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  • 26/07/2017 - FRANCE – ISLAM

    The archbishop of Rouen led the Mass in the church where the priest was murdered. Emmanuel Macron thanks the Church of France for her "power of forgiveness". Saint-Etienne-du Rouvray has become a place of pilgrimage for Christians and Muslims.




    26/07/2017 - CHINA

    Bao Tong: Liu Xiaobo was a great Chinese patriot

    by Bao Tong

    The great statesman talks about his friendship with the great dissident, who was left to die of cancer by the authorities. Liu’s peaceful and non-violent proposals in the 2008 manifesto are almost all already in the Chinese constitution; yet Liu was convicted for "subverting state power". Bao proposes the nationalisation of the army and federalism.


    26/07/2017 - AUSTRALIA - VATICAN

    Card. Pell professes his innocence at preliminary hearing in pedophilia trial


    Today, the trial began with an administrative hearing. Although he was not required to be present, the Cardinal came to court.


    26/07/2017 - TIBET - CHINA

    Parents of young man who set himself on fire appeal to young Tibetans not to hurt themselves but to fight with education and culture


    19-year-old Tenzin Choeying set himself on fire in Varanasi. He died after a week later from 90% burns. He was cremated to at Dharamsala.

     


    26/07/2017 - MALDIVES

    Maldivian security forces lock down parliament to save president’s ally (Video)


    Troops stopped opposition MDP lawmakers from entering parliament, shoving them away. They were planning to vote on a non-confidence motion against the speaker for alleged corruption, which could have brought down the government. For opposition leader, a coup is imminent.


    26/07/2017 - VIETNAM

    Trần Thị Nga gets nine years in prison


    She had posted videos and articles accusing the state of violating human rights. None of her relatives or supporters were allowed to attend the trial. Her lawyers plan an appeal.


    26/07/2017 - PHILIPPINES

    Focolarini exported the sharing economy to Asia

    by Santosh Digal

    In 1966, the Focolare Movement set foot in Asia, starting in the Philippines. From there, it spread to Pakistan, Myanmar, Thailand, and India. It is currently involved in banking, businesses, and associations to bridge the gap between haves and have-nots through profit sharing.


    26/07/2017 - PALESTINE – ISRAEL

    Palestinian religious and political authorities continue to boycott the al-Aqsa mosque compound


    Israel has removed metal detectors, but has announced new security measures. Mahmoud Abbas wants a return to the status quo ante before things can get back to normal and talks resume. Israel’s Supreme Court rules in favour of a human rights NGO that called for the return of the bodies of the 14 July attackers.


    26/07/2017 - INDIA

    More destroyed Crosses in Goa. But the Catholic 'culprit' is already in prison

    by Nirmala Carvalho

    Last night the Caranzalem cemetery was defiled. At least 12 Crosses destroyed near the Chapel of Our Lady of Fatima. The burial site was intact when the Catholic Francis Pereira was arrested. Sajan K George: "Christians are easy targets."

     


    26/07/2017 - USA - RUSSIA

    Washington mulls new sanctions for Russia, North Korea and Iran


    The bill passed almost unanimously in the Lower House. It is now awaiting the Senate debate. It limits Trump's powers and strengthens relations with Russia. There is a stop for companies that work on gas pipelines from Russia. Clamp down on business deals with North Korea and Iran.


    26/07/2017 - PAKISTAN

    Justice and peace condemns Lahore attack: rescue young people from the demon of terrorism

    by Shafique Khokhar

    The Taliban attacker between 16 and 18 years old. Extremist groups use "our youth to bring destruction". Educator: "It's not enough to kill some suspects. Terrorism is a wrong ideology that creeps into the depths of our society. "


    25/07/2017 - INDIA

    Indian Jesuit: dismantling the myth of the 'Hindu nation'

    by George Pattery sj*

    For India, the greatest threat to freedom is the divisive ideology of Hindutva. After the first revolution that led to the emergence of a secular and democratic nation, a second revolution is now needed. The ruling government discriminates against minorities, forgets Dalits, creates fractures in society, in an attempt to impose a monolithic culture. The revival of the pluralistic spirit of India. An analysis by the Jesuit Provincial Superior for South Asia.


