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    30/09/2016 - SYRIA - RUSSIA - UNITED STATES

    Moscow (and Damascus) continue the bombing campaign on the eastern sector. Spokesman for the Kremlin: the United States "not constructive rhetoric." Kerry Washington responds: we are "on the verge" of breaking off negotiations. The testimonies of Aleppo families who have fled the area in the hands of the rebels. The Gulf countries are ready to provide new weapons to anti-government militias.




    30/09/2016 - YEMEN - S. ARABIA

    Saudi-led coalition air strikes cause new civilian casualties in Yemen


    At least eight civilian casualties in two separate attacks in the province of Saada, controlled by the Houthi rebels. Hopes for humanitarian truce dashed. Saudi Arabia rejects peace plans that do not provide for the complete disarmament of the Shiite movement and UN rejects demand for an independent commission on human rights violations in Yemen.


     


    30/09/2016 - NEPAL

    Pollution leading cause of death in Nepal

    by Christopher Sharma


    This is what emerges from the latest WHO report. With 9 thousand deaths per year, poor air quality is the more deadly than Maoist revolution of 10 years ago. At least 36 Nepalese every 100 die from respiratory problems. Local experts: "After the earthquake, the situation has worsened. Now it is public health emergency. "


    30/09/2016 - PAKISTAN

    Fire in an orphanage: five children die trapped


    The fire engulfed the "Sweet Home" in Liaquat. At the time, there were 40 children in the orphanage. Of these, six were hospitalized in serious condition. The children died in an attempt to escape, but their room was locked from the outside.

     


    29/09/2016 - SYRIA – RUSSIA – UNITED STATES

    Syrian conflict: US-Russia tensions rise as Syrian troops launch offensive in Aleppo


    Kerry threatens to break relations if Russia does not stop attacks. Moscow accuses Washington of promoting a "policy of threats and blackmail". A think tank close to the Kremlin calls for Moscow to distance itself from Damascus. In Aleppo, Syrian forces seize a rebel-held area. Militias use civilians as human shields.


    29/09/2016 - UNITED STATES – SAUDI ARABIA

    Congress overrides presidential veto on 9/11 bill, a step Obama calls a grave mistake


    The House of Representatives voted 348-77, the Senate 97-1, overruling Obama for the first time in his eight-year presidency. Relatives of 9/11 victims can sue Saudi Arabia. White House spokesman describes the vote as “embarrassing”. For CIA director, “the bill carries "grave implications" for national security.


    29/09/2016 - IRAQ

    Chaldean Synod bears witness to Christ with love and hope amid war and violence


    In the Jubilee Year of Mercy, Chaldean bishops reiterate the importance of evangelisation. Their goals include an enhanced role for the laity, deacons and married priests. Rebel priests and monks are ordered to return to their original diocese. The prelates prayed for Aleppo and Syria.


    29/09/2016 - INDIA

    India opts for first come, first served basis for 50 hard-to-place children

    by Nirmala Carvalho

    Would-be adoptive couples received a message asking them to “reserve” children online. The scheme is designed to help placement of disabled or older children whom no one wants. For the president of the Family Commission of the Bishops' Conference, “This is a pure commodification of babies”.


    29/09/2016 - THAILAND

    As Thailand’s economy sputters, anger against immigrants grows


    Police arrested hundreds of illegal workers this month. They face up to five years in prison, fines or deportation. "They should be doing the jobs that Thais don't want to do like work as house cleaners,” immigration police chief says. Thailand’s economy is expected to grow 3 per cent this year, a far cry from the 7 per cent of the 1990s. At least 3 million foreign workers are in the country.


    29/09/2016 - VATICAN

    Pope: Day of Social Communications, "Fear not, for I am with you"


    The theme for the next Day is an invitation to tell the story of the world and the stories of the men and women, based on the logic of 'good news' that reminds us that God never gives up being the Father, in any situation and with respect to every human being. Let us learn to communicate confidence and hope for history.


    29/09/2016 - VATICAN

    Pope: the logic of weapons and oppression, dark interests and violence continue to devastate Syria and Iraq


    If we have "the impression of being wrapped in a spiral of arrogance and inertia from which there seems to be no escape" it is the experience of the evil that is in man and in history. Francis receives the members of the Catholic charitable agencies operating in Syria and Iraq gathered for their fifth meeting organized by Cor Unum.

