24/11/2017 - VATICAN
In his 2018 Message for World Peace Day, the pontiff cites John Paul II and Benedict XVI, who called for openness towards migrants and refugees and action to build the world as a "common home". Migrants are not just an economic burden, but are also players in "building peace", full of "courage, skills, energy, and aspirations." By visiting Romani people, Pope Paul VI showed the way.
by Bernardo Cervellera
24/11/2017 - VATICAN
Pope: Fr. Czerny, Peace Message urges the care of our common home
"Decision-makers should establish practical measures to welcome, protect, promote and integrate “and – so far as the good of their own community, rightly understood, permits – to further the aims of those who may wish to become members of a new society." At the same time, newcomers must not forget that they have a duty to respect the laws, culture and traditions of the countries where they are welcomed. "
24/11/2017 - CHINA – MYANMAR – BANGLADESH
Rohingya Crisis: Will China’s Mediation Succeed?by Sudha Ramachandran*
Beijing’s intervention in the Rakhine conflict conceals economic and political interests. Beijing has already invested tens of billions in the region, building a deep-sea port for cargo ships, as well as oil and gas pipelines to Yunnan. Rakhine is an important component in Beijing’s Belt and Road Initiative. Bangladesh is the second largest importer of Chinese weapons. Mediation will be difficult and may cause more violence.
24/11/2017 - VATICAN
Pope: to welcome, protect, promote and integrate those who are forced to migrate
In the message for the World Day of Peace, Francis states that all members of the one human family have the same rights to the goods of the earth, even migrants. "Those who, for what may be political reasons, foment fear of migrants instead of building peace are sowing violence, racial discrimination and xenophobia, which are matters of great concern for all those concerned for the safety of every human being."
24/11/2017 - MYANMAR-VATICAN
Kachin Pilgrims travel for three days and two nights to see the popeby Paolo Fossati
About 200 people ae travelling from the remote north of the country, carrying with them the joy, prayers and suffering of the Christian majority ethnicity. Many are unable to see the pontiff because blocked up in refugee camps. They found hospitality at the parish of Saint Francis of Assisi. In the next few days, parishioners will receive around 1,300 Catholics. From our correspondent on the ground.
24/11/2017 - BANGLADESH - MYANMAR
Bangladesh and Myanmar sign agreement on Rohingya repatriation
Dhaka authorities expect the repatriation to commence within two months. Aung San Suu Kyi has promised that transfers will be "safe and voluntary". Activists are concerned about the conditions of refugees, who no longer have the villages to return to.
23/11/2017 - VATICAN
Pope: praying for peace “in all lands devastated by war”
Francis led a prayer service for peace in South Sudan and the Democratic Republic of Congo. May the Lord “protect children who suffer from conflicts in which they have no part, but which rob them of their childhood and at times of life itself. How hypocritical it is to deny the mass murder of women and children!”
23/11/2017 - MYANMAR - VATICAN
“Hectic hours” before pope's arrival in Yangon, Catholics to help pilgrimsby Paolo Fossati
Some 200,000 people are expected at the solemn Mass at Kyaikkasan Grounds, including Buddhist and Muslim leaders. Some 6,000 kids will take part in the Mass for young people the next day. Filipinos, Australians and Thais are also expected for Pope Francis’ apostolic journey. From our correspondent.
23/11/2017 - INDIA – THAILAND
Caritas Asia meets in Bangkokby Nirmala Carvalho
Catholics reflect on how best to respond to emergencies. For Fr Frederick D'Souza, executive director of Caritas India, charities should "never forget the biological needs of women and girls." Caritas is helping the Rohingya.
23/11/2017 - VATICAN
Pope: Women as defenders from the ideological colonization that indoctrinates young people
Old and new dictatorships take liberty and memory to impose an educational system. It is the mothers and women, the keepers of memory, of the dialect, "able to defend the history of a people" and "to convey the faith" which "theologians will explain".
23/11/2017 - CAMBODIA
Cambodia’s economy remains strong despite political turmoil, World Bank says
The economy is expected to grow by 6.9 per cent next year, slightly higher than this. Investments from China, Cambodia’s main economic partner, play a crucial role. Hun Sen remains defiant vis-à-vis foreign donor, especially the US and EU, which are threatening to end aid to protest against repression.
22/11/2017 - VATICAN
Pope: When we go to Mass, it is as if we were going to Calvary
The celebration is "entering" in the passion, death, resurrection, ascension of Jesus. It is not time to chat, take photographs, comment. "Every celebration of the Eucharist is a ray of sun without sunset, that is the Risen Christ Jesus. Participating in the Mass, especially on Sunday, means entering the Risen One's victory, being illuminated by his light, warmed by his warmth. "
22/11/2017 - PHILIPPINES
The Philippine churches goes red in solidarity with persecuted Christians in the world
Various dioceses, shrines, basilicas and universities spread throughout the country. Even the faithful invited to dress in red, in the context of the campaign #RedWednesdayPH campaign. Among the goals are educating the public on the vastness of persecution and encouraging the defense of the faith.
21/11/2017 - VATICAN
For Pope, martyrdom is medicine against cultural and ideological colonisation
During the Mass at Casa Santa Marta, Pope Francis warned against “new things” that destroy the traditions, history, and religion of a people. Martyr Eleazar was a "root" for the young and the future of his people.
21/11/2017 - MYANMAR – VATICAN
Catholics ready to welcome the Holy Father in Yangon
The high point of the papal visit will be the Solemn Mass at Kyaikkasan Grounds in Yangon. Some 200,000 people from around the country are expected, about a third of all Myanmar Catholics. The Church will provide accommodations and transportation. Kachin people made the wooden crosier that Pope Francis will use during the service. As they wait for the pontiff, young people pray.
