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  • 28/06/2017 - HONG KONG – CHINA

    The handover of the former British colony to China in 1997 did not come without pain. Still, Beijing respected Hong Kong’s way of life for several years. In recent times though, mainland meddling in Hong Kong's internal affairs has increased. This has sparked a strong reaction in favour of democracy as well as autonomy, especially among young people. The Catholic Church remains committed to the common good. Card Zen is considered a hero of democracy and the marginalised. It is still possible to build trust between rulers and ruled. What follows is an analysis by a researcher at the Chinese University of Hong Kong.


    by Mary Mee-Yin Yuen (*)

    28/06/2017 - LEBANON - PALESTINE

    Beirut, violence between opposing factions in the Palestinian camp of Sabra: three dead


    Bilal Akar, wanted for several crimes, and Samir Badran died in the clashes. Even a little girl was hit by a stray bullet. Tension remains high in the area. Economic issues behind the violence. The army takes over control of the area.


    28/06/2017 - VATICAN

    Pope tells new cardinals that they are called to look at the reality of suffering and injustice


    Francis created five new cardinals today. They come from Laos, Mali, Sweden, El Salvador and Spain. He described today’s reality in which “It is the innocent who suffer and die as victims of war and terrorism;” a world in which “forms of enslavement [. . .] continue to violate human dignity even in the age of human rights;” where “refugee camps [. . .] at times seem more like a hell than a purgatory;” and where “all that is no longer useful, people included,” is discarded.


    28/06/2017 - LAOS

    Laos’s new cardinal: “poverty, suffering and persecution are the three columns that strengthen the Church”


    The first Laotian cardinal talks about his election and the life of the Catholic Church in Laos. The latter endures persecution and bears witness to its faith amid many adversities. It has 45,000 members, 20 priests, 98 religious and 218 parishes. The cardinal was a prisoner of the government for three years. “I accepted it, as it was true. They were right, I was ‘promoting’ Jesus. It was a correct accusation,” he said. The government exercises tight controls over religions. Relations between Church and State are difficult. “We can change the government's way of thinking that we are not its enemy."


    28/06/2017 - SRI LANKA

    Sri Lanka has become a land for China’s economic colonisation

    by Melani Manel Perera

    The Colombo Port City project has weakened the country so much that it has lost some of its sovereignty. The island nation is a major component of Beijing’s ‘One belt, one road’ strategy. Development plans fail to listen to people's voices.


    28/06/2017 - VATICAN

    Pope: "Persecution is not a contradiction to the Gospel, it is part of it"


    The Christian is a "martyr," a "witness" to good, he accepts to die "for fidelity to the Gospel" and "reproaches the idea that suicide bombers may be called martyrs. There is nothing in their end that can be likened to the attitude of the children of God ".


    28/06/2017 - TURKEY - QATAR - GULF

    Gulf: Struggle between Wahhabites and Muslim Brotherhoods, not Iran, at the origin of crisis


    Riyadh will not negotiate the terms dictated in Doha to resolve the crisis. Otherwise Qatar will remain "isolated". Blockade sees first repercussions, with a decline in tourism. Ankara's economic and military rescue of Doha as Turkey raises campaign against Saudi Arabia and United Arab Emirates.


    28/06/2017 - INDIA

    Former Indian public servants slam Modi for the dictatorship of the Hindu majority

    by Purushottam Nayak

    Some 65 former civil servants, including high ranking officials, sign the petition. In it, they slam the climate of religious intolerance towards Muslims, the beef ban, and the violence against students and intellectuals who dare stand against the dominant ideology.


    28/06/2017 - VATICAN

    Pope urges Trade Unions to be “prophetic” in defending the rights of "the most fragile workers"


    The role of Trade Unions in a modern society, their need to distinguish themselves from politics and for a new social pact for young people. "It's a crippled and short-lived society that forces older people to work too long and forces an entire generation of young people not to work when they should work for themselves and for everyone."


    28/06/2017 - KOREA

    Moon, détente with the North for the Winter Olympics: one team for the two Koreas


    North Korea should first qualify for PyeongChang 2018. The North did not participate in the Sochi Winter Olympics in Russia in 2014. In the past the two Koreans have already marched under the unified flag at various opening ceremonies of the Asian Games and the Under 20 World Cup in 1991


    28/06/2017 - INDIA

    A photographer provokes: In India women are worth less than sacred cows (Photo)


    The project is by photographer Sujatro Ghosh. Women portrayed in the most famous places in Delhi. Every 15 minutes in the country a woman is raped. The "cow watchers" protest on social media and call for the young man to be slaughtered in front of a mosque.


    27/06/2017 - LEBANON – PORTUGAL

    Lebanon: The Church consecrates the country and the Middle East to Our Lady of Fatima

    by Fady Noun

    The long schedule of prayers was dedicated to peace. The journey is not for the "weak of heart" who are content with "salvation on the cheap". Without the conversion of the heart, pilgrimage is not enough. Penance and mercy go hand in hand. We must always be ready to respond to the Virgin's requests.


