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  • 20/11/2017 - MYANMAR-EU-CHINA

    The head of EU diplomacy has promised help to find a "sustainable solution" to the emergency. Europe strongly supports the democratic transition in Myanmar. The new Beijing approach to the emergency in Rakhine. Chinese Foreign Minister Wang Yi illustrates a "three-stage plan". Economic interests push China to play a more active role in the humanitarian crisis.




    20/11/2017 - RUSSIA

    Moscow, traditional religions to take part in patriotic education

    by Vladimir Rozanskij

    New law outlines the figure of the patriot: he loves his country; he leads a healthy lifestyle; no smoking or alcohol abuse; capable of forming a large family. The actors of such education: public authorities, third sector organizations, families, and traditional religious confessions. The law due to be launched by January 1, 2018, the beginning of the presidential election campaign (with Putin the clear favourite). The skepticism of sociologist Leontij Byzov.


    20/11/2017 - ISRAEL - PALESTINE

    Israeli soldier Elor Azaria, who shot defenceless Palestinian, denied pardon


    Israeli President Rivlin denies pardon. The 18-month sentence is indulgent, any further lessening of the sentence would damage the armed forces and Israel. The case creates divisions in civil society. Azaria has never shown remorse.


    20/11/2017 - SRI LANKA

    Road accident sparks renewed tensions between Buddhists and Muslims in Sri Lanka


    At least 66 homes, 26 shops, two mosques and 16 vehicles were damaged or torched. Police arrest 24 people for inciting ethnic violence. Disorders come as the United Nations Human Rights Council releases its review. Minorities are still in danger.


    20/11/2017 - VIETNAM

    Vietnam celebrates Teachers’ Day, but its educational system is in crisis

    by Paul Hung Quoc

    For critics, Vietnam’s education is too politicised and centred on producing graduates, and not enough on the moral training of younger generations. Forced by the regime to think a certain way, young people are unable to develop creative thoughts. The economic impact of an education at the service of the Communist Party is negative.


    20/11/2017 - PAKISTAN – CHINA

    Pakistan’s decision to build dam without Beijing reveals in cracks in the Belt and Road Initiative


    Pakistan is the second country in a few days to cancel a deal with China. Beijing wants sovereign guarantees, but refuses public tenders. Concerns are raised about the quality of Chinese equipment. The use of Chinese workers displaces locals, causing a significant political fallout.


    20/11/2017 - UNITED NATIONS – SRI LANKA

    Sri Lanka accepts 177 recommendations made by United Nations Human Rights Council


    At the Universal Periodic Review at the UN headquarters in Geneva, the head of the Sri Lankan delegation asks for patience with respect to the implementation of reforms. Critics exert pressure on issues like the people who went missing during the civil war, the return of seized lands, and the release and compensation for those unjustly accused of terrorism. Human Rights Watch also calls for action in matters of sexual orientation and gender identity.


    20/11/2017 - INDIA

    Sajan K George: arrested Christians, India’s vulnerable

    by Nirmala Carvalho

    On November 19 some Pentecostals arrested in Madhya Pradesh; on November 15 an evangelical in Chhattisgarh. The leader of the Global Council of Indian Christians seeks protection for the celebrations of November 26, Solemnity of Christ the King.


    20/11/2017 - NORTH KOREA

    North Korean defector found with scores of worms, a worrying humanitarian condition


    The soldier was found last week with gunshot wounds. Humans get worms by eating uncooked vegetables grown with untreated faeces. North Korea has no resources for a modern health service, but refuses to admit poor health and nutrition conditions to protect its image.


    20/11/2017 - LEBANON - FRANCE

    Hariri announces impromptu visit to Cairo and renews his promise of a return to Lebanon


    In the next few hours, the former Lebanese premier should leave Paris for Cairo. A meeting with Egyptian President al-Sisi is scheduled. His return to Lebanon scheduled for November 22, for independence celebrations. After speaking with Aoun, he should clarify the future.


