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    13/02/2016 - INDONESIA

    The Geutanyoe Foundation has named fishermen from the Indonesian province for the Nansen Refugee Award. The UNCHR awards the prize each year for action on behalf of refugees and displaced people. Last year, the fishermen saved scores of Rohingya and Bangladeshis drifting on boats in the high seas.




    13/02/2016 - SAUDI ARABIA

    Saudi water resources at risk, to run out in 13 years


    King Faisal University raises the alarm. Groundwater will be used up in just over a decade, leaving the country high and dry. Gulf States have the largest per capita gap between renewable water supply and demand. Aquifer depletion is already visible.


    12/02/2016 - SYRIA

    World powers agree to "cease hostilities" in Syria. But skepticism reigns


    The fighting should end within a week. Agreement also reached on increased aid distribution as of today. Battle against jihadist groups to continue as well as siege of Aleppo. Skepticism in Damascus: "For five years we have had statements, but few hard facts." Dimitri Medvedev: Dialogue is better than the outbreak of  "a new world war."

     


    10/02/2016 - TAIWAN

    Search for Tainan quake survivors continues amid hope and despair

    by Xin Yage

    Four days after the earthquake 219 people extracted alive from the rubble; 46 confirmed dead; 94 are still missing. Engineer and two employees arrested for having built collapsed complex without the necessary safety standards. Population and security teams dig amid despair and hope.

     


    09/02/2016 - RUSSIA – VATICAN

    Sergei Chapnin: The Russian Orthodox Church in 2016, and its economic failures (Part Two)

    by Sergei Chapnin

    Like the rest of Russian society, the Church too is in recession, suffering from financial losses and bank closures. Problems afflict the monasteries of Trinity-St Sergius Lavra and St Daniel. Lack of financial transparency is an issue whilst parishes are reduced to poverty. A gap exists in the lifestyle of city and country priests.


    08/02/2016 - NEPAL

    Nepal, border with India reopened after five months of embargo

    by Christopher Sharma

    Yesterday vehicles passed through Raxaul-Birgunj mountain pass without difficulty. It is the thoroughfare for about 70% of all incoming goods. India applied trade bloc since Nepal adopted its first democratic Constitution. The population is at its lowest point. Expert: "People are not interested in political wrangling.  They are just trying to survive ".


    04/02/2016 - LEBANON – SYRIA

    Caritas Lebanon asks donor countries for more aid, calls for a stop to the war and arms trade


    Fr Paul Karam is in London for the Syria donor conference. For him, the priority is to stop the conflict. So far, "personal interests" have prevailed with "the civilian population" paying the price. The Middle East is "a raging volcano" that can be stymied by following the path of peace outlined by Pope Francis.


    04/02/2016 - AUSTRALIA

    Australian churches offer themselves as a "sanctuary for refugees" who risk deportation


    The High Court rules "legitimate"  the government's decision to move hundreds of migrants on the island of Nauru, where there are some prisons that "host" asylum seekers. Christian communities in the country offer their facilities to prevent deportation. The executive: "The Christians have the right to think whatever they want, but they are not above the law." Thousands march for migrants.


     


    03/02/2016 - CHINA

    New Year paralyses Guangzhou station with 100,000 people stuck waiting for a train


    Hordes of passengers swamp the main railway station in China’s southern metropolis because bad weather has led to major delays and cancellations. Thousands of passengers arrived two days in advance for fear of losing their train. The national railway authority expects to carry 332 million passengers this season for some 2.91 billion-passenger trips.


    03/02/2016 - NEPAL

    Kathmandu denies repatriation to 300,000 Nepalese abused in Malaysia

    by Christopher Sharma

    About one million Nepalese migrants work in Malaysia. A third of them have asked to return home because of problems related to the currency crisis, insecurity and because they suffer torture. Nepal, however, still "suffers from the earthquake and the Indian embargo" and Kathmandu does not know how to re-employ migrants. Kuala Lumpur will not issue regular contracts, while calling for more women workers "who end up in the sex trade."

     


    02/02/2016 - INDIA

    Msgr. Mascarenhas: A hospital for the poor and tribals in Ranchi


    Msgr. Theodore Mascarenhas is the Auxiliary Bishop of Ranchi, Jharkahand. The hospital will have 500 beds and will train nurses and health workers among "their own people". The bishop has tribal origin and underlines the importance of reinvigorating the pride of their culture "in the formation of faith."


