20 July 2017
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  • 20/07/2017 - INDIA

    The former governor of Bihar won with 66 per cent of the votes with the support of the Hindu nationalist party of Prime Minister Narendra Modi. A foregone conclusion, the outcome confirms the prime minister’s political acumen. The next Union elections are set for 2019. Once marginalised, Dalits are courted today given their size (16 per cent) in the electorate.




    20/07/2017 - ASIA

    Abu Dhabi, Hong Kong, Tokyo, Beijing and Shanghai among most sought-after destinations in 2017 City Index


    New York is still first, but Abu Dhabi and Hong Kong are second and third for business. The top ten includes Tokyo (fifth), Beijing (seventh), and Shanghai (tenth). The younger generation prefer Abu Dhabi and Tokyo. The data comes from the Ipsos Global survey of the best cities in which to live, work and visit.


    20/07/2017 - CHINA - INDIA

    Modi’s Hindu nationalism could trigger another war, the Global Times says


    A belligerent editorial in the Chinese Communist Party newspaper clarifies Beijing's position. Tensions have reignited between China and India near the border with Bhutan, on the Doklam plateau claimed by China. The armies have been facing off for about a month. India feels still surrounded.


    19/07/2017 - PAKISTAN

    Punjab, 16-year-old Christian boy accused of blasphemy, police denies access to parents


    Shahzad Masih worked as a sweeper at the Shahmim Riaz Hospital, Gujrat District. His accuser, Ishtiaq Qadri, is a member of Tehreek-e-Tuhafaz, an Islamist extremist party. Death threats have forced his family to flee. Now the boy could die.


    18/07/2017 - INDIA

    Pentecostal clergyman killed in Punjab. For Bishop Mulakkal, it is an attack on Christians

    by Nirmala Carvalho

    Rev Sultan Masih was the pastor of the Temple of God Church. He was gunned down whilst talking on his mobile. For the bishop of Jalandhar, "This attack against Christians has deeply wounded the whole community". The victim's family blocks motorway. A “lynching culture” prevails across the country, says Sajan K George.


    18/07/2017 - SRI LANKA

    For Sri Lanka’s prime minister, Buddhism will be dominant in constitution, but minorities ask not to be ignored

    by Melani Manel Perera

    Discussions are underway in Sri Lanka over changes to the 1978 constitution. Ranil Wikremasinghe tried to reassure some 70 Buddhist monks who made serious threats. For Anglican clergyman, “The ideal would be to separate state and religion." For Muslim leader in Colombo, “it is political drama”.


    18/07/2017 - VATICAN

    Pope on twitter reaches 35 million followers


    Benedict XVI launched the account 3 December 2012. Available in nine languages, it is one the most followed in the world with the most retweets. In recent weeks, the pope’s thoughts about Charlie Gard and very sick children was extensively retweeted.


    18/07/2017 - INDIA

    Our Lady of Carmel, the encounter with Jesus in “the suffering flesh of our brothers and sisters”


    Amid the frenzy of everyday life, the search for the meaning of life takes place. Those who reach Mount Carmel, like the prophet Elijah, serve as an example. God's quest for happiness “is so important and all-consuming that some persons are ready to give up literally everything for this”. “Not all of us are called to climb up a faraway mountain; but all of us can try to make a little space for silence in our hearts to allow the voice of the Lord to reach us.” Helping the neediest is a way to meet Jesus, as Mary did at the foot of the Cross.


    17/07/2017 - INDIA

    Catholic arrested in connection with smashed crosses in Goa, but some see a cover-up


    Francis Pereira, 54, reportedly confessed that he wanted to free “trapped souls". A group of experts wonder how one man could do so much damage. The general perception is that Hindu radicals "encouraged" the incidents.


    17/07/2017 - CHINA

    Liu Xiaobo: a torch that enlightens human civilization


    The testimony of the great nonviolent dissident is the highest contribution to humanity in the last (sterile) 500 years of Chinese history. A priest from North China offers an elegy in memory of Liu (and his wife).


    16/07/2017 - VATICAN

    Pope: Jesus invites us to look inward and carry our rocks and brambles in the confession


    "Let us ask ourselves if our heart is open to accept faithfully the seed of the Word of God. Let us ask ourselves if the rocks of idleness are still numerous and big. Let us identify and call by name the brambles of vices. Let us find the courage to clean properly the ground, bringing our rocks and brambles to the Lord in the confession and in prayer.”


    15/07/2017 - INDIA

    Crosses broken and cemetery desecrated in Goa due to religious hatred, Mgr Neri Ferrao says


    The broken crosses were left on the side of the road. Some 28 niches, five wooden crosses, nine granite crosses, 16 graves and the big entrance cross at the Guardian Angel cemetery were damaged. At a Hindu extremist meeting, a leader said “those who eat cow should be hanged in public,” noted Sajan K George.


    14/07/2017 - BANGLADESH

    Eleven Christians elected in local elections in Mymensingh

    by Sumon Corraya

    Voting took place yesterday in 56 Union Parishad, the country’s smallest administrative units. There are 4,554 in Bangladesh. “Once we were forced to flee to India because of persecution by Muslims. Later we realised that to save ourselves as a minority in this country, we had to get involved in politics,” said Protestant leader.


    14/07/2017 - INDIA

    Environmental court bans dumping of trash and bodies in the Ganges


    The ordinance applies to within 500 meters of the shore. You cannot build within 100 meters. Fines of up to 680 euros for those who break the rules. The leather-making industries in Uttar Pradesh will need to be moved. Ban on setting corpses afloat in river as per Hindus funerary tradition


    13/07/2017 - SRI LANKA

    Navy saves elephant stranded in the sea (video)


    Navy spokesman calls it a "miraculous escape". The animal tried to stay afloat with its trunk just above water. Elephants like to wade into sea waters.


