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10/23/2017 JAPAN

'Super-Majority' for Shinzo Abe. The end of the pacifist constitution is closer


'Super-Majority' for Shinzo Abe. The end of the pacifist constitution is closer

The premier’s coalition wins 312 seats out of 465. Divided Democrats took only 54 and 49. Snap election called over Korean crisis. Abe wants to change Article 9 of the Constitution with which Japan rejects war.




10/23/2017 BANGLADESH – VATICAN

Missionaries hope Pope Francis will give Bangladeshi Christians the courage to go out and proclaim the Gospel


Missionaries hope Pope Francis will give Bangladeshi Christians the courage to go out and proclaim the Gospel

The pontiff will be in Dhaka from 30 November to 2 December. There is hope "the man who comes from afar will push the Christian community to come out of their homes and proclaim the Gospel". May Bangladeshi Christians "be more missionary among the people".




10/23/2017 ASIA – CHINA

About a billion people are invisible, one third of them children


About a billion people are invisible, one third of them children

In China at least 60 million children have not been registered out of fear of the fines imposed by population control authorities. Non-registration does not allow children to attend school or receive social services. Unregistered people can become victim of human trafficking and organised crime.




10/23/2017 SAUDI ARABIA – IRAQ – UNITED STATES – IRAN

Tillerson: A Riyadh-Baghdad axis aimed at Tehran


Tillerson: A Riyadh-Baghdad axis aimed at Tehran

The US Secretary of State is in Riyadh to counter Iran’s "Malign behavior". Shia militias that fought the Islamic State group must surrender their weapons or join the army. For Washington, the partnership between King Salman and Prime Minister Abadi is fundamental to Iraq’s rebirth.




10/23/2017 QATAR

Conference in Doha addresses the persecution of Christians, promotes shared values


Conference in Doha addresses the persecution of Christians, promotes shared values

The meeting took place at the Doha Institute for Higher Studies. There is no "magic wand" to solve the problem of intolerance. Full citizenship and the rule of law are needed.




10/23/2017 VATICAN

Pope: Theophilos III, reconciliation between Christians in a Holy Land in peace


Pope: Theophilos III, reconciliation between Christians in a Holy Land in peace

In the Holy Land "the uncertainty of the situation and the lack of understanding between the parties continue to create insecurity, the restriction of fundamental rights, and the flight of many people from their land." Not to look for "full reconciliation" among Christians "today would be an even graver fault."




10/23/2017 INDIA

Kashmir: the bell of Srinagar church to toll again after 50 years


Kashmir: the bell of Srinagar church to toll again after 50 years

The interreligious ceremony is set for 29 October. The previous bell was destroyed in a fire that gutted the bell tower in 1967. Hindu, Sikh, and Muslim representatives will ring the bell with Christians.




10/23/2017 VATICAN

Pope: seek wealth in relationship with God, not with money


Pope: seek wealth in relationship with God, not with money

Francis highlights the vacuity of living for earthly wealth, forgetting that there are "so many calamities, so many injustices" in the world, so many children who suffer and die of hunger. "We only have to think of one case: 200,000 Rohingya children in refugee camps. There are 800,000 people there. 200,000 are children. They have nothing to eat, they are malnourished, without medicines. "




10/23/2017 SYRIA - RUSSIA - USA

Moscow: The US campaign against Isis has erased Raqqa 'from the face of the earth'


Moscow: The US campaign against Isis has erased Raqqa 'from the face of the earth'

The Syrian city suffered the same fate as Dresden at the end of World War II. UN investigation speaks of "shocking loss" of human lives among civilians. Washington replies: risk of collateral damage minimized. At least 270,000 displaced people, it will take months for their return.




10/23/2017 PHILIPPINES

Marawi, Manila declares the end of battle with jihadists


Marawi, Manila declares the end of battle with jihadists

Military operations ended in the night. The soldiers tried to convince the guerrillas to surrender, without success. About 40 corpses found in two buildings and a mosque near Lake Lanao, possible mass suicide. The fighting resulted in the deaths of at least 1,131 people, including 919 militants and 165 of soldiers and policemen. 1,780 hostages released.




