30 August 2016
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    30/08/2016 - PHILIPPINES

    The Archbishop of Manila condemns the "unpunished massacre" taking place in the country, but widens the field: "Life must be defended in all its forms. We must be concerned for what is happening on the streets, but also of abortion! These are also the forms of murder ".




    30/08/2016 - VIETNAM

    Vietnamese government speeds up approval of new religious law


    A new bill was drafted in mid-August, but has not yet been released. The authorities want to approve it this year. A Buddhist leader and a Catholic praised the law at a Patriotic Front meeting. However, critics continue to slam the draft for its restrictions on the activities of religious communities.


    29/08/2016 - ASIA – ITALY

    From Iraq to Prato’s Chinese, Asia helping Italian earthquake victims


    Chinese communities in Prato and Florence deliver five vans with basic supplies sent to the affected areas, whilst Rome’s Filipino community is collecting money and medicines. In a letter to President Mattarella, the Tibetan Parliament expresses thanks for "Italy’s ever-strong support for the Tibetan issue”, says will try to do its best. In Erbil, displaced Iraqis in refugee camps raise money.


    29/08/2016 - CHINA - VATICAN

    Rethinking China-Vatican accords (with a touch of irony)

    by Il prete eremita del Nord (华北的山人神父)

    There are various discrepancies in discussions on relations between China and the Holy See. Despite the fact that there is still no public agreement, many commentators hotly discuss it as if it were common gossip. Even the bishops are often reduced to mere puppets; the lack of mutual trust between the two parties; the Taiwan issue: these are some of the problems outlined by the informed author, who calls himself "the hermit priest of the North" and is a very famous priest-blogger in China.


    29/08/2016 - INDONESIA

    A 17 year old "inspired by attack on Fr. Jacques" tries to murder priest

    by Mathias Hariyadi

    Yesterday Ivan Armadi Hasugian tried to detonate a bomb in the church of St. Joseph in Medan. When the bomb failed to explode, the young man attacked Fr. Albert Pandiangan armed with ax and knife. The priest suffered a light wound to left arm. In atssailant's backpacka note found reading: "There is no God but Allah”.


    28/08/2016 - VATICAN

    Pope tells earthquake victims “I hope to come to see you as soon as possible"


    At the Angelus, Pope Francis expresses his closeness to the families affected by the earthquake in Latium, Marches, and Umbria. He plans to visit to bring "in person the comfort of the faith, the embrace of a father and a brother, and the support of Christian hope." As “pride, careerism, vanity, and ostentation are the cause of many evils”, it is better to choose “free giving instead of opportunist calculation to get a reward.” Canteens for the poor “spread the culture of free giving”. The World Day of Prayer for the care of Creation is set for 1 September "together with our Orthodox brothers and other ecclesial communities."


    27/08/2016 - LAOS

    Cost of living up by 30 per cent in Laos, but wages stay the same


    Most Laotians are low income, slipping into poverty. A kilo of rice has gone from 1.05 to 1.50 US dollars. The prices of beef, fish, pork, chicken and vegetables are also up. Official at the Ministry of Commerce believes the government should raise wages or impose price controls.


    27/08/2016 - VATICAN

    Pope's Message for Peace 2017: " Non-Violence: A Style of Politics for Peace"


    The title of the message to be published by the end of this year is released. Non-violence is not only a moral refusal but is also a " realistic way to overcome armed conflicts." Dialogue and negotiations must be based on the common dignity of the parties and on the force of what is right. The message will slam "Third World War in pieces", and call for action against the illegal arms trade.


    26/08/2016 - ITALY – INDIA – VATICAN

    Fr Gheddo: My meetings with Mother Teresa

    by Piero Gheddo

    The great missionary and journalist remembers his visits to the Mother since 1964. Mother Teresa will be canonised on 4 September. She set up a home for the dying in Kolkata and one for abandoned children. The first missionary Vigil was a procession of faith in a society marked by protests and violence. She proclaimed life as a gift and said abortion was murder. Mother Teresa was moderate and prayed at night. She slept on a mat. The 1977 Andhra Pradesh floods killed 100,000 and caused tens of thousands of refugees. Mother Teresa will be remembered for her work for the Church and around the world.


    26/08/2016 - PHILIPPINES

    Filipino bishops call for an end to unpunished murders, demand justice and unity


    President Duterte’s anti-drug campaign has led to a bloodbath with no respect for the law and democracy. Unpunished, police and vigilantes have killed more than 2,000 alleged drug dealers. “We must not give up,” said the president of the Bishops’ Conference. God will hear the “prayer for healing of the nation”. For religious superiors, “Evil prospers where good men are silent”.


