04/12/2016 - VATICAN
Pope: the kingdom of heaven is at hand, "in some way, it is already present" and asks for conversion
“It is to leave the convenient but misleading streets, the idols of this world – success at all costs, power at the expense of the weak, thirst for wealth, pleasure at any price –and open instead the way for the Lord who comes. He does not take away our freedom, but gives us true happiness."
03/12/2016 - SRI LANKA
President Sirisena thanks Asian bishops and the Church for their workby Melani Manel Perera
The Plenary Assembly of the Federation of Asian Bishops' Conferences is taking place in Sri Lanka. On the eve of the meeting, Sri Lanka’s president met with a delegation of bishops. Catholics promote the social and religious life of the population.
03/12/2016 - PHILIPPINES
Manila, the world's tallest monument of the Divine Mercy
The 30-metre statue of Jesus will stand in the Marialo national shrine, north of Manila. The inauguration and blessing are scheduled for 19 January 2017, during the 4th World Apostolic Congress on Mercy (WACOM). The event will draw 5,000 local and international delegates.
03/12/2016 - EGYPT
For Egyptian activist, new law is a “very harsh and not understandable” attack against NGOs operating in the country
Iman Bibars slams the new law adopted by Egypt’s parliament, which leaves scope for interpretation and corruption, and does not counter the flow of money into the coffers of extremist movements. In the end, it will harm the activities of associations working for the country’s development.
03/12/2016 - EGYPT
Egypt’s new law on NGOs is a blow to civil society and future generationsby Loula Lahham
Egypt’s parliament recently approved the bill that is now waiting for President al-Sisi’s signature. It imposes sentences of up to five years in prison and fines up to a US$ 650,000. According to critics, the law’s restrictions will have a devastating impact.
03/12/2016 - CHINA – UNITED STATES – TAIWAN
Tsai Ing-wen’s call to Trump irritates Beijing
The two presidents congratulate each other, talk about close economic, political and security relations between Taiwan and the United States. This has not happened in almost 40 years. The “US sells Taiwan billions of dollars of military equipment but I should not accept a congratulatory call," wonders Trump. Speculation is ripe about possible shifts in US policy towards Beijing.
03/12/2016 - INDIA
Open Letter from a Christian leader to Prime Minister Modi asking him to restore a cash-based economyby Sajan K George
Sajan K George writes to the head of the Indian government warning him about the dangers of withdrawing 500- and 1,000-rupee banknotes. The elimination of cash affects the whole economy, creating problems for the social system and agricultural production. Action should be taken before Christmas.
02/12/2016 - NEPAL
Poverty, emigration, the main causes of AIDS in Nepal with the sick discriminated at school and in societyby Christopher Sharma
Each year, more than a thousand cases are recorded in the Himalayan country, mostly due to unprotected sex. Migrants are infected abroad, in India and the Middle East. HIV-positive children are denied the right to an education.
02/12/2016 - AFGHANISTAN
UN reports more than half a million displaced people in Afghanistan, a record
Since 2014 the number of internally displaced persons has more than doubled, reaching 518,000. Pakistan has sent back more than 600,000 Afghan refugees. UN agency says it has received only 54 per cent of the US$ 152 million in emergency funding.
02/12/2016 - NORTH KOREA
Pyongyang slams new UN sanctions, whose effective application is doubted
The UN hopes to deprive North Korea of about US$ 700 million a year in export revenues. For North Korean authorities, this is another violation by the US-controlled United Nations. Pyongyang tells Trump that it is a nuclear power.
02/12/2016 - CHINA - VATICAN
A "quiet" ordination with an illegitimate bishop in Xichangby Wang Xiang
Again in Xichang, as in Chengdu, police deployed to ensure the participation of the excommunicated Bishop Lei Shiyin. Comment: "Chinese bishops are spineless." The Diocese of Xichang is formed by 35 thousand faithful and 10 priests. Its sisters run a leper colony.
