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  • 22/08/2017 - VATICAN – ASIA

    The early release of the 2018 message has been seen as a “move” to influence Italian politics at a time when the country is debating jus soli. However, the issue of migrants and migrations is a "sign of the times", something that now affects the whole planet. Filipino migrants can be found everywhere. Nepali, Indonesian and Sri Lankan migrants are treated as slaves. Religious Freedom for Filipinos and Indians living in Islamic countries is an issue. From China to Europe, "national security" has become a kind of myth that allows political authorities to forget their own citizens, not just migrants.


    by Bernardo Cervellera

    22/08/2017 - RUSSIA - VATICAN

    Hopes for a Papal trip to Moscow in Russia and the Vatican’s future

    by Vladimir Rozanskij

    A very friendly meeting between Serghei Lavrov and Card. Parolin this morning. Great convergence on many international issues: terrorism, Syria, persecuted Christians. Some "differences" on the Ukrainian question. From the meeting in Havana, a new meeting between Francis and the Patriarch of Moscow Kirill anticipated.


    22/08/2017 - RUSSIA - VATICAN

    Moscow, dialogue between Orthodox and uniates in the heart of peace

    by Vladimir Rozanskij

    Card. Pietro Parolin’s trip to Moscow is an opportunity to rebuild understanding between Catholics and Orthodox, marked by the wounds of the atheist past and the Ukrainian conflict. Russian Latin rite faithful seem to have a mediatory role. Yesterday there was the meeting between Card. Parolin and Metropolitan Hilarion. Today, the much anticipated meetings with Kirill and Foreign Minister Serghei Lavrov.


    22/08/2017 - SRI LANKA

    A hydropower project leaves thousands of people without water in Sri Lanka

    by Melani Manel Perera

    The Uma Oya complex was approved by the government of Mahinda Rajapaksa. Construction has dried up the land, and damaged homes. According to unofficial estimates, about 600 tonnes of harvest crops has been lost, and at least 42 villages afflicted by drought.


    22/08/2017 - INDONESIA

    Muslim woman convicted of blasphemy in Maratam


    She taught her followers that the Qurʾān does not require Muslims to pray. She also rejected the ahadith (words, actions, and habits attributed to the prophet) as religious guidelines. The court found her guilty of violating Article 156 of the Criminal Code. The prosecutor had demanded three years in prison.


    22/08/2017 - CHINA – GREAT BRITAIN

    Cambridge University Press makes an about-face and says no to Chinese censorship

    by Paul Wang

    The decision to obey China and remove some 300 sensitive articles sparked international criticism and an online petition to boycott the publishing house. " It is disturbing,” says one scholar, “that China is attempting to export its censorship." For Joseph Cheng, the latter "shows a lack of respect for academic freedom worldwide, and ultimately the huge feeling of insecurity that prevails in the Chinese leadership.”


    22/08/2017 - PAKISTAN

    Sister Ruth Pfau’s example in Pakistani textbooks

    by Kamran Chaudhry

    The German-born nun spent her life helping Pakistan’s lepers. Her state funeral was held on Saturday in Karachi. Students should learn about her to stay away from terrorism.


    22/08/2017 - LEBANON - SYRIA

    Daesh's expulsion from Jurud Mountains marks the beginning of the end of the Syria war

    by Pierre Balanian

    The Lebanese army - on the other side of the border, the Syrian army and Hezbollah - have destroyed the Islamic State bases by cutting off communication and supply routes in Syria. The Lebanese army as a liberator of the population. Hezbollah respect for prisoners, jihadists almost by chance.


    22/08/2017 - IRAQ

    Iraqi offensive against Isis at Tal Afar, fears for the fate of thousands of civilians


    Government soldiers have already taken control of some villages in the area. The city rises along the road connecting Mosul to the Syrian border and is strategically important for the passage of men and goods. Inside there would be up to 50,000 people trapped. Pentagon chief on surprise visit to Iraq, meetings with the premier and Kurdish president scheduled.


    22/08/2017 - INDIA

    Pastor beaten in Rajasthan, crosses destroyed in Kerala

    by Nirmala Carvalho

    Harjot Sethi was attacked while on a rally and suffered numerous injuries. The crosses were demolished at a pilgrimage site. Sajan K George: "It seems that only the majority can enjoy freedom in India."


