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22 November 2017

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11/22/2017 LEBANON

Saad Hariri returns to Beirut


Saad Hariri returns to Beirut

After landing at the airport, he wanted to pay homage to his father Rafic's tomb. Today he will participate in the Independence Day Parade with Michel Aoun and Nabih Berri. His party meets in front of his home.




11/21/2017 ZIMBABWE – CHINA

Beijing’s shadow over Zimbabwe coup


Beijing’s shadow over Zimbabwe coup

Zimbabwe’s top military commander was in China a couple of days before the coup. China is the African country’s top economic partner. Bilateral relations go back to the 1960s. Mugabe’s economic mismanagement and the nationalisation of diamond mines are behind the tensions between the two countries. Beijing likes the vice president.




11/21/2017 VATICAN

For Pope, martyrdom is medicine against cultural and ideological colonisation


For Pope, martyrdom is medicine against cultural and ideological colonisation

During the Mass at Casa Santa Marta, Pope Francis warned against “new things” that destroy the traditions, history, and religion of a people. Martyr Eleazar was a "root" for the young and the future of his people.




11/21/2017 INDIA

Carmelites in Baroda celebrate the Presentation of Mary to the temple through prayers


Carmelites in Baroda celebrate the Presentation of Mary to the temple through prayers

The cloistered nuns live in the Prem Jyot (Light of Love) monastery. For the mother prioress, the service of contemplative nuns is “prayer”. Pope Francis "never ceases to invite us to ‘meet Christ’.”




11/21/2017 MYANMAR – VATICAN

Catholics ready to welcome the Holy Father in Yangon


Catholics ready to welcome the Holy Father in Yangon

The high point of the papal visit will be the Solemn Mass at Kyaikkasan Grounds in Yangon. Some 200,000 people from around the country are expected, about a third of all Myanmar Catholics. The Church will provide accommodations and transportation. Kachin people made the wooden crosier that Pope Francis will use during the service. As they wait for the pontiff, young people pray.




11/21/2017 CAMBODIA

Opposition party officials quit or defect after party dissolution


Opposition party officials quit or defect after party dissolution

On 16 November, the Supreme Court banned the CNRP at the request of the government. The prime minister gives CNRP officials another week to join his party. The ruling party said it received 390 defectors as of yesterday, including a parliamentarian, 33 provincial councillors, and 356 municipal officials.




11/21/2017 VATICAN - CHINA

'Art Diplomacy': two exhibits at the Vatican Museums and Beijing’s Imperial Palace


'Art Diplomacy': two exhibits at the Vatican Museums and Beijing’s Imperial Palace

Two Chinese officials – Zhu Jiancheng, secretary general of the China Culture Investment Found, and Maestro Zhang Yan – took part in the announcement at the Holy See Press Office. Zhang has given Pope Francis two paintings. The parallel exhibits will have two different names: ‘Beauty unites us’ in the Vatican, and ‘Contemporary Sino-Vatican Exhibit’ in China. The pope is compared to a sacred mountain.




11/21/2017 VATICAN - BANGLADESH

Pope to the people of Bangladesh: I come to proclaim Christ’s message of reconciliation (Video)


Pope to the people of Bangladesh: I come to proclaim Christ’s message of reconciliation (Video)

Pope Francis's video message for his upcoming pastoral journey from November 30 to 2 December. The Pope emphasizes that his visit wants to confirm the Christian community, but he also places great importance on meeting with religious leaders. 




11/21/2017 GREECE-RUSSIA

Inter-Orthodox gathering: Mission in today’s world in the sign of Saint Andrew


Inter-Orthodox gathering: Mission in today’s world in the sign of Saint Andrew

Orthodox representatives of Greece, Serbia, Georgia, Ukraine, Bulgaria, along with guests from non-orthodox countries such as the United States and Italy, participated in Patras (Greece), the site of apostolic martyrdom. Remembering the Christian martyrs of today and those who are dying spiritually, oppressed "by postmodernist morality". Banks "High Temples of Practical Secularism". The relics of Saint Seraphim of Sarov. A Memorandum of Commitments of the Faithful.




