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03/27/2017 INDIA

Uttar Pradesh: Christian graves vandalized; (False) accusations of forced conversions (VIDEO)


Uttar Pradesh: Christian graves vandalized; (False) accusations of forced conversions (VIDEO)

Crosses taken down; tombstones smashed. State led by Hindu nationalist party. Growing violence against Christians in the region. The Hindu Yuva Vahini organization, founded by the Chief Minister, for the return of the Dalits to Hinduism.




03/27/2017 HONG KONG – CHINA

On Carrie Lam’s first day, prosecution awaits Occupy Central leaders


On Carrie Lam’s first day, prosecution awaits Occupy Central leaders

Lam is elected chief executive with 777 votes. Viewed as Beijing candidate, she also seen as CY 2.0, heir to Leung Chun-ying (CY 1.0) who is against democratic demands. The formal transfer of power will take place on 1 July, the 20th anniversary of Hong Kong’s return to China.




03/27/2017 RUSSIA

Dozens of anti-corruption demonstrations. Alexei Navalny arrested


Dozens of anti-corruption demonstrations. Alexei Navalny arrested

Demonstrations against corruption of Medvedev and Putin. A video about the premier’s construction empire, seen by 11 million people. Unauthorized demonstrations: at least 500 protesters arrested. Rallies in Moscow, St. Petersburg, Novosibirsk, Krasnoyarsk, Omsk, Yekaterinburg, Vladivostok. 




03/27/2017 VIETNAM

Youth evangelisation is an urgent priority for the Church in Vietnam


Youth evangelisation is an urgent priority for the Church in Vietnam

Vietnam’s Catholic community is not growing. Young people and their testimony can help evangelise society. Youth need to interact with one another and share their experiences. Moving to the city comes with many difficulties.




03/27/2017 INDIA

Mumbai, 25 thousand people make a pilgrimage for peace


Mumbai, 25 thousand people make a pilgrimage for peace

Great participation of Catholics and non-Catholics in the annual Lenten march for peace 20 km. The pilgrims walked through the night for 7 hours until the Mass in the Basilica of Mount Mary. Card. Gracias: "Peace, harmony and brotherhood will prevail." Large presence of young people.




03/27/2017 PAKISTAN

Pakistani Christians caught between the sacrament of marriage and domestic violence


Pakistani Christians caught between the sacrament of marriage and domestic violence

Christians have begun to analyse in depth the institution of marriage. Abuse and violence among married people is the main spark. For decades, the only way of separating from a violent spouse was through conversion to Islam. Maria is one of the victims.




03/27/2017 SOUTH KOREA

Prosecutors ask Seoul court to arrest former President Park Geun-hye


Prosecutors ask Seoul court to arrest former President Park Geun-hye

If the Seoul District Court agrees with the request and issues the arrest warrant, Park will be the first former South Korean president to be arrested since 1995. The charges against her include abuse of office, bribery and leaking government documents.




03/27/2017 CHINA

Beijing to get its first driverless unerground train line, all 'Made in China'


Beijing to get its first driverless unerground train line, all 'Made in China'

Concern remain over possible accidents and job losses. The nine-station Yanfang line will cover 15 km.




03/27/2017 IRAQ

Chaldean patriarch’s sorrow over Mosul’s tragedy, ready to help thousands of displaced people


 Chaldean patriarch’s sorrow over Mosul’s tragedy, ready to help thousands of displaced people

Mar Sako tells of west Mosul "difficult but necessary" liberation. Jihadis "use people" as human shields amid narrow streets and houses. Thousands have died and more than 10,000 homes have been destroyed. Controversy continues over an air strike by the US-led coalition that killed more than a hundred people. The Chaldean Church provides food aid to Muslim refugees.




03/27/2017 YEMEN

Aden, tens of thousands of people take to the streets to demand an end to the war


Aden, tens of thousands of people take to the streets to demand an end to the war

Promoted by the Houthis, who occupy the capital and large areas of the north of the country. Former President Saleh also present. He called crowd to resistance. One demonstrator: "In the streets against the Saudi aggression." A criminal court close to Shiite rebels issues death sentence for Hadi in absentia.




03/27/2017 INDONESIA

Jakarta: incitement to hatred, the most common online crime in 2016


Jakarta: incitement to hatred, the most common online crime in 2016

The authorities conducted 199 investigations. The victims targeted for ethnic and religious reasons. Religious and conservative groups increasingly active as vigilantes. The case of the Christian governor is an example of this trend. 




03/26/2017 VATICAN

Pope urges the faithful to abandon the false lights of prejudice towards others and self-interest


 Pope urges the faithful to abandon the false lights of prejudice towards others and self-interest

Baptism inspires us to follow Jesus and judge men and things according to a new scale of values ​​that comes from God, as well as to walk in the light, that is to "abandon false lights”. Francis thanked Milan and the Milanese for the warm reception they showed him yesterday. He also said that it is true that "In Milan people are welcomed heart in hand”.




