28 April 2017
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  • 28/04/2017 - EGYPT – VATICAN

    In his address to Egyptian authorities, Francis stressed Egypt’s role and responsibility in the future of the region. "In the fragile and complex situation of today’s world, which I have described as ‘a world war being fought piecemeal’, it needs to be clearly stated that no civilized society can be built without repudiating every ideology of evil, violence and extremism that presumes to suppress others and to annihilate diversity by manipulating and profaning the Sacred Name of God.”




    28/04/2017 - EGYPT - VATICAN

    Pope in Egypt: The future depends on the encounter of religions and cultures


    Francis in Cairo intervenes at the Peace Conference organized by Al-Ahram. Never commit violence in the name of God. "Without giving in to forms of facile syncretism,  our task is that of praying for one another, imploring from God the gift of peace, encountering one another, engaging in dialogue and promoting harmony in the spirit of cooperation and friendship."


    28/04/2017 - ISLAM – VATICAN – EGYPT

    A Muslim writes to the pope: Dear Pope Francis . . .

    by Kamel Abderrahmani

    He admires the charity shown by the pontiff towards Syrian Muslim refugees, and his push in favour of love and against hatred. Islamic scholars are not like this, he says, they do not denounce Daesh’s hatred and do nothing for Christians. He calls on the pontiff to press President to Sisi and Al Azhar to reform Islam. Without this Al Azhar risks being the academy of world fundamentalism. Here is the letter from our friend and collaborator Kamel Abderrahmani.


    28/04/2017 - SOUTH KOREA - USA

    Seoul and Washington discuss who pays for anti-missile system


    Costs amount to about one billion dollars. Trump: "It would be worthwhile to pay." Seoul: "The South Korean government provides site and facilities, the United States pays for installation and management." Washington: "Renegotiate or terminate" the free trade agreement.


    27/04/2017 - EGYPT – VATICAN

    For Indian Jesuit, the pope’s visit of peace in Egypt will make history


    Fr Bimal Kerketta has lived in Egypt for 14 years. Pope Francis is a "man of peace. He has resisted terror and extremism [. . .] with great courage and wisdom.” Egyptians love him because despite threats and the tragic attacks against the two Coptic churches, he has not postponed his visit.


    27/04/2017 - TIBET – CHINA

    Tibet remembers Panchen Lama, held by Beijing for 22 years


    Gedhun Choekyi was six years old when he was kidnapped. Since then, he has been held incommunicado. This week Tibetans marked his 28th birthday. Beijing seeks to impose itself on the future of Tibetan Buddhism, but Tibetans demand the lama’s release.


    27/04/2017 - CHINA – VATICAN

    Police raid at the underground Catholic Mass in Heilongjiang


    Acting together, the Religious Affairs Bureau, Public Security and the United Front carried out the operation. Seized before Easter, the bishop of Wenzhou is back home. Bishop Guo Xijin of Mindong is still in police custody. The confrontation with the Vatican increases.


    27/04/2017 - VATICAN

    Pope: The Christian's life is not witness to an idea, but to obedience to God


    Becoming a "witness to obedience" is "a grace of the Holy Spirit," and we must ask for it. "It is a grace we must seek, 'Father, Lord Jesus, send me your Spirit so that I may become a witness of obedience, that is, a Christian.'


    27/04/2017 - KOREA - USA - CHINA

    The US deploy Thaad. Trump retracts war messages against Pyongyang


    US intelligence: "Pressure on the North through economic sanctions and diplomacy". Admiral Harry Harris: "Make Kim Jong-un reason." US troops in South Korea start deploying the controversial anti-missile system. Clashes between residents and police: 10 injured. Beijing's anger and economic retaliation on the South.


    26/04/2017 - CHINA

    Five Protestants sentenced up to five years in prison in Xinjiang


    All five attended a bible study group as part of a group of 40 Christians. They were arrested for “gathering a crowd to disrupt social order”. Prosecutors reportedly sent the case back twice for further investigation before indicting them. All five pleaded not guilty and said they would appeal the verdict.


