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    18/01/2017 - INDIA - YEMEN

    On January 21 and 22 the Bishops' Conference has invoked a day of prayer for the liberation of the Salesian missionary. Card. Cleemis: We await with "anguish and prayer,"  news of his "release", that he is "alive and safe." Salesian Vicar: Amid the difficulties prayer is "essential" to "keep hope alive".

     




    18/01/2017 - VATICAN

    Pope: the Week of Prayer for Christian Unity "makes us think about Christ’s love that urges reconciliation"


    Francis recalls that the week begins today, he says that "Communion, Reconciliation and Unity are possible. As Christians, we have a responsibility to give this message and we have to bear witness with our lives". "Prayer carries hope and when things are dark more prayer, so there will be even more hope."

     


    18/01/2017 - TURKEY

    Turkish judiciary issues 243 arrest warrants for members of military


    The military are stationed in 54 provinces of the country. The measure part of the tens of thousands of arrests following the attempted coup of July. The suspects allegedly used an encrypted messaging system also used by Islamic preacher Gülen. Uzbek arrested for New Year massacre in Istanbul confesses.

     


    18/01/2017 - PHILIPPINES

    Fourth World Apostolic Congress on Mercy underway in Manila


    Some 5,000 delegates from around the world are attending the five-day congress that opened on Monday. Its main themes are mercy, compassion, and value of human life against the background of a country in a war mode.


    18/01/2017 - SRI LANKA

    UN agency report indicates that more than 900,000 people are affected by drought (photos)

    by Melani Manel Perera

    Water shortages affect 23 out of 25 districts. Rain has not fallen in some parts of the country since March. Government emergency toll-free number is available. Officials have been mobilised in the most affected areas. Tamils make offerings to the gods to get rain.


    18/01/2017 - EGYPT – SAUDI ARABIA

    Court stops islands handover to the Saudis, prompting nationalists to exult


    Egypt’s High Administrative Court ruled that Tiran and Sanafir islands are Egyptian. The decision unleashed celebrations in the courtroom, with lawyers and patriots hugging each other. Once allies, Cairo and Riyadh are further apart with Egypt moving closer to Russian, Syrian and Iranian positions in the Middle East.


    18/01/2017 - CHINA

    Human rights lawyer Li Chunfu’s heart-breaking physical and mental suffering continues

    by Wang Qiaoling

    Torture left him with deep physical scars. “Tell me! What are you still hiding from me!” is Li’s eerie cry, an echo of his interrogations.


    18/01/2017 - INDIA

    Card Gracias calls for joint prayer in favour of Christian unity

    by Nirmala Carvalho

    For the first time in Mumbai, Catholics and Pentecostals jointly organise the Week of Prayer for Christian Unity. The archbishop will lead at an ecumenical prayer on 20 January. For Christian leader, “existing divisions between Christian denominations are used by radical Hindus to undermine the Christian icons of charity, education, and care for the sick."


    18/01/2017 - PAKISTAN

    Lahore, student tortured for tweeting in favor of missing activists


    Suhail Ahmad studied law at the University Law College and was a distinguished debator. A group of radicals dragged him from his room on campus to a secret location. He was tortured and held hostage for three hours. An investigation opened.

     


    18/01/2017 - CHINA

    Liaoning economic data in falsified (and throughout China)


    The growth data raised the GDP to 23%. The provincial governments, driven by a desire to make a career, have published spectacular (and false) results for growth, in the People's Daily. The National Bureau of Statistics send out a warning.


     


    17/01/2017 - SOUTH KOREA

    South Korea’s desperate war on demographic decline


    Population decline threatens the country. The government offers financial incentives to young couples. In the last decade, more than 101.6 trillion won have been offered to tackle the crisis. The record low of 1.08 children per mother was reached in 2005. Statistics indicate that people over 65 could represent 24.5% of the population by 2030.


