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  • 27/07/2017 - INDONESIA

    Yesterday, two Batak priests were ordained in Padang. Two days ago 8 priests in the diocese of Semarang. Two weeks ago, six new Jesuit priests in Kotabaru. Many young people reflect on the basic meaning of their lives and decide to enter seminaries. A very different situation from the one in the West.


    by Mathias Hariyadi

    27/07/2017 - HONG KONG -CHINA

    Kowloon station to come under Beijing control with mainland law

    by Paul Wang

    The Hong Kong Government says there can only be one law  - Chinese - to govern on customs, immigration, railways and trains. For Democrats it is a first step to delegating legislation on demonstrations and protests to China.

     


    27/07/2017 - BANGLADESH

    Dhaka, priests study how to improve closer collaboration with lay people

    by Sumon Corraya

    From 24 to 27 July, the Bangladesh Diocesan Priests' Fraternity Seminar was held. The association wants to promote "healthy relationships" between religious and lay people in the parishes. Encourage collaboration to "increase Church activities".


    27/07/2017 - KOREA

    Seoul denies signals of an impending launch of missiles from the North


    According to some Pentagon sources last week the North administration transported a missile launcher on a truck to Kusŏng, near the northwestern coast of the country. Today is the anniversary of the Armistice between the two Koreas. A test would be another provocation after the July 4 launch of an intercontinental ballistic missile. Moon Jae-in Administration confirms the line of dialogue.


    27/07/2017 - PAKISTAN

    Girl victim of revenge rape in Mulan. For Justice and Peace Commission, such is the plight of women

    by Shafique Khokhar

    A 16-year-old girl is raped to wash away her brother’s sin of raping a 12-year-old girl. Multan police arrest 20 people involved. The violence is the fruit of a feudal mindset. Locals do not trust government institutions and turn to illegal village councils.


    27/07/2017 - HOLY LAND

    Interfaith conference for peace and forgiveness held in Jerusalem


    All three monotheistic religions in the Holy Land were represented. In a world where hurting others has become a "pastime", it is necessary to embark on a journey to build a future that is not marked by hate. Whoever hates is its first victim. It is crucial to educate children to carry these values ​​into the future. For Cardinal Tagle, we must follow the example of Christ on the cross and bear witness to forgiveness.


    27/07/2017 - NEPAL

    Buddhist monks in Kathmandu streets to protest failure to rebuild quake-damaged monasteries

    by Christopher Sharma

    The earthquake on 25 April 2015 affected 993 monasteries, out of a total of about 5,000. The National Reconstruction Authority first pledged US$ 78 million, then reduced it to US$ 10 million.


    27/07/2017 - MALAYSIA – ISLAM

    Muslim parliamentarian says that denying sex to husband is an 'abuse'


    Malaysia’s parliament is debating domestic violence against women. Lawmaker lists a number of 'abuses' that men endure, like being insulted and denied the possibility of having a second wife.


    27/07/2017 - ISRAEL

    Netanyahu promises to 'expel al-Jazeera from Israel'


    According to Israeli Prime Minister, the broadcaster "incites violence" with tensions in Jerusalem. A reporter had filmed an Israeli soldier kicking a Palestinian.


    27/07/2017 - PAKISTAN

    Faisalabad: Msgr. Arshad, for "A Society of Peace"

    by Kamran Chaudhry

    The launch of the album is part of the 70th anniversary of Pakistan's independence. The songs "reflect the richness of culture and the country's various colors". Film maker: "Christians have played a decisive role. They do not deserve to be called a minority. "


    26/07/2017 - MALDIVES

    Maldivian security forces lock down parliament to save president’s ally (Video)


    Troops stopped opposition MDP lawmakers from entering parliament, shoving them away. They were planning to vote on a non-confidence motion against the speaker for alleged corruption, which could have brought down the government. For opposition leader, a coup is imminent.


