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    23/10/2016 - VATICAN

    "Our hearts are shocked by the heinous acts of violence that have been committed for far too long against innocent citizens, be they Muslim, Christian or members of other ethnic groups and religions."  World Mission Day “is time of courage”.

    22/10/2016 - VATICAN

    For pope, dialogue is "an expression of the great need for God's love"

    About 100,000 people gathered today for Pope Francis’ jubilee audience on how dialogue “breaks down the walls of divisions and misunderstandings, builds bridges of communication, and does not allow anyone to turn inward into his or her own world” but “invites us to stand before others seeing them as a gift of God”. “The Church too lives of dialogue with the men and women of every age, to understand the needs that are at the heart of every person and contribute to achieving the common good.”

    22/10/2016 - INDIA

    Card Gracias: together with Saint John Paul II in the defence of life

    by Nirmala Carvalho

    The archbishop of Mumbai opened a national symposium titled ‘A call to freedom and justice in the family and society: ethical concerns and pastoral approaches’ on the liturgical feast day of the Polish saint, the "pope of the family, the basis for the Church and its work.”

    22/10/2016 - VIETNAM

    Vietnamese bishops appeal for help for central provinces hammered by flooding

    A week of heavy rains in Hà Tĩnh and Quảng Bình pounded residents already crushed by a pollution emergency. At least 29 people are missing, and thousands of homes have been destroyed. “We appeal to all men and women of good will [. . .] to help our compatriots in difficulty,” the bishops said in a statement.

    22/10/2016 - SAUDI ARABIA

    Young female music students need male guardians in Jeddah

    Girls and young women who want to attend one of the city's music clubs require the approval of their father or legal guardian. This comes after some parents protested. More and more girls enrol to learn to play the piano, organ or guitar without their parents’ knowledge.

    22/10/2016 - TAIWAN

    Fr Andrés Díaz de Rábago, a great missionary, celebrates his first 100 years

    by Xin Yage

    The secret of his longevity lies in talking with everyone and thanking God every day. Every day, Fr Andrés, a Jesuit, visits the sick at Cardinal Tian Hospital in Taipei. Some 5,000 people, including Taiwan’s Vice President Chen Chien-jen, came to his birthday party.

    22/10/2016 - IRAQ

    With Mosul besieged, Islamic State attacks Kirkuk, causing deaths and taking hostages

    Islamic State fighters have attacked the city, hitting government buildings and a power plant under construction. Worshippers have been taken hostage in a mosque. The Islamic State’s response to the Mosul offensive is to open a new battlefront.

    22/10/2016 - PAKISTAN

    Lahore’s drama festival promotes religious harmony

    by Kamran Chaudhry

    Lahore’s Interfaith Harmony, Peace & Tolerance festival ends today. Performances by 250 students from 23 schools are meant to spread justice and tolerance among religions through the arts. " We respect the religious sensitivities of all our students,” director said.

    21/10/2016 - YEMEN - UN

    Riyadh accuses the Houthis of violations of the ceasefire in Yemen

    The Shiite rebels reported to have carried out "at least 43" violations of the truce in force since yesterday. Houthi response: a Saudi air raid killed three civilians in Saada. Despite violence, UN diplomacy is hoping for an extension of the ceasefire. 80% of the population need humanitarian aid.

    21/10/2016 - NEPAL - AFGHANISTAN

    Kathmandu withdraws ban on work permits in Afghanistan

    Permits withdrawn following an attack in Kabul, in which 13 Nepalese died. The workers can only be employed in diplomatic missions or international companies. The ban remains in force for war zones. The migrants send money home contributing to 30% of the national GDP.  

    21/10/2016 - VATICAN

    Pope: Humility, gentleness and patience to build unity in the Church

    "A large heart, there is room for everybody. And this creates the bond of peace; this is the worthy manner in which to behave to create the bond of peace which is the creator of unity."

    21/10/2016 - CHINA

    China has 61 million children left behind in rural areas by parents working in cities

    Poverty and red tape in cities deny children schooling and health care. This has generated high risks of accidents and juvenile delinquency. In 2015, China had 247 million migrant workers.

