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  • 24/11/2017 - INDIA

    State elections are slated for 9 and 14 December. In a letter, the archbishop of Gandhinagar urges the faithful “to pray for good leaders", noting “a growing sense of insecurity among the minorities”. However, reciting the Holy Rosary “will be of great help".




    24/11/2017 - VATICAN

    Migrants are not just Pope Francis’s obsession

    by Bernardo Cervellera

    In his 2018 Message for World Peace Day, the pontiff cites John Paul II and Benedict XVI, who called for openness towards migrants and refugees and action to build the world as a "common home". Migrants are not just an economic burden, but are also players in "building peace", full of "courage, skills, energy, and aspirations." By visiting Romani people, Pope Paul VI showed the way.


    24/11/2017 - SRI LANKA

    Mgr Emmanuel Fernando, the new bishop of Mannar, in the service of Tamils

    by Melani Manel Perera

    Pope Francis appointed him bishop two days ago. He will meet diocese’s staff to understand its most urgent needs. The province is still feeling the consequences of the country’s civil war. The new bishop plans to continue in the footsteps of his predecessors. Politics and religion do not mix, but it is urgent to defend people.


    24/11/2017 - VATICAN

    Pope: Fr. Czerny, Peace Message urges the care of our common home


    "Decision-makers should establish practical measures to welcome, protect, promote and integrate “and – so far as the good of their own community, rightly understood, permits – to further the aims of those who may wish to become members of a new society." At the same time, newcomers must not forget that they have a duty to respect the laws, culture and traditions of the countries where they are welcomed. "


    24/11/2017 - CHINA – MYANMAR – BANGLADESH

    Rohingya Crisis: Will China’s Mediation Succeed?

    by Sudha Ramachandran*

    Beijing’s intervention in the Rakhine conflict conceals economic and political interests. Beijing has already invested tens of billions in the region, building a deep-sea port for cargo ships, as well as oil and gas pipelines to Yunnan. Rakhine is an important component in Beijing’s Belt and Road Initiative. Bangladesh is the second largest importer of Chinese weapons. Mediation will be difficult and may cause more violence.


    24/11/2017 - VATICAN

    Pope: to welcome, protect, promote and integrate those who are forced to migrate


    In the message for the World Day of Peace, Francis states that all members of the one human family have the same rights to the goods of the earth, even migrants. "Those who, for what may be political reasons, foment fear of migrants instead of building peace are sowing violence, racial discrimination and xenophobia, which are matters of great concern for all those concerned for the safety of every human being."


    24/11/2017 - BANGLADESH - MYANMAR

    Bangladesh and Myanmar sign agreement on Rohingya repatriation


    Dhaka authorities expect the repatriation to commence within two months. Aung San Suu Kyi has promised that transfers will be "safe and voluntary". Activists are concerned about the conditions of refugees, who no longer have the villages to return to.


    23/11/2017 - VATICAN

    Pope: praying for peace “in all lands devastated by war”


    Francis led a prayer service for peace in South Sudan and the Democratic Republic of Congo. May the Lord “protect children who suffer from conflicts in which they have no part, but which rob them of their childhood and at times of life itself.  How hypocritical it is to deny the mass murder of women and children!”


    23/11/2017 - ​MYANMAR - VATICAN

    “Hectic hours” before pope's arrival in Yangon, Catholics to help pilgrims

    by Paolo Fossati

    Some 200,000 people are expected at the solemn Mass at Kyaikkasan Grounds, including Buddhist and Muslim leaders. Some 6,000 kids will take part in the Mass for young people the next day. Filipinos, Australians and Thais are also expected for Pope Francis’ apostolic journey. From our correspondent.


    23/11/2017 - INDIA – THAILAND

    Caritas Asia meets in Bangkok

    by Nirmala Carvalho

    Catholics reflect on how best to respond to emergencies. For Fr Frederick D'Souza, executive director of Caritas India, charities should "never forget the biological needs of women and girls." Caritas is helping the Rohingya.


    23/11/2017 - SRI LANKA

    Colombo school helps families and children’s ward for World Day of the Poor

    by Melani Manel Perera

    Students from the Holy Family Convent school in Colombo helped two needy families and the Children’s Ward in the Cancer Hospital in Maharagama. Students funded the three deeds with money from ticket sales to fellow students of a play, the ‘Horror House’, which they performed.


    23/11/2017 - PAKISTAN

    Pakistan’s religious minorities underrepresented

    by Kamran Chaudhry

    Communities already living in fear suffer discrimination. Activists and politicians complain that whilst the number of seats in national and provincial assemblies has increased, reserved minority seats have not. Catholic bishops note that the current electoral system does not represent their communities. One lawmaker complains that her fellow parliamentarians are indifferent to the issue.


    23/11/2017 - VATICAN

    Pope: Women as defenders from the ideological colonization that indoctrinates young people


    Old and new dictatorships take liberty and memory to impose an educational system. It is the mothers and women, the keepers of memory, of the dialect, "able to defend the history of a people" and "to convey the faith" which "theologians will explain".