    26/08/2016 - PHILIPPINES – VIETNAM

    Some 600 Vietnamese and Filipinos pray in Manila for peace in the South China Sea

    by Quang Ha

    The rally was held in front of the World Center, in central Manila. Seven Filipino priests celebrated Mass for protesters, who want Beijing to respect The Hague ruling and suspend its operations in disputed waters. China announces military exercises with Russia in the East China Sea.


    26/08/2016 - PHILIPPINES – ITALY

    Catholics in Balanga: sorrow over Italy quake, praying for the victims


    “We share in the pain of those who have been injured, hurt, and left orphans and homeless. We grieve with Italy,” said Bishop Ruperto Santos of the CBCP’s Commission on Migrants and Itinerant Peoples. Amatrice and Accumoli, “with God’s mercy, will rise again”.

     


    25/08/2016 - INDONESIA

    Muslims and Christians: education and mutual knowledge to end hatred

    by Mathias Hariyadi

    Suhadi Cholil, a professor with the State Islamic University in Yogyakarta, called on state schools to teach students about religions other their own. For years, others have been working on friendship between Christians and Muslims through curricula and shared life experiences.


    25/08/2016 - ITALY – MYANMAR

    Graces and "miracles" by the intercession of Brother Felice, "God's blacksmith"

    by Piero Gheddo

    In Myanmar, with his faith and strength, he built hospitals, churches, bridges, convents and orphanages. Since his death as miracles occur, evidence is being collected for the cause of his beatification.


    25/08/2016 - MYANMAR

    Earthquake in Myanmar: At least three dead, damage to Bagan


    The 6.8 magnitude earthquake struck yesterday afternoon 25 kilometers from Chauk. Shock also felt in Thailand, India and Bangladesh. 171 pagodas of the ancient capital damaged.


     


    24/08/2016 - THAILAND

    Feast of the Assumption in Juji village where are an elderly couple in their nineties was baptised


    Fr Valerio Sala, PIME missionary in northern Thailand, reached the village today, one of 29 communities under his care. The faithful, who are tribal Lahu, carried a statue of the Virgin in procession. "An elderly couple asked me to receive baptism and confirmation in order to die as Christians. They are a fine example for young people, often reluctant to get involved in the faith."


    24/08/2016 - INDIA – VATICAN

    Humans have dignity and value, Mother Teresa's message for our time

    by Thomas Menamparampil*

    24/08/2016 - INDONESIA

    Jakarta introduces tax amnesty to repatriate assets held abroad

    by Mathias Hariyadi

    Under new rules, Joko Widodo will forgive wealthy tax evaders on condition they bring their assets back to Indonesia and declare them to the authorities. Otherwise, they will be fined. As the rich wonder, accountants prep for extra work.


    24/08/2016 - ITALY - VATICAN

    Mother Teresa is already a saint. Her canonization is for us and for the world (III)

    by Sebastian Vazhakala, MC

    Recognition of Mother Teresa's holiness serves as a stimulus for the Church and for the world. It is the beginning of a journey, an invitation to a spiritual deepening and to relive the Gospel as she lived it. Prayer and love are the most powerful weapons in the world, but they must not remain words: We need gestures and witnesses. Part three of Fr. Sebastian Vazhakala's story.


    24/08/2016 - VATICAN

    Pope cancels audience: Sorrow for earthquake victims in Italy


    Francis speaks to the pilgrims gathered in the square: "I express my great sorrow and closeness to all the people present in the places struck by the quake, to all the people who have lost loved ones and to those who still feel shock, fear and terror”. The Pope invites those present to recite the Sorrowful Mysteries. The tremors that devastated the Rieti area, were felt worst in Amatrice, Accumoli and Pescara del Tronto. 21 are confirmed dead, but many are still missing.


    23/08/2016 - SINGAPORE – CAMBODIA

    Catholic committed to medical care and scholarships in Cambodia


    For six years, Dr Joseph Ong Yew Jin, a Singaporean physician, has spent his summer holidays in Poipet with his students, helping locals. With local nuns, he provides free medical check-ups and funds for Cambodian students. He does it because “this is in part of my faith” and the “relations I developed over the years.” Many “are willing to give if given a chance."


    23/08/2016 - FRANCE - ISLAM

    Young Muslim: I am very pessimistic about a reform of Islam

    by Kamel Abderrahmani

    For centuries Islam has been closed in on itself creating a "holy ignorance" that blocks all introspection and development. Islamic "clergy" and the Arab states contributing to this stagnation, in their push to make Islam the state religion. Many intellectuals, thinkers, religious trying to reform Islam are hunted, persecuted, expelled, their works banned.


