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  • 21/10/2017 - VATICAN

    "The Christian faith is born precisely because, as Saint Matthew says in Chapter 28, Jesus gave the last commandment, the last mandate to his disciples: Thus go, baptise, and make disciples.” The number of Catholics in the world is up, but their proportion is down. The number of bishops is up, as are permanent deacons, but that of priests and religious is down.




    21/10/2017 - PAKISTAN

    Nawaz Sharif’s son-in-law sparks outrage over his discriminatory comments about Ahmadis

    by Shafique Khokhar

    The Rwadari Tehreek Movement calls for immediate action against Muhammad Safdar. His speech “was an incitement of violence towards minorities, and was against the vision of the founder of Pakistan, Muhammad Ali Jinnah."


    21/10/2017 - CHINA - VATICAN

    Wang Zuoan: Pope Francis is sincere, but he has to submit to two conditions

    by Li Yuan

    In an interview with Commercial Radio, the director of the State Administration of Religious Affairs reiterated the urgency of cutting relations with Taiwan and not interfere in China's domestic affairs, including religion. Fang Xinyao and Ma Yinglin, two bishops present at the party congress, heap praise on Xi Jinping's speech. Others warn against “fake pastors but real slaves”. An underground Catholic expresses his fears.


    20/10/2017 - BANGLADESH – VATICAN

    Dhaka, young Christians anxiously await Pope Francis’s visit

    by Sumon Corraya

    On 2 December more than ten thousand youth will attend the meeting with the pontiff at Notre Dame College. About 130,000 people will come together for the pastoral visit from all over the country. The coming of the pope "will help us later on".


    19/10/2017 - MYANMAR

    Yangon, interreligious dialogue is the key to reconciliation


    Fr Mark Tinwin, who teaches at a Yangon seminary, speaks about the matter. For him, when the people of Myanmar will live in peace and harmony, the nation will be able to work on economic development and social progress by focusing on education, health, employment, social security and infrastructure. The Catholic Church is committed to national unity, and the promotion of dialogue in families and villages.


    19/10/2017 - SRI LANKA

    Hindu Tamils celebrate Diwali, asking the god Ganesh to bless their future

    by Melani Manel Perera

    During the "festival of lights", the faithful offer rituals and prayers to worship the gods. Since the temple in Sri Siththi Vinayagar (Trincomalee) is undergoing renovation, votive rituals are celebrated in a temporary hut.


    19/10/2017 - CHINA - VATICAN

    At the Congress Xi reaffirms: Sinicization of religions under the Communist Party

    by Li Yuan

    In his speech yesterday at the Party Congress, Xi Jinping reiterated the "new approach" to religious activities. The Catholic Church reiterates the independence of nomination and ordination of bishops. Two bishops present at the Congress: Msgr. Giovanni Fang Xingyao of Linyi and Msgr. Giuseppe Ma Yinglin of Kunming.


    19/10/2017 - INDIA

    300 Hindu radicals attack Chhattisgarh Protestant church: two seriously injured


    The aggression at the Bastar for Christ Movement Church in Jarpara took place during Sunday prayers. Women and children also beaten. Pastor: "The radicals are supported by the Bjp party in power."


    19/10/2017 - IRAQ

    Chaldean Patriarch Appeal: People Before Oil, No More Conflict

    by Louis Raphael Sako*

    In a letter to the President of the Republic, Sako urges "cooperation" between Iraqi leaders. The goal is to create a "modern and strong civilian" nation, capable of initiating economic, social and cultural reforms. The Iraqi army  takes a large portion of Nineveh and Diyala from the Kurds. Fears for Teleskof and Alqosh.


    18/10/2017 - VATICAN – INDIA

    Christian-Hindu dialogue is difficult but imperative to know each other

    by Anna Chiara Filice

    A Hindu-Christian international conference on ‘Enlightenment and tantra’ was held in Rome. For Mgr Spreafico, “ignorance brings many evils”. Card Tauran noted Pope Francis’s many appeals in favour of dialogue. “Every religion and every believer thinks that his or her belief is the best’” said Hindu scholar. Spirituality should be the starting point, Christian mystic said.


