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  • 23/09/2017 - PHILIPPINES

    Multinationals contribute to the problem by selling cheap disposable plastic products. Greenpeace points the finger at Nestlé, Unilever and Procter & Gamble as some of the worst offenders.




    22/09/2017 - VATICAN

    ‘Educating to fraternal humanism’ 60 million students in Catholic schools and universities


    This is the goal of a document released 50 years after the encyclical ‘Populorum progressio’, which was presented today in the Vatican. Humanising education and promoting a culture of meeting and dialogue are urgent and necessary.


    22/09/2017 - INDONESIA

    Bali: Mount Agung’s “imminent eruption” leads to the evacuation of residents and tourists

    by Mathias Hariyadi

    Level 3 warning is sounded as volcanic activity grows. On Tuesday alone, 427 tremors were recorded. The last eruption in 1963 killed 1,100 people.  The islands most important Hindu temple, Pura Besakih, is located on the volcano’s slopes.


    21/09/2017 - BANGLADESH – VATICAN

    Card D'Rozario says that the Church can be a field hospital for the Rohingya

    by card. Patrick D’Rozario*

    At least 420,000 Muslim refugees fled Myanmar for Bangladesh. They are “without many dreams or hope for the future, except only to save their lives, so human an urge, from sudden inhuman atrocities.” “The love of Bangladesh should put pressure on Myanmar to open the borders, their conscience and their hearts to receive their brothers and sisters”.


    21/09/2017 - VATICAN

    Pope says he will never pardon people guilty of sexual abuses


    Francis met today with members of Pontifical Commission for the Protection of Minors. He acknowledged that the Church was late in dealing with these crimes, but insisted that her policy now was “zero tolerance”. More importantly, “we can listen with interest to the voices of the victims and the survivors, as we have much to learn from them and their personal stories of courage and perseverance.”


    21/09/2017 - VATICAN

    Pope: the mafia is the result of corruption, inequalities, poverty, and deviant politics


    Organised crime is fought at the political and economic levels against a financial system that “is now sovereign over democratic rules”. This requires “the construction of a new civil conscience [. . .] and working towards a new way of being citizens, including care and responsibility for others and for the common good”.


    21/09/2017 - VATICAN

    Pope: "Doctrine" does not come before mercy


    The scandals, "There are so many, many ... And always, even in the Church today. They say, 'No, you can not, it's all clear, it's all, no, no ... Those are sinners, we have to turn them away.' Many saints have also been persecuted or suspected. " "The door that leads to encounter with Jesus is recognizing ourselves as we are, the truth. Sinners ".


    21/09/2017 - PHILIPPINES

    Manila, Duterte tells son: 'If guilty, you're dead'


    Paul Duterte is accused of association with crime and drug trafficking. The young politician denies having smuggled 120 million euros worth of methamphetamine. Opposition deputies say that president and family have long been involved in illicit activities.


    21/09/2017 - VIETNAM

    Hoàng Mai, Catholic activist Nguyễn Văn Oai convicted again


    Nonviolent protests took place in front of the court. This is the second time the activist is imprisoned for his pro-democracy activities. The activist is one of the 14 young Christians arrested by the government in 2011. Local Catholics show their support in Vinh diocese. “People have become braver, more aware to protect the 'righteous',” says local Catholic.


    20/09/2017 - MYANMAR

    Aung San Suu Kyi says she was “firm with the military before” and still is


    Myanmar’s democratic leader rejects the accusation that she’s gone “soft”. World figures have criticised her for her silence over the Rohingya. Her party always sought “national reconciliation”. Relations with the powerful military remain an issue. Under the constitution Aung San Suu Kyi cannot play a role in security matters. She sees a solution to the Rohingya crisis with the international community.


    20/09/2017 - VATICAN

    Pope: "Live, love, believe. And, by the grace of God, never despair "


    At a general audience devoted to hope, Francis urges us to believe in the future: "God does not disappoint: if He has put hope in our hearts, He does not want to aggravate it with continued frustrations. Everything is born to bloom in an eternal spring. " A prayer for the victims of the earthquake that struck Mexico.