    27/06/2017 - IRAQ

    For Catholic Leader, Mosul's liberation from IS is near with reconstruction to follow


    Duraid Hikmat Tobiya said that only a "few areas" remain in jihadi hands. Iraqi forces repel an IS counter-offensive. The fate of civilians remains a major concern. So far, more than 800,000 people have been displaced. Extremism must be controlled in sermons and school curricula. From Mosul comes an appeal to rebuild the mosque and minaret destroyed by the Islamic State.


    27/06/2017 - HONG KONG – CHINA

    Hong Kong’s 20 years tested by Xi Jinping's visit

    by Bernardo Cervellera

    The president and his wife arrive tomorrow for several ceremonies behind two-tonne barriers and heavy security screens. Deng had promised "one country, two systems," but in recent years the people of Hong Kong have had to fight for democracy and against security laws. Many statements coming from Beijing highlight the mainland’s blind supremacy. Dissatisfied, many young people are tempted by "independence".


    27/06/2017 - PHILIPPINES

    Marawi: Maute ready to release Fr Chito, but Manila refuses to negotiate


    Abdullah Maute is willing to release the priest if the authorities release his parents and relatives. “The government’s policy is not to negotiate with terrorists,” presidential spokesperson Ernesto Abella said. “We knew from the start that they don’t want to negotiate,” Marawi Bishop Edwin de la Peña noted. Terrorists say they are ready to pull back if the MILF intervenes. Government losses rise to 70. About 100 guerrillas still occupy Lilod, Bangolo, Raya Madaya and Marinaut. The army changes strategy.


    27/06/2017 - INDIA - USA

    India and the United States never so united on economy, defense, counter-terrorism and China


    Repeated handshakes and hugs between Trump and Modi. Symbolic gestures mask real political intentions. US support in the dispute between Delhi and Islamabad on Islamic extremism. The chief of Kashmir separatists included in the list of terrorists worldwide. Sale of 22 Drones at $ 2 Billion. Sharing information in the naval field.


    27/06/2017 - CHINA

    As state companies cook the books, official statistics on growth lose their credibility


    Books are manipulated in cahoots with local governments. Promotions are linked to the growth of local industrial areas. The Chinese government wants to correct the situation, but penalties are too lenient. Meanwhile international agencies cast doubt on the credibility of official statistics and lower China’s rating.


    27/06/2017 - VATICAN

    Pope: "We are grandparents called to dream and gift our dreams to today's youth"


    Francis celebrates Mass with the Cardinals present at Rome on the occasion of the 25th anniversary of his episcopal ordination. " Someone who does not love us says of us that we are the gerontocracy of the Church. It is a mockery. He doesn’t understand what he says.. "


    27/06/2017 - RUSSIA - VATICAN

    Card. Parolin to meet Putin. The Ostpolitik of the third millennium

    by Stefano Caprio

    The new season of the Russian-Vatican dialogue opened after the meeting of Francis and Kirill in Cuba. The mission of Moscow as the "third Rome" and as a bulwark against the enemies of the faith. Papal attempts to have relations with Russia even during the Soviet era. The theological school of M. Arranz. The Catholic Church agrees all pastoral initiatives with the Patriarchate. The problem of the uniates and the crisis of Ukraine. Ecumenical humanitarian aid to Aleppo.


    27/06/2017 - CHINA

    'Too late' to cure Liu Xiaobo, it’s terminal cancer


    Liu Xia, the wife of the great dissident, says any cure is now useless. The US Commission on China asks Liu Xiaobo be transferred to the United States for medical treatment. According to prison authorities, a team of eight doctors are watching over the Nobel Laureate’s Health. The accusation: he was allowed access to treatment too late.


    27/06/2017 - SYRIA

    "Aleppo more beautiful": Christians and Muslims clean the city


    The initiative was promoted in collaboration with the governorate of the city. From clearing sidewalks to the restoration of activities. Fr. Ibrahim: to make the city symbol of the Syrian conflict more beautiful is a "challenge" that "unites" faithful of all religions. And an "opportunity" to renew "that wonderful mosaic that is our society. There is also a summer camp for 860 children. 


    26/06/2017 - MONGOLIA

    Economy, relations with China, and religious freedom dominate presidential election


    Mieygombo Enkhbold, of the Mongolian People's Party, and Khaltmaa Battulga, of the Nationalist Democratic Party, are the frontrunners. The vote is a referendum on economic policy. The country is trying to curb China’s hegemony. In religious matters, nothing has changed. Buddhism is protected by the state whilst Christians endure restrictions.