    23/08/2016 - CAMBODIA

    Cambodia, political instability hits textile sector: down 30%


    The alarm raised by Ly Tek Heng head of the Textile Manufacturing Association in Cambodia (GMAC). Since early this year 70 companies have closed. Investors smuggle capital to Vietnam, Myanmar and Bangladesh. The Ministry of Trade reassures: "In 2016, exports rose by 39%".


    23/08/2016 - ITALY - VATICAN

    Mother Teresa: Bring Jesus to the poor and the poor to Jesus. Revelations and visions (II)

    by Sebastian Vazhakala, MC

    "Will you refuse to do this for me?" Is the question that Jesus put to Mother Teresa of Calcutta in one of her mystical experiences. The life of the future saint was her response to this question. Fr. Sebastian Vazhakala continues his narrative about the Mother of Calcutta. The strength of her experience, and that of all the Missionaries and the Missionaries of Charity, is assimilation to Jesus. Love to the very end, even in times of trial.


    22/08/2016 - MYANMAR

    Buddhists, Christians, Hindus and Muslims back Panglong Conference to bring peace to children


    The Myanmar Interfaith for Children platform issued an appeal to participants to focus on the children who are the country’s future. War between the central government and various ethnic minorities has lasted 70 years, harming children and the “country’s development”.


    22/08/2016 - VIETNAM

    Ho Chi Minh City: Thanh Đa parishioners’ love for Mother Teresa

    by Nguyen Hung

    The blessed visited twice the parish in the 1990s. In her memory the faithful built a monument in the churchyard. Twice a month the priest celebrates a Mass for Mother Teresa and all the Christians in procession kiss a relic. The parish Caritas supports projects for AIDS patients and poor people. For the superior of the Missionaries of Charity of Christ, “the seeds planted by Mother Teresa are beginning to grow."


    22/08/2016 - ITALY - VATICAN

    Fr. Sebastian: My vocation from an encounter with Mother Teresa (I)

    by Sebastian Vazhakala, MC

    As a student he was destined for a banking career, but was always dominated by the desire to be a missionary to the poor of India. His encounter with Calcutta and Mother Teresa changed his life. We speak to the first missionary of charity, co-founder along with the future saint of Calcutta, of the contemplative branch of the Missionaries. First in a series.


    22/08/2016 - PHILIPPINES

    Duterte: UN useless and stupid, we are ready to leave


    Philippine President responds to criticism of the international community on the killing of alleged drug dealers in the Asian country: "You can not say one bad thing about me, but I can say it ten about you. You have failed in everything from terrorism yto the emergency against hunger". Manila "will ask for Beijing and the African nations to create a new trans-national body". The Foreign Minister cautions: "There are no plans to quit the UN".


    22/08/2016 - MALAYSIA

    Kuala Lumpur, arrests famous rapper: "He insulted Islam"


    Namewee, stage name of Wee Meng Chee, was stopped at the airport in the capital yesterday after returning from a trip abroad. In the song "Oh My God" he used the word "Allah" and sounds similar to the Islamic call to prayer. The singer: "I did not mean to offend anyone but promote harmony between religions".


    21/08/2016 - VATICAN

    Pope: The door of God's mercy is always wide open. For everyone!


    The goal, says Pope Francis before the Angelus prayer, "is Jesus himself. He leads us into fellowship with the Father, where we find love, understanding and protection. But why is this door is narrow? It is a narrow door not because it is oppressive, but because it asks us to restrict and limit our pride and our fear, to open ourselves with a humble and trusting heart to Him, recognizing ourselves as sinners, in need of his forgiveness. " An appeal for peace "in dear Turkey ".

     


    20/08/2016 - MYANMAR - CHINA

    Dams and diplomatic relations: Aung San Suu Kyi in China


    The Burmese State Minister is in Beijing from August 17. Yesterday she met with President Xi Jinping. China ready to play "a constructive role in promoting the peace process in Myanmar". Talks also on Myitsone dam project and $ 3.6 billion suspended in 2011 after strong protests.






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    CHINA - VATICAN
    In China-Holy See talks, silence shrouds future of underground priests

    Zhao Nanxiong

    Later this year, all priests must register to receive a certificate that allows them to exercise their ministry. But the request has to go through the Patriotic Association, whose statutes are "incompatible" with Catholic doctrine. Many priests, official and unofficial, now face an enormous dilemma.


    IRAQ
    Alqosh, despite the Islamic State, the Church celebrates the first communion of one hundred children



    On the feast day of the Assumption the whole community attended the function, celebrated by Mar Sako. For the patriarchal vicar, this is an historic moment for the frontier town long threatened by jihadists. The Chaldean primate calls on children to "contribute to the community." In Kirkuk His Beatitude opened a grotto dedicated to Our Lady.


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