19 February 2017
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  • 18/02/2017 - INDONESIA

    She won in Singkawan (West Kalimantan) defeating three competitors. She follows Confucianism. The city is majority Chinese, where everyone speaks the Hakka language. 


    by Mathias Hariyadi

    18/02/2017 - KOREA - MALAYSIA

    North Korean arrested in connection with the murder of Kim Jong-nam


    So far, suspects included an Indonesian, her Malaysian boyfriend, and a Vietnamese. Silence in Pyongyang. But the North Korean ambassador in Kuala Lumpur demands that the autopsy be carried out in the presence of his representatives. Hypothesis for murder: He did not obey his brother’s order to return home. Kim Jong-nam was seeking asylum in a foreign country. 


    17/02/2017 - BANGLADESH

    After a young Muslim is killed in Lokhipur, Catholics feel threatened and flee

    by Sumon Corraya

    The murder of a young man, who had a criminal record, has become a pretext for hatred against the Christian community. As the investigation gets underway, some local Muslims have threatened retaliation: “They killed one of ours, we will kill ten of them.” Christian leaders fear becoming targets, “ask for security”.


    17/02/2017 - MYANMAR

    A former officer behind Muslim lawyer’s murder but doubts about the official version remain

    by Francis Khoo Thwe

    President’s Office reports that Ko Ni was killed by Aung Win Khaing, a former senior army officer, in order to destabilise the country at a time of strong ethnic and sectarian tensions. Many “people continue to wonder who the true instigator is, and what is behind the murder,” source tells AsiaNews.


    17/02/2017 - VATICAN

    Pope: Unity in Diversity, where there is no dialogue there is violence


    Visiting the University of Roma Tre, Francis answers questions from students. The fundamental importance of dialogue, the search for "truth, goodness and beauty"; unity that needs differences; integration and "respect" as a response to the fear of the migrant, "but each country has to see what number it can accommodate. It's true: you cannot welcome [migrants] if there are no possibilities[for them]".


    17/02/2017 - THAILAND

    Buddhist Supreme Patriarch tells Muslims and Hindus that living peacefully together is the goal of every religion’s teachings


    Taan Chao Khun Phra Somdej Ariyawongsagatanana met the representative of the advisor to the king on Islamic affairs and the head of the Hindu community. Teaching religion is key to peaceful coexistence between the communities. “In Thailand, everyone is free to profess their religion and there is no difference among the believers."


    16/02/2017 - SINGAPORE

    Singapore cathedral reopens after three years of restoration (video)


    The restoration work was completed in November 2016. The cathedral’s dedication will be marked by 12 days of celebration. Many government officials were present at the event. Singapore’s oldest Catholic church has a long history. For Archbishop William, it is true image of the “Mother Church."


    16/02/2017 - VATICAN

    Pope: “inclusion enriches every community and society”


    Francis met with a delegation of athletes from Special Olympics, a global organisation present in 170 countries dedicated to sports for youth and adults with mental disabilities. " Sport also helps us to spread a culture of encounter and solidarity,” said the pontiff. “Together, athletes and helpers show us that there are no obstacles or barriers which cannot be overcome.”


    16/02/2017 - VATICAN

    Pope: we must keep the peace, but it is not easy because war begins in the human heart


    "Within each of us is that seed of original sin, that is, the spirit of Cain which – for envy, jealousy, greed, and the desire to dominate – leads to war ". " give us the grace to say: ‘War is finished, crying. War is finished in my heart; war is finished in my family; war is finished in my neighborhood; war is finished in my workplace; war is finished in the world.’ In this way shall the dove, rainbow, and Covenant be strengthened".

     


    16/02/2017 - VIETNAM

    Catholics assaulted by police for rallying against nation’s worst environmental disaster

    by Joseph Nguyen

    The protest of the faithful of Song Ngoc parish to raise public awareness. The pastor wounded. Protesters braved police beatings and injuries. Ten months ago a Formosa plant dumped 12 thousand cubic meters of toxic liquid at sea. The central regions of the country are on their knees, compensation of 500 million dollars has never been distributed to the population.

     


    16/02/2017 - KOREA-MALAYSIA

    Women suspected of Kim Jong-nam murder arrested


    One has an Indonesian passport; the other Vietnamese. The Malaysian police thinks that four men are also implicated. Visits by Pyongyang embassy representatives to the Kuala Lumpur forensic center. Increase protection for all high-profile North Korean refugees in Seoul.

