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    07/12/2016 - INDONESIA

    The faithful of the Evangelical Reformed Church were gathered in a hall in Bandung, when dozens of people stormed interrupting the choir and dispersing the crowd: "You cannot celebrate in a place that is not a church."

     




    07/12/2016 - LEBANON

    Patriarch Rai: A government by Christmas, as a gift to revive country's future


    The Maronite leader urges political forces to reach an agreement, as was the case for the election of the president. The common consensus and reconciliation between Maronites and Sunnis will be complete "with the formation of a new government." But there are internal divisions and power struggles. And the "obstacles" of a "regional dimension" working to "weaken" the mandate of Aoun.


    07/12/2016 - INDONESIA

    6.4 earthquake in Aceh: At least 52 dead, search for missing

    by Mathias Hariyadi

    The earthquake struck at 5:03 am local time. Many residents were preparing for morning Muslim prayers. Homes destroyed and thousands displaced. It is the worst natural disaster since the 2004 tsunami.

     


    06/12/2016 - CHINA

    China's second child law has not improved its demographics nor its economy

    by Jing Zhang

    Women’s Rights in China Director Jing Zhang was invited to give a speech at the conference “The Prospects for Democratization in China” organized by The China Democracy Forum, New York University (NYU) and Beijing Spring magazine. The theme of the conference was “The Match between Righteousness and Evil, The Responsibility and Choice of International Society” (see picture 1).


    06/12/2016 - ITALY – ORTHODOXY

    For Bartholomew, Christians cannot be indifferent to migrants and fundamentalism


    The Ecumenical Patriarch attended Mass in Bari’s Basilica of St Nicholas. We “cannot be silent before the scandal of the commodification of people, of religious fundamentalism that claims to act in the God’s name, of man's exploitation of man, of the depletion of natural resources for the benefit of a few to the detriment of the many, especially the poorest.”


    06/12/2016 - INDIA

    Tens of thousands of Indians mourn the death of Jayalalithaa, "mother" of Tamil Nadu


    After a long illness, the chief minister died at the age of 68. A former Bollywood actress, she was famous for her extravagance, as well as her social programmes and food aid for the poor. Corruption charges also hung over her, “but this normal in Indian politics”.


    06/12/2016 - SRI LANKA

    Sri Lankan fishermen movement leader looks at 20 years of achievements and challenges

    by Melani Manel Perera

    Herman Kumara, a Catholic, heads the National Fisheries Solidarity Movement. Bridging the gap between southern and northern fishermen, and influencing public policy are some of the group’s achievements. Nevertheless, its members still receive threats, and deep ethnic differences persist.


    06/12/2016 - CAMBODIA

    As New Humanity ends its work in Cambodia, this is "A new beginning,” not an end


    Present in the country since 1992, the PIME NGO has handed over its activities to local organisations and dioceses. The PIME vicar general attended the closing ceremony. The “final aim of every development organisation should be to ‘help people to become independent [. . .].’ This is exactly what is happening today.”


    06/12/2016 - PHILIPPINES

    Vice president is ousted from the cabinet. Marcos’s son wants her place


    Leni Robredo, 51, quit the cabinet yesterday after she was banned from its meetings. President Duterte does not like her opposition to the killing of suspected drug dealers, to the death penalty and to Marcos’s burial as a hero. The late dictator’s son, who had lost the race for the vice-presidency, could get the post after all if the Supreme Court rules in his favour.


    06/12/2016 - BANGLADESH

    Lost childhood and education: Child marriages in Bangladesh

    by Sumon Corraya

    Poverty and traditional Islamic culture are the main causes. 55% of brides are under 18 years of age; 18% under 15. A new law would allow the wedding in "special circumstances" to save the honor of the girls. Three stories of child marriages.

     


    06/12/2016 - ISRAEL - PALESTINE

    Israel, the Knesset set to legalize settlements and outposts in the Occupied Territories


    Draft norm that legalizes houses and settlements, in violation of international law, approved. Three more votes needed for entry into force. Main supporters include Bennet. B'Tselem study shows the dynamics of expropriation of land and denounces the frustration of the Palestinians. "Distorted" interpretation the law


    06/12/2016 - VATICAN

    Pope: Judas, the "perfect lost sheep" who did not understand the tenderness of God


    "May the Lord give us this grace, to wait for Christmas with our wounds, with our sins, sincerely recognized, to wait for the power of this God who comes to console, who comes with power, but his power is tenderness, caresses born from his heart, which was so good that he have his life for us. "

     


    06/12/2016 - SYRIA - UN

    Moscow and Beijing block UN resolution for a ceasefire in Aleppo


    According to Russia the document violates one of the rules of the Security Council. US response, " prepackaged excuse". The humanitarian situation in opposition controlled areas dire. Rebels say any evacuation offer "unacceptable". The US Congress vote to provide the anti-Assad front anti-aircraft missiles.


    06/12/2016 - CHINA

    It's official: China holds world record for pollution


    The highly industrialized Beijing-Tianjin-Hebei region is also the most polluted. The problem stems from development model and the few investments in the environment sector. The government’s broken promises.

     


    05/12/2016 - ITALY

    For Bartholomew, religions play a fundamental role in creating communion between peoples


    The Ecumenical Patriarch of Constantinople received the St Nicholas Ecumenical Prize, an award that Pope Francis in a telegram called a "significant acknowledgment" and a "sign of gratitude" for the services rendered by Bartholomew "to promote an ever greater communion among all believers in Christ."


