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  • 21/11/2017 - BANGLADESH - VATICAN

    The Polish pontiff went to the capital of Bangladesh on November 19, 1986, and ordained 19 priests. Some of them recall the moment of consecration, embrace, and touch of his hands. "He preached a society free from violence."

    by Sumon Corraya

    20/11/2017 - SRI LANKA

    Road accident sparks renewed tensions between Buddhists and Muslims in Sri Lanka

    At least 66 homes, 26 shops, two mosques and 16 vehicles were damaged or torched. Police arrest 24 people for inciting ethnic violence. Disorders come as the United Nations Human Rights Council releases its review. Minorities are still in danger.

    18/11/2017 - INDONESIA

    In Jakarta, the bishops remember the important role played by the Church in Indonesian history

    by Mathias Hariyadi

    The prelates renewed their support for the nation’s values ​​of unity and harmony to which Catholics were committed before and after independence. The Vatican was among the first foreign states to recognise the new country, which the Indonesian Catholic Church helped stabilise. Mgr Albertus Soegijapranata of the Semarang Apostolic Vicariate played an important role.

    17/11/2017 - SAUDI ARABIA – ISRAEL

    Israeli general tells Saudi paper that Saudi Arabia has never been Israel’s enemy

    Signs of Saudi-Israeli rapprochement are growing. General Gadi Eisenkot talks about intelligence co-operation with Arab countries against Iran, the common enemy.

    17/11/2017 - BANGLADESH - VATICAN

    Dhaka, over 8,000 police to ensure security for Pope Francis’ visit

    by Sumon Corraya

    The pontiff will arrive in the capital on November 30. At least 550 Catholic volunteers do training courses to support police. CCTV installed. All events will be monitored and each participant checked.

    16/11/2017 - IRAQ

    Bishop Warduni calls for a new constitution for the rebirth of a secular and united Iraq

    For the Chaldean Church, it is crucial to revamp the foundational charter of the state on the basis of the principles of equality and human rights. Some sharia-based rules are unacceptable in a modern and civilian state. The conflict between Arabs and Kurds, and between Erbil and Baghdad, is likely to trigger a new Christian exodus.

    16/11/2017 - PAKISTAN

    In support of 'Verna', the film-denouncing rape banned in Pakistan

    by Shafique Khokhar e Shazia George

    It was originally banned because considered controversial and politicized. It denounces the hardships endured by rape victims in pursuing justice. Pakistani host: It gives voice to the victims and teaches people how to behave in the face of violent episodes.

    16/11/2017 - LEBANON - SAUDI ARABIA

    Saudi media on Card Raï’s visit.: Fraternity and peace in the shadow of the Hariri affair

    The first visit by a Christian leader to the ultra-conservative kingdom echoed in the local media. Some published a photo that clearly shows the cross, which is usually forbidden to show in public. The commentators insist on fraternal relations between the two countries and the role of religions in the perspective of peace and extremism. But the knot of the "kidnapping" and resignation of the Lebanese premier remains.

    15/11/2017 - LEBANON – SAUDI ARABIA

    For Aoun, Hariri's abduction represents Saudi aggression against Lebanon

    by Pierre Balanian

    Hariri's promise to return to Lebanon has not been kept. The abduction of the prime minister is an attack on the "independence and dignity" of the country. The Lebanese were disappointed that they did not see any member of Hariri’s family during his meeting with Patriarch al-Rahi. French representatives are on their way to Riyadh. Iranian President Rouhani attacks Saudi Arabia for asking Israel to "bomb the Lebanese people."

    15/11/2017 - LEBANON - SAUDI ARABIA

    Riyadh, Hariri meets Maronite Patriarch and promises he will soon return to Lebanon

    The historic visit of Card. Raï to Saudi Arabia, where he met King Salman and the hereditary prince. Commenting on his meeting with the former premier, he emphasizes that he understands the "motives" for his resignation. Emphasis placed on the common commitment to peace in the region and the fight against terrorism, together with the historic "friendship" between the two countries.

