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  • 10/12/2017 - VATICAN-ISRAEL-PALESTINE

    A press release from the Vatican press office reaffirms the position of the Holy See on respect for the status quo of Jerusalem. The invitation to a negotiated solution between Israelis and Palestinians.




    10/12/2017 - VATICAN

    Pope: Advent, fill the voids of omission, smooth the roughness of pride. Call for nuclear disarmament and care for climate


    At the Angelus Pope Francis calls for greater prayer and greater charity. The Nobel Peace Prize to the International Campaign to abolish nuclear weapons. The "strong link" between human rights and nuclear disarmament. Combating climate change and fighting for integral human development. Solidarity with the families of the victims of the Okhi cyclone in India and the flood victims of Albania.


    09/12/2017 - VATICAN

    Pope: Francesca Cabrini's charisma is of extraordinary actuality


    Audience to the Missionaries of the Sacred Heart of Jesus, on the occasion of the centenary of the death of their foundress, Apostle of migrants. Migrants need good laws, development programs, but "also and above all of love, friendship, human closeness". Although she wanted to go to China, Pope Leo XIII said to her: 'Not to the east, Cabrini, but to the West!' The devotion to the Sacred Heart "made her able to look at the heart of those whom she approached and assisted".


    09/12/2017 - PAKISTAN

    Lahore, pastor accused of blasphemy released. He is innocent

    by Kamran Chaudhry

    The Rev. Babu Shahbaz had been in prison for a year. A group of Muslims accused him of having torn pages from the Koran. The judge: "The evidence is not valid". Lawyer: "He can celebrate Christmas with his family".


    09/12/2017 - ISRAEL-PALESTINE

    Israeli raids on Gaza: 4 Palestinians killed


    The raids are in response to three missiles launched from the Strip that did not cause  any victims. 217 Palestinians injured in the demonstrations in East Jerusalem and the West Bank. Protests against Trump's decision on Jerusalem in many Arab and Islamic countries.


    09/12/2017 - JAPAN

    Tokyo 2020, children will choose the mascots


    The "finalist" pairs presented during a ceremony. Thousands of schools in the country will participate in the vote. The joy of children


    09/12/2017 - RUSSIA

    The Russian parliament wages war on magicians, shamans, healers

    by Vladimir Rozanskij

    Over 10 thousand Russian sites offer miracle cures for a fee. Black magic, curses, removal of evil eye and other services related to spells and magical protections. One in five Russian citizens turn to fortune tellers or tarot card readers at least once in their lifetime. A draft law proposes sentences of one to three years for fraudsters. The condemnation of the Orthodox Church. Superstition and post-communism.


    09/12/2017 - MALAYSIA

    Kuala Lumpur, religious leaders unite to combat violence against women and children


    A 16-day campaign of activism launched. President of the Inter-religious Advisory Council: "Overcoming indifference and ignorance, to safeguard respect for human life". The Sisters of the Good Shepherd for awareness, reflection and action. Archbishop of Kuala Lumpur: "In order to fulfill its prophetic role, the Church needs to rise up in unity to comfort the afflicted".


    08/12/2017 - VATICAN

    Pope: May Mary help us reject indifference, fear of those who are different, exploitation


    Francis paid tribute and prayed to the Immaculate in Piazza di Spagna. He visited St Mary Major to pray in front of the image of Salus Populi Romani, and Sant'Andrea delle Fratte to pay tribute to Our Lady of the Miraculous Medal.


    08/12/2017 - VATICAN

    Pope: Annunciation, Mary is “always young, because she has never aged from sin”


    Aging does not make us old, sin does, "because it makes the heart sclerotic". For this reason, Mary, who was "created in grace" and "full of God’s presence", thus without sin, is always young. “Today we look with joy at the One full of grace. Let us ask her to help us stay young, by saying 'no' to sin, and to live a beautiful life, by saying 'yes' to God.”


    07/12/2017 - BANGLADESH

    Mirpur’s Mary Queen of the Apostles parish an 'oasis of peace for children' (Photos)

    by Anna Chiara Filice

    The church was founded in 1994 by PIME missionary Fr. Gianantonio Baio. Today the parish priest is Fr. Quirico Martinelli. There are playgrounds for children and swings. In the school of St. Theresa, 495 children study: "a concrete example of inter-religious harmony". From our correspondent on the ground.


    07/12/2017 - INDIA

    Hindu nationalists attack a Christian prayer meeting in Chhattisgarh


    The attack took place yesterday in the village of Tarra. Dozens of cars, bicycles and other private property were targeted with damages estimated at more than US$ 6,000. The attackers also harassed women and beat up men.


    07/12/2017 - MYANMAR

    Authorities against ultranationalist Buddhist party


    The Ma Ba Tha, or Association for the Protection of Race and Religion, applied to register a party. Banned by the government in the past, the movement is pro-military, and accuses Myanmar’s civilian government of not protecting Buddhism. The worst incidents of religious intolerance have occurred in its strongholds. It claims ten million members in almost 300 townships.


    07/12/2017 - VATICAN – LUTHERANS

    For the pope, Catholics and Lutherans can no longer afford to be adversaries or rivals


    During his meeting with the president of the Lutheran World Federation, Francis said that the “painful divisions that kept us distant and in conflict for centuries, have brought us in recent decades to a journey of communion.”


    07/12/2017 - VATICAN – TAIWAN

    Pope urges Taiwanese Christians to promote unity and charity


    Francis met with a delegation from the National Council of Churches of Taiwan. “The strengthening of relations between the Christian confessions, and the shared proclamation of Jesus, also through works of charity and educational projects aimed at the young, will prove beneficial to society as a whole.”


