The Ukrainian Crisis

02/11/2011
Java: Muslim violence against statues of other religions
A radical Muslim group, the Islamic Defender Front (FPI), launches an appeal for the destruction of “un-Islamic” statues, like Chinese dragons, representations of the Buddha or Christian icons if they are in public places rather than in places of worship.
31/10/2011
Writers and scholars arrested and jailed to strike at Tibet’s culture
After a year in detention, a well-known Tibetan writer from a Tibetan area of Sichuan is sentenced to three years in prison on unknown charges. Chinese authorities are arresting Tibetan intellectuals, monks and ordinary teachers to wipe out Tibetan culture.
26/10/2011
Assisi 2011, Anglican Bishop: Building peace is an urgent duty
Bishop Kumara Illangasinghe, of the Church of Ceylon, says: "Our world is blessed by the diversity of religions, ethnicities and races: the genuine commitment of all is needed."
24/10/2011
Vatican: a world authority for an economy free of "market idolatry"
A document of the Pontifical Council for Justice and Peace. The crisis shows the need to subordinate finance to politics. Globalization requires an "impartial authority, with the power to decide through democratic processes and to sanction in accordance with law." Among the "steps" the establishment of a tax on financial transactions.
22/10/2011
Saudi Crown Prince dies
Sultan Bin Abdul Aziz was 86. He died in the United States where he was undergoing treatment. He modernized the army and always supported the alliance with Washington. The new Crown Prince Nayef, 78 years old.
16/10/2011
Pope: The Year of Faith in the footsteps of John Paul II and Paul VI
The apostolic letter that explains rationale, objectives and guidelines of the Year of Faith is ready, and will be published in the coming days, after nearly 50 years since the Second Vatican Council. As for the Polish pope, the new evangelization and mission ad gentes go together, and are "aspects of the mission of the Church." Paul VI proclaimed a "Year of Faith" in 1967.
13/10/2011
Strong earthquake in Bali. Widespread damage, but no deaths
Thousands of foreign tourists fled to the beaches. At least 50 injured, three seriously. Damage to hotels and other buildings, including dozens of Hindu temples. An earthquake in the same area, in '76 caused the death of 471 people.


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