    19/09/2017 - VATICAN

    Pope creates an Institute for Matrimonial and Family Sciences


    The new body replaces the one founded by John Paul II. The goal is to adapt to the journey undertaken by the Church with the Synods of 2014 and 2015 and with the Post-Synodal Apostolic Exhortation Amoris laetitia of 2016.


    19/09/2017 - INDONESIA

    Anti-Communist protests are designed to create problems for the president

    by Mathias Hariyadi

    "Spreading rumours and falsehoods on social media about the rebirth of the Indonesian Communist Party (PKI) is nonsense, a fantasy," said historian Asvi Marwan Adam of the Indonesian Science Institute (LIPI). The goal is to make Jokowi less popular and crate frictions with religious leaders, especially those of the Nahdlatul Ulama.


    19/09/2017 - ASIA

    More than 40 million slaves and 152 million forced children labourers in 2016


    The data are found in two reports by the International Labour Organisation, the Walk Free Foundation and the International Organisation of Migration. Forced marriage is one form of modern slavery. Three quarters of all victims are women and girls.


    19/09/2017 - VATICAN

    Pope: The Christian must "draw close" to those who suffer to restore their dignity


    Following Christ’s example, we must suffer and empathize with the needy, not help them "from afar", because there are those who are dirty, who "do not shower," who "stink." With our "intercessory prayer," with our "work" as Christians, we must be able to help people who suffer, to "return to society", "family life", work; in short: to "everyday life".


    19/09/2017 - PHILIPPINES

    Mgr Edwin dela Peña: Christians and Muslims for Peace in Marawi

    by Santosh Digal

    The Church must be a “reconciling presence". We need to build bridges, not division and hate. The Filipino Church and Caritas are committed to the displaced. Young Moro design and sell t-shirts to raise funds.


    18/09/2017 - MYANMAR – CHINA – UNITED NATIONS

    UN criticises Myanmar over Rohingya ahead of Aung San Suu Kyi's address


    UN Secretary General Antonio Guterres calls for a stop to the military offensive before the crisis becomes irreversible. The Myanmar military have redoubled their action against Muslim "extremists" in the country’s north-west. Nobel Prize laureate Aung San Suu Kyi has become popular in China for defending her people’s “interests”. China has a major stake in Rakhine State.


    18/09/2017 - PHILIPPINES

    Marawi: Fr. Chito, free after 4 months

    by Santosh Digal

    The Filipino army intervened near the mosque of the terrorists stronghold of Bato. Joy for his release. The conflict is about to end, but the city is destroyed. Plans for reconstruction. Mindanao bishops condemn terrorism.


    18/09/2017 - VATICAN

    Pope: Those who rule must pray, it is a sin not to pray for those who rule


    Whoever is in the government should be aware of being "subordinate" to the "people who gave them power, and God, from whom power comes through the people". The ruler who does not pray "closes in his own self-referentiality or in that of his party, in that circle from which he cannot escape; he is a man closed in on himself. "


    18/09/2017 - CAMBODIA

    A young missionary’s first taste of Asia

    by Marcelo Farias Dos Santos

    Fr Marcelo, 33, from Brazil, is bound for the mission to Japan after attending a training course in Phnom Penh. After studying Asia in books, he will experience it in person. The Cambodian Church, a small seed in the great field of the Buddhist world, bears witness. Being "tools of God's love" is very important.


    18/09/2017 - JAPAN - VATICAN

    Archbishop Kikuchi: In tune with the Pope and Card. Filoni for mission in Japan

    by Tarcisio Isao Kikuchi

    The bishop of Niigata and President of Caritas Japan comments on yesterday’s papal message sent to the bishops of Japan. The journey stages of Card. Filoni, which will also touch Fukushima. The question of the relationship with the Neocatechumenal Way is still "unresolved".


    18/09/2017 - VATICAN - JAPAN

    Pope to Japanese Bishops: Be the salt and light of society, even going against the trends


    During the pastoral visit of Card. Fernando Filoni, Prefect of Propaganda Fide, to the Land of the Rising Sun, Pope Francis urges the bishops and the Japanese Church to renew their missionary commitment to society, marked by suicides, divorces, religious formalism, material and spiritual poverty. The request to collaborate with ecclesial movements, perhaps in memory of the controversy with the Neocatechumenal Way.