    14/11/2017 - PAKISTAN

    Islamic radicals block Islamabad, MPs must continue to swear allegiance to Mohammed

    About 3,000 members of the Tehreek-i-Labaik Ya Rasool Allah party have been camped for a week. Police have closed the schools and blocked the streets with containers. The radicals demand the resignation of the Minister of Justice and the application of the blasphemy law.

    14/11/2017 - IRAQ

    Iraqi Priest: Situation for Christians in Mosul worse than when Isis arrived

    Arab-Kurdish and Sunnis-Shia clashes hinder the return of refugees. High danger of new violence, families spend the night in their cars and the children are traumatized. Fr Samir: serious economic problems, lack of food and heating oil, while governments and NGOs have suspended aid.  We need a "miracle".

    13/11/2017 - LEBANON - SAUDI ARABIA

    Card. Raï in Riyadh: Christian-Islamic Dialogue and Hariri’s Resignation

    The Maronite Patriarch is in the Saudi capital today, the first visit by a Christian leader to the ultraconservative kingdom. He will meet King Salman, the hereditary prince and the outgoing Lebanese premier. Yesterday Hariri said he was "free" and ready to return to Lebanon "soon". Beirut marathon turns into anti-Saudi protest.

    10/11/2017 - BANGLADESH

    Expert on radical Islam from a Dhaka university goes missing

    by Sumon Corraya

    Mobashwer Hossain has been missing since 7 November. He teaches at North South University and has studied journalism. He has written critical pieces on Islamic extremism for Bangladeshi and foreign papers. Since August, 11 people have been missing.

    10/11/2017 - QATAR

    Doha: For the first time, four women on Shura Council

    It is one of the country's most important advisory bodies. In the middle of the diplomatic crisis, Qatar opens up concessions and reforms in social policies.

    10/11/2017 - LEBANON - SAUDI ARABIA

    Card. Raï confirms his historic visit to Riyadh. He will meet Hariri

    He will remind Saudi leaders that Lebanon "cannot withstand the wars of others on its soil". Saudi Arabia, the Emirates and Kuwait alert fellow citizens to leave the Land of Cedars "as soon as possible".

    09/11/2017 - IRAQ

    Baghdad, the new law on civil status is 'similar to that of Daesh'

    Approval of some amendments that risk submitting the country to Sharia. It will be possible to lower the marriage age for girls to 12. Imbalance in rights of women and non-Muslims (especially for Christians and Sabean). Member of parliament for Mosul: New law drags the country back 100 years.

    09/11/2017 - PAKISTAN

    A week of prayer in memory of Shama and Shahzad, a Christian couple tortured and killed three years ago

    by Shafique Khokhar

    The two were accused of blasphemy. The government has a duty to protect its citizens, as enshrined in the Constitution. Their orphaned children are supported with love and care by the Cecil & Iris Chaudhry Foundation.

    08/11/2017 - SAUDI ARABIA – IRAN

    Mohammed bin Salman launches 'total war' against Iran

    According to the Saudi crown prince, Tehran supplied missiles used by Houthi rebels to attack Riyadh airport. For him, it was a “direct military aggression’ that is tantamount to “act of war”. Iran has denied the charges, accusing Saudi Arabia instead of “provocative actions”. Lebanon’ stability is now at risk.

    08/11/2017 - TAJIKISTAN

    Dushanbe cracks down on extremism, dismisses foreign-trained imams

    Some clerics have been accused of spreading a strict version of Islam. The head of the country’s ulema council says he is willing to resign for the sake of its stability. Islamic radicalism remains a threat.

    08/11/2017 - IRAQ

    Archbishop of Basra: A Christian school open to all to counter poverty and illiteracy

    For the first time since 1970, a Christian educational institute is established in south Iraq. The opening is scheduled for the next school year. It will have Christian, Muslim, and Mandaean teachers. Msgr. Habib: Proclaiming God through "the education of new generations". Opening the doors of hope, creating employment for adults, and improving relations with Muslims.

    07/11/2017 - BANGLADESH

    No justice a year after the attack in Gaibandha against Santal Christians

    by Sumon Corraya

    A protest was held yesterday to remember the attack of November 2016 when police and Muslims looted houses and seized lands belonging to tribal Christians. Investigations have led to three arrests, but the accused are out on bail.

