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  • 17/10/2017 - CHINA

    At least 14 activists, bloggers, democracy artists arrested or "traveling". Security stepped up at Beijing Metro Stations. Steel mills, chemical factories and construction industry closed down to reduce pollution. Economic data manipulated by the government in the name of stability.


    by Wang Zhicheng

    17/10/2017 - BANGLADESH

    Teknaf, boat carrying Rohingya capsizes leaving 12 dead

    by Sumon Corraya

    In September, 60 refugees drowned in these waters, another 30 in October. More than half a million Rohingya have entered Bangladesh to escape the violence. Only this week about 50,000 have crossed the border. The Catholic Church's commitment to refugees.


    17/10/2017 - SYRIA

    Arab-Kurdish coalition takes infamous Raqqa square used for executions


    Decapitated and crucified bodies remained hanging on poles or from lanterns for days. The offensive of Syrian Democratic Forces (Fsd) continues in the "capital" of the Caliphate. Currently, jihadists still control 10% of the territory, including the main hospital and the stadium. The structure is used as prison and weapon storage. Highly symbolic victory for coalition.


    17/10/2017 - MYANMAR – VATICAN

    Myanmar bishops express gratitude to Pope Francis for his three gifts

    by Inviato di AsiaNews

    A solemn mass of thanksgiving is held at the Cathedral of the Immaculate Conception. For Card Charles Maung Bo, this "is a historic moment for all of us and for the Church in Myanmar”. The new nuncio, Mgr Paul Tschang In-Nam, calls on Catholics to work for national peace and reconciliation.


    17/10/2017 - VIETNAM

    Vietnamese bishops hold assembly in flood-affected Thanh Hóa diocese


    At the meeting, the new members of the Bishops' Conference introduced themselves. Preparations are underway to mark the 30th anniversary (1988-2018) of the canonisation of the 117 martyrs of Vietnam. The bishops’ ad limina visit to the pope is set for March. The prelates also met with flood victims and handed out packages with food and other items.


    17/10/2017 - INDIA

    Card Gracias highlights Amoris Laetitia's responses to the challenges of the Indian family


    Delegates from 41 dioceses attend national symposium. A "growing cultural, ideological, social and spiritual crisis” makes families feel like "a burden". There is a “spiralling rate of atrocities and violence against women” who, along with children, are victims of trafficking and exploitation. Couples in crisis "require a constructive response” because the Church never condemns anyone for eternity.


    17/10/2017 - SRI LANKA

    Sinhalese girls: Blessing to spend one’s life for others

    by Melani Manel Perera

    They created the "Supatha" group of the Holy Family four years ago. Since then, they have worked on behalf of people in distress and the environment. The desire to live as "one family" in gratitude to God.


    17/10/2017 - INDONESIA

    Jakarta’s new governor causes controversy using pejorative term

    by Mathias Hariyadi

    Using a derogatory term for ethnic Chinese, he sparks outrage among Indonesians in order to instigate a new wave of "social differentiation". Anies Baswedan is backed by the Islamist Prosperous Justice Party (PKS) and Gerindra, a nationalist party. Sectarian divisions and religion played a decisive role in his victory against his rival.


    17/10/2017 - VATICAN

    Pope: not listening to the Word of God is "foolish" and leads to corruption


    The doctors of the Law are only concerned with the external appearance of things, foolish those who follow "idols," like consumerism, foolish those Christians who have become "ideologues of Christianity." "The fool does not listen, he thinks he is listening, but he does not listen. And for this reason the Word of God cannot enter into the heart, and there is no place for love. "


    17/10/2017 - NORTH KOREA - EU

    European Union issues new sanctions against North Korea. Former official: the regime may end in a year


    Ban on sale of refined crude oil and the renewal of visas for foreign workers. Sanctions at historical levels. In the past, Pyongyang evaded them thanks to China. Now the regime is also facing internal struggles and likely to disintegrate.