    02/02/2016 - INDONESIA

    Jakarta uncovers illegal trade in kidneys in hospitals

    by Mathias Hariyadi

    Public and private structures involved. People in economic difficulty are convinced to "donate" their organs with generous offers of money. The beneficiaries are wealthy foreigners. Hunt on for corrupt doctors.

     


    01/02/2016 - MYANMAR

    Myanmar: New Parliament opens, first step towards democracy


    Today the deputies elected from the Aung San Suu Kyi’s Democratic League take up their seats in the lower house and upper chamber. In late March, they will elect the new president of the country. "This is a day to be proud of in the political history of Myanmar." The transition from dictatorship to democracy begins.


    31/01/2016 - VATICAN – PHILIPPINES

    Pope to Cebu: Christ’s presence, a promise of joy and an invitation to mission


    sIn a video-message for the conclusion of the 51st International Eucharistic Congress, Francis stresses the joy of the meeting that "brought together so many people from the vast continent of Asia,” where bearing witness to Jesus takes place “through the testimony of lives”.  The next Congress will be held in Budapest, Hungary, in 2020.


    31/01/2016 - VATICAN

    Pope: The only privilege in the eyes of God is not to have any privileges


    Speaking about today’s Gospel, Francis focused on the temptation "to which religious men are always exposed, to which we are all exposed, and from which we should definitely stay away. What is this temptation? It is the temptation of considering religion as a human investment so that we start to ‘bargain’ with God for our own self-interest." Young members of Rome’s Azione Cattolica were in the square for the annual Peace Caravan. The pope pleaded for people living with leprosy, a disease that still “affects mostly the poorest and the most marginalised”.


    30/01/2016 - VATICAN

    Pope: the mission and mercy are the foundation of the faith, and every Christian is a Christopher


    Francis opens the jubilee general audiences with a reflection on the "wonderful circularity" between mission and mercy. The actual sign that we met Jesus "is the joy we feel in communicating it to others”. For the pontiff, “this this is not proselytising. It is giving a gift. I give you what gives me joy.” The pope ends calling on the crowd to pray for Ms Elvira, who worked at Casa Santa Marta, and was called by the Lord.


    29/01/2016 - MIDDLE EAST – CHINA

    Arab nations courting China to boost tourism


    The number of Chinese tourists is expected to double in Dubai, up to 543,000 by 2023. In Abu Dhabi, growth is set to reach 300 per cent. Chinese Muslims religious visitors are expected to choose especially Makkah and Madinah. Egypt too is betting on a Chinese surge. In North Africa, the authorities plan to encourage domestic tourism.


    28/01/2016 - INDIA

    Two years after its adoption, India’s anti-hunger law still "unconvincing"

    by Nirmala Carvalho

    Fr Irudaya Jothi sj, a well known social activist, speaks about the legislation that was supposed to eliminate hunger in India. In its original version, its reach was much wider. Under its current form, it excludes various groups. in addition, the problem of corruption still hangs over its implementation. The Church remains on the forefront of the campaign to increase the visibility of the problem of hunger.


    27/01/2016 - MALAYSIA

    Saudi Arabia’s US$ 681 million to Prime Minister Najib still a mystery


    Attorney General clears Najib Razak from bribery charges. For the former, the issue is between him and the Saudi royal family. For Malaysian source, “This would not be the first time the Saudis gave money this way to someone in Malaysia.” For Saudi source, the donation was designed to help Najib win the 2013 election.


    26/01/2016 - VATICAN – IRAN

    Pope Francis and Rouhani: for a Christian renewal in the Middle East and Iran’s Islam

    by Bernardo Cervellera

    Today's meeting raises hope for regional stability and a stop to the slaughter of Christians, condemned to oblivion at the hands of al Qaeda and Isis, who are also Iran’s enemies. The dialogue between cultures, religions and peoples that began under Khatami, frozen under Ahmadinejad, can now start again. Moderate Islam is also useful to Iranian youth, nauseated by the ayatollahs and the Revolutionary Guards. The Catechism and Catholic theologians are available in Persian translations.


    26/01/2016 - SRI LANKA

    Sri Lankan activists call on Pakistan to release fisherfolk rights activist

    by Melani Manel Perera

    A well-known trade unionist and head of the Pakistan Fisherfolk Forum, Saeed Baloch was arrested in Karachi, and is currently being held at a secret location. No formal charges have been laid against him, but under Pakistani law, anyone suspected of terrorist activity can be locked up for up to three months without charges being laid. Currently, three fisherfolk activists are languishing in Pakistani jails.


