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  • 21/07/2017 - MALAYSIA – ISLAM

    The global his is deemed contrary to the morals and principles of the Muslim majority nation. State Tv and state radio cannot broadcast it. Private outlets are urged not to play it. For Communications Minister, entertainment should spoil people but make them better.




    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 - INDONESIA

    With support in civil society, Corruption Eradication Committee investigates lawmakers

    by Mathias Hariyadi

    The parliament is trying to hinder investigations by resorting to its Right to query. People's Representative Council Speaker Setya Novanto is among the suspects. Some legislators are thought to have received money over the electronic ID cards plan.


    19/07/2017 - THAILAND

    Court hands out 21 guilty verdicts in Rohingya crisis


    Sentences were expected this morning. A general is among the 103 defendants. Charges include human trafficking, kidnapping, and murder.


    19/07/2017 - PHILIPPINES

    Marawi bishop against Duterte: no to the extension of martial law


    Bishop Edwin de la Peña comes out against the government, which wants to extend the state of emergency and martial law. For the bishop, the latter was needed at the beginning, but now it is no longer necessary. In all, more than 465,000 people have been evacuated. The Church is playing a leading role in providing humanitarian aid. Caritas set aside another 200,000 dollars.


    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.


    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 - MALAYSIA

    Foreign workers round-up, source of concern for ASEAN lawmakers


    More than 3,300 undocumented workers were detained after Malaysia began cracking down the day after deadline for regularisation. For Cambodian lawmaker Mu Sochua, nothing can “be an excuse to further victimise the vulnerable”. Malaysia has two million documented foreign workers and another two million who are undocumented. Since the start of the year, more than 30,000 undocumented workers have been sent back to their home countries.


    14/07/2017 - CAMBODIA

    Thousands of undocumented Cambodian migrants leaving Thailand


    Since 28 June, 8,328 Cambodians have returned home. In Thailand, they could be fined up to US$ 3,000 or get five years in prison. Lack of money is the main factor pushing them to remain undocumented. Once home, returnees tend to stay or go back to Thailand without papers.


    14/07/2017 - THAILAND

    Smart ID card for Buddhist monks


    The government measure is due to the high number of ethical and legal abuses involving monks. In recent years, there have been several cases of misappropriation of government funds in temples. The government has announced the new measure to three members of the Sangha Supreme Council. The new papers are expected “in three months,” a senior Thai government official said.


    13/07/2017 - MYANMAR

    Government to return 120 hectares of confiscated land to farmers


    The farmland was needed to build a hospital. Vice President Van Thio pledged a quick and transparent return. Almost 500 people in one area have been sued in land-related disputes. Land ownership is one of the most controversial issues in Myanmar. In 2015, farmers’ wrath was a key factor for Aung San Suu Kyi's party victory.


    13/07/2017 - MALAYSIA

    Kelantan’s Legislative Assembly introduces public caning


    The northeastern state’s ruling Pan-Malaysian Islamic Party (PAS) proposed the measure to let Sharia courts decide whether caning is carried out in prison or in public. PAS wants to introduce a tough Islamic criminal code. The local Chinese ethnic party calls it a "very dangerous trend".


    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.  


    12/07/2017 - PHILIPPINES

    Mindanao, Duterte presses for the approval of the 'Bangsamore Law'


    The goal is to create a political entity for the majority Muslim region to replace the existing Autonomous Region of Muslim Mindanao. The measure is based on the 2014 peace deal. For Mgr Orlando Quevedo, archbishop of Cotabato, autonomy is better than federalism.


    11/07/2017 - INDONESIA

    More than 700 local Catholics at the Missionary Youth Jamboree in Papua

    by Mathias Hariyadi

    The event was organised by the Pontifical Missionary Children’s Society of the Indonesian Bishops' Conference. The “sound of the tifa to proclaim biblical joy on Papuan land,” i.e. an invitation to spread the Word with joy and energy, was the meeting’s theme. For an organiser, SEKAMI Kids “are the future and hope of the Church". For Bishop Hilarion Datus Lega, "Young people have something great to offer to society: their joy."


