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  • 19/02/2018 - PHILIPPINES

    About ten million Filipinos work abroad. From January to November last year, they sent home about 1.4 trillion pesos (US$ 2.6 billion). They often endure abuse and exploitation. The country’s bishops back the government’s "the total ban" on workers going to Kuwait.


    by Santosh Digal

    19/02/2018 - CHINA-VATICAN

    Underground Catholic: We are excluded from dialogue between China and the Holy See

    by John

    Catholics of the unofficial Church complain that the "imminent" agreement between Rome and Beijing on the appointment of bishops forgets all the persecutions that the Christian communities are subject to.  A criticism also to Msgr. Giuseppe Wei Jingyi, who - according to the author - is "underground” in name but not in nature. The repentant bishops show "repentance" only in private, but continue government policy in public.


    19/02/2018 - VATICAN-RUSSIA-CHINA

    The old and new Ostpolitik of the Holy See (I)

    by di Stefano Caprio*

    The Vatican’s latest openings to China resemble the path traced by the old Ostpolitik of Card. Agostino Casaroli. Then as now, the Holy See’s moves have provoked and provoke disagreements, criticism and charges of forgetting the persecuted Church and human rights violations. Casaroli himself had doubts about his effectiveness, although he was eager to implement the dimension of dialogue, rediscovered with the Second Vatican Council. Part One.


    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.


    19/02/2018 - INDIA – VATICAN

    Sr Arina Gonsalves joins Pontifical Commission for the Protection of Minors

    by Nirmala Carvalho

    The Indian nun has a long experience with the Archdiocese of Mumbai. In 2016 Card Gracias chose her as a member of the expert group for child protection. In India, abuses occur “in schools and even in orphanages,” she notes.


    19/02/2018 - BANGLADESH

    Garo Christians attacked, robbed in Dhaka complain attackers want to ‘steal our land’

    by Sumon Corraya

    Christian tribal organisations organised a protest in the capital, but police prevented them from doing so in front of the National Museum to censor the fact that soldiers raped two sisters.


    19/02/2018 - INDONESIA – RUSSIA

    Jakarta and Moscow agree on sale of 11 fighter jets


    The two countries agree on trading palm oil, coffee and tea for Russian fighter jets. Forced by international sanctions, Russia seeks new markets, whilst Indonesia wants to develop the bilateral partnership in tourism, education, energy, technology and aviation.


    19/02/2018 - IRAN - ISRAEL

    Netanyahu terms Iran a global threat. Zarif responds: 'Cartoonish circus’


    Another battle is taking place between Israel and Iran at the International Security Conference in Munich. The Israeli premier shows the (alleged) fragment of a recently demolished Iranian drone. For Teheran, these are just attempts to distract from internal political problems. Israel's raid in Gaza in response to rocket launches from the Strip. 


    19/02/2018 - JAPAN – LEBANON

    Lebanon’s Adyan Foundation awarded the 35th Niwano Peace Prize


    The organisation’s mission is to strengthen coexistence between different groups and create the bases for solidarity between different faiths. To reach this goal, it has developed a Building Resilience and Reconciliation programme for children and educators, which offers a guide for peace and reconciliation for those affected by war in Syria.


    19/02/2018 - RUSSIA

    Dagestan, Isis attacks an Orthodox church, killing five women


    The attack carried out by a 22 year-old. Faithful targeted at the end of the Maslenitsa festival. Dagestan is a Muslim majority republic. In 2015 ISIS created the "Caucasian province" of the fundamentalist group.


    18/02/2018 - VATICAN

    Pope: Lent: temptation, conversion and good news


    At the Angelus, Pope Francis emphasizes that Lent is a time of "spiritual training" to overcome evil in us and around us. "In our life we ​​always need conversion, and the Church makes us pray for this". "Only God can give us true happiness: it is useless to waste our time looking for it elsewhere, in riches, in pleasures, in power, in careers". The invitation to young people to participate - even online – in the meeting in preparation for the October Synod. Message of affection to prisoners. A remembrance in prayer for the beginning of the Roman Curia’s spiritual exercises.


