25 August 2016
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    25/08/2016 - RUSSIA - SYRIA - TURKEY

    Russia is not in favor of the Turkish operations in Syria against the IS, which have US backing. Moscow calls for an "extensive coordination." Russian experts: Erdogan has made it clear that the priority remains his relationship with the US.


    by Nina Achmatova

    25/08/2016 - SYRIA - TURKEY

    Rebels and Turkish army wrest Jarablus from Islamic State


    Ankara sends tanks, warplanes and military vehicles to support the rebel offensive. Fundamental also the US air cover. Biden in Ankara to boost the alliance between Turkey and the United States. But still the unresolved issue of extradition of Islamic leader Fetullah Gulen.


    24/08/2016 - SYRIA – TURKEY

    Turkey invades Jarablus: under the pretext of fighting IS, Ankara is going after the Kurds

    by Pierre Balanian

    Tanks have invaded the town across the border, in Syrian territory. Ankara "wants to hit Islamic state militants" but jihadists have already left the area. The Turkish goal is Syria’s Kurds to block the emergence of an autonomous enclave. A game of alliances is being played with the US and Turkey in a tug-of-war.


    24/08/2016 - INDIA – VATICAN

    Humans have dignity and value, Mother Teresa's message for our time

    by Thomas Menamparampil*

    The apostolic administrator in Jowai met the future saint in 1958, when he was in the seminary. What struck him was the Mother’s devotion to others, especially the poorest. Faced with the irrational process that makes humans into consuming machines, Mother Teresa cried out to the world the sacredness of the human person and soul.


    24/08/2016 - SYRIA

    Syrian patriarchs call for a lifting of sanctions because they only affect the population


    John X of Antioch, Gregory III Laham and Mar Ignatius Aphrem II call on the international community to end the siege of the Syrian people. Sanctions reinforce Syria’s isolation and affect the poorest. Turkey goes on the offensive against the Islamic State and YGP. In Al-Hasakah, government troops and Kurdish militias agree to a truce.


    24/08/2016 - ITALY - VATICAN

    Mother Teresa is already a saint. Her canonization is for us and for the world (III)

    by Sebastian Vazhakala, MC

    Recognition of Mother Teresa's holiness serves as a stimulus for the Church and for the world. It is the beginning of a journey, an invitation to a spiritual deepening and to relive the Gospel as she lived it. Prayer and love are the most powerful weapons in the world, but they must not remain words: We need gestures and witnesses. Part three of Fr. Sebastian Vazhakala's story.


    24/08/2016 - VATICAN

    Pope cancels audience: Sorrow for earthquake victims in Italy


    Francis speaks to the pilgrims gathered in the square: "I express my great sorrow and closeness to all the people present in the places struck by the quake, to all the people who have lost loved ones and to those who still feel shock, fear and terror”. The Pope invites those present to recite the Sorrowful Mysteries. The tremors that devastated the Rieti area, were felt worst in Amatrice, Accumoli and Pescara del Tronto. 21 are confirmed dead, but many are still missing.


    24/08/2016 - IRAQ - UN

    Mosul offensive "will have a huge impact, 1.2 million people at risk"


    The United Nations warn: "The humanitarian consequences of the Iraqi army offensive to wrest the metropolis of the north from the Islamic State will be devastating". An estimated 400 thousand people will flee towards the south of the metropolitan area, more 250 thousand to the east and 100 thousand north-west. Only 38% collected of the $ 584 million needed to address the emergency.


    23/08/2016 - SYRIA – CHINA

    For Chinese media, the picture of Syrian child could be a fake in the West’s "propaganda war”


    A Chinese state broadcaster questions authenticity of the Aleppo child video, seeing it as a tool to provide an humanitarian excuse to intervene in the country. The video was shot by a group close to the British military.


    23/08/2016 - YEMEN – UNITED KINGDOM – SAUDI ARABIA

    UK-Saudi Arabia arms deals create innocent victims in Yemen


    Oxfam leads the charge against the UK, guilty of violating the treaty it signed. Its weapons are used against “Schools, hospitals and homes”. For a British government spokesperson, sales meet export “criteria”. Last year, the UK sold US$ 4 billion in weapons.


    23/08/2016 - FRANCE - ISLAM

    Young Muslim: I am very pessimistic about a reform of Islam

    by Kamel Abderrahmani

    For centuries Islam has been closed in on itself creating a "holy ignorance" that blocks all introspection and development. Islamic "clergy" and the Arab states contributing to this stagnation, in their push to make Islam the state religion. Many intellectuals, thinkers, religious trying to reform Islam are hunted, persecuted, expelled, their works banned.


