23 February 2018
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  • 22/02/2018 - CHINA – VATICAN

    Some media in favour of a deal speak in "disgusting" ways. Those who oppose it are not against an agreement or against diplomatic relations, but are against reaching one at any cost. "[W]here does the Church truly exercise her rights?"  The author is a priest in the underground Church in eastern China.


    by Cheng Zhi

    22/02/2018 - VATICAN

    Pope to the young: Like Mary, do not be afraid. The WYD is for the brave


    The Message for the 33rd World Youth Day, which will be celebrated on 25 March next at the diocesan level, released today. Bearing in mind the October Synod, the Pope urges young people to "not fear", to "name" their fears and to live in discernment of  God's call to a "love full of audacity and entirely projected towards the gift of self".


    22/02/2018 - MYANMAR

    Bomb in Lashio: two dead and 22 wounded


    The victims were employees of Yoma Bank, employed for the branch located in the heart of the city. At the moment no suspects are identified. The end of the civil war is the highest priority declared by Aung San Suu Kyi. Fighting between army and ethnic minority rebels intensifies.


    22/02/2018 - BANGLADESH

    Pupils in Dhaka Catholic school remember 'mother tongue martyrs' (photos)


    The students of the Saint Teresa School in Mirpur-2 marched, sang, danced, and read poems to reaffirm the right to express themselves in their own language. Celebrations highlighted the sacrifice of students who gave their lives and the need for “harmony among all religions".


    22/02/2018 - CHINA

    Chinese researchers testing hypersonic aircraft for two-hour Beijing-New York flight


    The new plane is designed to fly at a speed of more than 6,000 km/h. its design improves aerodynamics. The craft is also part of an hypersonic arms race, and a turning point in nuclear warheads delivery.


    22/02/2018 - VIETNAM

    Phan Thiết Catholics celebrate New Year with poor families

    by Ngoc Lan

    Vietnam has two million poor families, 11 per cent of the population living with less than 15 dollars a month. The Diocese of Phan Thiết and the Archdiocese of Huế help Catholics and others. “These are gestures of love and compassion, actions that encourage us in life,” Buddhist man says.


    22/02/2018 - UN - SYRIA

    UN told Ghouta east is 'hell on earth'. Diplomats scramble to secure a ceasefire


    The Security Council ready to vote for a draft resolution. The goal is to reach a 30-day ceasefire and promote the delivery of aid and medicines. Uncertainty of Russian support. UN Secretary-General: The "humanitarian tragedy" demands intervention.


    22/02/2018 - KOREA

    Olympics, Pyongyang sends a delegation for the closing ceremony


    It is likely that President Moon will also receive them in private. No meeting with the US representation led by Trump's daughter.


    22/02/2018 - SRI LANKA - EU

    European Union calls on Sri Lanka to activate Office for Missing Persons

    by Melani Manel Perera

    In a tweet the government is invited to give answers to the families of the victims. The Kilinochchi protesters recall a year of protests, during which seven elderly parents died.


    22/02/2018 - HONG KONG

    Rents for sports clubs: 'The government helps the rich'

    by Paul Wang

    Exclusive clubs save up to $ 400 million in Hong Kong and allow use only for members. In the territory there is no public housing and the rents of the houses are prohibitive for young people.


    21/02/2018 - PAKISTAN

    Integral ecology: spring tree planting campaign launched in Karachi

    by Shafique Khokhar

    The initiative is part of Caritas’s environment-related development plans inspired by Pope Francis’s Laudato Si’. A "spiritual ecological conversion" is needed to save the environment that surrounds us.


    21/02/2018 - INDONESIA

    Mass and Muslim solidarity after church attack

    by Mathias Hariyadi

    Four people were wounded in the attack on 11 February. The 23-year-old Islamic extremist Suliyono who attacked the church armed with a sword has been forgiven. The Islamic organisations Muhammadiyah and Gus Durians show solidarity with Catholics.


    21/02/2018 - INDIA

    Holy Spirit Sisters support women's development in Madhya Pradesh

    by Purushottam Nayak

    The congregation set up the Uday Social Development Society in 2009. "[E]ducation is the key to success in life". The NGO offers sewing, embroidery, cooking and home economics courses. Its goal is to make women independent and "agents of social transformation".


    21/02/2018 - THAILAND

    Air pollution warning for Bangkok

    by Weena Kowitwanij

    Thammasat University is currently hosting a conference on public health and the environment. With the application of the Euro 4 standard to vehicle emissions, PM2.5 levels dropped by 25 per cent between 2013 and 2017.


    21/02/2018 - KOREA – UNITED STATES

    Intra-Korean and US-North Korean talks are the “pillars” to denuclearise the Korean Peninsula


    A virtuous cycle is needed, South Korean Foreign Ministry says. The White House blames North Korea of cancelling a meeting with a US delegation in South Korea. US VP Pence planned to reiterate the administration’s tough stance face-to-face.


    21/02/2018 - CHINA-VATICAN

    Lanzhou, official bishop commemorates his underground predecessor. With some difficulty (Video)

    by Baifa Yuqiao

    10 priests did not participate at Mass for the late Msgr. Yang Libo. With thousands of faithful they accuse the present bishop, ordained in the underground community, of having sought governmental recognition without sharing this with his community. The authorities forcibly removed the inscription on the tombstone on Msgr. Yang’s grave, which recorded the periods he spent in prison because of the faith (almost 30 years). The difficulties of reconciliation.


    21/02/2018 - SYRIA - TURKEY

    Syrian army come to aid of Afrin’s Kurdish militias against Turkish offensive


    Pro-government forces have reached the autonomous region to the north, where YPJ Kurds are holding off an attack by Turkish forces. Erdogan threatens to besiege the area to bend the Kurdish resistance. International diplomacy fears an escalation of the conflict between Damascus and Ankara. A desperate situation envelopes East Ghouta.


