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  • 18/10/2017 - VATICAN

    Christian hope and the reality of death was the theme of catechesis for the general audience. "I invite you now, perhaps, to close your eyes and to think of that moment: of our death. Let us each think of our own death, and imagine the moment that will come when Jesus takes us by the hand and will say, 'Come, come with me, arise.' There hope will end and reality begins, the reality of life."




    18/10/2017 - IRAQ

    Iraqi Kurdistan caught between Talabani's death and Barzani's political suicide

    by Pierre Balanian

    Kirkuk's seizure by the Iraqi army marks a turning point, and certainly widens the split between Talabani’s supporters and those of Barzani. Turkey and Iran are happy at the end of the dream for independence.


    18/10/2017 - IRAN – EUROPEAN UNION – UNITED STATES

    EU disowns Trump over Iran nuclear deal, a “key pillar” for international non-proliferation


    At a time of acute nuclear threat, European leaders intend to preserve the agreement signed with Iran despite Trump’s threat to terminate it. For UN atomic agency, the deal is fundamental for the security of the US, its allies and the region. The IMF rejects the US president’s demand to cut loans to Tehran.


    18/10/2017 - VATICAN – INDIA

    Christian-Hindu dialogue is difficult but imperative to know each other

    by Anna Chiara Filice

    A Hindu-Christian international conference on ‘Enlightenment and tantra’ was held in Rome. For Mgr Spreafico, “ignorance brings many evils”. Card Tauran noted Pope Francis’s many appeals in favour of dialogue. “Every religion and every believer thinks that his or her belief is the best’” said Hindu scholar. Spirituality should be the starting point, Christian mystic said.


    18/10/2017 - INDIA

    Thousands in Belgaum celebrate the centennial of Fatima's apparitions

    by Peter Machado*

    A novena of prayers preceded the celebrations. Marian devotion in the diocese dates back to the 1940s. for Card Gracias, Our Lady’s “message of peace” is even more important today.


    18/10/2017 - MYANMAR

    For Yangon priest, Myanmar Catholics “long for” the word of God

    by Inviato di AsiaNews

    Since Aung San Suu Kyi came to power, people feel greater religious freedom. The Myanmar Church offers many faith training programmes. The Archdiocese of Yangon is involved in many initiatives.


    18/10/2017 - CHINA

    As the Communist Party Congress gets underway, Xi Jinping announces “a new era”


    Xi’s opening speech lasted more than three hours. China will be a "modern socialist power" under the leadership of the Communist Party. The fight against corruption and the opening up of the economy will continue. Xi Jinping pursues his rise.


    18/10/2017 - VATICAN

    Pope: All religions are called to invoke peace


    Francis receives delegates from the "World Conference of Religions for Peace". "All men of good will, especially those who hold responsibilities, are called to work for it." "Whoever commits violence or justifies it in the name of religion severely offends God".


    18/10/2017 - EU - PAKISTAN

    EU: grave concern for human rights in Pakistan


    The Council of the Europe publishes the report on "Human Rights and Democracy in the World in 2016". Weak judicial system, lack of education, violence against women, discrimination of minorities, presence of terrorism. This morning an attack on a police convoy.


    18/10/2017 - ISRAEL - PALESTINE

    Israel plans to build 1292 settlements in the West Bank


    Peace Now: The project will "affect the West Bank". Permits expected to be issued today to speed up the construction process. The government plan targets significant growth in settlements in Palestinian territories. For the first time since 2002, Hebron also involved.


    18/10/2017 - PHILIPPINES

    Marawi liberated after five months of clashes


    The Islamist occupation lasted 148 days. More than 1,000 people killed, mostly rebels. Marawi's operations cost 5 billion pesos (about 95 million euros). Fears of terrorist infiltrations in Mindanao Island.


    18/10/2017 - RUSSIA

    Putin's campaign towards new elections

    by Vladimir Rozanskij

    The president has not yet announced his candidacy. He could do it in December. Rumours of an alternative plan, that Putin would be ready to appoint his successor: Aleksej Djumin. Meanwhile new governors arrive and there may also be new ministers.


