29 September 2016
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    29/09/2016 - VATICAN

    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.

     


    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.

     


    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 - VIETNAM

    Formosa Plastics Group pollutes river after polluting sea

    by Nguyen Hung

    Government authorises plant to dump effluent into Quyên River, which provides a livelihood to tens of thousands of people. For days, residents have demonstrated in a peaceful manner to stop the decision. Redemptorist Fr Đặng Hữu Nam has taken thousands of families, Catholic and non-Catholics, to sign a petition against the plant.


    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.

     


    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”.


    27/09/2016 - CHINA

    Guangzhou: three trade unionists sentenced for causing social problems

    by John Ai

    The sentence includes jail time and probation. The accused were members of an NGO working on behalf of workers’ rights. They were charged with causing damage with strikes and negotiations with companies. All three pleaded guilty and decided not to appeal. The leader, Zeng Feiyang, was accused of receiving foreign funds to harm the Chinese government.


    27/09/2016 - SRI LANKA

    More than 800 Sri Lankan kids put on an “exhibit" of the Year of Mercy (PHOTOS)

    by Melani Manel Perera

    Students attending catechism in two parishes near Colombo organised the event, showing Jesus’s works and miracles, the holy doors open across the country, and a full-scale reproduction of a Holy Door. With this exhibition, " children were able to express their talents."


    27/09/2016 - PAKISTAN

    Peshawar: three years after the Protestant church massacre, some still struggle to survive

    by Kamran Chaudhry

    On 22 September, prayers were held at All Saints Church for the Taliban’s victims. Some of the injured still require hospital treatment. On Saturday, a Mass was held in St John Vianney Church. Arif Aqeel was left paralysed and mute by the blasts.


    27/09/2016 - VATICAN

    Pope: "Strong prayers” to overcome “spiritual desolation"



    "We need to figure out when our spirit is in this state of all-encompassing sadness, when it has almost no breathing space: This happens to us all". We must pray, pray strenuously, just like Job, cry out day and night for God to incline His ear. "It is a prayer of knocking on the door, but forcefully."

     


    27/09/2016 - SAUDI ARABIA

    Thousands of Saudi women signed a petition calling for an end to male protection


    At least 14,000 women have joined the campaign, using their name. Many more have signed the initiative anonymously. The promoters are "very proud" of this support. Now they demand a response from authorities. But the campaign has met with resistance among some Saudi women who are in favor of protection.

     


    27/09/2016 - SRI LANKA

    Body of the journalist killed for criticizing government to be exhumed


    Lasantha Wickrematunge was killed in 2009 in broad daylight on his way to work. He had been a stalwart critic of the corruption of the government led by President Rajapaksa, human rights violations and the war against the Tamil Tigers. His tomb is guarded, to prevent retaliation of his killers who are still at large.


     


    27/09/2016 - IRAN

    Tehran, Khamenei clips Ahmadinejad’s presidential ambitions: no to third term


    The Grand Ayatollah advises against the ultra-conservative leader’s running for president in 2017. His presence threatens to polarize the country, an "evil" for "everyone." Ahmadinejad in recent months had returned to the public arena. According to his supporters he will obey, despite himself, the dictates of the supreme leader.  They had already clashed in the past.

     


    26/09/2016 - MALAYSIA

    Malaysian Church provides pastoral care for migrants who “are brothers, not enemies"


    Dominic Lim, director of the Human Development Commission of the Archdiocese of Kota Kinabalu, talks about the work parishes do for migrants. Malaysia has not signed the UN Refugee Convention and has no obligation to grant asylum, work and education to these people. The first enemies to defeat are "prejudices and unjustified fears" by local faithful.


    26/09/2016 - ASIA – UNITED STATES

    US presidential election is an "unavoidable challenge" for East Asia


    Beijing, Seoul and Tokyo will follow very carefully the first US presidential debate. Clinton and Trump have different positions that find different echoes in various Asian countries. Given trade ties, the US-China relationship is not questioned, but how that might evolve raises questions. Islam and Islamic terrorism remain an unknown factor.


    26/09/2016 - SYRIA

    For Jesuit priest, big powers’ confused plans fuel Aleppo’s tragedy


    Fr Sami Hallak talks about a widespread feeling of "incomprehension" among civilians. In the western sector there is relative calm, but poverty and unemployment are rising. The battle is centred on the eastern sector, where "bombs and explosions" can be heard. Mercy means “sharing the experience of violence” and rebuilding a new life, but “peace is still far away”.






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    Mother Teresa, Mercy for Asia and for the world (VIDEO)



    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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