    25/07/2017 - SRI LANKA

    Sri Lanka: An office to find out the truth about loved ones who disappeared during the Civil War

    by Melani Manel Perera

    NGOs, some foreign governments, and civil society are pressing for it to become operational as soon as possible. For Amnesty International, "comforting words must be followed by firm action. Only justice can heal the wounds of the Srilankans ". Fernando Brito: "Muslims, Sinhalese and Tamil disappeared without distinction, and all of them had the right to live."       


    25/07/2017 - PALESTINE – UNITED NATIONS

    ‘Fun weeks' for 190,000 children in Gaza


    The "Summer Fun Weeks" programme is organized by the UN’s Palestinian Refugee Agency, and will last almost a month. It will provide a "window of hope" for children, but faces the effects of the Strip’s energy crisis.


    25/07/2017 - RUSSIA

    Exercises in Orthodox catechism in Moscow

    by Stefano Caprio

    The Biblical-Theological Commission of the Patriarchate of Moscow releases plans for official catechism of the Russian Orthodox Church. The idea of ​​catechism comes from the wisdom experienced by Russian martyrs of the faith last century. Its drafting began in the 1990s.


    25/07/2017 - TURKEY

    Trial under way against the staff of independent daily Cumhuriyet


    Seventeen writers, cartoonists and executives risk years of imprisonment if found guilty of supporting terrorist organisations. For their supporters, the charges are unfounded. The newspaper has been a thorn in the side of Erdoğan in recent years.


    25/07/2017 - IRAQ

    Europe seeks role in the political future of Iraq

    by Luca Galantini

    25/07/2017 - CHINA

    Beijing to monitor Uyghur's phones


    Since mid-July, mobile phones must have a self-monitoring app, ostensibly to fight terrorism, but in fact to scrutinise their content. This gives Chinese police the means to check out anyone. This worries human rights organisations.


    25/07/2017 - JAPAN

    The government wants to cut suicides by 30 per cent by 2025


    The goal is to reach 13 per 100,000 inhabitants. Although declining, Japan’s suicide rate is the highest in G7 countries. The suicide rate can be cut among young people through better prevention in school and social media. For the government, it is also important to improve the work environment, especially for apprentices, and monitor seniors living alone.


    25/07/2017 - FRANCE - ISLAM

    One year on from the assassination of Fr. Jacques Hamel: what has changed in France

    by Catherine Field (*)

    Commemorations for the 85-year-old parish priest whose throat was slit in front of the altar, presided by the Archbishop of Rouen, include President Emmanuel Macron, the Interior Minister and Muslim Representatives. The unity between Catholic and Muslim communities has been strengthened. But the government's fight against jihadism has many flaws. Overcrowded prisons, unemployment and marginalization are the ingredients for recruitment and radicalization.

     


    25/07/2017 - PAKISTAN

    Lahore, Christian neighborhood sealed off following Taliban bomb attack

    by Kamran Chaudhry

    Yesterday's attack was claimed by Tehreek-i-Taliban Pakistan. Access to the Bahar Colony within the area of the explosion, blocked. Nearly 50,000 Christians live in the neighborhood and there are nearly 200 churches. Bishops' study emergency aid for victims. At least 160 attacks occurred in Pakistan in 2013.

     


    25/07/2017 - ISRAEL - PALESTINE

    Israel removes metal detectors from Temple Mount


    The devices were dismantled before dawn. Netanyahu proposes to replace them with new "advanced" security technologies. The UN Security Council had asked for a solution by Friday. UN Middle East envoy: These events can create disasters far beyond the Middle East.

     


    24/07/2017 - ISRAEL – PALESTINE

    Palestinian Christians and Muslims oppose monitoring the Temple Mount/Haram al-Sharif compound


    Christians pray with Muslims. For Bernard Sabella, religion cannot and should not be a cause of conflict. Wisdom is needed to restore calm and engage dialogue, just as the pope says. For Adil Misk, Palestinian Christians and Muslims have said "no" to religious conflict. Israel has "climbed a tree and no longer knows how to come down." Muslims will not give up.


