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    25/10/2016 - ISRAEL – PALESTINE

    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 - 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.


    25/10/2016 - PAKISTAN

    Quetta suicide attack on police academy leaves 59 dead

    The victims were cadets and guards; at least 120 wounded. 700 students in the structure at the time of the attack. Suicide bombers from Taliban cell of an extremist group. The Balochistan region is part of an ambitious Chinese economic plan.

    25/10/2016 - LEBANON

    Michel Aoun meets with Patriarch Rai, after gaining support of most Lebanese parties

    by Pierre Balanian

    It’s almost certain that Gen. Aoun will be elected new president of Lebanon during the session slated for 31 October. He is supported by Saad Hariri, Hezbollah, the Lebanese Forces. His party has good relations with Christians, Shiites and Sunnis. Jumblatt Druze dubious. Nabih Berri and Amal say no. Surprise silence of Saudi Arabia. The first president to have been "Made in Lebanon".


    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 - TURKEY

    Erdogan counter "coup" repression: over 35 thousand arrested, 82 thousand suspects

    A failed coup in mid-July tens of thousands of arrests. At least 26 thousand people are free, but "under judicial control." According to the Minister of Justice the operations target the authors and supporters of the coup. The ruling party ready to submit the text of institutional change to Parliament: from a parliamentary to a presidential system.


    24/10/2016 - INDIA

    March for Life ends symposium in defence of the familym (PHOTOS)

    by Nirmala Carvalho

    The National Symposium ‘A call to freedom and justice in the family and society: ethical concerns and pastoral approaches’ ends with a march for life in Bandra, from St Andrew’s Church to Our Lady of the Mount Basilica. For Bishop Agnelo Gracias, “Today, human life is threatened on many fronts.”

    24/10/2016 - CHINA

    Sixth Plenum of the Chinese Communist Party opens

    by Wang Zhicheng

    The focus is on the issue of "strictly governing the party”. Corruption remains the main concern with economic and political reforms at a standstill. New members prepare to enter the Central Committee. Wang Qishan’s retirement is a question as is Xi’s.

    24/10/2016 - RUSSIA – VATICAN

    Vatican and the Orthodox Church neutral in the conflict in Ukraine

    by Nina Achmatova

    The Patriarchate of Moscow makes this point after a meeting between the new apostolic nuncio to Russia and Metropolitan Hilarion. For years, the Russian Orthodox Church has accused Greek Catholics of promoting anti-Russian positions and supporting the Maidan protests in Kyiv.

    24/10/2016 - VIETNAM – CHINA

    Vietnamese against the threat of Chinese nuclear power plants

    by Joseph Tran

    China completed three new nuclear plants not far from the Vietnamese border. IAEA warns that, in case of nuclear disaster, Vietnam would certainly be affected. China is also planning small mobile nuclear power stations for the South China Sea where they could cause unprecedented harm to the marine environment.

    24/10/2016 - INDONESIA

    East Nusa Tenggara: prayer, games and mercy for World Mission Day

    by Mathias Hariyadi

    Activities for young people and adults were organised in the month of October. The president of the Pontifical Missionary Works celebrated the final Mass yesterday. Free health care was provided to the poor, and young people visited hospices.

    24/10/2016 - VATICAN - CHINA

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

    by Bernardo Cervellera

    24/10/2016 - VATICAN

    Pope: Do not live by the rigidity of the law, but meekness, kindness, and forgiveness which are gifts from God

    "There is always something hidden behind the rigidity, in many cases a double life; but there is also some sort  of illness. How the rigid suffer: when they are sincere and they realize this, they suffer! Because they fail to have the freedom of God's children. They do not know how to walk according to the law of the Lord and they are not blessed."

    24/10/2016 - INDIA

    Vijayawada: Missionary mandate and vows for Missionary Sisters of the Immaculate

    by Benigna Menezes*

    In October five received their Missionary assignment: two will go to Papua New Guinea; the other three respectively to Guinea Bissau, Bangladesh and Hong Kong. Two other religious have perpetual vows. The crucifix, the symbol of the mission; the Bible, to spread the Good News.


