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    23/01/2017 - EGYPT – ISLAM

    Egypt’s president makes the pledge to Patriarch Tawadros. The Institute for Islamic Legal Research defends the right of Christians to build churches in Muslim countries. However, Copts are still discriminated in society.


    by Loula Lahham

    23/01/2017 - TAIWAN – VATICAN

    Tsai Ying-wen to Pope Francis: Together for non-violence and the status quo across the Taiwan Strait


    The Taiwanese president sent a letter to the pope in response to his Message for World Day of Peace centred on non-violence. She heeds the Holy See’s appeal on behalf of women, children, and migrants, and for aid to refugees and earthquake victims. Taiwan is "a beacon for democracy in Asia." With mainland China, she calls for setting "aside the baggage of history and engage in positive dialogue.”


    23/01/2017 - INDIA - YEMEN

    Catholics and others in pray for Fr. Tom’s release, Indian Salesian kidnapped in Yemen

    by Nirmala Carvalho

    A day of prayer organized by the Bishops' Conference. The initiative was also joined Protestant communities. Rev. Thomas Jacob: "Let us pray for him to return home safely." Hundreds of faithful at candlelight vigil organized at Our Lady’s Cathedral Trivandrum.


     


    23/01/2017 - CHINA

    Two-child policy produced more than 18 million newborns, but problems remain


    Births rose by 11.5 per cent in 2016 over 2015. However, child-rearing costs against low family incomes are not likely to stop the rapid aging of the population.


    23/01/2017 - KAZAKHSTAN – SYRIA

    Syria peace talks start in Astana amid a "war of words" between government and rebels


    For the first time, government delegates and representatives of armed groups meet. Rebels refuse to hold the first session “face-to-face” to protest the government’s failure to respect the truce. Syria’s chief negotiator calls the opposition’s attitude "provocative". Russia’s role and Turkey’s shift are key factors.


    23/01/2017 - NEPAL

    As government is slow in providing aid, young Christian volunteers Christians step in to help quake victims

    by Christopher Sharma

    About 100 high school and university students spent their winter holidays bringing aid to the 14 most affected districts, fixing tents and providing hot meals. The government pledged funding in three installments, but not even the first has been provided.


    23/01/2017 - ISRAEL - PALESTINE

    Waiting for Trump, Netanyahu gives green light to hundreds of new settlements


    The meeting between the prime minister and the US president will be in February. The Jerusalem municipality has approved 556 new homes in the settlements of Pisgat Zeev, Ramot and Ramat Shlomo. With Trump’s swearing in to office, Israel sees a "new era" in relations between the two countries. Pressure from the extreme right for expansion of controversial Maaleh Adumim settlement, frozen in led up to the Washington Summit.

     


    23/01/2017 - INDONESIA

    Semarang: after Muslim protests, pork festival changes name

    by Mathias Hariyadi

    The traditional event held in the city by the Chinese community was renamed "Imlek Festival", the local nickname for the Lunar New Year. The agreement is the result of a meeting between the Islamic forum, which originally wanted to cancel the event, and its coordinator.


    23/01/2017 - VATICAN

    Pope: Christ’s priesthood, he forgave sins, intercedes for us and will return to take us with Him


    The three stages of the "wonder" of the priesthood of Christ. "The Lord forgives everything if we open our heart a little", "but whoever blasphemes against the Holy Spirit will never be forgiven."

     


    23/01/2017 - INDIA

    The Indian Church remembers the missionary Graham Staines, burned alive by Hindu radicals

    by Santosh Digal

    The Australian pastor was working for leprosy patients in Orissa. He was killed in 1999 along with his two small children. The Supreme Court "did not understand the murderous ideology of Hindutva". The political responsibilities of his murder covered up. Prime Minister Modi had spoken of "international conspiracy."

     


    23/01/2017 - CHINA

    Beijing strengthens Great Firewall, private networks illegal


    As of yesterday, private connections will need government approval to be able to access the internet. To date, the country has more than 730 million users.


