26 October 2016
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    26/10/2016 - INDONESIA

    The number of young migrant workers dying abroad is increasing. Poor farming conditions are driving hundreds of people to Malaysia, victims of people’s smugglers, working without papers. For local priest, educating village chiefs about the bureaucracy helps migrant workers.

    by Mathias Hariyadi

    26/10/2016 - VATICAN - VIETNAM

    Religious freedom focus of meeting between the Holy See and Vietnam

    The Catholic Church "will continue to be inspired by the Magisterium of the Church regarding the practice of "living the gospel in the nation". "The meeting took place in an atmosphere of cordiality, frankness and mutual respect".

    26/10/2016 - THAILAND – CAMBODIA

    Mourning attire following King Bhumibol’s death a great opportunity for Cambodia’s garment industry

    As the sovereign’s death boosts demand for black clothing, cotton supplies in Thailand run out, with traders turning to Cambodia to fill the gap. “Before the king died, there was no one who bought black shirts,” Cambodian trader said. Now Thais are buying up everything.

    26/10/2016 - INDIA

    Some 19 Kashmir schools torched in three months of protests

    The authorities have blamed unknown criminals acting at night. Kulgam is the worst affected district. Some teachers have volunteered to guard schools. The state government has decided that high and secondary school exams will take place regularly, although more than half of the syllabus was not covered.

    26/10/2016 - CHINA

    Migrant worker jumps to his death from building he built over eight years of unpaid wages

    by Wang Zhicheng

    In his 50s, he was Identified as Li. The building was built in 2008, at the time of the Olympics. Since then, Li and his work team did not receive any wages. According to official figures, about 3 million migrant workers do not receive wages on a regular basis.

    26/10/2016 - IRAQ

    Chaldean Patriarch: A multicultural Mosul, for peace and reconciliation in Iraq

    The rise of the jihadists has wiped out the "beautiful mosaic" of ethnic groups, religions, cultures and dialects that made Mosul and Nineveh Plain. Mar Sako: the defeat of the Islamic State should serve to relaunch this diversity. Necessary to guarantee rights and protections for all people, fight corruption and discrimination. Christians rediscover confidence in their Muslim neighbors.


    26/10/2016 - VATICAN

    Pope: Migrants, "closure is not a solution," indeed it ends up favoring criminals

    "The only solution is that of solidarity, solidarity with the migrant, solidarity with the foreigner”. And even with those who are "naked", those who have lost their dignity like the women victims of trafficking and "those who do not have a job, a house, a fair wage".


    26/10/2016 - TURKEY - UNITED STATES

    Turkish security forces arrest the two co-mayors of Diyarbakir, the Kurdish "capital"

    The two senior officials subjected to pre-trial detention for an investigation related to "terrorism." And armored vehicles have surrounded the town hall, searching the offices. The operation is part of post (failed) coup crackdown. Ankara reiterates its call to the United States for the expatriation Islamic leader Gülen.


    26/10/2016 - PAKISTAN

    Pakistan mourns 61 victims of the Quetta military school attack

    by Kamran Chaudhry

    The funeral of cadets and guards killed by the three bombers were held yesterday. Authorities believe the attacker is from a local Sunni group. Both Isis that Pakistani Taliban claimed responsibility for the massacre. Christians and Shiite Muslims hold candle light vigil all over the country.


    26/10/2016 - JAPAN

    Enormous cost to dismantle Fukushima nuclear plant

    Government and TEPCO (the Company which operated the facility) estimate that it will take about 30 years and 2 trillion yen. The dismantling includes the removal of nuclear waste, the construction of structures to stabilize the reactor; the decontamination of the area with the removal of soil, contaminated buildings and trees.


    25/10/2016 - ISRAEL – PALESTINE

    Bishop Marcuzzo’s pain and sorrow for act of vandalism against the Church of the Transfiguration

    Overnight on 23-24 October, someone broke into the holy place on Mount Tabor. Icons were damaged, a statue was taken, communion bread was desecrated and offerings were stolen. Petty thieves might be responsible. For Mgr Marcuzzo, the “serious incident” shows a "lack of the sense of the sacred". Shortly, an act of reparation will be undertaken by the whole community.