    25/01/2016 - INDIA

    Republic Day: terrorism and development still hding India’s problems

    by p. Anthony Charanghat

    India tomorrow celebrates the 67th Republic Day. Activities are planned across the country despite fear of attacks. For the editor of Mumbai’s diocesan weekly, the “country must be a democracy based on respect of the rule of law,” and rediscover the “multi-religious and multicultural” character of its people.


    25/01/2016 - LAOS – CHINA

    Two Chinese dead, one wounded in bomb attack in Laos


    Little is known yet about the attack, but one of the people involved worked in the mining industry. Relations between Beijing and Vientiane are based on natural resource development and shared ideological outlook since both are ruled by a one-party Communist regime. This year, the US president is expected in the country.


    23/01/2016 - CHINA

    Fujian: company tells family to give up “on treatment” and let burnt worker die


    The victim, a migrant worker from Yunnan, fell into a vat of boiling slurry after 13 hours of non-stop work. He has burns on 99 per cent of the body, and has had one leg amputated. His employer has not paid the medical fees for months. The family now has a debt of 90,000 yuan.


    22/01/2016 - INDIA

    Sister Bertilla Capra receives a one-year Indian visa


    From now on, the missionary of the Immaculate has to apply for a new visa every year, as an NGO employee. The Vimala Dermatological Centre is supported by local people. Among them are Hindus, Christians and Muslims.


    21/01/2016 - MONGOLIA

    Wedged between Russia and China, Mongolia chooses Japan

    by Alicia J. Campi

    Mongolia works its way out of diplomatic isolation by declaring itself "perpetually neutral" to avoid many frictions in the region. Rejecting advances from Moscow and Beijing, it opts for cooperation with Tokyo and Berlin to expand its energy markets. At the same time, it plans to become a "steppe road" for Russian and Chinese trade to become a hub in Eurasian transit. Analysis, courtesy of the Jamestown Foundation.

     


    21/01/2016 - CHINA

    China’s GDP growth could be only 5% as strong doubts are raised on Chinese statistics


    The stated GDP increase of 6.9% in 2015 is based on data manipulated by provincial authorities. They tend to inflate figures on investment, consumption, wages, trade, projects, and tax revenue. Xinhua reports allegations to this effect.


    20/01/2016 - VATICAN

    Pope calls for new business models that promote technology, yet respect man’s central place


    In a message to the Davos Forum, Francis says, “We must never allow the culture of prosperity to deaden us, to make us incapable of ‘feeling compassion at the outcry of the poor, weeping for other people’s pain’, especially since “our own actions are a cause of injustice and inequality”.


    20/01/2016 - LEBANON

    Aoun-Geagea alliance generates shock and hope


    The leader of the Lebanese Forces supports the candidacy for president of his former enemy. Lebanese Forces and the Change and Reform bloc have the largest number of Christian MPs. Maronite Patriarchate of Bkerke is "happy and relieved". The Lebanese Parliament has failed to elect a president since May 2014. Some Christians and Muslims resist.


    19/01/2016 - THAILAND

    Thai Church fights surrogacy

    by Weena Kowitwanij

    For Chertchai Lertjitlaeka, a Camillian doctor, womb rental "violates the relationship of honesty and transparency between spouses." After some scandals, Thailand banned surrogacy for foreign couples last year. For human rights lawyer, “Whilst reproductive health is everyone’s right, surrogate mothers and their husbands know nothing of the consequences, including long term effects, of chemical substances that are administered”.






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    CUBA – VATICAN – ORTHODOX
    Francis-Kirill meeting in Cuba: “Finally! We are brothers. We have everything in common”



    The first meeting in centuries between the Pope and the Patriarch of Moscow took place in a relaxed and fraternal atmosphere. Two hours of private talks were followed by the signing of a Joint Declaration. As he thanked Raul Castro, the pope said, "If things continue like this, Cuba will be the capital of unity." Both leaders are committed to defending Christians around the world and support "the foundations of morality, the family and the person".


    VATICAN – CUBA – ORTHODOX
    Francis and Kirill: Orthodox and Catholics united vis-à-vis persecuted Christians and the secularised West



    In the Joint Declaration signed in Havana, the Pope and the Patriarch of Moscow emphasise the world’s evils and the need for Christians to bear witness together. Both stand for the natural marriage of a man and a woman, the right to life, and the need for inter-faith dialogue. Both are saddened by the scandal of division, and jointly appeal for an end to religious persecution, for peace in Ukraine and for unity based on "tangible gestures." The full text of the Declaration follows.


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