17 January 2018
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  • 17/01/2018 - VATICAN

    The Prefect of the Congregation for the Evangelisation of Peoples met PIME missionaries and the Missionaries of the Immaculate. Without proclamation the mission reduces the Church's work to that of an NGO.  The mission ad gentes must be reawakened. A Missionary Month will be held in 2019.


    by Bernardo Cervellera

    17/01/2018 - RUSSIA

    Putin: Lenin's 'relics'. Communism and its Christian origins

    by Vladimir Rozanskij

    In a recent film interview, the "most orthodox" of Russian president’s tries to link early Christianity, Valaam's monasticism, communism and Lenin, as unified components of the Russian soul. The Orthodox barter: Lenin's burial for the recognition of the relics of Tsar Nicholas.


    17/01/2018 - VATICAN - CHILE

    Pope in Chile: unity is not about being the same, but about reconciling diversity


    Francis celebrated Mass dedicated to the progress of peoples in a region where the Mapuche people still view themselves as victims of oppression and discrimination that have reduced their number. "The unity that our peoples need" comes from their recognition and solidarity. We “must abandon the notion that there are higher or lower cultures.”


    17/01/2018 - CHINA

    Yunnan: Christians accused of membership in an apocalyptic sect get up to 13 years in prison


    The Three Grades of Servants cult, an underground pseudo-Protestant sect founded in Henan, is especially strong in the countryside. Those convicted claim they are just ordinary Christians and know nothing about the sect. Defense lawyers have been threatened with loss of their license to practice.


    17/01/2018 - VIETNAM

    Court in Nghệ An upholds sentence against Catholic activist Nguyễn Văn Oai


    A member of outlawed pro-democracy Việt Tân movement, he is also the co-founder of an association of former prisoners of conscience, and was part of a group of 14 young Catholics and Protestants arrested by the regime in 2011. Last January he was attacked and arrested on charges of violating the terms of his conviction.


    17/01/2018 - EGYPT

    North Sinai, a young Copt killed: he had a cross tattooed on his wrist


    The killers promise to "kill more Copts". Bassem Herz Attalhah was killed under the eyes of his brother, who saved himself because his tattoo was hidden by his sleeve. Already in 2010 al Qaeda had promised to clean Sinai from Christians.


    17/01/2018 - VATICAN - CHILE

    Pope in Chile: the Church's mission is for everyone, avoid clericalism


    Francis met Chilean bishops and priests and visited a women's prison. With the priests he returned to talk about the drama of pedophilia and in the nunciature he received a small group of victims of sexual abuse by clergy. The meeting took place in a strictly private form and no one else was present.


    17/01/2018 - HONG KONG-CHINA

    Joshua Wong sentenced to three months in prison

    by Paul Wang

    The Occupy Central activist guilty, along with 14 others, of contempt of court for blocking clearance of a protest site. Wong may present himself in the parliamentary elections.  Beijing pushes for maximum sentence. " They can lock up our bodies but they can't lock up our minds".


    17/01/2018 - US-PALESTINE

    The US cuts funding to UN agency for Palestinian refugees


    65 million dollars frozen. Appeal of the commissioner general: "The most dramatic financial crisis in the history of UNWRA". UNRWA deals with refugees, particularly in Gaza. The United States is the largest donor. Tensions between Abbas and Trump after the recognition of Jerusalem as the capital of Israel. 


    17/01/2018 - MALAYSIA - EU

    Kuala Lumpur, farmers protest against EU palm oil ban


    The EU intends to ban its use in biofuels by 2021 due to concerns about the environmental impact. Malaysia is the second largest producer in the world. Over 650,000 small farmers and more than 3.2 million Malaysians depend on the palm oil industry.


    16/01/2018 - ISRAEL

    For Israel’s Catholic leaders, society’s welfare cannot come at the expense of expellable migrants


    The religious leaders call for "more humane solutions". Indifference towards the suffering of those who flee dictatorships and wars is not acceptable. God urges us to treat "resident aliens" among us as “native- born".


