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24 November 2014

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11/24/2014 VATICAN - EGYPT

Pope receives Al-Sisi: Dialogue and negotiation "only options" to end the conflict in the Middle East


Pope receives Al-Sisi: Dialogue and negotiation
For Egypt "hope was expressed that within the framework of guarantees enshrined by the new Constitution in terms of the safeguard of human rights and religious freedom, the peaceful coexistence among all components of society may be strengthened and the path to inter-religious dialogue may continue to be pursued".



11/24/2014 IRAN - UNITED STATES

Vienna: Iranian nuclear deal "by June 2015"


Vienna: Iranian nuclear deal
The 5+1 group ends the current round of talks with Tehran with an extension. A political solution should be ready in March whilst technical details should be confirmed by 1 July. Meanwhile, Tehran will be continue to access some assets frozen because of its nuclear programme.



11/24/2014 VATICAN - INDIA

Pope thanks Church of India - and Kerala - for its witness of faith


Pope thanks Church of India - and Kerala - for its witness of faith
Francis met the faithful of the Syro-Malabar Church in Rome for the canonisation of Fr Kuriakose Elias Chavara and Sister Euphrasia Eluvathingal. The pope called on them to "Keep up the good work! Kerala is rich in vocations to the priesthood and religious life. Continue on this path, working through your witness."



11/24/2014 CHINA

To cut pollution, China needs "1,000 nuclear reactors"


To cut pollution, China needs
In order to keep the pledges made at the APEC summit to reduce emissions starting in 2030, Chinese President Xi Jinping must focus on renewable sources. In lieu of nuclear energy, he can choose between 500,000 wind turbines or 50,000 solar farms with an estimated price tag of US$ 2 trillion. Environment-related protest over climate change is making an "energy revolution" a priority.



11/24/2014 VIETNAM - VATICAN

For Saigon archbishop, migration and materialism are the pastoral challenges in secularised big cities

by Trung Tin
For Saigon archbishop, migration and materialism are the pastoral challenges in secularised big cities
Mgr Paul Bùi Văn độc is in Barcelona, ​​Spain, for the International Pastoral Congress on the World's Big Cities. The prelate spoke to AsiaNews about the danger of family breakdowns, highlighting the role the laity can play in the Church's mission. In 2015, the Vietnamese bishops' conference is set to promote a pastoral ministry specifically for migrants.



11/24/2014 INDIA

Hindu leaders against Christian missionaries: "They corrupt Indian culture"


Hindu leaders against Christian missionaries:
This was stated by Swami Pranavananda, a prominent member of the fundamentalist Hindu Mahasaba association. Hindus "respect women", but in the State of Karnataka fewer girls are born. Christian leader: "Statements that foment hatred between communities."



11/24/2014 NEPAL

Kathmandu: bishop tells young people at the First Communion to enlighten the lives of those who seek God

by Christopher Sharma
Kathmandu: bishop tells young people at the First Communion to enlighten the lives of those who seek God
More than 3,000 people took part in the procession for the feast of Christ the King, which ended in the Cathedral of the Assumption with the sacrament of the Eucharist. Mgr Simick told young people to "reach out to" those "waiting to walk Christ's path" and "Lead them to a life in the Lord". Young Hindu convert is so happy "to live in the light of Christ" that he will "do everything to share the need for God's kingdom in my community".



11/24/2014 VATICAN

Pope: A poor and humble Church is faithful, "shines" the light of Jesus, not its own


Pope: A poor and humble Church is faithful,
When the Church "is faithful to hope and to her Bridegroom, she is joyful to receive the light from Him, to be in this sense 'his widow'," while waiting for His return. All services that we do in the Church are to help us receive this light. "A service without this light is no good: it makes the Church rich, or powerful, or makes the Church seek power, or take the wrong road, as has happened many times in history".



11/24/2014 IRAN-US

Iranian nuclear talks end today amid rumors (and hopes) of an extension


Iranian nuclear talks end today amid rumors (and hopes) of an extension
United States and Iran face last hurdles. Clearance of Iran in the international community could change the face of the Middle East, creating opportunities for peace in Syria, in the fight against the Islamic state, in Lebanese politics. The enemies of the agreement are Israel and Saudi Arabia.



11/24/2014 PHILIPPINES - CHINA - US

South China Sea: Beijing builds a new island, with naval and air base


South China Sea: Beijing builds a new island, with naval and air base
According to US sources, China is building a fourth island in the Spratly. Washington asks for a halt to the project and calls for "diplomatic initiatives" to release the tension. Philippine court sentences nine Chinese fishermen for poaching in its territorial waters. They risked up to 20 years in prison, but will have to pay a fine of 103 thousand dollars.



11/24/2014 INDIA

Karnataka, Hindu radicals attack a Pentecostal church: eight injured, two serious

by Nirmala Carvalho
Karnataka, Hindu radicals attack a Pentecostal church: eight injured, two serious
The Global Council of Indian Christians (GCIC) condemns the latest attack against a Christian community: "Religious fundamentalists are a threat to the rule of law." Instead of stopping the attackers, police arrest a Christian pastor.



11/23/2014 VATICAN - INDIA

Pope on six new saints, two from India: They served the kingdom of God, of which they became heirs


Pope on six new saints, two from India: They served the kingdom of God, of which they became heirs
During the canonisation of new saints in St Peter's Square, Pope Francis stressed that "The starting point of salvation is not the confession of the sovereignty of Christ, but rather the imitation of Jesus' works of mercy through which he brought about his kingdom." We can enter the kingdom of God "by being close in concrete ways to our brothers and sisters who ask for bread, clothing, acceptance, solidarity," and catechesis. At least 20,000 Indians came for the two Indian saints, Euphrasia Eluvathingal of the Sacred Heart, and Kuriakose Elias Chavara, from the Syro-Malabar Church.





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