October 2015

Pope ticks Sustainable Development Goals
(Saturday, 24 October 2015 )

NEW YORK (SE): Pope Francis gave a tick to the 17 Sustainable Development Goals, which were introduced by the United Nations during his visit to New York in the United States of America on September 25, to replace the Millennium Development Goals, which expire this year.

The Sustainable Development Goals are an inter-governmentally-agreed set of targets aimed at achieving a “world free of poverty, hunger,...

New global pact needed to deal with today’s refugee crisis
(Saturday, 17 October 2015 )

Great as the gesture of Pope Francis is to mobilise parishes in Europe to accommodate the influx of tens of thousands of asylum seekers from the Middle East (they call them migrants), the problem is more complex than offering immediate support to needy people.

The...

Economy down industrial strife up
(Saturday, 17 October 2015 )

HONG KONG (AsiaNews): Strikes and protests have increased in China during the third quarter of this year, especially in the manufacturing and construction sectors, the China Labour Bulletin reports.

The Hong Kong-based non-government organisation drew up a strike map that shows the extent of this trend during the third quarter of 2015....

Synod is a beginning not a final word
(Saturday, 17 October 2015 )

VATICAN (SE): A huge splash of green and scarlet welcomed the opening Mass of the Synod of Bishops on Family Life at St. Peter’s Basilica on October 4.

Pope Francis set the tone of the deliberations for the coming 21 days by reminding the fathers that the theme of the synod, The vocation and mission of the family in the Church and the contemporary world, is about solitude, love between man and woman and...

Trumpet all Nobel Laureates
(Saturday, 17 October 2015 )

The awarding of a Nobel Prize for Medicine to a Chinese research doctor, Tu Youyou, has captured the imagination of the country and in some ways turned her into of a cult hero.

The home she used to live in has sky-rocketed in value and the high school she attended over 50 years ago has become a centre of attention.

While there were rumblings that Tu...

Pope prays for victims of Turkish bombing
(Saturday, 17 October 2015 )

VATICAN (AsiaNews): Pope Francis expressed his great sorrow for the victims of what he described as the terrible massacre in Ankara, Turkey, when two bombs were detonated in the midst of a peaceful rally on October 10.

He called on everyone gathered in St. Peter’s Square for his weekly midday prayer on October 11 to pray in silence for the dead, the wounded and bereaved families.

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Summit on religion mooted
(Saturday, 17 October 2015 )

HONG KONG (SE): The Communist Party of China is sending signals that it will intensify its control over the Catholic Church and other religions at a summit on religion that is expected to be held towards the end of this year.

It will be the first such gathering to take place since the current president, Xi Jinping, came to power in 2012.

UCAN reported that on October...

Walking for respect and understanding
(Saturday, 17 October 2015 )

KUALA LUMPUR (AsiaNews): “Unity will always be the focus as we grow together as Malaysians. We each have our own religions and our religion is our own way to God, and we need to respect each other’s journey,” Father Simon LaBrooy, the parish priest at the Church of the Divine Mercy in Selangor, Malaysia, said.

His parish has organised a walk to promote understanding and respect among people,...

Sexual violence bred from wartime violence in Sri Lanka
(Saturday, 17 October 2015 )

COLOMBO (UCAN): The authorities in Sri Lanka are being put under more pressure to act on sexual violence against women and children from all quarters of society with the kidnap of a five-year-old girl in the western part of the island nation on September 11.

On September 18, Mothers and Daughters of Lanka demonstrated in the capital city of Colombo demanding that the authorities implement laws to stop sexual...

Chinese bishops seeking support for reconciliation
(Saturday, 17 October 2015 )

HONG KONG (UCAN): Three members of the Bishops’ Conference of the Catholic Church in China, a body that is not recognised by the Holy See, were in the United States of America (US) during the same week that Pope Francis and the Chinese president, Xi Jinping, were visiting the country.

The president of the conference, Bishop Joseph Ma Yinglin, and his two vice-presidents, Bishop John Baptist Yang Xiaoting and...