29 July 2017
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  • 29/07/2017 - NORTH KOREA

    Growth is due greater coal exports to China. North Korea’s per capital income is US$ 1,300 compared to South Korea’s US$ 28,600. Since the start of the year, Beijing has cut coal imports by 75 per cent.




    28/07/2017 - CHINA – ITALY

    Uyghur leader detained in Italy to please China


    A special unit of the Italian police (DIGOS) detained Dolkun Isa, a leading exiled Uyghur figure, in Rome on Wednesday at the request of Interpol upon notification by the Chinese government. China’s Deputy Minister of Public Security Meng Hongwei currently is Interpol’s chief. Isa was stopped before in New York, South Korea, Turkey and Switzerland. Germany, on the other hand, granted him citizenship.


    28/07/2017 - PAKISTAN

    Supreme Court disqualifies Prime Minister Nawaz Sharif. For minorities, justice has won

    by Kamran Chaudhry

    The prime minister, his favourite daughter and other family members are involved in the Panama Papers affair through suspicions funds in offshore companies used to buy luxury apartments in London. Sikh leader voices doubts. For him, "it seems that plots to remove elected premiers are again successful.”


    28/07/2017 - FRANCE – ISLAM

    Nîmes imam: Unless political Islam is condemned, there will be more victims like Fr Hamel


    Dr Hocine Drouiche calls on Muslims to "take their share of responsibility" in terrorist attacks. France’s Islamic leaders tried to disrupt the Muslim March against Terror. Most Islamic leaders in France and Europe come from political Islam or work for foreign countries who use political Islam for their policies.


    28/07/2017 - INDONESIA

    Indonesian Catholics prepare for the 7th Asian Youth Day

    by Mathias Hariyadi

    The Archdiocese of Jakarta has been divided into eight areas, each tasked with hosting foreign delegations for the own Days in Diocese. The members of the Muslim Youth Friends are happy to participate as volunteers at this international event.


    28/07/2017 - INDIA

    For administrator of Baroda, Dalit Christians have to speak out against marginalisation

    by Nirmala Carvalho

    Mgr Fernandes spoke at the annual meeting of the National Council of Dalit Christians. The constitutional order of 1950 excludes Dalit Christians and Muslims from employment and education quotas. An India-wide protest has been set for 7 December.


    28/07/2017 - PHILIPPINES

    Card. Tagle: proclaim Jesus and his message every day

    by Santos Digal

    The Assembly for the Year of the Parish as a Communion of Communities proposes to address issues such as: "How do we speak of communion in the midst of so many exclusions, inequalities, abuses and oppression? How do we talk of solidarity, being one heart and one soul, when is there so much that separates us? How do we meet Jesus in the context of poverty, suffering and conflict? How can we embody our identity as a Church of communion and solidarity especially with the poor?".f


    28/07/2017 - IRAN

    Health of Kharrubi and Musavi worsens


    Both are under house arrest since 2011 for supporting the "Green Wave" movement and challenging the 2009 election results. Human rights groups have called for their release, which Rohani had promised during his election campaign, but which has been opposed by hard-liners.


    28/07/2017 - RUSSIA

    The Russian Orthodox Church and mission among the young

    by Vladimir Rozanskij

    The post Soviet period was initially marked by a religious rebirth. But now young people are succumbing to a new wave of secularism. In Russia, which today wants to be the most Christian nation in the world, the number of divorces and abortions is ten times higher than the average of the most secular European countries. Patriarch Kirill: Safeguard the family


    28/07/2017 - ISRAEL - PALESTINE

    Palestinians return to pray at al-Aqsa, but tensions remains high


    Israel removes all the security measures imposed two weeks ago. Some skirmishes with the police. Other violence is feared today. Netanyahu: "Time to consider the death penalty for terrorists."


    28/07/2017 - SRI LANKA

    No funds means no young Sri Lankans at Asian Youth Day

    by Melani Manel Perera

    The event is scheduled from July 30 to August 6 in Jogyakarta, on Indonesia's Java Island. No diocese is able to pay travel and formation expenses. Cultural programs and shows to raise funds for the next World Youth Day.


    27/07/2017 - BANGLADESH

    Dhaka, priests study how to improve closer collaboration with lay people

    by Sumon Corraya

    From 24 to 27 July, the Bangladesh Diocesan Priests' Fraternity Seminar was held. The association wants to promote "healthy relationships" between religious and lay people in the parishes. Encourage collaboration to "increase Church activities".


    27/07/2017 - KOREA

    Seoul denies signals of an impending launch of missiles from the North


    According to some Pentagon sources last week the North administration transported a missile launcher on a truck to Kusŏng, near the northwestern coast of the country. Today is the anniversary of the Armistice between the two Koreas. A test would be another provocation after the July 4 launch of an intercontinental ballistic missile. Moon Jae-in Administration confirms the line of dialogue.


    27/07/2017 - INDONESIA

    In Java, 19 new priests ordained in just two weeks

    by Mathias Hariyadi

    Yesterday, two Batak priests were ordained in Padang. Two days ago 8 priests in the diocese of Semarang. Two weeks ago, six new Jesuit priests in Kotabaru. Many young people reflect on the basic meaning of their lives and decide to enter seminaries. A very different situation from the one in the West.


    27/07/2017 - PAKISTAN

    Girl victim of revenge rape in Mulan. For Justice and Peace Commission, such is the plight of women

    by Shafique Khokhar

    A 16-year-old girl is raped to wash away her brother’s sin of raping a 12-year-old girl. Multan police arrest 20 people involved. The violence is the fruit of a feudal mindset. Locals do not trust government institutions and turn to illegal village councils.


