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  • 21/09/2017 - VATICAN

    Francis met today with members of Pontifical Commission for the Protection of Minors. He acknowledged that the Church was late in dealing with these crimes, but insisted that her policy now was “zero tolerance”. More importantly, “we can listen with interest to the voices of the victims and the survivors, as we have much to learn from them and their personal stories of courage and perseverance.”




    21/09/2017 - HOLY LAND

    For Mgr Marcuzzo, the attack against St Stephen’s Church in Beit Jimal is a sign of fanaticism


    The Salesian place of worship is located 27 km west of Jerusalem. The attackers caused huge damage, breaking statues and stained glass. The heads of the Catholic Church in the Holy Land condemned the attack. For the Vicar to Jerusalem, the act of vandalism “fits in with the pattern of past incidents”.


    21/09/2017 - IRAQ

    Bassora, a statue of Our Lady removed to 'avoid tensions between religious communities'

    by Pierre Balanian

    Five meters high and two wide the statue was in the center of the city. Since 2003, 90% of Christians have left the city, 300 families remain. The Chaldean Archbishop offers a monument dedicated to all religions.


    21/09/2017 - UN - IRAN - UNITED STATES

    UN: Rouhani defends nuclear deal, criticizing "the ignorant and hateful" Trump


    The Iranian leader replies to the "ignorant, absurd, and hateful" speech of the US President, calling it "unsuitable" for the United Nations Assistance. Iran will remain faithful to the covenant, but is ready to respond "resolutely" to external violations. The US will end up "destroying their own credibility".


    21/09/2017 - BANGLADESH – VATICAN

    Card D'Rozario says that the Church can be a field hospital for the Rohingya

    by card. Patrick D’Rozario*

    At least 420,000 Muslim refugees fled Myanmar for Bangladesh. They are “without many dreams or hope for the future, except only to save their lives, so human an urge, from sudden inhuman atrocities.” “The love of Bangladesh should put pressure on Myanmar to open the borders, their conscience and their hearts to receive their brothers and sisters”.


    21/09/2017 - VATICAN

    Pope: the mafia is the result of corruption, inequalities, poverty, and deviant politics


    Organised crime is fought at the political and economic levels against a financial system that “is now sovereign over democratic rules”. This requires “the construction of a new civil conscience [. . .] and working towards a new way of being citizens, including care and responsibility for others and for the common good”.


    21/09/2017 - INDIA

    Madhya Pradesh, Catholics and Protestants denounce Hindutva targeting of the poor.

    by Nirmala Carvalho

    A college that hosted tribal students since 1997 closed. The police arrived with five trucks full of Hindu extremists, scaring the children. The college is accused of forced conversions. Sajan K George: "Nationalists are against Catholics because they want to continue to exploit dalit and tribal."


    21/09/2017 - VATICAN

    Pope: "Doctrine" does not come before mercy


    The scandals, "There are so many, many ... And always, even in the Church today. They say, 'No, you can not, it's all clear, it's all, no, no ... Those are sinners, we have to turn them away.' Many saints have also been persecuted or suspected. " "The door that leads to encounter with Jesus is recognizing ourselves as we are, the truth. Sinners ".


    21/09/2017 - PHILIPPINES

    Manila, Duterte tells son: 'If guilty, you're dead'


    Paul Duterte is accused of association with crime and drug trafficking. The young politician denies having smuggled 120 million euros worth of methamphetamine. Opposition deputies say that president and family have long been involved in illicit activities.


    21/09/2017 - VIETNAM

    Hoàng Mai, Catholic activist Nguyễn Văn Oai convicted again


    Nonviolent protests took place in front of the court. This is the second time the activist is imprisoned for his pro-democracy activities. The activist is one of the 14 young Christians arrested by the government in 2011. Local Catholics show their support in Vinh diocese. “People have become braver, more aware to protect the 'righteous',” says local Catholic.


    21/09/2017 - KOREA - USA

    North Korean Minister: Trump is a 'barking dog'


    Trump had called Kim Jong-un a "man-rocket" on a "suicidal mission" and threatened the UN with the country's "total destruction" in the event of an attack. Seoul approves the delivery of food aid to the North for children and pregnant mothers and vaccines and medical care for $ 8 million.


