21 February 2017
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  • 20/02/2017 - CHINA – VATICAN

    Thousands of people, along with scores of priests and some underground bishops, took part in the funeral. He had spent ten years in prison.


    by Elizabeth Li

    20/02/2017 - SRI LANKA

    Boat tragedy in Sri Lanka: vessel carrying Catholic believers capsizes with 11 dead and 18 injured

    by Melani Manel Perera

    The victims were taking part in a sea procession yesterday, feast day of Our Lady of Good Voyage, protectress of local fishermen. Buddhists also took part in the celebration. Overcrowding is the main cause of the incident.


    20/02/2017 - Vietnam

    Vietnam remembers Father Malo, a missionary who loved Asia very much

    by Thanh Thuy

    A Mass was celebrated in Vinh, but Mgr Girelli was not allowed to lead the service. Still, "love always leads us to victory. It is the reality that is needed to build our future in a climate of peace."


    20/02/2017 - ASIA – MIDDLE EAST

    World arms trade: 43 per cent goes to Asia-Oceania


    India was the world's largest importer of major arms in 2012–16, accounting for 13 per cent of global trade with Saudi Arabia ranked second. The United States, Russia, China and some European nations are the main suppliers.


    20/02/2017 - INDIA

    World Day of Social Justice: for auxiliary bishop of Mumbai, people must come before profits


    The United Nations established the day in 2007 to highlight global issues like poverty, exclusion, employment, and gender equality. For Mgr D'Silva, violence is the result of inequalities. Existing economic structures must be revisited out of “compassion for our brothers and sisters”.


    20/02/2017 - EGYPT - ISLAM

    Al Azhar under the influence of Daesh Islamism

    by Kamel Abderrahmani

    The official religious institutions and so-called Islamic universities are the cause of the immobility of the Muslim world. The programs taught and literature used at Al Azhar are the same that are applied on the ground by all armed terrorists. No comparison possible between Al Azhar and the Vatican. The Vatican has hosted Iraqi Muslims and Syrians fleeing the war. Al Azhar has never done anything for Christians and Yazidis. The persecution of Nasr Mohamed Abdellah, eager to modernize Islam. The comment of one Muslim student.


     


    20/02/2017 - LEBANON – EGYPT

    Cairo, freedom of religion and state secularism at Muslim-Christian conference in al-Azhar

    by Fady Noun

    At the initiative of the Grand Imam Ahmed el-Tayeb, the Sunni University will host an interfaith meeting on 27-28 February. Lay people and clergy, academic and scientific figures, Christian and Muslim leaders will be present. Lebanese President Aoun, the only Christian head of state of an Arab country, has been invited.


    20/02/2017 - INDIA

    Mumbai, a statue of the Virgin Mary vandalized and decapitated

    by Nirmala Carvalho

    The statue was installed in a grotto along a road in suburban Kurla. CCTV video recorded the act done by three strangers. Christian leaders pray for peace between the communities, on the eve of the municipal elections to be held tomorrow.

     


    20/02/2017 - PHILIPPINES

    Protests continue for the war against drugs and the decision to reinstate the death penalty


    More than 20 thousand faithful gathered in Manila to pray, march and protest against the "reign of terror" operated by President Rodrigo Duterte. In recent months, the campaign of violence has resulted in about 7 thousand victims including drug addicts and drug dealers.

     


    20/02/2017 - JAPAN - THE HOLY LAND

    Lutheran Bishop for Jordan and the Holy Land, Munib A. Younan, awarded Niwano Peace Prize


    Younan, president of the Lutheran World Federation was born in Jerusalem and is rewarded for having used his position to create a fully fledged network among religious leaders of different faiths in the Middle East.

     


    20/02/2017 - IRAQ

    Mosul, army offensive to liberate the west from Islamic State continues


    The second day of fighting to oust the jihadists from the western sector, the last IS stronghold in the country. Prime Minister al-Abadi says priority is to free the civilian population "from oppression". The militiamen have sown bombs and mines in the ground to stop the advance. UN warns there are civilians trapped in the conflict.