    17/02/2018 - PAKISTAN

    Assassin of little Zainab condemned to death: 'hanging is not the solution'

    by Kamran Chaudhry

    The sentence was read today in Lahore prison. The 24-year-old Imrat Ali received four death sentences, a life sentence and a sixth indictment of seven years imprisonment. Activist: "In this case justice was fast. But in others, it takes up to 15 years ".


    17/02/2018 - SINGAPORE-CHINA

    First New Year in Singapore for Keyuan, an orphan with no ears


    His story moved his new adoptive family. Every year in China, 900 thousand children are born with disabilities. The number has increased by 70% in the last 20 years. Many end up in orphanages, abandoned by families. In the absence of social support and with the age limit of adoption at 14, some are not adopted at all.


    17/02/2018 - BANGLADESH

    Lima Chisim, first woman Christian sergeant of Bangladesh (Video)

    by Sumon Corraya

    The policewoman comes from a poor family from the diocese of Mymensingh. The local Church and the priests helped her to pay for her studies. "My dream is to help other poor students who do not have the money to pay for school".


    17/02/2018 - HONG KONG - CHINA - VATICAN

    The Church 'doesn't care about politics and human rights' ... Wrong!

    by John Mok Cit Wai

    In an attempt to please China, several commentators dare to conceal or manipulate the teaching of the Church. The Church's mission is linked to support for human rights and commitment to society. Jesus never challenged the Roman Empire, but created a revolution. Msgr Romero defending the poor and the Church, had to face the military junta. A comment by John Mok Cit Wai.


    17/02/2018 - AFGHANISTAN

    Like Metallica, Ennio Morricone and Paul McCartney: Afghan Institute wins the Polar award


    Anim was founded in 2010 to give hope to young Afghans and save the country's musical tradition. The focus on the most disadvantaged children and girls in particular. Between 1996 and 2001 the Taliban banished all forms of music. Founder: such a prestigious award "is not just an honor for me, but a great achievement for the whole country".


    16/02/2018 - IRAN

    Iranian intellectuals and activists push for a referendum against theocracy


    Following President Rouhani’s lead, 15 prominent Iranians demand a referendum to define the country’s constitutional future. They harshly attack the ruling clergy for denying people their freedom. The goal is overcome the Islamic regime in a peaceful manner and establish “a parliamentarian system according to democratic bases”.


    16/02/2018 - NEPAL

    China’s friend KP Sharma Oli sworn in as Nepal’s prime minister


    Oli leads the Communist Party of Nepal-United Marxist Leninist. He began his political career in the 1970s. During that time, he spent 14 years in prison for his opposition to the Hindu monarchy. Now he has pledged to work for peace, stability and development.


    16/02/2018 - INDONESIA

    Thirteen priests and three deacons ordained in Sumatera and Kalimantan (Photos)

    by Mathias Hariyadi

    Four of them are ethnic Dayak, a mostly Christian ethnic group on Borneo. The Order of Capuchins welcomed eight confreres. The Sacred Heart of Jesus has five new priests. Catholics are a small minority in Riau province, and for them even a diaconal ordination becomes a historic moment.


    16/02/2018 - ASIA

    Bloomberg: Thailand, Singapore and Japan are least miserable economies in the world


    The ranking is based on how inflation and unemployment affect people’s attitude towards the economy. The misery index covers 66 economies. This year’s forecast sees China, Hong Kong and Saudi Arabia doing worse, whilst South Korea joins the top ten least miserable economies.


    16/02/2018 - VATICAN

    Pope: fasting is real when concerned with helping others


    Fasting is "stripping oneself a little"; maybe thanking the Lord because we are able to fast: "poor people", they must fast because they do not have anything to eat "and you even despise them ". Do penance in peace: "You cannot talk to God on one side and talk to the devil on the other" because it is inconsistent.


