21/10/2016 - INDIA – JAPAN
Born into a Buddhist family, she converted when she was 12. Drawn to the monastic life and the adoration of the Eucharist, she became a nun. During her 40 years in India she taught children with intellectual disabilities, “seeing Christ” in them.
by Sr.Bindu Michael
21/10/2016 - CHINA
China has 61 million children left behind in rural areas by parents working in cities
Poverty and red tape in cities deny children schooling and health care. This has generated high risks of accidents and juvenile delinquency. In 2015, China had 247 million migrant workers.
21/10/2016 - LEBANON
Saad Hariri to back Michel Aoun for presidency
This is a last resort “to protect Lebanon, the political system, the State and people” on the condition of dissociating Lebanon “from the Syrian crisis”. Some Sunni lawmakers are against the deal, but Nabih Berri (Amal) is the most critical. Still, chances are good for an election on 31 October.
21/10/2016 - NEPAL - AFGHANISTAN
Kathmandu withdraws ban on work permits in Afghanistan
Permits withdrawn following an attack in Kabul, in which 13 Nepalese died. The workers can only be employed in diplomatic missions or international companies. The ban remains in force for war zones. The migrants send money home contributing to 30% of the national GDP.
21/10/2016 - VATICAN
Pope: Humility, gentleness and patience to build unity in the Church
"A large heart, there is room for everybody. And this creates the bond of peace; this is the worthy manner in which to behave to create the bond of peace which is the creator of unity."
21/10/2016 - INDONESIA
Economy, infrastructure, and human rights dominate Widodo’s first two years in officeby Mathias Hariyadi
Sworn in on 20 October 2014, Indonesia’s president has been praised for his economic policy, tax amnesty, and infrastructure development in remote areas. However, he has been criticised for human rights violations, capital punishment, and castration of paedophiles.
21/10/2016 - INDIA
Gujarat: 14 defendants acquitted in Muslim massacre
The court granted 11 defendants the benefit of the doubt, and found no clear evidence in the case of the three others. In all, 31 people had been convicted in connection with the death of 33 Muslims burnt to death in a house where they had sought shelter during a riot by Hindus.
21/10/2016 - SYRIA – IRAQ
Jihadi leaders flee Aleppo as well as Mosul towards strongholds of Raqqa and Idlib
Despite truce, ex al-Nusra Front shells western Aleppo, killing a girl. Turkish air force strikes north of the city, killing 150 civilians, an "unjustified massacre" for Syrian media. Islamic State leaders flee Aleppo, raising questions and doubts about how they are escaping. Some reports indicate that US and Russia have agreed on splitting Aleppo and Mosul.
21/10/2016 - PHILIPPINES – CHINA
Duterte in Beijing announces separation: “America has lost"
During his visit to Beijing, the Filipino president told Chinese business executives in the Great Hall of the People, “I will be dependent on you for all time.” Manila and Beijing sign US$ 13.5 billion worth of deals, including 13 agreements and memoranda of understanding. US official describes the US as “baffled” by Duterte’s comments, whilst Filipino trade secretary says “we are not stopping trade, investment with America”.
21/10/2016 - PAKISTAN
Pakistan vetting two bills in favour of minorities and against forced conversionsby Peter Jacob
One bill would establish a ‘Pakistan Minority Rights Commission’; the other, the ‘Protection of Minorities Bill 2016’, would make forced conversion an offence. Promoters are aware of social problems like the conversions of Hindu and Christian women abducted, raped and enslaved by Muslims.
20/10/2016 - ISRAEL – PALESTINE
For B'Tselem spokesman, Israeli occupation and international inertia are obstacles to peace
The Israeli government and pacifist and anti-occupation NGOs are currently at loggerheads because of a controversial intervention by B’tselem at the UN. Gilutz calls for action by the international community to stop the expansion of Israeli settlements. Israel’s current government does not view the occupation as temporary and shows no inkling to stop it.
20/10/2016 - THAILAND
Military junta reassures Thais that they would soon have a new kingby Weena Kowitwanij
Parliament will shortly invoke Article 23 of the Constitution, which regulates the royal succession. Prince Vajiralongkorn will be crowned after the cremation of his father, Bhumibol Adulyadej. Prime Minister Chan-o-cha tells Thais they “should not be afraid or worried”.
20/10/2016 - INDONESIA
Young Jihadi attacks and injures five policemen in Tangerangby Mathias Hariyadi
Azianzah Sultan, 22, was putting up the Islamic State symbols in public places when police stopped him. After wounding some agents with a dagger, the terrorist was shot in the legs and arrested. He had caliphate leaflets and Molotov cocktails in his possession. For Defense minister, people must be more alert against the threat of groups linked to the Islamic State.
20/10/2016 - INDIA
In northeastern India, the Church is growing in terms of members and vocationsby mons. Thomas Menamparampil*
Mgr Thomas Menamparampil draws a picture of 120 years of the mission. In the northeast, the “young Catholic community" has almost two million members. Christians across the country are 27.8 million, 2.3 per cent of the population. The Church leadership "has moved from foreign hands to Indian hands, from Indian hands to indigenous hands". Catholics "are proud of their faith and are not ashamed to share it with others.”
20/10/2016 - CHINA
Anyang Nuns and priests demonstrate in Tianjin against government plans to demolish Church buildingby Wang Zhicheng
The central government recognizes the Church's right to the property, but the local government refuses to hand it over and wants to profit from speculation. An appeal to Xi Jinping to enforce the rule of law.
20/10/2016 - INDIA
Indian Hindu nationalist minister pays tribute to Mother Teresa
Home Affairs Minister Rajnath Singh was the guest of honour at a commemoration ceremony organised by the Bishops’ Conference. Several times, BJP members have tried to belittle the character of the Saint of Kolkata.
