09/12/2016 - MYANMAR
Mgr Philip Za Hawng describes the tragic situation in the northern region of Shan State, where fighting rages between the government army and rebel forces. Civilians have fled to China to escape the fighting. In the meantime, illiteracy and the drug trade grow. The prelate offers a proposal for lasting peace.
by Phillip Za Hawng*
09/12/2016 - BANGLADESH – VATICAN
Prime Minister Hasina to invite Pope Francis for a visit to Bangladesh (photos)by Sumon Corraya
Card D'Rozario met the prime minister in her office. The apostolic nuncio, Archbishop George Kocherry, was present at the meeting. "On behalf of the 600,000 members of the Christian community that I represent, I express my loyalty to the prime minister and the nation,” the cardinal said.
09/12/2016 - GULF
Washington and London rake up billion-dollar contracts to sell weapons to Saudi Arabia, Qatar and UAE
The United States plans to sell military helicopters and hardware worth billions of dollars despite criticism from activists and NGOs that the weapons kill innocent civilians in Yemen. UK and Gulf nations enter a strategic partnership against Iran, a "threat" to the region.
09/12/2016 - INDIA – UNITED STATES
After placing US Christian NGO under supervision, which puts thousands of poor children at risk, India has second thoughtsby Nirmala Carvalho
Compassion International operates in India with 580 partners, providing US$ 50 million a year. In February, the Indian government placed it under its supervision. The group has gone before the US Congress. Radical Hindu group criticises the explicit goal of evangelising children.
09/12/2016 - VATICAN
Pope: Priests should not be "officials", or worldly or "intermediaries" of God's love
The authentic priest "is a mediator very close to his people," an official instead just does his job, but then moves onto another "always as an official", "he does not know what it means to get his hands dirty" be in the midst of reality. And that is why when "the priest changes from official to intermediary he is not happy, he is sad." And looks for a little bit of happiness "in being seen, making his authority felt".
09/12/2016 - SYRIA
An interview with Assad: Yes to inter-Syrian dialogue, no to terrorism and foreign interference
The Syrian president distinguishes between the opposition forces in the country. Not all are collaborators and talks are not possible with those who are "serving foreign agendas". He attacks Saudi Arabia and Qatar responsible for Israeli superiority in the region. The fight against corruption and the commitment to improving the living conditions of citizens. A truce in the fighting in Aleppo.
09/12/2016 - INDONESIA
Muslim extremists slam Christian university for “false” advertisingby Mathias Hariyadi
A banner at Duta Wacana University, a Protestant institution, shows a female student wearing a hijab. According to Islamic radicals, a Muslim should not be shown in an ad for a Christian institution. However, for one Muslim student, “no political agenda should interfere with academic studies”.
09/12/2016 - INDIA
Sister Meena Barwa: Handmaids of Mary mark Feast of the Immaculate with renewal of vowsby Nirmala Carvalho
Seven nuns operate in Madhya Pradesh. Yesterday 19 new sisters made their profession in Orissa. About 500 sisters in India and Germany. With particular preference for the poor, women and children, working in the field of social work, education and healthcare.
09/12/2016 - VIETNAM - CHINA
South China Sea: Hanoi continues to build on disputed islands
Satellite images taken on November 30 show Vietnamese ships near the Ladd Reef, a small island in the Spratly. The military purpose of the new base is still unconfirmed, but it could trigger Beijing’s ire.
09/12/2016 - TIBET - CHINA
Gansu, Tibetan self immolates invoking the Dalai Lama
The 146th immolation since 2009. Police have taken the victim's body. The scene was filmed. The Dalai Lama: "Safeguarding life as the highest" value.
09/12/2016 - ISRAEL - PALESTINE
UN: Israeli settlements norm violates international law
The UN Human Rights High Commissioner Zeid Ra'ad Al Hussein invites parliamentarians to "reconsider" support for the norm. It "harms the reputation" of Israel in the world. The Knesset approves the first reading with 57 votes in favor and 51 against. Two more votes scheduled before final approval.
09/12/2016 - SOUTH KOREA
South Korean parliament votes to impeach President Park Geun-hye
Members of her own party voted against her. Decision now rests with Constitutional Court. If ousted, Park would be the first South Korean president to undergo such a fate.
08/12/2016 - VATICAN
Pope’s prayer for the Immaculate in Piazza di Spagnaby Papa Francesco
In homage to Mary in Piazza di Spagna, Pope Francis ideally brings the entire city of Rome and the world. He calls for an “immaculate heart” to love without" masks and ruses”. He asserts the certainty of grace that wins over "discouragement". Afterwards, he visited S. Maria Maggiore.
08/12/2016 - VATICAN
Pope: God comes to dwell among us by means of a great Yes, that of Mary
On the Solemnity of the Immaculate Conception, Pope Francis compares man’s ‘No’ before God to Mary’s ‘great Yes", "the most important in history”. We are "experts in half Yeses" or ‘missed Yeses’. He also mentioned the victims of the earthquake in Aceh (Indonesia), and invited the faithful to attend the homage to Mary in Piazza di Spagna this afternoon. The pope will also visit S. Maria Maggiore.
07/12/2016 - PHILIPPINES
Ozamiz archbishop calls for a stop to child soldier recruitment in Mindanao
Mgr Martin Jumoad wants the government to " double their efforts to win the sympathy of our young (people) [on] the side of goodness.” Poverty and lack of education are the main causes of the problem. Rebel groups fighting government forces take hundreds of children.