    26/06/2017 - VATICAN

    Pope: The Christian's path means "allowing oneself to be stripped bare" and "being open to the Lord's surprises"


    Christians must have the "ability" to be stripped of, otherwise they are not "authentic Christians," as they are not those who are not "stripped and crucified with Jesus." Another feature is that of blessing: "The Christian is a man, a woman who" blesses ": that is," He speaks good of God and of others ".


    26/06/2017 - INDIA

    Mgr Menamparampil warns against the obscurantist danger hanging over India

    by Nirmala Carvalho

    Outlawed fundamentalist groups have the support of political and religious leaders, and are not punished for violence against minorities. The economy excludes the most vulnerable groups in society. “Vegetarian terrorism" is unleashed against killing cattle. For Hindu activists, violence against cows is criminal, but violence against human beings is simply punishment. The fear of conversion marks every Christian with suspicion. For one witness, “The better the person, the greater the danger”. Hindutva followers have historicised mythology. "By taking mythologies as histories they are humiliating the sense of history of their own people.” However, the prelate has confidence in Indian society. “All we have to do is create situations where interactions are possible; where everyone has an opportunity to explain himself."


    26/06/2017 - VIETNAM – CHINA

    Hanoi and Beijing at loggerheads over the South China Sea

    by Thanh Thuy

    In a statement, Chinese General Fan Changlong said that all the islands in the South China Sea have been Chinese since ancient times. This caused the cancellation of a planned Sino-Vietnamese Border Defence Friendship Exchange. Beijing is unhappy about Vietnam’s plans to carry out oil and gas exploitation in disputed waters. Hanoi seeks closer economic and military relations with Japan and the United States.


    26/06/2017 - CHINA-VATICAN

    The last 10 years of the Church in China: from the Letter of Benedict XVI to the silence on the arrest of Msgr. Shao Zhumin

    by Joseph

    The silence on the persecution of Chinese Catholics and their bishops in Wenzhou and Shanghai. The organisms that Benedict XVI did not accept (Patriotic Association and Chinese Bishops' Conference) because "incompatible with Catholic doctrine" now govern the Church. Dialogue between China and the Vatican must address the issue of underground bishops out in the open and not under the shroud of secrecy. An analysis from a northeast Chinese Catholic, as the Vatican celebrates a new round of China-Holy See talks.


    26/06/2017 - VATICAN – CHINA

    Holy See has expressed “grave concern” over the fate of Mgr Shao Zhumin, held by police for more than a month

    by Bernardo Cervellera

    The bishop of Wenzhou (Zhejiang), who belongs to the underground community, is said to be undergoing brainwashing to join the Chinese Patriotic Catholic Association. Since China and the Holy See resumed talks three years ago, this is the first time that the Holy See Press Office speaks about a detained bishop. The faithful have felt too much pain over the Vatican’s extended silence. Germany’s ambassador in Beijing, Michael Clauss, has talked about the case. The Vatican’s press office calls on the faithful to pray for Bishop Shao Zhumin and “the path of the Catholic Church in China.”


    26/06/2017 - CHINA

    Dissident Liu Xiaobo leaves prison suffering from terminal liver cancer


    He has been allowed treatment outside the prison, but he will not seek medical treatment abroad. In 2009, he was sentenced to 11 years for "inciting subversion of state power" after he co-authored Charter 08. Whilst in prison, he was awarded the Nobel Peace Prize in 2010.


    26/06/2017 - SOUTH KOREA - USA

    Protests in Seoul against Thaad. US senators pressure Moon


    Thousands of South Korean people march in the capital to ask for the cancellation of the project days ahead of first official visit to the United States of the newly elected president. A group of Republican and Democrat senators ask Moon to keep the alliance's commitments. In a letter to Trump they deny the interference of the American anti-missile system on Chinese territory. They condemn China's threats of retaliation on South Korea.


    26/06/2017 - YEMEN - UN

    UN says Yemen caught in worst cholera epidemic in the world


    A joint note by Unicef ​​and WHO experts. Suspected cases exceeded 200,000, victims over 1300; Of these, a quarter were children. There are 5,000 new cases per day. Almost 19 million people out of 28 million need assistance. Seven million are at the brink of famine. The health system has collapsed, endangering the supply of drinking water.






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    VATICAN – CHINA
    Holy See has expressed “grave concern” over the fate of Mgr Shao Zhumin, held by police for more than a month

    Bernardo Cervellera

    The bishop of Wenzhou (Zhejiang), who belongs to the underground community, is said to be undergoing brainwashing to join the Chinese Patriotic Catholic Association. Since China and the Holy See resumed talks three years ago, this is the first time that the Holy See Press Office speaks about a detained bishop. The faithful have felt too much pain over the Vatican’s extended silence. Germany’s ambassador in Beijing, Michael Clauss, has talked about the case. The Vatican’s press office calls on the faithful to pray for Bishop Shao Zhumin and “the path of the Catholic Church in China.”


    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."


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