    23/11/2017 - BANGLADESH - VATICAN

    Cardinal D'Rozario: Pope’s principal aim in Dhaka trip is not the Rohingya

    by Sumon Corraya

    The pontiff will visit Bangladesh from 30 November to 2 December. "The pope expressed the desire to come two years ago, when the refugee crisis had not broken out." Over 620,000 Muslims have fled the Rakhine State in Myanmar.


    22/11/2017 - INDIA

    Movie sparks Hindu nationalist protest, Bollywood star gets death threats


    A local BJP politician offers rich reward to have actress Padukone and director Bhansali beheaded. Padmatavi’s premiere has been postponed indefinitely. Alleged romantic scenes between a 13th century Hindu queen and a Muslim invader are the cause of the controversy.


    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. "


    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 - INDIA

    Carmelites in Baroda celebrate the Presentation of Mary to the temple through prayers

    by Nirmala Carvalho

    The cloistered nuns live in the Prem Jyot (Light of Love) monastery. For the mother prioress, the service of contemplative nuns is “prayer”. Pope Francis "never ceases to invite us to ‘meet Christ’.”


    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 - BANGLADESH - VATICAN

    Dhaka: Waiting for Pope Francis, Catholics recall John Paul II’s visit

    by Sumon Corraya

    The Polish pontiff went to the capital of Bangladesh on November 19, 1986, and ordained 19 priests. Some of them recall the moment of consecration, embrace, and touch of his hands. "He preached a society free from violence."


    20/11/2017 - SRI LANKA

    Road accident sparks renewed tensions between Buddhists and Muslims in Sri Lanka


    At least 66 homes, 26 shops, two mosques and 16 vehicles were damaged or torched. Police arrest 24 people for inciting ethnic violence. Disorders come as the United Nations Human Rights Council releases its review. Minorities are still in danger.


    20/11/2017 - PAKISTAN – CHINA

    Pakistan’s decision to build dam without Beijing reveals in cracks in the Belt and Road Initiative


    Pakistan is the second country in a few days to cancel a deal with China. Beijing wants sovereign guarantees, but refuses public tenders. Concerns are raised about the quality of Chinese equipment. The use of Chinese workers displaces locals, causing a significant political fallout.


    20/11/2017 - UNITED NATIONS – SRI LANKA

    Sri Lanka accepts 177 recommendations made by United Nations Human Rights Council


    At the Universal Periodic Review at the UN headquarters in Geneva, the head of the Sri Lankan delegation asks for patience with respect to the implementation of reforms. Critics exert pressure on issues like the people who went missing during the civil war, the return of seized lands, and the release and compensation for those unjustly accused of terrorism. Human Rights Watch also calls for action in matters of sexual orientation and gender identity.


    20/11/2017 - INDIA

    Sajan K George: arrested Christians, India’s vulnerable

    by Nirmala Carvalho

    On November 19 some Pentecostals arrested in Madhya Pradesh; on November 15 an evangelical in Chhattisgarh. The leader of the Global Council of Indian Christians seeks protection for the celebrations of November 26, Solemnity of Christ the King.


    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 - INDIA

    For Card Gracias, World Day of the Poor is an opportunity to be a “Church of the Poor for the Poor”

    by Nirmala Carvalho

    The ACTS project has been launched to provide help to the needy, involving all of the parishes of Mumbai archdiocese. The cardinal will share a meal with the poor. Caritas India launches an initiative to counter child malnutrition.


    18/11/2017 - NEPAL

    Business people flee abroad to escape the money requests of political parties

    by Christopher Sharma

    Nepalis will go to the polls on 26 November and 7 December. Voters are called to renew the federal and provincial parliaments. Some 96 parties have registered. Requests for donations also come from “ different currents within the same party".






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    ​MYANMAR - VATICAN
    “Hectic hours” before pope's arrival in Yangon, Catholics to help pilgrims

    Paolo Fossati

    Some 200,000 people are expected at the solemn Mass at Kyaikkasan Grounds, including Buddhist and Muslim leaders. Some 6,000 kids will take part in the Mass for young people the next day. Filipinos, Australians and Thais are also expected for Pope Francis’ apostolic journey. From our correspondent.


    YEMEN
    The genocide of Yemen:First bombs, now hunger, thirst and cholera

    Pierre Balanian

    The coalition led by Riyadh blocks the arrival of fuel needed to run the wells. Over a million people without water in Taiz, Saada, Hodeida, Sana'a and Al Bayda. According to UNICEF, 1.7 million children suffer from acute malnutrition”; 150,000 children are likely to die in the coming weeks. The silence and neglect of the international community. The threat of hitting crude-cargo ships. Yesterday, Saudi Arabia allowed the reopening of Sana'a airport and Hudayda port, but only for humanitarian aid. An insufficient measure.


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