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  • 23/06/2017 - MYANMAR – UNITED NATIONS

    The main criticism is the lack of top officials who understand the country. Many people see the UN fail in the way it handles humanitarian crises. UN resident coordinator for humanitarian aid Renata Lok-Dessallien is leaving. To be effective, the UN “must be sensitive to local issues and take them into account, The Irrawaddy writes.




    23/06/2017 - VATICAN

    The Christian vocation is to go forward always, better to limp than to stand still


    Francis met participants to the 75th Convention of Serra International, stressing the importance of going out and rejoicing in “our relationship with the Lord” and the “journey along the ways that he opens up before us.” For him, “To be friends to priests, sustaining their vocation and accompanying them in their ministry: with this great gift you enrich the Church!”


    23/06/2017 - VATICAN

    Pope: Jesus "made himself small" and to hear the voice of God we must make ourselves small


    We did not "choose Him," rather it was God who became "our prisoner". Moses says that the Lord has chosen the people of Israel because they were "the smallest of all peoples."


     


    23/06/2017 - ASIA-EUROPE

    Asia-Europe: human rights crisis (and freedom of trade)

    by Luca Galantini

    The rare stand taken by the German ambassador Michael Clauss for the release of Msgr. Peter Shao Zhumin and Freedom of Commerce on the New Silk Road, under the shadow of the Chinese monopoly. The silence surrounding the fragmentation of the international legal system. Instead of democracies, there are autocratic regimes, violent nationalisms, oriental satrapies. And Trump sells arms to Saudi Arabia.


    22/06/2017 - THAILAND – MYANMAR

    Suicide rate soars among Burmese refugees in Mae La Camp (Thailand)


    The camp hosts about 50,000 Myanmar citizens, mostly ethnic Karen. In two years 28 refugees took their lives and 66 attempted. For camp residents, "The situation is tragic". Suicides are caused by the lack of freedom, limited educational opportunities, uncertainty, and economic difficulties. Four in 10 deaths were from drinking weed-killer. Family problems were a factor in almost half of all cases, alcohol and substance abuses more than a third.


    22/06/2017 - VATICAN

    Pope: The Churches of the East are alive, despite persecution and terrorism


    Receiving the participants at the "Reunion of Aid Agencies for the Oriental Churches" Assembly, Francis recommends the formation of the clergy. "Let us not forget that in the East even today, Christians - no matter whether Catholics, Orthodox, or Protestants - spill their blood as a seal of their witness."


    22/06/2017 - VATICAN

    Pope: the pastor is passionate, knows how to discern and know how to denounce evil, without being naïve "do-gooders"


    Francis recalls the example of Don Milani who with his "I care," taught his boys to go on in life. Take care: take care of your life. This is no!'".


    22/06/2017 - PHILIPPINES

    Pigcawayan, Biff rebels free hostages. Six dead


    Attacks on military outposts at Barangay Malagakit and Barangay Simsiman. Islamist rebels repelled and fled to the marsh of Liguasan in Maguindanao. During the retreat a school building seized, 31 hostages freed. The military: The attack is not related to Marawi's siege.

     


    21/06/2017 - PHILIPPINES

    Duterte warns of “religious war” in Mindanao, Church and analysts disagree


    Christians “have better guns. They are buying,” said the president. Analysts dismiss his view as baseless attempt to justify martial law. For Card Orlando Quevedo, archbishop of Cotabato, the government should “address the economic and political roots of terrorism” rather than focus on a military solution.


    21/06/2017 - VATICAN - SOUTH SUDAN

    ‘Pope for South Sudan’ initiative launched


    Since he cannot travel to the country at present, Pope Francis has launched a number of local initiative to support health, agriculture and education. He also renewed his call on the international community to stop the ongoing massacres.


    21/06/2017 - VATICAN

    Pope says to be saints we just need to do our duty "with hearts open to God"


    "The last word on man's history is not hatred, it is not death, it is not war. At every moment of life we ​​are assisting the hand of God, and also the discreet presence of all the believers who have preceded us with the sign of faith. "

     


    21/06/2017 - BELGIUM

    Brussels: suspect attacker killed after an explosion. No victims but a lot of fear


    An explosion shook Brussels’ central station. A witness asserts that the attacker had yelled "Allah is great" before detonating his suitcase. The episode fuels climate of fear in the heart of Europe. Islamic terrorism’s strategy of tension.