     


    29/09/2016 - HONG KONG - CHINA

    Card. Zen to Umbrellas Movement: The Church must denounce injustice. Undeterred

    by Lucia Leung

    A Mass in front of Hong Kong parliament to commemorate the pro-democracy demonstrations two years ago. In the city and in particular in Admiralty (where hundreds of thousands of people gathered) another moment with Benny Tai. All demonstrations were conducted at 6 pm, when two years ago the police first launched tear gas. Hopes for the future.

     


    29/09/2016 - INDIA

    India, one year after lynching beef still source of controversy


    The case of the murder of Mohammad Akhlaq has shocked the public and prompted intellectuals and critics of religious nationalism to act. Writers have returned prestigious awards; students demonstrated at universities. Meanwhile, ‘cow protection vigilante groups’ refine their techniques.

     


    29/09/2016 - SINGAPORE

    Singapore, 17 year old blogger jailed for insulting Islam and Christianity


    Amos Yee was already jailed in 2015 for criticizing the "founder" of the city-state, Lee Kuan Yew, a few hours after his death. He will serve six weeks in prison because his actions "may generate social unrest". Human Rights lawyers accuse the government of violating freedom of expression.

     


    28/09/2016 - ISRAEL – PALESTINE

    Peres was a complex personality who believed in peace, instrumental to Israel's security


    Political and religious leaders in Israel and Palestine remember the late statesman. For Mgr Pizzaballa, he realised the “value of the Christian presence" at the local and international levels. Bernard Sabella stressed the lights and shadows of a clever diplomat who “was not successful." Rabbi Milgram noted that he was “obsessed with security."


    28/09/2016 - INDIA – ITALY

    Indian Supreme Court says Massimiliano Latorre can stay in Italy until the end of arbitration


    The recent decision grants the Italian marine, already in Italy for health reasons, the same conditions as Salvatore Girone who returned to Italy after four years.


    28/09/2016 - BANGLADESH

    Bangladeshi writer Haq, a critic of fundamentalism, dies

    by Sumon Corraya

    Syed Shamsul Haq, who died aged 81, was one of the country’s most prolific and brilliant writers. He had been suffering from lung cancer for some time. He was the youngest recipient of the Bangla Academy Award, Bangladesh’s highest literary award. Christians remember him as "a teacher and guide."


    28/09/2016 - PHILIPPINES

    Church and government together to rehabilitate drug addicts in the Philippines


    The Archdiocese of Cagayan de Oro and local authorities plan to work together on a programme to help prevent and treat drug abuse. Although the Church does “not have the facilities for scientific rehabilitation,” said Archbishop Ledesma, it can provide “spiritual healing”, adding “we cannot solve a crime by committing another crime”.


    28/09/2016 - VATICAN

    Pope: "The Church is for everyone, especially for the bad"


    "God’s salvation can reach any man in any condition, even the most negative and painful. God's salvation is for everyone: for all! Without exception. And it is offered to all. This is why the Jubilee is a time of grace and mercy for all, good and bad. " "Jesus saved us staying on the Cross. And we all know it is not easy to stay on the cross on our little crosses of every day. "

     


    28/09/2016 - VATICAN - SYRIA

    Pope: Aleppo, "the perpetrators of the bombings, will be accountable before God."


    Francis appeals "to everyone to commit themselves with all their strength to the protection of civilians as an imperative and urgent obligation". Tomorrow "Cor Unum" to meet on Syrian and Iraqi crisis.

     


    28/09/2016 - CHINA

    Discipline and management to dominate the next Communist Party plenum


    The most important political meeting of the CCP will be held October 24 to 27. Premier Li Keqiang did not take part  in decision because "traveling": according to some analysts, gap with President Xi Jinping widening. Reshuffle ready ahead of the XIX Party Congress. The central leader wants to further consolidate his personal power.

     


    28/09/2016 - INDIA - PAKISTAN

    Modi boycotts SAARC summit in Islamabad, the Indian Church: "Peace Now"


    After the announcement of the Indian prime minister, also Bangladesh, Bhutan and Afghanistan have decided not to participate. The 19th conference on regional cooperation was to be held in November, but postponement likely. Tension between Delhi and Islamabad, after weeks of mutual weeks accusations.


     


    28/09/2016 - ISRAEL

    Shimon Peres has died, a man of peace and of war

    by Joshua Lapide

    He was 93 years of age. In his youth he was a "hawk". He was responsible for the supplies of arms to Israel from the USSR, France, the United States. He was the first proponent of Israeli settlements in the occupied territories. Twice prime minister, president for seven years. With Rabin and Arafat, he won the Nobel Peace Prize in 1994. He has participated as a "dove" at the meeting of prayer for peace in the Vatican in 2014. Gideon Levy: Peres was a man of "almost".