    23/08/2016 - ITALY - VATICAN

    Mother Teresa: Bring Jesus to the poor and the poor to Jesus. Revelations and visions (II)

    by Sebastian Vazhakala, MC

    "Will you refuse to do this for me?" Is the question that Jesus put to Mother Teresa of Calcutta in one of her mystical experiences. The life of the future saint was her response to this question. Fr. Sebastian Vazhakala continues his narrative about the Mother of Calcutta. The strength of her experience, and that of all the Missionaries and the Missionaries of Charity, is assimilation to Jesus. Love to the very end, even in times of trial.


    23/08/2016 - TURKEY - SYRIA

    Turkish raids against the Islamic State (and Kurdish militia) in Syria


    Ankara launched a series of cross border attacks against the jihadists in Jarablus and Manbij. The bombing also hit Kurdish positions. The Turkish army ready to launch an offensive against Daesh. August 20 attack jihadist response to military threat. Doubts about the identity and age of the suicide bombers.


    22/08/2016 - IRAN

    Tehran looks to Latin America to boost its economy and Rouhani’s leadership

    by Darius Karimian

    Yesterday, Iran’s foreign minister began a six-nation mission to Latin America centred on trade and diplomacy. Oil, energy, and maritime issues will dominate meetings. The region is vital for Iran’s domestic economy. The nuclear deal has not brought real benefits, helping domestic hard-liners (and Ahmadinejad). Norway opens a US$ 1 billion line of credit.


    22/08/2016 - ITALY - VATICAN

    Fr. Sebastian: My vocation from an encounter with Mother Teresa (I)

    by Sebastian Vazhakala, MC

    As a student he was destined for a banking career, but was always dominated by the desire to be a missionary to the poor of India. His encounter with Calcutta and Mother Teresa changed his life. We speak to the first missionary of charity, co-founder along with the future saint of Calcutta, of the contemplative branch of the Missionaries. First in a series.


    22/08/2016 - IRAQ

    Iraq executes 36 jihadists for Camp Speicher massacre of Shiite recruits


    The execution took place by hanging. The militiamen are members of the Islamic State, who attacked the military training base in 2014. A massacre published online by Daesh which had provoked anger and outrage in the country. Criticism of activists and pro-human rights NGOs that denounce summary trials.


    20/08/2016 - IRAQ - SYRIA

    Over 33 thousand deaths, 4,900 attacks and 11 thousand kidnappings: the numbers of the Islamic State


    A study examines the terrorist attacks between 2002 and 2015. The data includes the attacks of individuals and groups, inspired by or openly declared to have allegiance to IS. Daesh militiamen have carried out 13% of terrorist activities on a global level causing 26% of all fatalities.


    19/08/2016 - FRANCE – ISLAM

    The burkini affaire, a noose to strangle East and West

    by Kamel Abderrahmani

    The decision by seven French mayors to ban the swimsuit that covers the whole body except the face has been justified in the name of security, state secularism, and women’s dignity. However, the real security issues in France and elsewhere are in mosques, among radical clerics, and on Islamist websites. At the same time, European Muslims must re-examine their faith and adapt it to new times and places, avoiding the schizophrenia of preserving a culture of a 1,000 years ago. A young Muslim gives his opinion.


    19/08/2016 - SYRIA

    For Nuncio in Damascus, children's eyes are the mirror of the atrocities committed in Syria


    Since August, areas under siege have not received any aid. UN official calls for a halt to Aleppo bombing. The image of a child rescued from the rubble is the image of the Syrian conflict. For Mgr Zenari, there is “no light at the end of the tunnel”. A deal on “humanitarian aid” is crucial.


    19/08/2016 - IRAN – UNITED STATES

    Washington paid US$ 400 million to Iran as "leverage" in a prisoner exchange


    The Obama administration and the opposition are at odds over payment to Tehran. For the State Department, the payment was leverage to ensure prisoners released, not ransom. The money was part of a military contract with the shah before the Islamic Revolution. Republicans and the US right attack the White House.


    19/08/2016 - YEMEN

    Six hospitals evacuated in the north after Saudi bombings


    Doctors Without Borders recalls staff of six facilities, situated in the territories controlled by the Houthi rebels. MSF: difficult decision, but it has "lost confidence" in the ability of the Arab coalition to avoid civilian casualties. Since the beginning of the Saudis raids, four structures of the NGO have been hit.


