23 November 2017
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  • 22/11/2017 - YEMEN

    People unknown knocked down crosses and tombstones, including those of Mother Teresa's nuns, killed in March 2016. For Mgr Hinder, this is serious, confirming the country’s “ongoing difficult situation and violence." The Saudi blockade puts at risk “the survival of people”.




    22/11/2017 - VATICAN

    Pope: When we go to Mass, it is as if we were going to Calvary


    The celebration is "entering" in the passion, death, resurrection, ascension of Jesus. It is not time to chat, take photographs, comment. "Every celebration of the Eucharist is a ray of sun without sunset, that is the Risen Christ Jesus. Participating in the Mass, especially on Sunday, means entering the Risen One's victory, being illuminated by his light, warmed by his warmth. "


    22/11/2017 - LEBANON

    Saad Hariri returns to Beirut


    After landing at the airport, he wanted to pay homage to his father Rafic's tomb. Today he will participate in the Independence Day Parade with Michel Aoun and Nabih Berri. His party meets in front of his home.


    21/11/2017 - VATICAN

    For Pope, martyrdom is medicine against cultural and ideological colonisation


    During the Mass at Casa Santa Marta, Pope Francis warned against “new things” that destroy the traditions, history, and religion of a people. Martyr Eleazar was a "root" for the young and the future of his people.


    21/11/2017 - VATICAN - CHINA

    'Art Diplomacy': two exhibits at the Vatican Museums and Beijing’s Imperial Palace


    Two Chinese officials – Zhu Jiancheng, secretary general of the China Culture Investment Found, and Maestro Zhang Yan – took part in the announcement at the Holy See Press Office. Zhang has given Pope Francis two paintings. The parallel exhibits will have two different names: ‘Beauty unites us’ in the Vatican, and ‘Contemporary Sino-Vatican Exhibit’ in China. The pope is compared to a sacred mountain.


    21/11/2017 - VATICAN - BANGLADESH

    Pope to the people of Bangladesh: I come to proclaim Christ’s message of reconciliation (Video)


    Pope Francis's video message for his upcoming pastoral journey from November 30 to 2 December. The Pope emphasizes that his visit wants to confirm the Christian community, but he also places great importance on meeting with religious leaders. 


    21/11/2017 - SYRIA - RUSSIA

    Syrian conflict, Putin and Assad celebrate success in fight against terrorism


    The Kremlin leader acclaims "results" achieved. For Moscow, the "definitive" defeat of the rebel groups is imminent and it is time to "shift" attention to the "political process". On Putin's agenda consultations with Trump and Qatari emir.


    20/11/2017 - LEBANON - FRANCE

    Hariri announces impromptu visit to Cairo and renews his promise of a return to Lebanon


    In the next few hours, the former Lebanese premier should leave Paris for Cairo. A meeting with Egyptian President al-Sisi is scheduled. His return to Lebanon scheduled for November 22, for independence celebrations. After speaking with Aoun, he should clarify the future.


    20/11/2017 - ISRAEL - PALESTINE

    Israeli soldier Elor Azaria, who shot defenceless Palestinian, denied pardon


    Israeli President Rivlin denies pardon. The 18-month sentence is indulgent, any further lessening of the sentence would damage the armed forces and Israel. The case creates divisions in civil society. Azaria has never shown remorse.


    19/11/2017 - VATICAN

    Pope hopes that Lebanon can continue to be a message of respect and coexistence


    People should not be afraid of God, as if he were "a master who wants to punish us". For the pope, “Jesus has always shown us that God is not a stern and intolerant master, but a father full of love, tenderness, and goodness. Therefore, we can and must have immense trust in Him.” The pontiff also urged “drivers to be prudent and respect the rules as the first form of protection of themselves and others.”


    19/11/2017 - VATICAN

    Taking care of the poor is an “evangelical duty”, pope says


    Francis celebrated Mass on the First World Day of the Poor noting that "God will not ask if we felt righteous indignation, but whether we did some good.” The “great sin” against the poor is “indifference”, turning away “from a brother or sister in need,” growing “indignant at evil but do[ing] nothing about it.” For the pope, “God will not ask if we felt righteous indignation, but whether we did some good.”


