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  • 24/02/2018 - PHILIPPINES

    “Working with our brothers behind bars has been both frightening and, at the same time, fulfilling,” priest says. Quezon City Jail is the second largest prison in the Philippines. Built for 800 inmates, it currently holds 3,600.


    by Santosh Digal

    23/02/2018 - VATICAN

    Pope: A Day of Fasting and Prayer for South Sudan, Congo and Syria


    Francis recalled it at the conclusion of the spiritual exercises. The Spirit of God "also flies and works outside" the Church, "it also works in unbelievers, in 'pagans'".


    23/02/2018 - PHILIPPINES

    Mindanao, Colonel warns: 'Jihadists ready for insurrection'


    The Mautos have a force of about 200 fighters and have launched a series of clashes with the Manila army. They recruit new soldiers, thanks to money, guns and jewels stolen from the city's banks and private houses during the Marawi siege.


    23/02/2018 - RUSSIA - VATICAN

    Kirill: the meeting with Francis in Havana saved the world

    by Vladimir Rozanskij

    The conflict in Syria was likely to lead to a confrontation between Russians and Americans. With the Pope "we were able to agree on many important issues, above all by focusing on the dangerous situation that had arisen in Syria".


    22/02/2018 - CHINA – VATICAN

    Chinese priest talks about the enflamed climate surrounding China-Vatican talks

    by Cheng Zhi

    Some media in favour of a deal speak in "disgusting" ways. Those who oppose it are not against an agreement or against diplomatic relations, but are against reaching one at any cost. "[W]here does the Church truly exercise her rights?"  The author is a priest in the underground Church in eastern China.


    22/02/2018 - VATICAN

    Pope to the young: Like Mary, do not be afraid. The WYD is for the brave


    The Message for the 33rd World Youth Day, which will be celebrated on 25 March next at the diocesan level, released today. Bearing in mind the October Synod, the Pope urges young people to "not fear", to "name" their fears and to live in discernment of  God's call to a "love full of audacity and entirely projected towards the gift of self".


    21/02/2018 - VATICAN-CHINA-RUSSIA

    The Ostpolitik of today and the 'outgoing' Church (III)

    by Stefano Caprio*

    The collapse of Soviet communism gave reason to the Vatican political choices in opening up to Russia and Eastern Europe. The new Ostpolitik announces a new world without geographic or confessional delineations. Pope Francis pushes the Church towards the peripheries and towards the high sea, as St. John Paul II had hoped. Part III of an expert analysis.


    19/02/2018 - PHILIPPINES

    Church offers prayers and solidarity to Filipino migrants abroad

    by Santosh Digal

    About ten million Filipinos work abroad. From January to November last year, they sent home about 1.4 trillion pesos (US$ 2.6 billion). They often endure abuse and exploitation. The country’s bishops back the government’s "the total ban" on workers going to Kuwait.


    19/02/2018 - VATICAN-RUSSIA-CHINA

    The old and new Ostpolitik of the Holy See (I)

    by Stefano Caprio*

    The Vatican’s latest openings to China resemble the path traced by the old Ostpolitik of Card. Agostino Casaroli. Then as now, the Holy See’s moves have provoked and provoke disagreements, criticism and charges of forgetting the persecuted Church and human rights violations. Casaroli himself had doubts about his effectiveness, although he was eager to implement the dimension of dialogue, rediscovered with the Second Vatican Council. Part One.


    18/02/2018 - VATICAN

    Pope: Lent: temptation, conversion and good news


    At the Angelus, Pope Francis emphasizes that Lent is a time of "spiritual training" to overcome evil in us and around us. "In our life we ​​always need conversion, and the Church makes us pray for this". "Only God can give us true happiness: it is useless to waste our time looking for it elsewhere, in riches, in pleasures, in power, in careers". The invitation to young people to participate - even online – in the meeting in preparation for the October Synod. Message of affection to prisoners. A remembrance in prayer for the beginning of the Roman Curia’s spiritual exercises.


    17/02/2018 - HONG KONG - CHINA - VATICAN

    The Church 'doesn't care about politics and human rights' ... Wrong!

    by John Mok Cit Wai

    In an attempt to please China, several commentators dare to conceal or manipulate the teaching of the Church. The Church's mission is linked to support for human rights and commitment to society. Jesus never challenged the Roman Empire, but created a revolution. Msgr Romero defending the poor and the Church, had to face the military junta. A comment by John Mok Cit Wai.


    16/02/2018 - VATICAN

    Pope: fasting is real when concerned with helping others


    Fasting is "stripping oneself a little"; maybe thanking the Lord because we are able to fast: "poor people", they must fast because they do not have anything to eat "and you even despise them ". Do penance in peace: "You cannot talk to God on one side and talk to the devil on the other" because it is inconsistent.


    16/02/2018 - VATICAN

    Young people from all over the world in Rome in preparation for the October Synod


    From March 19 to 24, the Pre-Synodal Meeting will prepare a document that will flow into the working document of the Synod. An encounter to "listen" to young people. To participate concretely through social media, young people will simply have to go to the website www.synod2018.va, where they will find the link to register with the Facebook Group of one of the 6 languages ​​provided.


    15/02/2018 - USA-CHINA

    South China Sea, US Navy: 'Seven new bases built by Beijing'


    Facilities include hangars, barracks, radar, armed positions and 3 km-long landing strips. To counter the expansionist ambitions of China, the US relies on the historical regional allies.


    15/02/2018 - VATICAN

    Pope encourages young priests to seek guidance in older priests


    The ages in the priesthood, with their peculiar characteristics, risks and potentialities were the subject of which Pope Francis spoke today to the clergy of Rome gathered in the Basilica of St. John Lateran for the traditional meeting of the beginning of Lent.


