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    24/09/2016 - VATICAN – FRANCE

    In his meeting victims of the terrorist attack in Nice on 14 July and their relatives, Pope Francis encouraged religious groups to entertain fraternal relations and refuse hatred. As a token of the who were killed, the pope received the gift of 86 flowers. Some secularists and environmentalists criticised the meeting. Muslim and Jewish leaders express their appreciation.

    24/09/2016 - INDONESIA

    Jakarta’s Christian governor is Islamists’ "common enemy" in upcoming elections

    by Mathias Hariyadi

    Campaigning for the post of Jakarta’s governor starts today. Election is set for July 2017. Outgoing Governor Basuki "Ahok" Tjahaja Purnama, an ethnic Christian Chinese is seeking re-election. He is backed by the country’s second largest party, but opposed by radical Islamic parties because of his faith and for his fight against corruption.

    23/09/2016 - INDONESIA

    Islamic radicals in Makassar tell Protestant church it does not have the right to a building permit

    by Mathias Hariyadi

    Ethnic Toraja attend the parish church. Pastor says it has “proper papers” and saw the mayor visit.

    23/09/2016 - INDIA - PHILIPPINES

    "Couples for Christ", from the Philippines to Odisha give strength to Catholic families

    by p. Purushottam Nayak*

    A retreat for the enrichment of marriage was held in Bhubaneshwar. Five members of ‘Couples for Christ from the Philippines and two from Bangalore, Karnataka, led the event. The lay movement was established in Manila in 1981. It obtained Vatican recognition in 2005 as a private international association for lay faithful.

    23/09/2016 - ASIANEWS SYMPOSIUM

    Mother Teresa, Mercy for Asia and for the world (VIDEO)

    We publish the video recordings of the presentations made at the international symposium organised by AsiaNews on 2 September. In order of appearance: Fr Ferruccio Brambillasca, PIME Superior General; Card Fernando Filoni, Prefect of the Congregation of Propaganda Fide; Sr Mary Prema, Superior General of the Missionaries of Charity; Father Brian Kolodiejchuk, postulator of the Cause of Mother Teresa; Card Oswald Gracias, archbishop of Mumbai; Fr John A. Worthley, on the influence of Mother Teresa in China; a witness to the influence of Mother Teresa in the Islamic world; and Mgr Paul Hinder, Apostolic Vicar of Southern Arabia.

    23/09/2016 - VIETNAM

    Hanoi, Catholic blogger Nguyen Huu Vinh back in prison

    He must serve five years in prison. He was sentenced along with his assistant for having "violated the interests of the state" by publishing articles online. The defense lawyers argue that the trial was not democratic: "The accusation is based on false evidence, and under the current Penal Code Vinh is innocent."


    22/09/2016 - VATICAN

    Pope: "greed, vanity and pride are the root of all evil"

    "Our soul can be consumed by two types of worry: a good one gifted us by the Holy Spirit, that spurs an anxious soul to do good things" and a "bad worry, one that is born of a guilty conscience".


    22/09/2016 - RUSSIA - VATICAN

    The Catholic-Orthodox Joint Commission reaches agreement on synodality and primacy

    by Nina Achmatova

    The announcement on website of Moscow Patriarchate's Department for External Church Relations, on the eve of the closing of the Plenary Session in Chieti. Orthodox Russians hope that focus of dialogue will now turn to Uniate question.

    22/09/2016 - INDONESIA

    Floods in West Java: 23 dead and 18 missing

    by Mathias Hariyadi

    The toll is still provisional. Torrential rains started two days ago, causing the Cimanuk river to burst its banks and several landslides. Thousands of homes submerged by the waters, people seek refuge on rooftops. The Agency for Environmental Disasters is searching for the missing and working to distribute basic necessities to the displaced. The provincial governor blames excessive deforestation.


    21/09/2016 - INDONESIA

    US researchers report 100,000 haze-related deaths due to fires in Indonesia

    A study by researchers from Harvard and Columbia University shows the damages caused by last year’s haze emergency in Indonesia, Singapore, and Malaysia. The study presents data on excess adult mortality caused by PM 2.5. Indonesia’s Environment Ministry has not yet commented. Malaysia has rejected the finding. “We didn’t find any increase in the number of acute respiratory ailments”.

    21/09/2016 - VIETNAM

    Fr Joseph Trần Sy Tin, a life spent in the service of tribal Jarai

    by Thanh Thuy

    The Redemptorist priest arrived in the diocese of Kontum in 1969, along with some fellow priests. He studied the local language and won the trust of the population. After the hard years of war and an arrest by the Communists, he saw the flowering of baptisms. He baptised a thousand in the mountains; now Catholics are present in 90 villages. The Redemptorists run three missionary centres that have 24,000 faithful.