    26/07/2017 - VIETNAM

    Trần Thị Nga gets nine years in prison


    She had posted videos and articles accusing the state of violating human rights. None of her relatives or supporters were allowed to attend the trial. Her lawyers plan an appeal.


    26/07/2017 - FRANCE – ISLAM

    Christians and Muslims together in memory of Fr Jacques Hamel’s martyrdom


    The archbishop of Rouen led the Mass in the church where the priest was murdered. Emmanuel Macron thanks the Church of France for her "power of forgiveness". Saint-Etienne-du Rouvray has become a place of pilgrimage for Christians and Muslims.


    26/07/2017 - PHILIPPINES

    Focolarini exported the sharing economy to Asia

    by Santosh Digal

    In 1966, the Focolare Movement set foot in Asia, starting in the Philippines. From there, it spread to Pakistan, Myanmar, Thailand, and India. It is currently involved in banking, businesses, and associations to bridge the gap between haves and have-nots through profit sharing.


    26/07/2017 - PALESTINE – ISRAEL

    Palestinian religious and political authorities continue to boycott the al-Aqsa mosque compound


    Israel has removed metal detectors, but has announced new security measures. Mahmoud Abbas wants a return to the status quo ante before things can get back to normal and talks resume. Israel’s Supreme Court rules in favour of a human rights NGO that called for the return of the bodies of the 14 July attackers.


    26/07/2017 - CHINA

    Bao Tong: Liu Xiaobo was a great Chinese patriot

    by Bao Tong

    The great statesman talks about his friendship with the great dissident, who was left to die of cancer by the authorities. Liu’s peaceful and non-violent proposals in the 2008 manifesto are almost all already in the Chinese constitution; yet Liu was convicted for "subverting state power". Bao proposes the nationalisation of the army and federalism.


    26/07/2017 - AUSTRALIA - VATICAN

    Card. Pell professes his innocence at preliminary hearing in pedophilia trial


    Today, the trial began with an administrative hearing. Although he was not required to be present, the Cardinal came to court.


    26/07/2017 - USA - RUSSIA

    Washington mulls new sanctions for Russia, North Korea and Iran


    The bill passed almost unanimously in the Lower House. It is now awaiting the Senate debate. It limits Trump's powers and strengthens relations with Russia. There is a stop for companies that work on gas pipelines from Russia. Clamp down on business deals with North Korea and Iran.


    26/07/2017 - PAKISTAN

    Justice and peace condemns Lahore attack: rescue young people from the demon of terrorism

    by Shafique Khokhar

    The Taliban attacker between 16 and 18 years old. Extremist groups use "our youth to bring destruction". Educator: "It's not enough to kill some suspects. Terrorism is a wrong ideology that creeps into the depths of our society. "


    26/07/2017 - TIBET - CHINA

    Parents of young man who set himself on fire appeal to young Tibetans not to hurt themselves but to fight with education and culture


    19-year-old Tenzin Choeying set himself on fire in Varanasi. He died after a week later from 90% burns. He was cremated to at Dharamsala.

     


    25/07/2017 - INDIA

    Indian Jesuit: dismantling the myth of the 'Hindu nation'

    by George Pattery sj*

    For India, the greatest threat to freedom is the divisive ideology of Hindutva. After the first revolution that led to the emergence of a secular and democratic nation, a second revolution is now needed. The ruling government discriminates against minorities, forgets Dalits, creates fractures in society, in an attempt to impose a monolithic culture. The revival of the pluralistic spirit of India. An analysis by the Jesuit Provincial Superior for South Asia.


    25/07/2017 - SRI LANKA

    Sri Lanka: An office to find out the truth about loved ones who disappeared during the Civil War

    by Melani Manel Perera

    NGOs, some foreign governments, and civil society are pressing for it to become operational as soon as possible. For Amnesty International, "comforting words must be followed by firm action. Only justice can heal the wounds of the Srilankans ". Fernando Brito: "Muslims, Sinhalese and Tamil disappeared without distinction, and all of them had the right to live."       


