28 October 2016
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    27/10/2016 - IRAQ

    A 12 hour visit to six villages across  200 km, a source of "sadness and suffering," but also of "great hope". The goal is the "reconstruction" of the villages and the return of refugees. But first it is essential to ensure safety. Gratitude for the generals and the soldiers leading the offensive. The new call for peace and unity.


    27/10/2016 - SYRIA

    Idlib, air raid hits a school: At least 26 victims, including children

    Fighters targeted  village of Haas, also hitting a school complex. 22 students among the dead. Syrian air or Russian force authors of the attack, but no official confirmation. In two years, the US-led coalition has caused at least 300 civilian casualties. Moscow hosts tripartite meeting between Iran, Syria and Russia on the conflict.

    27/10/2016 - SINGAPORE – ASIA

    From Sri Lanka to Myanmar, Catholics Singaporeans evangelise in Asia

    Each year, CHARIS Caritas Humanitarian Aid and Relief Initiatives, Singapore) organises missionary activities across the continent. One volunteer, Kok Xuan Er, worked in Colombo. Sister Angela educates Burmese girls.

    27/10/2016 - JAPAN – ASIA

    Proposal to protect whales sunk

    A proposal to create an "Atlantic sanctuary" for whales was not approved. Hunting will continue for Japan, Norway and Iceland. For the Japanese commissioner, whaling is sustainable. Preservation is important, but so are traditions.

    27/10/2016 - EU – IRAQ

    2016 Sakharov Prize awarded to Nadia Murad and Lamiya Aji, sexually enslaved by the Islamic State

    The EU’s highest human rights honour went to two young women who escaped repeated violence and abuse at the hands of jihadists. Both are "inspirational women” because of their courage and humanity in the face of "despicable brutality”. Today they are campaigning for the rights of their community.

    27/10/2016 - HONG KONG – CHINA

    Hong Kong’s parliament blocked by the oath of two young localist parliamentarians

    by Paul Wang

    On 12 October, Sixtus Baggio Leung Chung-hang and Yau Wai-ching swore allegiance to the "Hong Kong nation" wrapped in a banner that said "Hong Kong is not China." The government wants to expel them, but that could happen only with a two-third majority of legislators. Pan-Democrats hold almost half of the seats. This is a signal to Beijing.

    27/10/2016 - INDIA – BRAZIL

    PIME missionary: From India to the Amazon, changed by the natives

    Fr John Raju Nerella comes from Andhra Pradesh. He has worked in Brazil for 16 years, in the Amazon, on plantations, and lately in the slums of São Paulo. He is the "fruit of the PIME mission in India" and followed his father’s example, who was "a kind of missionary". The decision to go on a mission “goes against the flow." Faith is the driving force.

    27/10/2016 - VATICAN

    Pope: God weeps over disasters, wars, over killed children

    "Someone said that God became man in order to cry, cry at what his children had done." "He weeps for this humanity that does not understand the peace that He gives us the peace of love."


    27/10/2016 - VATICAN

    Pope calls for “concerted, active and constant effort" against human trafficking

    Francis today received the participants at the Conference, promoted in the Vatican, the so-called "Santa Marta Group" against trafficking in human beings. The group is led by Cardinal Vincent Nichols, Archbishop of Westminster and Bernard Hogan-Howe, head of London's Metropolitan Police.


    27/10/2016 - INDONESIA

    Human trafficking and the mission of Sr. Bernadette Saragih ESF

    by Mathias Hariyadi

    For years, the Franciscan sister Bernadette Saragih ESF has been committed to helping and saving young women deceived and exploited by prostitution racket in Malaysia. "These girls are 'blocked', they do not know how to react. Our mission in the world today: to help the desperate. "


    27/10/2016 - JAPAN - PHILIPPINES

    Duterte reassures Tokyo but continues to move away from Washington

    Philippine President ends a three-day visit for 60th anniversary of bilateral relations with Japan. Military and commercial agreements signed for $ 210 million. South China Sea cooperation reaffirmed. Duterte, however, announces his intention to dismiss the US military from the Philippines and cancels joint exercises.