    18/11/2017 - VATICAN

    Pope: not everything that is technically possible is ethically acceptable


    Great progress in science raises "great and serious" questions. “Scientific and technological progress is needed for the good of all humanity, and its benefits cannot only profit a few”.


    18/11/2017 - IRAN

    Innovative start-ups hit the new Silk Road to boost Iran’s economy and development


    Silk Road Start-up competition is the first public-private initiative. Iran and foreign and experts travelled 4,000 kilometres to seven cities to evaluate hundreds of projects. The final event is set for early 2018 on Kish Island.


    17/11/2017 - LEBANON – SAUDI ARABIA – FRANCE

    As Paris gets ready to welcome the Lebanese PM, the Hariri affairs has a happy end

    by Fady Noun

    Tomorrow the outgoing Lebanese prime minister is set to leave Saudi Arabia for France. Doubts remain about his future and that of his government. President Aoun’s protection boosts the bond with his "adoptive son". The Saudis maintain their goals on Lebanon as Europe, the United States and Iran want Lebanon’s stability.


    17/11/2017 - SAUDI ARABIA – ISRAEL

    Israeli general tells Saudi paper that Saudi Arabia has never been Israel’s enemy


    Signs of Saudi-Israeli rapprochement are growing. General Gadi Eisenkot talks about intelligence co-operation with Arab countries against Iran, the common enemy.


    17/11/2017 - VATICAN

    Pope: It is good to think every day when that 'the Lord will call me'


    For some this call will be sudden, for others after a long illness, we do not know. But "the call will be there!" And it will be a surprise, but then there will be the other surprise of the Lord: eternal life. For this reason, "the Church in these days tells us: stop a little, stop and think about death."


    17/11/2017 - SYRIA - RUSSIA - UN

    Moscow blocks the prolongation of UN investigations on Damascus's use of chemical weapons


    Russia exercises the right of veto in the Security Council. The US-led resolution calls for a 12-month extension of the joint committee's work. Today, a motion from Japan proposing the extension of 30 days. Tensions rise between Moscow and Washington.


    16/11/2017 - IRAQ

    Bishop Warduni calls for a new constitution for the rebirth of a secular and united Iraq


    For the Chaldean Church, it is crucial to revamp the foundational charter of the state on the basis of the principles of equality and human rights. Some sharia-based rules are unacceptable in a modern and civilian state. The conflict between Arabs and Kurds, and between Erbil and Baghdad, is likely to trigger a new Christian exodus.


    16/11/2017 - VATICAN

    Pope says euthanasia is always wrong, but so is overzealous treatment


    Francis sends a message to a meeting on end-of-life in which he says the sick must be accompanied with love in the last phase of their life, given information and allowed to decide. This requires “careful discernment of the moral object, the attending circumstances, and the intentions of those involved”. From this perspective, palliative care plays a major role.


    16/11/2017 - VATICAN

    Pope: God's kingdom is not ‘a spectacle, the Holy Spirit cultivates it out of sight


    The kingdom of God is always "a surprise" because it is "a gift given by the Lord". Jesus explains that "the kingdom of God does not come to attract attention, and no one will say, 'Here it is, or there it is.'" "It's not a show or even worse."


    16/11/2017 - LEBANON - SAUDI ARABIA

    Saudi media on Card Raï’s visit.: Fraternity and peace in the shadow of the Hariri affair


    The first visit by a Christian leader to the ultra-conservative kingdom echoed in the local media. Some published a photo that clearly shows the cross, which is usually forbidden to show in public. The commentators insist on fraternal relations between the two countries and the role of religions in the perspective of peace and extremism. But the knot of the "kidnapping" and resignation of the Lebanese premier remains.


    15/11/2017 - LEBANON – SAUDI ARABIA

    For Aoun, Hariri's abduction represents Saudi aggression against Lebanon

    by Pierre Balanian

    Hariri's promise to return to Lebanon has not been kept. The abduction of the prime minister is an attack on the "independence and dignity" of the country. The Lebanese were disappointed that they did not see any member of Hariri’s family during his meeting with Patriarch al-Rahi. French representatives are on their way to Riyadh. Iranian President Rouhani attacks Saudi Arabia for asking Israel to "bomb the Lebanese people."