    16/01/2018 - BANGLADESH – MYANMAR

    Rohingya to be repatriated within two years

    by Sumon Corraya

    The agreement involves 156,000 refugees who fled in 2016 and 2017. Myanmar will take back 1,500 Rohingya per week. To do so, it is building a temporary camp for 30,000 people.


    16/01/2018 - VATICAN – CHILE

    Pope in Chile: The Beatitudes are a 'new day' for those who continue to look to the future


    In his first mass, Francis said that Jesus “shakes us out of that negativity, that sense of resignation that makes us think we can have a better life if we escape from our problems” through consumerism. Peace is sown by reaching out to those who face difficulties, those who have not been treated as people.


    16/01/2018 - SRI LANKA

    Sri Lankan Catholics and Anglicans to mark 2018 as the Year of the Good Shepherd and the Year of Youth

    by Melani Manel Perera

    The ceremonies took place on Saturday and Sunday. The Catholics also brought to a close the Year dedicated to Saint Joseph Vaz. During the Anglican ceremony, Rev Priyantha Wijegoonewardene took office as the new general secretary of the Ceylon Bible Society.


    16/01/2018 - PAKISTAN

    ‘I don’t want to be next’: children protest following Zainab’s rape and murder (Photos)

    by Shafique Khokhar

    The Cecil & Iris Chaudhry Foundation organised a rally in Lahore. Sexual violence against minors is a scourge in Pakistan. A series of proposals is presented to protect defenceless children.


    16/01/2018 - VATICAN - CHILE

    Pope in Chile: the future depends on ability to listen to the voice of the people


    Francis, on arriving in Santiago, meets with the authorities of the country states that "it is not possible to settle for what has already been achieved in the past and stop to enjoy it so that this situation leads us to disavow that many of our brothers still suffer from injustice that they call us all". The request for forgiveness for the "irreparable damage caused to children by ministers of the Church".


    16/01/2018 - INDIA

    Madhya Pradesh, Hindu prayers in Catholic schools: a nationalist leader arrested (Video)

    by Nirmala Carvalho

    Upadhesh Rana is the head of the Vishwa Sanathan Sangh. The St. Mary Post Graduate College defended by more than 500 policemen. The St. Paul Convent School in the district of Ratlam attacked and vandalized by members of the Shri Rajput Karni Sena.


    16/01/2018 - ISRAEL - PALESTINE

    Extended detention for Ahed Tamimi, the teenager who slapped a soldier


    It is the fourth time that her detention has been extended. She had become famous with a viral video in which she smacked a soldier. The lawyer: the rights of the child are being violated.


    16/01/2018 - PHILIPPINES

    Mount Mayon eruption: Alert level 3 and 15 thousand displaced


    There are five alert levels. In the event of an alert four, forced evacuations planned in view of a "possible dangerous eruption". The red zone extended to seven kilometers radius from the crater. 2,462 meters high, Mount Mayon is popular with climbers and tourists. Over the past 500 years, the volcano has erupted 50 times. In 1814, it killed 1,200 people and buried the city of Cagsawa.


    16/01/2018 - CHINA

    Record profits for Chinese state-owned companies. Too good to be true?


    The State Administration Commission reports a 23.4% increase in profits. The result of the government led reforms: reduction of overproduction and mixed ownership to improve the efficiency of state industries. But the question of the credibility of the statistics remains. The case of the city of Baotou.


    15/01/2018 - INDIA

    Hindu radicals against Catholic school in Madhya Pradesh

    by Nirmala Carvalho

    The St Joseph Convent School in Namli is run by the Sisters of St Joseph of Chambery. After two students were reprimanded because of unruliness, nationalists slammed the nuns for “anti-national” behaviour.


