25/09/2017 - IRAQ
Since the early hours of the day people have flooded polling stations. Mosques and churches have joined in the festive atmosphere with muezzins' calls and bells pealing. Kurdistan is a country of tolerance and coexistence. But Turkmen fear and Turkey voices threats. The Israeli lobby backs the referendum opposed by Iraq’s Arabs and Shias.
by Pierre Balanian
25/09/2017 - RUSSIA
Hilarion: Russia and European Christians for the Salvation of the Continentby Vladimir Rozanskij
The "Foreign Minister" of the Moscow Patriarchate points to the religious crisis of the old continent. With migrations and secularism, Europe is heading towards the total suicide of its identity. The responsibilities of intellectuals. "The present weakening of Christianity in the Western world recalls the situation of the Russian Empire before 1917." In Russia, only 13% declare themselves atheist and non-believers. Unite church efforts.
25/09/2017 - IRAQ
Amid controversies and threats, Kurds vote in referendum on independence
Polls opened at 8 am local time in the three provinces of the autonomous region. First results expected tomorrow morning. Baghdad has already announced "measures" to defend the unity of the country, including a Kurdish oil blockade. Iran stops flights to and from Kurdistan. Ankara extends the mandate of Turkish troops to Iraq (and Syria).
25/09/2017 - SRI LANKA
Young people seek the meaning of life, the Church has to guide them, says activist sisterby Rasika Pieris*
Sister Rasika Pieris expresses her thoughts about the Preparatory Paper of the Synod of Bishops on Youth, set for October 2018. The Church is “Euro-centric in its thinking,” she writes. The challenges faced by young people in Asia are different from those in Europe.
25/09/2017 - INDONESIA
Young women to sell their virginity onlineby Mathias Hariyadi
Islamic wedding between rich men and women in difficulty is promoted. The "nikah siri and virginity on sale" are ways to "help the government reduce poverty," promoter says. Membership requires women to be Muslim and at least 14. Police detained creator. For women rights advocate, the “ultimate goal is to sell sexual service”. Both are “practices of violence and a grave abuse of women’s human rights,” said Justina Rostiawati, head of a Catholic women's group
25/09/2017 - MYANMAR
Rakhine: Military accuse Rohingya for mass grave with 28 dead Hindus
The bodies of 20 women and eight men, including six boys under 10, were found. For the military, they were “cruelly and violently killed by ARSA extremist Bengali terrorists. About 30,000 displaced Hindus and Buddhists are in refugee camps. They say the United Nations and foreign organisations help only Rohingya Muslims. The exodus towards Bangladesh has slowed down, but thousands are still stuck in Myanmar.
25/09/2017 - CHINA
What is Xi Jinping thought?by Willy Wo-Lap Lam
At the next Congress, Xi Jinping's thinking will be included in the party's constitution, just like Mao Zedong's was. But this thought seems only to be made of rhetoric, nationalism, and an emphasis on China's greatness. Xi's much-vaunted contribution to Chinese-style communism tends to stop reforms to maintain power in the hands of the party and his own. Mao looked to the future; Xi is trying to hold onto the status quo. Courtesy of the Jamestown Foundation.
25/09/2017 - VATICAN
Pope: Living with hopeful expectation for the "visit" that God makes to every Christian
The Lord brings "consolation" that "moves you and increases in you the gifts of charity, of faith, of hope." "This is the real consolation. It's not fun - fun is not bad when it's good, we're human, we have to have it - but consolation takes you and the very presence of God feels and recognizes: this is the Lord. "
25/09/2017 - BANGLADESH
The Church of Rohanpur celebrates 100 years of 'seeds of the Gospel' planted by PIME(Photo)by Sumon Corraya
The parish was founded by Msgr. Giovanni Battista Anselmo in 1922. Only the tribal Santorum and Hindus lived in the area, who had never heard the Word of God. The church created three more parishes; runs a primary school and a hostel for boys and girls.
