraq and Syria


UN seeks US$ 2.2 billion dollars for displaced people in Iraq and Syria
Some five million people need urged aid, UN says, including 1.8 million internally displaced people and 1.7 million in conflict areas. As winter approaches, the situation will get worse. An earlier fund-raiser failed to meet its target.



10/24/2014 HONG KONG - CHINA - VATICAN

Pope Francis encourages Card Zen, "the one who fights with a 'sling'"


Pope Francis encourages Card Zen,
After Pope Paul VI's beatification Mass, Hong Kong's Bishop Emeritus met Francis in the parvis. He was prepared to tell the Pope, "Holy Father, I come from the "battlefield" in Hong Kong", but "before I could speak, he laughed and said, 'Ah! Ah! This is the one who fight with a 'sling'. [. . .] He knew David defeated the Giant Goliath. He was encouraging me." Addressing students, he said that neither youth nor force would lead to victory, only God's help will.



10/24/2014 ISRAEL - PALESTINE

A final push for UN recognition of Palestine


A final push for UN recognition of Palestine
A draft proposal is before the Security Council. Sweden, Great Britain and France are ready to support it; Germany, which is aligned with the United States and Israel, is not. Despite EU sanctions against the State of Israel over the settlements, Israel is set to approve 1,600 new homes. Israelis and Palestinians trade accusations over the death of a three years Jewish girl in Jerusalem as well as a five-year Palestinian girl near Ramallah.



10/24/2014 BANGLADESH

Ghulam Azam, "spiritual" leader of Bangladesh's Islamic fundamentalists, is dead

by Sumon Corraya
Ghulam Azam,
The politician died at the age of 92. He was in prison serving a 90-year sentence for crimes against humanity committed during the War of Liberation from Pakistan (1971). After the war, he launched a campaign to prevent the recognition of Bangladesh by Muslim countries.



10/24/2014 VATICAN

Pope: "Every Christian, throughout history, is tasked with building unity in the Church"


Pope:
Unity is built on the "cornerstone" that is Jesus and is made possible through the Holy Spirit. "When you constructing a building you need an architect’s ground plan. What is the ground plan for the unity of the Church?". "The hope to which we have been called: the hope of journeying towards the Lord, the hope of living in a living Church, made of living stones, with the power of the Holy Spirit".



10/24/2014 INDIA - VATICAN

Indian activist: The Pope's words on the death penalty and life in prison, a stimulus for reform

by Nirmala Carvalho
Indian activist: The Pope's words on the death penalty and life in prison, a stimulus for reform
Arun Ferreira spent four years in prison on false charges: he was tortured and learned about the terrible reality of the judicial system. He tells AsiaNews: "Francis powerfully told the truth, making it clear that life imprisonment is a death sentence in disguise. Hopefully his words will give strength to the Indian Church, which must address the issue of reform of the judicial system."



10/24/2014 PHILIPPINES

Philippines, after the Synod "we need a ministry of accompaniment" for gay and remarried


Philippines, after the Synod
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".



10/24/2014 MIDDLE EAST - USA

The Islamic State "is the world's richest terrorist group"


The Islamic State
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.



10/24/2014 CAMBODIA

Phnom Penh, police arrest 10 activists for attempting to overthrow government


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.





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