    13/07/2017 - VATICAN

    Pope: visiting the sick or giving food to the poor "is already preaching"


    Francis’ message to the International Symposium on Catechesis in Buenos Aires, on the topic "Blessed are those who believe." "Being a catechist is a vocation of service in the Church, a gift of the Lord that changes lives."


    13/07/2017 - ASIA

    28.5% of world’s youth live in an Islamic country


    Secretary of the Organization of Islamic Cooperation: Young people can be "resources for their countries and for the world," but it is necessary to fight the social problems and the narrative that leads to violent extremism.  


    13/07/2017 - INDIA

    Maharashtra, another Muslim lynched in the name of "sacred cows" (Video)


    The "cow watchers" suspected that he was transporting cattle. The episode takes place a few hours after the Supreme Court ruling suspending the ban on beef. The issue of cows is fracturing Indian society.


    12/07/2017 - INDIA – YEMEN

    Abducted in Yemen, Fr Tom is still alive


    Yemen’s deputy prime minister made the announcement. His government will do everything possible to free the Salesian clergyman. India’s External Affairs Ministry offers its assistance to obtain the release.


    12/07/2017 - INDIA

    Supreme Court suspends ban on beef: it damages Muslims


    Judges have accepted the petition of All India Jamiatul Quresh Action Committee. The government will revisit the norm and may issue and exemption for buffalo meat, which accounts for almost all Indian bovine exports. 


    11/07/2017 - PAKISTAN

    Politics behind 465 executions since 2015 in Pakistan


    Justice Project Pakistan releases data for the period since the government lifted the moratorium on the death penalty. With 83 per cent, Punjab has the highest number of hangings. Crime has not declined since the death penalty was reintroduced. Death sentences are carried out "to make room" in overcrowded prisons.


    11/07/2017 - INDIA

    Hindu pilgrims killed in Kashmir. Bishop Machado: break the chain of hatred


    The faithful were on board a coach, returning from the temple of Amarnath. The bus was caught in the cross fire. Assault fuels tension. "No ideology can teach peace." "Peace comes with a conversion of the heart."


    10/07/2017 - INDIA

    Mother Teresa's white and blue sari becomes a registered trademark

    by Nirmala Carvalho

    The trademark was registered on the day the Mother of the Poor was canonised after application was made in 2013. The sari is a symbol of peace and charity all over the world. "The Cross worn on the left shoulder symbolises that for the Missionaries of Charity Jesus on the Cross is the key to the heart."


    10/07/2017 - INDIA – CHINA – TIBET

    The Dalai Lama’s 82nd birthday sparks Beijing’s anger against Delhi


    A Chinese Communist Party's newspaper slams the celebrations, which saw the Tibetan flag hoisted. For the paper, India uses the “Tibet card” in its diplomatic relations with Beijing; however, "more Western countries have snubbed the Dalai Lama." The incident raises the possibility of trade sanctions.


    10/07/2017 - INDIA

    Supreme Court: Ganges 'not a living being'


    The judges overturn a ruling by the Upper Court of Uttarakhand. The river is highly polluted by industrial waste, urbanization, pesticides. The new legal status threatened to make the river responsible for flood damage.


    09/07/2017 - VATICAN

    Pope: Jesus "does not take the Cross from us, but carries it with us", let us entrust people and situations to him


    “So many goals are illusory: they promise some respite and distraction, they guarantee peace and fun, only to leave the same solitude as before,  they are "fireworks". That is why Christ indicated where to go:"Come to me".


    08/07/2017 - VATICAN

    Card Sarah: Ensure the validity of bread and wine for the Eucharist


    Letter from the Congregation for Divine Worship. Bishops must ensure that the material for the celebration is valid: wheat bread and grape wine. The exceptions for celiac and for those who do not drink wine but can drink mustum. Verification is needed because today these products are also sold in supermarkets and via the internet.


    08/07/2017 - UN

    Over 100 countries vote for the prohibition of nuclear arms, but big powers rebel


    The text was approved with 122 votes in favor, one against, one abstention. But none of the nine nuclear countries -  US, Russia, China, France, Great Britain, India, Pakistan, North Korea, Israel - took part in the debate or vote. Vatican support and the appreciation of UN Secretary-General Guterres.


    08/07/2017 - INDIA -ISRAEL

    Modi signs defense and technology deals in Israel but ‘forgets’ about the Palestinians


    A visit to Jerusalem and Tel Aviv from July 4 to 6. Narendra Modi is the first Indian premier to travel to Israel. signed agreements include a $ 40 million package for innovation; Contracts worth $ 2.6 billion for defense and $ 4.3 billion for business. The prime minister does not visit Ramallah and the Palestinians.


    07/07/2017 - BANGLADESH

    Christian families face problems like internet, drugs, consumerism, extramarital affairs

    by Sumon Corraya

    The bishop of Rajshahi spoke at the sixth meeting of Christian couples. “[C]hildren are not a misfortune from God,” he said. Christian students "from wealthy families get lazy”. Many parents hide their children’s drug addition when instead, they should seek help from the Church.






    Editor's choices

    CHINA
    Liu Xiaobo: a torch that enlightens human civilization



    The testimony of the great nonviolent dissident is the highest contribution to humanity in the last (sterile) 500 years of Chinese history. A priest from North China offers an elegy in memory of Liu (and his wife).


    INDIA
    Crosses broken and cemetery desecrated in Goa due to religious hatred, Mgr Neri Ferrao says



    The broken crosses were left on the side of the road. Some 28 niches, five wooden crosses, nine granite crosses, 16 graves and the big entrance cross at the Guardian Angel cemetery were damaged. At a Hindu extremist meeting, a leader said “those who eat cow should be hanged in public,” noted Sajan K George.


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