     


    20/06/2017 - MIDDLE EAST – EUROPE

    Terrorism and migrants: Mideast leaders blackmailing Europe

    by Luca Galantini

    Attacks in European capitals are meant to destabilise the foreign policy of countries like Great Britain, Germany, and France. Even Italy’s "neutral" position does not guarantee immunity. Dealing with immigration must be part of a long-term coexistence strategy. Working on economic and political development in countries of origin is also necessary. In ‘Caritas in Veritate’, Benedict XVI had prophetic words.


    20/06/2017 - VATICAN - ITALY

    Pope: Don Mazzolari, a pastor convinced that the destinies of the world mature in the peripheries


    Francis went to Bozzolo, not far from Mantua, tied to the memory of the "parish priest of Italy," the uncomfortable priest of whom Paul VI said, "He walked one step ahead and often we could not hold him back! And so he suffered and we also suffered. It is the fate of prophets. "

     


    20/06/2017 - VATICAN - ITALY

    Pope: Don Milani, the mission of educating a "free conscience"


    Francis travels to Barbiana, in Italy. Don Milani a priest who wanted to "awaken the human in people to open them to the divine". "Only by fully possesing the word is it possible to discern among the many and often confused messages that rain down upon us, and to give expression to the deep instances of our heart, as well as the expectations of justice of so many brothers and sisters waiting for justice."


    20/06/2017 - UN

    UN refugee record hit in 2016: 65.6 million


    Today is the World Refugee Day. Data released yesterday by UNHCR. About 40.3 million internally displaced persons; 22.5 Refugees; 2.8 million asylum seekers. Nearly 84% of the burden of hospitality is supported by poor countries, despite the focus on migrant crises in Europe.

     


    19/06/2017 - GREAT BRITAIN – ISLAM

    Christian, Muslim, Jewish and Sikh leaders condemn 'Islamophobic' Finsbury Park attack


    Prime Minister Theresa May spoke of a "terrorist attack" and "Islamophobia" pledging zero tolerance against extremist speeches even online. Muslim communities demand more security ahead of Eid celebrations at the end of this week. Anglican Primate Justin Welby, Card Vincent Nichols, Britain's Chief Rabbi Ephraim Mirvis and the Sikh Federation Chair Bhai Amrik Singh express solidarity with Muslims and call on people not to feed hatred.


    19/06/2017 - INDONESIA

    In Bali, 181 children receive their First Communion on Corpus Domini

    by Emiliana Saptaningsih

    The Mass saw the participation of the whole community. For Fr Herman Yoseph Babey, parish priest in Denpasar, “the life of our children is no longer for themselves, but it is ready to be shared and lived in the service of others.”


    19/06/2017 - GREAT BRITAIN-ISLAM

    'Potential Terrorist Attack' in London: a vehicle rams faithful leaving a mosque. One dead and eight injured


    'Potential Terrorist Attack' in London: a vehicle rams faithful leaving a mosque. One dead and eight injured

     


    19/06/2017 - VATICAN - ITALY

    Pope: Young people should be educated based on intellect, affection and action


    Francis opened the ecclesial conference of the diocese of Rome on youth education. In a society devastated and dominated by consumerism, try to offer the possibility of harmonious growth not only on a personal level but also a social and spiritual level.


    18/06/2017 - VATICAN

    Pope: The Eucharist is the sacrament that heals our memory, wounded by a frantic life


    Pope Francis celebrated the Corpus Domini Mass this Sunday following the Italian, not the Vatican liturgical calendar. Today, if we leave “our memories behind [. . .] living only for the moment, we risk remaining ever on the surface of things”. The Eucharist is a “living remembrance that comforts us with God’s love”. It “is not a sacrament ‘for me’; it is the sacrament of the many, who form one body”. The procession made its way from St John Lateran to Saint Mary Major. The canopy with the ostensory was followed by the "holy faithful people of God".


    18/06/2017 - VATICAN

    Pope: In the Eucharist Jesus helps us, pilgrims in history


    During the Angelus, Pope Francis mentioned World Refugee Day, on 20 June, whose theme is "‘With Refugees. Now more than ever we need to stand with Refugees.’ “[M]eeting refugees in person dissipates distorted fears and ideologies, and becomes a factor of growth in humanity”. The pontiff will go on pilgrimage to Bozzolo (Mantova) and Barbiana (Florence) to honour the memory of Don Primo Mazzolari and Don Lorenzo Milani, whose testimony "the world still needs today". Tonight, the pontiff will lead the Corpus Domini Mass in St John in Lateran, and the Eucharistic procession to Saint Mary Major.


