14 December 2017
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  • 14/12/2017 - MYANMAR

    About 69 per cent have died from gunshots, 9 per cent burnt to death, 5 per cent beaten to death, including 730 children under the age of five. According to the Red Cross, some 300,000 Rohingya are left in Myanmar. For a young Buddhist native of Rakhine, the international media coverage is one-sided.




    14/12/2017 - VATICAN

    Pope: God is "father and mother" and is also "Dad"


    "He is the great God who becomes small and in his smallness does not stop being great. And in this great dialectic he is small: there is the tenderness of God. The great that makes himself small and the small  that is great". Which manifests itself in the wounds. " My wounds, your sores, when you meet my wound with his wound. We have been healed in their wounds".


    14/12/2017 - ISRAEL - SAUDI ARABIA

    Israeli Minister: Israel allies with the Saudis against Iran, the 'absolute enemy'


    The government invited the Saudi hereditary prince to visit Israel. Saudi Arabia, "the richest and most influential country in the Arab world" is the ideal represented by the Palestinians, "too weak and divided". Israel and Saudi Arabia do not have official diplomatic relations, but in recent months there have been signs of openness.


    14/12/2017 - INDIA

    Missionary of Mother Teresa hopes that Christmas will bring the joy of God’s presence even in times of martyrdom

    by Yesudas*

    He calls for putting Pope Francis's call into practice, namely "Let us love, not with words but with deeds". The example is that of the four nuns killed by extremists in Aden, Yemen. Speaking about one of the nuns, he writes that she had “faith and trust that God's love is stronger than all the aggressive powers of the world and it transformed her from victim of darkness into a daughter of light.”


    14/12/2017 - VATICAN

    For the pope, cultural and religious diversity is good for a globalised society


    Francis met with a group of ambassadors, including the representatives of India, Yemen and Azerbaijan. The “centrifugal forces that would drive peoples apart are not found in their differences but in the failure to set out on the path of dialogue and understanding as the most effective means of responding to these challenges.”


    14/12/2017 - JAPAN

    'North' is the ideogram of 2017


    Pyongyang’s threats and Hokkaido explain the choice. About 150,000 people took part in the poll.


    14/12/2017 - CHINA

    Beijing’s party boss worried about migrants, but does not stop their expulsion


    Cai Qi, a friend of Xi Jinping, visited the Chaoyang district as the campaign against “low-end” residents continues and their neighbourhoods are demolished. Another fire at a farmhouse kills five and injures eight. Some now fear that the “cleansing” campaign will start in Shanghai, Guangzhou, and Shenzhen.


    14/12/2017 - JORDAN

    Amman, Churches march against Trump's decision on Jerusalem


    About 2 thousand people marched in silence, carrying candles, photos of the king and flags. The opposition against Trump's choice to recognize the capital of Israel. Jerusalem is in the heart of all Muslims; and it is also rooted in those of Christians.


    14/12/2017 - INDIA

    Cyclone in Kerala, Msgr. Pakiam: a disaster. Find the resources soon


    Rescue operations underway, while the state authorities lag "out of negligence". A meeting with the governor to define short and long-term support programs. There are no precise numbers of displaced people "because the devastation is unprecedented".


    14/12/2017 - TURKEY - ISRAEL - PALESTINE

    Islamic countries against Trump: East Jerusalem, capital of Palestine


    The OIC leaders define the declaration of the White House that recognizes Jerusalem as the capital of Israel "null and void". An "attack" on the rights of the Palestinian people that undermines peace efforts. A UN Security Council resolution was presented to show Washington's international isolation.


    14/12/2017 - CHINA

    After the Fed, China also raises interest rates


    Yesterday, the Fed raised rates by 0.25%. A few hours later, Beijing lifted its 7-day and 28-day reverse repurchase agreements by 5 basis points. Bank of China: Only market adjustments. Attempt to limit the flow of capital out of the country.


    13/12/2017 - IRAQ

    Chaldean priest sees Christmas as a time for the rebirth of the Nineveh Plain freed from the Islamic State


    Fr Paul describes the expectations of 270 families who are back home in Karemlash. The priority is to rebuild houses and clear the land for planting and sowing. He appeals to those who have fled to come back to breathe new life into the area. A football match with young Christians and Muslims marks the difficult return to normal life.


    13/12/2017 - HONG KONG

    Christmas letter from Hong Kong

    by Mario Marazzi

    "[T]he joy of Christmas, the joy of life, does not come from material things, but from simplicity and the gift of ourselves to others." A PIME priest who experienced his mission between Italy, Hong Kong, and China gives his thoughts and memories. The laity who consecrate their lives to evangelisation following the example of Felice Tantardini.


    13/12/2017 - SRI LANKA

    Environmental care starts at Rathmalana, near Colombo

    by Melani Manel Perera

    The clean-up was carried out last Saturday as part of a series of initiatives undertaken to mark a local association’s 200th anniversary in 2020. People must be informed on how to manage trash disposal. Provincial and local authorities backed the initiative.


    13/12/2017 - UNITED NATIONS

    One Planet summit: World Bank to stop financing gas and oil


    French President Macron, who hosted the summit, said "We are losing the battle" against global warming. The temperature should rise by 3.5 degrees Celsius. A new space observatory is planned. Climate change is the cause of increasingly frequent and severe floods, droughts, storms and heat waves.


    13/12/2017 - INDIA

    Four Pentecostals arrested in Madhya Pradesh, they were praying for Christmas

    by Nirmala Carvalho

    Rev Karan was among those detained. Police broke into Bethel Church and stopped Advent prayers. For Sajan K George, "In small remote areas, Jesus is the only refuge".