    21/08/2017 - INDIA

    Caritas brings aid to flood victims in Assam and Bihar

    by Nirmala Carvalho

    The Catholic charity set aside about US$ 780,000. In Bihar, they handed out aid worth around US$ 312,000. Caritas "has done a unique job, helping people of every faith.” Lucknow bishop offers his condolences after a train crash kills 23 in Uttar Pradesh.


    21/08/2017 - CHINA – GREAT BRITAIN

    Global Times slams “arrogant” Westerners: if you don’t like China’s way, “stop engaging with us”

    by Paul Wang

    China has the right to censor Cambridge University Press to uphold its laws on security grounds against what is “harmful to Chinese society.” Two rival visions of the world are facing off. China has interests in the internet market. Censorship is counterproductive for China’s academic community.


    21/08/2017 - HONG KONG

    Tens of thousands protest conviction of student activists


    The protest rally was the biggest since 2014. Foreign pro-democracy activists and politicians criticise the court's decision, following the government’s appeal. Hong Kong’s chief secretary rejects the accusations, claiming that judicial independence is the foundation of the city's success.


    21/08/2017 - KOREA – UNITED STATES

    US-South Korean military drills get underway, N Korea describes them as “pouring gasoline on fire”


    Ulchi Freedom Guardian involves 17,500 US and almost 50,000 South Korean soldiers. For North Korea, they are a rehearsal for "invasion".


    21/08/2017 - VATICAN

    Pope: Welcoming, protecting, promoting and integrating migrants and refugees


    Message for 2018 World Migrant and Refugee Day, which will be celebrated next January 14th, released. Exhortations and suggestions for a reception that facilitates "personal encounter". No to expulsion and aptitude. A law that guarantees citizenship in accordance with international rules. The care of minors. Ensure religious freedom for migrants. Aid to developing countries supporting the greatest number of refugees. Push the UN to approve the two global pacts on refugees and migrants.


    21/08/2017 - PHILIPPINES

    Card. Tagle Against Duterte's War on Drugs: 'Stop the Waste of Human Life'

    by Santosh Digal

    In less than four days, the police killed 32 alleged drug dealers at Bulacan and another 49 in Manila. Card. Luis Antonio Cardinal Tagle, Archbishop of Manila, invites the government to dialogue: "The drug problem should not be reduced to a political or criminal problem. It is a humanitarian issue that affects us all. " "Remember the words that God said to Cain, who had killed his brother Abel: Your brother's blood cries out to me from the soil (Genesis 4:10)."


    21/08/2017 - PAKISTAN

    Lahore, playing cricket to build harmony between religions

    by Kamran Chaudhry

    Yesterday the Pakistan Peace League final was held. The tournament was won by the team of St. Francis Church in Lahore, headed by a Muslim student. The agonistic passion "creates team spirit, which strengthens ties". Fighting religious discrimination in sport.


    21/08/2017 - SYRIA

    Missile on Damascus trade fair kills six people, 12 injured


    The rocket exploded near the main entrance. The trade fair stands near the rebellious stronghold of Goutha, on the eastern outskirts of the capital. The event is being held for the first time in six years. According to the director general, it is a confirmation of "stability" and a sign of the "beginning of reconstruction".


    20/08/2017 - VATICAN

    Pope: Our hearts pained by terrorist acts in Burkina Faso, Spain and Finland


    At the Angelus, Pope Francis prays in silence and with a Hail Mary for the victims of the attacks in Ouagadougou, Barcelona, ​​Turku. The "inner strength" of the Canaanite woman, "which allows every obstacle to be overcome ". The woman is "an example of unshakable faith". "Do not despair" if at times "the Lord ... seems insensitive to the requests for help". "The Spirit infuses boldness in the hearts of believers."


    19/08/2017 - CHINA - GREAT BRITAIN

    Cambridge University Press bows to Beijing and erases over 300 'sensitive' articles

    by Paul Wang

    Most articles concern Tiananmen, the Cultural Revolution, Tibet, Xinjiang, Hong Kong, Taiwan, and so on. The publisher agreed on the back of threats to take down the entire site. An additional demand for the cancellation of more than 1000 e-books. The Chinese Communist Party also controls international cultural production beyond its geographical boundaries. In 2012 Chinese loan to college, linked to Wen Jiabao.