    11/07/2017 - PHILIPPINES

    “War in Marawi, never again! War in Marawi, no more!” Filipino bishops say

    by Santosh Digal

    For the Catholic Bishops’ Conference of the Philippines (CBCP), the fighting that began on 23 May are not a religious war. The prelates condemn Maute terrorism, which contradicts “the fundamental tenets of Islam”. They reiterate the need for interfaith dialogue. The task now is to rebuild “the persons affected because of the disruptions in their lives,” said Mgr Edwin Angot de la Peña, bishop of Marawi. An autonomous province in the south is need to achieve peace, said Bishop Orlando Quevedo, archbishop of Cotabato.


    10/07/2017 - THAILAND

    ‘Love Missions’, the Thai soap that promotes patriotism


    The missions and love stories of four officers are the show’s main elements. An instant hit with millions of viewers, it "is military propaganda” for critics. “We are allowing them to use military camps,” said Defence Ministry Spokesman General Kongcheep Tantravanich,” and “making suggestions on the right costumes and make-up.”


    10/07/2017 - PHILIPPINES

    Silsilah for a future of peace in Mindanao, against “the path of hatred and conflict”


    The “victims are not only Christians but also, and especially, Muslims,” the movement says. “The reality is that there are external groups and centres of power who are interested to divide us.” It wants to promote “a new form of dialogue based on a love that goes beyond the limit of tolerance." It calls for a “radicalism with love to have radical changes in our society".


    10/07/2017 - THAILAND

    The first Thai missionary, a "little seed", "already a tree capable of spreading its branches"

    by Claudio Corti*

    Fr. John Phongphan Wongarsa was ordained on July 8, during a ceremony which more than a thousand people attended. The celebrations continued the following day with traditional Thai elements. The diocese of Ubonrachathani has local nuns and priests, but Fr. Phongphan is the first missionary, a sign of a church that "produces fruits" for other churches as well.


    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.


    07/07/2017 - THAILAND

    Government cracks down on the Internet and social media through tighter controls and censorship


    The authorities plan to fingerprint and face-scan mobile phone owners as well as set up a social media watch centre to monitor content they deem inappropriate. This follows a press law. Source tells AsiaNews that the country is moving “towards thought control”.


    07/07/2017 - INDONESIA

    Church celebrates the ordination of two tribal Dayak in West Kalimantan

    by Mathias Hariyadi

    The remote central province has only 24 diocesan priests and 11 Passionists. The pastoral mission of the Church is made difficult by the lack of priests. The ceremony drew thousands of Catholics. Frs Hendrik and Fransiscus talked to AsiaNews about their path of faith.


    07/07/2017 - VATICAN

    Pope to G20: Address ongoing conflicts and migration for an inclusive and sustainable global economy


    Following the request of Angela Merkel, Pope Francis writes to heads of state and government in Hamburg for the summit of the world's major economies. A "heartfelt appeal"  to address the tragic situations of South Sudan, Lake Chad, Horn of Africa and Yemen, where there are 30 million people who have no food and water to survive. " The contradiction between apparent unity in the "common economic forums" and the persistence of "armed conflicts". Take an example from the great leaders of the recent past: Schuman, De Gasperi, Adenauer, Monnet. Bear in mind the great majority of the population, even though it represents only 10% of the world economy.


    06/07/2017 - PHILIPPINES

    Asian Youth Day: young Filipinos to discover the interfaith world

    by Santosh Digal

    AYD will take place in Yogyakarta (archdiocese of Semarang) from 30 July to 6 August. Thousands of young Catholics are expected from all over Asia. The delegates of each country will spend a couple of days in different dioceses in Indonesia. For Stephen Borja of the Episcopal Commission on Youth of the Catholic Bishops’ Conference of the Philippines, “The AYD is a fitting chance for all to experience the inter-cultural realities of Asia”.


    06/07/2017 - MYANMAR

    Sittwe, Buddhists attack Rohingya: one dead man and six injured


    The 55-year-old Maung Nu killed. The attack arose from an argument over purchase of a boat. Myanmar considers Rohingya Muslims illegal immigrants from nearby Bangladesh. The worst clashes between Buddhists and Rohingya in Rakhine occurred in 2012. The Church's commitment to the dignity of people and "against all kinds of oppression."


    05/07/2017 - INDONESIA

    Ageless love: 16-year-old man takes a 71-year-old widow as his lawful wedded wife

    by Mathias Hariyadi

    The 55-year age gap did not prevent the love story from blossoming six months ago when the young man moved in with the woman after his parents’ divorce. The local village chief sanctioned the union. Indonesia’s child protection agency expressed some doubts.






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    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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