27/02/2017 - EGYPT – ISLAM
In only ten days, seven people have been shot, beheaded or burnt to death. Refugees have been welcomed in Ismailia, Suez, and Cairo. Christians are Daesh’s new target.
by Loula Lahham
27/02/2017 - MALAYSIA - NORTH KOREA
Kim Jong-nam, a 'painful death within 20 minutes'
Malaysian health minister confirms that the nerve agent acted quickly by blocking the heart and lungs. The two women arrested thought they smeared "baby oil" on Kim's face and were taking part in a television prank. One was paid with 80 dollars.
27/02/2017 - THAILAND
Thailand: Fr. Pelosin, a PIME missionary among children and abandoned elderly of the slums
Stories of "ordinary" mission: teaching reading and writing to children in slums, caring for the abandoned elderly, organizing football matches between slums, ethics courses in the schools and activities for children of the parish. And on March 6, the newly re-elected superior of the Thai Missionary Society will go to Taiwan to agree with the bishop of Hunshu to open a new mission in the diocese.
27/02/2017 - PALESTINE
A Palestinian Christian, 23, is the new Arab Idol 2017by Melki Toprak*
It is the most important musical competition, popular across the Middle East and North Africa. Hundreds of Palestinians take to the streets to celebrate the victory. During the program, he repeatedly demonstrated his ethnic and religious affiliation. A Deacon of the Syriac Church, is also a scout of the Arameans of Bethlehem.
27/02/2017 - INDIA
Gujarat, Isis lone wolves arrested: they planned an attack on a Hindu temple
They are the brothers Wasim and Naeem Ramodiya, both computer scientists. Within "one or two days" they would have hit the famous temple of Chamunda, in Surendranagar district. A military arsenal and Islamic propaganda material found in their apartment.
26/02/2017 - VATICAN
Pope: God is not distant and anonymous, he is our refuge
During the Angelus, Pope Francis called on everyone to rediscover that God is Father "in this age of orphanhood". The "obsessive search for earthly goods and riches" is an "illusion and a cause of unhappiness". Entrusting oneself to the love of the Father enables us to overcome “the torments and adversities of life, even persecution, as the testimonies of so many of our brothers and sisters show." The pontiff greeted groups involved in ‘Rare Disease Day’.
25/02/2017 - CHINA
Shaolin abbot Shi Yongxin cleared of all chargesby Wang Zhicheng
Monks, former monks and monastery employees had accused him of extortion, having mistresses with children, and leading a lifestyle devoid of religion and spirituality. Henan authorities and the State Administration for Religious Affairs cleared him of all charges. Thanks to him, Shaolin has become a successful brand.
25/02/2017 - NEPAL
Hindu parents forbid their children from attending Shia celebrations because of drug useby Christopher Sharma
During the festival, Hindu holy men sell drugs and invite young people to smoke hashish and cannabis. Hundreds of young people have become addicts. The Hindu festival accused of driving many to crime. Attendance at the Pashupatinath Temple drops from 500,000 to 200,000.
25/02/2017 - INDONESIA – SAUDI ARABIA
Oil. Pilgrimage, and Saudi king’s visit to Indonesiaby Mathias Hariyadi
On 1 March, King Salman will arrive in Jakarta on an official visit. Breaking with Protocol, President Widodo will welcome him in person at the airport. The Saudi monarch will travel with an entourage of about 1,500 people, including government ministers and princes. The visit includes a short vacation in Bali.
25/02/2017 - LEBANON – SYRIA – VATICAN
Greek Melkite Church: peace reached between Patriarch Gregory III and “rebel” bishopsby Fady Noun
The Synod held a few days ago in Rabieh, Lebanon, ends in success. Divisions between the patriarch and a group of dissident prelates over real estate is settled. Communion and fraternal charity prevailed in the community. The presence of the nuncios to Syria and Lebanon, Card Zenari and Mgr Caccia, proved crucial.
25/02/2017 - JAPAN
Tokyo, past forced sterilisations and today’s demographic winter
Approximately 25,000 sterilisations and 60,000 forced abortions were performed under the Eugenic Protection Act, which was abolished in 1996. Some call for an official apology and compensation for the victims. Japan’s grave demographic crisis requires new policies to promote life.
25/02/2017 - INDIA
For Kolkata nun, serving the poor means welcoming everyone, regardless of their faithby Santosh Digal
Sister Mary Mukta Kindo has worked at the Mother Veronica Social Centre for Women of Barrackpure since 2001. The centre makes garments like uniforms and tunics as well as church linen. Some 200 women have been trained allowing them to be independent and help their families.
24/02/2017 - SRI LANKA
In Jaffna, displaced Tamils want back land seized by the military or used for tourism (photos)by Melani Manel Perera
Thousands took part in a rally organised by the People's Alliance for Right to Land and the National Fisheries Solidarity Movement. Seized during the civil war, properties are still held by the military or businesses operating them for tourism or agriculture.
24/02/2017 - INDONESIA
Standoff between Indonesia and US mining giant Freeport McMoRan
On 10 February, Freeport-McMoRan discontinued its mining activities, leaving thousands of Indonesians out of work. The reason is a dispute over fees and contract to be renegotiated by the company and the authorities.
24/02/2017 - EGYPT – VATICAN – ISLAM
Al Azhar and the Vatican renew inter-faith dialogue against fundamentalism
A symposium sponsored by the Al Azhar Centre for Dialogue and the Pontifical Council for Interreligious Dialogue ended yesterday in Cairo. Participants called for action against the root causes of extremism like "violence and poverty". Protecting young people, who are the most vulnerable to extremist ideologies, is a priority. Cutting funding and weapons to terrorist groups is another.
