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  • 18/02/2018 - VATICAN

    At the Angelus, Pope Francis emphasizes that Lent is a time of "spiritual training" to overcome evil in us and around us. "In our life we ​​always need conversion, and the Church makes us pray for this". "Only God can give us true happiness: it is useless to waste our time looking for it elsewhere, in riches, in pleasures, in power, in careers". The invitation to young people to participate - even online – in the meeting in preparation for the October Synod. Message of affection to prisoners. A remembrance in prayer for the beginning of the Roman Curia’s spiritual exercises.




    17/02/2018 - PAKISTAN

    Assassin of little Zainab condemned to death: 'hanging is not the solution'

    by Kamran Chaudhry

    The sentence was read today in Lahore prison. The 24-year-old Imrat Ali received four death sentences, a life sentence and a sixth indictment of seven years imprisonment. Activist: "In this case justice was fast. But in others, it takes up to 15 years ".


    17/02/2018 - SINGAPORE-CHINA

    First New Year in Singapore for Keyuan, an orphan with no ears


    His story moved his new adoptive family. Every year in China, 900 thousand children are born with disabilities. The number has increased by 70% in the last 20 years. Many end up in orphanages, abandoned by families. In the absence of social support and with the age limit of adoption at 14, some are not adopted at all.


    17/02/2018 - BANGLADESH

    Lima Chisim, first woman Christian sergeant of Bangladesh (Video)

    by Sumon Corraya

    The policewoman comes from a poor family from the diocese of Mymensingh. The local Church and the priests helped her to pay for her studies. A Catholic cousin and politician provided the references and avoided paying a bribe. "My dream is to help other poor students who do not have the money to pay for school".


    17/02/2018 - HONG KONG - CHINA - VATICAN

    The Church 'doesn't care about politics and human rights' ... Wrong!

    by John Mok Cit Wai

    In an attempt to please China, several commentators dare to conceal or manipulate the teaching of the Church. The Church's mission is linked to support for human rights and commitment to society. Jesus never challenged the Roman Empire, but created a revolution. Msgr Romero defending the poor and the Church, had to face the military junta. A comment by Prof. John Mok Cit Wai.


    17/02/2018 - AFGHANISTAN

    Like Metallica, Ennio Morricone and Paul McCartney: Afghan Institute wins the Polar award


    Anim was founded in 2010 to give hope to young Afghans and save the country's musical tradition. The focus on the most disadvantaged children and girls in particular. Between 1996 and 2001 the Taliban banished all forms of music. Founder: such a prestigious award "is not just an honor for me, but a great achievement for the whole country".


    17/02/2018 - EGYPT

    A cathedral dedicated to the Egyptian martyrs beheaded in Libya

    by Loula Lahham

    Three years after the massacre of the 21 young Copts, a cathedral for the "martyrs of the faith" was built and consecrated in Al Ur, in Upper Egypt. The remains of the victims, found in a cave in Sirte, after DNA testing, will be on display on the ground floor of the building. The words of the martyrs' families.


    16/02/2018 - IRAN

    Iranian intellectuals and activists push for a referendum against theocracy


    Following President Rouhani’s lead, 15 prominent Iranians demand a referendum to define the country’s constitutional future. They harshly attack the ruling clergy for denying people their freedom. The goal is overcome the Islamic regime in a peaceful manner and establish “a parliamentarian system according to democratic bases”.


    16/02/2018 - NEPAL

    China’s friend KP Sharma Oli sworn in as Nepal’s prime minister


    Oli leads the Communist Party of Nepal-United Marxist Leninist. He began his political career in the 1970s. During that time, he spent 14 years in prison for his opposition to the Hindu monarchy. Now he has pledged to work for peace, stability and development.


    16/02/2018 - INDONESIA

    Thirteen priests and three deacons ordained in Sumatera and Kalimantan (Photos)

    by Mathias Hariyadi

    Four of them are ethnic Dayak, a mostly Christian ethnic group on Borneo. The Order of Capuchins welcomed eight confreres. The Sacred Heart of Jesus has five new priests. Catholics are a small minority in Riau province, and for them even a diaconal ordination becomes a historic moment.


    16/02/2018 - ASIA

    Bloomberg: Thailand, Singapore and Japan are least miserable economies in the world


    The ranking is based on how inflation and unemployment affect people’s attitude towards the economy. The misery index covers 66 economies. This year’s forecast sees China, Hong Kong and Saudi Arabia doing worse, whilst South Korea joins the top ten least miserable economies.


    16/02/2018 - VATICAN

    Pope: fasting is real when concerned with helping others


    Fasting is "stripping oneself a little"; maybe thanking the Lord because we are able to fast: "poor people", they must fast because they do not have anything to eat "and you even despise them ". Do penance in peace: "You cannot talk to God on one side and talk to the devil on the other" because it is inconsistent.


    16/02/2018 - VATICAN

    Young people from all over the world in Rome in preparation for the October Synod


    From March 19 to 24, the Pre-Synodal Meeting will prepare a document that will flow into the working document of the Synod. An encounter to "listen" to young people. To participate concretely through social media, young people will simply have to go to the website www.synod2018.va, where they will find the link to register with the Facebook Group of one of the 6 languages ​​provided.


    16/02/2018 - TAIWAN - CHINA

    Tsai Ing-wen and Xi Jinping celebrate Lunar New Year differently

    by Wang Zhicheng

    The Taiwanese president prayed in a Buddhist ceremony for quake victims and visited Taoist temples, greeting the population and handing out red envelopes. The Chinese president welcomed the New Year with 2,000 guests, business people and Party officials, in the Great Hall of the People. Taiwan’s vice president met with earthquake victims in Hualien.