    17/10/2017 - IRAQ

    Iraqi forces seize two Kurdish-held oil fields near Kirkuk


    The Kurds had held the Bay Hassan and Havana fields since 2014. Together they produced 250,000 barrels a day, providing Kurdistan 40 per cent of its oil exports. As Turkey backs Iraq the US calls for calm and dialogue. For Kurdish experts, voters in the referendum were "fooled by false promises".


    17/10/2017 - MYANMAR – VATICAN

    Myanmar bishops express gratitude to Pope Francis for his three gifts

    by Inviato di AsiaNews

    A solemn mass of thanksgiving is held at the Cathedral of the Immaculate Conception. For Card Charles Maung Bo, this "is a historic moment for all of us and for the Church in Myanmar”. The new nuncio, Mgr Paul Tschang In-Nam, calls on Catholics to work for national peace and reconciliation.


    17/10/2017 - VIETNAM

    Vietnamese bishops hold assembly in flood-affected Thanh Hóa diocese


    At the meeting, the new members of the Bishops' Conference introduced themselves. Preparations are underway to mark the 30th anniversary (1988-2018) of the canonisation of the 117 martyrs of Vietnam. The bishops’ ad limina visit to the pope is set for March. The prelates also met with flood victims and handed out packages with food and other items.


    17/10/2017 - INDIA

    Card Gracias highlights Amoris Laetitia's responses to the challenges of the Indian family


    Delegates from 41 dioceses attend national symposium. A "growing cultural, ideological, social and spiritual crisis” makes families feel like "a burden". There is a “spiralling rate of atrocities and violence against women” who, along with children, are victims of trafficking and exploitation. Couples in crisis "require a constructive response” because the Church never condemns anyone for eternity.


    17/10/2017 - SRI LANKA

    Sinhalese girls: Blessing to spend one’s life for others

    by Melani Manel Perera

    17/10/2017 - INDONESIA

    Jakarta’s new governor causes controversy using pejorative term

    by Mathias Hariyadi

    Using a derogatory term for ethnic Chinese, he sparks outrage among Indonesians in order to instigate a new wave of "social differentiation". Anies Baswedan is backed by the Islamist Prosperous Justice Party (PKS) and Gerindra, a nationalist party. Sectarian divisions and religion played a decisive role in his victory against his rival.


    17/10/2017 - VATICAN

    Pope: not listening to the Word of God is "foolish" and leads to corruption


    The doctors of the Law are only concerned with the external appearance of things, foolish those who follow "idols," like consumerism, foolish those Christians who have become "ideologues of Christianity." "The fool does not listen, he thinks he is listening, but he does not listen. And for this reason the Word of God cannot enter into the heart, and there is no place for love. "


    17/10/2017 - CHINA

    On eve of Congress, the Party controls everything: dissidents, climate, economics

    by Wang Zhicheng

    At least 14 activists, bloggers, democracy artists arrested or "traveling". Security stepped up at Beijing Metro Stations. Steel mills, chemical factories and construction industry closed down to reduce pollution. Economic data manipulated by the government in the name of stability.


    17/10/2017 - NORTH KOREA - EU

    European Union issues new sanctions against North Korea. Former official: the regime may end in a year


    Ban on sale of refined crude oil and the renewal of visas for foreign workers. Sanctions at historical levels. In the past, Pyongyang evaded them thanks to China. Now the regime is also facing internal struggles and likely to disintegrate.


    17/10/2017 - BANGLADESH

    Teknaf, boat carrying Rohingya capsizes leaving 12 dead

    by Sumon Corraya

    In September, 60 refugees drowned in these waters, another 30 in October. More than half a million Rohingya have entered Bangladesh to escape the violence. Only this week about 50,000 have crossed the border. The Catholic Church's commitment to refugees.


    17/10/2017 - SYRIA

    Arab-Kurdish coalition takes infamous Raqqa square used for executions


    Decapitated and crucified bodies remained hanging on poles or from lanterns for days. The offensive of Syrian Democratic Forces (Fsd) continues in the "capital" of the Caliphate. Currently, jihadists still control 10% of the territory, including the main hospital and the stadium. The structure is used as prison and weapon storage. Highly symbolic victory for coalition.


