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Property disputes in Goa

Property disputes in Goa

by: Bosco de Sousa Eremita, Panaji. UCAnews in JPIC News,

Goa, a Catholic stronghold and India's smallest state, is known for its white sand beaches and palm-fringed villages and is an attraction for both national and international tourists. As people migrated to Goa from across India in the past two decades, land prices have soared and become preferred investments.

'More guns won't help'

'More guns won't help'

by: Joe Torres - UCA News in JPIC News,

The president of a Jesuit university in Mindanao expressed concern over the Philippine government's decision to arm paramilitary groups that double as private armies for mining companies in the restive region.

The subtle persecution of Catholics in Goa

The subtle persecution of Catholics in Goa

by: Bosco de Sousa Eremita, Panaji, UCAnews in JPIC News,

Goa, former Portuguese colony and a Catholic stronghold in Western India, has for the first time this century shown a marinal increase in the Christian population. Religion-based data for the 2012 census release last month shows and increase of 6,560 Christian within the past decade,...

Shoulder to shoulder - Refugees Welcome

Shoulder to shoulder - Refugees Welcome

by: Dr Anna Rowlands - The Tablet in JPIC News,

The response of many Europeans to the plight of refugees arriving on the continent’s shores is one of solidarity, a principle at the heart of the original European project, inspired by Catholic Social Teaching. But while the people embrace solidarity, the politicians appear to have forgotten it.

Marketplace for need

Marketplace for need

by: Frank Field and Andrew Forsey-The Tablet in JPIC News,

Hundreds of thousands of people in Britain today are hungry because they cannot afford to buy or cook themselves food. For this to be happening in the world’s fifth-largest economy is nothing short of appalling. 

Failure to recognise the Armenian genocide has left Britain politically illiterate

Failure to recognise the Armenian genocide has left Britain politically illiterate

by: Igor Dorfmann-Lazarev - The Tablet in JPIC News,

As long as we fail to integrate this catastrophe into the account of the past century we transmit to our children, we fail to apprehend the chain of events that leads all the way to the present and to the atrocities perpetrated against Christians in Syria, Iraq, Egypt and Libya during the last few months, which our media prefers to forget.

London  Band Bring Hope To Terrorised Iraqi Refugee Children

London Band Bring Hope To Terrorised Iraqi Refugee Children

by: Cherrie Anderson - Ooberfuse in JPIC News,

Whilst some travel from London to the Middle East to support the brutally intolerant ISIS hate-machine, Woolwich electronica band Ooberfuse have just returned from a different mission to ISIS- frontline town Erbil… they delivered a message of hope to the beleaguered inhabitants of the improvised displacement camps springing up in Erbil’s dusty environs.

Communist Party orders all Tibetan monasteries to fly China flag

Communist Party orders all Tibetan monasteries to fly China flag

by: ucanews.com reporter, Beijing in JPIC News,

New policy sets out how temples will help maintain stability. The Communist Party chief in Tibet has ordered all Buddhist monasteries to fly China’s national flag in a policy report setting out how Beijing aims to harness temples to fight separatism in the restive province.

Bombs threaten peace prospects in southern Philippines

Bombs threaten peace prospects in southern Philippines

by: Karlos Manlupig and Bobby Lagsa - UCAnews in JPIC News,

It was a long day for students of Central Mindanao University in Maramag town in the province of Bukidnon. Many of them were rushing to catch a ride and get home before dinner. In December, darkness arrives early in this part of the world.

Like the Romans, the Chinese are threatened by the real Christmas

Like the Romans, the Chinese are threatened by the real Christmas

by: Giles Fraser - The Guardian in JPIC News,

Christ-child remains deeply unwelcome in the offices of the Chinese Communist party (CPC). Since Mao Zedong died in 1976, two things have grown exponentially: the economy and religion – and specifically Christianity. Not only is China now the largest economy in the world, it is set to become the most Christian country within the next couple of decades.

Pope Francis plays pivotal role in US-Cuban rapprochement

Pope Francis plays pivotal role in US-Cuban rapprochement

by: Jean-Louis de la Vaissiere for AFP in JPIC News,

Pope Francis's pivotal role in a landmark breakthrough in US-Cuba relations was the latest coup for a pontiff whose personality and popularity have made him an influential player on the global stage. As the world digested news of the historic rapprochement, it emerged that the Vatican had played a central role in bringing together the global capitalist superpower and the tiny communist island.

We must be more outspoken in seeking peace

We must be more outspoken in seeking peace

by: Sophia Lizares Bodegon - UCAnews in JPIC News,

It is relentless, the news about the wars. The pictures that stream into our living rooms and coffee shops through televisions and tablets are of beheadings, masked men ranting, 200,000 Syrians murdered, millions displaced fleeing for their lives under the cover of dust and horror. Filipinos and Fijians in the UN peacekeeping forces briefly figure in the news when they are attacked on the buffer zone between Israel and Syria.

A free man demands freedom for all

A free man demands freedom for all

by: Reporters-ucanews.com in JPIC News,

"You (the Chinese communists) can tie me up, can take me away, chop my head off, but not as a slave," said the cardinal in an online radio program yesterday evening. Hong Kong people should "not succumb to fate but maintain one's own dignity," the cardinal said.

Blessed are the peacemakers

Blessed are the peacemakers

by: Josephine McKenna & Inna Lazareva- The Telegrpah in JPIC News,

Pope Francis calls for 'new journey towards peace' in unprecedented prayer meeting at the Vatican between Israeli and Palestinian presidents, Shimon Peres and Mahmoud Abbas.

Iranian killer's execution halted at last minute by victim's parents

Iranian killer's execution halted at last minute by victim's parents

by: Saeed Kamali Dehghan - The Guardian in JPIC News,
The victim's mother hugged the grieving mother of the man her son had killed. The two women sobbed in each other's arms – one because she had lost her son, the other because hers had been saved. The action by Hosseinzadeh's mother was all the more extraordinary as it emerged that this was not the first son she had lost.
Worldwide Christian persecution a growing trend, report shows

Worldwide Christian persecution a growing trend, report shows

by: Carl Bunderson - CNA in JPIC News,

The persecution of Christians “has increased over the last 10 to 15 years,” said Ed Clancy, director of evangelization and outreach at Aid to the Church in Need, in an interview with CNA last month, adding that “persecution has many faces, unfortunately, and many places.”