    16/02/2018 - VATICAN

    Young people from all over the world in Rome in preparation for the October Synod


    From March 19 to 24, the Pre-Synodal Meeting will prepare a document that will flow into the working document of the Synod. An encounter to "listen" to young people. To participate concretely through social media, young people will simply have to go to the website www.synod2018.va, where they will find the link to register with the Facebook Group of one of the 6 languages ​​provided.


    16/02/2018 - TAIWAN - CHINA

    Tsai Ing-wen and Xi Jinping celebrate Lunar New Year differently

    by Wang Zhicheng

    The Taiwanese president prayed in a Buddhist ceremony for quake victims and visited Taoist temples, greeting the population and handing out red envelopes. The Chinese president welcomed the New Year with 2,000 guests, business people and Party officials, in the Great Hall of the People. Taiwan’s vice president met with earthquake victims in Hualien.


    16/02/2018 - JAPAN

    After an injury and many prayers, Yuzuru Hanyu leads men’s single


    In November he suffered an ankle injury. Thousands of fans prayed for him. In 2011 he prayed at a Kobe shrine, hoping to become "the shining light of Tohoku”, a region devastated by a quake.


    16/02/2018 - SINGAPORE-VATICAN

    Archbishop of Singapore: 'Building a vibrant, evangelical and missionary Church' (III)

    by Paolo Fossati

    "The faithful crave the Word of God and feel the need to find a link between faith and their lives". "We have to prepare students for the new evangelization among the many cultures and religions of our continent". The formation of lay people "fundamental to mission". Every year there are 3 thousand new baptisms.


    16/02/2018 - VIETNAM

    Lunar New Year: Redemptorists for homeless veterans

    by Hung Quoc

    Lộc Hưng parish set up a shelter for 13 war veterans. Since 2013, priests have organized initiatives for health care and spiritual support for over 6,000 veterans, 3,500 since 2017. Most are Buddhist or follow ancestral worship, but some of them have become Catholics.


    16/02/2018 - INDIA

    Madhya Pradesh, Pentecostals sentenced to 6 months in prison for 'forced conversions'

    by Nirmala Carvalho

    13 convicted include a vision impaired couple. Most Pentecostals are day laborers. The government led by Hindu nationalists "arrests Pentecostal Christians with groundless imputations".


    16/02/2018 - KOREA

    A bow to common ancestors: the athletes of the two Koreas celebrate the new year together


    As a rule, the celebration takes place at home with loved ones. The Unification Minister marks the celebration recalling all of the separated families and asks Pyongyang to welcome the proposal for new meetings.


    15/02/2018 - SRI LANKA

    Colombo: Preventing Rajapaksa’s return to avoid another civil war

    by Jehan Perera*

    Local elections results could reverse the process of national reconciliation. Under President Sirisena, relations between the government and ethnic minorities has improved. Now “The danger is [. . .] a vicious cycle in which Sinhalese nationalism in the South feeds and sustains the rise of Tamil nationalism in the North.”


    15/02/2018 - PAKISTAN

    Spinal fluid theft from unsuspecting women in Punjab is a crime against humanity

    by Shafique Khokhar

    Police arrested four people in connection with phoney blood samples taken from at least 12 women. The criminals promised government medical assistance but instead took advantage of the victims’ poverty.






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    The tears of Chinese bishops. A portrait of Msgr. Zhuang, bishop of Shantou

    Padre Pietro

    A priest of the official Church, recalls the 88 year old bishop that the Vatican wants to replace with an illegitimate bishop, to please the regime. Mons. Zhuang Jianjian became an underground bishop at the behest of the Vatican in 2006. Card. Zen and Msgr. Zhuang, image of the faithful Church, "which provokes an immense sadness and a sense of impotence". The hopes of card. Parolin to console "the past and present sufferings of Chinese Catholics".


    CHINA - VATICAN - HONG KONG
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