    19/08/2017 - SOUTH ASIA

    Floods emergency hist more than 16 million in Nepal, Bangladesh and India


    Red Cross and Red Crescent: "One of the worst regional humanitarian crises in recent years." More than a third of Bangladesh and Nepal are flooded. Floods hit nearly 11 million people in four northern Indian states. Tens of thousands of displaced people. There are growing concerns about food shortages and illnesses due to contamination of drinking water.


    19/08/2017 - INDIA

    Activists call on Delhi government not to deport 40,000 Rohingya Muslims


    The Undersecretary for Internal Affairs has asked States to identify and expel refugees. Thousands of people have fled from Myanmar to avoid persecutions, rapes, summary executions. "India knows what they should do. It would be shameful to abandon them to their destiny. "


    19/08/2017 - TAJIKISTAN

    Dushanbe police stop 8,000 women for failing to wear veil correctly


    Campaign to "correct" mode of Islamic dress. According to government sources, the veil is a tool to identify women belonging to terrorist groups.


    19/08/2017 - VATICAN - RUSSIA

    Card. Parolin in Moscow: Ostpolitik conquers distrust

    by Vladimir Rozanskij

    The theme is a meeting between Pope Francis and Patriarch Kirill, not in Moscow, but in some holy place of the Christian East, or in Bari. An international conference on the future of Ukraine and Crimea. Commitment to Christians and Peace in the Middle East. 


    18/08/2017 - PHILIPPINES

    More killings take place in anti-drug operations in Manila. Fr Gariguez notes Duterte encourages executions


    The killings are the “epitome of the aggressive campaign of the present government against illegal drugs,” Fr Gariguez said. The “President is determined to push for his violent and barbaric method in waging the war on drugs. He cannot be swayed, even by the moral admonitions of the Church which he admittedly despises.”


    18/08/2017 - INDONESIA

    Jakarta, Widodo defends multiculturalism on Independence Day

    by Mathias Hariyadi

    Indonesia’s president and vice president wear traditional clothes in parliament. With this gesture, Widodo and Kalla put aside the political disagreements that marked their relationship because of the court case involving Jakarta’s former Christian governor, Basuki "Ahok" Tjahaja Purnama. The country’s “new nationalism" has found momentum in recent official ceremonies.


    18/08/2017 - INDIA

    Kolkata, Muslim students promote respect for human dignity


    The Students Islamic Organisation of India is behind the initiative. Over two weeks, young people will promote respect for life throughout the country. This comes after a series of violent actions against Dalit and Muslims. Symposia, seminars and public lectures are on the agenda. The campaign is meant to glorify “the very tenets of humankind”.


    18/08/2017 - CHINA-VATICAN

    Chinese Priest: The differences between the funeral of Msgr. Xie and Msgr. Li

    by Shan Ren Shen Fu (山人神父)

    For the first, the bishop of Urumqi, priests and faithful were banned from taking part in the funeral mass; there was no episcopal insignia in the photos; only half an hour for the ceremony. The other, bishop of Taiyuan, was surrounded by the affection and  esteem of thousands of his priests and faithful. But "the saints who welcome the two bishops to the door of Paradise are equally numerous."


    18/08/2017 - HONG KONG

    Stiffer sentences for Joshua Wong and two other pro-democracy activists


    Last year the court sentenced Joshua Wong, Nathan Law and Alex Chow to community service, but the decision was deemed too lenient for the Hong Kong government. A prison sentence of more than three months bars people from taking part in elections for five years. For human rights activists, the court decision was politically motivated in order to silence the three and deter further protests.






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    VATICAN - RUSSIA
    Card. Parolin in Moscow: Ostpolitik conquers distrust

    Vladimir Rozanskij

    The theme is a meeting between Pope Francis and Patriarch Kirill, not in Moscow, but in some holy place of the Christian East, or in Bari. An international conference on the future of Ukraine and Crimea. Commitment to Christians and Peace in the Middle East. 


    LEBANON – MIDDLE EAST – VATICAN
    For Eastern Catholic patriarchs, the genocide of Christians is an affront to all humanity

    Fady Noun

    Afflicted by wars, emigration and insecurity, Christian communities have now become "a small flock" amid the indifference of the international community. Patriarchs appeal to Pope Francis and the international community. Catholics and Orthodox share the same problems. The end of Christians in the East would be "a shameful stigma for the whole 21st century".


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