    16/10/2017 - EGYPT

    Coptic priest’s murderer is a Islamist fanatic, says bishop


    For Abba Estiganous, bishop of Beba, religion is behind the murder of "martyr" Sam'an Shehata. His murderer, Mohamed Sonbaty, attacked his own relatives in the past and set fire to their home. For neighbours, he is a known radical. The Catholic Church shares the pain and offers prayers.


    16/10/2017 - KYRGYZSTAN

    Outgoing President Atambaev’s favourite candidate wins election


    These are the first elections since streets protests in 2005 and 2010. Early results give Sooronbai Jeenbekov 54.46 per cent of the vote. His rival Omurbek Babanov is at 34.2 per cent. Opinion polls had predicted a tighter race. The last days of the campaign were heated. The new president inherits a complex situation dominated by relations with Kazakhstan, the economy and security.


    16/10/2017 - CHINA

    Party Congress: opening and menu set


    The meeting will start at 9 am on 18 October in a ceremony televised live. Delegates will have a buffet with eight hot dishes and eight cold dishes, as well as rice, bread and noodles; no sea cucumbers or prawns this time in accordance with the frugality preached by Xi Jinping.


    16/10/2017 - BANGLADESH

    The late Fr Benjamin Costa, a well-known educator, is mourned in Dhaka

    by Sumon Corraya

    More than 3,000 people attended his funeral. The priest was involved in education for 35 years. He founded the country’s first Catholic university. Prime Minister Hasina and former students praise him.


    16/10/2017 - VATICAN

    Pope tells FAO to use love and solidarity against war and climate change that cause migration


    During his visit to the UN agency, Francis spoke about how food security can affect human mobility. To overcome conflicts good will, dialogue, and disarmament are needed. "There is a re-emergence of the nonchalance towards the delicate balances of ecosystems, the presumption of being able to manipulate and control the planet’s limited resources, and greed for profit,” he said. “’I am hungry, I am a stranger, I am naked, sick, confined in a refugee camp’. It is a request for justice, not a plea or an emergency call.”


    16/10/2017 - VATICAN – HINDUS

    Vatican tells Hindus that diversity is a sign of richness, not intolerance


    In its message for the Diwali party, the Pontifical Council for Interreligious Dialogue states that for lasting peace and true harmony “tolerance is not enough. What is also needed is genuine respect and appreciation for the diversity of cultures and customs within our communities, which in turn contribute to the health and unity of society as a whole. To see pluralism and diversity as a threat to unity leads tragically to intolerance and violence.”


    16/10/2017 - MYANMAR – VATICAN

    Pope Francis’s visit to Myanmar will also be a blessing for Protestant youth

    by Inviato di AsiaNews

    16/10/2017 - PAKISTAN

    Punjab, three Ahmadi men sentenced to death on blasphemy charges


    The culprits are Mubasher Ahmad, Ghulam Ahmed and Ehsan Ahmed. “The court’s verdict was unfair,” says a spokesperson for the Ahmadi community. Last week, former Prime Minister Sharif’s son-in-law called for the social boycott of the “heretic” minority.


    16/10/2017 - CHINA

    China's Communist Party expels former Justice Minister Wu Aiying

    by Wang Zhicheng

    Her expulsion happened unexpectedly. Together with her, 11 more members of the Central Committee were expelled. Eighteen members of the Central Committee and 17 non-permanent members haveb been under investigation for corruption since 2012.


    16/10/2017 - IRAQ

    Kirkuk, clashes between Iraqi and Kurdish troops. Fear of a new conflict


    The two sides exchanged artillery fire early Monday, south of the city. Baghdad aims to retake military bases and oil fields which Kurdish peshmerga fighters took in 2014 during the fightback against Isis. Three major oil fields produce some 250,000 barrels per day, accounting for 40 percent of Iraqi Kurdistan's oil exports.

     


    16/10/2017 - PHILIPPINES

    Marawi, two leaders killed in attack on the last Islamic stronghold


    About 40 militants are still fighting in a residential area near Lake Lanao. Terrorists still hold 50-100 hostages. Troops are moving forward with caution. The fighting could end by the end of this week.