    18/08/2016 - SYRIA

    Patriarch Laham: the dead in Syrian prisons, new front in "information war"


    According to Amnesty International, 18 thousand people have died in the Syrian government prisons. The head of the Greek-Melkite Church speaks of manipulated news, because "there is no access to prisons" to carry out reviews. They are revelations, he adds, of "a political nature”. The attempt to stop the new axis of Moscow, Tehran, Beijing. Summer camps and retreats in the pacified areas.


    18/08/2016 - CHINA - VATICAN

    In China-Holy See talks, silence shrouds future of underground priests

    by Zhao Nanxiong

    Later this year, all priests must register to receive a certificate that allows them to exercise their ministry. But the request has to go through the Patriotic Association, whose statutes are "incompatible" with Catholic doctrine. Many priests, official and unofficial, now face an enormous dilemma.


    17/08/2016 - IRAQ

    For the archbishop of Erbil, the feast of the Assumption brings hope for the future of Christians in Mosul (Photos)


    More than 2,000 faithful, many of them refugees, attended the solemn Eucharistic celebration. Mgr Warda speaks of a "feast for the whole community", made possible thanks to the work of dozens of young volunteers. The diocese provided free bus transportation from shelters. The situation has improved but aid is still need.


    17/08/2016 - GERMANY – TURKEY

    Berlin against Ankara over its support for Islamic terrorist groups in the Middle East


    A confidential report leaked to German broadcaster ARD indicates that the Turkish government and President Erdogan are close to Hamas, the Muslim Brotherhood and Islamic extremist movements in the region. The Turkish judiciary asks two life sentences and 1,900 years in prison for exiled Islamic leader Fetullah Gulen.


    17/08/2016 - VATICAN

    Pope. Jesus "feeds us" to make us "a visible sign of God's mercy"


    At the general audience in Paul VI Hall, Pope Francis speaks of the miracle of the loaves. "Jesus performs a miracle, but the miracle of faith, prayer, stirred by compassion and love". "While the Eucharist that we celebrate nourishes us of Christ, transforming us little by little into the body of Christ and spiritual food for our brothers". His greeting to pilgrims from the Middle East and China.


    17/08/2016 - VATICAN

    Pope set up new dicastery for the laity, the family and life


    After two months ‘ad experimentum’, Francis issues an Apostolic Letter setting up the new body with Mgr Kevin Joseph Farrell, currently bishop of Dallas, as its head. Mgr Paglia and Mgr Sequeri will be respectively the chancellor and president of the Pontifical John Paul II Institute. Mgr Paglia will also head the Pontifical Academy for Life. The Church is a "loving mother" who wants to walk in step with the times.


    17/08/2016 - CHINA - VATICAN

    Random thoughts on "imminent" China-Holy See relations

    by Cheng Zhi

    The author is a priest of the underground Church in China Eastern. A lot of media speak as if the agreements between Beijing and the Vatican were already ready. The problems of illegitimate bishops with lovers and children. Card. Tong and Card. Zen, separated only by optimism and pessimism. Doubts about the freedom that "the Chinese Empire" will grant the Church.


    17/08/2016 - SYRIA - ASIA

    Moscow, Tehran and Beijing launch anti-US front over Syrian ruins


    Russia uses air bases in Iran to bomb jihadist targets in Syria targeting Islamic State and the National Nusra Front positions. Possibility for a joint effort between Russia and the United States in Aleppo, but Washington fails to confirm it. Agreement between Beijing and Damascus to train military personnel and send Chinese humanitarian aid to Syria.


    16/08/2016 - IRAQ

    Alqosh, despite the Islamic State, the Church celebrates the first communion of one hundred children


    On the feast day of the Assumption the whole community attended the function, celebrated by Mar Sako. For the patriarchal vicar, this is an historic moment for the frontier town long threatened by jihadists. The Chaldean primate calls on children to "contribute to the community." In Kirkuk His Beatitude opened a grotto dedicated to Our Lady.






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    CHINA - VATICAN
    In China-Holy See talks, silence shrouds future of underground priests

    Zhao Nanxiong

    Later this year, all priests must register to receive a certificate that allows them to exercise their ministry. But the request has to go through the Patriotic Association, whose statutes are "incompatible" with Catholic doctrine. Many priests, official and unofficial, now face an enormous dilemma.


    IRAQ
    Alqosh, despite the Islamic State, the Church celebrates the first communion of one hundred children



    On the feast day of the Assumption the whole community attended the function, celebrated by Mar Sako. For the patriarchal vicar, this is an historic moment for the frontier town long threatened by jihadists. The Chaldean primate calls on children to "contribute to the community." In Kirkuk His Beatitude opened a grotto dedicated to Our Lady.


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