    17/06/2017 - LAOS - VATICAN

    The “strength of the Church is within the small churches”, says Laos’s first cardinal

    by Weena Kowitwanij

    On 21 May, Pope Francis announced his nomination, a surprise for Laos’s 50,000- strong Catholic community. It is a “baby Church” that experiences the first proclamation and is turned towards Tribals and animists. "Some of the most serious problems are the shortage of personnel and the quality of education,” the prelate said. "Some people think that being a cardinal is an honour,” but for Mgr Mangkhanekhoun it means advising the pope on how to “solve problems.”


    16/06/2017 - VATICAN

    Pope: Be aware of being "clay vessels", only God’s power saves


    Only if we accept that we are made of clay can the "extraordinary power of God” come to us and give us fullness, salvation, happiness, and the joy of being saved, thus receiving the Lord's "treasure".


    15/06/2017 - INDONESIA

    Jakarta archdiocese celebrates the family, 'the first church' for Catholics

    by Mathias Hariyadi

    A conference was held to share perspectives and views on the true value ​​of "being a Catholic family". For Lydia Kusnadi, “The Catholic faith grows, develops and generates new values inside the family". In the modern world, self-centredness is growing and making compromises is declining, says Fr Andang L. Binawan. Catholic families should promote living together, says Mgr Ignatius Suharyo, archbishop of Jakarta.


    15/06/2017 - VATICAN

    Pope: Corruption is "a form of blasphemy" that "gives birth to the culture of death"


    Francis has written the preface to a book that is an interview with Card. Tukson titled "Corrosion". Today, even just "imagining the future" is a very difficult undertaking, corruption even undermines the "hope" that an improvement is possible.


    15/06/2017 - ISLAM-MIDDLE EAST

    Terrorism and migrants: A much needed discussion between Muslims and Christians (Part One)

    by Samir Khalil Samir

    There are good relations between Christians and Muslims in Lebanon, Syria, Jordan. The difficulties were born and nurtured by Saudi Arabia and its Wahhabite Islam, as well as with the Muslim Brotherhoods in Egypt. Sunnism of this ilk are similar to al Qaeda and Daesh. The contribution of Christians to Arab culture involves modernity, education, the role of women in society. Arabic culture unites Christians and Muslims in the East.


    14/06/2017 - PHILIPPINES

    Filipino military promises “not to bomb” mosques


    Muslim religious leaders are urged to dissuade Maute fighters from using places of worship as military posts. Four of the city’s 96 neighbourhoods remain in Islamist hands. The Islamic State group posts a video showing the execution of six Christians.


    14/06/2017 - MALAYSIA

    Malaysian activists against the death sentence imposed on nine Filipino Islamic militants


    The defendants were involved in a violent Islamist incursion in Sabah in 2013. The ruling of the Kota Kinabalu High Court was overturned. For human rights activist, the severity of the incident "should never be sufficient to justify the imposition of an unjust sentence, especially the death penalty.” The Philippines Foreign Affairs department said the "death sentence is still not final”.


    14/06/2017 - VATICAN

    Pope: "There is no curse," we are all loved by God, good and bad


    "Much of man’s narcissism is born from a feeling of solitude." Lack of love is the source of many apparently inexplicable behaviors: "Not being or not feeling loved as a teenager, can lead to violence."






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    VATICAN
    Pope: The Churches of the East are alive, despite persecution and terrorism



    Receiving the participants at the "Reunion of Aid Agencies for the Oriental Churches" Assembly, Francis recommends the formation of the clergy. "Let us not forget that in the East even today, Christians - no matter whether Catholics, Orthodox, or Protestants - spill their blood as a seal of their witness."


    CHINA-GERMANY
    The German ambassador asks China to release Msgr. Shao Zhumin



    In an official statement posted on the embassy site, Michael Clauss asks that the detained bishop of Wenzhou, be given full freedom of movement. Concerns also expressed over drafts of the new regulations on religious activities, which decree the end of the underground communities. It is the first time after a decade that a European ambassador has called for the release of a bishop.


     


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