     


    19/02/2017 - VATICAN

    Pope: Christians have "a duty" to do justice, but "it is forbidden to" seek revenge


    Jesus asks his disciples to suffer the bad, in fact, he asked them to react, however not with another evil, but with good. A prayer for the victims of violence in the Central Kasai region of the Democratic Republic of the Congo, in particular child soldiers, and those affected by the attacks in Pakistan and Iraq.


    18/02/2017 - INDIA

    Mumbai, Mary’s Clan 30 years of palliative care for alcoholics and the abandoned

    by Nirmala Carvalho

    The rehabilitation center was opened in 1983. Since then he has welcomed 350 patients, accompanying them to the end of life. Patients often recover relationships with families. "This is because palliative care addresses hope and the basic needs of everyone: humanity."


    18/02/2017 - CHINA - VATICAN

    Chinese Catholic: the power to appoint bishops belongs only to the Church

    by Baoluo Jiaoyou (保罗教友)

    Criticism of Card. Tong’s proposal to allow the Chinese government the function to appoint bishops in some way. In the proposed agreement between China and the Holy See, the latter would only have a veto power - not conclusive - on the proposed candidates. 


    18/02/2017 - PAKISTAN

    Pakistani police kill over 100 terrorists in raid following Sufi temple attack

    by Shafique Khokhar

    The suicide attack in Sindh killed more than 80 people gathered in prayer. The National Action Plan against Terrorism was approved, but lacks the political will to put it into practice. "We must eliminate the Islamic religious element in the Constitution".


    18/02/2017 - INDONESIA

    Ms. Chui Thjai Mie, first Indonesian Chinese woman to become mayor

    by Mathias Hariyadi

    She won in Singkawan (West Kalimantan) defeating three competitors. She follows Confucianism. The city is majority Chinese, where everyone speaks the Hakka language. 


    18/02/2017 - KOREA - MALAYSIA

    North Korean arrested in connection with the murder of Kim Jong-nam


    So far, suspects included an Indonesian, her Malaysian boyfriend, and a Vietnamese. Silence in Pyongyang. But the North Korean ambassador in Kuala Lumpur demands that the autopsy be carried out in the presence of his representatives. Hypothesis for murder: He did not obey his brother’s order to return home. Kim Jong-nam was seeking asylum in a foreign country. 


    17/02/2017 - SAUDI ARABIA

    First woman to head Saudi stock exchange


    NCB Capital Co. CEO Sarah Al Suhaimi gets to run the Mideast’s largest bourse. For Saudi women, thanks to their foreign education, the financial sector provides greater space for their social and professional development.


    17/02/2017 - BANGLADESH

    After a young Muslim is killed in Lokhipur, Catholics feel threatened and flee

    by Sumon Corraya

    The murder of a young man, who had a criminal record, has become a pretext for hatred against the Christian community. As the investigation gets underway, some local Muslims have threatened retaliation: “They killed one of ours, we will kill ten of them.” Christian leaders fear becoming targets, “ask for security”.


    17/02/2017 - MYANMAR

    A former officer behind Muslim lawyer’s murder but doubts about the official version remain

    by Francis Khoo Thwe

    President’s Office reports that Ko Ni was killed by Aung Win Khaing, a former senior army officer, in order to destabilise the country at a time of strong ethnic and sectarian tensions. Many “people continue to wonder who the true instigator is, and what is behind the murder,” source tells AsiaNews.


    17/02/2017 - VATICAN

    Pope: Unity in Diversity, where there is no dialogue there is violence


    Visiting the University of Roma Tre, Francis answers questions from students. The fundamental importance of dialogue, the search for "truth, goodness and beauty"; unity that needs differences; integration and "respect" as a response to the fear of the migrant, "but each country has to see what number it can accommodate. It's true: you cannot welcome [migrants] if there are no possibilities[for them]".


    17/02/2017 - THAILAND

    Buddhist Supreme Patriarch tells Muslims and Hindus that living peacefully together is the goal of every religion’s teachings


    Taan Chao Khun Phra Somdej Ariyawongsagatanana met the representative of the advisor to the king on Islamic affairs and the head of the Hindu community. Teaching religion is key to peaceful coexistence between the communities. “In Thailand, everyone is free to profess their religion and there is no difference among the believers."