    21/02/2018 - VATICAN-CHINA-RUSSIA

    The Ostpolitik of today and the 'outgoing' Church (III)

    by Stefano Caprio*

    The collapse of Soviet communism gave reason to the Vatican political choices in opening up to Russia and Eastern Europe. The new Ostpolitik announces a new world without geographic or confessional delineations. Pope Francis pushes the Church towards the peripheries and towards the high sea, as St. John Paul II had hoped. Part III of an expert analysis.


    21/02/2018 - ISRAEL

    Deportation of Migrants: arrest of first seven Eritreans who refuse to leave Israel


    Two of them survived torture in the Sinai. Refugees from the Holot detention center launch a hunger strike: "They are throwing our lives away". Israel wants to expel 15-20 thousand refugees, the prisons can only take 1,000.


    20/02/2018 - TURKEY – GREECE

    Seventeen Turkish officials seek political asylum in Greece

    by NAT da Polis

    The group of civil servants and judges with their families claim they are victims of persecution by the Turkish regime. Tensions between Turkey and Greece are bound to rise as both claim inlets off the coast of Turkey.


    20/02/2018 - INDIA

    The year 2017 was the worst for Christians in India

    by Purushottam Nayak

    An evangelical group issued a report highlighting 351 cases of violence, but the figure is not exhaustive, as many victims are afraid to come forth to report attacks to police. In three years, attacks against churches and other places of worship increased by 28 per cent.


    20/02/2018 - BANGLADESH

    Snehonir, the 'house of tenderness' for the disabled (photos)


    Founded 25 years ago by Shanti Rani Sisters and PIME missionaries in Rajshahi, the facility is open to the mentally and physically disabled, deaf, blind, orphans, poor, and abandoned. The guiding principle is to start them in life.


    20/02/2018 - KOREA

    Defeated on ice, but 'first' in history, joint Korean hockey team players hug


    After losing to Sweden in their last match, the Korean team ends up in seventh place. Players burst into tears at their imminent separation. "Politicians made that executive decision [to have a joint team]. Our players and staff are the ones that made it work,” said the team’s proud Canadian coach. One South Korean athlete hopes the country is proud of them. "It was bigger than hockey."


    20/02/2018 - UZBEKISTAN

    Tashkent, 18 thousand removed from the 'blacklist' of extremists


    In the Karimov era, with the fight against religious extremism, the secret services justified abuse and were the armed arm against dissent. Mirzyoyev denounces torture of innocent people and promises to bring the guilty to justice.


    20/02/2018 - INDONESIA – RUSSIA – UNITED STATES

    Indonesia sees no consequence of Russian jet sale on relations with United States

    by Mathias Hariyadi

    Half of the US$ 1.14 billion deal will be paid with a barter scheme. In recent years, Indonesia has turned to Russia to upgrade its air force, turning down the offer of US F-16s. Since 2013, the Kremlin has supplied the Indonesian Air Force with five Su-27 and eleven Su-30 aircraft.


    20/02/2018 - CHINA-VATICAN

    Dear Chinese bishops, where is the measure of your heart?

    by Joseph*

    A young Catholic from the official community, appreciates the lucidity and the realism of Msgr. Guo Xijin (underground bishop), and doubts the style of other underground or official bishops, such as Msgr. Han Zhihai and Wei Jingyi. A meditation on the joys and sorrows of the Chinese faithful in front of the so-called "imminent" agreement between China and the Vatican.


    20/02/2018 - SYRIA

    The Syrian army ready for the offensive in Ghouta east. Dozens of civilian victims


    At least 100 people died in one day alone yesterday, including 20 children; added to these are 470 wounded. The UN calls for an end to the bombings and talks about an "out of control" situation. Deposits and hospital facilities also affected. The rebels respond by throwing mortars on Damascus.


    20/02/2018 - THAILAND-JAPAN

    Surrogacy, Japanese man given 'lone custody’ of 13 children


    In 2014, the case caused a scandal, prompting the authorities to enact a law that prevents foreigners from seeking services of commercial subrogation in Thailand. Wombs for rent industry first moved to Cambodia and, after a ban there, to Laos.


    20/02/2018 - VATICAN-CHINA-RUSSIA

    Criticism of Ostpolitik, persecution and dissent (II)

    by Stefano Caprio*

    Paul VI consistently defended Vatican overtures to the USSR, although they scandalized many in the Church. Benevolent politics did not stop persecutions, which instead intensified. But a form of ecumenical and cultural resistance was born and was lived by Catholics, Protestants and Orthodox in the concentration camps. Part Two of an expert analysis.


    19/02/2018 - SAUDI ARABIA

    Women to open own businesses without the permission of a male guardian


    The Saudi Ministry of Commerce made the announcement yesterday. The Saudi public prosecutor’s office has begun to hire women. After the passport department advertised 140 jobs for women, 107,000 applications were received.






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    BANGLADESH
    Snehonir, the 'house of tenderness' for the disabled (photos)



    Founded 25 years ago by Shanti Rani Sisters and PIME missionaries in Rajshahi, the facility is open to the mentally and physically disabled, deaf, blind, orphans, poor, and abandoned. The guiding principle is to start them in life.


    KOREA
    Defeated on ice, but 'first' in history, joint Korean hockey team players hug



    After losing to Sweden in their last match, the Korean team ends up in seventh place. Players burst into tears at their imminent separation. "Politicians made that executive decision [to have a joint team]. Our players and staff are the ones that made it work,” said the team’s proud Canadian coach. One South Korean athlete hopes the country is proud of them. "It was bigger than hockey."


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