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

    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.


    by Fady Noun

    17/11/2017 - CHINA-VATICAN

    Msgr. Lucas Li Jingfeng has died. The memory of a young Catholic

    by Piccolo agnello del Signore

    He was perhaps the only bishop who was not a member of the Patriotic Association, although he was recognized by the government. In 2005 he was invited to the Synod on the Eucharist, but the government did not allow him to attend. He spent over 20 years in forced labor camps. His praise of the Letter from Benedict XVI to Chinese Catholics. Since the beginning of the year his health had deteriorated. Funeral will be held on 25 November.


    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 - INDONESIA

    Indonesia plans to build a thousand eco-friendly mosques


    There are 800,000 mosques in the country. Muslim clerics, the private sector, universities and communities are called to work together. Religious leaders are in favour of environmental understanding and education. The Indonesian Ulema Council (MUI) has already issued fatwas on forest fires and mining.


    17/11/2017 - PAKISTAN

    Interfaith conference of young people in Lahore for harmony and peace

    by Shafique Khokhar

    Called AAWAZ (Voice and Responsibility) programme, the event drew more than a hundred young people from 30 districts. Participants used games and exchanges to improve socialisation.


    17/11/2017 - CHINA

    Communist Party propaganda calls on Chinese not to be seduced by western values

    by Wang Zhicheng

    New propaganda chief Huang Kunming pushes Xi Jinping's views on Chinese-style socialism to protect Chinese identity against "universal values". This includes banning multiparty democracy and leave absolute power in the hands of the Party.


    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 - BANGLADESH - VATICAN

    Dhaka, over 8,000 police to ensure security for Pope Francis’ visit

    by Sumon Corraya

    The pontiff will arrive in the capital on November 30. At least 550 Catholic volunteers do training courses to support police. CCTV installed. All events will be monitored and each participant checked.


    17/11/2017 - HONG KONG – PHILIPPINES – RUSSIA

    Hong Kong, centre for recruitment fraud of Filipino workers


    Recruitment agencies deceive domestic helpers with the promise of well-paid jobs in Moscow, getting US$ 3,500-5,500 in fees. Victims are forced to turn to banks or loan sharks. About 75,000 Filipino workers worldwide are stuck in limbo with no income.


    17/11/2017 - VATICAN - MYANMAR

    Pope: In Myanmar, I come to encourage every effort to build harmony (Video)


    Francis’ video message on the eve of his November 26 to 30 journey. "I come to proclaim the Gospel of Jesus Christ, a message of reconciliation, forgiveness and peace".


    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 - INDONESIA

    Ahok’s accuser is convicted of hate speech

    by Mathias Hariyadi

    The sentence is more lenient than the one demanded by the public prosecutor. Buni Yani posted comments to a video he altered. The latter triggered Islamist violence and influenced an election. The images also led the former Christian governor to a two-year prison sentence for blasphemy.


    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 - INDIA

    “Hindu radicals want to eliminate us. Help us,” says the bishop of Sagar


    Archbishop Anthony Chirayath complains about the climate of hostility towards Christians in his diocese. Extremists are backed by the nationalist Rashtriya Swayamsevak Sangh. They want to “unify the entire population under a Hindu flag." Accusations of forced conversions are made to create fear and isolate Christians. The goal is political, ahead of the 2018 elections.


    16/11/2017 - PAKISTAN

    In support of 'Verna', the film-denouncing rape banned in Pakistan

    by Shafique Khokhar e Shazia George

    16/11/2017 - CAMBODIA

    Cambodia’s Supreme Court dissolves main opposition party


    The party was accused of plotting against the government. Observers question the court’s independence. The authorities boost security forces. More than half of party’s MPs have fled abroad together with vice presidents Mu Sochua and Eng Chhay Eang.


    16/11/2017 - CHINA-VATICAN

    The Chinese government recognizes the bishop of Handan. No illicit bishops at the ceremony

    by Li Yuan

    Msgr. Joseph Sun Jigen, an official priest, was secretly ordained in 2011. Although approved by the government, the installation ceremony was canceled at the last moment for fear that illicit bishops would attend. At today's ceremony, the vice-president of the Council of Bishops was absent having suffered a heart attack; the vice-president of the Patriotic Association was absent because in mourning. Immediately following his installation, the Lanzhou bishop brings priests and nuns in "pilgrimage" to Jinggangshan, the cradle of the Communist Revolution in Jiangxi.


    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.


    16/11/2017 - INDIA

    Sister Meena Barwa: Share the passion of Christ to be witnesses of the Gospel

    by Nirmala Carvalho

    The nun of the Servite religious order survived a rape during the anti-Christian pogroms of Kandhamal. "My suffering will not be in vain." An ex-convict starts a new life after the nun visited his prison. Sister Rani Maria, India's first woman martyr, "is already a saint."


    16/11/2017 - CHINA-TIBET

    Tibetan Monk free after 5 years in prison for writing a song for the Panchen Lama


    Lobsang Jinpa, 35, was arrested for "separatist activities" in 2012. He was imprisoned and tortured. The cultural genocide of the Tibetan people continues.


    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 - INDIA

    For Fr Ángel Fernández Artime, Fr Tom offers a missionary example for all Salesians

    by Nirmala Carvalho

    The rector major of the Salesians spoke about young people, the focus of the next Synod of Bishops. Salesians operate in 132 countries and are collecting the views of young people. There is a "communion of intent" between Pope Francis and Don Bosco to carry the mission to the edges of the world.


    15/11/2017 - MYANMAR – UNITED STATES

    For US Secretary of State, “broad economic sanctions . . . not advisable”


    Washington remains cautions, differentiates between civilian government from military. The US will provide an additional US$ 47 million in humanitarian aid for refugees. China is dissatisfied with US involvement in Myanmar’s affairs. Aung San Suu Kyi answers her critics.


    15/11/2017 - CHINA

    Xi Jinping’s new era begins with scholars reduced to silence

    by Wang Zhicheng

    Guizhou University cancelled the classes of Prof Yang Shaozheng, who was told to “keep my mouth shut and not make any kind of political statements." Fearing Chinese retaliation, publisher withdraws a book by Australian scholar Clive Hamilton. To avoid ending up like the USRR, Xi will brook no criticism. Conferences across the country outline Party congress goals.


    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 - MYANMAR

    Rakhine, Rohingya militants: 'We are thousands and well-armed'


    5,000 guerrillas among the ranks of the Arakan Rohingya Salvation Army (Arsa). Only the young Rohingya are subjected to training. Recruiting in villages started more than three years ago. Last August's actions planned for months. Residents of Muslim villages also took part in the violence. At least 150 jihadists found refuge in the 15 refugee camps at Cox's Bazar, Bangladesh.


    15/11/2017 - NORTH KOREA - USA

    North Korean media: Trump is a 'bacterium' and a 'cockroach' that deserves to die


    The editorial published today by Rodong Sinmun, while Trump concludes his trip to Asia. The war of words between Pyongyang and Washington continue.


    15/11/2017 - INDIA

    St Thomas Missionaries at 50: the ad gentes mission of the Syro-Malabar Church

    by Gianni Criveller

    Established in Kerala, the missionary institute has outposts in Europe and the Americas with 345 members and 200 seminarians, a hundred in the major seminary. Despite difficulties and persecutions, there is no distrust or discouragement. It is committed to India and China.






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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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