China Ends One-Child Family Policy

  The barbaric social engineering experiment has ended. The low birth rate has resulted in an ageing population. The Catholic Herald: China has ended its one-child policy after three decades. The ruling Communist Party has said it will ease family planning restrictions, allowing couples to have two children. It is thought the one-child policy has…

Church Fresco Depicts Tito, Marx and Engels in Hell

The Church is in Montenegro: A church in Montenegro has sparked controversy by displaying a fresco depicting Yugoslav communist leader Josip Broz Tito in the fires of hell with Karl Marx and Friedrich Engels. The newly built Church of Resurrection in the capital Podgorica has already drawn criticism for its lavish design. Critics now say…

Cuba Makes Good Friday a Holiday!

USA Today is reporting: Havana (AP) – Cuba has honored an appeal by Pope Benedict XVI and declared next week’s Good Friday a holiday for the first time since the early days following the island’s 1959 Revolution, though a decision on whether the move will be permanent will have to wait. The Communist government said…

North Koreans Punished for Insufficient Grief

Oh my… Authorities in North Korea are reportedly punishing citizens – six months of hard labour – who didn’t mourn hard enough over the death of “eternal leader” Kim Jong-il. Anyone who didn’t attend the histrionic mass gatherings in Kim’s honour, or who did attend “but didn’t cry and didn’t seem genuine,” could be subjected…

Kim Jong Il is Dead

The much-feared North Korean dictator Kim Jong Il is dead. So reports the Sydney Morning Herald: Kim Jong-il, the second-generation North Korean dictator who defied global  condemnation to build nuclear weapons while his people starved, has died at the  age of 69, Yonhap News reported. The South Korean military has been put on emergency alert with…

Resurrection: The Catholic Church’s Comeback in Cuba

On The Deacon’s Bench: Cuba’s Catholic Church is enjoying new popularity and influence — and TIME magazine examines why, and some of the challenges the Church is facing: Last November, it opened a new seminary — the first since Fidel Castro’s communist revolution all but shut down the church 50 years ago. In May, Cuba’s…