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Monday, September 29, 2008

Vietnamese Government won't return Catholic Diplomatic Building- Take Catholic Artifacts

(Catholic Watchdog South Africa; c.f. Catholic Culture; UCAN News; CNS 01/02/08)

Article by Marc Aupiais

Catholic Culture, basing an article on the United Catholic Asian News service reports more trouble in Vietnam.

Catholics in Vietnamese Ha Noi, were mobbed by Communist youth, as the Vietnamese Government confiscated a cross and statue of the Madonna- from a former nunciature, which the government had promised in February to return to the church. The symbols of faith were placed under a tree months ago after prayer.

The Catholics were praying outside of Iron Barriers erected by the communist government, outside the disputed building. Communism is considered an evil ideology by the Church. The building was surrounded by hundreds of police- apparently seeing the catholics as a threat- these were supported by communist youths- who forced the praying Catholics back. Prayer is a powerful weapon- but this shows just how far certain governments are prepared to go to protect their own interests.

A nunciature is the building in which a nuncio resides, the highest rank of diplomat from the Holy See- dispatched permanently to a Civil Authority.

Vatican installs Solar Power

(Social Justice South Africa; CathNews;Catholic News Service (CNS) ;BBC; AP; IHT)

Article By Marc Aupiais

The Solar panels for the Paul VI auditorium are being installed, with Holy Father- Pope Benedict XVI- emphasising the utmost importance of protecting the environment. Donated by "Solar World", the 2 700 solar panels, used in temperature control and lighting- will save 70 tons of oil, however from the quotations we are unsure of the period in which this will take place, and how often this will occur.

Another group, Planktos Inc (US Firm), along with- KlimaFa Ltd (Hungary) are restoring 600 aches of wood in Hungary and donating the carbon credits to the Vatican.

The German Holy Father- is known for his encouragement of ecological action- to aid our world's natural heritage.

Pope- we must not arbitrarially destroy the planet- Ecotourism helps the most needy- Papal Summer Residence- Apostolic Palace of Castelgandolfo

(Social justice South Africa; c.f. Vatican Information Service (VIS); Agenzia Fides)

Article by Marc Aupiais

The Holy Father, Pope Benedict XVI- on the 27th of September stated, at World Tourism Day 2008, at the Papal summer residence in- Castelgandolfo- that correct management of the environment is not only moral but beneficial, and necessary. He noted something he called "social tourism"(VIS 27/09/08)(Agenzia Fides 29/9/2008), and that environmental responsibility is not only part of a healthy economy- but beneficial to those who practice it prudently.

EU must take in Iraqi refugees- UN High Commissioner on Refugees- tells EU Meeting on Assylum

(Social Justice South Africa; c.f. Agenzia Fides 26/09/2008)

Article By Marc Aupiais

The United Nations High Commissioner on Refugees, António Guterres, recently addessed the EU (European Union) Ministers of Justice and Home Affairs as a guest at a meeting, organized by the French EU President. He asked for a resettlement program to be created to sort out the needs of refugees from Iraq- who cannot safely live in their own country due to conflict.

Many have moved to Jordan or Syria for the time being (about 2 million). These refugees include minority Christians suffering harsh persecution.

The UNHCR has joined the World Food Program and Caritas- in asking for some form of immediate action on trying to aid the dire situation in the country.

The EU has at times been controversial in its strict asylum procedures.

Pope was among voices calling for further action on Social Justice Issues

(Social Justice South Africa; c.f. L'Osservatore Romano)

Article by Marc Aupiais

In the latest publication of the Vatican Newspaper, published 24th September- the pope also emphasized the need to promote the interests of the poor- as money can be found when the rich are in trouble. This was at the time- greeting in advance- the September 25th meeting in the UN, which we have mentioned in other articles.

Sunday, September 28, 2008

Kofi Anan Speaks out on Keya Violence- Agenzia Fides

(Social Justice South Africa; c.f. Agenzia Fides)

Article by Marc Aupiais

Agenzia Fides Reports- that United Nations Secretry General- Kofi Anan says :

“The situation of the internal refugees is in the mind of all Kenyans. We need to find a solution as soon as possible.” (Agenzia Fides, 26/9/2008).