    17/01/2017 - PAKISTAN

    Overcoming mistrust during the Week for Christian Unity, says Lahore priest

    by Kamran Chaudhry

    Fr Inayat Bernard runs the St Mary minor seminary in Punjab’s capital. He gave new impetus to the Committee for ecumenical solidarity, a group that includes Pakistan’s four main Christian denominations. Fighting religious extremism needs deeper mutual understanding.


    17/01/2017 - SWITZERLAND – CHINA

    Xi Jinping’ s first time in Davos


    In the opening address of the World Economic Forum, China’s president defended globalisation and the free market despite China’s own "protectionism" and yuan "manipulation". Police detain at least 32 people demonstrating for a Free Tibet.


    17/01/2017 - SYRIA – KAZAKHSTAN

    “All” rebel groups to be present at the Syria peace talks in Astana


    Brokered by Russia and Turkey, the meeting is set for the Kazakh capital. For rebel leader, the aim is to end the "crimes" of the Syrian government. Assad is "optimistic". For Lavrov, this is an opportunity to extend ceasefire and involve rebel field commanders in "the political process".


    17/01/2017 - MALAYSIA

    After three years, search for missing MH370 suspended


    The Boeing 777 of Malaysia Airlines disappeared on 8 March 2014 with 239 people on board. Relative of missing passenger slams the decision, says “I think there are still something we don't know."


    17/01/2017 - INDIA

    For Catholic leaders, the Indian Church must speak out against inequality

    by Santosh Digal

    Oxfam releases its report on inequality. It shows India below China and Pakistan. Overall, 1 per cent of the population owns 58 per cent of the wealth. There is no welfare state, and no health insurance for the poor. Corporate debts have been forgone, but nothing has been done in education.


    17/01/2017 - INDONESIA

    Indonesian police: Ulema hide extremist movements that want to divide the country

    by Mathias Hariyadi

    General Karnavian warns against infiltration of MUI. Edicts and declarations are "manipulated" to promote a violent and radical ideology. Among the recent cases, the attempt to block the re-election of the governor of Jakarta because "Christian." MUI President denies the charges.

     


    17/01/2017 - INDIA

    Mangalore hosts tenth national meeting of young Catholics

    by Nirmala Carvalho

    The event will be held January 18 to 22. Over 3 thousand youth leaders are expected from all over India. The meeting will end with a march for peace. The "Youth Cross", a symbol of Christ's love, has traveled 2 thousand kilometers.

     


    17/01/2017 - TURKEY

    Istanbul: Masharipov, Uzbek jihadist behind New Year massacre, arrested


    The police arrested the main suspect in the attack on the nightclub, which killed 39 people. He was in the suburban district of Esenyurt, hosted by other Islamic State militants. Relief and satisfaction of Turkish authorities. Deputy prime minister confirms: "Our war on terror continues".


    17/01/2017 - CHINA

    Party Member fired for criticizing Mao cult


    Zuo Chunhe, deputy director of the Culture and  News Bureau in Shijiazhuang, called Mao "a devil." He was found guilty of "wrong remarks" and violation of Party discipline. No one is allowed to study the critical aspects of history of Mao and the Party.


     


    16/01/2017 - ISRAEL – PALESTINE

    Uri Avnery: Two-state solution is the only game in town

    by Uri Avnery

    The great Israeli leader and pacifist gives his thoughts a few hours before the Paris Conference. By tolerating Hamas and treating Abbas as an enemy, the Israeli government hinders real peace negotiations. People’s conferences should be held to overcome the most difficult aspects of future Israeli-Palestinian coexistence.


    16/01/2017 - PAKISTAN

    Emeritus Bishop of Multan: his disability has not stopped him (Video)

    by Kamran Chaudhry

    Mgr Andrew Francis celebrated 45 years of priesthood. He praised Christians who struggle for their faith. In 1996, he survived an assassination attempt, whilst in 2013, a car accident left him disabled. But for him, “there is no downside in my life."


    16/01/2017 - INDIA

    Odisha soldier who converted is proud of his faith in Jesus Christ

    by Santosh Digal

    Naba Kishore Patra is a catechist in the diocese of Balasore. Born and raised in a Hindu family, he married a Catholic woman, who introduced him to the Christian faith. Vincentian priests and nuns nurtured the seed of his faith. Now he wants "to work hard for the mission".