    21/09/2016 - VATICAN

    Pope: "If God has forgiven me why do I do not forgive others? Am I greater than God? "

    At the General Audience Francis says that "merciful love is the only way forward", "we must be more merciful, we must not speak ill of others, or tease others with criticism, with envy with jealousies, forgive, be merciful, live our life in love and give".


    21/09/2016 - THAILAND

    Giant lizard emergency in Bangkok

    The population of reptiles, up to three meters long, is out of control. No longer manageable, they roam Lumpini park scaring and threatening pedestrians and cyclists. The authorities have organized a task force to reduce the number of specimens. Those caught will be moved to a nearby nature reserve.


    20/09/2016 - ITALY – VATICAN

    Pope in Assisi says "Peace alone, and not war, is holy"

    "In war, everyone loses, including the victors" is the message that ended the day in Assisi where religious leaders of most of the world prayed again for peace. “We do not have weapons. We believe, however, in the meek and humble strength of prayer.” In the appeal for peace 2016, men and women of various religions called for “encounters through dialogue, [. . .] to oppose every form of violence and abuse of religion which seeks to justify war and terrorism

    20/09/2016 - ITALY – VATICAN

    Pope in Assisi says Christians should live close "to those who are now living crucified"

    Francis says his meditation at the ‘Thirst for Peace: Faiths and Cultures in Dialogue’ meeting. "The victims of war, which sullies people with hate and the earth with arms, plead for peace; our brothers and sisters, who live under the threat of bombs and are forced to leave their homes into the unknown, stripped of everything, plead for peace.”

    20/09/2016 - PHILIPPINES

    For Card Quevedo, terrorism has no God, a new evangelisation is needed

    The Archbishop of Cotabato, in the heart of the predominantly Muslim Mindanao, condemns the actions of Abu Sayyaf, calling its members “practical atheists” who have “inadequate knowledge” of their own religion. Many Christians also “do not know the Bible very well”. They say they know “Christ and his teachings” but show “a stark dichotomy between belief and practice”.

    20/09/2016 - THAILAND

    Events and sports: Bangkok celebrates National Youth Day

    by Weena Kowitwanij

    20/09/2016 - VATICAN

    Pope: War is the work of evil, there is no "god of war"

    At Mass celebrated before leaving for Assisi, Francis says that religions, overcoming their divisions, are to pray for peace in the common belief that "God is peace." ". "We frightened" by "some act of terrorism" but "this has nothing to do with what happens in those countries, in those lands where the bombs fall and fall day and night" and "kill children, old, men, women…".


    UN’s first summit for the world’s 65 million refugees

    The goal is to have 193 member states sign the ‘New York Declaration’, a joint charter to coordinate aid for “refugees and migrants". However, some states might undermine it for “self-serving interests”. Ban Ki-moon reminds the world that 86 per cent of refugees are in the developing world.

    19/09/2016 - PHILIPPINES

    Duterte using the rhetoric of the "good father" and the military to establish a dictatorship

    The Filipino president has called for a six-month extension to his "war on drugs" which, so far, has resulted in more than 3,000 deaths. Despite his wish, he “cannot kill them all”, he said. Analyst told AsiaNews that his “first steps after coming to power closely resemble those of former dictator Ferdinand Marcos,” acting as “loving father of the nation” whilst seeking “military backing”. For Card Tagle, “We are here for you. Let us not waste life."

    19/09/2016 - VATICAN

    Pope: Envy, strife and plotting evil hide the "light" of faith

    At Mass this morning Francis recalls Christ’s council: "Be children of light and not of darkness; guard the light that was given as a gift on the day of Baptism ". In all of us there is "a piece of mafia", “that takes advantage of the trust of others to plot evil."

    19/09/2016 - INDONESIA

    Indonesia honours Fr van Lith, first missionary in Java

    by Mathias Hariyadi

    The Dutch priest (1863-1926) proclaimed first Christianity on the island, where he aligned the Catholic faith with indigenous religions. A great educator, he set up a number of schools from which some prominent Indonesians graduated, like Mgr Soegijapranata SJ, the country’s first native bishop. He is also remembered for baptising 171 indigenous people on 14 December 1904.