     


    28/09/2016 - LEBANON

    The Maronite patriarchy "in favor of Aoun for Lebanese presidency "


    The vicar general approves the choice of the Free Patriotic Movement leader to end stalemate over election of head of state. According to Msgr. Sayyah he "enjoys the support of the majority of Christians." The election of the president will favor to an agreement on a new electoral law. But possibility Franjieh remains open.

     


    28/09/2016 - SAUDI ARABIA - OPEC

    OPEC gives green light to production cut. Market prices for crude oil rise


    The new limit is set between 32.5 and 33 million barrels a day. A decrease of 700 thousand barrels per day. Iranian Oil Minister: "Exceptional" decision. The price of Brent increases by 6% per share touching $ 49 a barrel. Riyadh cuts public sector wages.

     


    28/09/2016 - GEORGIA - CHINA

    Free trade between Georgia and China will change Central Asian axis

    by Giorgi Menabde

    The two governments signed an agreement in record time that virtually eliminates duties and import and export tariffs and are preparing, again in record time, to enact it. Big benefits for the small Georgian export market, especially for the wine makers, and little risk of "invasion" by Chinese goods. Beijing’s aim is to garner Georgian support and block Russian access to routes of New Silk Road. Courtesy of the Jamestown Foundation.

     


    27/09/2016 - CHINA - ITALY

    Fr Gheddo: I saw the Church’s resurrection in China


    He visited China during the Cultural Revolution and after Deng Xiaoping modernisations. Catholic communities that seemed destroyed blossomed again. Ties with old PIME missionaries expelled by Mao Zedong were renewed. The mission has now new frontiers. Here is Fr Piero Gheddo’s autobiography.


    27/09/2016 - HOLY LAND

    For Mgr Marcuzzo, pilgrimages are an instrument of the New Evangelization


    For the Patriarchal Vicar of Jerusalem, travelling in the footsteps of Christ is a source for the "rebirth of faith". It is an essential element for Europe and North America, where a crisis of religion is unfolding. The number of Chinese and Vietnamese pilgrims who understand “the wonder of faith" is growing. Israel restricts entry to Arab Christians, especially from Jordan. AsiaNews proposes a pilgrimage.


    27/09/2016 - CHINA - VATICAN

    Priests and faithful in China critical of new regulations on religious activities

    by Bernardo Cervellera

    On October 7, the Regulations will be implemented. Criticism of contradiction between the emphasis on Constitution, which claims religious freedom in China and the Regulations which place numerous limitations on its expression. The State Council’s intervention on religions is "illegal”.  Requests for a law that would recognize the right also to the domestic churches (underground) and all religions, not only the 5 recognized by the Beijing government.


    27/09/2016 - SINGAPORE

    Singapore parishes to be a "place of evangelisation and hospitality for everyone"


    More than 400 representatives from the country’s 32 parishes met for a day to talk and bear witness. They discussed building the community of the faithful, promote evangelisation among young people, and encourage the involvement of the faithful in parish life. For the episcopal vicar for the New Evangelisation, a “Church that has so much hospitality in it will be a welcoming church”.






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    We publish the video recordings of the presentations made at the international symposium organised by AsiaNews on 2 September. In order of appearance: Fr Ferruccio Brambillasca, PIME Superior General; Card Fernando Filoni, Prefect of the Congregation of Propaganda Fide; Sr Mary Prema, Superior General of the Missionaries of Charity; Father Brian Kolodiejchuk, postulator of the Cause of Mother Teresa; Card Oswald Gracias, archbishop of Mumbai; Fr John A. Worthley, on the influence of Mother Teresa in China; a witness to the influence of Mother Teresa in the Islamic world; and Mgr Paul Hinder, Apostolic Vicar of Southern Arabia.


    CHINA-VATICAN
    Beijing issues new, harsh draft regulations on religious activities

    Bernardo Cervellera

    Fines of up to 200 thousand yuan (27 thousand euro) for "illegal religious activities" by Catholic or other members of underground communities. "Illegal activities" include "dependence from abroad" (such as the relationship with the Vatican). The regulations preach non-discrimination, but party members are forbidden to practice their religion, even in private. Strict control of buildings, statues, crosses. Clampdown on the internet. It could be the end of the underground community.
     


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