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  • 25/07/2017 - FRANCE - ISLAM

    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.

     


    by Catherine Field (*)

    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 - 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.

     


    25/07/2017 - ISRAEL - PALESTINE

    Israel removes metal detectors from Temple Mount


    The devices were dismantled before dawn. Netanyahu proposes to replace them with new "advanced" security technologies. The UN Security Council had asked for a solution by Friday. UN Middle East envoy: These events can create disasters far beyond the Middle East.

     


    24/07/2017 - ISRAEL – PALESTINE

    Palestinian Christians and Muslims oppose monitoring the Temple Mount/Haram al-Sharif compound


    Christians pray with Muslims. For Bernard Sabella, religion cannot and should not be a cause of conflict. Wisdom is needed to restore calm and engage dialogue, just as the pope says. For Adil Misk, Palestinian Christians and Muslims have said "no" to religious conflict. Israel has "climbed a tree and no longer knows how to come down." Muslims will not give up.


    24/07/2017 - NEPAL – INDIA

    'Bangalore Cares for Nepal' opens school for earthquake victims

    by Nirmala Carvalho

    The old school collapsed in the April 2015 earthquake. The new Jal Kalyan Vidyalay School was inaugurated on 21 July. It caters to secondary and high school students. Almost US$ 70,000 were spent on building four classrooms as well as a library and a lab.


    24/07/2017 - CHINA

    Beijing’s perfect police state harnessing big data and artificial intelligence

    by Willy Wo-Lap Lam

    Liu Xiaobo's death is expected to be a low moment for China’s pro-democracy activists. Most of its members are in jail or under house arrest. Their movements are controlled via big data. The same is true for underground Christians. The facial recognition industry is doing brisk business, fostered by the state and multinationals (including Taiwan-based ones). The old tool of volunteer-vigilantes is also in place in each neighbourhood. Orwell’s Big Brother is now a reality. Courtesy of the Jamestown Foundation.


    24/07/2017 - PHILIPPINES

    Human Trafficking in Asia: women of different religions mobilise

    by Santosh Digal

    For the first time, the role of women is highlighted as a key to prevent the new slave trade. Nearly 45 million people are victim of trafficking all over the world, nearly two thirds in Asia. For Sister Cecilian Espenilla of Talitha Kum, an organisation of Catholic women, modern slavery is opposed by all religious traditions. It is a crime against humanity and a serious offense against God.


    24/07/2017 - PAKISTAN

    Faisalabad, a Christian enslaved and slaughtered by his Muslim master

    by Shafique Khokhar

    Javed Masih was 32 years old. With his job, he was repaying a debt that his family had contracted three years ago. Contracted, he was supposed to work 24 a month. In reality he was a slave. Accused of theft, he was tortured for days. The employer's family threatens serious consequences while police refuse to open an investigation.

     


    24/07/2017 - BANGLADESH

    Students and Caritas help flood victims in Jamalpur

    by Sumon Corraya

    The kids from Notre Dame College Mymensingh raised funds in their classrooms. According to government sources, 132 schools have been closed in Jamalpur due to flooding. Many roads are under water.


    24/07/2017 - AFGHANISTAN

    Kabul: At least 24 die in attack on Shiite district


    A car filled with explosives ploughs into a ministerial bus. The number of victims, mostly civilians, could rise.

     


    24/07/2017 - RUSSIA

    Ljudmila Alekseeva, the 'mother of human rights' turns 90

    by Vladimir Rozanskij

    She is the founder of the "Helsinki Group" in Moscow to defend human rights in the Soviet Union. She collaborated with the new course, but then dropped out. Critical of the invasion of the Crimea. She also defends the religious freedom for Jehovah's Witnesses. Vladimir Putin visited her on her birthday. She has asked for the release of Igor Izmestev, in prison for 12 years.


    24/07/2017 - CHINA - VATICAN

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

    by 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".

     


    24/07/2017 - JORDAN - ISRAEL

    Israeli Embassy in Amman: two Jordanians killed and one Israeli wounded


    Amman's security forces seal off neighborhood. Little news from Jordanian police. The Israeli foreign ministry censors information. Pope Francis makes appeal.

     


    23/07/2017 - 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.


    22/07/2017 - INDIA

    Bishops: August 10 a 'black day' for discriminated Dalit Christians

    by Purushottam Nayak

    The initiative of Indian Bishops' Conference Office for Dalits and Disadvantaged Classes. The constitutional order of 1950 excludes all non-Hindus from the advantages reserved to the former "untouchables". In the following years, the changes included Sikhs and Buddhists. Christian and Muslim Dalits are marginalized


    22/07/2017 - IRAQ

    Karamles, welcomes home first Christian family, after Isis: "Like letting go of a heavy weight".


    Labib Rammo, along with his wife and children, left Ankawa's exile to return home. After three years, "we really feel we are in the right place." Hope to find coexistence with Muslims; Reconstruction a "duty"; Sufferings have "strengthened our faith".

     


    22/07/2017 - ISRAEL - PALESTINE

    Protests in Jerusalem: Hundreds of Palestinians injured and three dead


    Tensions high since early morning. The clashes exploded after prayers, triggered by the stun grenade launched by the police to separate demonstrators. The victims between 18 and 20. In the evening, a Palestinian stabbed tand killed three settlers because "there is no life after what I have seen at al-Aqsa".

     


    22/07/2017 - USA - NORTH KOREA

    White House to issue travel ban to North Korea


    The ban is the direct consequence of the death of Otto Warmbier, the American student who died after more than a year in North Korean prisons. The restriction will be published next week in the Federal Register and will come into effect within 30 days. The interim period needed to regularize the situation of those who are already in Pyongyang.

     


    22/07/2017 - CHINA

    No one knows where Liu Xia is, but police guard her empty apartment


    No response to foreign journalists ' request for news. Friends say they have no information about Liu Xiaobo's wife and believe sh is being kept under police control in the southern Yunnan province

     


    21/07/2017 - RUSSIA

    Tsar Nicholas II's martyrdom celebrated as Russia seeks its soul

    by Vladimir Rozanskij

    At least 60,000 pilgrims from around the world participated in the pilgrimage and divine liturgy in honour of the Romanov family slain by the Bolsheviks. The tsar was the last to hold sacred power in Europe. Communism included a new from "Antichrist" sacredness. Russian Orthodox exalt the "passive martyrdom", devotion to the suffering Christ.


    21/07/2017 - SYRIA

    Disabled and orphaned by war, boy calls for a spring of peace in Syria


    Rabee Zarife is a 15-year-old Muslim. In November 2016, he lost his father and both legs when a shell exploded. Today, Caritas Syria is caring for him materially and psychologically. His greatest desire is to complete his studies but he still cannot go to school. Sometimes, he feels “like when I was a baby of one-year old”.


    21/07/2017 - INDIA

    Indian bishops urge new president to uphold the constitution and the law


    The Indian Bishops' Conference congratulates Ram Nath Kovind for his election yesterday. A former governor of Bihar, he is a member of the Hindu nationalist Bharatiya Janata Party. CIBC general secretary urges him to “devote himself to the service and well-being of the people of the Republic of India.”






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    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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