20/10/2016 - VATICAN
Pope: To really know Jesus we need to pray, worship and recognize our sins
20/10/2016 - BANGLADESH
Bangladesh, the Catholic students movement marks 25 yearsby Sumon Corraya
The organization was founded in 1991 to bring young people and bishops together. Students receive formation and are involved in social and charitable activities. As adults, they come to occupy senior posts, because in the movement "they learn to express themselves and to take on responsibility".
20/10/2016 - SYRIA
Truce in Aleppo, Moscow extends three-hour "humanitarian pause"
The goal is to secure a corridor in the eastern sector for civilians and militiamen who wish to leave the war. Six "safe" corridors set up to evacuate the civilians, particularly the elderly and injured. Two other corridors reserved for the armed fighters. The standoff between Moscow and the West continues.
20/10/2016 - IRAQ - SYRIA
Families of Mosul Isis leaders reach Raqqa in Syria. Doubts over who is helping them
The families of dozens of leaders of the Caliphate were transported on board buses to Raqqa without running into roadblocks, or being discovered by the Allies inspection flights. Suspicions that they are being aided by Turkey and the US. Iraqis think that the victory of Mosul will be "a Pyrrhic victory": the leaders will not be caught, or questioned, and no one will ever know who their secret allies are.
20/10/2016 - PHILIPPINES
Tens of thousands of people displaced by the super typhoon Haima
Winds of 250 km / h yesterday whipped the northern coast, threatening 10 million people. There are no known deaths. The rescue teams are unable to intervene. Haima is the 12th typhoon to hit the Philippines this year and could be as destructive as Yolanda, which in 2013 left more than 7 thousand dead.
19/10/2016 - INDIA
The world’s tallest religious building, a temple dedicated to Lord Krishna, under construction
The structure includes a 213-metre skyscraper-temple, a theme park and facilities for social programmes. The construction, financed by the Hare Krishna movement, is being carried out by a US firm already known for breaking records in structural engineering.
19/10/2016 - RUSSIA – ASIA
The Trans-Siberian, the longest railway in the world, for upgrading or collapse?
The world’s most famous transport route between Europe and Asia is 100 years old. China, Japan and Western countries are looking for cheaper alternatives routes. One possibility is the Arctic.
19/10/2016 - HONG KONG – CHINA – VATICAN
On “Hong Kong sectors” supposedly "against Francis"by John Mok Chit Wai
A scholar at the Chinese University of Hong Kong, who collaborates with AsiaNews, responds to accusations against the agency and people in Hong Kong with respect to criticism of the Vatican’s diplomatic approach towards China. Religious freedom is a fundamental human right and a universal value, whether in China, Russia or the Middle East. Between "Right" and "Left", China defines itself as left, yet it practices state capitalism and unfettered capitalism just as "right-wing governments" do. Gaudium et Spes calls on the faithful to engage in politics against the "arbitrary domination by [. . .] a political party,” like in China.
19/10/2016 - IRAN - UNITED STATES
Tehran frees Protestant pastor sentenced for crimes against the state
Behnam Irani served a six year sentence in prison. While in jail he suffered abuse and mistreatment. An American entrepreneur of Iranian origin sentenced to 10 years. According to the indictment he "collaborated" with Washington.
19/10/2016 - SOUTH KOREA
One South Korean senior in ten has had suicidal thoughts
A survey by the Korea Institute for Health and Social Affairs (KIHASA) with 853 people aged 65 and over found that 10.3 per cent have felt an impulse to take their own lives. Health problems is the main cause of anxiety, followed by money and other psychological issues.
19/10/2016 - INDONESIA
Joko Widodo to end disparities with fuel prices the same in Papua as in Jakartaby Mathias Hariyadi
The president announces same prices in two remote, hard-to-reach provinces on the island of New Guinea where, in some regencies, petrol can cost up to 14 times than in the rest of the country. Locals welcome the decision but the state oil company slams it because of its hefty price tag of US$ 61 million.
19/10/2016 - VATICAN
Pope: "Our relationship with God passes through giving food to the hungry and drink to the thirsty"
"It is necessary to cultivate a public conscience that preserves food and access to water as universal rights of all human beings, without distinction or discrimination". "One of the consequences of the so-called 'wellbeing' is to lead people to withdraw into themselves, making them insensitive to the needs of others."
19/10/2016 - IRAQ
Anti-Isis Iraqis marked and executed in Mosul
To express their opposition, some Mosul residents wrote word "M" ( "Muqawamah", resistance) on the city’s walls. Those discovered were immediately sentenced to death without trial. The militiamen fleeing the besieged city, are headed to Raqqa and Deir Ez Zor in Syria, thanks to the Turkish army protection. A new map of Turkey encompasses the northern Syria, Mosul, Erbil, Kirkuk and part of Armenia. From Saudi Arabia and Qatar a hashtag: "Mosul is annihilated". The hashtag of the Iraqi government: "Mosul is liberated”.
19/10/2016 - IRAQ
Chaldean Patriarch: May Iraq find peace and unity with the liberation of Mosulby Louis Raphael Sako*
The Christians of Qaraqosh, on the Nineveh Plain, celebrate the liberation of their town with Masses of thanksgiving, dancing and singing. Now in its third day, the Iraqi army and Peshmerga continues the offensive towards Mosul. The Islamic State use civilians as human shields. Mar Sako urges Iraqis to work for the birth of a "genuine and civil democracy".
19/10/2016 - BANGLADESH
Three financers of the Dhaka Massacre identified
One of the men ran fled to Syria for more than a year with his whole family. The other two killed in clashes with counter-terrorism squads. 233 thousand euro in funds handed over to bankroll the attack.
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