    20/11/2017 - INDONESIA

    Papua, special forces free 345 hostages from separatists

    by Mathias Hariyadi

    323 adults and 22 children from the village of Tembagapura saved. The troops first successfully occupied Kimberly and Bunti. Free Papua Movement militants have fled into the jungle. Gun fire heard during evacuation of hostages exploded some shots. Two corpses found.


    19/11/2017 - VATICAN

    Pope hopes that Lebanon can continue to be a message of respect and coexistence


    People should not be afraid of God, as if he were "a master who wants to punish us". For the pope, “Jesus has always shown us that God is not a stern and intolerant master, but a father full of love, tenderness, and goodness. Therefore, we can and must have immense trust in Him.” The pontiff also urged “drivers to be prudent and respect the rules as the first form of protection of themselves and others.”


    19/11/2017 - VATICAN

    Taking care of the poor is an “evangelical duty”, pope says


    Francis celebrated Mass on the First World Day of the Poor noting that "God will not ask if we felt righteous indignation, but whether we did some good.” The “great sin” against the poor is “indifference”, turning away “from a brother or sister in need,” growing “indignant at evil but do[ing] nothing about it.” For the pope, “God will not ask if we felt righteous indignation, but whether we did some good.”


    18/11/2017 - VATICAN

    Pope: not everything that is technically possible is ethically acceptable


    Great progress in science raises "great and serious" questions. “Scientific and technological progress is needed for the good of all humanity, and its benefits cannot only profit a few”.


    18/11/2017 - IRAN

    Innovative start-ups hit the new Silk Road to boost Iran’s economy and development


    Silk Road Start-up competition is the first public-private initiative. Iran and foreign and experts travelled 4,000 kilometres to seven cities to evaluate hundreds of projects. The final event is set for early 2018 on Kish Island.


    18/11/2017 - INDIA

    For Card Gracias, World Day of the Poor is an opportunity to be a “Church of the Poor for the Poor”

    by Nirmala Carvalho

    The ACTS project has been launched to provide help to the needy, involving all of the parishes of Mumbai archdiocese. The cardinal will share a meal with the poor. Caritas India launches an initiative to counter child malnutrition.


    18/11/2017 - INDONESIA

    In Jakarta, the bishops remember the important role played by the Church in Indonesian history

    by Mathias Hariyadi

    The prelates renewed their support for the nation’s values ​​of unity and harmony to which Catholics were committed before and after independence. The Vatican was among the first foreign states to recognise the new country, which the Indonesian Catholic Church helped stabilise. Mgr Albertus Soegijapranata of the Semarang Apostolic Vicariate played an important role.


    18/11/2017 - CHINA

    China leading Asia’s digital revolution


    Eight Chinese companies are among the top ten firms that are disrupting life with digital technology. The other two are Japanese and South Korean. The result has ben faster economic growth. The use of smartphones in lieu of credit cards has exploded.


    17/11/2017 - LEBANON – SAUDI ARABIA – FRANCE

    As Paris gets ready to welcome the Lebanese PM, the Hariri affairs has a happy end

    by Fady Noun

    Tomorrow the outgoing Lebanese prime minister is set to leave Saudi Arabia for France. Doubts remain about his future and that of his government. President Aoun’s protection boosts the bond with his "adoptive son". The Saudis maintain their goals on Lebanon as Europe, the United States and Iran want Lebanon’s stability.


    17/11/2017 - SAUDI ARABIA – ISRAEL

    Israeli general tells Saudi paper that Saudi Arabia has never been Israel’s enemy


    Signs of Saudi-Israeli rapprochement are growing. General Gadi Eisenkot talks about intelligence co-operation with Arab countries against Iran, the common enemy.


    17/11/2017 - INDONESIA

    Indonesia plans to build a thousand eco-friendly mosques


    There are 800,000 mosques in the country. Muslim clerics, the private sector, universities and communities are called to work together. Religious leaders are in favour of environmental understanding and education. The Indonesian Ulema Council (MUI) has already issued fatwas on forest fires and mining.


    17/11/2017 - PAKISTAN

    Interfaith conference of young people in Lahore for harmony and peace

    by Shafique Khokhar

    Called AAWAZ (Voice and Responsibility) programme, the event drew more than a hundred young people from 30 districts. Participants used games and exchanges to improve socialisation.