03/25/2017 ITALY – VATICAN

Pope tells 80,000 youth that grandparents can help them find faith, says no to bullying


Pope tells 80,000 youth that grandparents can help them find faith, says no to bullying

Parents should strive to educate children about contents, ideas, values and attitudes about life. He urged them to play with their children, take the time to go to Mass with them, visit a park, and remember that they can see and suffer when they argue.




03/25/2017 ITALY – VATICAN

Pope: in a time marked by speculation, nothing and no one is "foreign" to God


 Pope: in a time marked by speculation, nothing and no one is

Francis celebrated Mass in Monza before a million people according to organisers. This followed his visit to Milan’s San Vittore Prison where he had lunch with inmates. “The Lord loves me as much as he does you,” he told them. “Jesus himself is in you and in me; we are sinful brothers".




03/25/2017 ITALY – VATICAN

Pope in Milan: pastors must teach how to choose in a society that has many cultures


Pope in Milan: pastors must teach how to choose in a society that has many cultures

Francis began his visit at the Case Bianche compound, home to three families. He met priests and consecrated people at the Cathedral where he talked about discernment. “Choose the peripheries, reawaken processes, ignite the spent and weakened hope of a society that has become insensible to the pain of others,” he said.




03/25/2017 ISRAEL – PALESTINE – UNITED STATES

UN: Israel has failed to comply with UN demands and continues to expand settlements


UN: Israel has failed to comply with UN demands and continues to expand settlements

The United Nations Special Coordinator for the Middle East Peace Process criticised the Jewish state for failing to comply with the UN resolution on settlements. Instead, the Israeli government has authorised a “high rate” of settlement expansion. For Israel’s UN ambassador, the settlements are not an obstacle to peace.




03/25/2017 INDONESIA

The "Days in the Diocese" for Asian Youth Day 2017


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Representatives from 16 countries met on 20-24 March at the Sanjaya Pastoral Centre in Muntilan, the ‘Bethlehem of Java’ for the ‘Days of the Diocese’. The goal was to rehearse 7th Asian Youth Day (AYD) scheduled for 30 July-6 August 2017.




03/25/2017 BANGLADESH

Islamic State claims responsibility for attempted suicide attack at Dhaka international airport


Islamic State claims responsibility for attempted suicide attack at Dhaka international airport

The bomber blew himself as he tried to enter the airport carrying a bomb, dying “right away" in the blast. His identity remains unknown, but his fingerprints have been found. The Islamic State claimed responsibility for the attack, but the government blames a local recently formed extremist group.




03/24/2017 VATICAN - EU

Pope: Europe is not just an economy, but a way of conceiving man and a capacity for hope


 Pope: Europe is not just an economy, but a way of conceiving man and a capacity for hope

Francis spoke to the heads of state and government of the 27 EU member states on the 60th anniversary of the Treaty of Rome. He told them that the Old Continent is a reality based on the centrality of man, effective solidarity, openness to the world, the pursuit of peace and development, and overture to the future. He also talked about "serious migration crisis" and the populism that is the "fruit of an egotism".




03/24/2017 RUSSIA

Optimists, pessimists, and apocalyptics look at Russia on the 100th anniversary of the Revolution


Optimists, pessimists, and apocalyptics look at Russia on the 100th anniversary of the Revolution

The commemoration of the centenary of the Russian Revolution of 1917 has begun. A major historical revision is underway. Our post-globalisation times resemble 1917. The Moscow Patriarchate and Vladimir Putin are silent on the matter.




03/24/2017 VIETNAM

Hanoi arrests two bloggers and activists for online "propaganda against the State”


Hanoi arrests two bloggers and activists for online

24 year old Phan Kim Khanh and Bui Hieu Vo 51 year old are behind bars. Both accused of posting "malicious and prefabricated content ", with the aim of "spreading propaganda contrary" to the principles of the Republic. Today in Vietnam there are at least 84 prisoners of conscience, including bloggers, unionists, politicians and religious leaders. 




03/24/2017 NORTH KOREA

Women and children are the main victims of North Korea’s humanitarian emergency


Women and children are the main victims of North Korea’s humanitarian emergency

About 27.9 per cent of North Korean children under five suffer from chronic malnutrition, 4 per cent from acute malnutrition. About 23.3 per cent of women in reproductive age are also malnourished. About 31.2 per cent of pregnant women are anemic and 5 per cent of children are born underweight. Malnutrition is aggravated by poor health care and the lack of running water, sanitation and hygiene services. “The undernourishment of the people of North Korea is a very serious situation,” expert tells AsiaNews. “A whole generation has stunted growth.”




03/24/2017 EMIRATES

Emirates Airlines offers new service to offset ban on electronic devices in Mideast flights


Emirates Airlines offers new service to offset ban on electronic devices in Mideast flights

The US and the UK crack down on in-flight devices that might contain hidden explosives. Experts doubt about its effectiveness. "Let us entertain you" is Emirates Airlines alternative.




