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07/01/2015 VATICAN
Pope: mothers are not adequately appreciated or helped in society, sometimes even in the Church
Mothers "are not adequately appreciated in their central role in society. On the contrary, the availability of mothers to sacrifice themselves for their children is often used to 'save' on social spending". Pontiff told Golden Circus performers that they are "creators of beauty" that the world "needs". For him, "Humanity thinks, feels, does, but today it greatly needs beauty. Let us not forget this!"
05/01/2015 TIBET - CHINA
Four Tibetans severely beaten by police for refusing to sell their land
Chinese authorities ordered the Tibetans, mostly poor farmers, to sell off their land for government projects or business development projects. Last year, scores of Tibetans sat on a month-long demonstration against Chinese government's appropriation of their land in Ngaba County.
05/01/2015 NORTH KOREA
North Korea, the mistery of the disappearance of Kim Jong-un's eyebrows
In New Year's Day speech, the supreme leader showed "what appeared to be a case of severe over-plucking."
05/01/2015 PAPUA NEW GUINEA
Bishop Bonivento's service to the country recognised with national award
PIME missionary priest worked in Milne Bay and Sandaun provinces for over 30 years. Appointed bishop of Vanimo in 1991, Mgr Bonivento focused his pastoral activity on training the local clergy. He also criticised government AIDS policy.
05/01/2015 INDIA
Delhi: crèche destroyed by fire in a Catholic church
The police closed the case. The clergyman blames arson because CCTV videos show something being poured on the crèche. For Christian leader, this is "a serious violation of the secular credentials of the Indian Constitution."
02/01/2015 SYRIA - IRAQ
Death toll in Syria and Iraq more than double in 2014
More than 90,000 people were killed last year: more than 76,000 in Syria and 15,000 in Iraq. However, activists say the actual figure is likely much higher because of the lack of verifiable statistics from areas under the control of the Islamic State.
23/12/2014 TUNISIA - ISLAM
Despite suspected ties to the old regime, Essebsi is the new president of Tunisia
Beji Caid Essebsi wins more than 55 per cent of the vote. More than 3.1 million voters cast their ballots with a turnout of around 60 per cent. The new president dedicates the victory to "the martyrs of Tunisia," stating that he "will be president for all Tunisians". His challenger admits defeat and pledges cooperation for the sake of "national unity". The economy and Islamism are the main challenges.
22/12/2014 VATICAN
Pope: the 15 "diseases" of the Curia, from careerism to "gossip", from pomposity to accumulation of wealth
In a speech entitled "The Roman Curia and the Body of Christ", Francis lists a "catalogue" of "curial diseases" that "weaken our service to the Lord." You can not live without "a relationship with Christ that is vital, personal, authentic and solid." "The closer we are to God the more we are united among ourselves." An examination of conscience is needed.
12/12/2014 IRAQ
Record pilgrimage in Karbala: anti-Shia attack kills one, wounds four
A deadly mortar round hits a western section of the holy city. Victims include local residents. This year, the number of pilgrims hits record levels: 17.5 million visitors, including 13 million Iraqis, plus 4.5 million foreigners from 60 countries. Government security measures prove strong enough to resist onslaught by the Islamic State and other Sunni extremist groups.
04/12/2014 PHILIPPINES
With typhoon Ruby approaching, Filipino bishops entrust the country to the Lord
On Saturday, the Philippines should be hit by super typhoon 'Hagupit'. Bishops' Conference president calls on Catholic schools, churches and parishes to open their doors and prepare to accept refugees. He also urges the government "commence evacuation now [. . .] especially when faced with a danger so severe".
03/12/2014 INDIA
Bishop of Delhi: We strongly condemn the blasphemous and hateful burning of our church
Msgr. Anil Couto underlines the seriousness of the arson attack on a place of worship in the capital of India. President of the Global Council of Indian Christians (GCIC): "Failure of the central government and the local administration. The authorities must protect the places of worship."
03/12/2014 PAKISTAN
Faisalabad, appeal to Christians and Muslims: Stop exploitation of women workers
On the International Day for the Abolition of Slavery, NGOs and activists launch appeals to the government for the protection of women in the workplace. Unions call for women to come together "in associations" and speak with "one voice". Condemnation of slavery and the exploitation of child labor.
28/11/2014 SRI LANKA
SA-SEAN Summit to focus on fighting terrorism and promoting economic development
South and Southeast Asian defence chiefs meet in Colombo to discuss regional situation. Everyone's cooperation is needed maintain peace and stability.
28/11/2014 VATICAN-TURKEY
Pope: in Turkey, Fanaticism and fundamentalism, need to be countered by religious liberty, dialoge and the solidarity of all believers
The drama of the Middle East was the focus of Francis first address on his arrival in Ankara. " it is licit, while always respecting international law, to stop an unjust aggressor". "It it is essential that all citizens – Muslim, Jewish and Christian – both in the provision and practice of the law, enjoy the same rights and respect the same duties".
28/11/2014 VATICAN-TURKEY
Pope: in Turkey, Fanaticism and fundamentalism, need to be countered by religious liberty, dialoge and the solidarity of all believers
The drama of the Middle East was the focus of Francis first address on his arrival in Ankara. " it is licit, while always respecting international law, to stop an unjust aggressor". "It it is essential that all citizens – Muslim, Jewish and Christian – both in the provision and practice of the law, enjoy the same rights and respect the same duties".