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    10/02/2016 - SRI LANKA

    UN High Commissioner for Human Rights Zeid Ra'ad Al Hussein made a four-day visit to assess the progress of the war crimes investigation. During his stay, he met with politicians and civil society leaders. The main issues were political prisoners, internally displaced people, refugee camps, and civilian areas still under military control.




    10/02/2016 - HONG KONG – CHINA – VATICAN

    Missionary of Mercy in Hong Kong, with an eye on China

    by Bernardo Cervellera

    The Holy Year of Mercy is an opportunity to rebuild relationships and ties with those who live faraway. Reconciliation with unlawful bishops will be difficult. Pope Francis would also like “to come to China." Protestants become Catholic to receive forgiveness in the sacrament of reconciliation. A divided Hong Kong needs mercy.


    10/02/2016 - RUSSIA - VATICAN

    Sergei Chapnin: The Russian Orthodox Church in 2016. The problem of understanding and credibility. Part Three

    by Sergei Chapnin

    The attentive Russian analyst points to some contradictions enveloping the Patriarchate, unable to understand the situation of the poor and of Russian society. Another problem: the traditional "collegiality" has given way to a top-down management.
      

     


    10/02/2016 - SYRIA

    Vicar of Aleppo says Syrian people do not want war which is fomented by foreigners


    The regular army advances in the region. Thousands of civilians and militants in flight. For Msgr. Georges Abou Khazen Christian migrants are a resource "in pastoral and ecclesial service". He urges them to witness to the Gospel to Muslims, a mission "in the sign of the times." From the drama of the Christians to the miracle of the meeting between Francis and Kirill. Lent and the ecumenism of blood.


    10/02/2016 - CHINA

    Even in retirement, Communists “cannot take part in religious activities”


    The Communist Party’s Organisation Department, which controls the 88 million party personnel, issued new rules banning retired party members from engaging in religious activities. Politburo member Yu Zhengsheng called for “more effort in building a religious ideology with Chinese characteristics”.


    09/02/2016 - VATICAN – CHINA

    The Missionaries of Mercy and China’s unlawful bishops

    by Bernardo Cervellera

    The mandate of the Missionaries of Mercy also covers China, where excommunicated bishops could be readmitted. Yet, this would be difficult to do because it would require a public statement that Chinese Patriotic Catholic Association would slam as “Vatican meddling in China's internal affairs". Likewise, "sinicisation" would bring the risk of dividing the Church even more.


    09/02/2016 - PAKISTAN

    A ‘water man’ discriminated in high school because he is Christian and should not give water to students

    by Shafique Khokhar

    Qaisar Jahan began to work at the MC Girls High School in Faisalabad in November 2015 bringing water to students. When the headmistress found out that he was a Christian, she told him to do the janitorial work and not deliver water. He refused saying, “I shall not bend in front of this kind of people”.


    09/02/2016 - INDIA

    Rising violence against Christians in Uttar Pradesh ahead of state elections

    by Nirmala Carvalho

    The state’s legislative assembly is set for renewal next year. For the Global Council of Indian Christians, acts of violence and incidents of discrimination against the Christian minority have reached a crescendo. A pastor and two worshipers have been arrested in Noida. The pastor of the Mission India Church was held for hours without charges along with 20 other religious leaders in Robertsganj.


    09/02/2016 - IRAQ

    Auxiliary Bishop of Baghdad: Christian properties targeted by criminals, government and police weak


    Msgr. Warduni confirms reports of "gangs and militias" responsible for attacks and expropriation of houses, commercial, cultural and religious sites. A milieu of groups that operate by exploiting the inertia of the authorities and the institutions and target Christians, Muslims, Yazidis. They are acting for money and are a concern. UN blue helmets to ensure the unity of Iraq.


    08/02/2016 - INDIA

    For Guwahati archbishop, Cebu was one of Asia’s most inspiring faith events

    by Nirmala Carvalho

    Mgr Thomas Menamparampil, who addressed the International Eucharistic Congress with his catechesis titled ‘The Eucharist as mission, the mission as dialogue,’ saw joy in the faces of participants who paid attention even during the longest and most serious meetings. He stressed the importance of silent Eucharistic adoration to hear Jesus’ cry on the cross, and spoke about the meaning of work in India, “periphery of peripheries”.


