23 January 2018
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  • 23/01/2018 - MALAYSIA

    Jesus “will never abandon us,” writes Mgr John Wong in his Chinese New Year message: 16 February, start of the Year of the Dog according to the lunar calendar.




    23/01/2018 - SYRIA

    Nuncio in Damascus: mortar fire against the old city still causing victims among Christians


    Some rockets fired from the enclave of Goutha killed at least eight people and wounded twenty. The dead include a 17-year-old girl and a child of three. For Card Zenari, the road to peace is still "very long"; in some areas of the country "disturbing chapters" have opened up. In the capital, the situation is "increasingly critical".


    23/01/2018 - INDIA

    Hindu radicals burn Christian church and shops in Jammu and Kashmir

    by Nirmala Carvalho

    The Sehal Christ Church attacked on January 16. Hindu fanatics wanted to "avenge" the alleged murder of a woman "forcibly converted ". Sajan K George: "In the Indian state, Christians are between the anvil and the hammer of nationalists and Muslims".


    23/01/2018 - HONG KONG - CHINA

    Editor Gui Minhai 'kidnapped' once again by the police, in front of two Swedish diplomats


    Gui is one of five publishers-booksellers kidnapped by the Chinese police in 2015. He was released last October, after a videotaped "confession". He was going to the Swedish embassy, ​​perhaps to emigrate. But his relatives live in Ningbo (Zhejiang) and could be used as "hostages" to force him into silence.


    23/01/2018 - MALDIVES

    Exiled Maldivian former president accuses China of land grab


    Mohamed Nasheed lives in exile in London. Beijing leased at least 16 atolls to build ports and infrastructure for its New Silk Road. The opposition leader also warns that Muslim extremists are a threat to the country.


    23/01/2018 - CHINA

    China is aging rapidly even though the one-child policy was lifted


    According to the National Bureau of Statistics, there were 630,000 fewer births in 2017. After the government decided in 2015 to allow couples to have two children, family planning officials predicted annual births would reach 20 million, and China’s population would rise to 1.45 billion from the current 1.39 billion, creating a stable labour force for economic growth.


    23/01/2018 - PHILIPPINES

    The Filipino Church to improve seminarian training


    Better preparation of future priests is meant to allow the Church to meet the new challenges of modern society. A five-day convention is underway in Cebu City to offer a more relevant and applicable policy in the Philippines. Pope Francis has been informed of the meeting.


    23/01/2018 - INDIA

    Orissa, 534 confirmations in the persecuted Church of Kandhamal

    by Purushottam Nayak

    Three Confirmation ceremonies were held in the district. In 2008, the Indian state was the scene of the most violent anti-Christian pogroms. 175 young people confirmed in the parish of St. Peter of Pobingia; 88 other young people in the parish of Saint Sebastian in Saramuli; 271 young people from the parish of St. Joseph of Godapur.


    23/01/2018 - VATICAN

    Pope: The economy and even robots must be at the service of the person


    In a message to the Davos Forum, Francis asks actors to try to achieve a just and inclusive society. " Even the most recent technologies are transforming economic models and the globalized world itself, which, conditioned by private interests and an ambition for profit at all costs, seem to favour further fragmentation and individualism, rather than to facilitate approaches that are more inclusive" .


    23/01/2018 - RUSSIA

    The culmination of the Orthodox Christmas: bathing in freezing waters

    by Vladimir Rozanskij

    Throughout the Christian East, the Feast of the Baptism of the Lord, celebrated on January 19, is even more important than Christmas. This year there was the "consecration of the oceans": the Arctic polar ocean at Tiksi; the Atlantic in Reykjavik; the Pacific in Thailand and Primorje on the Sea of ​​Japan; the Indian Ocean in the United Arab Emirates. The "extreme orthodoxy" of the holy bath of Vladimir Putin and of the journalist Ksenja Sobchak.


    23/01/2018 - JAPAN

    Kusatsu-Shirane volcano erupts leaving one dead and 14 injured


    It is located near a ski resort, 150 km from Tokyo. A hail of ash ad an avalanche. No volcanic activity had been recorded before the eruption.