    24/07/2017 - NEPAL – INDIA

    'Bangalore Cares for Nepal' opens school for earthquake victims

    by Nirmala Carvalho

    The old school collapsed in the April 2015 earthquake. The new Jal Kalyan Vidyalay School was inaugurated on 21 July. It caters to secondary and high school students. Almost US$ 70,000 were spent on building four classrooms as well as a library and a lab.


    24/07/2017 - CHINA

    Beijing’s perfect police state harnessing big data and artificial intelligence

    by Willy Wo-Lap Lam

    Liu Xiaobo's death is expected to be a low moment for China’s pro-democracy activists. Most of its members are in jail or under house arrest. Their movements are controlled via big data. The same is true for underground Christians. The facial recognition industry is doing brisk business, fostered by the state and multinationals (including Taiwan-based ones). The old tool of volunteer-vigilantes is also in place in each neighbourhood. Orwell’s Big Brother is now a reality. Courtesy of the Jamestown Foundation.


    24/07/2017 - PHILIPPINES

    Human Trafficking in Asia: women of different religions mobilise

    by Santosh Digal

    For the first time, the role of women is highlighted as a key to prevent the new slave trade. Nearly 45 million people are victim of trafficking all over the world, nearly two thirds in Asia. For Sister Cecilian Espenilla of Talitha Kum, an organisation of Catholic women, modern slavery is opposed by all religious traditions. It is a crime against humanity and a serious offense against God.


    24/07/2017 - PAKISTAN

    Faisalabad, a Christian enslaved and slaughtered by his Muslim master

    by Shafique Khokhar

    Javed Masih was 32 years old. With his job, he was repaying a debt that his family had contracted three years ago. Contracted, he was supposed to work 24 a month. In reality he was a slave. Accused of theft, he was tortured for days. The employer's family threatens serious consequences while police refuse to open an investigation.

     


    24/07/2017 - TIMOR-LESTE

    Dili, Prime Minister Mari Alkatiri's left party wins election



    Alkatiri's Fretilin (Independent Timor-Leste Independent Front), with 30 percent of the vote, will have to form a coalition with Independence hero Gusmao's party, which has won 28 percent. In March, Francisco Guterrez was elected President. The country is undergoing a strong economic crisis with a high unemployment rate. From the maritime border treaty with Australia, hopes for discovery of oil resources.


    24/07/2017 - BANGLADESH

    Students and Caritas help flood victims in Jamalpur

    by Sumon Corraya

    The kids from Notre Dame College Mymensingh raised funds in their classrooms. According to government sources, 132 schools have been closed in Jamalpur due to flooding. Many roads are under water.


    24/07/2017 - AFGHANISTAN

    Kabul: At least 24 die in attack on Shiite district


    A car filled with explosives ploughs into a ministerial bus. The number of victims, mostly civilians, could rise.

     


    24/07/2017 - RUSSIA

    Ljudmila Alekseeva, the 'mother of human rights' turns 90

    by Vladimir Rozanskij

    She is the founder of the "Helsinki Group" in Moscow to defend human rights in the Soviet Union. She collaborated with the new course, but then dropped out. Critical of the invasion of the Crimea. She also defends the religious freedom for Jehovah's Witnesses. Vladimir Putin visited her on her birthday. She has asked for the release of Igor Izmestev, in prison for 12 years.






    Editor's choices

    CHINA - VATICAN
    60 years of the Chinese Patriotic Association: the Church subordinated to Politics

    Shan Ren Shen Fu (山人神父)

    Although in a low key - perhaps because of talks with the Vatican - the slogan for an "autonomous" and "independent" Church (from the Holy See) is completely subjugated to Party politics. Official bishops die like "state officials" far from the faithful. The Party forces its members to atheism. There are few  "witnesses" among official bishops and many  "opportunists".

     


    VATICAN
    Pope appeals for "moderation and dialogue" in Jerusalem



    At the Angelus Francis, concerned about the violence in the Holy City, asks all to pray "so that the Lord may inspire intentions of reconciliation and peace in all." Evil and good are "intertwined" in each of us, and it is not for man to distinguish or judge.


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