28/10/2016 - IRAQ – ISLAM
Masked gunmen on a motorbike opened fire on Nazar Elias, killing him in cold blood. Two years ago, he had fled from Qaraqosh ahead of the Islamic State. In the south, he opened a grocery store that also sold alcohol. In Baghdad, a liquor store is blown up. For Chaldean Patriarchate, the new law hurts "national unity."
28/10/2016 - CHINA
Party Plenum crowns Xi Jinping "core" leaderby Wang Zhicheng
This title gives him absolute power. The next party congress will be in the second half of 2017. Changes predicted for many Party seats even in the Politburo. No member is above the party discipline.
28/10/2016 - CHINA – VATICAN
Mgr Francis Tong Hui, emeritus bishop of Yulin, diesby Maria Yuan
He had been ill for several years. He spent 15 years in prison for his faith. In 2011 he retired and was succeeded by Mgr John Baptist Yang Xiaoting. Since 1992, the diocese of Yulin also includes Yanan, one of the glorious places of the Long March.
28/10/2016 - THAILAND
For Thai Buddhists and Muslims, Laudato si’ teaches us to care for creationby Weena Kowitwanij
Sister Siphim Xavier, chaplain of the Catholic Commission for Social Development, invited some religious leaders to assess the relevance of Pope Francis’s encyclical. For Buddhist monk, “religious leaders were always influenced by nature”. At the same time, “Peace,” a Muslim scholar notes, “must go hand in hand with action.”
28/10/2016 - VATICAN
Pope: Consecrated life, "capital" of the Church, autonomous, but not independent
Addressing participants in the International Conference for episcopal vicars and delegates for Consecrated Life Francis asked them to "be close to consecrated persons, with tenderness and love" and to promote the different charisms. Consecrated persons must live their autonomy "in close relation with insertion, in such a way that the charismatic freedom and the catholicity of consecrated life are also expressed in the context of the particular Church".
28/10/2016 - IRAQ
In Mosul Shia militias block path for "Caliph" al Baghdadi’s flight
Al-Hashd Al-Sha'abi forces yesterday joined the battle against Daesh. Their aim is to cut off the escape routes to the east (Syria) and north (Turkey). However, Abu Bakr al-Baghdadi, who is trying to reach Raqqa, might also be their target. Video shows a Daesh militiaman speaking about a deal between Erbil and Ankara to divide the territories east and west of Mosul.
28/10/2016 - INDIA
Dead child thrown into the trash, a criminal act for Mumbai’s bishopby Nirmala Carvalho
Mgr Dominic Savio Fernandes condemns the act of leaving a dead baby girl on the side of a road, her body bitten by mice. Children are the most endangered species in modern society. Parents should teach respect and equality between boys and girls.
28/10/2016 - TAIWAN
I, an aboriginal Catholic, against the decline of our ethnicityby Sun Da Chuan
Sun Da Chuan, 62, is a Taiwanese aboriginal politician. The island’s tribal cultures have been targeted by colonisers since the 16th century, most recently by the Japanese and the Chinese. The attempted revival involves educating young people and strengthening their faith.
28/10/2016 - VATICAN
Pope: Jesus praying is "the cornerstone" of the Church and all of our lives
"The cornerstone of the Church is our Lord in front of the Father who intercedes on our behalf, who is praying for us. We pray to Him but the key thing is that He is praying for us". "We are all like a building, but the foundation is Jesus, Jesus praying for us. Jesus praying for me. "
28/10/2016 - BANGLADESH
Bangladesh, first ever Catholic elected to lead oppositionby Sumon Corraya
Albert P Costa is the new president of Jumbo Dal, the youth wing of the Bangladesh Nationalist Party. In the past he led the largest organization for cooperation in the country.
28/10/2016 - SYRIA - RUSSIA - EU
Moscow denies involvement in attack on Idlib school. EU issues fresh sanctions on Syria
27/10/2016 - SINGAPORE – ASIA
From Sri Lanka to Myanmar, Catholics Singaporeans evangelise in Asia
Each year, CHARIS Caritas Humanitarian Aid and Relief Initiatives, Singapore) organises missionary activities across the continent. One volunteer, Kok Xuan Er, worked in Colombo. Sister Angela educates Burmese girls.
27/10/2016 - JAPAN – ASIA
Proposal to protect whales sunk
A proposal to create an "Atlantic sanctuary" for whales was not approved. Hunting will continue for Japan, Norway and Iceland. For the Japanese commissioner, whaling is sustainable. Preservation is important, but so are traditions.
27/10/2016 - EU – IRAQ
2016 Sakharov Prize awarded to Nadia Murad and Lamiya Aji, sexually enslaved by the Islamic State
The EU’s highest human rights honour went to two young women who escaped repeated violence and abuse at the hands of jihadists. Both are "inspirational women” because of their courage and humanity in the face of "despicable brutality”. Today they are campaigning for the rights of their community.
27/10/2016 - HONG KONG – CHINA
Hong Kong’s parliament blocked by the oath of two young localist parliamentariansby Paul Wang
On 12 October, Sixtus Baggio Leung Chung-hang and Yau Wai-ching swore allegiance to the "Hong Kong nation" wrapped in a banner that said "Hong Kong is not China." The government wants to expel them, but that could happen only with a two-third majority of legislators. Pan-Democrats hold almost half of the seats. This is a signal to Beijing.