10/23/2017 RUSSIA

Moscow, the proposal of the orthodox state marriage


Moscow, the proposal of the orthodox state marriage

Deputy Vladimir Sysoev attempts to introduce confessional elements into legislation. Doubts of the Orthodox Patriarchate. In the past, the USSR considered the family a wreck to abandon. Today in Russia religious marriages are 70% of unions. But as in the past, divorces and abortions are widespread.




10/22/2017 VATICAN

Papal letter for the 100th anniversary of Maximum Illud on the activity of missionaries in the world


 Papal letter for the 100th anniversary of Maximum Illud on the activity of missionaries in the world

Pope Francis plans an Extraordinary Missionary Month for October 2019 to awaken the commitment of the missio ad gentes and transform ordinary pastoral outreach along missionary lines. The goal is to move away from tiredness, formalism and self-preservation. From Benedict XV's missio ad gentes to Vatican II, from Pope John Paul II to Evangelical Gaudium, this is the Church’s “essential task”,




10/22/2017 VATICAN

Pope: October 2019, an Extraordinary Missionary Month for evangelisation ad gentes


Pope: October 2019, an Extraordinary Missionary Month for evangelisation ad gentes

During the Angelus Pope Francis mentioned World Mission Day, entrusting “the mission of the Church in the world" to Saint John Paul II. A Letter by the pontiff about the centennial of Benedict XV's ‘Maximum Illud’ is released. "Contrasting God to Caesar would be fundamentalism." More than a hundred Claretians are canonised, martyrs of the Spanish Civil War, "to support Christians who event nowadays are subjected to discrimination and persecution in different parts of the world." The pope calls for prayers for peace in the world and Kenya.




10/21/2017 VATICAN

Cardinal Filoni: World Mission Day is not a question for only priests and religious


Cardinal Filoni: World Mission Day is not a question for only priests and religious

"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.




10/21/2017 PAKISTAN

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


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

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."




10/21/2017 INDONESIA

Beaches, diving, culture: Jakarta to boost tourism


Beaches, diving, culture: Jakarta to boost tourism

Indonesia has the world’s second longest coastline. In 2014, maritime tourism generated only US$ 1 billion in revenue. The government now wants to bring that to US$ 4 billion by 2019. The goal is to go beyond Bali, and promote nature and cruise ships in ten other seaside areas.




10/21/2017 SOUTH KOREA

For Bishop You, the Gospel can overcome the obsession of competition and the decline in births


 For Bishop You, the Gospel can overcome the obsession of competition and the decline in births

For the bishop of Daejeon, the country’s low birth rate is the result of constant focus on careers. Physical labour is denigrated; only white-collar jobs are appreciated. Families teach to outperform others. "We love the Lord by loving our brothers and sisters."




10/21/2017 CHINA - VATICAN

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


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

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.




10/20/2017 LEBANON

For al-Rahi, Syrian and Palestinian refugees are a "great burden" for Lebanon


For al-Rahi, Syrian and Palestinian refugees are a

The Maronite patriarch highlights how refugees now top more than half the Lebanese population, and have become “a demographic, economic, political, cultural and security threat”. Hence, “their return to safe places in Syria has become a necessity”.




10/20/2017 SOUTH KOREA

Seoul to restart the construction of two nuclear plants


Seoul to restart the construction of two nuclear plants

The recommendations of an official commission have been made public. Unexpectedly, a majority favours nuclear energy. Moon had pledged to scrap nuclear power. The country relies on nuclear power for a third of its electricity, which will be phased out gradually over a 60-year period.




10/20/2017 CHINA

The first electric locomotive 'made in China' on Serbian railway tracks


The first electric locomotive 'made in China' on Serbian railway tracks

The Chinese manufacturer, Crrc, is expanding its presence in the European market. The new locomotive meets all the standards and technical requirements of the old continent.




