Pope names 4 Chinese bishops as members of the Synod on the Eucharist

23/09/2014
Pope: tolerance towards migrants is not enough, they need welcome and solidarity
Titled "Church without frontiers, mother to all" the message for the next World Day of Migrants and Refugees is released. " Often, however, such migration gives rise to suspicion and hostility, even in ecclesial communities". "Solidarity with migrants and refugees must be accompanied by the courage and creativity necessary to develop, on a world-wide level, a more just and equitable financial and economic order".
23/09/2014
Pope: Christian life is "simple": Listen to the Word of God and put it into practice
"Maybe we've made things a little too 'difficult, with too many explanations that nobody understands." Listen to the Word of God, read a passage from the Gospel and ask "Does God speak to me in this, is He saying something to me?". "God doesn’t just talk to us all: yes, He talks to everyone, but at the same time He speaks to each one of us. The Gospel was written for each of us."
23/09/2014
US launches air strikes in Syria. Damascus was informed
The bombing targets Raqqa area with support of Arab forces. Air raids necessary because of Islamist militias’ hideouts on Syrian territory .
23/09/2014
Thousands of Hong Kong students in the streets "for democracy and freedom"
Over 13,000 people join peaceful strike that starts a weeklong protest action against Beijing's restrictions on universal suffrage. Participants include students from mainland China who are impressed by protesters' passion. "It's great for Hong Kong students to have their say. We do not have it on the mainland. Even if we have thoughts, we dare not say them out loud," said one student.
23/09/2014
China and India snub climate summit at the United Nations
Carbon emissions in China eclipse those of the United States and European Union combined, increasing by 4.5 per cent this year to reach 10.4 billion tonnes. In 2013, China burnt 3.7 billion tonnes of coal, and will burn even more in the future. The United Nations wants countries to offer "promises" of "specific action" on climate.
23/09/2014
Pope: Christian life is "simple": Listen to the Word of God and put it into practice
"Maybe we've made things a little too 'difficult, with too many explanations that nobody understands." Listen to the Word of God, read a passage from the Gospel and ask "Does God speak to me in this, is He saying something to me?". "God doesn’t just talk to us all: yes, He talks to everyone, but at the same time He speaks to each one of us. The Gospel was written for each of us."
23/09/2014
Modi-Xi deals to provide a "lesson in democracy"
The director of the People's Vigilance Committee for Human Rights views positively the new Beijing-Delhi relationship. Xi Jinping pledged investments worth US$ 20 billion over five years.
22/09/2014
Islamic State threat pushes United States and Iran to discuss nuclear issue
US Secretary of State Kerry meets with Tehran’s Minister of Foreign Affairs. For the Americans, Iran has a role to play. In an effort to broaden the coalition in the fight against the jihadists, Kerry speaks with Russian Foreign Minister Lavrov.
18/09/2014
Saigon, government threatens to demolish Catholic churches and Buddhist temples
A development plan for an area south of Ho Chi Minh City includes the demolition of places of worship. The Inter-religious Council has launched a petition to stop the project. According to the urban development plan the area is zoned for housing and shopping malls, but not places of worship. A nun: "The government wants to drive us out."
18/09/2014
For Beijing, Scottish independence "threatens unity and stability"
The Global Times comes out against today's vote because of its "potential impact on developments in Tibet, Xinjiang and Hong Kong." For the Chinese paper, "China cannot afford to play this British game".
13/09/2014
PIME missionary: MILF political party, a "positive" step in the interests of peace in the Philippines
Fr. D'Ambra says that the project was rumored in the past and it is "too early" to understand how it will evolve. President Aquino presents the basic text of the Bangsamoro Autonomous Region to Parliament and strongly supports the transformation of the rebel group into a political party. Now agreement must be reached between the various groups, to avoid extremist off shoots.