    13/12/2017 - VATICAN

    Pope: we go to Mass not to 'give' to God, but to receive what we need


    "We Christians go to Mass on Sundays to meet the Risen Lord, or better to let ourselves be met by Him, listen to His word, feed ourselves at His table, and thus become Church, or His mystical living Body in the world today". "We need to participate in Sunday Mass because only with the grace of Jesus, with His living presence in us and among us, we can be His credible witnesses".


    13/12/2017 - CHINA-VATICAN

    Msgr. Matthias Yu Chengxin, underground bishop of Hanzhong, has died

    by Li Yuan

    He spent several years under house arrest and then in forced labor. He was appointed coadjutor bishop of Hanzhong, when his brother, Msgr. Bartolomeo Yu, was arrested in 1989. Hit by a stroke, he retired, also to safeguard the new found unity of the diocese between official and underground.


    13/12/2017 - USA - NORTH KOREA

    Tillerson: 'Ready to talk ' with North Korea ‘at any time’


    A change of course compared to the US position demanding the disarmament of Pyongyang as a precondition. A "quiet period" is needed without missile tests. "Let's meet and talk". But Trump's position "has not changed".


    13/12/2017 - INDIA

    Indian Vice President praises Christians: they build the nation


    Venkaiah Naidu was the guest of honor at the Christmas greetings ceremony. Catholics "manage the best educational institutions in the country". "Continue your service with special attention to the disadvantaged sectors of society".


    13/12/2017 - TURKEY - ISRAEL - PALESTINE

    Jerusalem capital, Erdogan leads the Islamic uprising against Israel


    An extraordinary OIC summit is scheduled today in Istanbul, at the request of current president Turkey. Ankara's goal is to promote a common front in response to the controversial US decision. The Turkish leader stands as a new "defender of the Palestinian cause". But divisions and contrasts remain within the organization.


    12/12/2017 - VATICAN

    Pope calls on Latin America to defend the diversity of its peoples


    In the Mass on the liturgical feast of the Blessed Virgin Mary of Guadalupe, Francis calls for resistance against the "homogenisation that ends up imposing – through attractive slogans – a single way of thinking, of being, of feeling, [and] of living."


    12/12/2017 - NORTH KOREA

    Experts warn that North Korea is “stealing” bitcoins


    The theft occurred when exchanges of the virtual currency in South Korea were hacked. Attacks are likely to continue as long as its value continues to rise. The virtual currency provides great anonymity outside government control.


    12/12/2017 - PAKISTAN

    Protesters hold rally in Lahore over missing activist, raising fears for his life (Videos)

    by Kamran Chaudhry

    Nothing is known of the activist’s fate after 2 December. He had attended a meeting on the Islamabad protests. The National Commission for Justice and Peace joined the protest. Amnesty International calls enforced disappearance a blight on Pakistan’s reputation. Almost 300 people have disappeared between August and October.


    12/12/2017 - IRAN

    For the first time since the Islamic Revolution, a western band performs in Tehran


    Germany-based Schiller, an electronic band that has sold seven million albums, will perform for five straight evenings. For decades, Iran’s clerical rulers had banned concerts seen as a "cultural invasion". Now they are sign that the Islamic Republic is opening up under moderate President Rouhani.


    12/12/2017 - INDONESIA

    Authorities defend the religious freedom of non-Muslims in Java

    by Mathias Hariyadi

    Regulations by some Muslim community leaders had banned gatherings by minority religious groups and the use of loudspeakers. They were issued days after members of the Indonesia Bethel Church had held a ceremony. For the local police chief, national values ​​of pluralism “are not negotiable".


    12/12/2017 - INDIA

    Kerala, the Church leads a march for fishermen dispersed by the Ockhi cyclone


    The Latin rite Archdiocese of Trivandrum, calls for more reparations. At least 40 fishermen died at sea and another 5656 rescued alive. The authorities must declare the cyclone "a natural disaster".


    12/12/2017 - CHINA-US-EU-JAPAN

    US, EU and Japanese initiative to curb Chinese economic expansion


    At the WTO meeting in Buenos Aires, the United States, the European Union and Japan would announce a joint declaration against measures such as subsidies, forced transfer of technology, infringement of intellectual property rights and unfair business practices by Chinese state companies.


    12/12/2017 - SAUDI ARABIA

    After 35 years, cinema returns to Saudi Arabia


    The first cinema should open its doors next March. They were closed due to pressure from religious authorities in 1982. The crown prince's reforms continue in the context of the "Vision 2030" program, towards a more "moderate and open" country.


    12/12/2017 - BANGLADESH - USA

    The Times Square bomber, a Bengali radicalized in the US


    Akayed Ullah is 27 years old and comes from the Chittagong district. He entered the United States seven years ago and worked as a taxi driver. "He was radicalized by watching Islamic propaganda videos on the internet".






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    MIDDLE EAST – UNITED STATES
    Mideast Christians against Trump over Jerusalem capital, a decision that destroys hope for peace



    The Chaldean patriarchate criticises a choice that complicates the situation and fuels conflicts and wars. Card al-Rahi calls the decision “destructive” and a violation of international resolutions. Coptic pope Tawadros II cancels a meeting with US Vice President Pence. Somewhat resigned, Palestinians continue their protest. For Israeli peace group, the US has abdicated its role of mediator in the region.


    CHINA
    Xi Jinping’s false promises and the expulsion of the “low-end population” from Beijing

    Willy Wo-Lap Lam

    Tens of thousands of migrants and their families have been expelled and sent away from the capital. Yet, at the recent Party Congress, President Xi had promised to provide support and help against poverty. There is no reward nor legal or charity for displaced persons. The country’s "social Darwinism" condemns the rural people to marginalisation and allows urban classes to enjoy privileges and advantages. Courtesy of the Jamestown Foundation.


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