     


    16/02/2017 - INDONESIA

    Elections in Jakarta: Election of governor goes to run off

    by Mathias Hariyadi

    In the first round the outgoing governor "Ahok", a Christian at the center of a story of a blasphemy case, won 43% of the votes. His rival Baswedan, a Muslim, just below the 40% threshold. Decisive 17% of the votes won by the eldest son of former President Yudhoyono. The vote took place without incident. Second round to be held on 19 April.

     


    15/02/2017 - THAILAND

    Thai cardinal offers cooperation to new Buddhist patriarch for the nation’s peace

    by Weena Kowitwanij

    The archbishop of Bangkok and president of the Bishops' Conference met Umporn Umparow. The cardinal said that the common goal is "peaceful coexistence" and making Thailand a "model" for other nations. Catholics admire the new Patriarch for his "irreproachable behaviour".


    15/02/2017 - VATICAN

    Pope: Hope is "certain", based on the fact that God is right here with all of us


    It is “an extraordinary gift of which we are called to make ourselves “channels” for all, with humility and simplicity". "We are invited to boast of the abundance of grace of which we are pervaded in Jesus Christ, through faith" and "our greatest pride is to have God as a Father who has no preference, who excludes no one, but who opens his home to all human beings, beginning with the last and most distant".


     


    14/02/2017 - PHILIPPINES

    For Justice and Peace Forum, the cry of the earth is also the cry of the poor


    The 10th meeting of the Justice and Peace Workers' Asia-Pacific Forum is underway in Manila to review and boost their response to today’s challenges, in particular climate change, environmental degradation, and their impact on the marginalised.


    14/02/2017 - MYANMAR

    For Card Bo, only Mary can bring together "races, religions, and languages" in the Myanmar conflict

    by Francis Khoo Thwe

    About 100,000 people of all religions took part in the annual pilgrimage to the Marian shrine of Nyaunglebin. For Card Bo, the Queen of Peace is the only one who can bring about the miracle of unity. He calls for prayers to make this nation "more peaceful", and names six "jars" to heal the country’s wounds.


    13/02/2017 - INDONESIA

    Indonesian Catholics to take part in local elections amid tensions and threats

    by Mathias Hariyadi

    Local elections are set for Wednesday. Some associations call for a “choice based on the interest of [. . .] the nation,” and the defence of a pluralistic state.


    13/02/2017 - VIETNAM

    Bùi Thị Minh Hằng, a Vietnamese activist for human rights and religious freedom, has been released

    by Hung Quoc

    She spent three years in prison after a conviction on false charges. Redemptorists in Saigon took her in on the evening of her release. Quickly, she reiterated her commitment to human rights and democracy. Prison, she said, "helps activists grow in the peaceful struggle."


    13/02/2017 - VATICAN

    Pope: jealousy and envy can destroy the bond of brotherhood, even among priests and bishops


    "This process must be nipped in the bud, at the very first sign of bitterness, stop. The bitterness is not Christian. Sorrow yes, bitterness no. Resentment is not Christian. Sorrow yes, bitterness no ".


    13/02/2017 - MYANMAR

    Aung San Suu Kyi: ethnic groups, sign ceasefire and join peace movement


    The Burmese leader has intervened in a ceremony commemorating the 70th anniversary of the Panglong Conference. A common effort to put an end to all the violence that bloody the country. Peace remains a priority. However, ethnic clashes and sectarian conflicts jeopardize the process.

     


    12/02/2017 - VATICAN

    Pope: insulting and offending the dignity of the person is "in line" with murder


    Some behaviours "are the premise and reveal the same malevolence" of killing. "Like stealing, corruption and all other sins, adultery is first conceived in our hearts and once the wrong choice is made in the heart, it is then followed in actual behaviour.”


    11/02/2017 - VATICAN

    Pope Francis sends the archbishop of Warsaw to Medjugorje only for pastoral reasons


    The pope wants to understand more the needs of the faithful who come on pilgrimage to Bosnia-Herzegovina. The commission that investigated the authenticity of the apparitions finished its work long ago. Francis often jokes about ‘Our Lady the postwoman’ delivering appearances on command, or the ‘Virgin Mary superstar’ but never explicitly in relation to Medjugorje.


