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  • 11/12/2017 - JAPAN-NORWAY

    The award was accepted by Beatrice Fihn, executive director of the Ican (International Campaign for the Abolition of Nuclear Weapons) and by Hiroshima survivor Setsuko Thurlow. The ceremony was snubbed by the ambassadors of the USA, France, Great Britain. The treaty for the ban on nuclear weapons was approved by 122 nations, but not by the nine nuclear powers. So far it has received only three ratifications. The support of Pope Francis.




    11/12/2017 - 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.


    11/12/2017 - INDIA

    Fr Tom Uzhunnalil receives the Mother Teresa Award 2017

    by Nirmala Carvalho

    The ceremony took place yesterday in Mumbai. The Salesian abducted in Yemen was recognised for his “dedication and commitment" and his work in "a location of great danger". For Fr Tom, "Wars are not the solution".


    11/12/2017 - VATICAN

    Pope: for Christians, patients are at the centre of health care


    Pope Francis released his message for the 26th World Day of the Sick, which will be celebrated on 11 February 2018. " The image of the Church as a ‘field hospital’ that welcomes all those wounded by life is a very concrete reality”.


    11/12/2017 - INDONESIA

    Indonesian authorities on maximum terror alert over Christmas


    More than 20,000 agents will be deployed in Jakarta from 23 December to 1 January. Terrorists target Christian places of worship and government buildings. In 2000, attacks against 11 churches left 13 people dead and 100 wounded. The country’s two main moderate Islamic organisations provide security to Christians.


    11/12/2017 - KOREA

    Aid to TB patients in North Korea: healing has “no border”


    The Eugene Bell Foundation provides medicines and food for 1,500 patients in 12 centres. For more than twenty years, Fr Hammond, aka Father Grandfather, and the NGO have helped North Korean patients.


    11/12/2017 - CHINA

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

    by 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.


    11/12/2017 - VATICAN

    Pope: it is easier to console than to be consoled, abandon bitterness and complaints


    The problem is that we are "masters of negativity", because we carry within us the wound of original sin while "we are beggars at being positive" and we do not like to beg for consolation. "It would do us all good today, each of us, to examine our conscience: how is my heart? Do I have any bitterness there? Do I have any sadness? What is my language like? Is it in praise of God, of beauty or always of complaints? And ask the Lord for the grace of courage ".


    11/12/2017 - PHILIPPINES

    Manila, Card. Tagle: 'Stop complaining, act!'


    Everyone has been given "gifts" to meet the challenges facing the nation. More than 2,000 people attend mass in the Cathedral of Manila for the Solemnity of the Immaculate Conception. "Let's look at Mary. In her, God has triumphed. His love, His grace will prevail "


    11/12/2017 - IRAQ

    The Iraqi premier announces end of war against ISIS. But the jihadist ideology remains


    Al-Abadi confirms that the Iraqi forces "have taken complete control" of the Iraqi-Syrian border. He speaks of victory as the fruit of "unity and determination" and obtained "in a short time". Previously Russia had described the mission in Syria against the Caliphate as "complete". However, a military victory does not imply the eradication of fundamentalist doctrine.


    11/12/2017 - BANGLADESH - USA

    Bangladeshi Muslims rage over Jerusalem capital

    by Sumon Corraya

    Imams opposed to Trump's decision to move the US embassy from Tel Aviv to Jerusalem. A protest on the streets of Dhaka. Muslim leaders: "Trump destroys world peace".


    10/12/2017 - VATICAN-ISRAEL-PALESTINE

    Holy See: attention and concern for Jerusalem and peace in the Middle East


    A press release from the Vatican press office reaffirms the position of the Holy See on respect for the status quo of Jerusalem. The invitation to a negotiated solution between Israelis and Palestinians.


    10/12/2017 - VATICAN

    Pope: Advent, fill the voids of omission, smooth the roughness of pride. Call for nuclear disarmament and care for climate


    At the Angelus Pope Francis calls for greater prayer and greater charity. The Nobel Peace Prize to the International Campaign to abolish nuclear weapons. The "strong link" between human rights and nuclear disarmament. Combating climate change and fighting for integral human development. Solidarity with the families of the victims of the Okhi cyclone in India and the flood victims of Albania.


    09/12/2017 - VATICAN

    Pope: Francesca Cabrini's charisma is of extraordinary actuality


    Audience to the Missionaries of the Sacred Heart of Jesus, on the occasion of the centenary of the death of their foundress, Apostle of migrants. Migrants need good laws, development programs, but "also and above all of love, friendship, human closeness". Although she wanted to go to China, Pope Leo XIII said to her: 'Not to the east, Cabrini, but to the West!' The devotion to the Sacred Heart "made her able to look at the heart of those whom she approached and assisted".


    09/12/2017 - PAKISTAN

    Lahore, pastor accused of blasphemy released. He is innocent

    by Kamran Chaudhry

    The Rev. Babu Shahbaz had been in prison for a year. A group of Muslims accused him of having torn pages from the Koran. The judge: "The evidence is not valid". Lawyer: "He can celebrate Christmas with his family".