    08/02/2016 - RUSSIA – VATICAN

    Notes on the Russian patriarch and Russian Church the pope will meet

    by Ieromonaco Ioann

    Kirill, the head of the Russian Orthodox Church, whom the pope will meet in Cuba on 12 February, is transforming his communities by offering them younger bishops and a functioning curia with the Catholic Church as his model and Nikodim’s legacy as a precedent. The bureaucratisation and self-centredness are real risks.


    06/02/2016 - RUSSIA - VATICAN

    Francis and Kirill, a Holy Alliance for the future of Christians and the world

    by Vladimir Rozanskij

    The meeting between the Pope and the Patriarch of Moscow Kirill has been eagerly desired for quite some time. Expected under John Paul II; hoped for with Benedict XVI, it has taken time to realize. Catholics and Orthodox face the same challenges of persecution and relativism. Orthodox nationalism, backed by Putin, causes some reticence. The Middle East crisis and risk of Russia’s isolation fosters collaboration.


    06/02/2016 - RUSSIA - VATICAN

    Moscow and Rome: A history of clashes and dialogue

    by Ieromonaco Ioann

    Good relations until the fifteenth century. The Council of Florence, the Union of Brest and the birth of the Catholic Churches of the Eastern rite. The anti-Christian persecution of the Soviet Union and the conflict between Catholics and Orthodox in Ukraine. The Catholic mission in Russia.


    05/02/2016 - HOLY LAND

    The Church of the Holy Land mourns the passing of Jeries Khoury


    The 64-year-old of Palestinian died on 3 February in Rome, where he was to attend a papal audience. A scholar of comparative religions, since 1988 he was director of the Al-Liqa’ Center, an institute dedicated to exchanges with Muslims and Jews in the Holy Land.


    05/02/2016 - INDIA

    Maharashtra: Pentecostal pastor arrested on charges of practicing black magic


    Rev Sebastian Marin was detained along with two members of the prayer centre he directs. The three are accused of violating the state’s Anti-Superstition and Black Magic Act, a law against witchcraft. For Sajan K George, "Jesus is the Healer and there's nothing magic about praying or laying hands”.


    05/02/2016 - INDIA – AUSTRALIA

    India-Australia interfaith pilgrimage, to reinvigorate the dialogue between faiths

    by Nirmala Carvalho

    Australian religious leaders arrive tomorrow in the Indian capital. From here, they embark on a pilgrimage across the country. Islam expert Fr Victor Edwin SJ has arranged various meetings and visits, including to a Delhi mosque and shrine.


    04/02/2016 - SRI LANKA

    Card Ranjith calls for national unity to build peace


    Today Sri Lanka marks its independence from British colonial rule. In his message for the occasion, the archbishop of Colombo calls for building "coexistence and joy." For the first time, during the event, the national anthem was sung in Tamil. Some activists march in the capital, demanding the release of Tamil political prisoners.


    04/02/2016 - CHINA – VATICAN

    Global Times: the pope should accept the independence of the Chinese Church


    After 24 hours of silence, China’s media today published excerpts, comments and editorials about Pope Francis’ interview with Asia Times. Although the pope did not address religious issues or Church problems, many saw the interview as an attempt to improve diplomatic relations between China and the Vatican, and advised Francis to accept Mao Zedong’s "three principles of independence" (theology, administration, jurisdiction), which would leave the power to appoint bishops in the hands of the Party. The People's Daily’s Global Times publishes an editorial on the issue.


    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 - INDIA

    Uttar Pradesh, Christian's head shaved and publically humiliated over alleged forced conversions

    by Nirmala Carvalho

    The man was taken forcefully by a mob of 200 Hindu extremists. He is accused of having lured three men under the pretext of attending a meditation session. Police opened three cases, one against the Christian and two against extremists. Christian leader. "The accusations do not hold up. No sensible person would ever do what they say. Christians always respect the laws ".
     

     


    03/02/2016 - IRAQ

    Chaldean bishop backs Barzani on referendum for Kurdish independence


    The Kurdish leader says that the "time has come” for the Kurdish people to decide “their future”. A consultative referendum would express the “will" of the people. Mgr Rabban al-Qas backs a secular basis, open to all faiths, based on shared citizenship and equal rights.