    26/04/2017 - VATICANO

    Pope: Jesus will walk with us to the end of the earth, every day of our lives


    We will never cease to be "a concern for God's heart," because He is a God “passionate” for man, so tenderly loving as to be incapable of separating Himself from him." " Christian hope finds its root in fact not in the attraction of the future but in the certainty of what God has promised us and realized in Jesus Christ." "Our existence is a pilgrimage, a journeyEven all those who are moved by a simply human hope perceive the seduction of the horizon, which drives them to explore worlds they still do not know. Our spirit is a migrant soul "


    26/04/2017 - CHINA

    Beijing launches first aircraft carrier built on Chinese soil


    It is the second in the history of the fleet. The government has started construction in 2015. The scheduled start-up will not be before 2020. The launch worries Washington and its allies concerned about the Chinese military presence in the region. 


    26/04/2017 - HONG KONG-CHINA

    Two local parliamentarians Yau Wai-ching and Baggio Leung arrested

    by Paul Wang

    The two were disqualified from Legco for having sworn an oath offensive to China and for expressing "independent" views on Hong Kong. Criticism of Beijing’s heavy hand  in the territory.


    25/04/2017 - CHINA

    Court postpones Xie Yang’s trial without reason with protesters and diplomats present


    Accused of "inciting subversion of state power," the lawyer is one of the more prominent 709 crackdown lawyers and activists detained since 2015. “We are following this case very closely,” EU official says.


    25/04/2017 - EGYPT – VATICAN – ISLAM

    Catholic patriarch of Alexandria: Pope Francis’s visit will mark a renewal of the Church in Egypt

    by Loula Lahham

    Anba Ibrahim Isaac Sidrak describes his joy for Pope Francis’s visit and his uneasiness towards his country, hit by terrorism. He talks about the fraternal relations with Tawadros II and those with Al Azhar and President el-Sisi, as well as the renewal of the Church with new bodies, social tasks, and enhanced role for the lay men and women.


    25/04/2017 - KOREA – UNITED STATES – CHINA

    Pyongyang celebrates military by threatening Washington


    North Korea carried outs its largest military exercise near the eastern city of Wonsan. North Korean says, "we will stage the most brutal punishment of a pre-emptive attack”. South Korea and the United States are monitoring a possible nuclear test or missile launch. A US Navy strike group is sailing to the Korean Peninsula this weekend.


    25/04/2017 - VATICAN-EGYPT

    Pope Francis in a video message: Dear people of Egypt ...

    by Papa Francesco

    25/04/2017 - VATICAN

    Pope: Our mission is 'to go where Jesus is not known or where Jesus is persecuted'


    On St. Mark's Day, Pope Francis emphasizes the urgency of announcing the Gospel "on the road, never sitting still" without looking for "life insurance". The style of proclamation is humility. "The proclamation of the Gospel if it is true, suffers temptation." But "He works with us."


    25/04/2017 - VATICAN - EGYPT

    Pope Francis in Egypt, without an armored car. Program of visit


    Plans for Pope to tour among faithful in a golf car. The theme of the visit is "The Pope of Peace in Egypt of Peace". After visiting Al-Sisi and the great imam of Al Azhar, Francis will participate in the International Peace Conference organized by Al Tayyeb. A prayer for the martyrs of terrorism near the Coptic cathedral, where there was an attack in December. A meeting with the children of Cairo and with young pilgrims.


    25/04/2017 - ISLAM

    The roots of violent Islamism are in Islam, the words of a Muslim

    by Kamel Abderrahmani

    After every terrorist attack, there is the tendency to say, "This is not Islam." Yet those criminal acts are justified and inspired by texts that are the reference point for Muslims and Islamic institutions worldwide. There is an urgent need to reform Islam from within, by the Muslims themselves. Coexistence with other religions is the way to remove Islam from sclerosis and stagnation.


    24/04/2017 - CHINA

    Political indoctrination in Chinese universities

    by Zi Yang

    In China, ideological indoctrination is expanding in universities, despites signs of growing student rejection, this according to Zi Yang, an independent researcher and consultant on China affairs. He holds an M.A. from Georgetown University and a B.A. from George Mason University. Courtesy of the Jamestown Foundation.


    24/04/2017 - CHINA

    A wife’s 2,000-mile journey to see her jailed activist husband


    Zhang Haitao was arrested in 2015 and sentenced to 19 years in prison for some online posts. Since he was incarcerated last December, he has not seen either his wife or newly born child. On 19 April, his wife set out to visit him in the Xinjian desert.