    17/02/2017 - INDIA

    Hindu ultranationalists growing in Kerala with more than 5,000 meetings a day

    by Nirmala Carvalho

    In Kerala Hindus, Christians and Muslims have always lived together peacefully. The Communist Party of India (Marxist), which won last year’s State election, is open to democratic values. "Kerala could become a model for the national party”.


    17/02/2017 - CHINA - VATICAN

    Lay faithful comment on Card. John Tong’s article on China-Holy See relations: Overly optimistic

    by Wang Zhicheng

    The bishop of Hong Kong is too optimistic. The Patriotic Association is the stumbling block that controls the Church on behalf of the government. Compromise is possible, but the Church will be without commitment for justice and human rights. The underground Church is now a minority.

     


    17/02/2017 - PAKISTAN

    Pakistan's Catholic Church strongly condemns Sufi temple attack

    by Kamran Chaudhry

    The suicide attack caused 75 deaths, including 20 children, and over 200 injured. Islamabad imposed a crackdown on terrorism and closes the border with Afghanistan. Catholics fear violence even against the churches. Tomorrow will a youth march in Karachi.

     


    17/02/2017 - YEMEN - GULF

    Yemen, battle for hegemony between Saudi Arabia and the UAE a source of death and destruction


    Fighting between rival factions supported by Saudi Arab and UAE intensifies in the province of Aden to the south of Taez. Allies against the Shiite Houthi rebels, are actually waging a bloody fight and civilians are paying the price. The desire for independence of the people, ready to fight against any invader.

     


    17/02/2017 - SOUTH KOREA

    Samsung Boss arrested over links to President Park scandal


    In January, he had escaped arrest for lack of evidence. Samsung has donated the most money ($ 70 million) to the Choi Soon-sil foundations, the friend who has dragged Park to impeachment. Candidates in new presidential elections react.

     


    17/02/2017 - PAKISTAN

    Sindh, Islamic State militant blows himself up in a Sufi temple: 75 dead and 200 injured


    The attack took place in the temple of Lal Shahbaz Qalandar, in the city of Sehwan. 20 children among the dead The militant chose time when the place was crowded to attend a ritual dance.

     


    16/02/2017 - SINGAPORE

    Singapore cathedral reopens after three years of restoration (video)


    The restoration work was completed in November 2016. The cathedral’s dedication will be marked by 12 days of celebration. Many government officials were present at the event. Singapore’s oldest Catholic church has a long history. For Archbishop William, it is true image of the “Mother Church."


    16/02/2017 - SRI LANKA

    As the government comes out in favour of abortion, Bishops' conference calls on Catholic believers and politicians to oppose it

    by Melani Manel Perera

    Every year, 400,000 women become pregnant in Sri Lanka. Some 15,000 resort to illegal abortions and ten die each year. A report by the Health Ministry last year says that 658 abortions occur each day.






    Editor's choices

    VATICAN-CHINA-HONG KONG
    Card. Tong’s article on China-Holy See dialogue, arouses joy and dismay

    Bernardo Cervellera

    The Hong Kong bishop’s optimism over a change in the method of appointing bishops and the function of the Patriotic Association. But it is unclear whether it is real change or just nominal, in words. Underground bishops are patriotic and love their country, but the Party is suspicious of them. Freedom in episcopal appointments is “essential", but the bishops are not free to exercise their ministry. Patriotic bishops controlled in their visits with members of the universal Church. The "bugs" (hidden microphones) in a bishop’s office.

     


    HONG KONG-CHINA-VATICAN
    Card. Tong: The future of Sino-Vatican dialogue from an ecclesiological point of view

    Card. John Tong

    The Hong Kong Cardinal outlines the steps that hope to propel dialogue between China and the Holy See. Themes include the Pope's role in the appointment of bishops; A change of vision in the Patriotic Association; the possible integration of the underground bishops in the Episcopal Conference. A new article by card. John Tong, following a previous article published a few months ago on "Communion of the Church in China with the universal Church."


     


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