     


    22/01/2017 - VATICAN

    Pope: All areas of human life are soil on which to cast Gospel seeds. New Year wishes for Far East


    At the Angelus Pope Francis speaks of how early Christians preached Gospel in a "geographically peripheral and religiously impure land", and that from there “the light on which we have reflected over the past few Sundays spread: the light of Christ." "The joy of proclaiming and witnessing to our faith”.  Wishes that during the New Year of the Rooster, the families of the Far East "increasingly become a school of respect for each other". Closeness to earthquake victims in central Italy. Prayers for victims and rescuers. Vespers in St. Paul Outside the Walls together with representatives of other Christian confessions.


    21/01/2017 - PAKISTAN

    Pakistan, Taliban hit a Shiite market in "revenge against Assad." The condemnation of the Church


    The explosion took place in Parachinar market, in one of the semi-autonomous tribal areas. The provisional toll is 20 dead and over 40 injured. The area is known for clashes between Sunnis and Shiites. Anglican bishop calls for prayers for the wounded.


    21/01/2017 - VATICAN

    Pope to the Roman Rota: It takes great courage to get married today. The Church must lend its support


    An audience for the beginning of the judicial year in the Vatican, Pope Francis calls for greater effort in preparing couples for marriage to mature in "love and truth". The importance of not abandoning young couples, but "welcoming, accompanying and helping them". Going beyond legal formalism for a catechesis which would show the faith and the value of agreement. "The ruinous pitfalls of the dominant culture of the ephemeral and the provisional".


    21/01/2017 - INDIA

    Card. Gracias: Orissa martyrs will soon be saints. The joy of Christians

    by Santosh Digal

    The archbishop of Mumbai reveals the Vatican willingness to open up the cause of canonization. He spoke with Card. Filoni, Prefect of the Congregation for the Evangelization of Peoples. Christians "have chosen to embrace death rather than deny Christ." Keeping the memory of the martyrs alive "for future generations who face the challenges of religious fanaticism."


    21/01/2017 - VATICAN - USA

    Pope to Trump: America’s greatness is measured by its attention to the poor


    Pope Francis exalts the "rich spiritual and ethical values that have shaped the history of the American people” and the nation’s “commitment to the advancement of human dignity and freedom worldwide ". Concerns " for the poor, the outcast and those in need who, like Lazarus, stand before our door ". The oath Trump preceded by various prayers of Catholic, Protestant, Jewish Representatives. The slogan "America first" will guide political choices. String criticism of the establishment. China’s caution and the enthusiasm of the president of Taiwan.


    21/01/2017 - SAUDI ARABIA

    Saudi Grand Mufti against cinema and concerts: A source of depravity and immorality


    Sheikh Abdul Aziz al-Sheikh, the highest religious authority in the country, against forms of entertainment that encourage mingling of sexes. Films are "libertine, obscene, immoral, and atheist" because they are founded on an "imported culture". Concerts promote promiscuity, corrupt morals and values. An appeal to citizens and institutions: "Do not open the doors to such evil."


    20/01/2017 - UZBEKISTAN

    Shavkat Mirzyaev changes course, appoints new government officials


    After the death of President Islam Karimov, the new leader picks his new team to build a strong cabinet, seemingly more moderate than previous ones.


    20/01/2017 - VIETNAM

    Hanoi cracks down on protests commemorating soldiers who fell on Paracel Islands

    by Mac Lam

    The authorities arrest and attack protests in Hanoi, Ho Chi Minh City, and Nghe An province. Young Christians were among the protesters. China and Vietnam say they will seek a settlement to ease tensions in the South China Sea.


    20/01/2017 - INDONESIA

    Muslims against Chinese pig food festival in Semarang because it is haram

    by Mathias Hariyadi

    Muslim student groups and Islamic organisations slam the event, want its cancellation. They demand respect for the "religious" feelings of the Muslim community. However, the event has been celebrated for years by the city’s large Chinese community without causing any problems.


    20/01/2017 - PAKISTAN

    Lahore: Muhammad Akram goes from church vandalism to interfaith dialogue

    by Kamran Chaudhry

    The young Muslim was one of 2,000 people who attacked a Christian village in 2005, incited by radicals on false blasphemy charges. An interfaith youth group was set up in 2010. Pakistanis “desperately need role models.”