27/10/2016 - INDIA – BRAZIL
PIME missionary: From India to the Amazon, changed by the natives
Fr John Raju Nerella comes from Andhra Pradesh. He has worked in Brazil for 16 years, in the Amazon, on plantations, and lately in the slums of São Paulo. He is the "fruit of the PIME mission in India" and followed his father’s example, who was "a kind of missionary". The decision to go on a mission “goes against the flow." Faith is the driving force.
27/10/2016 - VATICAN
Pope: God weeps over disasters, wars, over killed children
27/10/2016 - VATICAN
Pope calls for “concerted, active and constant effort" against human trafficking
Francis today received the participants at the Conference, promoted in the Vatican, the so-called "Santa Marta Group" against trafficking in human beings. The group is led by Cardinal Vincent Nichols, Archbishop of Westminster and Bernard Hogan-Howe, head of London's Metropolitan Police.
27/10/2016 - IRAQ
Patriarch Sako in Nineveh villages freed from ISIS: "These are Christian lands" (PHOTOS)
A 12 hour visit to six villages across 200 km, a source of "sadness and suffering," but also of "great hope". The goal is the "reconstruction" of the villages and the return of refugees. But first it is essential to ensure safety. Gratitude for the generals and the soldiers leading the offensive. The new call for peace and unity.
27/10/2016 - INDONESIA
Human trafficking and the mission of Sr. Bernadette Saragih FSEby Mathias Hariyadi
For years, the Franciscan sister Bernadette Saragih FSE has been committed to helping and saving young women deceived and exploited by prostitution racket in Malaysia. "These girls are 'blocked', they do not know how to react. Our mission in the world today: to help the desperate. "
27/10/2016 - JAPAN - PHILIPPINES
Duterte reassures Tokyo but continues to move away from Washington
Philippine President ends a three-day visit for 60th anniversary of bilateral relations with Japan. Military and commercial agreements signed for $ 210 million. South China Sea cooperation reaffirmed. Duterte, however, announces his intention to dismiss the US military from the Philippines and cancels joint exercises.
27/10/2016 - SYRIA
Idlib, air raid hits a school: At least 26 victims, including children
Fighters targeted village of Haas, also hitting a school complex. 22 students among the dead. Syrian air or Russian force authors of the attack, but no official confirmation. In two years, the US-led coalition has caused at least 300 civilian casualties. Moscow hosts tripartite meeting between Iran, Syria and Russia on the conflict.
26/10/2016 - VATICAN
Pope in Sweden: Catholics and Lutherans are "on the right path" for new agreements
A briefing outlines Francis’s visit on 31 October and 1 November to commemorate the 500th anniversary of the Lutheran Reformation. The Joint Declaration on Justification notes no agreement on three points, relative to the ministry, the Church and the Eucharist.
26/10/2016 - ISRAEL – PALESTINE
Sister Valentina, a midwife in Jerusalem: the gift of life and Christ’s merciful love
From Italy, the missionary has been in the Holy Land for three and a half years in charge of the maternity ward at a (Christian) hospital in East Jerusalem. She meets Muslim families and tries to build bridges between communities as well as create a better and less stressful environment for women in labour. Love for Christ brings an element of eternity.
26/10/2016 - INDONESIA
The Church in East Nusa Tenggara working to stop the death of migrant workersby Mathias Hariyadi
The number of young migrant workers dying abroad is increasing. Poor farming conditions are driving hundreds of people to Malaysia, victims of people’s smugglers, working without papers. For local priest, educating village chiefs about the bureaucracy helps migrant workers.
26/10/2016 - VATICAN - VIETNAM
Religious freedom focus of meeting between the Holy See and Vietnam
The Catholic Church "will continue to be inspired by the Magisterium of the Church regarding the practice of "living the gospel in the nation". "The meeting took place in an atmosphere of cordiality, frankness and mutual respect".
26/10/2016 - THAILAND – CAMBODIA
Mourning attire following King Bhumibol’s death a great opportunity for Cambodia’s garment industry
As the sovereign’s death boosts demand for black clothing, cotton supplies in Thailand run out, with traders turning to Cambodia to fill the gap. “Before the king died, there was no one who bought black shirts,” Cambodian trader said. Now Thais are buying up everything.
26/10/2016 - INDIA
Some 19 Kashmir schools torched in three months of protests
The authorities have blamed unknown criminals acting at night. Kulgam is the worst affected district. Some teachers have volunteered to guard schools. The state government has decided that high and secondary school exams will take place regularly, although more than half of the syllabus was not covered.
26/10/2016 - CHINA
Migrant worker jumps to his death from building he built over eight years of unpaid wagesby Wang Zhicheng
In his 50s, he was Identified as Li. The building was built in 2008, at the time of the Olympics. Since then, Li and his work team did not receive any wages. According to official figures, about 3 million migrant workers do not receive wages on a regular basis.
26/10/2016 - IRAQ
Chaldean Patriarch: A multicultural Mosul, for peace and reconciliation in Iraq
The rise of the jihadists has wiped out the "beautiful mosaic" of ethnic groups, religions, cultures and dialects that made Mosul and Nineveh Plain. Mar Sako: the defeat of the Islamic State should serve to relaunch this diversity. Necessary to guarantee rights and protections for all people, fight corruption and discrimination. Christians rediscover confidence in their Muslim neighbors.
26/10/2016 - VATICAN
Pope: Migrants, "closure is not a solution," indeed it ends up favoring criminals
"The only solution is that of solidarity, solidarity with the migrant, solidarity with the foreigner”. And even with those who are "naked", those who have lost their dignity like the women victims of trafficking and "those who do not have a job, a house, a fair wage".
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