Elections in Iraq

14/11/2014 HONG KONG - CHINA
Occupy students to travel to Beijing in "political protest"
Students want to meet with Premier Li Keqiang and members of the National People's Congress, which curbed Hong Kong's freedom. Protesters are concerned that police might move in to clear protest sites and end sit-ins. About 31 people arrested in October are released.
14/11/2014 VATICAN - SRI LANKA - PHILIPPI
In Sri Lanka and the Philippines, the pope to visit Our Lady of Madhu and meet typhoon survivors
On the island once known as Ceylon, Francis will meet with political and religious leaders. He will also beatify missionary Joseph Vaz and visit the shrine of Our Lady of Lanka. In the Philippines, he will have lunch with survivors of typhoon Yolanda, bless a new centre for the poor, and meet young people and their families.
14/11/2014 VATICAN
Pope: man and not money at the heart of the economy
In the "tragic reality of many people who have precarious employment, or who have lost their work" the many forced to work "illegally", "there is the strong temptation to defend one’s own interests without concern for the common good, without being overly concerned with justice and legality". The "globalization of solidarity."
13/11/2014 INDONESIA - ISLAM
West Java: Islamic extremists stop Catholics celebrating Mass
Members of the Islamic Defenders Front (FPI) and Formasi blocked the celebrations of 9 November. The Pastor of St. Odilia avoids the devastation of the place of worship by removing the sacred objects in time. The Protestant community previously targeted. First challenge in terms of religious freedom for the reformist president Jokowi.
13/11/2014 INDONESIA - ISLAM
West Java: Islamic extremists stop Catholics celebrating Mass
Members of the Islamic Defenders Front (FPI) and Formasi blocked the celebrations of 9 November. The Pastor of St. Odilia avoids the devastation of the place of worship by removing the sacred objects in time. The Protestant community previously targeted. First challenge in terms of religious freedom for the reformist president Jokowi.
13/11/2014 VATICAN
Pope: the Kingdom of God is not "a spectacle" and grows in the perseverance of many who raise family
"The Kingdom of God is silent, it grows inside us. The Holy Spirit nourishes it through our willingness, in our land, which we have to prepare". "Even suffering, the Cross, the cross of everyday life - the cross of work, family, to carry on doing good things - this small daily cross is part of the Kingdom of God".
13/11/2014 VATICAN - ISLAM
Catholic-Muslim dialogue: "It is never acceptable to use religion to justify" violence
The Catholic-Muslim Forum releases a final statement following its meeting in Rome on 'Working together to serve others'. Young people should be educated to build "respect for others". Inter-religious dialogue is important "to overcome prejudice, distortions, suspicions, and inappropriate generalisations." Pope Francis encouraged participants in their efforts.
13/11/2014 PHILIPPINES
For Atanacio Jovi, it is possible to be gay and Catholic by "loving God above all"
In an article published on the website of the Bishops' Conference of the Philippines, Atanacio Jovi says he is gay but has "embraced chastity" because the Church invites to "true love," which never lets one down, i.e. "love for God and God's love for all". Devoted to Our Lady Mediatrix of All-Grace, he lives his sexual orientation with serenity. "If I love someone, I want the best for that person. And this goes beyond physical union."
13/11/2014 VATICAN
Pope: the Kingdom of God is not "a spectacle" and grows in the perseverance of many who raise family
"The Kingdom of God is silent, it grows inside us. The Holy Spirit nourishes it through our willingness, in our land, which we have to prepare". "Even suffering, the Cross, the cross of everyday life - the cross of work, family, to carry on doing good things - this small daily cross is part of the Kingdom of God".
13/11/2014 SRI LANKA
Batticaloa Tamil women refuse to forget the men "taken away by the army"
Wives, mothers and sisters of the victims of "enforced disappearances" will not lose hope. In 1990, the military in Batticaloa took 156 men to "bring them to safe areas" but they never returned.
13/11/2014 MYANMAR - US - UN
Kachin Activists call on US and UN to bolster Myanmar's stalled reform process
In a letter, Kachin activists, including the bishop of Myitkyina, call for constitutional reforms, a ceasefire and respect for the rights of minorities. They want partners for "genuine democratic change". The UN secretary general, in Myanmar for the ASEAN and East Asia summits, talks about the plight of the Rohingya.
13/11/2014 VATICAN
Pope: the Kingdom of God is not "a spectacle" and grows in the perseverance of many who raise family
"The Kingdom of God is silent, it grows inside us. The Holy Spirit nourishes it through our willingness, in our land, which we have to prepare". "Even suffering, the Cross, the cross of everyday life - the cross of work, family, to carry on doing good things - this small daily cross is part of the Kingdom of God".
13/11/2014 CHINA
Beijing arrests engineer who tried to bypass Internet censorship
Xu Dong, 31, had been working on software to bypass the Great Firewall put in place by the Communist government. Accused of supporting Hong Kong's pro-democracy movement, he is being held in Beijing's N. 1 Prison.
12/11/2014 VIETNAM - CHINA - PHILIPPINES
ASEAN: Hanoi and Manila united front against Chinese imperialism on the seas
The regional summit opens today: cooperation, peace and maritime security at the center of agenda. In recent days, talks between Trương San Tan and Benigno Aquino. Freedom of navigation and maritime trade a must.
12/11/2014 VIETNAM - CHINA - PHILIPPINES
ASEAN: Hanoi and Manila united front against Chinese imperialism on the seas
The regional summit opens today: cooperation, peace and maritime security at the center of agenda. In recent days, talks between Trương San Tan and Benigno Aquino. Freedom of navigation and maritime trade a must.
12/11/2014 IRAN - RUSSIA
Tehran and Moscow agree to the construction of new reactors at the Bushehr power plant
The deal involves the construction of two new reactors at the plant, which is located in southwestern Iran, with the option of six more in the future. Moscow will provide the fuel and dispose of it once it is spent. Deputy Russian foreign minister is "reasonably optimistic" over a deal with Iran by 24 November. Israel and US Republicans remain critical.
10/11/2014 CHINA - JAPAN
APEC summit, first handshake between China and Japan
The leaders of the two Asian nations, in obvious discomfort, make a press appearance after bilateral talks to resolve the issue of disputed islands. Beijing still wants an apology from Tokyo for massacres committed during the occupation and the removal of the names of war criminals from Yasukuni shrine.
10/11/2014 NEPAL
Nepalese politicians: Pope's message on the Berlin Wall in our Constitution
The call to "build bridges" should inspire the writing of the first Democratic Charter of the country. Even former Maoists praise Pope Francis: "Every religion, ethnicity, practice, culture, tradition and social difference must be guaranteed equal and fair treatment."
10/11/2014 VATICAN
Pope: We cannot live without faith, always forgiving, and without causing scandal that "destroys"
Scandal " is to proclaim and profess a way of life - 'I am a Christian' - and then live like a pagan, who does not believe in anything". This causes scandal "because there is no witness," while "the faith is professed by the way you live your life". "We have to forgive, because we have been forgiven. And this is the Lord's Prayer."
10/11/2014 ISRAEL - PALESTINE
After young Palestinian shot dead by police, Israeli Arabs rise up
The killing "in cold blood" prompts demonstrations in Kafr Kanna, Abu Gosh, Um-al-Fahem, and Shaab as well as at the universities of Tel Aviv and Haifa. Netanyahu threatens to revoke the citizenship of Israeli demonstrators. Tomorrow is the 10th anniversary of the death of Yasser Arafat and disorders are feared.