    20/09/2017 - IRAN – EUROPEAN UNION – UNITED STATES

    Iranians favour globalisation and trade with Europe, but fear Trump


    Survey confirms increasing optimism among Iranians, a majority of whom believe they children will have a better future than them. For 90 per cent, the presence of foreign companies in the country is positive. The possible scrapping of the nuclear agreement is feared. European intellectuals, diplomats and ex military make an appeal in favour of the deal.


    20/09/2017 - SAUDI ARABIA

    Riyadh arrests two human rights activists


    The two were waiting for an appeal against prior convictions. Human rights group say the authorities want to crush the country’s human rights movement. Since the start of the month, they have rounded up 30 clerics and scholars.


    20/09/2017 - MYANMAR

    Aung San Suu Kyi says she was “firm with the military before” and still is


    Myanmar’s democratic leader rejects the accusation that she’s gone “soft”. World figures have criticised her for her silence over the Rohingya. Her party always sought “national reconciliation”. Relations with the powerful military remain an issue. Under the constitution Aung San Suu Kyi cannot play a role in security matters. She sees a solution to the Rohingya crisis with the international community.


    20/09/2017 - IRAQ

    A statue of Our Lady removed in Basra to avoid tensions between religious communities


    The five-by-two-metre sculpture stood in the city centre. Since 2003, 90 per cent of Basra’s Christians have left; only 300 families are left. The Chaldean archbishop proposes a monument to all religions.


    20/09/2017 - INDIA

    Heavy rains cause more flooding in Mumbai


    In the past two days, 210 millimetres of rain have fallen, flooding roads and diverting air traffic. One plane skidded down the runway. Schools and universities remain closed. The intensity of weather events is due to climate change.


    20/09/2017 - TAIWAN – MEXICO

    Five Taiwanese under the rubble in Mexico City quake


    Search is underway in collapsed office building in city centre. The 7.1 quake hit several states. The death toll now stands at 248, including 20 children with 30 more missing. Rescue teams and volunteers claw with their shovels and bare hands seeking survivors.


    20/09/2017 - INDIA

    Catholic college closed down in Madhya Pradesh. Bishop of Sagar: They want to drive out Christians

    by Nirmala Carvalho

    The college has been hosting the poor tribal students of the area for 20 years. The Church legally bought the property and the documents are in order. Bishop Anthony Chirayath: "False accusation of having converted 200 people". Archbishop Cornelio: "Nationalists want tribals to return to the Hindu religion. But they have not been converted. "


    20/09/2017 - UN - ISRAEL - IRAN

    Netanyahu to the UN: Iranian curtain descends on the Middle East


    Applause for Trump's speech. Criticism of the nuclear agreement. When "the sun sets" on the restrictions, a dark shadow will be cast over the whole Middle East and the world. " He also accused the UN of not being able to distinguish "black and white, right and wrong" when it comes to Israel.


    20/09/2017 - UN - IRAN - USA

    UN, Trump attacks Iranian "rogue" and threatens "the end of the regime"


    Iran, accused on a paar with North Korea of being a "rogue state". He speaks of "murderous regime" that promotes "destabilizing activities". Rouhani: If it reneges on nuclear agreement, the US will lose "credibility". Zarif: Speech from the Middle Ages.


    20/09/2017 - US-KOREA-UN

    Trump threatens the 'total destruction' of North Korea. Silence from Seoul and Tokyo


    Veiled criticism of China, Pyongyang's ally. The irony of Chinese newspapers. An attack on North Korea would hit the South, Japan, and the North Asia region.


    19/09/2017 - VATICAN

    Pope creates an Institute for Matrimonial and Family Sciences


    The new body replaces the one founded by John Paul II. The goal is to adapt to the journey undertaken by the Church with the Synods of 2014 and 2015 and with the Post-Synodal Apostolic Exhortation Amoris laetitia of 2016.