    07/12/2017 - CHINA

    Paper in Jilin publishes a 'survival guide' in case of nuclear attacks


    Anxiety levels rise in China in the wake of North Korea's nuclear tests. Media and the authorities downplay concerns.


    07/12/2017 - ORTHODOX - VATICAN

    Bartholomew I will speak of 'A common Christian agenda for the common good' at the Vatican

    by NAT da Polis

    The Ecumenical Patriarch has accepted the invitation to participate as a guest of honor at the annual conference of the Centesismus Annus foundation, which will take place between May 24 and 26. It will be the eighth meeting with Pope Francis.


    07/12/2017 - INDIA - CHINA

    Indian drone "invades Chinese airspace" and crashes to earth


    The incident shrouded in mystery. India makes no statements. The story is likely to reignite the military confrontation between the two Asian giants.


    07/12/2017 - PALESTINE-USA

    Jerusalem capital: the anger and disillusionment of the Palestinians


    Three days of protest and demonstrations against Trump's decision. In Gaza the protests started already before the announcement. Desperation among the Palestinians: "We have already lost everything".


    07/12/2017 - ISRAEL - USA - UN

    Jerusalem capital: world leaders slam Trump's decision


    World leaders strongly condemn the choice of the United States to recognize the holy city capital of Israel. An emergency meeting of the UN Security Council is scheduled for tomorrow. From the Saudi Arabia to Iran, from Turkey to Syria, the voice of the Muslim world rises. From Europe the invitation to resume negotiations on a two-state solution. 


    06/12/2017 - UNITED STATES - ISRAEL - PALESTINE

    Donald Trump: “it is time to officially recognize Jerusalem as the capital of Israel”


    Speaking at the White House, the US leader said that Jerusalem "is now also the heart of one of the most successful democracies in the world", calling for "calm, for moderation". The city has always been at the heart of the Israeli-Palestinian conflict.


    06/12/2017 - HOLY LAND – UNITED STATES

    Churches of the Holy Land warn that changing Jerusalem’s status will cause “irreparable harm”


    The Christian leaders of the holy city are following "with concern" reports the US might unilaterally recognise the city as the capital of Israel. This would increase "hatred, conflict, violence and suffering". They plead with the US leader to promote "peace and unity" in the region.


    06/12/2017 - INDIA

    Archdiocese of Mumbai organises a fundraiser for Advent against hunger and for jobs

    by Oswald Gracias*

    This year's goal is to improve livelihoods in order to achieve sustainable income, connecting donors with our beneficiaries”. Children and youth are asked “to save part of their pocket money to contribute to this cause.”


    06/12/2017 - UN-MYANMAR

    Rohingya, UN: the Burmese army guilty of 'probable crimes against humanity'


    The charge for operations in October 2016 and last August. "Credible reports" on widespread, systematic and brutal attacks in Rakhine. The resolution requested by Bangladesh and Saudi Arabia approved by 33 votes, Beijing opposed. The Burmese government and army reject the accusations.


    06/12/2017 - PHILIPPINES

    For Silsilah, Advent is a “time for reconciliation” in Mindanao


    Christians and Muslims are urged to persevere in meeting, despite the differences. Initiatives of dialogue, signs of solidarity and stories of friendship between the two communities should be a source of inspiration.


    06/12/2017 - VATICAN

    Pope: in Myanmar and Bangladesh I encouraged dialogue and witness


    Looking back over his recent trip, Francis recalls that in Myanmar he hoped "that all the different components of the nation, no one excluded, can cooperate" and in Bangladesh solidarity for the help of Rohingya and "the need" that " religious freedom always be protected ".


    06/12/2017 - RUSSIA - SOUTH KOREA

    State Doping, the IOC excludes Russia from the 2018 Winter Olympics


    Some athletes will be able to participate individually and with strict procedures. The national flag will not be admitted and in case of victory the Olympic anthem will resound. Russian vice-premier Vitaly Mutko, head of the World Cup organization, has been banned for life. Moscow speaks of an "unjust and immoral" choice. The United States exults.


    06/12/2017 - INDIA

    Seven Pentecostal Christians arrested for “forced conversions” in Uttar Pradesh

    by Nirmala Carvalho

    The accused were remanded into custody for 14 days for allegedly insulting Hindu deities. For Sajan K George, "The growing suspicion against the vulnerable miniscule Christian community, especially the Pentecostals, is alarming.”


    06/12/2017 - CHINA

    Fog across China shuts down expressways


    Anhui and Sichuan are the most affected areas, with fog lasting several days. Expressway entrances are closed because visibility is less than 50 metres in many cases.


    06/12/2017 - VATICAN

    Pope: Respect Jerusalem’s status quo


    Francis expresses his "deep concern for the situation that has been created in the last few days". The Church is always in favor of dialogue he says receiving participants in the meeting of the Standing Committee for Dialogue with religious figures of Palestine.

     






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    RUSSIA-UKRAINE
    A possible reconciliation between Moscow and Kiev

    Vladimir Rozanskij

    The Extraordinary Synod for the 100th anniversary of the restoration of the Moscow Patriarchate, called for a return to communion with the Kiev Patriarchate. Filaret's response, very positive, asks for forgiveness and offers forgiveness. For years there have been prevarications, expressions of hatred, seizures of churches. The invasion of Crimea has sharpened the division. The Ukrainian government rallies against.


    VATICAN-BANGLADESH-MYANMAR
    Not just Rohingya: Pope Francis’ message to Myanmar and Bangladesh

    Bernardo Cervellera

    News coverage overly focused on "saying / not saying" the word Rohingya. The Pope avoids trial by media, opting to outline constructive paths of hope. Full citizenship for dozens of ethnic groups and a development based on human dignity. The unity between the young and the different ethnic groups, admired by Buddhists and Muslims.


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