    18/10/2017 - INDIA

    Thousands in Belgaum celebrate the centennial of Fatima's apparitions

    by Peter Machado*

    A novena of prayers preceded the celebrations. Marian devotion in the diocese dates back to the 1940s. for Card Gracias, Our Lady’s “message of peace” is even more important today.


    18/10/2017 - MYANMAR

    For Yangon priest, Myanmar Catholics “long for” the word of God

    by Inviato di AsiaNews

    Since Aung San Suu Kyi came to power, people feel greater religious freedom. The Myanmar Church offers many faith training programmes. The Archdiocese of Yangon is involved in many initiatives.


    18/10/2017 - EU - PAKISTAN

    EU: grave concern for human rights in Pakistan


    The Council of the Europe publishes the report on "Human Rights and Democracy in the World in 2016". Weak judicial system, lack of education, violence against women, discrimination of minorities, presence of terrorism. This morning an attack on a police convoy.


    17/10/2017 - MYANMAR – VATICAN

    Myanmar bishops express gratitude to Pope Francis for his three gifts

    by Inviato di AsiaNews

    A solemn mass of thanksgiving is held at the Cathedral of the Immaculate Conception. For Card Charles Maung Bo, this "is a historic moment for all of us and for the Church in Myanmar”. The new nuncio, Mgr Paul Tschang In-Nam, calls on Catholics to work for national peace and reconciliation.


    17/10/2017 - VIETNAM

    Vietnamese bishops hold assembly in flood-affected Thanh Hóa diocese


    At the meeting, the new members of the Bishops' Conference introduced themselves. Preparations are underway to mark the 30th anniversary (1988-2018) of the canonisation of the 117 martyrs of Vietnam. The bishops’ ad limina visit to the pope is set for March. The prelates also met with flood victims and handed out packages with food and other items.


    17/10/2017 - INDONESIA

    Jakarta’s new governor causes controversy using pejorative term

    by Mathias Hariyadi

    Using a derogatory term for ethnic Chinese, he sparks outrage among Indonesians in order to instigate a new wave of "social differentiation". Anies Baswedan is backed by the Islamist Prosperous Justice Party (PKS) and Gerindra, a nationalist party. Sectarian divisions and religion played a decisive role in his victory against his rival.


    17/10/2017 - BANGLADESH

    Teknaf, boat carrying Rohingya capsizes leaving 12 dead

    by Sumon Corraya

    16/10/2017 - EGYPT

    Coptic priest’s murderer is a Islamist fanatic, says bishop


    For Abba Estiganous, bishop of Beba, religion is behind the murder of "martyr" Sam'an Shehata. His murderer, Mohamed Sonbaty, attacked his own relatives in the past and set fire to their home. For neighbours, he is a known radical. The Catholic Church shares the pain and offers prayers.


    16/10/2017 - BANGLADESH

    The late Fr Benjamin Costa, a well-known educator, is mourned in Dhaka

    by Sumon Corraya

    More than 3,000 people attended his funeral. The priest was involved in education for 35 years. He founded the country’s first Catholic university. Prime Minister Hasina and former students praise him.


    16/10/2017 - VATICAN – HINDUS

    Vatican tells Hindus that diversity is a sign of richness, not intolerance


    In its message for the Diwali party, the Pontifical Council for Interreligious Dialogue states that for lasting peace and true harmony “tolerance is not enough. What is also needed is genuine respect and appreciation for the diversity of cultures and customs within our communities, which in turn contribute to the health and unity of society as a whole. To see pluralism and diversity as a threat to unity leads tragically to intolerance and violence.”


    16/10/2017 - MYANMAR – VATICAN

    Pope Francis’s visit to Myanmar will also be a blessing for Protestant youth

    by Inviato di AsiaNews

    The pope’s apostolic visit raises hopes and expectations. For Patrick Loo Tone, president of Myanmar Council of Churches, the pope’s visit will open a window on the country’s Christians. Myanmar has 700,000 Catholics in 14 dioceses.


    16/10/2017 - PAKISTAN

    Punjab, three Ahmadi men sentenced to death on blasphemy charges


    The culprits are Mubasher Ahmad, Ghulam Ahmed and Ehsan Ahmed. “The court’s verdict was unfair,” says a spokesperson for the Ahmadi community. Last week, former Prime Minister Sharif’s son-in-law called for the social boycott of the “heretic” minority.