    05/12/2016 - BANGLADESH

    Lisi Desai, a disabled Catholic woman who helps hundreds of disabled people in Bangladesh (Photos)

    by Sumon Corraya

    The young woman is suffering from a degenerative muscle disease contracted at university. In Bangladesh there are more than a million disabled people, abandoned by the authorities and society. She helps educate them to be independent and self-reliant. The Church can change the faithful’s way of thinking. People with disabilities are "another aspect of God's grandeur."


    05/12/2016 - AFGHANISTAN

    As opium cultivation rises in Afghanistan, children are recruited by drug dealers


    In Herat province, opium poppy cultivation has grown significantly. The poor and children are paying the price of this, to the benefit of the Taliban and drug traffickers.


    05/12/2016 - INDIA

    Bandra’s St Andrew Parish celebrates 400 years

    by Nirmala Carvalho

    Built in 1595, the church was elevated to parish status in 1616 with the arrival of permanent clergy. Renovated several times, the building has kept to its original plan. Festivities lasted a whole year with social activities, and support for families and the needy.


    05/12/2016 - SYRIA - EU

    Grand Mufti of Damascus: Europe aid Syria to extinguish the fire of fundamentalism


    An inter-religious meeting of Muslim and Christian leaders in Dublin. Sheikh Ahmad Badr El Din Hassun against the Arab nations and the Gulf monarchies who want to destroy the multi-ethnic and cultural soul of the country. Gregory III Laham: work for peace, not for blame. "We are all guilty in war."

     


    05/12/2016 - VATICAN

    Pope: "Give” our sins to God, so that he can transform us, "re-create us"


    "God created the world; man fell into sin; Jesus comes to re-create the world. " The Lord "help us to prepare for Christmas with great faith", "because the healing of the soul, for the existential healing, the re-creation that Jesus brings takes great faith."


    05/12/2016 - MYANMAR

    Clashes in Shan State: St. Francis Xavier church in Mung Koe destroyed



    The parish hit by government army bombings, fighting the Kachin and Shan ethnic militias in the north-east of the country. Bishop: "Only the bell tower left standing. Priests, nuns and the faithful have fled to China. "

     


    05/12/2016 - INDIA

    Chennai, tribal cooperative provides snakebite antidote


    Until the seventies, the tribe of Irula hunted and sold the skins of snakes. With the ban of the practice, the tribe risked being left without a livelihood. The poisonous serum is injected into horses, which produce a natural antidote. Around 46 thousand Indians die each year from snakebites.

     


    05/12/2016 - SYRIA - UN

    Half of Aleppo East in the hands of Assad


    The goal of loyalists is to win back the entire metropolis in the coming weeks. Tens of thousands of displaced persons amid a new exodus of civilians. Today the UN Security Council vote on a resolution for a temporary ceasefire.

     


    05/12/2016 - CHINA-HONG KONG

    Hong Kong - Shenzhen stock connect launched


    A new step towards integrating China and world markets. But this morning’s results have not met expectations. The Shenzhen technology companies are coveted by global investors. But the Chinese - with the yuan that has lost 10% in value in two years – are  looking towards foreign investments.

     


    04/12/2016 - VATICAN

    Pope: the kingdom of heaven is at hand, "in some way, it is already present" and asks for conversion


    “It is to leave the convenient but misleading streets, the idols of this world – success at all costs, power at the expense of the weak, thirst for wealth, pleasure at any price –and open instead the way for the Lord who comes. He does not take away our freedom, but gives us true happiness."


    03/12/2016 - SRI LANKA

    President Sirisena thanks Asian bishops and the Church for their work

    by Melani Manel Perera

    The Plenary Assembly of the Federation of Asian Bishops' Conferences is taking place in Sri Lanka. On the eve of the meeting, Sri Lanka’s president met with a delegation of bishops. Catholics promote the social and religious life of the population.


    03/12/2016 - PHILIPPINES

    Manila, the world's tallest monument of the Divine Mercy


    The 30-metre statue of Jesus will stand in the Marialo national shrine, north of Manila. The inauguration and blessing are scheduled for 19 January 2017, during the 4th World Apostolic Congress on Mercy (WACOM). The event will draw 5,000 local and international delegates.


    03/12/2016 - EGYPT

    For Egyptian activist, new law is a “very harsh and not understandable” attack against NGOs operating in the country


    Iman Bibars slams the new law adopted by Egypt’s parliament, which leaves scope for interpretation and corruption, and does not counter the flow of money into the coffers of extremist movements. In the end, it will harm the activities of associations working for the country’s development.


    03/12/2016 - EGYPT

    Egypt’s new law on NGOs is a blow to civil society and future generations

    by Loula Lahham

    Egypt’s parliament recently approved the bill that is now waiting for President al-Sisi’s signature. It imposes sentences of up to five years in prison and fines up to a US$ 650,000. According to critics, the law’s restrictions will have a devastating impact.


    03/12/2016 - CHINA – UNITED STATES – TAIWAN

    Tsai Ing-wen’s call to Trump irritates Beijing


    The two presidents congratulate each other, talk about close economic, political and security relations between Taiwan and the United States. This has not happened in almost 40 years. The “US sells Taiwan billions of dollars of military equipment but I should not accept a congratulatory call," wonders Trump. Speculation is ripe about possible shifts in US policy towards Beijing.






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