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    28/08/2016 - VATICAN

    At the Angelus, Pope Francis expresses his closeness to the families affected by the earthquake in Latium, Marches, and Umbria. He plans to visit to bring "in person the comfort of the faith, the embrace of a father and a brother, and the support of Christian hope." As “pride, careerism, vanity, and ostentation are the cause of many evils”, it is better to choose “free giving instead of opportunist calculation to get a reward.” Canteens for the poor “spread the culture of free giving”. The World Day of Prayer for the care of Creation is set for 1 September "together with our Orthodox brothers and other ecclesial communities."




    27/08/2016 - BANGLADESH

    Mastermind of Dhaka bar massacre of foreigners is killed

    by Sumon Corraya

    After arriving in Bangaldesh from Canada in 2013, Tamim Ahmed Chowdhury disappeared without leaving a trace. Two other unknown terrorists died in this morning’s raid. The planner of the cafe massacre in the capital created a new branch of the Islamist group Jama'atul Mujahideen Bangladesh.


    27/08/2016 - CHINA

    Rough sailing for Chinese shipyards


    Private shipbuilders face greater obstacle than their state-owned counterparts, which get government subsidies. One company plans to lay off up to 28 per cent of its workforce. Over-capacity and low demand are the main causes. Bankruptcy looms for many.


    27/08/2016 - LAOS

    Cost of living up by 30 per cent in Laos, but wages stay the same


    Most Laotians are low income, slipping into poverty. A kilo of rice has gone from 1.05 to 1.50 US dollars. The prices of beef, fish, pork, chicken and vegetables are also up. Official at the Ministry of Commerce believes the government should raise wages or impose price controls.


    27/08/2016 - PAKISTAN

    Archdiocese of Lahore gets a record five new priests

    by Kamran Chaudhry

    The ordination ceremony took place yesterday in the Cathedral of the Sacred Heart in the presence of hundreds of people. This year 18 priests have already been ordained in Pakistan. The rise of terrorism, beginning with the attacks of 11 September 2001 in the United States, "increased the local vocations."


    27/08/2016 - MIDDLE EAST

    Middle East wars and unrest lead to lower life expectancy


    Syria is particularly affected. War shaved off six years from men’s life expectancy (from 75 in 2010 to 69 in 2013), five from women’s (from 80 to 75). Millions of people have to face the consequences of water shortages and poor hygienic conditions. Non-communicable illnesses like diabetes or cardiovascular disease are up as well.


    27/08/2016 - VATICAN

    Pope's Message for Peace 2017: " Non-Violence: A Style of Politics for Peace"


    The title of the message to be published by the end of this year is released. Non-violence is not only a moral refusal but is also a " realistic way to overcome armed conflicts." Dialogue and negotiations must be based on the common dignity of the parties and on the force of what is right. The message will slam "Third World War in pieces", and call for action against the illegal arms trade.


    26/08/2016 - ITALY – INDIA – VATICAN

    Fr Gheddo: My meetings with Mother Teresa

    by Piero Gheddo

    The great missionary and journalist remembers his visits to the Mother since 1964. Mother Teresa will be canonised on 4 September. She set up a home for the dying in Kolkata and one for abandoned children. The first missionary Vigil was a procession of faith in a society marked by protests and violence. She proclaimed life as a gift and said abortion was murder. Mother Teresa was moderate and prayed at night. She slept on a mat. The 1977 Andhra Pradesh floods killed 100,000 and caused tens of thousands of refugees. Mother Teresa will be remembered for her work for the Church and around the world.


    26/08/2016 - INDIA

    Some 400 people remember Kandhamal, a “threat to democracy"

    by Nirmala Carvalho

    The eighth anniversary of anti-Christian massacres was marked yesterday. Hindu nationalists use religion for nationalist purposes. Caste discrimination is still in force. The poor and the defenceless help radicals rule. What is needed is a break from the politics of “divide and rule”.


    26/08/2016 - SRI LANKA - VATICAN

    Celebrating the canonisation of Mother Teresa in Sri Lanka, far from Rome

    by Melani Manel Perera

    The Missionaries of Charity in the Asian country will not be in Rome for the ceremony on 4 September. They will remain with “our beloved poor”. For this moment, they “have prepared several activities of meeting and prayer”. It will be “a time of joy”.