    19/09/2017 - INDIA

    Sister Lissy: the mission among the poor fills stomachs and hungry hearts with Christ

    by Lissy Maruthanakuzhy*

    A member of the Congregation of the Daughters of St Paul, she eventually turned to poor fishermen in Kerala “While our media mission caters to the elite and intellectuals”. Then, in 2008, she travelled with Mgr Thomas Menamparampil to the jungle villages in Assam, where the missionaries can “enter into the agony of the masses who were like ‘sheep without a shepherd’".


    19/09/2017 - INDONESIA

    Anti-Communist protests are designed to create problems for the president

    by Mathias Hariyadi

    "Spreading rumours and falsehoods on social media about the rebirth of the Indonesian Communist Party (PKI) is nonsense, a fantasy," said historian Asvi Marwan Adam of the Indonesian Science Institute (LIPI). The goal is to make Jokowi less popular and crate frictions with religious leaders, especially those of the Nahdlatul Ulama.


    19/09/2017 - ASIA

    More than 40 million slaves and 152 million forced children labourers in 2016


    The data are found in two reports by the International Labour Organisation, the Walk Free Foundation and the International Organisation of Migration. Forced marriage is one form of modern slavery. Three quarters of all victims are women and girls.


    19/09/2017 - VATICAN

    Pope: The Christian must "draw close" to those who suffer to restore their dignity


    Following Christ’s example, we must suffer and empathize with the needy, not help them "from afar", because there are those who are dirty, who "do not shower," who "stink." With our "intercessory prayer," with our "work" as Christians, we must be able to help people who suffer, to "return to society", "family life", work; in short: to "everyday life".


    19/09/2017 - PHILIPPINES

    Mgr Edwin dela Peña: Christians and Muslims for Peace in Marawi

    by Santosh Digal

    The Church must be a “reconciling presence". We need to build bridges, not division and hate. The Filipino Church and Caritas are committed to the displaced. Young Moro design and sell t-shirts to raise funds.


    19/09/2017 - RUSSIA

    Saint Nicholas the Tsar and Matilda, the Polish ballerina

    by Vladimir Rozanskij

    Protests, threats, arson attacks on cinemas screening the film "Matilda", about the affair between the future Tsar and a young ballerina of the imperial theatre. Nationalists decry a patriotic and religious scandal (Tsar Nicholas was canonized in 2000). Reparatory pilgrimages announced. The Orthodox Church suggests banning the projection of the film.


    19/09/2017 - CHINA

    A letter-prayer from Wang Bingzhang, pioneer of democracy, in prison for 15 years

    by Yaxue Cao

    The dissident was a protégé of the Party, one of the first Chinese students sent abroad after Mao Zedong’s death. After he returned home, he abandoned his medical career and founded a movement for democracy. Released in 1998, he was abducted in Vietnam in 2002 and taken to China where he was sentenced to life in prison. "I know that everything of mine was given by you, and that all glory belongs to you. I will absolutely not fail in the mission you gave me.”


    19/09/2017 - IRAQ

    The Supreme Court suspends referendum on Kurdistan


    The supreme court intends to examine the appeals received on the vote. At the heart of the dispute is the "constitutionality" of the referendum. A Kurdish delegation waits in Baghdad for an official meeting. Concern among world news agencies: the vote is likely to weaken the Arab-Kurdish anti-Isis alliance and trigger a new internal conflict.






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    JAPAN - VATICAN
    Archbishop Kikuchi: In tune with the Pope and Card. Filoni for mission in Japan

    Tarcisio Isao Kikuchi

    The bishop of Niigata and President of Caritas Japan comments on yesterday’s papal message sent to the bishops of Japan. The journey stages of Card. Filoni, which will also touch Fukushima. The question of the relationship with the Neocatechumenal Way is still "unresolved".


    VATICAN - JAPAN
    Pope to Japanese Bishops: Be the salt and light of society, even going against the trends



    During the pastoral visit of Card. Fernando Filoni, Prefect of Propaganda Fide, to the Land of the Rising Sun, Pope Francis urges the bishops and the Japanese Church to renew their missionary commitment to society, marked by suicides, divorces, religious formalism, material and spiritual poverty. The request to collaborate with ecclesial movements, perhaps in memory of the controversy with the Neocatechumenal Way.


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