02/12/2016 - INDONESIA
President Widodo addresses 200,000 peaceful protesters in Jakarta (Video)by Mathias Hariyadi
Organised to protest against the capital’s governor, who stands accused of blasphemy, the rally turned into a peaceful prayer meeting following the intervention of the authorities and the country’s ulema. Joko Widodo expressed his "appreciation for the large orderly crowd." Police arrested some "provocateurs" who wanted to manipulate the event to criticise the government.
02/12/2016 - VIETNAM – VATICAN
For Vietnamese bishop, no progress in religious freedom can be expected from Hanoiby Tran Vinh
Mgr Micae Hoàng Đức Oanh is critical of the recent Vatican meeting between the pope and Vietnam’s president. Official talks have been held in the past without positive results for religious freedom. The new religious law could worsen the situation. Hanoi is caught between communism and red capitalism.
02/12/2016 - HOLY SEE – ISRAEL
Vatican and Israel criticise UNESCO: no one can deny biblical history
The Joint Vatican-Rabbinate Committee slams decision to use only the Arabic name of the holy sites in East Jerusalem, denying the relationship between Jews and Temple Mount.
02/12/2016 - SRI LANKA - ASIA
Papal envoy to the Asian Bishops: The tribal families authentic Gospel schools (Photo)by Santosh Digal
Card. Toppo spoke at the Plenary Assembly of the Federation of Asian Bishops' Conferences. "Faith in the family educates its members to be followers of Jesus in spite of the challenges." The example of the family of Nazareth. The tribal families have traditions and culture that reflect the values of Christianity.
02/12/2016 - CHINA
Peng Ming, Christian ecologist and activist, dies in prison. Three other disappeared "at the risk of torture"by Wang Zhicheng
Peng Ming was sentenced to life imprisonment in 2005. In the past he had a brilliant managerial career. Later he wrote books on democracy and environmental protection against the violent industrialization in the country. He was convicted of "terrorism." Still no word on Christian lawyer Jiang Tianyong. Dissident Xie Yang beaten by prison officers. Lawyer Huang Qi and reporter Liu Fei detained by police.
02/12/2016 - IRAN - USA
US Senate approves the extension of sanctions against Tehran
02/12/2016 - THAILAND
Rama X: Thailand has a new kingby Weena Kowitwanij
Prince Vajiralongkorn was proclaimed monarch yesterday, making him the tenth ruler of the Chakri dynasty. The new king will be called Maha Vajiralongkorn Bodindradebayavarangkul, but will be known as Rama X.
01/12/2016 - LEBANON
Patriarch al-Rahi: Fr Kolvenbach, a witness of Jesuit fidelity to the Church and Lebanonby Fady Noun
The cardinal noted the special bond between the former SJ superior general and Lebanon. Since 1958, he had become an expert on Lebanon, for him a land of study and mission. He was a point of reference for priests and seminarians, young students and seniors.
01/12/2016 - IRAQ
Refugees hope to rebuild Mosul together and in harmony (Videos)by Samir Youssef
The heads of four families – one Christian, one Yazidi, one Sabian, and one Arab Muslim – talk about their fears and hopes. All four fled Mosul and region in 2014 when the Islamic state seized them. Now they wish to live together again, and rebuild an atmosphere of togetherness and harmony. No one is exempt from Islamic fanaticism. Only God can heal us and be a source of salvation. Here is second part of the conversation (the first one was published yesterday).
01/12/2016 - MONGOLIA
"Whispering the Gospel to the heart of Asia" as a model of mission for Mongolia (Photos)
Fr Giorgio Marengo is a Consolata missionary who has lived in the Asian country since 2003. His approach to evangelisation is more adapted to the complexity of the Asian context. It entails putting people and human relations at the centre of things, creating empathy and confidence. This way, the Christian witness will not remain on the surface. Karakorum, the ancient imperial capital, can thus become a place for inter-faith dialogue.