07/12/2016 - YEMEN
Aden: authorities uncover Islamic State cell, arrest eight Jihadis
Security forces detain militants blamed for recent deadly attacks, seizing silenced pistols and letters from IS leaders in Syria and Iraq. Government troops find four tonnes of explosives in Shihr and arrest five suspects planning “terrorist attacks”.
07/12/2016 - INDIA
In Andhra Pradesh, believers from every religion give thanks to Mary for miracles received
07/12/2016 - VATICAN
Pope: the secular state is a good thing, but laicism is old-fashioned
In an interview with a Belgian weekly, Francis criticises laicism that “closes the doors to transcendence”, which instead is part of the human essence. "[N]o religion as such can foment war. Because in this case it would be proclaiming a god of destruction, a god of hatred." Synodality does not mean “descend[ing] from high to low”; it means instead “listen[ing] to the Churches, harmonis[ing] them, discern[ing]."
07/12/2016 - JAPAN
Fukushima: fish and shellfish no longer radioactive
Over the past five and a half years, the Fukushima fisheries experimental station analysed fish and shellfish samples. For the first time in years, radioactive cesium levels are within the safety limit.
07/12/2016 - VATICAN
Pope: "I hope God is with me", walking beside me
Francis began a series of catechesis dedicated to Christian hope, "that never disappoints." Appeals for days against corruption and human rights, "two realities closely linked: corruption is the downside to fight"; "Human rights are the positive aspect, to promote."
07/12/2016 - UAE - IRAQ
Chaldean Patriarch: Save Iraq's cultural heritage threatened by warby Louis Raphael Sako*
In Abu Dhabi the international conference dedicated to the preservation of cultural heritage in conflict areas. The goal is to collect 100 million to finance projects and initiatives. Unesco: Protection of heritage as "global strategy against hatred and extremism." Mar Sako: "Urgent need for decisive action by the international community" in cooperation with the Iraqi government.
07/12/2016 - INDONESIA
West Java: Islamic radicals disrupt a Christian Christmas celebrationby Mathias Hariyadi
The faithful of the Evangelical Reformed Church were gathered in a hall in Bandung, when dozens of people stormed interrupting the choir and dispersing the crowd: "You cannot celebrate in a place that is not a church."
07/12/2016 - CHINA
Workers of multinationals pulling out of China go on strikeby Wang Zhicheng
Clashes with police and arrests in the Danone and Sony factories. Also problems with Coca Cola. The workers fear that the new masters (Chinese) will cut jobs, lower their wages, impoverish working conditions. Apple, McDonald's, KFC and many other moving elsewhere because the cost of Chinese labor has grown and sales fall.
07/12/2016 - LEBANON
Patriarch Rai: A government by Christmas, as a gift to revive country's future
The Maronite leader urges political forces to reach an agreement, as was the case for the election of the president. The common consensus and reconciliation between Maronites and Sunnis will be complete "with the formation of a new government." But there are internal divisions and power struggles. And the "obstacles" of a "regional dimension" working to "weaken" the mandate of Aoun.
07/12/2016 - INDONESIA
6.4 earthquake in Aceh: At least 52 dead, search for missingby Mathias Hariyadi
The earthquake struck at 5:03 am local time. Many residents were preparing for morning Muslim prayers. Homes destroyed and thousands displaced. It is the worst natural disaster since the 2004 tsunami.
06/12/2016 - CHINA
China's second child law has not improved its demographics nor its economyby Jing Zhang
Women’s Rights in China Director Jing Zhang was invited to give a speech at the conference “The Prospects for Democratization in China” organized by The China Democracy Forum, New York University (NYU) and Beijing Spring magazine. The theme of the conference was “The Match between Righteousness and Evil, The Responsibility and Choice of International Society” (see picture 1).
06/12/2016 - ITALY – ORTHODOXY
For Bartholomew, Christians cannot be indifferent to migrants and fundamentalism
The Ecumenical Patriarch attended Mass in Bari’s Basilica of St Nicholas. We “cannot be silent before the scandal of the commodification of people, of religious fundamentalism that claims to act in the God’s name, of man's exploitation of man, of the depletion of natural resources for the benefit of a few to the detriment of the many, especially the poorest.”
06/12/2016 - INDIA
Tens of thousands of Indians mourn the death of Jayalalithaa, "mother" of Tamil Nadu
After a long illness, the chief minister died at the age of 68. A former Bollywood actress, she was famous for her extravagance, as well as her social programmes and food aid for the poor. Corruption charges also hung over her, “but this normal in Indian politics”.
06/12/2016 - SRI LANKA
Sri Lankan fishermen movement leader looks at 20 years of achievements and challengesby Melani Manel Perera
Herman Kumara, a Catholic, heads the National Fisheries Solidarity Movement. Bridging the gap between southern and northern fishermen, and influencing public policy are some of the group’s achievements. Nevertheless, its members still receive threats, and deep ethnic differences persist.
06/12/2016 - CAMBODIA
As New Humanity ends its work in Cambodia, this is "A new beginning,” not an end
Present in the country since 1992, the PIME NGO has handed over its activities to local organisations and dioceses. The PIME vicar general attended the closing ceremony. The “final aim of every development organisation should be to ‘help people to become independent [. . .].’ This is exactly what is happening today.”
06/12/2016 - PHILIPPINES
Vice president is ousted from the cabinet. Marcos’s son wants her place
Leni Robredo, 51, quit the cabinet yesterday after she was banned from its meetings. President Duterte does not like her opposition to the killing of suspected drug dealers, to the death penalty and to Marcos’s burial as a hero. The late dictator’s son, who had lost the race for the vice-presidency, could get the post after all if the Supreme Court rules in his favour.
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