23 July 2016
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    23/07/2016 - CHINA

    Rains hit northern, northeast and central China. In Xingtai (Hebei) the local government has kept silent on the victims. According to the population there were no alerts and aid is not enough.

    23/07/2016 - BANGLADESH

    Mymensingh, a tribal Catholic elected to Parliament

    by Sumon Corraya

    Jewel Areng is the youngest member of Parliament and is also the only Catholic. He has won in the constituency left vacant after the death of his father. His parent was Minister for Social Welfare and was well respected among Muslims. The local Church hopes the new deputy will follow his father's footsteps and work for the good of the population.

    23/07/2016 - INDONESIA

    West Java, nuns against corruption: a seminar to deepen awareness and initiatives

    by Mathias Hariyadi

    A group of 36 Franciscan Sisters of Sukabumi hold a three-day meeting. The event organized by Bhumiksara Foundation, in collaboration with the Bishops' Conference. Morality, intelligence and awareness against a "rampant" phenomenon.

    23/07/2016 - IRAQ

    Mesopotamian Marshes Unesco heritage site. Mar Sako: archeology worth more than oil

    by Joseph Mahmoud

    The Chaldean Patriarch welcomes the inclusion of three archaeological sites and four natural areas among World Heritage Sites. Part of the new sites are located in the site of the biblical Garden of Eden. Sako appeals to institutions: to protect this patrimony we need "peace and stability."

    22/07/2016 - LIBYA

    Oil exports resume from the ports of As Sidr and Ra’s Lanuf

    Oil exports are expected to bring stability to the war-torn country. The area in question is a major oil hub and can deliver up to 900,000 barrels a day.

    22/07/2016 - CHINA

    Former village chief of Wukan arrested for corruption. But people support him

    Lin Zuluan has "confessed" his misdeeds on television, but people continue to demonstrate for his release, waving red flags.

    21/07/2016 - INDIA

    Attack against four Dalits for skinning cow sparks mass protests in Gujarat

    A group of cow vigilantes brutally beat four men for harming sacred animal. Prime Minister Modi’s home state is now in turmoil and voters’ dissatisfaction might negative impact the BJP's campaign among low caste voters.

    21/07/2016 - BANGLADESH

    Dhaka government says at least 11 NGOs fund terrorist groups

    by Sumon Corraya

    The organizations receive money since 2012. The funds come from the Middle East countries - such as Kuwait, Qatar and Saudi Arabia - and the UK. Islamist groups have opened schools, madrassas, hospitals and training centers. At least 231 associations bankrolled terrorism, with 500 thousand employees throughout the country.

    21/07/2016 - MALAYSIA - USA

    Malaysian prime minister ready to cooperate in investigation of misappropriated funds

    Najib Razak ready to "cooperate across the board" on investigations related to the controversial 1MDB fund. US authorities have seized assets for a billion dollars. A case that has "cheated" population Malaysian on a "large scale". The stolen money also used to finance the film The Wolf of Wall Street. Saudi Arabian influence in elections.

    20/07/2016 - KOREA

    S Korean bishops against THAAD anti-missile system, "the centre of a new cold war"

    In a statement signed by the presidents of the Commission for Reconciliation and the Commission for Justice and Peace, the Catholic Church rejects military escalation and reiterates that peace is through dialogue and economic development in both Koreas. Pope Francis words at the Blue House are cited.

    20/07/2016 - SRI LANKA

    Church against drug use in Sri Lankan schools

    by Melani Manel Perera

    The Archdiocese of Colombo calls for broad partition in mass rally on 30 July. Drug abuse is rapidly increasing even among Catholic students. The island nation has about 45,000 heroin users as well as 200,000 cannabis users. It is a transit point for drug trafficking originating in India.

    19/07/2016 - KOREA

    Pyongyang successfully launches three ballistic missiles at sea

    The weapons have a range of 500-600 km, capable of hitting all of South Korea up to Busan. Experts concerned about the quality of the experiments on new fuels and cooling system. China criticizes Washington and Seoul deal on the new anti-missile system.

    18/07/2016 - INDIA

    Bangalore Diocese welcomes African migrants, “precious before God”

    by Nirmala Carvalho

    The Diocese organised a meeting for economic and political migrants from Africa’s poorest areas and conflict zones. In order to meet their spiritual needs, large parts of the liturgy are in French. The pastoral care of migrants is "central to our Jubilee of Mercy".

    17/07/2016 - VATICAN

    Pope: More important than serving are listening and welcoming guests

    Francis spoke today about Jesus’s visit to two sisters, Martha and Mary, one of whom was “busy” and the other was “contemplative”. The right attitude belongs to those who "value the most important thing, i.e. the presence of the guest, Jesus." After the Marian prayer, the pope turned his thoughts to the Nice massacre. “May God, the good Father, welcome all the victims into his peace, support the wounded and comfort the families. May he dissolve every project of terror and death, so that no one dares to spill his brother's blood.” He also greeted “the great Chinese brothers and sisters” in the square.

    15/07/2016 - KUWAIT

    Kuwait, first Gulf state to provide rights to domestic workers

    Interior Minister decree sets minimum labour standards, including wages, working hours, holiday, end-of-service benefits. Happy, human rights groups want to see legislation extended to all Gulf states.

    14/07/2016 - PAKISTAN

    Lahore: Christian foundation against the new metro line going through church land

    by Shafique Khokhar

    City’s 27 km Orange Line Metro Train project threatens 27 heritage sites, 11 of which are protected under federal law and six under provincial law. Four churches dating back to the mid-19th century would be affected, including the Cathedral Church of the Resurrection. For activist, “we [. . .] will not sit back and let anyone destroy this 2000-year-old city”.