    03/02/2016 - PAKISTAN

    Pakistan shut down 182 madrassas since Peshawar massacre


    Pakistani authorities are pursuing a broad strategy to counter Islamic terrorism, detaining thousands of people, seizing hate speech material, freezing bank accounts, and closing religious seminaries. Law enforcement agencies have also gone after extremist groups’ money and the media tools they use to spread radical ideas.


    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."

     


    03/02/2016 - PHILIPPINES

    Mercy: Christians and Muslims visit prisoners



    Marking World Week for Inter-religious Harmony, youth groups have organized various charitable activities. PIME missionary: "The prisoners take turns to sleep, there are not enough beds. Thanks to the meeting with young people they experience dialogue and witness from inside their cells".


    03/02/2016 - SAUDI ARABIA - PALESTINE

    Palestinian poet Ashraf Fayadh avoids execution in Riyadh. Sentenced to eight years and 800 lashes


    A Saudi court had sentenced the Palestinian intellectual to death for apostasy. International mobilization for his acquittal. He always denied the charges, claiming his innocence. Meanwhile, executions continue at pace: yesterday two people executed, making the total so far this year 58.

     


    02/02/2016 - VATICAN – CHINA

    Pope Francis reiterates his affection for China and Xi Jinping


    The pontiff praises China’s "wisdom" and "greatness", and sends greetings to Xi Jinping for Chinese New Year, which marks the start of the Year of the Monkey. He also says that we “must not be fearful” of China, but engage the country in dialogue to preserve world peace. He urges "mercy" for the country’s recent past and action forward to change reality. In the interview, the journalist chose not to mention the dialogue between the Vatican and China or religious issues.


    02/02/2016 - EGYPT

    Three Christian students on trial for insulting Islam


    The students are seen mocking Islamic prayers in a video. The teacher who made the latter was sentenced to three years in prison. For the kids’ lawyer, because of a “random and spontaneous” prank, his clients are forced to hide at home to avoid retaliation.


    02/02/2016 - TIBET – CHINA

    Fearing protests, Beijing imposes a lockdown on Tibet


    Chinese authorities ban foreign travellers from the autonomous region between 25 February to 30 March, a period Tibetans use to mark past popular uprising against Maoist forces, the Dalai Lama’s flight, and the protests against the Beijing Olympics. Restrictions are also imposed on local residents who cannot travel beyond ten kilometres from their place of residence.


    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 - INDIA

    Tamil Nadu, priest and three Catholics assaulted and accused of "killing" a child in a center for AIDS patients

    by Nirmala Carvalho

    The priest is still in shock and in intensive care suffering from head injuries. Hindu radicals suspected of attack in attempt to publicize today’s visit by Narendra Modi to Coimbatore. The police fail to help the victims. The "Assisi Snehalaya center ", founded by the Franciscans 12 years ago, praised for his service. Card. Gracias: The Catholic Church in India offers the largest health service, after the government, without distinction of race or creed.

     






    Editor's choices

    CHINA – VATICAN
    Global Times: the pope should accept the independence of the Chinese Church



    After 24 hours of silence, China’s media today published excerpts, comments and editorials about Pope Francis’ interview with Asia Times. Although the pope did not address religious issues or Church problems, many saw the interview as an attempt to improve diplomatic relations between China and the Vatican, and advised Francis to accept Mao Zedong’s "three principles of independence" (theology, administration, jurisdiction), which would leave the power to appoint bishops in the hands of the Party. The People's Daily’s Global Times publishes an editorial on the issue.


    INDIA – PHILIPPINES
    Archbishop of Guwahati: In Asia religion is not dying, the faithful take strength from the Eucharist



    Mgr Menamparampil is among the speakers at the International Eucharistic Congress in Cebu, Philippines. He was also a conflict mediator between various ethnic groups. He told AsiaNews about the value of the Congress for the Catholic Church in Asia and how people can bear witness the Gospel today, even amid tensions and violence of those who "hate us." "with the same pain in our hearts that we descend to our depths during a Eucharistic adoration."


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