    16/10/2017 - EGYPT

    Coptic priest’s murderer is a Islamist fanatic, says bishop


    For Abba Estiganous, bishop of Beba, religion is behind the murder of "martyr" Sam'an Shehata. His murderer, Mohamed Sonbaty, attacked his own relatives in the past and set fire to their home. For neighbours, he is a known radical. The Catholic Church shares the pain and offers prayers.


    16/10/2017 - KYRGYZSTAN

    Outgoing President Atambaev’s favourite candidate wins election


    These are the first elections since streets protests in 2005 and 2010. Early results give Sooronbai Jeenbekov 54.46 per cent of the vote. His rival Omurbek Babanov is at 34.2 per cent. Opinion polls had predicted a tighter race. The last days of the campaign were heated. The new president inherits a complex situation dominated by relations with Kazakhstan, the economy and security.


    16/10/2017 - CHINA

    Party Congress: opening and menu set


    The meeting will start at 9 am on 18 October in a ceremony televised live. Delegates will have a buffet with eight hot dishes and eight cold dishes, as well as rice, bread and noodles; no sea cucumbers or prawns this time in accordance with the frugality preached by Xi Jinping.


    16/10/2017 - BANGLADESH

    The late Fr Benjamin Costa, a well-known educator, is mourned in Dhaka

    by Sumon Corraya

    More than 3,000 people attended his funeral. The priest was involved in education for 35 years. He founded the country’s first Catholic university. Prime Minister Hasina and former students praise him.


    16/10/2017 - VATICAN

    Pope tells FAO to use love and solidarity against war and climate change that cause migration


    During his visit to the UN agency, Francis spoke about how food security can affect human mobility. To overcome conflicts good will, dialogue, and disarmament are needed. "There is a re-emergence of the nonchalance towards the delicate balances of ecosystems, the presumption of being able to manipulate and control the planet’s limited resources, and greed for profit,” he said. “’I am hungry, I am a stranger, I am naked, sick, confined in a refugee camp’. It is a request for justice, not a plea or an emergency call.”


    16/10/2017 - VATICAN – HINDUS

    Vatican tells Hindus that diversity is a sign of richness, not intolerance


    In its message for the Diwali party, the Pontifical Council for Interreligious Dialogue states that for lasting peace and true harmony “tolerance is not enough. What is also needed is genuine respect and appreciation for the diversity of cultures and customs within our communities, which in turn contribute to the health and unity of society as a whole. To see pluralism and diversity as a threat to unity leads tragically to intolerance and violence.”


    16/10/2017 - MYANMAR – VATICAN

    Pope Francis’s visit to Myanmar will also be a blessing for Protestant youth

    by Inviato di AsiaNews

    The pope’s apostolic visit raises hopes and expectations. For Patrick Loo Tone, president of Myanmar Council of Churches, the pope’s visit will open a window on the country’s Christians. Myanmar has 700,000 Catholics in 14 dioceses.


    16/10/2017 - PAKISTAN

    Punjab, three Ahmadi men sentenced to death on blasphemy charges


    The culprits are Mubasher Ahmad, Ghulam Ahmed and Ehsan Ahmed. “The court’s verdict was unfair,” says a spokesperson for the Ahmadi community. Last week, former Prime Minister Sharif’s son-in-law called for the social boycott of the “heretic” minority.






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    Rohingya not only group persecuted in Myanmar, Christian minorities are as well



    Ethnic Kachin, Chin and Naga endure suffering. Religious discrimination is in some cases even institutionalised. Christians are seen as the expression of a foreign religion, outside of the nationalist view. For years the military regime has applied stringent discriminatory measures.


    VATICAN - ASIA
    The world is in urgent need of the Church's mission

    Bernardo Cervellera

    October is a month devoted to awakening the call to mission among Christians. In the world there is indifference or enmity towards God and the Church. Religions are considered the source of all wars. Christianity is the encounter with a Person who changes the life of the believer and places him at the service of the wounds of the world, torn by frustrations and fratricidal wars. The example of the Patriarch of Baghdad and of the President of South Korea.


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