    14/07/2016 - BANGLADESH

    Dhaka massacre sinks tourism with losses in the millions of dollars

    by Sumon Corraya

    Operators and association officials confirm the wave of cancellations, including locals. For one trader, “the situation is going to get worse”. A US travel warning “will affect us for a long time.”

    14/07/2016 - INDIA

    India, Caritas at forefront in flood relief efforts

    by Nirmala Carvalho

    Incessant rains have hit in the central states of Uttarakhand, Madhya Pradesh and Assam. In recent days 24 people have died and 170 thousand others had to leave their homes. The operators of the social arm of the Church have set up field hospitals and are distributing tents and survival kits to thousands of families.


    14/07/2016 - CHINA

    China: Eight strikes a day for the first six months of the year

    The China Labour Bulletin publishes data on protests and social unrest in the world of work: an increase of 18.6% over last year, despite government attempts to stabilize the economy.


    14/07/2016 - ISRAEL - PALESTINE

    Erez crossing between Israel and Gaza reopened after 10 years

    The Israeli government declares that "the decision was made to facilitate the work of Palestinian importers and thus help the economy of the Gaza Strip".

    13/07/2016 - SRI LANKA

    Catholics and fishermen against land expropriation for tourism development

    by Melani Manel Perera

    A UN-sponsored international conference on tourism is currently underway in Sri Lanka. Local Catholics, fishermen and activists planned a protest until they were deterred by Sri Lanka’s CID. Critics bemoan the negative impact on the local population, who were not invited to the event. Tourist development “will benefit only big business.”

    13/07/2016 - CHINA

    Chinese steel mills start to close following government orders

    Steel giant Baosteel is set to cut overcapacity by more than 9 million tonnes in the next two years. It might merge with Wuhan Iron & Steel as part of industry’s “restructuring”. China wants drastic cuts to coal-powered heavy industry to boost new activities and limit export losses.

    12/07/2016 - KOREA

    Seoul, entrepreneurs against the government: Reopen Kaesong

    Closed five months ago because of increased tension between North and South of the peninsula, the inter-Korean industrial complex is under Pyongang army control. The South's government denies investors the ability to control plants, and 124 companies involved in the project at risk of bankruptcy.


    11/07/2016 - INDIA

    Kashmir, clashes between separatists and police: 23 dead and 250 injured

    The violence was unleashed following the killing of Burhan Wani, a popular seperatist militant. Authorities impose a curfew, shut schools, offices, highways.  Internet sut down. Kashmir is a disputed territory between India and Pakistan since 1947. A latent conflict has caused tens of thousands of deaths.

    11/07/2016 - TAIWAN

    Taiwan, new government faces "energy dilemma"

    by Xin Yage

    The population fears possible nuclear disasters like Fukushima and calls for the total denuclearization of the island. On the other hand, the need to cut CO2 emissions does not leave much room for the old sources of electricity. Renewable, however, unable to meet demand.

    10/07/2016 - VATICAN

    Pope: May good works grow within us, for we will be judged by our mercy

    Francis comments on the parable of the Good Samaritan: "Let us ask ourselves: Is our faith fruitful? Does it produce good works? Or is it rather sterile, and therefore more dead than alive? Do I stop to help others or simply pass by?". After the Angelus prayer he recalls Sea Sunday: "May Mary, Star of the Sea, watch over you."

    09/07/2016 - PAKISTAN

    Church mourns "Pakistan’s Mother Teresa "

    by Kamran Chaudhry

    Abdul Sattar Edhi died last night at age 88 at a hospital in Karachi. His funeral was attended by faithful of all religions. He set up a network of homes that welcome thousands of abandoned people, poor, elderly, sick, rejected children, that operate free medical clinics, dispensaries, ambulances. His example of charity will not be forgotten "because his good work is immortal."


    09/07/2016 - ISRAEL - PALESTINE

    Without electricity, Gaza invests in solar panels

    The goal is to install solar panels on the roofs of 10 thousand homes in the Gaza Strip. Initial investment of about 5 thousand euro per person, but guaranteed long term benefits. After years of Israeli restrictions, it is now possible to import panels. And the prices have dropped.


    08/07/2016 - MYANMAR

    Myanmar to invest new funds to educate disabled children and the children of migrant workers

    Out of more than 300,000 Myanmar children living with disabilities, half have never gone to school. There are no proper facilities and families cannot afford private schools. In Thailand, Myanmar migrants cannot send their children to Thai state schools, and have to rely on schools organised by civil society groups.

    07/07/2016 - BANGLADESH

    Death threats for Christian and Hindu traders

    by Sumon Corraya

    The death threats from a banned Islamic group demand store owners enforce eight specific rules. These include having a copy of the Koran, serving beef in Hindu restaurants, not allowing women workers, removing Christian sacred images.


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    ASIA – WYD
    Card Gracias: young Asians bring Asian values to World Youth Day in Krakow

    Nirmala Carvalho

    "Our Asian pilgrims not only bring the grandeur, the vitality and beauty of Asia, but also the multi-cultural diversity, pluralism as well as Asian values of hospitality and family and, of course, the Church of the young.” Asia youth come to discover Krakow and the charisma of John Paul II, founder of the WYD.

    Horror in Aleppo: "moderate" rebel group beheads Palestinian child

    The Nour al-Din al-Zenki movement beheads 11-year old Abdallah Issa shouting "Allah Akbar". The child was executed for collaborating with government forces. Before he died he was tortured. The group’s leaders try to back away from the barbaric killing. The group is supported by Turkey, the US, Qatar and Saudi Arabia.


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