    14/02/2018 - VATICAN

    Lent is a time to defeat the demons of distrust, apathy and resignation, says pope


    In celebrating Ash Wednesday, Francis calls on the faithful to look and contemplate "the real face of Christ crucified out of love for everyone, without exception” and to “Return to the house of your Father”.


    14/02/2018 - PHILIPPINES-KUWAIT

    Manila, abuse and violence: 'Total ban' on Filipino workers going to Kuwait


    There are over 250 thousand Filipino workers in the Middle-Eastern country. Domestic workers are not covered by the Emirate’s labor laws. President Duterte al Kuwait: "Is there something wrong with your culture and your values?"


    13/02/2018 - PHILIPPINES

    The diocese of San Jose promoting organic farming

    by Santosh Digal

    Farming is the main activity for 80 per cent of the population of a region known as the country’s rice greenery. The local Church has undertaken various social development initiatives, including women’s empowerment and a feeding programme for children.


    13/02/2018 - VATICAN

    Pope: Mass with Patriarch Youssef, for 'a Crucified People'


    "We offer this Mass for the people, for the suffering people, for the Christians persecuted in the Middle East, who give their lives, give their goods, their properties because they are driven away".


    13/02/2018 - GREAT BRITAIN-CHINA

    London sends warship to South China Sea: 'Our right'


    The waters disputed by China, Vietnam, Taiwan, the Philippines, Brunei and Malaysia. The HMS Sutherland will arrive in Australia and cross them on the way back. London: "Vigilance to any form of malign intent from China". There are vast deposits of oil, gas in the ocean and trade routes worth 5 trillion US dollars annually.


    12/02/2018 - VATICAN

    Pope: patience, virtue of those who are persecuted, like Christians in the Middle East


    Unlike "defeat" and "resignation", Christian patience is the "virtue" of "those on a journey". "And when you go on a journey, many things happen that are not always good. The attitude of parents when a sick or disabled child is born, tells me so much about patience on the journey. 'But thank God he is alive!': These are the patient people".


    12/02/2018 - VATICAN – BANGLADESH

    Pope and Bangladesh leader discuss coexistence between religions and Rohingya


    The Church's contribution to the country, especially in education, was discussed. So was the government’s commitment to peaceful coexistence between the various religious communities and defence of minorities and refugees.


    11/02/2018 - VATICAN

    Pope: With hearts turned toward Lourdes, we contemplate Jesus as the true physician of our bodies and souls


    During the Angelus, Pope Francis said that today is the World Day of the Sick. The pontiff also registered via the Internet for World Youth Day in Panama in January 2019, and mentioned that 23 February will be day of prayer and fasting for peace in the Democratic Republic of Congo.


    09/02/2018 - PHILIPPINES

    International Day against human trafficking marked in Manila


    Some 40 million people are victims each year, including about 150,000 Filipinos. Catholics work closely with government agencies. For Mgr Ruperto Cruz Santos, education, outreach, and policy programmes are among their priorities.


    09/02/2018 - VATICAN

    Pope calls for 'serious examination' of complicities that exist in human trafficking


    "Experience shows that such modern forms of slavery are far more widespread than previously imagined, even – to our scandal and shame –within the most prosperous of our societies," he told the "Santa Marta Group".


    08/02/2018 - PHILIPPINES

    Silsilah, dialogue and education at the centre of World Interfaith Harmony Week


    Celebration the transforming power of the love of God and the love of neighbour for the common good’ was the theme of the 2018 edition. About 250 Muslim teachers took part in the meeting, together with Zamboanga’s most respected religious leaders. For Fr Sebastiano D’Ambra, “the reflections of some of the Muslim leaders” were in line with the pope’s message against violence in the name of religion.


    08/02/2018 - VATICAN

    Pope: a sinner can become a saint, but a corrupt person can’t


    "And here is the problem of the weakening of the heart. When the heart begins to weaken, it is not like a situation of sin: you commit a sin, and you realize it immediately. “I have committed this sin”; it’s clear. Weakness of the heart is a slow journey, that slides along step by step, step by step, step by step…".


    07/02/2018 - VATICAN

    Pope: join forces to prevent trafficking in people and protect victims


    Francis appeal on World Day against Trafficking. The hope of "a world in which conflicts can be resolved peacefully through dialogue and mutual respect" urged by the joint parade of the two Koreas at the Olympics. During the Mass, the Gospel should be heard "with an open heart" and the homily should be prepared and last "no more than 10 minutes".


    07/02/2018 - VATICAN-CHINA

    Msgr. Sanchez Sorondo in Wonderland

    by Bernardo Cervellera

    The President of the Pontifical Academy of Sciences exalts China as the best implementer of the Churches’ social doctrine. The bishop seems oblivious to the shantytowns of Beijing and Shanghai, the expulsion of migrants, oppression of religious freedom. Appreciation for the Paris Climate Agreement, but silence on the links between wealth, corruption and pollution. An ideological approach that makes a laughing stock of the Church.






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    BANGLADESH
    Snehonir, the 'house of tenderness' for the disabled (photos)



    Founded 25 years ago by Shanti Rani Sisters and PIME missionaries in Rajshahi, the facility is open to the mentally and physically disabled, deaf, blind, orphans, poor, and abandoned. The guiding principle is to start them in life.


    KOREA
    Defeated on ice, but 'first' in history, joint Korean hockey team players hug



    After losing to Sweden in their last match, the Korean team ends up in seventh place. Players burst into tears at their imminent separation. "Politicians made that executive decision [to have a joint team]. Our players and staff are the ones that made it work,” said the team’s proud Canadian coach. One South Korean athlete hopes the country is proud of them. "It was bigger than hockey."


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