20/10/2016 - CHINA
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.
by Wang Zhicheng
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 - 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 - 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
It’s not enough to read the Gospel and study the catechism. We have to be like St. Paul and "plunge" into the "immense sea that is the person of Christ."
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 - 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
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.
19/10/2016 - VIETNAM - USA
Vietnam "will support the US intervention in the Asia-Pacific"
Announcement made by General Nguyen Chi Vinh, deputy defense minister, after meeting with an American delegation. Hanoi will accept Washington's influence in the region "as long as it will bring peace and prosperity". After the cooling of relations with Thailand and the Philippines, the United States reaches out to Vietnam to cut off Beijing’s ambitions.
18/10/2016 - SRI LANKA
Activists distributed seeds start farming on seized land in Paanamaby Melani Manel Perera
Two organisations donated seeds to grow peanuts, red beans and corn. The government of former President Rajapaksa had seized the lands of coastal villages to develop tourism. Many residents are still living in tents.
18/10/2016 - INDIA
Mgr Barwa’s deep sorrow over 20 people who died in Bhubaneshwar hospitalby Nirmala Carvalho
A fire broke out due to a short-circuit. Carbon monoxide spread to dialysis and intensive care units, killing hapless patients. The ventilation system helped the poisonous gas spread. The archbishop of Cuttack-Bhubaneshwar prays for the families of the victims.
18/10/2016 - VATICAN-ASIA
The "enemies" of Pope Francisby Bernardo Cervellera
The charge made against AsiaNews that we are against the Pope and in favor of Putin, is an opportunity to outline what motivates our commitment to evangelization. And also to ask for greater professionalism from those who write about the Pope. The Pope does not need public defenders. Facilitating dialogue between "conservatives" and "progressives" to realize the Council and concern ourselves with the world so that it encounters Jesus Christ. Christ’s “enemies” were also his "friends."
18/10/2016 - VATICAN
Pope: The shepherd who follows Jesus, although abandoned by everyone, always has the Lord by his side
At the end of their lives apostles, prophets and martyrs experienced loneliness, difficulties, they were stripped, abandoned, but the Lord remained by their side. "Pray for the pastors who are at the end of their lives and who are waiting for the Lord to take them with Him."
18/10/2016 - PAKISTAN
Mgr Rufin Anthony, "Sufi" bishop of Islamabad-Rawalpindi, diesby Kamran Chaudhry
The prelate, 76, died from a heart attack. He was found at his home by some priests. Famous for his mystical lifestyle, he eliminated the divisions among the priests of the diocese. He had been apostolic administrator and rector of the minor seminary in Faisalabad.
18/10/2016 - MYANMAR
Card Bo slams renewed fighting as “not acceptable,” calls for renewed dialogue
The Archbishop of Yangon appeals to the nation after fighting breaks out again in Kachin and Karen states. To achieve peace, “War can never be just” he says. Hoping that the Panglong Conference "is not a false dawn,” he calls for “religious leaders” to be “part of all peace initiatives.”
18/10/2016 - YEMEN - UN
Conflict in Yemen: UN announces a 72 hour ceasefire
Cessation of hostilities begins 23.50 on October 19. Possible "renewal" in following days. The parties involved in the war have ensured compliance with the agreement. The objective is to avoid "further bloodshed" and encourage "the delivery of humanitarian aid."
18/10/2016 - BANGLADESH
Killer of "atheist" blogger seeks forgiveness
Rashidun Nabi Bhuiyan is a member of the Ansarullah Bangla Team militant group, banned by the authorities. He was arrested on October 16 , he now unexpectedly says he is “sorry" for the murder. The blogger Nazimuddin Samad was punished for criticizing radical Islam on Facebook.
18/10/2016 - RUSSIA
Ultra-conservativism chosen path of Russia’s eliteby Aleksei Levinson
Europe alarmed by the Third World War tones in mainstream media in Russia describing the current escalation of tension between Moscow and Washington on Syria. The militarist propaganda is not new in Putin's Russia and is part of the new ultra-conservative ideology, adopted by the leadership of the country to maintain the status quo. Below, an article which appeared in the Moscow Times signed by Aleksei Levinson, a sociologist with the independent polling Levada institute.
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