    22/01/2018 - VATICAN – PERU

    Pope in Peru: Jesus is the antidote to the globalization of indifference


    Francis celebrated his last Mass in Peru before returning to Rome before 1.3 million people. In his address, he urged them not to flee, but to resist the temptation to hide from "daily situations of pain and injustice". He also noted that “Jesus invites his disciples to experience in the present a taste of eternity: the love of God and neighbour. He does this the only way he can, God’s way, by awakening tenderness and love of mercy.”


    22/01/2018 - ASIA

    Oxfam: 82 per cent of new wealth went to 1 per cent of the world population


    In 2017, the number of billionaires rose one every two days. Their wealth jumped by US$ 762 billion. In Indonesia, the 27 richest men own more than 100 million people. China saw a slight reduction in income disparity, but wealth disparity is up.


    22/01/2018 - HOLY LAND

    Week of Unity in Jerusalem: Christians as satellites around the only sun that is Christ


    The week (20-28 January) is currently underway in the Holy Land with Church members gathering at a different venue each day. Each Church members of other Churches to participate. Bridges are built “in truth."


    22/01/2018 - CHINA – VATICAN

    The Vatican asks legitimate bishops to step aside in favour of illegitimate ones

    by John Baptist Lin

    Last December, Mgr Peter Zhuang Jianjian of Shantou (Guangdong) was forced to go to Beijing where "a foreign prelate" from the Vatican asked him to leave his see to illicit bishop Joseph Huang Bingzhang. He had received the same request last October. Mgr Joseph Guo Xijin, ordinary bishop of Mindong, is expected to become the auxiliary or coadjutor of illicit Bishop Vincent Zhan Silu. Sinicizing the Chinese Church means supporting the principle of independence and follow the leadership of the Communist Party.


    22/01/2018 - PAKISTAN

    Six churches reopen in Abbottabad, Osama bin Laden’s city

    by Kamran Chaudhry

    The places of worship closed in December in the wake of an attack against the Methodist church in Quetta. Congregations meet in homes or rented premises. The official provincial approval has still not been given.


    22/01/2018 - VIETNAM-VATICAN

    Improving relations between Hanoi and the Vatican. Msgr.Camilleri on a pastoral visit

    by Paul Nguyen Hung

    "The Holy See is committed to promoting relations with the Government of Vietnam to contribute to the social life of the country". The Vatican delegation meets the Vietnamese Catholics. The Pope shares their joy, success and concerns.


    22/01/2018 - TURKEY - SYRIA

    Turkey launches land offensive against Syrian Kurds in Afrin. Fears of civilian victims


    Turkish soldiers, supported by the anti-Assad rebels and air raids, have crossed the borders invading the region. The Turkish objective is to create a 30 km buffer zone within the Syrian territory. A UN Security Council meeting is scheduled today.


    22/01/2018 - INDIA

    Tamil Nadu, Pentecostal pastor found hanged. He had received threats

    by Nirmala Carvalho

    Rev. Gideon Periyaswamy was 43 and led the Maknayeem church. He converted 25 years ago from Hinduism. In the past he had been harassed and humiliated. The Hindus "were not happy with the increase of the Christian faithful".


    22/01/2018 - PHILIPPINES-KUWAIT

    Duterte stops workers going to Kuwait over abuse, mistreatment


    Seven Filipino workers died in mysterious circumstances. "Situation no longer acceptable". There are over 250,000 Filipinos in Kuwait, the majority of whom are employed in service industry. Over 2.3 million Filipinos are registered as foreign workers. They send more than 1.6 billion euros home every month.


    22/01/2018 - CHINA-IRAN

    Sunken oil tanker slick extends over 300 sq. Km


    The oil spill spread in a few days. Danger for some marine species and for the migration of whales.


    21/01/2018 - VATICAN - PERU

    Pope in Peru: Young people, the heart can’t be “photoshopped”, because that’s where real love is found


    At the Angelus in the Plaza de Armas, Pope Francis calls on young people to follow Jesus with all of themselves, without discouragement, in the example of St. Martin of Porres, the half-caste saint. Silent prayer for peace in the Republic of the Congo. To the bishops, the example of St. Turibius of Mogrovejo, an indefatigable evangelizer: "Today we would call him a 'street bishop'". To the contemplative religious the invitation to pray for the unity of the Peruvian Church.