    27/07/2017 - HOLY LAND

    Interfaith conference for peace and forgiveness held in Jerusalem


    All three monotheistic religions in the Holy Land were represented. In a world where hurting others has become a "pastime", it is necessary to embark on a journey to build a future that is not marked by hate. Whoever hates is its first victim. It is crucial to educate children to carry these values ​​into the future. For Cardinal Tagle, we must follow the example of Christ on the cross and bear witness to forgiveness.


    27/07/2017 - MALAYSIA – ISLAM

    Muslim parliamentarian says that denying sex to husband is an 'abuse'


    Malaysia’s parliament is debating domestic violence against women. Lawmaker lists a number of 'abuses' that men endure, like being insulted and denied the possibility of having a second wife.


    27/07/2017 - ISRAEL

    Netanyahu promises to 'expel al-Jazeera from Israel'


    According to Israeli Prime Minister, the broadcaster "incites violence" with tensions in Jerusalem. A reporter had filmed an Israeli soldier kicking a Palestinian.


    27/07/2017 - PAKISTAN

    Faisalabad: Msgr. Arshad, for "A Society of Peace"

    by Kamran Chaudhry

    The launch of the album is part of the 70th anniversary of Pakistan's independence. The songs "reflect the richness of culture and the country's various colors". Film maker: "Christians have played a decisive role. They do not deserve to be called a minority. "


    27/07/2017 - HONG KONG -CHINA

    Kowloon station to come under Beijing control with mainland law

    by Paul Wang

    The Hong Kong Government says there can only be one law  - Chinese - to govern on customs, immigration, railways and trains. For Democrats it is a first step to delegating legislation on demonstrations and protests to China.

     


    26/07/2017 - MALDIVES

    Maldivian security forces lock down parliament to save president’s ally (Video)


    Troops stopped opposition MDP lawmakers from entering parliament, shoving them away. They were planning to vote on a non-confidence motion against the speaker for alleged corruption, which could have brought down the government. For opposition leader, a coup is imminent.


    26/07/2017 - VIETNAM

    Trần Thị Nga gets nine years in prison


    She had posted videos and articles accusing the state of violating human rights. None of her relatives or supporters were allowed to attend the trial. Her lawyers plan an appeal.


    26/07/2017 - FRANCE – ISLAM

    Christians and Muslims together in memory of Fr Jacques Hamel’s martyrdom


    The archbishop of Rouen led the Mass in the church where the priest was murdered. Emmanuel Macron thanks the Church of France for her "power of forgiveness". Saint-Etienne-du Rouvray has become a place of pilgrimage for Christians and Muslims.


    26/07/2017 - PHILIPPINES

    Focolarini exported the sharing economy to Asia

    by Santosh Digal

    In 1966, the Focolare Movement set foot in Asia, starting in the Philippines. From there, it spread to Pakistan, Myanmar, Thailand, and India. It is currently involved in banking, businesses, and associations to bridge the gap between haves and have-nots through profit sharing.


    26/07/2017 - PALESTINE – ISRAEL

    Palestinian religious and political authorities continue to boycott the al-Aqsa mosque compound


    Israel has removed metal detectors, but has announced new security measures. Mahmoud Abbas wants a return to the status quo ante before things can get back to normal and talks resume. Israel’s Supreme Court rules in favour of a human rights NGO that called for the return of the bodies of the 14 July attackers.


    26/07/2017 - CHINA

    Bao Tong: Liu Xiaobo was a great Chinese patriot

    by Bao Tong

    The great statesman talks about his friendship with the great dissident, who was left to die of cancer by the authorities. Liu’s peaceful and non-violent proposals in the 2008 manifesto are almost all already in the Chinese constitution; yet Liu was convicted for "subverting state power". Bao proposes the nationalisation of the army and federalism.


    26/07/2017 - INDIA

    More destroyed Crosses in Goa. But the Catholic 'culprit' is already in prison

    by Nirmala Carvalho

    Last night the Caranzalem cemetery was defiled. At least 12 Crosses destroyed near the Chapel of Our Lady of Fatima. The burial site was intact when the Catholic Francis Pereira was arrested. Sajan K George: "Christians are easy targets."

     


    26/07/2017 - AUSTRALIA - VATICAN

    Card. Pell professes his innocence at preliminary hearing in pedophilia trial


    Today, the trial began with an administrative hearing. Although he was not required to be present, the Cardinal came to court.


    26/07/2017 - USA - RUSSIA

    Washington mulls new sanctions for Russia, North Korea and Iran


    The bill passed almost unanimously in the Lower House. It is now awaiting the Senate debate. It limits Trump's powers and strengthens relations with Russia. There is a stop for companies that work on gas pipelines from Russia. Clamp down on business deals with North Korea and Iran.


    26/07/2017 - PAKISTAN

    Justice and peace condemns Lahore attack: rescue young people from the demon of terrorism

    by Shafique Khokhar

    The Taliban attacker between 16 and 18 years old. Extremist groups use "our youth to bring destruction". Educator: "It's not enough to kill some suspects. Terrorism is a wrong ideology that creeps into the depths of our society. "






    Editor's choices

    CHINA - VATICAN
    60 years of the Chinese Patriotic Association: the Church subordinated to Politics

    Shan Ren Shen Fu (山人神父)

    Although in a low key - perhaps because of talks with the Vatican - the slogan for an "autonomous" and "independent" Church (from the Holy See) is completely subjugated to Party politics. Official bishops die like "state officials" far from the faithful. The Party forces its members to atheism. There are few  "witnesses" among official bishops and many  "opportunists".

     


    VATICAN
    Pope appeals for "moderation and dialogue" in Jerusalem



    At the Angelus Francis, concerned about the violence in the Holy City, asks all to pray "so that the Lord may inspire intentions of reconciliation and peace in all." Evil and good are "intertwined" in each of us, and it is not for man to distinguish or judge.


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