    25/07/2017 - PALESTINE – UNITED NATIONS

    ‘Fun weeks' for 190,000 children in Gaza


    The "Summer Fun Weeks" programme is organized by the UN’s Palestinian Refugee Agency, and will last almost a month. It will provide a "window of hope" for children, but faces the effects of the Strip’s energy crisis.


    25/07/2017 - RUSSIA

    Exercises in Orthodox catechism in Moscow

    by Stefano Caprio

    The Biblical-Theological Commission of the Patriarchate of Moscow releases plans for official catechism of the Russian Orthodox Church. The idea of ​​catechism comes from the wisdom experienced by Russian martyrs of the faith last century. Its drafting began in the 1990s.


    25/07/2017 - TURKEY

    Trial under way against the staff of independent daily Cumhuriyet


    Seventeen writers, cartoonists and executives risk years of imprisonment if found guilty of supporting terrorist organisations. For their supporters, the charges are unfounded. The newspaper has been a thorn in the side of Erdoğan in recent years.


    25/07/2017 - IRAQ

    Europe seeks role in the political future of Iraq

    by Luca Galantini

    The fall of Mosul opens a new chapter. On the back of its experience in the former Yugoslavia, the EU should seek to encourage the reconciliation process through medium to long-term diplomatic initiatives that can involve all local and central political and social institutions in order to avoid the risk of fragmentation that would fuel sectarianism And contrasts.

     


    25/07/2017 - CHINA

    Beijing to monitor Uyghur's phones


    Since mid-July, mobile phones must have a self-monitoring app, ostensibly to fight terrorism, but in fact to scrutinise their content. This gives Chinese police the means to check out anyone. This worries human rights organisations.


    25/07/2017 - JAPAN

    The government wants to cut suicides by 30 per cent by 2025


    The goal is to reach 13 per 100,000 inhabitants. Although declining, Japan’s suicide rate is the highest in G7 countries. The suicide rate can be cut among young people through better prevention in school and social media. For the government, it is also important to improve the work environment, especially for apprentices, and monitor seniors living alone.


    25/07/2017 - FRANCE - ISLAM

    One year on from the assassination of Fr. Jacques Hamel: what has changed in France

    by Catherine Field (*)

    Commemorations for the 85-year-old parish priest whose throat was slit in front of the altar, presided by the Archbishop of Rouen, include President Emmanuel Macron, the Interior Minister and Muslim Representatives. The unity between Catholic and Muslim communities has been strengthened. But the government's fight against jihadism has many flaws. Overcrowded prisons, unemployment and marginalization are the ingredients for recruitment and radicalization.

     


    25/07/2017 - PAKISTAN

    Lahore, Christian neighborhood sealed off following Taliban bomb attack

    by Kamran Chaudhry

    Yesterday's attack was claimed by Tehreek-i-Taliban Pakistan. Access to the Bahar Colony within the area of the explosion, blocked. Nearly 50,000 Christians live in the neighborhood and there are nearly 200 churches. Bishops' study emergency aid for victims. At least 160 attacks occurred in Pakistan in 2013.

     






    Editor's choices

    CHINA - VATICAN
    60 years of the Chinese Patriotic Association: the Church subordinated to Politics

    Shan Ren Shen Fu (山人神父)

    Although in a low key - perhaps because of talks with the Vatican - the slogan for an "autonomous" and "independent" Church (from the Holy See) is completely subjugated to Party politics. Official bishops die like "state officials" far from the faithful. The Party forces its members to atheism. There are few  "witnesses" among official bishops and many  "opportunists".

     


    VATICAN
    Pope appeals for "moderation and dialogue" in Jerusalem



    At the Angelus Francis, concerned about the violence in the Holy City, asks all to pray "so that the Lord may inspire intentions of reconciliation and peace in all." Evil and good are "intertwined" in each of us, and it is not for man to distinguish or judge.


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