    21/01/2018 - VATICAN - PERU

    Pope in Peru: Combat violence against women


    In the Marian celebration in Trujillo, Francis speaks of Mary, "a mestiza Mother, because in her heart all races find a place, for love seeks out every possible way to love and to be loved". He recommends priests and consecrated to remember the moment of their vocation to be, like the apostles, bearers of joy and builders of community.


    20/01/2018 - VATICAN - PERU

    Pope in Peru: before the 'storms' of life, always trust in Jesus


    Francis in Trujillo, the second city of the country, hit last year by floods due to the "Niño costiero". "There are things, as you well know, that can not be improvised and much less are bought. The soul of a community is measured by how it manages to come together to face times of difficulty and adversity, in order to keep hope alive".


    20/01/2018 - UZBEKISTAN

    Mirziyoyev: 52 dead in bus fire, victims of unemployment


    The victims were all Uzbeks. Yesterday, the repatriation of bodies. 30 of them have already been identified. "We still have a lot to do for our people" forced to look for work abroad.


    20/01/2018 - VATICAN - PERU

    Pope in Peru: an integral ecology as an alternative to 'a model of development now overtaken'


    The meeting with authorities. "An outdated model of development [that] continues to produce human, societal and environmental decline" and corruption are threats against hope. Security "stems from the belief that Peru is a space of hope and opportunity ... but for everyone and not just for the few".


    20/01/2018 - TURKEY -SYRIA

    Afrin, Ankara launches the campaign to 'eliminate' the Syrian Kurds


    The bombings until the late yesterday evening: the heaviest since Erdogan raised the alert level . A senior Turkish official went to Moscow to get approval to launch an area campaign. Damascus warns: we could take down your planes. 


    20/01/2018 - CHINA

    Births, workforce and aging: The demographics scare Beijing


    The number of newborns fell to 17.23 million in 2017, from 17.86 million in 2016. The workforce has shrunk by over 5 million units. The social security system is at risk. Tangible signs of the damage of the harsh population control measures adopted by the government in the last forty years.


    20/01/2018 - PAKISTAN

    'By the Moors’, the new book by Pakistan’s youngest Christian writer

    by Shafique Khokhar

    Anee Muskan is 18 and lives in Lahore with her parents. The text is a collection of stories and poems. The author defines herself as a "book addict". Her family’s example; "competition" with her brothers. Persevering in reading and writing just like training one’s muscles.


    19/01/2018 - VATICAN – PERU

    Pope in Peru: Defending the Amazon, its land, its culture and above all its people


    Francis met today indigenous people whose land is threatened by business interests but also vy the type of conservationism that has no place for people. “I consider it essential to begin creating institutional expressions of respect, recognition and dialogue with the native peoples, acknowledging and recovering their native cultures, languages, traditions, rights and spirituality.”






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    CHINA – VATICAN
    The Vatican asks legitimate bishops to step aside in favour of illegitimate ones

    John Baptist Lin

    Last December, Mgr Peter Zhuang Jianjian of Shantou (Guangdong) was forced to go to Beijing where "a foreign prelate" from the Vatican asked him to leave his see to illicit bishop Joseph Huang Bingzhang. He had received the same request last October. Mgr Joseph Guo Xijin, ordinary bishop of Mindong, is expected to become the auxiliary or coadjutor of illicit Bishop Vincent Zhan Silu. Sinicizing the Chinese Church means supporting the principle of independence and follow the leadership of the Communist Party.


    VATICAN - PERU
    Pope in Peru: Young people, the heart can’t be “photoshopped”, because that’s where real love is found



    At the Angelus in the Plaza de Armas, Pope Francis calls on young people to follow Jesus with all of themselves, without discouragement, in the example of St. Martin of Porres, the half-caste saint. Silent prayer for peace in the Republic of the Congo. To the bishops, the example of St. Turibius of Mogrovejo, an indefatigable evangelizer: "Today we would call him a 'street bishop'". To the contemplative religious the invitation to pray for the unity of the Peruvian Church.


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