    10/02/2017 - MYANMAR

    The "new" Myanmar is hostage to the military and ethnic and sectarian divisions

    by Francis Khoo Thwe

    In Kachin State, a Christian nurse is raped and murdered. China and Myanmar discuss security along the latter’s northern border. International media coverage focuses on the persecution of the country’s Muslim minority. Sources tell AsiaNews that violence against "various religions and ethnic groups" tends to be obscured by that against the Rohingya. Social and political factors are at play.


    10/02/2017 - VATICAN

    Pope: The devil deceives us with "dialogue” that leads to corruption


    At Mass in Santa Marta, Pope Francis points out that you should not  "talk with the devil ", instead we must pray. The devil, "the father of lies", deceives and "leaves you naked."

     


    09/02/2017 - VATICAN

    Pope: "Without woman, there is no harmony in the world"


    "This is the great gift of God has given us: woman." "Exploiting people is a crime against humanity: it is true. But taking advantage of a woman is more than this: it is destroying the harmony that God wanted to give to the world. It destroys. "

     


    09/02/2017 - VATICAN

    Pope says anti-Semitism is "contrary to Christian principles and every vision worthy of the human person”


    During a meeting with a delegation from the Anti-Defamation League, Francis said that “Faced with too much violence spreading throughout the world, we are called to a greater nonviolence, which does not mean passivity, but active promotion of the good.”


    09/02/2017 - VATICAN-CHINA-HONG KONG

    Card. Tong’s article on China-Holy See dialogue, arouses joy and dismay

    by Bernardo Cervellera

    The Hong Kong bishop’s optimism over a change in the method of appointing bishops and the function of the Patriotic Association. But it is unclear whether it is real change or just nominal, in words. Underground bishops are patriotic and love their country, but the Party is suspicious of them. Freedom in episcopal appointments is “essential", but the bishops are not free to exercise their ministry. Patriotic bishops controlled in their visits with members of the universal Church. The "bugs" (hidden microphones) in a bishop’s office.

     


    09/02/2017 - HONG KONG-CHINA-VATICAN

    Card. Tong: The future of Sino-Vatican dialogue from an ecclesiological point of view

    by Card. John Tong

    The Hong Kong Cardinal outlines the steps that hope to propel dialogue between China and the Holy See. Themes include the Pope's role in the appointment of bishops; A change of vision in the Patriotic Association; the possible integration of the underground bishops in the Episcopal Conference. A new article by card. John Tong, following a previous article published a few months ago on "Communion of the Church in China with the universal Church."


     


    08/02/2017 - PHILIPPINES

    Filipino bishops and believers against violent drug war, culture of death


    The Filipino bishops' conference takes a stand against President Duterte’s bloody drug war. Agreeing or allowing the killing of alleged drug users makes people responsible for the latter’s deaths. More than 7,000 extrajudicial killings have taken place in recent months.


    08/02/2017 - THAILAND

    Thai King appoints new Supreme Patriarch of Thailand’s Theravada Buddhism

    by Weena Kowitwanij

    Somdej Phra Maha Muneewong, 89, abbot at a royal temple, a great expert in education and a scholar, will become the 20th Supreme Patriarch of Thailand’s Theravada Buddhism. His investiture by the monarch is set for 12 February.






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    VATICAN-CHINA-HONG KONG
    Card. Tong’s article on China-Holy See dialogue, arouses joy and dismay

    Bernardo Cervellera

    The Hong Kong bishop’s optimism over a change in the method of appointing bishops and the function of the Patriotic Association. But it is unclear whether it is real change or just nominal, in words. Underground bishops are patriotic and love their country, but the Party is suspicious of them. Freedom in episcopal appointments is “essential", but the bishops are not free to exercise their ministry. Patriotic bishops controlled in their visits with members of the universal Church. The "bugs" (hidden microphones) in a bishop’s office.

     


    HONG KONG-CHINA-VATICAN
    Card. Tong: The future of Sino-Vatican dialogue from an ecclesiological point of view

    Card. John Tong

    The Hong Kong Cardinal outlines the steps that hope to propel dialogue between China and the Holy See. Themes include the Pope's role in the appointment of bishops; A change of vision in the Patriotic Association; the possible integration of the underground bishops in the Episcopal Conference. A new article by card. John Tong, following a previous article published a few months ago on "Communion of the Church in China with the universal Church."


     


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