    15/10/2017 - VATICAN

    Pope: 35 new saints, people who have said yes to God with their lives


    They are mostly martyrs and related to Latin America, witnesses of the Gospel "to the end". The wedding guests in the Gospel story "are all of us". "The Lord desires us, seeks and invites us, and we does not content Himself with our fulfilling our duties and observing His laws, but wants with us to have a true communion of life, a relationship of dialogue, trust and forgiveness" .


    14/10/2017 - VIETNAM - VATICAN

    Msgr. Leopoldo Girelli for Religious Freedom in Vietnam: 'It is a right, not a concession'

    by Quoc Tuan

    The Holy See has repeatedly reaffirmed the will to contribute "to the common good of society". There are numerous cases of aggression and threats to priests and faithful throughout the country. The 'judicial persecution' of Catholic activists. 


    14/10/2017 - AFGHANISTAN

    Afghanistan, 'the heart of martyred Asia', consecrated to Our Lady of Fatima


    The ceremony was held yesterday in Kabul. Fr. Giovanni Scalese, Ordinary to the Jurisdictional Mission: The situation is deteriorating and all we can do is turn to Heaven. Muslims are "brothers" who belong to another flock. Consecration to the Immaculate Heart helps us to live our time more consciously and in total openness to God's will.


    14/10/2017 - SRI LANKA

    In Sri Lanka, a fair to finance the distribution of the 'Good News'

    by Melani Manel Perera

    It was held last month to support the commitment of the Ceylon Bible Society, which sells the Bible at a lower cost than production. Participants: It is the responsibility of all Christians


    13/10/2017 - MYANMAR

    Rohingya, Aung San Suu Kyi and Card. Bo call for Rakhine's unity and development


    Assistance, repatriation and resettlement of refugees are the goals of the latest government initiative. Card. Charles Maung Bo supports the Democratic leader's efforts. Thousands of people at the interreligious event wanted by the Lady.


    13/10/2017 - VATICAN - LEBANON

    Pope: Middle East and interreligious dialogue in meeting with Hariri


    Francis received Lebanese Prime Minister Rafic Hariri. The importance of intercultural and interreligious dialogue as well as "the value of collaboration between Christians and Muslims in promoting peace and justice, emphasizing the historical and institutional role of the Church in the country's life and the importance of Christian presence in the Middle East ".


    13/10/2017 - EGYPT

    Coptic priest killed in stabbing incident in Cairo outskirts, executed by an extremist


    The murder took place in El-Marg, a north-east suburb of the capital. Local sources speak of "hate crime" carried out by an element close to fundamentalism. The police have found and detained the assailant, now being questioned. Egyptian Christians targeted by Islamic extremism.

     


    13/10/2017 - INDIA

    Jharkhand, poor tribal denied food rations because Christians

    by Nirmala Carvalho

    In September 13, families did not receive the benefits they are entitled to. The rations cancelled because Christians did not want to pay the fee for a Hindu festival. Sajan K George: "These policies want to divide tribals."


    12/10/2017 - HONG KONG - CHINA

    Catholics dedicated Mass to remember disappeared Chinese bishop

    by Li Yuan

    The 85-year-old bishop of Baoding was abducted by police on October 8 1997. There had been no further news of his whereabouts since then. Msgr. Yeung of Hong Kong: We hope he is alive. A book in print and online to remember his life and influence in the Christian community. Justice and Peace official: We need to discover what made him so firm in his faith.






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    MYANMAR
    Rohingya not only group persecuted in Myanmar, Christian minorities are as well



    Ethnic Kachin, Chin and Naga endure suffering. Religious discrimination is in some cases even institutionalised. Christians are seen as the expression of a foreign religion, outside of the nationalist view. For years the military regime has applied stringent discriminatory measures.


    VATICAN - ASIA
    The world is in urgent need of the Church's mission

    Bernardo Cervellera

    October is a month devoted to awakening the call to mission among Christians. In the world there is indifference or enmity towards God and the Church. Religions are considered the source of all wars. Christianity is the encounter with a Person who changes the life of the believer and places him at the service of the wounds of the world, torn by frustrations and fratricidal wars. The example of the Patriarch of Baghdad and of the President of South Korea.


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