    17/09/2017 - VATICAN

    Pope: Always, you must always forgive!


    At the Angelus, Pope Francis comments on the parable of the merciful king and the ruthless servant. It is necessary to forgive because "the human being, created in the image of God, is always greater than the evil that he commits." "The heavenly Father is full of love and wants to offer it, but he can not do this if we close our hearts to love for others."


    16/09/2017 - VATICAN

    Pope to the Sacred Heart Missionaries: 'Good Wine' and mission among Young People


    In an audience with the group of participants in the general chapter, Pope Francis calls on them to find "possible new ways" to live the charism of the congregation founded in 1854. To learn from Jesus to "love with a human heart." The educational emergency to "accompany young generations". Valorise the laity and not give in to the evil of clericalism.


    16/09/2017 - VIETNAM

    Mother Teresa, an example of vibrant charity for the parishes of Thủ Đức

    by Thanh Thuy

    Every year in September the community celebrates the saint and draws inspiration from her witness. She influenced the Vietnamese faithful approach to social commitment. Fr. John Nguyễn Thiên Khải: "She Sees God in Others." Charitable programs and initiatives of parishes.


    15/09/2017 - PAKISTAN – MYANMAR

    Lahore Catholic NGO to help Rohingya in trouble

    by Kamran Chaudhry

    The ten-day mission involves the distribution of various items to a hundred families, moved by the need to help "Muslim brothers". Refugees “are ordinary, peace-loving people caught between rival groups."


    15/09/2017 - MYANMAR

    Understanding for Aung San Suu Kyi’s position vis-à-vis the Rohingya


    Rex Tillerson and British former diplomat make positive comments. Military still casts their shadow over Suu Kyi’s administration. Criticizing her jeopardises the democratic transition. “[F]oreign countries made their assumption based on questionable facts they obtained," said ruling party spokesman Aung Shin.


    15/09/2017 - VATICAN

    Pope: Under the Cross Mary "gave birth to us all: She gave birth to the Church"


    The "mystery" of the Sorrowful Virgin "is more than to reflect, to contemplate". "Contemplate the Mother of Jesus, contemplate this sign of contradiction, for Jesus is the winner, but on the Cross."


    15/09/2017 - VATICAN ORTHODOX

    Catholic-Orthodox dialogue resumes. Moscow has a greater weight

    by Vladimir Rozanskij

    The Russian Orthodox return to the fore in the Joint Commission and focus on uniatism and "Primacy and Communion in the Second Millennium." Metropolitan Ioannis Zizioulas, historian of dialogue, replaced due to age limit. The fruits of the meeting at Cuba between Francis and Kirill and the visit of Card. Parolin to Moscow.


    14/09/2017 - MALAYSIA

    Fire devastates religious school in Kuala Lumpur: 24 dead and 5 injured


    The school had not been registered and did not comply with fire safety regulations. The victims tried to escape through the windows, but were stopped by fixed grills. Tahfiz (religious) schools are regulated by the Religious Department, not the Education Ministry. Fear surrounds unregistered schools.






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    JAPAN - VATICAN
    Archbishop Kikuchi: In tune with the Pope and Card. Filoni for mission in Japan

    Tarcisio Isao Kikuchi

    The bishop of Niigata and President of Caritas Japan comments on yesterday’s papal message sent to the bishops of Japan. The journey stages of Card. Filoni, which will also touch Fukushima. The question of the relationship with the Neocatechumenal Way is still "unresolved".


    VATICAN - JAPAN
    Pope to Japanese Bishops: Be the salt and light of society, even going against the trends



    During the pastoral visit of Card. Fernando Filoni, Prefect of Propaganda Fide, to the Land of the Rising Sun, Pope Francis urges the bishops and the Japanese Church to renew their missionary commitment to society, marked by suicides, divorces, religious formalism, material and spiritual poverty. The request to collaborate with ecclesial movements, perhaps in memory of the controversy with the Neocatechumenal Way.


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