    26/10/2016 - VATICAN

    Pope in Sweden: Catholics and Lutherans are "on the right path" for new agreements

    A briefing outlines Francis’s visit on 31 October and 1 November to commemorate the 500th anniversary of the Lutheran Reformation. The Joint Declaration on Justification notes no agreement on three points, relative to the ministry, the Church and the Eucharist.

    26/10/2016 - ISRAEL – PALESTINE

    Sister Valentina, a midwife in Jerusalem: the gift of life and Christ’s merciful love

    From Italy, the missionary has been in the Holy Land for three and a half years in charge of the maternity ward at a (Christian) hospital in East Jerusalem. She meets Muslim families and tries to build bridges between communities as well as create a better and less stressful environment for women in labour. Love for Christ brings an element of eternity.

    26/10/2016 - INDONESIA

    The Church in East Nusa Tenggara working to stop the death of migrant workers

    by Mathias Hariyadi

    The number of young migrant workers dying abroad is increasing. Poor farming conditions are driving hundreds of people to Malaysia, victims of people’s smugglers, working without papers. For local priest, educating village chiefs about the bureaucracy helps migrant workers.

    26/10/2016 - VATICAN - VIETNAM

    Religious freedom focus of meeting between the Holy See and Vietnam

    The Catholic Church "will continue to be inspired by the Magisterium of the Church regarding the practice of "living the gospel in the nation". "The meeting took place in an atmosphere of cordiality, frankness and mutual respect".

    26/10/2016 - THAILAND – CAMBODIA

    Mourning attire following King Bhumibol’s death a great opportunity for Cambodia’s garment industry

    As the sovereign’s death boosts demand for black clothing, cotton supplies in Thailand run out, with traders turning to Cambodia to fill the gap. “Before the king died, there was no one who bought black shirts,” Cambodian trader said. Now Thais are buying up everything.

    26/10/2016 - CHINA

    Migrant worker jumps to his death from building he built over eight years of unpaid wages

    by Wang Zhicheng

    In his 50s, he was Identified as Li. The building was built in 2008, at the time of the Olympics. Since then, Li and his work team did not receive any wages. According to official figures, about 3 million migrant workers do not receive wages on a regular basis.

    26/10/2016 - IRAQ

    Chaldean Patriarch: A multicultural Mosul, for peace and reconciliation in Iraq

    The rise of the jihadists has wiped out the "beautiful mosaic" of ethnic groups, religions, cultures and dialects that made Mosul and Nineveh Plain. Mar Sako: the defeat of the Islamic State should serve to relaunch this diversity. Necessary to guarantee rights and protections for all people, fight corruption and discrimination. Christians rediscover confidence in their Muslim neighbors.


    26/10/2016 - VATICAN

    Pope: Migrants, "closure is not a solution," indeed it ends up favoring criminals

    "The only solution is that of solidarity, solidarity with the migrant, solidarity with the foreigner”. And even with those who are "naked", those who have lost their dignity like the women victims of trafficking and "those who do not have a job, a house, a fair wage".


    26/10/2016 - TURKEY - UNITED STATES

    Turkish security forces arrest the two co-mayors of Diyarbakir, the Kurdish "capital"

    The two senior officials subjected to pre-trial detention for an investigation related to "terrorism." And armored vehicles have surrounded the town hall, searching the offices. The operation is part of post (failed) coup crackdown. Ankara reiterates its call to the United States for the expatriation Islamic leader Gülen.


    26/10/2016 - PAKISTAN

    Pakistan mourns 61 victims of the Quetta military school attack

    by Kamran Chaudhry

    The funeral of cadets and guards killed by the three bombers were held yesterday. Authorities believe the attacker is from a local Sunni group. Both Isis that Pakistani Taliban claimed responsibility for the massacre. Christians and Shiite Muslims hold candle light vigil all over the country.