    26/08/2016 - PHILIPPINES

    Filipino bishops call for an end to unpunished murders, demand justice and unity


    President Duterte’s anti-drug campaign has led to a bloodbath with no respect for the law and democracy. Unpunished, police and vigilantes have killed more than 2,000 alleged drug dealers. “We must not give up,” said the president of the Bishops’ Conference. God will hear the “prayer for healing of the nation”. For religious superiors, “Evil prospers where good men are silent”.


    26/08/2016 - PHILIPPINES – VIETNAM

    Some 600 Vietnamese and Filipinos pray in Manila for peace in the South China Sea

    by Quang Ha

    The rally was held in front of the World Center, in central Manila. Seven Filipino priests celebrated Mass for protesters, who want Beijing to respect The Hague ruling and suspend its operations in disputed waters. China announces military exercises with Russia in the East China Sea.


    26/08/2016 - NEPAL

    After 16 months some 1,400 Nepal earthquake victims receive first aid installment


    Beneficiaries in Makawanpur district, which has about 30,322 households, get about US$ 650,000, far less than the four billion dollars pledged by the international community. One reconstruction centre in lieu of 21 might further slow reconstruction.


    26/08/2016 - UNITED STATES - IRAN

    US bishops and Iranian Ayatollah unite against terrorism, to promote peace and dialogue


    In a joint statement catholics e muslims personalities calls for promoting tolerance, respect for others' religious traditions. The leaders of the two great faiths support the fight against terrorism, fundamentalism and the use of weapons of mass destruction. They are "immoral". Continued dialogue between religions united by "common concern" for life and dignity of the human person.


    26/08/2016 - INDIA

    Indian bishop: The new surrogacy bill is not acceptable

    by mons. Savio Fernandes*

    Mgr Savio Fernandes talks about the proposed law the Union Cabinet unveiled yesterday. “The life of every human person is to be respected and treated with dignity from the moment of conception.” Indian  authorities want to contain the womb-for-rent industry, that each year brings in  billon of dollars and expose women's body to exploitation. “A better option to surrogacy would be to adopt a child," the prelate said. "In India, there are so many children whose parents have abandoned them.”


    26/08/2016 - PHILIPPINES – ITALY

    Catholics in Balanga: sorrow over Italy quake, praying for the victims


    “We share in the pain of those who have been injured, hurt, and left orphans and homeless. We grieve with Italy,” said Bishop Ruperto Santos of the CBCP’s Commission on Migrants and Itinerant Peoples. Amatrice and Accumoli, “with God’s mercy, will rise again”.

     


    26/08/2016 - CHINA-SYRIA

    Beijing will train army troops of Bashar Assad


    The training will take place in China and will deal with medical and nursing professional care. The division present in the UN Security Council is now evident in the military alliances.


    25/08/2016 - INDONESIA

    Muslims and Christians: education and mutual knowledge to end hatred

    by Mathias Hariyadi

    Suhadi Cholil, a professor with the State Islamic University in Yogyakarta, called on state schools to teach students about religions other their own. For years, others have been working on friendship between Christians and Muslims through curricula and shared life experiences.


    25/08/2016 - PAKISTAN

    As journalists get attacked, media workers in Pakistan ask for more protection

    by Kamran Chaudhry

    Pakistan ranks as the fourth most dangerous country for journalists with 115 killings between 1990 and 2015, 28 just last year. Activists and journalists rally in support of Ary News workers whose offices were attacked two days ago.


    25/08/2016 - EGYPT

    Cairo: government and Copts agree on church construction law


    Dispute between government and Christian minority is settled after Copts criticised amendments to draft bill prepared by Egyptian Churches. For Coptic leaders, the new proposal is a step towards religious freedom. An armed man attacks a church in Cairo, wounds guard. Motives are still unknown. Christians back President al-Sisi.


    25/08/2016 - ITALY – MYANMAR

    Graces and "miracles" by the intercession of Brother Felice, "God's blacksmith"

    by Piero Gheddo

    In Myanmar, with his faith and strength, he built hospitals, churches, bridges, convents and orphanages. Since his death as miracles occur, evidence is being collected for the cause of his beatification.