10/20/2017 CHINA

Applause for Xi Jinping, the 'savior of China' and (perhaps) the world


Applause for Xi Jinping, the 'savior of China' and (perhaps) the world

A Tencent game for those who applaud most at video of Xi's speech at the Party Congress. The public praise of cadres. Greetings from countries around the world interested in the "Belt and Road Initiative".




10/20/2017 THAILAND

Reforming Thai Buddhism to counter scandals


Reforming Thai Buddhism to counter scandals

The image of the religion has been affected by sexual and financial scandals. Closer checks have been imposed on the finances of thousands of temples. Senior monks now exert tough discipline. Donations and sales of sacred objects in temples have been prohibited. The “inappropriate use of social media" has also been banned. Some 35 monasteries and 29 individuals are under investigations. Relations between monks and the state have become rocky.




10/20/2017 YEMEN

Education for 4.5 million children at risk in Yemen


Education for 4.5 million children at risk in Yemen

Some 1,600 schools have been destroyed or damaged, whilst another 170 have been used for military purposes or shelters for displaced people. One school in ten has been closed. About three quarters of teachers have not been paid in a year. Without education, children could become child soldiers or child brides.




10/20/2017 VATICAN

Pope: to overcome the current social order model, transform it from within


Pope: to overcome the current social order model, transform it from within

Inequality and exploitation "are not a fatality nor a historical constant," but depend on human action and economic rules. The call to “eliminate the pressures of public and private lobbyists that defend sectoral interests" and that "political action is truly in the service of the human person, the common good and respect for nature".




10/20/2017 BANGLADESH – VATICAN

Dhaka, young Christians anxiously await Pope Francis’s visit


Dhaka, young Christians anxiously await Pope Francis’s visit

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".




10/20/2017 VATICAN

Pope: Jesus asks for truth, coherence of life and rejection of hypocrisy


Pope: Jesus asks for truth, coherence of life and rejection of hypocrisy

"Our actions are the response to God’s gratuitous love, which rectifies us and always forgives us. And our path to holiness lies in always receiving this forgiveness. " The hypocrites "trick the soul, live by trickery, holiness is a trick to them. Jesus always asks us to be truthful, but truthful in our heart and if something appears that this truth appears, that is in our heart. "




10/20/2017 IRAQ

Erbil and Baghdad propose tentative dialogue, crux of referendum


Erbil and Baghdad propose tentative dialogue, crux of referendum

The regional authorities open to talks with the central government according to Constitution and in a perspective of partnership. An Iraqi court orders the arrest of Kurdish President Kosrat Rasul. First frictions within political leadership in Erbil after the "cataclysm" that led to the loss of territories occupied after the US invasion.




10/20/2017 PAKISTAN

US drone kills Taliban leader


US drone kills Taliban leader

Umar Khalid Khorasani was wounded last week in Afghanistan. Islamic group Jamaat-ul-Ahrar militants claimed the attack on Gulshan-i-Iqbal park in Lahore in 2016, which resulted in more than 70 mostly Muslim victims. Anti-terrorism operations ahead of visit by US Secretary of State.




10/19/2017 SOUTH KOREA – JAPAN

A declining birthrate threatens the economies of South Korea and Japan


A declining birthrate threatens the economies of South Korea and Japan

Steps taken so far have failed. Ministers from the two countries met today in Seoul to discuss the issue. An aging population weighs heavily on the economy, shrinking the labour force and driving up welfare costs. Economics is the main issue.




10/19/2017 MYANMAR

Yangon, interreligious dialogue is the key to reconciliation


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.




10/19/2017 SYRIA

I, a Christian doctor in Aleppo, close to the victims of the war


I, a Christian doctor in Aleppo, close to the victims of the war

Nabil Antaki speaks of great signs of hope. Hundreds of volunteers work day and night to ensure survival to others. A lay member of the Blue Marists, he is one of the few doctors left in the city. Faith in Christ his "strength to remain". In Syria, 80% of the population does not have health care. 70% of specialist doctors have emigrated. 






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