    07/11/2017 - SAUDI ARABIA

    Night of the Devils of Fear: War in the Saudi royal family

    by Pierre Balanian

    Mohammed bin Salman wants all the power and to gain it he is waging war against everything and against everyone. Added to the external wars - Syria, Yemen, Iran, Qatar, Hezbollah - are internal ones among the Saud. Illustrious arrests of 11 princes, 38 ministers and businessmen for corruption: all allies of the late King Abdallah or rivals to the throne. Among the allies of Mohammed bin Salman: Donald Trump and Israel.

    07/11/2017 - SYRIA

    Hundreds of families return to Raqqa after the expulsion of Isis

    Returns to the former jihadist stronghold in Syria have begun. The first phase concerns the eastern district of Al-Meshleb, cleansed of explosives left by the militiamen. Land reclamation work continues. In recent days, several civilian deaths due to detonation of mines.

    06/11/2017 - LEBANON – SAUDI ARABIA

    Saad Hariri resigns as the Iranian-Saudi tsunami reaches Lebanon’s coast

    by Fady Noun

    Prime Minister Hariri announced his resignation in Riyadh. Like a hostage, he thanked his kidnappers and explained the conditions for his release. He is in a hotel along with dozens of detained Saudi politicians and businessmen. The crisis with Iran and the balance of power in the region are at stake. President Aoun will now have the arduous task of managing the transition.

    06/11/2017 - INDONESIA

    Indonesians against 'Islamic' requirements to enrol in Yogyakarta university

    by Mathias Hariyadi

    Protests forces Gadjah Mada University to reverse itself. Islamist infiltration in Java universities generates fears. The government seeks to stem the influence of radical groups on campuses. Higher Education minister opposes extremist teachers.

    06/11/2017 - BANGLADESH - VATICAN

    Pope Francis to ordain 16 priests in Dhaka

    by Sumon Corraya

    The ordination ceremony will be on December 1st during the Mass at Suhrawardy Udyan Park. The deacons came from the Major Seminary of the Spirit. A "great gift" to be ordained by the pope.

    06/11/2017 - SAUDI ARABIA

    Riyadh, bin Salman consolidates power by arresting dozens of princes and ministers

    The heir to the throne has led one of the most impressive purges against the Kingdom’s political and entrepreneurial class. Prince Alwaleed bin Talal, the richest person in the Arab world, also targeted. Charges of corruption . The long Saudi hand behind the resignation of Lebanese Prime Minister Hariri.

    04/11/2017 - SYRIA

    As Syrian army retakes Deir al-Zor, the Islamic State finds itself in a corner

    Islamic State's territory is now reduced to a city in Syria and a village in Iraq. But even without a land base, it remains dangerous as its members could reorganise themselves into an insurgency.

    04/11/2017 - PAKISTAN

    Religious Affairs minister defends blasphemy law, says Pakistan will never be secular

    Sardar Muhammad Yousaf argues that the "black law" has a noble purpose, namely to protect all religions and religious leaders. Between 1987 and 2015, 663 Muslims, 494 Ahmadis, 187 Christians and 21 Hindus were charged under the law.

    Editor's choices

    Mass for a deceased underground priest. Card. Zen asks for God ‘s grace to save the Church in China and the Holy See from the 'precipice'

    Li Yuan

    Fr. Wei Heping, 41, died in mysterious circumstances, his body dumped in a river in Taiyuan (Shanxi). For the police claim he committed suicide. Family members are not allowed to even see the autopsy report. For Card. Zen the Holy See (which "is not necessarily the Pope") seeks a compromise at all costs with the Chinese government, risking "to sell out the faithful Church". Justice and Peace publish a booklet about Fr. Wei, not to forget.

    Pope: No more war, its only fruit is death, 'our self-destruction'

    Marking the Feast of All Souls, Francis celebrated Mass at the American Cemetery in Nettuno. "When so many times in history men think of a war, they are convinced of bringing a new world, they are convinced of making a 'spring'. It ends in a winter, ugly, cruel, with the reign of terror and death."


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