25/09/2017 - INDIA
Ranchi: 5,000 protest against the anti-conversion law and the landsby Nirmala Carvalho
Catholics, Hindus, Sikhs, and Muslims demonstrated against the Jharkhand Freedom Religious Bill 2017 and the Land Acquisition Act 2013 amendments, the rule that protected tribal lands. Now these lands will be sold out to the best bidder. The anti-conversion law "used to divert attention" from economic interests.
25/09/2017 - CHINA-VATICAN
Msgr. Mathew Hu Xiande, bishop of Ningbo, has diedby Paul Wang
Because of persecution, he had to delay his priestly ordination for nearly 30 years. Subjected to seven years of forced labor. He contributed to the rebirth of the diocese. He was an official bishop, recognized by the Holy See and the Chinese government.
24/09/2017 - VATICAN
Pope: there are no unemployed in the Kingdom of God
During the Angelus, Pope Francis explained the parable of the day workers called up at different times but paid the same remuneration. "Jesus wants to open our hearts to the logic of the love of the Father, which is free and generous.” US missionary Stanley Francis Rother, killed in 1981 by death squads in Guatemala, is beatified.
23/09/2017 - VATICAN
Pope tells Cistercians that from their silent cloisters comes the unceasing prayer for the Church and the world
In his audience with the participants in the General Chapter of Order, Pope Francis urges them to continue their "assiduous prayer" as “lovers of prayer” dedicated to "sobriety" to overcome today's cultural context that exalts "ephemeral goods and illusory artificial paradises.” Monasteries are places of charity and hospitality, a "school of prayer, and a school of charity for all". Cistercian communities are present in Asia and the rest of the world.
23/09/2017 - SAUDI ARABIA
Riyadh to modernise, opening stadium to women and allowing voice/video calling
Saudi women will be able to attend 87th National Day event in stadium seated with their families but separately from single men. Voice and video calling is now available. Rights groups slam the kingdom for arresting dissidents.
23/09/2017 - INDIA
Sister Palmira Biancolin at 100, 64 in Indiaby Nirmala Carvalho
The missionary is a member of the Religious of Mary Immaculate. She left Italy in 1953 for India. Her congregation helps and protects girls in growth and education, until they find work.
23/09/2017 - PHILIPPINES
Philippines ranked third in terms of world ocean pollution
Multinationals contribute to the problem by selling cheap disposable plastic products. Greenpeace points the finger at Nestlé, Unilever and Procter & Gamble as some of the worst offenders.
23/09/2017 - CHINA – NORTH KOREA
Beijing limits oil exports to North Korea
23/09/2017 - ISRAEL – PALESTINE
New Vicar of Jerusalem to focus on young people and education, future of peace and hope
Mgr Giacinto-Boulos Marcuzzo stressed the importance of education to ensure the future of new generations. The Church is a sign of "unity" in a context "marked by divisions" and a bridge in interfaith dialogue. The situation has gone from euphoria for peace to resignation over permanent conflict. He appeals to Western Christians to come as pilgrims to the Holy Land.
22/09/2017 - VATICAN
‘Educating to fraternal humanism’ 60 million students in Catholic schools and universities
This is the goal of a document released 50 years after the encyclical ‘Populorum progressio’, which was presented today in the Vatican. Humanising education and promoting a culture of meeting and dialogue are urgent and necessary.
22/09/2017 - NEPAL
As Dashain starts, mass slaughter of animals sparks protest by Buddhists and animal rights activistsby Christopher Sharma
The 15-day event is the most important religious celebration in Nepal. Animal rights activists have gone to Hindu temples to raise awareness among believers. The stench of rotting dead animals fills the areas near the places of worship. Police have been deployed to prevent confrontation.
22/09/2017 - TURKMENISTAN
For priest in Ashgabat, the Asian Games are an opportunity for prayer and meeting between peoples
Athletes have been provided with prayer space, for Christian, Buddhist, Hindu, and other religions. Turkmenistan "chose the path of positive neutrality.”