He speaks of 80 000 internal refugees that have yet to return home after the deaths of a thousand Kenyans in January and February- after accusations of election fraud, where 350 000 Kenyans fled their homes and houses. 129 camps hold 76 400 people across Kenya, and their government is attempting to get the refugees back into their homes, with a program named after a Swahili phrase translated "Return Home" (Agenzia Fides, 26/9/2008).

Election Violence in Kenya and accusations of election fraud reverberated at the beginning of the year in Kenya's election.

Recent articles have alleged the presence of "Death Squadrons" active in Kenya.

Other than the already about 76 400 people in camps around Kenya- about 220 000 people rely on the Red Cross for basic survival.

The reincorporation is hailed as necessary to combat the Kenyan food shortage- as many of the refugees are farmers, relied upon to produce basic produce...

Saturday, September 27, 2008

Congo- not to be in 63rd General Assembly- due to fighting in their country

(Social Justice South Africa; c.f. Agenzia Fides)

Article by Marc Aupiais

Agenzia Fides (25/9/2008)is reporting that The Congo's president and representative will not go to the UN general assembly in light of the crisis in the country.

Days ago- Caritas International reported human rights abuses, raiding of medical facilities by combatants, and other issues such as arbitrary arrest in the Eastern DRC. Agenzia Fides states that the Government along with the UN task team in the country are now involved in conflicts with rebels near the Rwandan border, and against the LRA near the Ugandan border, who have apparently kidnapped dozens of children. Africa is famous for its child soldiers, and many problems.

The government has cited the same peace agreement mentioned by Caritas a few days ago- in which all combatants agreed to a withdrawal, and have apparently sent urgent aid shipments to camps and affected areas.

This follows calls by Caritas International days ago for Humanitarian channels to be reopened and a ceasefire implimented.

Friday, September 26, 2008

South Africa- People's trust needs to be regained- Bishops

(Social Justice South Africa; c.f. Agenzia Fides)

Article by Marc Aupiais

Agenzia Fides is(24/09/08) reporting that The South African Bishops have given them a press release stating that the trust of the South African people needs to be regained by government institutions. They have also joined calls for an inquiry into the Arms Deal Corruption.

The President of the SACBC (SA Catholic Bishops Conference)slatted self advancement and nepotism in government- as well as calls for violence- welcoming as much more mature- the decision by the ANC to take a political course of action- and calling Mbeki's decision to cede to this call by his party noble.

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Nairobi Death Squadrons kill 500- Fides

(Social Justice South Africa; c.f. Agenzia Fides)

Article by Marc Aupiais

Agenzia Fides reports (24/9/2008) that 500 people have been killed by so-called "death-squadrons". This is according to the "National Commission on Human Rights" of Kenya- who state that the killers are mostly "Mungiki", who Fides says are responsible for many other crimes. The "sqadrons" have been linked to Secret Service agencies in Kenya by Fides' source, and according to Fides' source, are politically connected and therefore very hard to bring under the reigns of justice. The victims were often tortured and harmed before dying.

Kenyan police deny any involvement in the crimes.

Kenya is still suffering from their recent election- where there were acusations by opposition of fraud.

Caritas Appeals Successful

(Social Justice South Africa; c.f. Caritas International)

Article by Marc Aupiais

Recent appeals by Caritas, as guests invited to a UN summit have paid off, with pledges of about 16 billion dollars in aid to developing nations and such causes.

Caritas notes- they don't need to hear from the UN about poverty- Caritas deals with the poor daily.

President of Caritas, Cardinal Oscar Rodríguez Maradiaga- said that the pledges are needed to address the impact of climate change on the poorest communities: but notes that the Millennium Development goals, are still decades off the path in Sub-Saharan Africa and other places. Last year aid from the G7 reduced by 1 percent (excluding debt relief), not much- except that when aid is reduced by such in such a large scale- one in a hundred people who were supported, will no longer be entitled to this. The organization of Catholic Charities can't comprehend how 700 billion dollars is so easily requested in the US for a lost gamble by banks- but 10 000 000 children dying on a yearly rate, of causes that are so easily prevented- do not get the label of crises.