24/02/2017 - PHILIPPINES
Duterte’s harsh critic Leila De Lima arrested
Arrested this morning on drug trafficking charges, she faces a life sentence. The senator and her supporters deny the charges, calling the case a plot by Duterte. For a decade, she has opposed the Filipino President, whom she describes as a "sociopathic serial killer".
24/02/2017 - VATICAN
Pope: "In God, justice is mercy, and mercy is justice"
24/02/2017 - INDIA
Bangalore archbishop inaugurates first family counselling serviceby Nirmala Carvalho
The goal is to solve the crisis of the family, and emphasise again the sanctity of the institution of marriage. The archdiocese will rely on the expertise of 20 Holy Cross priests. The disintegration of families is evident in the rise in marriage annulments.
24/02/2017 - INDIA
Mumbai fishermen furious over plans for worlds tallest Shivaji statue
The equestrian statue of the god warrior will measure 190 meters; its construction will cost almost 510 million euro. It is expected to be completed in 2021. It will attract 10 thousand visitors a day. The fishing community complains that the money could be spent on improving health, education and infrastructure. Activist: "The fascist forces use the god's statue as a symbol of Hindutva".
24/02/2017 - MYANMAR – CHINA
Hundreds of workers attack Chinese factory in Yangon
Some angry 300 workers destroyed machinery and held captive seven Chinese workers for a few hours over the sacking of a fellow worker. Strikes over low wages are increasing. Many in Myanmar are impatient with China’s economic “colonisation”.
24/02/2017 - MALAYSIA - NORTH KOREA
Kim Jong-nam killed by a powerful nerve gas
Police found traces of VX nerve agent on the victims’ face and in his eyes. VX is considered by the UN as a weapon of mass destruction. Just one drop absorbed through the skin leads to death within minutes. North Korea believed to have between 2500 and the 5 thousand tons of nerve gas.
24/02/2017 - EGYPT
Sinai, Coptic Christian killed with a bullet to the neck, third victim in two days
The Coptic minority is being targeted by local cells of the Islamic state. The murder took place yesterday in Al-Arich. The man's house was set on fire. Previously a 60 year old Christian and son were killed; the young man was burnt alive. Daesh announces new attacks on social networks.
23/02/2017 - SOUTH KOREA
The testimony of Fr Lee Tae-seok in South Sudanese school books
The South Korean missionary and doctor will be remembered in elementary and high school textbooks. He served as priest, doctor, teacher and architect in the small village of Tonj in a country devastated by war. For Education minister, he is an example for new generations.
23/02/2017 - IRAQ
Christians and Muslims on a peace march from Erbil to Alqōsh
The Chaldean Patriarch spearheads action to end violence in Iraq and the Middle East on Palm Sunday. During Lent, Nineveh towns liberated from the Islamic State will be the stations of the Cross. Some 50 families came together in Tall Usquf for Mass and the raising of a large Chaldean cross on a hill. Mar Sako calls for "conversion" among regional and world leaders. Bridges, not walls, are needed.
23/02/2017 - BANGLADESH
Rajshahi, proclaiming the Gospel of young people to other young peopleby Sumon Corraya
About 400 young students took part in a five-day seminar, which included meeting some families. The goal was to “help young people be free from the slavery of consumerism, materialism, and capitalism”. For Mgr Rozario, “Our young people need to be like salt."
23/02/2017 - INDONESIA
Catholic programme Hidup TV launched
23/02/2017 - CHINA
Beijing, army veterans protest: abandoned by the government
Since yesterday thousands have been protesting in front of the Party offices in the biggest demonstration since October. Promises made and not kept, "We have nothing, are in poverty and distress." Arrests and violence in Liulihe, Aiminjie, Datong, Luliang and Harbin.
23/02/2017 - PAKISTAN
"We are lying to ourselves,” says former Christian general after another bomb kills nine in Lahoreby Kamran Chaudhry
The latest is the eighth incident of violence in ten days. The bomb exploded in the city's commercial district, inside a building under construction. There are fears that some workers are still trapped under the rubble. A number of shops, banks and restaurants were also damaged. No one has yet claimed responsibility. There is little hope for a new military operation against the extremists.
23/02/2017 - VATICAN
Pope: do not give scandal with a double life, but converted soon
"It would be good for all of us, each one of us, today, to consider if there is something of a double life within us: ‘But, sure, the Lord will eventually forgive everything, but I’ll keep going as I have been…’ If there is something saying, “Sure, this is not going well, I will convert, but not today: tomorrow.’ Let’s think about that. And let us profit from the Word of the Lord and consider the fact that on this point, the Lord is very strict. Scandal destroys. "
23/02/2017 - IRAN - TURKEY
Turkish u-turn fuels renewed tension between Ankara and Tehran
Turkish President spokesman tries to downplay crisis. Turkey does not want "an escalation" of words with Iran. But Erdogan accuses Tehran of "destabilizing” the region irritating the leaders of the Islamic Republic. Ambassador summoned, a ready response on the Syrian arena. Israel's moves to create an Arab-Turkish in front in an anti-Iranian key.
23/02/2017 - NORTH KOREA - MALAYSIA
Pyongyang blames Kuala Lumpur for death Kim Jong-nam
The first statement issued on the issue by the North cites the death of "its nationals" in Kuala Lumpur, without the leader's half-brother Kim Jong-un named. Malaysia’s actions termed "illegal and immoral" and in "total disregard for international law."
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