21/11/2017 - CAMBODIA
Opposition party officials quit or defect after party dissolution
On 16 November, the Supreme Court banned the CNRP at the request of the government. The prime minister gives CNRP officials another week to join his party. The ruling party said it received 390 defectors as of yesterday, including a parliamentarian, 33 provincial councillors, and 356 municipal officials.
21/11/2017 - VATICAN - CHINA
'Art Diplomacy': two exhibits at the Vatican Museums and Beijing’s Imperial Palace
21/11/2017 - VATICAN - BANGLADESH
Pope to the people of Bangladesh: I come to proclaim Christ’s message of reconciliation (Video)
Pope Francis's video message for his upcoming pastoral journey from November 30 to 2 December. The Pope emphasizes that his visit wants to confirm the Christian community, but he also places great importance on meeting with religious leaders.
20/11/2017 - VIETNAM
Vietnam celebrates Teachers’ Day, but its educational system is in crisisby Paul Hung Quoc
For critics, Vietnam’s education is too politicised and centred on producing graduates, and not enough on the moral training of younger generations. Forced by the regime to think a certain way, young people are unable to develop creative thoughts. The economic impact of an education at the service of the Communist Party is negative.
20/11/2017 - MYANMAR-EU-CHINA
China and EU set to move on the Rohingya crisis
The head of EU diplomacy has promised help to find a "sustainable solution" to the emergency. Europe strongly supports the democratic transition in Myanmar. The new Beijing approach to the emergency in Rakhine. Chinese Foreign Minister Wang Yi illustrates a "three-stage plan". Economic interests push China to play a more active role in the humanitarian crisis.
20/11/2017 - INDONESIA
Papua, special forces free 345 hostages from separatistsby Mathias Hariyadi
323 adults and 22 children from the village of Tembagapura saved. The troops first successfully occupied Kimberly and Bunti. Free Papua Movement militants have fled into the jungle. Gun fire heard during evacuation of hostages exploded some shots. Two corpses found.
19/11/2017 - VATICAN
Pope hopes that Lebanon can continue to be a message of respect and coexistence
People should not be afraid of God, as if he were "a master who wants to punish us". For the pope, “Jesus has always shown us that God is not a stern and intolerant master, but a father full of love, tenderness, and goodness. Therefore, we can and must have immense trust in Him.” The pontiff also urged “drivers to be prudent and respect the rules as the first form of protection of themselves and others.”
19/11/2017 - VATICAN
Taking care of the poor is an “evangelical duty”, pope says
Francis celebrated Mass on the First World Day of the Poor noting that "God will not ask if we felt righteous indignation, but whether we did some good.” The “great sin” against the poor is “indifference”, turning away “from a brother or sister in need,” growing “indignant at evil but do[ing] nothing about it.” For the pope, “God will not ask if we felt righteous indignation, but whether we did some good.”
18/11/2017 - VATICAN
Pope: not everything that is technically possible is ethically acceptable
Great progress in science raises "great and serious" questions. “Scientific and technological progress is needed for the good of all humanity, and its benefits cannot only profit a few”.
18/11/2017 - INDONESIA
In Jakarta, the bishops remember the important role played by the Church in Indonesian historyby Mathias Hariyadi
The prelates renewed their support for the nation’s values of unity and harmony to which Catholics were committed before and after independence. The Vatican was among the first foreign states to recognise the new country, which the Indonesian Catholic Church helped stabilise. Mgr Albertus Soegijapranata of the Semarang Apostolic Vicariate played an important role.
17/11/2017 - INDONESIA
Indonesia plans to build a thousand eco-friendly mosques
There are 800,000 mosques in the country. Muslim clerics, the private sector, universities and communities are called to work together. Religious leaders are in favour of environmental understanding and education. The Indonesian Ulema Council (MUI) has already issued fatwas on forest fires and mining.
17/11/2017 - VATICAN
Pope: It is good to think every day when that 'the Lord will call me'
For some this call will be sudden, for others after a long illness, we do not know. But "the call will be there!" And it will be a surprise, but then there will be the other surprise of the Lord: eternal life. For this reason, "the Church in these days tells us: stop a little, stop and think about death."
17/11/2017 - HONG KONG – PHILIPPINES – RUSSIA
Hong Kong, centre for recruitment fraud of Filipino workers
Recruitment agencies deceive domestic helpers with the promise of well-paid jobs in Moscow, getting US$ 3,500-5,500 in fees. Victims are forced to turn to banks or loan sharks. About 75,000 Filipino workers worldwide are stuck in limbo with no income.
17/11/2017 - VATICAN - MYANMAR
Pope: In Myanmar, I come to encourage every effort to build harmony (Video)
Francis’ video message on the eve of his November 26 to 30 journey. "I come to proclaim the Gospel of Jesus Christ, a message of reconciliation, forgiveness and peace".
16/11/2017 - INDONESIA
Ahok’s accuser is convicted of hate speechby Mathias Hariyadi
The sentence is more lenient than the one demanded by the public prosecutor. Buni Yani posted comments to a video he altered. The latter triggered Islamist violence and influenced an election. The images also led the former Christian governor to a two-year prison sentence for blasphemy.
16/11/2017 - VATICAN
Pope says euthanasia is always wrong, but so is overzealous treatment
Francis sends a message to a meeting on end-of-life in which he says the sick must be accompanied with love in the last phase of their life, given information and allowed to decide. This requires “careful discernment of the moral object, the attending circumstances, and the intentions of those involved”. From this perspective, palliative care plays a major role.
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