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Civil rights have big impact on economic progress

MILAN (AsiaNews): In the world and in China, attention has been broadly centred on contingent economic issues, with questions like when will the bubble burst in China’s real estate market, its shadow banking system and the fraudulent certificates in financial collateral based on non-existent raw materials abounding.

Other questions include will the Euro and the American dollar and the banks’ balance sheets survive the economic crisis, non-performing loans and bad debts?

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Which way to the migration gate?

Globalisation is a complex process of unequal relationships which has many faces. One of the most visible is labour migration across international borders in search of satisfactory employment.

Unlike tourists, who also travel globally, migrant workers are not rich and carefree. They huddle self-consciously in our airports, or stow away on ships and freight containers, poor, ill-clad and desperate. Frequently they are impounded and sent back.

Colonialism started it.

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A cherished gift to one so young

There are many things today that can contribute to a young Catholic losing hope. Our society is so materialistic with people always in a rush to acquire the latest things.

We do not think about whether we need more, but instead focus on how objects might make us more popular or enviable. 

Rather than serving others first, we are taught to watch out for ourselves and that getting ahead is the most important goal.

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Can Christianity contribute
 to development in China?

HONG KONG (SE): A decade ago David Aikman wrote Jesus in Beijing, which carried the provocative subtitle, How Christianity is Transforming China and Changing the Balance of World Power.

Aikman pointed out in his book that Christianity is a formidable movement and a significant feature on China’s emerging urban landscape.

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Priest visits family of beheaded journalist

ROCHESTER (Agencies): The mother of James Foley, an American journalist who was executed by Islamic State forces in Syria, welcomed her parish priest into her home in Rochester in the United States of America on August 20.

Father Paul Gousse, from the New Hampshire parish of Our Lady of the Holy Rosary, visited Foley’s bereaved family after their son had been shown on YouTube being beheaded.

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What do we learn from Edith Stein?

On August 9, the day the Church remembers a saint and martyr, Edith Stein, who was killed by the Nazis at Auschwitz in 1942, I reflected upon the meaning of her life and death for us today.

I started by reading an excellent article, The Church in Dark Times, written by Martin Chung and published in the Sunday Examiner on August 3, on the politically motivated dismissal of Eric Sautedé from St. Joseph University in Macau.

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What is Pope Francis reforming?

ROME (SE): Pope Francis presented himself as a quiet reformer from the very moment of his election.

In his first public appearance he refused the red cloak worn by his predecessors at their elections. He then asked people to bless him in whatever way they felt comfortable and pray for him, and he described himself first and foremost as the bishop of Rome.

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One priest’s take on Israeli-Palestinian conflict

TEL AVIV (SE): Father David Neuhaus sj, from the Hebrew-speaking Catholic community in Israel, says that Christians around the world must take sides in the flaring conflict between Israel and Palestine.

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From ping-pong diplomacy to interfaith cricket relations

KARACHI (SE): Ping-pong diplomacy played a big role in thawing the ice during the communication freeze between the United States of America and the People’s Republic of China  back in 1971, but today, the governor of the Sindh in Pakistan, Ishrat ul Ebad Khan, is taking cricket beyond the frigid zone to cool sometimes overheated interfaith and inter-cultural relations by building healthy friendships through sport.

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The highest virtue is like water

In March 2013, over 16,000 dead pigs floated down the Huangpu River in Shanghai.

As the source region of the Yellow River gets drier, the weather modification team, under the auspices of the Chinese Academy of Meteorological Sciences, has used thousands of anti-aircraft guns and rocket launchers, in addition to aircraft, to fire silver-iodide pellets into clouds to try to make rain (Greenpeace 2005 report).