22/09/2017 - PAKISTAN
Eleven schools celebrate World Peace Day in Faisalabadby Shafique Khokhar
The event was sponsored by the Holy Rosary Parish. Staging “such shows of peace” will make children “ambassadors of peace,” said Fr Shahzad. A “candle of peace” was lighted. Three groups call on the government to improve the situation of minorities who are often victims of kidnapping, conversions, and forced marriage.
22/09/2017 - VATICAN
Pope: in Europe "signs of rejection" of migrants also among Catholics
Francis warning to the European national directors of pastoral care for migrants. "From a missiological point of view, contemporary migratory flows constitute a new missionary frontier, a privileged opportunity to announce Jesus."
22/09/2017 - RUSSIA
Aleksandr Kalinin, the war against 'Matilda' and Putinby Vladimir Rozanskij
He is the leader of the organization "Christian State - Holy Russia". He has claimed to have died, gone to hell, and been saved by Jesus Christ in person. He launched a war against the movie "Matilda": burn down the cinemas, "take lives for the faith," impale the director. Behind the apocalyptic patriotism of this "Orthodox Fraternity," there may be “divisive” secret services that want to bring Putin down.
22/09/2017 - INDONESIA
Bali: Mount Agung’s “imminent eruption” leads to the evacuation of residents and touristsby Mathias Hariyadi
Level 3 warning is sounded as volcanic activity grows. On Tuesday alone, 427 tremors were recorded. The last eruption in 1963 killed 1,100 people. The islands most important Hindu temple, Pura Besakih, is located on the volcano’s slopes.
22/09/2017 - CHINA
S&P’s downgrade of China’s sovereign debt angers Beijing
China’s sovereign credit goes from AA- to A after “a prolonged period of strong credit growth”. The downgrade could make it costlier for Chinese companies and government to borrow money on international markets. China’s Finance Ministry calls it the “wrong decision”.
22/09/2017 - TURKEY
Istanbul, 14 lawyers arrested: They defended two imprisoned professors on hunger strike
Lawyers belong to the People's Rights Department (HHB) and have been charged with terrorism. They would be linked to the Revolutionary Front of Popular Liberation (Dhkp-C), an outlawed Marxist group. The arrest took place on the eve of the trial of the two professors, "suspicious" timing.
22/09/2017 - KOREA-US
Kim Jong-un responds to "deranged" Trump
For the first time, a Korean leader addresses an international audience. Trump "will pay dearly for his speech" to the UN, " unprecedented rude nonsense." The launch of a hydrogen bomb in the Pacific Ocean is paramount. China and Russia are pushing for calm and not to get caught up in "military hysteria". Moon Jae-in: We do not want the collapse of North Korea.
21/09/2017 - BANGLADESH – VATICAN
Card D'Rozario says that the Church can be a field hospital for the Rohingyaby card. Patrick D’Rozario*
At least 420,000 Muslim refugees fled Myanmar for Bangladesh. They are “without many dreams or hope for the future, except only to save their lives, so human an urge, from sudden inhuman atrocities.” “The love of Bangladesh should put pressure on Myanmar to open the borders, their conscience and their hearts to receive their brothers and sisters”.
21/09/2017 - VATICAN
Pope says he will never pardon people guilty of sexual abuses
Francis met today with members of Pontifical Commission for the Protection of Minors. He acknowledged that the Church was late in dealing with these crimes, but insisted that her policy now was “zero tolerance”. More importantly, “we can listen with interest to the voices of the victims and the survivors, as we have much to learn from them and their personal stories of courage and perseverance.”
21/09/2017 - IRAQ
Kurdistan referendum sparks fear in Christians, Yazides and Turkmenby Pierre Balanian
Five meters high and two wide the statue was in the center of the city. Since 2003, 90% of Christians have left the city, 300 families remain. The Chaldean Archbishop offers a monument dedicated to all religions.The campaign for the independence of Kurdistan is mounting to push the population to vote "yes" in the referendum. But several Christians are concerned about the tensions with Baghdad and the rise of Kurdish Islamic parties. Yazid and Turkmen threatened. The US proposal to postone the referendum and open three years of negotiations in view of Kurdistan's independence. At least 50,000 troops packed at the border.
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