Benedict XVI, cooperator of Truth

23/10/2014
Hunan, the return of public trials: crowd of 5 thousand "jeer" criminals
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".
23/10/2014
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.
23/10/2014
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.
23/10/2014
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.
23/10/2014
Kurdish Video mocks ISIS, "We are beaded, dirty and filthy. We are brainless"
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".
23/10/2014
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.
23/10/2014
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"
23/10/2014
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.
23/10/2014
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"
23/10/2014
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."
23/10/2014
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.
23/10/2014
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.
23/10/2014
Hunan, the return of public trials: crowd of 5 thousand "jeer" criminals
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".
23/10/2014
Kurdish Video mocks ISIS, "We are beaded, dirty and filthy. We are brainless"
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".
23/10/2014
Kurdish Video mocks ISIS, "We are beaded, dirty and filthy. We are brainless"
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".
23/10/2014
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"
23/10/2014
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.
23/10/2014
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.
23/10/2014
Hunan, the return of public trials: crowd of 5 thousand "jeer" criminals
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".
23/10/2014
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."
23/10/2014
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.
23/10/2014
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.
23/10/2014
Pope for the abolition of the death penalty, against life in prison, a "concealed death penalty"
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."
23/10/2014
Pope for the abolition of the death penalty, against life in prison, a "concealed death penalty"
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."
22/10/2014
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.
22/10/2014
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.
22/10/2014
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.
22/10/2014
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.
22/10/2014
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.
22/10/2014
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.
22/10/2014
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.
22/10/2014
Pope: "divisions", "envy" and "misunderstandings" divide the Church, the "Body of Christ"
"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.
22/10/2014
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.
22/10/2014
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."
22/10/2014
Philippine Church: "inhuman" prisons, too many prisoners in jail pending conviction
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".
21/10/2014
China's economy slows down, the lowest rate in the last five years
The GDP in the third quarter grew by 7.3%. More stimulus packages needed to maintain growth at 7.5. The Bank of China programs injections of loans of up to 200 billion and 500 billion yuan.
21/10/2014
Pakistan: Forced to marry and convert to Islam by force, a young Christian girl’s struggle for justice
In August, the 19-year old Maria Bibi was abducted and forced to marry Mohammad Zohaib, a neighbor and classmate. Now the matter is in the hands of a court. Meanwhile, the Church of Pakistan celebrates a day of fasting and prayer for Asia Bibi. Muslim leader: no innocent person should be made a victim "in the name of religion."
21/10/2014
India, Catholics and Hindus "working together against the globalization of indifference"
The President of the Office for Inter-religious Dialogue and Ecumenism of the Indian Catholic Bishops Conference, Msgr. Felix Machado, speaks to AsiaNews about the Vatican’s message for the Hindu festival of Diwali: "We must not ignore the differences that separate us, but understand them and accept them. In the footsteps of Pope Francis, we must strive for the common good".