    25/08/2016 - INDIA

    For Card Gracias, the victims of Kandhamal can be raised on the altar of martyrs

    by card. Oswald Gracias*

    The archbishop of Mumbai issued a message for the memorial day on 30 August. This year the fiercest anti-Christian violence by Hindu radicals will be commemorated. "May their blood suffering bring many fruits to the Church in Odisha”.


    25/08/2016 - MONGOLIA

    Enkh-Baatar "will be a bridge between the Church and the Mongolian people"


    This August 28 the first priest native to Mongolia will be ordained. The Apostolic Prefect, the Nuncio and the Bishop of Daejeon where the young man attended the seminary will preside. Missionary to Arvaikheer: "His testimony will help young Mongolians who are experiencing a process of vocational discernment." Joy and satisfaction of the local community: "If he has done it, we can do it too." 


    25/08/2016 - INDIA

    Delhi wants to ban surrogacy

    by Nirmala Carvalho

    The government presents a bill imposing new rules. Only Indian couples married for at least five years can resort to artificial insemination and surrogate mothers should be parental relatives. They exclude singles, foreigners and homosexuals.


    25/08/2016 - RUSSIA - SYRIA - TURKEY

    'Euphrates Shield ' worries Moscow; relations with Ankara at risk

    by Nina Achmatova

    Russia is not in favor of the Turkish operations in Syria against the IS, which have US backing. Moscow calls for an "extensive coordination." Russian experts: Erdogan has made it clear that the priority remains his relationship with the US.


    25/08/2016 - MYANMAR

    Earthquake in Myanmar: At least three dead, damage to Bagan


    The 6.8 magnitude earthquake struck yesterday afternoon 25 kilometers from Chauk. Shock also felt in Thailand, India and Bangladesh. 171 pagodas of the ancient capital damaged.


     


    25/08/2016 - SYRIA - TURKEY

    Rebels and Turkish army wrest Jarablus from Islamic State


    Ankara sends tanks, warplanes and military vehicles to support the rebel offensive. Fundamental also the US air cover. Biden in Ankara to boost the alliance between Turkey and the United States. But still the unresolved issue of extradition of Islamic leader Fetullah Gulen.


    25/08/2016 - CHINA - VATICAN

    Msgr. Ma Daqin: We must learn from Matteo Ricci

    by Zhao Nanxiong

    A new article by the auxiliary bishop of Shanghai after his "U-turn" on the role of the Patriotic Association. The prelate emphasizes the work of the great Jesuit missionary, who married the Chinese "Classics" with the Gospel. Today we must proclaim the faith with commitment "without interfering in politics”.


    24/08/2016 - SYRIA – TURKEY

    Turkey invades Jarablus: under the pretext of fighting IS, Ankara is going after the Kurds

    by Pierre Balanian

    Tanks have invaded the town across the border, in Syrian territory. Ankara "wants to hit Islamic state militants" but jihadists have already left the area. The Turkish goal is Syria’s Kurds to block the emergence of an autonomous enclave. A game of alliances is being played with the US and Turkey in a tug-of-war.


    24/08/2016 - THAILAND

    Feast of the Assumption in Juji village where are an elderly couple in their nineties was baptised


    Fr Valerio Sala, PIME missionary in northern Thailand, reached the village today, one of 29 communities under his care. The faithful, who are tribal Lahu, carried a statue of the Virgin in procession. "An elderly couple asked me to receive baptism and confirmation in order to die as Christians. They are a fine example for young people, often reluctant to get involved in the faith."






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    CHINA - VATICAN
    In China-Holy See talks, silence shrouds future of underground priests

    Zhao Nanxiong

    Later this year, all priests must register to receive a certificate that allows them to exercise their ministry. But the request has to go through the Patriotic Association, whose statutes are "incompatible" with Catholic doctrine. Many priests, official and unofficial, now face an enormous dilemma.


    IRAQ
    Alqosh, despite the Islamic State, the Church celebrates the first communion of one hundred children



    On the feast day of the Assumption the whole community attended the function, celebrated by Mar Sako. For the patriarchal vicar, this is an historic moment for the frontier town long threatened by jihadists. The Chaldean primate calls on children to "contribute to the community." In Kirkuk His Beatitude opened a grotto dedicated to Our Lady.


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