    15/10/2017 - VATICAN

    Pope: a special synod for the Amazon region


    It will be held in October 2019. "The main purpose of this convocation is to identify new paths for the evangelization of that portion of God's people, especially indigenous people, often forgotten and without the prospect of a peaceful future, also because of the crisis of Amazon rainforest".


    15/10/2017 - VATICAN

    Pope: 35 new saints, people who have said yes to God with their lives


    They are mostly martyrs and related to Latin America, witnesses of the Gospel "to the end". The wedding guests in the Gospel story "are all of us". "The Lord desires us, seeks and invites us, and we does not content Himself with our fulfilling our duties and observing His laws, but wants with us to have a true communion of life, a relationship of dialogue, trust and forgiveness" .


    14/10/2017 - VATICAN

    Pope: Prayer and personal commitment to help the Pope's efforts for peace


    This is the request that Pope Francis expressed this morning in a meeting with the members of the Prayer League of Blessed Emperor Charles for peace among peoples. "The challenges of our times require the collaboration of all men of good will."


    14/10/2017 - CHINA

    Chinese museum cancels exhibit pairing Africans alongside animals


    The review titled "This Is Africa". Portraits of Africans couples with animal portraits. The author is building magnate Yu Huiping.


    14/10/2017 - VIETNAM - VATICAN

    Msgr. Leopoldo Girelli for Religious Freedom in Vietnam: 'It is a right, not a concession'

    by Quoc Tuan

    The Holy See has repeatedly reaffirmed the will to contribute "to the common good of society". There are numerous cases of aggression and threats to priests and faithful throughout the country. The 'judicial persecution' of Catholic activists. 


    14/10/2017 - AFGHANISTAN

    Afghanistan, 'the heart of martyred Asia', consecrated to Our Lady of Fatima


    The ceremony was held yesterday in Kabul. Fr. Giovanni Scalese, Ordinary to the Jurisdictional Mission: The situation is deteriorating and all we can do is turn to Heaven. Muslims are "brothers" who belong to another flock. Consecration to the Immaculate Heart helps us to live our time more consciously and in total openness to God's will.


    14/10/2017 - BANGLADESH - VATICAN

    Dhaka, Catholics prepare to welcome the pope 'nourishing the spirit'

    by di Sumon Corraya

    Pope Francis will be in Dhaka from 30 November to 2 December 2017. In all parishes, the official prayer distributed of the apostolic journey. The faithful give what they can to help organize the event.


    14/10/2017 - SRI LANKA

    In Sri Lanka, a fair to finance the distribution of the 'Good News'

    by Melani Manel Perera

    It was held last month to support the commitment of the Ceylon Bible Society, which sells the Bible at a lower cost than production. Participants: It is the responsibility of all Christians


    13/10/2017 - PHILIPPINES

    Duterte threatens the expulsion of European diplomats


    Change of strategy in the drugs war. Suppliers and "big fish" now targeted. The president removes the national police operations and attacks detractors. Consensus among Philippine electorate plummets.


    13/10/2017 - UN-ISRAEL-USA

    US and Israel leave UNESCO. Trump's doctrine dominates


    Trump is increasingly taking his distance from symbols of multilateralism. Since 2011, the United States had cut funding, accounting for 22% of the total budget. Unesco ‘s new general director to be voted today: Egypt and Qatar competing.






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    MYANMAR
    Rohingya not only group persecuted in Myanmar, Christian minorities are as well



    Ethnic Kachin, Chin and Naga endure suffering. Religious discrimination is in some cases even institutionalised. Christians are seen as the expression of a foreign religion, outside of the nationalist view. For years the military regime has applied stringent discriminatory measures.


    VATICAN - ASIA
    The world is in urgent need of the Church's mission

    Bernardo Cervellera

    October is a month devoted to awakening the call to mission among Christians. In the world there is indifference or enmity towards God and the Church. Religions are considered the source of all wars. Christianity is the encounter with a Person who changes the life of the believer and places him at the service of the wounds of the world, torn by frustrations and fratricidal wars. The example of the Patriarch of Baghdad and of the President of South Korea.


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