    16/01/2017 - TURKEY

    Turkey’s parliament takes first step in favour of a presidentialist constitution


    A second vote is scheduled for this week, to be followed by a referendum for final approval. The ruling party obtained the required three fifths needed thanks to the support of a far-right party. Kurdish MPs boycotted the vote. In recent days, MPs clashed in parliament.


    16/01/2017 - EGYPT

    Fear grows among Egypt’s Christians after a Coptic doctor was stabbed in the throat

    by Loula Lahham

    This is the third attack against minority Copts since the start of the year. Bassam Safouat Zaki was originally from Asyut. His murder follows that of a couple in Monufia and that of man who was attacked in broad daylight in Alexandria by a man shouting “Allah Akbar".


    16/01/2017 - CHINA

    Drugged and schizophrenic: the fruits of the imprisonment and torture of Human Rights lawyer Li Chunfu

    by Wang Zhicheng

    In prison, he was forced to take daily medicine "against the high blood pressure" (which he has never had). Long periods spent locked in a narrow iron cage. The testimony of his sister-in-law Wang Qiaoling and thanks his wife Bi Liping: "Expose the crimes of the Tianjin police. Show them to the light of day". The magazine "China Change" demands an international investigation into abuses against Human Rights lawyers (many of them are Christians).

     


    16/01/2017 - SOUTH KOREA

    Samsung’s vice chairman Lee Jae-yong arrested in connection with President Park’s scandal


    He is accused of paying bribes to Choi Soon-sil worth more than US$ 36 million US. Prosecutors allege that the group also financed a Choi-owned sports company to the tune of US$ 18.3 million.


    16/01/2017 - FRANCE - ISRAEL - PALESTINE

    Israel-Palestine: from Paris a renewed commitment to peace and two States


    Over 70 countries, including the permanent members of the UN Security Council and Arab League attended the meeting. Israeli Prime Minister Benjamin Netanyahu and Palestinian leader Mahmoud Abbas absent. The final communique result of long negotiations between the parties. No direct reference to unresolved issues, including the status of Jerusalem and the US embassy move.

     


    16/01/2017 - TAIWAN

    A prize for "hidden people": 30 people who improve the lives of others in the peripheries

    by Xin Yage

    The award created and given by Kuangchi Program Service (光啟 社) in collaboration with AsiaNews and the Chinese Regional Bishops' Conference. Prizes donated by category: social commitment; music; art; proclamation of faith; training and education; jobs for migrants; spiritual accompaniment; responsibility towards society. Pope Francis in favor of  program called  "Not I (wu wo)", which means: "Not I, but the people I serve."

     


    16/01/2017 - KYRGYZSTAN

    Bishkek, Turkish airplane crashes into houses: at least 32 dead


    It had left Hong Kong bound for Istanbul. The cause of the disaster seem to be the weather. The plane crashed into about 15 houses, killing entire families, some caught in their sleep. The Kyrgyz president has interrupted a trip to China to return immediately to the capital.

     






    Editor's choices

    CHINA – VATICAN
    Old guard and illegitimate bishops dominate the new Catholic Assembly

    Elizabeth Li

    Ma Yinglin and Fang Xingyao are re-elected presidents of the Bishops Council and the Patriotic Association, respectively. The principles of independence, autonomy, self-management and sinicisation are extolled. There is no "positive signal" as hoped by the Vatican.


    CHINA - VATICAN
    Assembly of Chinese Catholic Representatives extolls "independence and autonomy"

    Bernardo Cervellera

    59 bishops present at assembly, as well as the state administration for religious affairs director and members of the United Front. Future changes in the leadership of the Council of Bishops and the Patriotic Association. Extolling of autonomy (from the Holy See), a non-positive sign. The Global Times reiterates preconditions for dialogue. A state church. The criticism of Card. Joseph Zen and Hong Kong’s Justice and Peace. One Catholic: This assembly is a slap in the face to the Vatican.


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