    24/10/2016 - SYRIA

    As ceasefire expires, fighting renewed in Aleppo. US accuses Damascus of using chemical weapons

    The Syrian army has hit the rebel-controlled eastern sector. In response militants they have launched rockets and missiles against the western district. At least 20 militants died in the clashes. According to Washington, "the Damascus regime" is still "combatant" and violates the provisions of the UN Security Council.


    24/10/2016 - FRANCE

    Evacuation of migrants from Calais 'Jungle' begins

    Over a thousand police deployed to remove between 6-8 thousand refugees. Most of them are from Afghanistan, Sudan and Eritrea. Calais residents complain of lack of security and failing businesses. It's the fourth time that the campsite near the port has been evacuated.


    24/10/2016 - BANGLADESH

    PIME Superior in Bangladesh: The joy of my mission among the tribal, where entire villages convert

    Fr. Michele Brambilla speaks of his 10-year mission among the local tribal. In the north of the country, the Church "had to be built from the ground up". In 2013 he became the first pastor of Kodbir. Mission in various fields: proclamation of the Gospel; education; care for the sick; economic aid. Since 2015 he directs the diocesan hospital in Dinajpur. "Even Muslims and Hindus need a word of comfort."

    23/10/2016 - VATICAN

    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”.

    22/10/2016 - VATICAN

    For pope, dialogue is "an expression of the great need for God's love"

    About 100,000 people gathered today for Pope Francis’ jubilee audience on how dialogue “breaks down the walls of divisions and misunderstandings, builds bridges of communication, and does not allow anyone to turn inward into his or her own world” but “invites us to stand before others seeing them as a gift of God”. “The Church too lives of dialogue with the men and women of every age, to understand the needs that are at the heart of every person and contribute to achieving the common good.”

    22/10/2016 - INDIA

    Card Gracias: together with Saint John Paul II in the defence of life

    by Nirmala Carvalho

    The archbishop of Mumbai opened a national symposium titled ‘A call to freedom and justice in the family and society: ethical concerns and pastoral approaches’ on the liturgical feast day of the Polish saint, the "pope of the family, the basis for the Church and its work.”

    22/10/2016 - VIETNAM

    Vietnamese bishops appeal for help for central provinces hammered by flooding

    A week of heavy rains in Hà Tĩnh and Quảng Bình pounded residents already crushed by a pollution emergency. At least 29 people are missing, and thousands of homes have been destroyed. “We appeal to all men and women of good will [. . .] to help our compatriots in difficulty,” the bishops said in a statement.

    22/10/2016 - SAUDI ARABIA

    Young female music students need male guardians in Jeddah

    Girls and young women who want to attend one of the city's music clubs require the approval of their father or legal guardian. This comes after some parents protested. More and more girls enrol to learn to play the piano, organ or guitar without their parents’ knowledge.

    22/10/2016 - TAIWAN

    Fr Andrés Díaz de Rábago, a great missionary, celebrates his first 100 years

    by Xin Yage

    The secret of his longevity lies in talking with everyone and thanking God every day. Every day, Fr Andrés, a Jesuit, visits the sick at Cardinal Tian Hospital in Taipei. Some 5,000 people, including Taiwan’s Vice President Chen Chien-jen, came to his birthday party.

    22/10/2016 - IRAQ

    With Mosul besieged, Islamic State attacks Kirkuk, causing deaths and taking hostages

    Islamic State fighters have attacked the city, hitting government buildings and a power plant under construction. Worshippers have been taken hostage in a mosque. The Islamic State’s response to the Mosul offensive is to open a new battlefront.

    22/10/2016 - PAKISTAN

    Lahore’s drama festival promotes religious harmony

    by Kamran Chaudhry

    Lahore’s Interfaith Harmony, Peace & Tolerance festival ends today. Performances by 250 students from 23 schools are meant to spread justice and tolerance among religions through the arts. " We respect the religious sensitivities of all our students,” director said.

    21/10/2016 - YEMEN - UN

    Riyadh accuses the Houthis of violations of the ceasefire in Yemen

    The Shiite rebels reported to have carried out "at least 43" violations of the truce in force since yesterday. Houthi response: a Saudi air raid killed three civilians in Saada. Despite violence, UN diplomacy is hoping for an extension of the ceasefire. 80% of the population need humanitarian aid.

    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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