    24/04/2017 - VATICAN

    Pope: Christianity is "concrete": the Word "made flesh, not an idea"


    "The Lord gives us all this Easter Spirit, to travel the paths of the Spirit without compromise, without stiffness, with the freedom to proclaim Jesus Christ as He came: in the flesh."


    24/04/2017 - US-CHINA-JAPAN-NORTH KOREA

    Trump, Xi and Abe discuss Pyongyang's threats


    Japan with the US: All options open, including military. North Korea says it is ready to sink "an American carrier". Another American citizen arrested.


    23/04/2017 - VATICAN

    Pope: Mercy is a form of knowledge that opens the door of the mind and heart


    On the Sunday of Divine Mercy, established by Saint John Paul II, Francis reiterated the importance of the experience of mercy, "the concrete form in which we give visibility to the resurrection of Jesus". He also explained the meaning of Sunday ‘in Albis’, and thanked those who sent him Easter greetings.


    22/04/2017 - VATICAN

    Pope: The persecution of Christians comes from the devil's hatred


    Francis went to the basilica of St Bartholomew on the Tiber, which, after the Jubilee of 2000, was dedicated to the memory of the new martyrs of the 20th and 21st century. “The memory of these heroic, old and recent witnesses confirms us in the awareness that the Church is a Church of martyrs,” the pope said. “Refugee camps are concentration camps. They [refugees] are left there, because international agreements seem more important than human rights."


    22/04/2017 - NORTH KOREA – CHINA

    Pyongyang against everybody, threatening “catastrophic consequences” against China


    Without naming it, a commentary published today slams China accusing it of " dancing to the tune of someone” else. As China scales back coal imports from North Korea, fears grow. Pyongyang responds to US threats by warning that it is not afraid of war.


    22/04/2017 - VIETNAM – CHINA

    Catholics outraged by bad-mannered Chinese visitors in Nha Trang cathedral

    by Nguyen Hung

    The local Communist Party section told the parish to keep the church open to visitors. Parishioners are opposed to this because Chinese tourists are aggressive towards worshippers, cause degradation and undermine local cultural traditions. For Catholics, protecting the building’s sacredness is a duty.


    22/04/2017 - VATICAN

    Vatican releases message on Buddha’s feast day (Vesakh), stresses shared path of nonviolence


    Religions must work together because religion is often used to justify violence. Christians and Buddhists recognise the need to heal evil in the heart where it originates. They must promote peace education and respect for the environment as well as reject "hate speech" in the media and rebuild "broken societies".


    21/04/2017 - CHINA

    Voice of America cuts interview with Guo Wengui over rampant corruption in China


    A webcast with the magnate was interrupted under pressure from the Chinese government. Guo wanted to speak about corruption among China’s Communist leaders. Beijing got Interpol to issue an arrest warrant against him. Guo accuses Wang Qishan and his family. Wang is the public face of China’s anti-corruption drive, and Xi’s close friend.


    21/04/2017 - CHINA

    Toxic ponds near Tianjin. Contradictory campaign against pollution


    For years, chemical and galvanic companies have been pouring waste into three ponds as large as 42 soccer fields. Those who have exposed the problem are silenced. Meanwhile, the Ministry for Environmental Protection has found that 69% of Beijing-Tainjin-Hebei companies do not observe anti-pollution rules. A prize to those who denounce it.






    Editor's choices

    VATICAN-EGYPT
    Pope Francis in a video message: Dear people of Egypt ...

    Papa Francesco

    To mark his upcoming visit to the country (28-29 April), Pope Francis today sent a video message to the Egyptian people. " Our world, torn by blind violence, which has also afflicted the heart of your dear land – needs peace, love and mercy; it needs workers for peace. "


    ISLAM
    The roots of violent Islamism are in Islam, the words of a Muslim

    Kamel Abderrahmani

    After every terrorist attack, there is the tendency to say, "This is not Islam." Yet those criminal acts are justified and inspired by texts that are the reference point for Muslims and Islamic institutions worldwide. There is an urgent need to reform Islam from within, by the Muslims themselves. Coexistence with other religions is the way to remove Islam from sclerosis and stagnation.


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