03/24/2017 INDIA

Card. Alencherry: The beatification of Sister Rani Maria is a blessing for the Church in India


Card. Alencherry: The beatification of Sister Rani Maria is a blessing for the Church in India

The nun was killed in 1995 with 54 stab wounds. Her assassin  is a radical Hindu fomented by village leaders, who wanted to stop her missionary activity in favor of the tribal poor. Today he repented because of the love of the Franciscan family, who forgave and accepted him. Sister Rani is a "martyr".




03/24/2017 CHINA

A "green necklace" of trees against air pollution in Beijing


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Hebei Province plans to use wetlands around the capital. The latter however suffers from water shortages. Beijing’s pollution crisis could be tackled by closing a significant number of steel factories in the region, but powerful interests and state enterprises have opposed such a move.




03/24/2017 VATICAN - GREAT BRITAIN - ISLAM

London attack: The Pope's pain and that of a young Muslim


London attack: The Pope's pain and that of a young Muslim

Pope Francis expresses "prayer and solidarity" for the victims killed in Westminster. A young Muslim  apologizes to the victims because terrorists used his religion to cause such violence. Islam "has been taken hostage." Police release the name of the dead attacker: Khalid Massoud, 52, born in Britain. Perhaps he is of Pakistani or Afghan origin. The Islamic State claims him as "one of our soldiers."




03/24/2017 IRAQ

Mosul: fleeing parents forced to "sedate" their children


Mosul: fleeing parents forced to

The militiamen punish those who flee with death, and bind women leaving them out in the cold. The families fleeing at night and are forced to sedate their children or tape their mouths to stop their cries and spare them the horrors of war.




03/23/2017 THAILAND

Bangkok wants a new “clean” abbot for the Phra Dhammakaya temple


Bangkok wants a new “clean” abbot for the Phra Dhammakaya temple

The current abbot has been accused of embezzlement and illegal construction. The authorities have tried repeatedly to arrest him, but without success. The National Office of Buddhism wants an outsider picked as the temple’s new spiritual guide.




03/23/2017 PALESTINE – ISRAEL

As peace is ever remote, more Palestinians in Jerusalem apply for Israeli citizenship


As peace is ever remote, more Palestinians in Jerusalem apply for Israeli citizenship

More than a thousand families applied for Israeli citizenship in 2016, up from 69 in 2003. However, red tape is an obstacle and more than half of all applications are rejected. Israel’s hold over the city is getting stronger with more settlements. Behind the trend is a desire to lead a normal life and avoid the fear of losing residency rights.




03/23/2017 VATICAN

Pope: if you do not listen to the Word of God, you end up confusing God with the devil


Pope: if you do not listen to the Word of God, you end up confusing God with the devil

"When a people, a community, even a Christian community, a parish, a diocese, close their ears and become deaf to the Word of the Lord, they look for other voices, other lords, and end up with the idols, idols of the world, the worldliness, that society offers them. They walk away from the living God. "




03/23/2017 JAPAN

In Japan, where hope in the future is rare, 30,000 people took their life each year for 12 years


In Japan, where hope in the future is rare, 30,000 people took their life each year for 12 years

Between 1998 and 2010, more than 30,000 people were driven to take their own life. According to recent government research, only 20 per cent of suicides were committed for economic reasons. Sixty per cent were due to physical health and depression.




03/23/2017 BANGLADESH

About 82 per cent of militants radicalised on social media in Bangladesh


About 82 per cent of militants radicalised on social media in Bangladesh

The result is based on a survey of 250 jailed militants by the Bangladesh police presented at an international police seminar. Last year’s massacre in Dhaka showed how some Islamic preachers influence young people on the Internet.




03/23/2017 INDONESIA

Mgr Samuel Sidin Oton is the new Bishop of Sintang, West Kalimantan (photos)


Mgr Samuel Sidin Oton is the new Bishop of Sintang, West Kalimantan (photos)

The ordination ceremony took place in Baning in the presence of more than 5,000 local Catholics. West Kalimantan Governor Cornelis and local top military officials were also present. Working for environmental protection made Mgr Sidin an environmental hero. The challenges of the Diocese of Sintang include its vast territory, deforestation and the loss of cultural values ​​among locals.




03/23/2017 ASIA - ISLAM - GREAT BRITAIN

Indian Church praying for the victims of London attack. The sympathy of world leaders


Indian Church praying for the victims of London attack. The sympathy of world leaders

Cardinal Gracias expresses deep sorrow for an attack that caused a "senseless loss of life." And prays God grant "peace, strength and consolation." Sympathy and solidarity from international leaders. Iran asks to stop the sale of the "weapons to terrorist groups ". Erdogan expresses solidarity with the British, but launches a new attack on Europe.






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