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23 October 2014

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10/23/2014 VATICAN

Pope for the abolition of the death penalty, against life in prison, a "concealed death penalty"


  Pope for the abolition of the death penalty, against life in prison, a
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."



10/23/2014 PAKISTAN

Lost innocence in Pakistan as sexual abuse and violence against children grows

by Shafique Khokhar - Shumaila Gill
Lost innocence in Pakistan as sexual abuse and violence against children grows
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.



10/23/2014 JAPAN

For the bishop of Niigata, charity is the right tool for new evangelisation in Japan

by mons. Tarcisio Isao Kikuchi
For the bishop of Niigata, charity is the right tool for new evangelisation in Japan
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.



10/23/2014 VATICAN

Pope: We cannot be Christian, or move forward, without the power of the Holy Spirit.


Pope: We cannot be Christian, or move forward, without the power of the Holy Spirit.
"It does us good to praise God, to enter this world of amplitude, of grandeur, generosity and love. It does us good, because then we can move forward in the great commandment - the only commandment, which is the basis of all others - love; love God and love your neighbor"



10/23/2014 VIETNAM

Saigon: with Pope Francis, Vietnam laity leads the journey of evangelisation

by Thanh Thuy
Saigon: with Pope Francis, Vietnam laity leads the journey of evangelisation
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.



10/23/2014 IRAQ

Kurdish Video mocks ISIS, "We are beaded, dirty and filthy. We are brainless"


Kurdish Video mocks ISIS,
Clip shows bearded men, dancing, with guns as musical instruments. "We are ISIS, we milk the goat even if it's male". The parody however carries a tough political attack: "We are Isis" and "Our pockets are full of Qatari money".



10/23/2014 HONG KONG - CHINA

Hong Kong government threatens protesters, ready to use force


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.



10/23/2014 CHINA

Hunan, the return of public trials: crowd of 5 thousand "jeer" criminals


Hunan, the return of public trials: crowd of 5 thousand
The law explicitly forbids them since 1989, but they have never entirely disappeared. The 24 detainees taken to the local sports hall with signs hanging around their neck with their name and alleged crime. Analysts: "It is a throwback to the days of Mao Zedong".



10/23/2014 EGYPT

The new face of Tahrir Square: a journey through the streets of Cairo

by Giulia Mazza inviato
The new face of Tahrir Square: a journey through the streets of Cairo
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."



10/23/2014 IRAN - USA

For the first time in 35 years Boeing sells aircraft parts to Iran


For the first time in 35 years Boeing sells aircraft parts to Iran
The company said that the sale was allowed by the American government, and involves “spare parts that are for safety purposes " not new aircraft.



10/23/2014 MYANMAR

Burmese military wants to retain veto power of constitutional reforms


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.



10/22/2014 SAUDI ARABIA - ISLAM

Saudi grand mufti against Twitter as source of all evil and lies


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.



10/22/2014 EGYPT

New law to lift restrictions on church building, says Catholic Church spokesman

by Giulia Mazza inviato
New law to lift restrictions on church building, says Catholic Church spokesman
Father Rafic Greiche talks to AsiaNews about a draft bill that would remove restrictions on building Christian places of worship. Egypt's parliament is expected to vote on the law in January and February 2015. Under the al-Sisi government Christian security and coexistence with Muslims have improved as "Egypt found itself."



10/22/2014 ITALY - IRAQ

Baghdad patriarch calls on Muslims to show more courage in a "common front" against terrorists

by Dario Salvi
Baghdad patriarch calls on Muslims to show more courage in a
Christians and Muslims must join together to defeat the Islamic State. So far, "fear has prevailed." For Mar Sako, a strong "public rejection" is needed. For Advent and Christmas, he calls for visits to the families of refugees, bringing sweets for the festivity to show closeness and solidarity. He calls for a "long term strategy" to fight bigotry.



10/22/2014 EGYPT

Egypt's Holy Family pilgrimage can now be openly (and safely) undertaken


Egypt's Holy Family pilgrimage can now be openly (and safely) undertaken
The Ministry of Tourism and the Coptic Church present a new tourist programme that covers all the sites visited by Joseph, Mary and Jesus during their flight from Herod's persecution. Under the Muslim Brotherhood government, the pilgrimage was stopped. Coptic businessman tells AsiaNews, "for the first time in years we" can "freely express ourselves and our faith, and build a better Egypt, everyone together, Christians and Muslims."



10/22/2014 VATICAN

Pope: "divisions", "envy" and "misunderstandings" divide the Church, the "Body of Christ"


Pope:
"Wars do not begin on the battlefield: war, wars begin in the heart". "The Church is the Body of Christ! This may seem strange, but it is so, it is not simply a saying, but we really are". The memory of John Paul II, celebrated today, for the first time, as a saint.



10/22/2014 INDIA

India, Church and civil society to Government: Ban surrogacy

by mons. Agnelo Gracias*
India, Church and civil society to Government: Ban surrogacy
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.



10/22/2014 AFGHANISTAN

Opium poppy cultivation hits record-high in Afghanistan


Opium poppy cultivation hits record-high in Afghanistan
Opium poppy production covers a record 209,000 hectares in 2013, providing nearly 90 per cent of the world's supply. The US Special Inspector General for Afghanistan Reconstruction (SIGAR) calls into question the efficacy of the US$ 7.6 billion counter-narcotics strategy.



10/22/2014 PHILIPPINES

Philippine Church: "inhuman" prisons, too many prisoners in jail pending conviction


Philippine Church:
The Episcopal Commission on prisons notes that only 35% of prisoners have been convicted. Numerous documented cases of abuse, mistreatment, extortion and violence, even of a sexual nature. Catholic activist: the system is based on punishment, not the "corrective process".



10/22/2014 SOUTH KOREA

Archbishop of Gwangju: The Korean family is in ruins, we need answers from the Synod


Archbishop of Gwangju: The Korean family is in ruins, we need answers from the Synod
According to Msgr. Hyginus Kim Hee-jong the family " is the peace of society and basis of world peace at the same time. De-humanizing economy and the rat race are destroying everything". Because of this situation, relations between the two Koreas are getting worse, "Seoul and Pyongyang betray the ideals of peace and reconciliation of our population".



10/22/2014 VIETNAM

Hanoi: activist blogger Nguyen Van Hai freed from prison and leaves country


Hanoi: activist blogger Nguyen Van Hai freed from prison and leaves country
The man, who was sentenced in 2012 to 12 years in prison for anti-government propaganda, was brought from his cell to the airport and boarded on a flight to the United States. His family was not notified of his release. Activists speak of expulsion and deportation. He was among the founders of the Club of Free Journalists.



10/22/2014 NORTH KOREA - USA

Pyongyang frees Jeffrey Fowle, two Americans still in jail


Pyongyang frees Jeffrey Fowle, two Americans still in jail
The North Korean regime has allowed the US citizen to return home. Matthew Miller and Kenneth Bae, both sentenced to forced labor, remain in prison. Washington denounces the use of civilians as a "bargaining chip" in diplomatic relations.





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