    20/01/2017 - CHINA - UNITED STATES

    The Trump era begins: The China-US relationship and the risk of war

    by Wei Jingsheng

    As the inauguration ceremony of the Trump presidency approaches, the Propaganda Bureau of the Chinese Communist Party has banned all journalists from “unauthorized criticism" of Trump’ words and deeds. According to the great dissident Wei Jingsheng there is a chance that Trump will force China into fair trade deals, possibly leading to political and legal reforms. A trade war is an option.


    20/01/2017 - VATICAN

    Pope: "Change your heart, change your life", to belong only to the Lord


    "When God forgives, He forgets." "He forgets, He forgives. In front of a repentant heart, forgive and forget: 'I will forget, I will not remember their sins'. This is an invitation not to remind the Lord of our sins but to sin no more. "

     


    20/01/2017 - MALAYSIA - MYANMAR

    Kuala Lumpur, Muslim nations against Myanmar: Enough violence against Rohingya


    The "special session" of the OIC focused on persecution of the Muslim minority in Myanmar. Najib Razak calls for the perpetrators to be "brought to justice." Bangladesh Minister: Respond to the question concerning citizenship.

     


    20/01/2017 - INDIA

    Msgr. Barwa: In Orissa Hindu pogroms have united Christians. Blood ecumenism

    by Nirmala Carvalho

    In 2008, the extremists targeted everyone, regardless of denomination. "The cross of Christ was proof that united us, our faith was visible." In Bhubaneshwar a common burial ground. Catholic educational, health and social institutions  must not discriminate against anybody, "even those who have persecuted us."


    20/01/2017 - SRI LANKA

    Card. Ranjith inaugurates the Year of St. Joseph Vaz, the Apostle of Sri Lanka (Photo)

    by Melani Manel Perera

    The Archbishop of Colombo said that he was an "outstanding example of reconciliation." He spoke both Tamil and Sinhalese and lived in communion with both ethnicities. A relic exhibited for the devotion of the faithful. Foundations laid of the new national shrine dedicated to him.

     


    20/01/2017 - SYRIA

    Palmyra: the Islamic State executes 12 people, beheading four


    The other eight victims shot dead. The executions took place in a museum, not far from the ruins of the heritage site. Four of the victims were teachers and government employees. Daesh jihadists accumulating explosives to destroy other ancient artifacts.

     


    20/01/2017 - CHINA

    Official statistics: China grows by 6.7%, but a lot of data manipulated

    by Wang Zhicheng

    Growth figures published today. Domestic consumption grew by 10.4%. But the biggest contribution came from construction, infrastructure, credit. The data inflated in Liaoning. Perhaps a more realistic figure is an increase of 4%.

     


    19/01/2017 - IRAQ – SYRIA

    Iraqi priest has “confidence and hope" in Mosul’s liberation


    Fr Paul Thabit Mekko talks about the sense of expectation among the refugees from Mosul and the Nineveh plain. A small group has already visited their homes in the eastern liberated part of the city. Security in the liberated areas is necessary, so is a new form of administration and management. In 2016, Daesh lost a quarter of the territory it once controlled.


    19/01/2017 - CHINA-UK

    The first freight train between China and Britain reaches its destination


    The 12,000-km line runs through nine countries. The trip lasted 18 days. It is part of China’s One Belt, One Road initiative to re-establish a modern version of the ancient Silk Road.






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    VATICAN - USA
    Pope to Trump: America’s greatness is measured by its attention to the poor



    Pope Francis exalts the "rich spiritual and ethical values that have shaped the history of the American people” and the nation’s “commitment to the advancement of human dignity and freedom worldwide ". Concerns " for the poor, the outcast and those in need who, like Lazarus, stand before our door ". The oath Trump preceded by various prayers of Catholic, Protestant, Jewish Representatives. The slogan "America first" will guide political choices. String criticism of the establishment. China’s caution and the enthusiasm of the president of Taiwan.


    CHINA - UNITED STATES
    The Trump era begins: The China-US relationship and the risk of war

    Wei Jingsheng

    As the inauguration ceremony of the Trump presidency approaches, the Propaganda Bureau of the Chinese Communist Party has banned all journalists from “unauthorized criticism" of Trump’ words and deeds. According to the great dissident Wei Jingsheng there is a chance that Trump will force China into fair trade deals, possibly leading to political and legal reforms. A trade war is an option.


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