    26/10/2016 - JAPAN

    Enormous cost to dismantle Fukushima nuclear plant

    Government and TEPCO (the Company which operated the facility) estimate that it will take about 30 years and 2 trillion yen. The dismantling includes the removal of nuclear waste, the construction of structures to stabilize the reactor; the decontamination of the area with the removal of soil, contaminated buildings and trees.


    25/10/2016 - ISRAEL – PALESTINE

    Bishop Marcuzzo’s pain and sorrow for act of vandalism against the Church of the Transfiguration

    Overnight on 23-24 October, someone broke into the holy place on Mount Tabor. Icons were damaged, a statue was taken, communion bread was desecrated and offerings were stolen. Petty thieves might be responsible. For Mgr Marcuzzo, the “serious incident” shows a "lack of the sense of the sacred". Shortly, an act of reparation will be undertaken by the whole community.

    25/10/2016 - SRI LANKA

    Petition for the release of all political prisoners in Sri Lanka

    by Melani Manel Perera

    The National Movement for the Release of Political Prisoners backs the campaign. Tamil rebels captured before and during the civil war, but also some Sinhalese are in jail. Activists criticise prison treatment and confessions extracted under torture.

    25/10/2016 - NEPAL

    Nepal’s religious minorities slam president for “promoting” Hinduism

    by Christopher Sharma

    Biddhya Devi Bhandari took part in a number of public Hindu celebrations, promoting Vedic values. Christians, Buddhists and Muslims note that Nepal is a secular state and that the government should not be in favour of any one creed.

    25/10/2016 - INDIA

    Church slams lazy student who assaulted a priest in Mangalore

    by Nirmala Carvalho

    Fr Michael Santhumayor is Milagres College administrator. He had reprimanded the student for skipping classes, warning he might have to repeat courses. The priest was taken to hospital whilst the assailant was arrested. Student protests, calling for greater security.

    25/10/2016 - THAILAND

    Mourning for Bhumibol continues, a king "who fought hunger among Thai people"

    by Weena Kowitwanij

    Tens of thousands of people continue to visit the king lying in state. To avoid overcrowding, the authorities have limited the number at 10,000 a day. Thais remember the sovereign’s good policies and attentiveness to people's needs as well as his humility in trying to understand before taking action, his fight against poverty and his focus on national unity.

    25/10/2016 - VATICAN

    Pope: God's Kingdom is "a journey" and the law is not to be studied, but experienced

    God’s Kingdom "is created every day, through our docility to the Holy Spirit, which is what unites our little pinch of leaven or tiny seed to the power that helps them to grow." If we do not evolve, we become rigid and "rigidity orphans us, leaving us without a father."

    25/10/2016 - IRAQ – ISLAM

    For Christian lawmaker, anti-alcohol law "Islamises” Iraq

    A ban on the sale, importation and production of alcohol is included in a law under pressure from extremist lawmakers. Iraqi Kurdistan will not enforce the law. For Christian leader, the law violates minority rights and is contrary to the Constitution.

    25/10/2016 - VATICAN

    For the Church, cremation is legitimate, but ashes must be respected

    "Instructions" from the Congregation for the Doctrine of the Faith. Preference for burial, "because with it you show a greater esteem for the dead", but confirming the legality of cremation, provided that it does not deny Christian doctrine. The ashes cannot be kept at home, or dispersed, divided, used to make objects.


    Editor's choices

    The new bishop of Changzhi and the many voices on China-Vatican dialogue

    Bernardo Cervellera

    The ordination will take place on November 10 in the Cathedral. The bishop had been appointed by the Holy See at least two years ago. But he was waiting for the green light from Beijing. Similar situation in Chengdu. Fears for the presence of excommunicated bishops. Reconciliation between illegitimate and official bishops is not brought about by political gestures, but depends on personal and canonical procedures. A meeting between the Chinese delegation and the Vatican is not "imminent".


    Pope: the cruelty of those who kill children in Iraq “makes us weep”

    "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”.


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