This comes following the proposed 700 billion dollar bailout of US banking giants.

The relatively small contributions however will help the continent. They will also go to some extent of fulfilling promises neglected largely by rich nations to the developing world.

Congo wars continue... despite peace perception

(Social Justice South Africa; c.f. Caritas International)

Article by Marc Aupiais

A recent escalation of previously calmer hostilities in the Eastern DRC, has resulted in about 100 000 persons being displaced, adding to the already 1 000 000 displaced since January 2007.

Reports of clashes report Human Rights Abuses, accompanying battles- including rape, torture and in addition to this there are reports of arbitrary arrest. Caritas has asked for a ceasefire and the opening of safe routes to those affected, for humanitarian organizations. Unfortunately a recent outbreak of disease in camps- has been met without adequate resources due to looting of medical facilities by combatants.

Despite their acceptance of a peace agreement to withdraw already 9 days ago (17 September), the Congolese government, among others- has continued war efforts. This agreement was signed and accepted, as organised with UN aid- by all parties who agreed to withdrawal. Caritas is attempting to assess the situation in the country prior further action.

Caritas on Development goals

(Social Justice South Africa; C.f. Zenit)

Article by Marc Aupiais

Cardinal Oscar Rodríguez Maradiaga, of Caritas- the Catholic aid Umbrella organization, as one of Caritas' representatives invited by the UN to a congress on climate change and development, as guests, asked that political leadership be found in the UN for goals- as the division of the world into third and first world, and the greed of a few- in which he refers to the situation in his own country- are damaging the existence of a vast majority.

He said that emissions by First World Nations- which are thought of as a cause to climate change are to the detriment of Third World Nations.

Australia- Retired Bishop backs strikes

(Social Justice South Africa; c.f. CathNews)

Article by Marc Aupiais

Hilton Deakin, recently Bishop of Melbourne- says he backs proposed strikes by cleaners in the country for higher wages- naming them an "invisible workforce".

According to an interview CathNews conducted- working hours disrupt family time in the given industry.

Thursday, September 25, 2008

Yesterday:Vatican asks why the US has money to bail out the rich- but not the poor

( c.f. Zenit)

Article by Marc Aupiais

The Holy See is asking why the developed world's US is prepared to put 700 billion US Dollars into supporting their own failed banking sector- rather- while only giving tricklings of aid to the undeveloped world.

These accusations are by Archbishop Celestino Migliore, permanent Vatican observer to the United Nations. He says that the UN made promises to fulfill development goals by 2015, but that these goals are intricately involved with Human Rights- and Respect for Human Dignity.

He says that the commitments by these nations- politically to Africa and the developing world- are in fact obligations on these others- socially and morally- by the conscience of good.

He says that the Millennium Declaration Goals are not only achievable- but with focus on them- will be achieved if the UN keeps her promises to do so.

He further lambasted the suggestions involving goals involving sexual and reproductive fields, perhaps a reference to the recent efforts by the UN, in conjunction with American abortion firm "International Planned Parenthood" to force a two child limit of children for parents in the Filipines.

Basically- the Holy See cannot see how- the Developed world can spend so much on Armed Conflict, which often affects the Developing World, and on bailing out their own rich citizens from lost gambles- and not supply the minor amounts needed to fulfill political promises they themselves have made. Nor why so much money is hoped by some be spent on trying to decline the populations in developing nations. Recent accusations also appeared from some Catholic sources- that after the devastating storm which hit North Korea- much of the "aid" packages given to the victims were condoms. The situation in the Filipenes also still vibrates in the ears. Especially as the Universal Declaration of Human Rights, created by the UN- says that people must not be persecuted for Sexual Orientation!

Persecution of Christians in India continues... Authorities gag nuns

"While militant groups continue unopposed, and not denounced- to ravage Indian Christian populants- threatening violence- unless they sign that they have freely and of their own will converted to Hinduism- the Indian Government has gaged the Sisters of Charity (Mother Theressa's organization) from speaking of their recent arrest by Police on trumped up kidnapping charges. While their persecutors are marching to the streets against them- they themselves have been silenced- as the Indian government continues to deny armed protection to those suffering these terrorist mops' attacks on Christians. Christian refugee camps- still are not protected- and Christians are still being killed- their houses burnt, and their hair shaved off."...