    25/10/2016 - SRI LANKA

    Petition for the release of all political prisoners in Sri Lanka

    by Melani Manel Perera

    The National Movement for the Release of Political Prisoners backs the campaign. Tamil rebels captured before and during the civil war, but also some Sinhalese are in jail. Activists criticise prison treatment and confessions extracted under torture.

    25/10/2016 - NEPAL

    Nepal’s religious minorities slam president for “promoting” Hinduism

    by Christopher Sharma

    Biddhya Devi Bhandari took part in a number of public Hindu celebrations, promoting Vedic values. Christians, Buddhists and Muslims note that Nepal is a secular state and that the government should not be in favour of any one creed.

    25/10/2016 - INDIA

    Church slams lazy student who assaulted a priest in Mangalore

    by Nirmala Carvalho

    Fr Michael Santhumayor is Milagres College administrator. He had reprimanded the student for skipping classes, warning he might have to repeat courses. The priest was taken to hospital whilst the assailant was arrested. Student protests, calling for greater security.

    25/10/2016 - THAILAND

    Mourning for Bhumibol continues, a king "who fought hunger among Thai people"

    by Weena Kowitwanij

    Tens of thousands of people continue to visit the king lying in state. To avoid overcrowding, the authorities have limited the number at 10,000 a day. Thais remember the sovereign’s good policies and attentiveness to people's needs as well as his humility in trying to understand before taking action, his fight against poverty and his focus on national unity.

    25/10/2016 - VATICAN

    Pope: God's Kingdom is "a journey" and the law is not to be studied, but experienced

    God’s Kingdom "is created every day, through our docility to the Holy Spirit, which is what unites our little pinch of leaven or tiny seed to the power that helps them to grow." If we do not evolve, we become rigid and "rigidity orphans us, leaving us without a father."

    25/10/2016 - VATICAN

    For the Church, cremation is legitimate, but ashes must be respected

    "Instructions" from the Congregation for the Doctrine of the Faith. Preference for burial, "because with it you show a greater esteem for the dead", but confirming the legality of cremation, provided that it does not deny Christian doctrine. The ashes cannot be kept at home, or dispersed, divided, used to make objects.


    25/10/2016 - TURKEY

    Erdogan counter "coup" repression: over 35 thousand arrested, 82 thousand suspects

    A failed coup in mid-July tens of thousands of arrests. At least 26 thousand people are free, but "under judicial control." According to the Minister of Justice the operations target the authors and supporters of the coup. The ruling party ready to submit the text of institutional change to Parliament: from a parliamentary to a presidential system.


    25/10/2016 - PAKISTAN

    Quetta suicide attack on police academy leaves 59 dead

    The victims were cadets and guards; at least 120 wounded. 700 students in the structure at the time of the attack. Suicide bombers from Taliban cell of an extremist group. The Balochistan region is part of an ambitious Chinese economic plan.

    25/10/2016 - LEBANON

    Michel Aoun meets with Patriarch Rai, after gaining support of most Lebanese parties

    by Pierre Balanian

    It’s almost certain that Gen. Aoun will be elected new president of Lebanon during the session slated for 31 October. He is supported by Saad Hariri, Hezbollah, the Lebanese Forces. His party has good relations with Christians, Shiites and Sunnis. Jumblatt Druze dubious. Nabih Berri and Amal say no. Surprise silence of Saudi Arabia. The first president to have been "Made in Lebanon".


    25/10/2016 - VATICAN - HINDUS

    Vatican Message to Hindus: Promoting hope among families

    A message to mark Diwali and the beginning of the year. Although “ today the very notion of family is being undermined by a climate that relativizes its essential significance and value", as well as by wars, poverty and migration, "there are strong signs of renewed hope due to the witness of those who hold fervently to the enduring importance of marriage and family life".

    24/10/2016 - INDIA

    March for Life ends symposium in defence of the familym (PHOTOS)

    by Nirmala Carvalho

    The National Symposium ‘A call to freedom and justice in the family and society: ethical concerns and pastoral approaches’ ends with a march for life in Bandra, from St Andrew’s Church to Our Lady of the Mount Basilica. For Bishop Agnelo Gracias, “Today, human life is threatened on many fronts.”