    15/11/2017 - IRAN

    As expression of solidarity pour in for earthquake victims, questions are raised about construction standards


    The number of victims keeps rising, topping 530. Rouhani pledges immediate action. Expressions of solidarity pour in from around the world. Doubts are emerging about the quality of the buildings constructed under Ahmadinejad's government. Since 1990, almost 100,000 people have died in earthquakes.


    15/11/2017 - VATICAN

    Pope: Mass is 'prayer', 'not time to talk'


    "Silence is so important. remember what I said last week: we do not go to a show: we go to meet with the Lord and silence prepares us and accompanies us. Being in silence together with Jesus. "


    15/11/2017 - LEBANON - SAUDI ARABIA

    Riyadh, Hariri meets Maronite Patriarch and promises he will soon return to Lebanon


    The historic visit of Card. Raï to Saudi Arabia, where he met King Salman and the hereditary prince. Commenting on his meeting with the former premier, he emphasizes that he understands the "motives" for his resignation. Emphasis placed on the common commitment to peace in the region and the fight against terrorism, together with the historic "friendship" between the two countries.


    14/11/2017 - VATICAN

    Pope to mark World Day of the Poor, with lunch for 1,500


    More than four thousand indigent will attend Mass. They will come from Rome and from Lazio, diocese including Paris, Lyon, Nantes, Warsaw, Krakow, Malines-Brussels and Luxembourg. Among the initiatives, a medical field hospital set up near the Vatican that will carry out free clinical tests, specialist medical examinations in cardiology, dermatology, infectivity, gynaecology and andrology.


    14/11/2017 - IRAQ

    Iraqi Priest: Situation for Christians in Mosul worse than when Isis arrived


    Arab-Kurdish and Sunnis-Shia clashes hinder the return of refugees. High danger of new violence, families spend the night in their cars and the children are traumatized. Fr Samir: serious economic problems, lack of food and heating oil, while governments and NGOs have suspended aid.  We need a "miracle".


    14/11/2017 - IRAN - IRAQ

    Toll of earthquake victims rises, thousands in the cold. The Pope's condolences


    Prayers for the victims and those who have lost their loved ones. "Consolation and strength" to the authorities involved in rescue operations. In Iran, there are over 450 dead and 7,000 injured. Thousands spent the night in the frost.


    14/11/2017 - SYRIA - RUSSIA - TURKEY

    Dozens of civilian casualties in an air raid on the rebel city of Atareb


    The provisional toll is 53 dead, but the figure is expected to increase given the many serious injuries. It is still uncertain who is responsible for the raid: local activists say they were Syrian jets  or Russian aircraft. The area falls within the de-escalation zones. Putin and Erdogan relaunch diplomatic efforts for peace in the country.


    13/11/2017 - LEBANON – SAUDI ARABIA

    Saad Hariri’s interview tears confirm the doubts of the Lebanese

    by Pierre Balanian

    Hariri gives an interview to Paula Yacoubian after a week of silence following his resignation. Saudi TV carried it live, Lebanese broadcasters did not. Hariri shed some tears when he wasld that the Lebanese want him to come home. His wife and children, who live in Saudi Arabia, have received threats. Saudi Arabia have called for Lebanon to be neutral in the region.






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    HONG KONG - CHINA - VATICAN
    Mass for a deceased underground priest. Card. Zen asks for God ‘s grace to save the Church in China and the Holy See from the 'precipice'

    Li Yuan

    Fr. Wei Heping, 41, died in mysterious circumstances, his body dumped in a river in Taiyuan (Shanxi). For the police claim he committed suicide. Family members are not allowed to even see the autopsy report. For Card. Zen the Holy See (which "is not necessarily the Pope") seeks a compromise at all costs with the Chinese government, risking "to sell out the faithful Church". Justice and Peace publish a booklet about Fr. Wei, not to forget.


    VATICAN - ITALY
    Pope: No more war, its only fruit is death, 'our self-destruction'



    Marking the Feast of All Souls, Francis celebrated Mass at the American Cemetery in Nettuno. "When so many times in history men think of a war, they are convinced of bringing a new world, they are convinced of making a 'spring'. It ends in a winter, ugly, cruel, with the reign of terror and death."


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