    16/02/2018 - JAPAN

    After an injury and many prayers, Yuzuru Hanyu leads men’s single


    In November he suffered an ankle injury. Thousands of fans prayed for him. In 2011 he prayed at a Kobe shrine, hoping to become "the shining light of Tohoku”, a region devastated by a quake.


    16/02/2018 - SINGAPORE-VATICAN

    Archbishop of Singapore: 'Building a vibrant, evangelical and missionary Church' (III)

    by Paolo Fossati

    "The faithful crave the Word of God and feel the need to find a link between faith and their lives". "We have to prepare students for the new evangelization among the many cultures and religions of our continent". The formation of lay people "fundamental to mission". Every year there are 3 thousand new baptisms.


    16/02/2018 - INDIA

    Madhya Pradesh, Pentecostals sentenced to 6 months in prison for 'forced conversions'

    by Nirmala Carvalho

    13 convicted include a vision impaired couple. Most Pentecostals are day laborers. The government led by Hindu nationalists "arrests Pentecostal Christians with groundless imputations".


    16/02/2018 - KOREA

    A bow to common ancestors: the athletes of the two Koreas celebrate the new year together


    As a rule, the celebration takes place at home with loved ones. The Unification Minister marks the celebration recalling all of the separated families and asks Pyongyang to welcome the proposal for new meetings.


    15/02/2018 - SRI LANKA

    Colombo: Preventing Rajapaksa’s return to avoid another civil war

    by Jehan Perera*

    Local elections results could reverse the process of national reconciliation. Under President Sirisena, relations between the government and ethnic minorities has improved. Now “The danger is [. . .] a vicious cycle in which Sinhalese nationalism in the South feeds and sustains the rise of Tamil nationalism in the North.”


    15/02/2018 - PAKISTAN

    Spinal fluid theft from unsuspecting women in Punjab is a crime against humanity

    by Shafique Khokhar

    Police arrested four people in connection with phoney blood samples taken from at least 12 women. The criminals promised government medical assistance but instead took advantage of the victims’ poverty.


    15/02/2018 - CHINA

    The Xi Jinping faction dominates regional appointments

    by Willy Wo-Lap Lam

    After getting his “Thoughts” consecrated in the constitutions of the state and the party, Xi Jinping places his "allies and cronies" in important roles, marking the rise to power of the stars of the Sixth Generation. Yet, no legitimate heir is waiting in the wings, although one could emerge at the next Congress, in 2022. Courtesy of the Jamestown Foundation.


    15/02/2018 - UZBEKISTAN

    Child labour in Uzbekistan’s cotton fields has come to an end, says UN agency


    Concrete measures have also been taken against forced labour. There is greater awareness of the problem and more freedom to criticise. The authorities have boosted wages, and taken steps to protect at-risk groups. Still, reforms by central authorities are lagging in terms of local implementation.


    15/02/2018 - IRAN

    Iran environmentalist’s suicide in jail challenged


    Kavous Seyed Emami, 64, was a leading member of the Persian Wildlife Foundation. But according to the prosecution he was part of an espionage ring organised by the CIA and Mossad. Iran’s Revolutionary Guards released a video that ostensibly backs the suicide theory; however, some Iranian lawmakers, activists and the dead man’s family have rejected the official version.


    15/02/2018 - CHINA

    Chinese New Year to usher in the Year of the Dog


    Migrants go home making up to 2.98 billion trips by train, bus, or motorcycle. Some 380 million travellers are expected with Thailand and Malaysia as the favourite foreign destinations. Many are hoping for a heavy red envelope. Fireworks have been banned.


    15/02/2018 - SINGAPORE-VATICAN

    Singapore Archbishop calls on Europe 'to let itself be inspired by religion' (II)

    by Paolo Fossati

    "The West has become rationalist, materialistic and individualistic. Religion, however, cannot be explained, it is something that comes from the heart, it is an encounter. Faith and reason do not contradict each other, but faith is greater than reason". In Singapore, many entrepreneurs become philanthropists.


    15/02/2018 - SYRIA

    Aid shipment arrives in besieged eastern Ghouta


    This is the first shipment of food and medicine in the last three months in the area besieged by Syrian troops. Supplies of food and medicines for about 7200 people, equal to 1440 families. The WHO sent 1.8 tons of medicines, sufficient for 10 thousand treatments. Director WFP: "Much more needed". The evacuation of 700 patients is still suspended.


    15/02/2018 - USA-CHINA

    South China Sea, US Navy: 'Seven new bases built by Beijing'


    Facilities include hangars, barracks, radar, armed positions and 3 km-long landing strips. To counter the expansionist ambitions of China, the US relies on the historical regional allies.


    15/02/2018 - VATICAN

    Pope encourages young priests to seek guidance in older priests


    The ages in the priesthood, with their peculiar characteristics, risks and potentialities were the subject of which Pope Francis spoke today to the clergy of Rome gathered in the Basilica of St. John Lateran for the traditional meeting of the beginning of Lent.


    15/02/2018 - INDIA

    Nagaland, BJP offers Christians free pilgrimages to Jerusalem: 'Political opportunism'


    On February 27, the states of Meghalaya, Nagaland and Tripura will vote. In Nagaland, 88% of the population is Christian. The Council of Baptist Churches in Nagaland boycotts the nationalist parties and denounces violence against Christians.


    14/02/2018 - VATICAN

    Lent is a time to defeat the demons of distrust, apathy and resignation, says pope


    In celebrating Ash Wednesday, Francis calls on the faithful to look and contemplate "the real face of Christ crucified out of love for everyone, without exception” and to “Return to the house of your Father”.






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