    24/10/2016 - CHINA

    Sixth Plenum of the Chinese Communist Party opens

    by Wang Zhicheng

    The focus is on the issue of "strictly governing the party”. Corruption remains the main concern with economic and political reforms at a standstill. New members prepare to enter the Central Committee. Wang Qishan’s retirement is a question as is Xi’s.

    24/10/2016 - RUSSIA – VATICAN

    Vatican and the Orthodox Church neutral in the conflict in Ukraine

    by Nina Achmatova

    The Patriarchate of Moscow makes this point after a meeting between the new apostolic nuncio to Russia and Metropolitan Hilarion. For years, the Russian Orthodox Church has accused Greek Catholics of promoting anti-Russian positions and supporting the Maidan protests in Kyiv.

    24/10/2016 - VIETNAM – CHINA

    Vietnamese against the threat of Chinese nuclear power plants

    by Joseph Tran

    China completed three new nuclear plants not far from the Vietnamese border. IAEA warns that, in case of nuclear disaster, Vietnam would certainly be affected. China is also planning small mobile nuclear power stations for the South China Sea where they could cause unprecedented harm to the marine environment.

    24/10/2016 - INDONESIA

    East Nusa Tenggara: prayer, games and mercy for World Mission Day

    by Mathias Hariyadi

    Activities for young people and adults were organised in the month of October. The president of the Pontifical Missionary Works celebrated the final Mass yesterday. Free health care was provided to the poor, and young people visited hospices.

    24/10/2016 - VATICAN - CHINA

    The new bishop of Changzhi and the many voices on China-Vatican dialogue

    by Bernardo Cervellera

    The ordination will take place on November 10 in the Cathedral. The bishop had been appointed by the Holy See at least two years ago. But he was waiting for the green light from Beijing. Similar situation in Chengdu. Fears for the presence of excommunicated bishops. Reconciliation between illegitimate and official bishops is not brought about by political gestures, but depends on personal and canonical procedures. A meeting between the Chinese delegation and the Vatican is not "imminent".


    24/10/2016 - VATICAN

    Pope: Do not live by the rigidity of the law, but meekness, kindness, and forgiveness which are gifts from God

    "There is always something hidden behind the rigidity, in many cases a double life; but there is also some sort  of illness. How the rigid suffer: when they are sincere and they realize this, they suffer! Because they fail to have the freedom of God's children. They do not know how to walk according to the law of the Lord and they are not blessed."

    24/10/2016 - INDIA

    Vijayawada: Missionary mandate and vows for Missionary Sisters of the Immaculate

    by Benigna Menezes*

    In October five received their Missionary assignment: two will go to Papua New Guinea; the other three respectively to Guinea Bissau, Bangladesh and Hong Kong. Two other religious have perpetual vows. The crucifix, the symbol of the mission; the Bible, to spread the Good News.


    24/10/2016 - SYRIA

    As ceasefire expires, fighting renewed in Aleppo. US accuses Damascus of using chemical weapons

    The Syrian army has hit the rebel-controlled eastern sector. In response militants they have launched rockets and missiles against the western district. At least 20 militants died in the clashes. According to Washington, "the Damascus regime" is still "combatant" and violates the provisions of the UN Security Council.


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    The new bishop of Changzhi and the many voices on China-Vatican dialogue

    Bernardo Cervellera

    The ordination will take place on November 10 in the Cathedral. The bishop had been appointed by the Holy See at least two years ago. But he was waiting for the green light from Beijing. Similar situation in Chengdu. Fears for the presence of excommunicated bishops. Reconciliation between illegitimate and official bishops is not brought about by political gestures, but depends on personal and canonical procedures. A meeting between the Chinese delegation and the Vatican is not "imminent".


    Pope: the cruelty of those who kill children in Iraq “makes us weep”

    "Our hearts are shocked by the heinous acts of violence that have been committed for far too long against innocent citizens, be they Muslim, Christian or members of other ethnic groups and religions."  World Mission Day “is time of courage”.


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