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 familiesby 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 Personsby 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 Karachiby 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 attackby 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 Pradeshby 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 Bangkokby 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 - MALDIVES - INDIA - CHINA
State of emergency scuppers tourism, Chinese and Indian warships nearby
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 Greeceby 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 Indiaby 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 Statesby 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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