    15/01/2018 - THAILAND

    For Fr Bolgan, tribal people have been won over by God the Creator and God the Father


    The many conversions among northern people nurture Thailand’s young Church. Compared to ethnic Thais, tribal people are more open to the proclamation of the Gospel. The many languages and vast territory make pastoral outreach by the missionaries a difficult endeavour.


    15/01/2018 - BANGLADESH

    First seminary to open in Sylhet diocese to spread Christ’s teachings among tribal people

    by Sumon Corraya

    The St John Minor Seminary will host up to 60 seminarians, welcoming 15 new students every year. About 98 per cent of Catholics are indigenous. Previously, seminarians travelled to Dhaka, 300 km away, to study.


    15/01/2018 - KOREA

    Olympics, new meeting between the two Koreas. Consensus grows among South Koreans


    Pyongyang's participation at the Pyeongchang Winter Olympics is being prepared. On the 20th there will be the meeting with the International Olympic Committee. Many logistical aspects to be analyzed. Since January 9, 64% of online comments on South Korean sites are positive. 


    15/01/2018 - LEBANON - SYRIA

    Caritas Lebanon: The refugee crisis is increasing, citizens increasingly poor


    UN: "More vulnerable than ever", more than half in conditions of "extreme poverty". The increasing "uncertainty" of aid. Fr. Paul Karam: At least 28% of Lebanese below the poverty line. We must "encourage" the peace process in Syria, the war will have "consequences for the next 50 years".


    15/01/2018 - VATICAN – CHILE

    On his way to Chile, pope gives journalists a picture of the 'Nagasaki child'


    Francis left Rome at 8:55 am and will arrive in Santiago, Chile at 8.10 pm. The picture, taken after the atomic bombing of Nagasaki in 1945, shows a child carrying his dead brother on his shoulders.


    15/01/2018 - PAKISTAN

    Lahore, Child protection policies more important than countering terrorism

    by Kamran Chaudhry

    Activists demand policies and laws for the protection of minors. Disdain and protests for the rape and murder of seven year old Zainab. In the first six months of 2017, 1764 cases of child abuse. Of these, about 62% occurred in Punjab. In Lahore, the first child protection unit in all of South Asia. Prohibit child marriage and corporal punishment in schools.


    15/01/2018 - CHINA

    IMF: China preaches globalisation but practices trade barriers


    David Lipton, first deputy managing director of the International Monetary Fund, makes the charges. Beijing must protect copyrights and reduce distortions linked to industrial overcapacity and policies that favour state enterprises. For its part, China claims to be a victim and a defender of globalisation.


    15/01/2018 - IRAQ

    Baghdad, twin bombing leaves 26 dead and 90 wounded. Msgr. Warduni: destabilizing acts


    Central sector of the capital targeted. Day labourers gather in the areas waiting for call up. Interior sources: Death toll destined to increase. Auxiliary of Baghdad: Tensions fuelled by delay in budget approval and the next parliamentary elections, scheduled for May.


    15/01/2018 - SRI LANKA

    Colombo, reform the agricultural sector 'to save land and farmers'

    by Melani Manel Perera

    Chinthaka Rajapakse is the moderator of the Movement for Land and Agriculture Reform. A review of agricultural policies of the last three years. Among the advances, the ban on herbicides. Among the critical aspects, the requisition of land and the approval of laws for the exclusive benefit of global financial institutions.       






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    KOREA
    North Korea will send a high-level Olympic delegation to Pyeongchang



    After two years of tensions, the first meeting between delegations from North and South Korea. Seoul proposes that North and South athletes march side by side in the opening and closing ceremonies of the Games (February 9-25, 2018).


    VATICAN
    Pope: respect for the rights of persons and nations essential for peace



    In his address to diplomats, Francis asks for the solution to conflicts - starting with Syria - and tensions - from Korea to Ukraine, Yemen, South Sudan and Venezuela - and augurs that migrants and the "discarded" be welcomed, like unborn children and the elderly and respect for freedom of religion and opinion, the right to work.


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