    21/10/2016 - INDONESIA

    Economy, infrastructure, and human rights dominate Widodo’s first two years in office

    by Mathias Hariyadi

    Sworn in on 20 October 2014, Indonesia’s president has been praised for his economic policy, tax amnesty, and infrastructure development in remote areas. However, he has been criticised for human rights violations, capital punishment, and castration of paedophiles.

    21/10/2016 - INDIA

    Gujarat: 14 defendants acquitted in Muslim massacre

    The court granted 11 defendants the benefit of the doubt, and found no clear evidence in the case of the three others. In all, 31 people had been convicted in connection with the death of 33 Muslims burnt to death in a house where they had sought shelter during a riot by Hindus.

    21/10/2016 - LEBANON

    Saad Hariri to back Michel Aoun for presidency

    This is a last resort “to protect Lebanon, the political system, the State and people” on the condition of dissociating Lebanon “from the Syrian crisis”. Some Sunni lawmakers are against the deal, but Nabih Berri (Amal) is the most critical. Still, chances are good for an election on 31 October.

    21/10/2016 - INDIA – JAPAN

    Japanese nun leaves India after 40 years of service to the disabled

    by Sr.Bindu Michael

    Born into a Buddhist family, she converted when she was 12. Drawn to the monastic life and the adoration of the Eucharist, she became a nun. During her 40 years in India she taught children with intellectual disabilities, “seeing Christ” in them.

    21/10/2016 - PHILIPPINES – CHINA

    Duterte in Beijing announces separation: “America has lost"

    During his visit to Beijing, the Filipino president told Chinese business executives in the Great Hall of the People, “I will be dependent on you for all time.” Manila and Beijing sign US$ 13.5 billion worth of deals, including 13 agreements and memoranda of understanding. US official describes the US as “baffled” by Duterte’s comments, whilst Filipino trade secretary says “we are not stopping trade, investment with America”.

    21/10/2016 - PAKISTAN

    Pakistan vetting two bills in favour of minorities and against forced conversions

    by Peter Jacob

    One bill would establish a ‘Pakistan Minority Rights Commission’; the other, the ‘Protection of Minorities Bill 2016’, would make forced conversion an offence. Promoters are aware of social problems like the conversions of Hindu and Christian women abducted, raped and enslaved by Muslims.

    20/10/2016 - ISRAEL – PALESTINE

    For B'Tselem spokesman, Israeli occupation and international inertia are obstacles to peace

    The Israeli government and pacifist and anti-occupation NGOs are currently at loggerheads because of a controversial intervention by B’tselem at the UN. Gilutz calls for action by the international community to stop the expansion of Israeli settlements. Israel’s current government does not view the occupation as temporary and shows no inkling to stop it.

    20/10/2016 - THAILAND

    Military junta reassures Thais that they would soon have a new king

    by Weena Kowitwanij

    Parliament will shortly invoke Article 23 of the Constitution, which regulates the royal succession. Prince Vajiralongkorn will be crowned after the cremation of his father, Bhumibol Adulyadej. Prime Minister Chan-o-cha tells Thais they “should not be afraid or worried”.

    20/10/2016 - INDONESIA

    Young Jihadi attacks and injures five policemen in Tangerang

    by Mathias Hariyadi

    Azianzah Sultan, 22, was putting up the Islamic State symbols in public places when police stopped him. After wounding some agents with a dagger, the terrorist was shot in the legs and arrested. He had caliphate leaflets and Molotov cocktails in his possession. For Defense minister, people must be more alert against the threat of groups linked to the Islamic State.

    20/10/2016 - INDIA

    In northeastern India, the Church is growing in terms of members and vocations

    by mons. Thomas Menamparampil*

    Mgr Thomas Menamparampil draws a picture of 120 years of the mission. In the northeast, the “young Catholic community" has almost two million members. Christians across the country are 27.8 million, 2.3 per cent of the population. The Church leadership "has moved from foreign hands to Indian hands, from Indian hands to indigenous hands". Catholics "are proud of their faith and are not ashamed to share it with others.”