01/12/2016 - VATICAN
Pope: we are all "resistant" to grace, resistant to the Cross, which leads to redemption
Today marks the hundredth anniversary of the assassination of Blessed Charles de Foucauld, which took place in Algeria on December 1, 1916. He was "a man who overcame so much resistance and gave a witness that has done so much good for the Church. We ask you to bless us from heaven and help us to walk in your footsteps of poverty, contemplation and service to the poor ".
01/12/2016 - VATICAN
Pope asks young people to be builders of a more healthy and caring society
"Those who have the gift of being able to study also have a responsibility to serve for the good of humanity. Knowledge is an easy path to the integral development of society". "In the modern concept of the intellectual, working for the realization of self and in search of personal recognition, often without care for their neighbor, it is necessary to counter with a model built on solidarity, which works for the common good and for peace". Through "viable employment opportunities" in society, you can avoid the so-called 'brain drain'.
01/12/2016 - THAILAND
For Bangkok’s archbishop, promoting vocations is the task of all Christiansby Weena Kowitwanij
In his message for the 54th Day of prayer for vocations, Mgr Kriengsak Kovitvanitij stresses that “the family is the first institution that shapes” discernment and is important in today’s society. Everyone – parishes, catechists, priests, bishops – should contribute to the growth of the Thai Church.
01/12/2016 - KOREA - SRI LANKA - ASIA
Card. Yeom to Asian Bishops: Preach the Gospel with dedicationby Santosh Digal
The Archbishop of Seoul speaks at the Plenary Assembly of the Federation of Asian Bishops' Conferences. This year's theme is the family and its challenges. Open the doors of the Church, the sacraments and affection; reflect on children, youth and seniors; the consequences of the weakening of family relationships.
01/12/2016 - INDONESIA
Unity will defeat sectarianism: demonstrations across the country against Islamic fundamentalistsby Mathias Hariyadi
Thousands of people took to the streets in 33 provinces to defend Indonesia’s founding principle of ‘Bhinneka Tunggal Ika’, unity in diversity. Wearing red and white ribbons (the colours of the national flag) lay people, religious and members of the military sent a message to the radical movements that want to divide the country.
01/12/2016 - CHINA - VATICAN
Ankang and Chengdu ordinations: "Faith is not dead”. “Kowtow diplomacy" a failureby Shan Ren Shen Fu - Bo Duo Shen Fu
Initial reactions to the episcopal ordinations which took place yesterday. Ankang ceremony took place in a calm manner, with many bishops present, with older women who were photographed next to their new pastor. In Chengdu, the presence of an illegitimate bishop - criticized by the faithful - has turned the sacrament into a battlefield with controls and police imposing the presence of an excommunicated bishop.
01/12/2016 - SYRIA - UN
UN: Aleppo east, "one giant graveyard”, humanitarian corridors needed
The UN Under-Secretary for Humanitarian Affairs appeals to those who can "influence" the tide. The urgent need "to protect civilians" on the run "and ensure" access to the area under siege. " Opposition sources define Aleppo "one giant graveyard " as Assad's troops begin the "showdown".
01/12/2016 - ASIA
OPEC agree to reduce crude oil production for the first time in eight years
The agreement was reached in Vienna. The Petroleum Exporting Countries will cut daily oil production of 1.2 million barrels. Even Russia, not in OPEC, will remove 300 thousand barrels from the market. Thefinal agreement possible thanks to the agreement between the Iranians and Saudis.
30/11/2016 - IRAQ
Mosul refugees: the Church’s love and warmth vs the Islamic State madness (Videos)by Samir Youssef
Fr Samir spoke to four heads of family who fled in 2014 with the arrival of the Islamic State. From Christian, Yazidi, Sabian and Arab Muslim backgrounds, they recount the Jihadi violence and the difficulties of exile, along with their hopes for the liberation of Mosul. The loving help provided by the Church and the Christian community is an answer to Jihadi violence. Part one.
30/11/2016 - RUSSIA – UZBEKISTAN
Russia and Uzbekistan ink military cooperation agreement
For Russian Defence minister, terrorist “risks are not reduced but increased”. Russia and China compete in the region.
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