    18/09/2016 - VATICAN

    Pope: We need peace. War has spread all over the world

    At the end of the Angelus prayer, Pope Francis urges people to take part in the Assisi meeting  on September 20 as "a day of prayer for peace". In life we choose "between two roads: between honesty and dishonesty, between fidelity and infidelity, between selfishness and selflessness, between good and evil." A greeting to the participants in the National Eucharistic Congress of Genova. The beatification of Elizabeth Sanna.

    17/09/2016 - VATICAN

    Pope: Nuncios are "three way" missionaries

    Francis celebrates Mass in Santa Marta in the presence of the papal representatives from around the world, in Rome for the Jubilee. Their’s "is a vagabond’s life , constantly on the move. But you must remember three ways of going out: physically, culturally and spiritually. Never forget this ."

    17/09/2016 - THAILAND

    Catholic educators: Family and school, only hopes of Thai society

    by Weena Kowitwanij

    The Catholic Commission for Education (CCE) lays down the guidelines to be followed in the coming years. Msgr. Charatsri: "The cooperation between the school and the family is crucial, but unfortunately the latter is changing radically." The secretary general of CCE: "Catholic schools must not only communicate knowledge, but also to educate to a beautiful and peaceful coexistence."

    16/09/2016 - VATICAN

    Pope tells bishops to strive to make Mercy "pastoral"

    Francis met participants at the annual training course organised jointly by the Congregation for Bishops and the Congregation for Eastern Churches. Mercy is a "summary of what God offers to the world."

    16/09/2016 - VATICAN

    Pope: Christian logic is that of "the day after tomorrow", the resurrection of the body

    "We are afraid to accept and bear the ultimate consequences to the flesh of Christ. a spiritualistic piety is easier, a gossamer pietism; but to enter into the logic of the flesh of Christ, this is difficult. And this is the logic of the day after tomorrow. We will be resurrected as Christ is risen, with our flesh".

    16/09/2016 - INDONESIA

    Indonesian catechists: New technologies, the vehicle for the faith of young people

    by Mathias Hariyadi

    National Conference of catechists held in Makassar (South Sulawesi). Theologians, bishops, priests and laity from 37 dioceses met to discuss the relationship between family, technological innovations and faith transmission for five days.


    16/09/2016 - PHILIPPINES

    Filipino bishops: Attacks on life "cry to heaven for divine justice"

    In a message published yesterday, the Bishops' Conference condemns the escalation of violence that exists in the Philippines. Abortion, acts of terrorism and extra judicial killings of drug dealers are "sins that harm the dignity of the human person". In the last 10 weeks 3500 people killed in the country. Addicts "are brothers who deserve a second chance, not death."


    15/09/2016 - VATICAN

    Jubilee of the papal nuncios begins today in the Vatican

    For three days, 106 papal representatives will take part in seminars and moments of spirituality. Francis will receive them on Saturday, but the diplomats will have more opportunities to meet with him. A Jubilee day will be held on 18 November for the nunciature employees.

    15/09/2016 - UNITED STATES – MYANMAR

    Obama ready to lift sanctions from Myanmar

    Yesterday the US president held talks with Aung San Suu Kyi in the Oval Office. He praised Myanmar’s “remarkable social and political transformation”. He also called for its reinstatement to the generalised system of preferences (GSP). Republican senator is “appalled by her [Suu Kyi’s] dismissive reaction to concerns I raised this morning about the problem of human trafficking”.

    Editor's choices

    Mother Teresa, Mercy for Asia and for the world (VIDEO)

    We publish the video recordings of the presentations made at the international symposium organised by AsiaNews on 2 September. In order of appearance: Fr Ferruccio Brambillasca, PIME Superior General; Card Fernando Filoni, Prefect of the Congregation of Propaganda Fide; Sr Mary Prema, Superior General of the Missionaries of Charity; Father Brian Kolodiejchuk, postulator of the Cause of Mother Teresa; Card Oswald Gracias, archbishop of Mumbai; Fr John A. Worthley, on the influence of Mother Teresa in China; a witness to the influence of Mother Teresa in the Islamic world; and Mgr Paul Hinder, Apostolic Vicar of Southern Arabia.

    Beijing issues new, harsh draft regulations on religious activities

    Bernardo Cervellera

    Fines of up to 200 thousand yuan (27 thousand euro) for "illegal religious activities" by Catholic or other members of underground communities. "Illegal activities" include "dependence from abroad" (such as the relationship with the Vatican). The regulations preach non-discrimination, but party members are forbidden to practice their religion, even in private. Strict control of buildings, statues, crosses. Clampdown on the internet. It could be the end of the underground community.


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