    20/10/2016 - CHINA

    Anyang Nuns and priests demonstrate in Tianjin against government plans to demolish Church building

    by Wang Zhicheng

    The central government recognizes the Church's right to the property, but the local government refuses to hand it over and wants to profit from speculation. An appeal to Xi Jinping to enforce the rule of law.

    20/10/2016 - INDIA

    Indian Hindu nationalist minister pays tribute to Mother Teresa

    Home Affairs Minister Rajnath Singh was the guest of honour at a commemoration ceremony organised by the Bishops’ Conference. Several times, BJP members have tried to belittle the character of the Saint of Kolkata.

    20/10/2016 - VATICAN

    Pope: To really know Jesus we need to pray, worship and recognize our sins

    It’s not enough to read the Gospel and study the catechism.  We have to be like St. Paul and "plunge" into the "immense sea that is the person of Christ."

    20/10/2016 - BANGLADESH

    Bangladesh, the Catholic students movement marks 25 years

    by Sumon Corraya

    The organization was founded in 1991 to bring young people and bishops together. Students receive formation and are involved in social and charitable activities. As adults, they come to occupy senior posts, because in the movement "they learn to express themselves and to take on responsibility".


    20/10/2016 - SYRIA

    Truce in Aleppo, Moscow extends three-hour "humanitarian pause"

    The goal is to secure a corridor in the eastern sector for civilians and militiamen who wish to leave the war. Six "safe" corridors set up to evacuate the civilians, particularly the elderly and injured. Two other corridors reserved for the armed fighters. The standoff between Moscow and the West continues.

    20/10/2016 - IRAQ - SYRIA

    Families of Mosul Isis leaders reach Raqqa in Syria. Doubts over who is helping them

    The families of dozens of leaders of the Caliphate were transported on board buses to Raqqa without running into roadblocks, or being discovered by the Allies inspection flights. Suspicions that they are being aided by Turkey and the US. Iraqis think that the victory of Mosul will be "a Pyrrhic victory": the leaders will not be caught, or questioned, and no one will ever know who their secret allies are.


    20/10/2016 - PHILIPPINES

    Tens of thousands of people displaced by the super typhoon Haima

    Winds of 250 km / h yesterday whipped the northern coast, threatening 10 million people. There are no known deaths. The rescue teams are unable to intervene. Haima is the 12th typhoon to hit the Philippines this year and could be as destructive as Yolanda, which in 2013 left more than 7 thousand dead.


    19/10/2016 - INDIA

    The world’s tallest religious building, a temple dedicated to Lord Krishna, under construction

    The structure includes a 213-metre skyscraper-temple, a theme park and facilities for social programmes. The construction, financed by the Hare Krishna movement, is being carried out by a US firm already known for breaking records in structural engineering.

    Editor's choices

    On “Hong Kong sectors” supposedly "against Francis"

    John Mok Chit Wai

    A scholar at the Chinese University of Hong Kong, who collaborates with AsiaNews, responds to accusations against the agency and people in Hong Kong with respect to criticism of the Vatican’s diplomatic approach towards China. Religious freedom is a fundamental human right and a universal value, whether in China, Russia or the Middle East. Between "Right" and "Left", China defines itself as left, yet it practices state capitalism and unfettered capitalism just as "right-wing governments" do. Gaudium et Spes calls on the faithful to engage in politics against the "arbitrary domination by [. . .] a political party,” like in China.

    The "enemies" of Pope Francis

    Bernardo Cervellera

    The charge made against AsiaNews that we are against the Pope and in favor of Putin, is an opportunity to outline what motivates our commitment to evangelization. And also to ask for greater professionalism from those who write about the Pope. The Pope does not need public defenders. Facilitating dialogue between "conservatives" and "progressives" to realize the Council and concern ourselves with the world so that it encounters Jesus Christ. Christ’s “enemies” were also his "friends."


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