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Wednesday, September 24, 2008

"Planned Parenthood" plans to decimate Filipines population for profit

(c.f. Zenit News)

Article by Marc Aupiais

"Planned Parenthood" are known for what EWTN hosts often name a disinformation campaign in the United States- where "Planned Parenthood" not only makes millions of dollars yearly by the deaths of unborn children- and via sales of contraceptives- but also- ironically for being allowed to teach Sexual Education- despite this conflict of interest.

"International Planned Parenthood" is planning to help Filipino legislators enforce contraception, and a possible limit of two children a couple- on their citizens- with proposed jail terms for those apposing these efforts.

"Planned Parenthood"- like the American "Democrats" are known for their "pro-choice" policies, and the way these benefit their own interests. "Planned Parenthood"'s Sexual Education talks have been lambasted by EWTN radio presenters- for being much less successful than Catholic, and other programs which teach these subjects- this is not unsupported by statistics. This new sickening attack on Human dignity will not go without guilt-

These attrocities must be prevented as best as viable. Especially as UN money is being used for many of these purposes

Chinese milk- catholic woman objects

(c.f. CathNews)

Article by Marc Aupiais

According to the Australian organization- CathNews,who sites Union of catholic Asia News, and - who cover the milk crises in China- a catholic source is claiming that government representatives knew about the crises three years ago in 2005.

If true- then the claims of a moral degeneration by Chinese Catholics- could be more than simply apt- but in fact a dire cry for aid. Sadly- we often hear of poor safety standards from China- more than that- we often are forced by retailers to support these- in that many of our western products are produced there. Truly- it is not only the Officials or people who knew who are guilty of this, but we also share partly in the remorse of thousands affected- by not asking higher standards of business as regards respect for the fundamental dignity for the human person- by those we buy from.

When we have the option- we should always rather buy products which support healthy business practices- and if possible- from countries which promote good practice

- rewarding such action, as that of those aptly ignoring what should be international health standards, by buying from these countries and companies- means those responsible are less likely to be called to account for it!

Whether or not the claims of knowledge have utter credence- there still must be some negligence in the system- this is not the first health problem we have seen from China- and further- even without knowledge- it should have been sought.

With the given facts- many will have no powerful reason not to believe the reports of knowledge- we have seen very little signs of an improved respect for life and liberty from the Chinese of late- only more of the same. Prayerfully- one day the Chinese will throw off their oppressive cloak- and once again rejoin the civilized human rights governed world- but then again- the issue the Chinese face- which more manifest than in our western nations- can clearly be mirrored in the horror of Abortion, so that- while there are atrocities, or negligence in other parts of the world- the same sins often occur in the west and in Africa- it is not China alone which needs to change their regulations, but rather- every layman should be utterly involved in fighting for respect for human rights in their daily environment- and even in the political sphere.

Holy See to UN- Africa important- moving forward- but in need of help!

( c.f. Immaculate Heart of Mary's Hermitage Report)

Article by Marc Aupiais

On Monday the 22 of September 2008- the Permanent observer of the Vatican at the UN- gave a speech on Africa's development.

The Holy See of the Beloved Catholic church, through their permanent observer to the United Nations- Archbishop Celestino Migliore, has appealed for focus on Africa- it says Africa has made much progress- but not enough to alleviate poverty. It has the youngest average population but also the youngest average age of death.

Despite many differences in culture and diversity- African countries have taken great strides. The United Nations, according to the Archbishop has enshrined in its charter pursuit of Peace and Prosperity for all. Something where Africa still has great chasms which suffer without these.

Africa- according to the Archbishop- needs to gain a sense of ownership of its own land. Further- the UN must take concrete action on plans involving the continent.

The Catholic church is said to be vital in fighting problems on African soil- and in caring for the sick.

The African sense of community is a positive influence- and pursuit of development- according to the observer- must not erode the good elements of the diverse cultures in Africa.

Archbishop Celestino was addressing the UN in a meeting on Africa and her development needs- on Monday the 22 of September 2008..

Thursday, September 18, 2008

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