    17/11/2017 - CHINA

    Communist Party propaganda calls on Chinese not to be seduced by western values

    by Wang Zhicheng

    New propaganda chief Huang Kunming pushes Xi Jinping's views on Chinese-style socialism to protect Chinese identity against "universal values". This includes banning multiparty democracy and leave absolute power in the hands of the Party.


    17/11/2017 - VATICAN

    Pope: It is good to think every day when that 'the Lord will call me'


    For some this call will be sudden, for others after a long illness, we do not know. But "the call will be there!" And it will be a surprise, but then there will be the other surprise of the Lord: eternal life. For this reason, "the Church in these days tells us: stop a little, stop and think about death."


    17/11/2017 - BANGLADESH - VATICAN

    Dhaka, over 8,000 police to ensure security for Pope Francis’ visit

    by Sumon Corraya

    The pontiff will arrive in the capital on November 30. At least 550 Catholic volunteers do training courses to support police. CCTV installed. All events will be monitored and each participant checked.


    17/11/2017 - HONG KONG – PHILIPPINES – RUSSIA

    Hong Kong, centre for recruitment fraud of Filipino workers


    Recruitment agencies deceive domestic helpers with the promise of well-paid jobs in Moscow, getting US$ 3,500-5,500 in fees. Victims are forced to turn to banks or loan sharks. About 75,000 Filipino workers worldwide are stuck in limbo with no income.


    17/11/2017 - VATICAN - MYANMAR

    Pope: In Myanmar, I come to encourage every effort to build harmony (Video)


    Francis’ video message on the eve of his November 26 to 30 journey. "I come to proclaim the Gospel of Jesus Christ, a message of reconciliation, forgiveness and peace".


    17/11/2017 - CHINA-VATICAN

    Msgr. Lucas Li Jingfeng has died. The memory of a young Catholic

    by Piccolo agnello del Signore

    He was perhaps the only bishop who was not a member of the Patriotic Association, although he was recognized by the government. In 2005 he was invited to the Synod on the Eucharist, but the government did not allow him to attend. He spent over 20 years in forced labor camps. His praise of the Letter from Benedict XVI to Chinese Catholics. Since the beginning of the year his health had deteriorated. Funeral will be held on 25 November.


    17/11/2017 - SYRIA - RUSSIA - UN

    Moscow blocks the prolongation of UN investigations on Damascus's use of chemical weapons


    Russia exercises the right of veto in the Security Council. The US-led resolution calls for a 12-month extension of the joint committee's work. Today, a motion from Japan proposing the extension of 30 days. Tensions rise between Moscow and Washington.


    16/11/2017 - IRAQ

    Bishop Warduni calls for a new constitution for the rebirth of a secular and united Iraq


    For the Chaldean Church, it is crucial to revamp the foundational charter of the state on the basis of the principles of equality and human rights. Some sharia-based rules are unacceptable in a modern and civilian state. The conflict between Arabs and Kurds, and between Erbil and Baghdad, is likely to trigger a new Christian exodus.






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    HONG KONG - CHINA - VATICAN
    Mass for a deceased underground priest. Card. Zen asks for God ‘s grace to save the Church in China and the Holy See from the 'precipice'

    Li Yuan

    Fr. Wei Heping, 41, died in mysterious circumstances, his body dumped in a river in Taiyuan (Shanxi). For the police claim he committed suicide. Family members are not allowed to even see the autopsy report. For Card. Zen the Holy See (which "is not necessarily the Pope") seeks a compromise at all costs with the Chinese government, risking "to sell out the faithful Church". Justice and Peace publish a booklet about Fr. Wei, not to forget.


    VATICAN - ITALY
    Pope: No more war, its only fruit is death, 'our self-destruction'



    Marking the Feast of All Souls, Francis celebrated Mass at the American Cemetery in Nettuno. "When so many times in history men think of a war, they are convinced of bringing a new world, they are convinced of making a 'spring'. It ends in a winter, ugly, cruel, with the reign of terror and death."


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