    09/12/2017 - ISRAEL-PALESTINE

    Israeli raids on Gaza: 4 Palestinians killed


    The raids are in response to three missiles launched from the Strip that did not cause  any victims. 217 Palestinians injured in the demonstrations in East Jerusalem and the West Bank. Protests against Trump's decision on Jerusalem in many Arab and Islamic countries.


    09/12/2017 - RUSSIA

    The Russian parliament wages war on magicians, shamans, healers

    by Vladimir Rozanskij

    Over 10 thousand Russian sites offer miracle cures for a fee. Black magic, curses, removal of evil eye and other services related to spells and magical protections. One in five Russian citizens turn to fortune tellers or tarot card readers at least once in their lifetime. A draft law proposes sentences of one to three years for fraudsters. The condemnation of the Orthodox Church. Superstition and post-communism.


    09/12/2017 - MALAYSIA

    Kuala Lumpur, religious leaders unite to combat violence against women and children


    A 16-day campaign of activism launched. President of the Inter-religious Advisory Council: "Overcoming indifference and ignorance, to safeguard respect for human life". The Sisters of the Good Shepherd for awareness, reflection and action. Archbishop of Kuala Lumpur: "In order to fulfill its prophetic role, the Church needs to rise up in unity to comfort the afflicted".


    08/12/2017 - VATICAN

    Pope: May Mary help us reject indifference, fear of those who are different, exploitation


    Francis paid tribute and prayed to the Immaculate in Piazza di Spagna. He visited St Mary Major to pray in front of the image of Salus Populi Romani, and Sant'Andrea delle Fratte to pay tribute to Our Lady of the Miraculous Medal.


    08/12/2017 - VATICAN

    Pope: Annunciation, Mary is “always young, because she has never aged from sin”


    Aging does not make us old, sin does, "because it makes the heart sclerotic". For this reason, Mary, who was "created in grace" and "full of God’s presence", thus without sin, is always young. “Today we look with joy at the One full of grace. Let us ask her to help us stay young, by saying 'no' to sin, and to live a beautiful life, by saying 'yes' to God.”


    07/12/2017 - BANGLADESH

    Mirpur’s Mary Queen of the Apostles parish an 'oasis of peace for children' (Photos)

    by Anna Chiara Filice

    The church was founded in 1994 by PIME missionary Fr. Gianantonio Baio. Today the parish priest is Fr. Quirico Martinelli. There are playgrounds for children and swings. In the school of St. Theresa, 495 children study: "a concrete example of inter-religious harmony". From our correspondent on the ground.


    07/12/2017 - INDIA

    Hindu nationalists attack a Christian prayer meeting in Chhattisgarh


    The attack took place yesterday in the village of Tarra. Dozens of cars, bicycles and other private property were targeted with damages estimated at more than US$ 6,000. The attackers also harassed women and beat up men.


    07/12/2017 - MYANMAR

    Authorities against ultranationalist Buddhist party


    The Ma Ba Tha, or Association for the Protection of Race and Religion, applied to register a party. Banned by the government in the past, the movement is pro-military, and accuses Myanmar’s civilian government of not protecting Buddhism. The worst incidents of religious intolerance have occurred in its strongholds. It claims ten million members in almost 300 townships.


    07/12/2017 - VATICAN – LUTHERANS

    For the pope, Catholics and Lutherans can no longer afford to be adversaries or rivals


    During his meeting with the president of the Lutheran World Federation, Francis said that the “painful divisions that kept us distant and in conflict for centuries, have brought us in recent decades to a journey of communion.”


    07/12/2017 - VATICAN – TAIWAN

    Pope urges Taiwanese Christians to promote unity and charity


    Francis met with a delegation from the National Council of Churches of Taiwan. “The strengthening of relations between the Christian confessions, and the shared proclamation of Jesus, also through works of charity and educational projects aimed at the young, will prove beneficial to society as a whole.”


    07/12/2017 - CHINA

    Paper in Jilin publishes a 'survival guide' in case of nuclear attacks


    Anxiety levels rise in China in the wake of North Korea's nuclear tests. Media and the authorities downplay concerns.


    07/12/2017 - UNITED ARAB EMIRATES

    Leonardo's 'Salvator Mundi' will be exhibited at Abu Dhabi’s Louvre


    It was recently auctioned at a record price of 450 million dollars, shattering the previous record of 179 million for a painting by Picasso. A wealthy Saudi prince believed to have bought the painting. It is the only work of the Italian painter owned by a private collector.


    07/12/2017 - ORTHODOX - VATICAN

    Bartholomew I will speak of 'A common Christian agenda for the common good' at the Vatican

    by NAT da Polis

    The Ecumenical Patriarch has accepted the invitation to participate as a guest of honor at the annual conference of the Centesismus Annus foundation, which will take place between May 24 and 26. It will be the eighth meeting with Pope Francis.


    07/12/2017 - INDIA - CHINA

    Indian drone "invades Chinese airspace" and crashes to earth


    The incident shrouded in mystery. India makes no statements. The story is likely to reignite the military confrontation between the two Asian giants.


    07/12/2017 - PALESTINE-USA

    Jerusalem capital: the anger and disillusionment of the Palestinians


    Three days of protest and demonstrations against Trump's decision. In Gaza the protests started already before the announcement. Desperation among the Palestinians: "We have already lost everything".






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