11/21/2017 SYRIA - RUSSIA

Syrian conflict, Putin and Assad celebrate success in fight against terrorism


Syrian conflict, Putin and Assad celebrate success in fight against terrorism

The Kremlin leader acclaims "results" achieved. For Moscow, the "definitive" defeat of the rebel groups is imminent and it is time to "shift" attention to the "political process". On Putin's agenda consultations with Trump and Qatari emir.




11/21/2017 CHINA

Christian lawyer Jiang Tianyong condemned to two years prison for 'subversion'


Christian lawyer Jiang Tianyong condemned to two years prison for 'subversion'

He defended Gao Zhisheng and Chen Guangcheng, members of Falun Gong and AIDS patients infected by state clinics. Despite having the chance to flee to the US, he preferred to stay in China to defend his fellow lawyers, victims of the "709" repression.




11/21/2017 BANGLADESH - VATICAN

Dhaka: Waiting for Pope Francis, Catholics recall John Paul II’s visit


Dhaka: Waiting for Pope Francis, Catholics recall John Paul II’s visit

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."




11/20/2017 SRI LANKA

Road accident sparks renewed tensions between Buddhists and Muslims in 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.




11/20/2017 VIETNAM

Vietnam celebrates Teachers’ Day, but its educational system is in crisis


Vietnam celebrates Teachers’ Day, but its educational system is in crisis

For critics, Vietnam’s education is too politicised and centred on producing graduates, and not enough on the moral training of younger generations. Forced by the regime to think a certain way, young people are unable to develop creative thoughts. The economic impact of an education at the service of the Communist Party is negative.




11/20/2017 PAKISTAN – CHINA

Pakistan’s decision to build dam without Beijing reveals in cracks in the Belt and Road Initiative


Pakistan’s decision to build dam without Beijing reveals in cracks in the Belt and Road Initiative

Pakistan is the second country in a few days to cancel a deal with China. Beijing wants sovereign guarantees, but refuses public tenders. Concerns are raised about the quality of Chinese equipment. The use of Chinese workers displaces locals, causing a significant political fallout.




11/20/2017 UNITED NATIONS – SRI LANKA

Sri Lanka accepts 177 recommendations made by United Nations Human Rights Council


Sri Lanka accepts 177 recommendations made by United Nations Human Rights Council

At the Universal Periodic Review at the UN headquarters in Geneva, the head of the Sri Lankan delegation asks for patience with respect to the implementation of reforms. Critics exert pressure on issues like the people who went missing during the civil war, the return of seized lands, and the release and compensation for those unjustly accused of terrorism. Human Rights Watch also calls for action in matters of sexual orientation and gender identity.




11/20/2017 MYANMAR-EU-CHINA

China and EU set to move on the Rohingya crisis


China and EU set to move on the Rohingya crisis

The head of EU diplomacy has promised help to find a "sustainable solution" to the emergency. Europe strongly supports the democratic transition in Myanmar. The new Beijing approach to the emergency in Rakhine. Chinese Foreign Minister Wang Yi illustrates a "three-stage plan". Economic interests push China to play a more active role in the humanitarian crisis.




11/20/2017 INDIA

Sajan K George: arrested Christians, India’s vulnerable


Sajan K George: arrested Christians, India’s vulnerable

On November 19 some Pentecostals arrested in Madhya Pradesh; on November 15 an evangelical in Chhattisgarh. The leader of the Global Council of Indian Christians seeks protection for the celebrations of November 26, Solemnity of Christ the King.




11/20/2017 NORTH KOREA

North Korean defector found with scores of worms, a worrying humanitarian condition


North Korean defector found with scores of worms, a worrying humanitarian condition

The soldier was found last week with gunshot wounds. Humans get worms by eating uncooked vegetables grown with untreated faeces. North Korea has no resources for a modern health service, but refuses to admit poor health and nutrition conditions to protect its image.




11/20/2017 RUSSIA

Moscow, traditional religions to take part in patriotic education


Moscow, traditional religions to take part in patriotic education

New law outlines the figure of the patriot: he loves his country; he leads a healthy lifestyle; no smoking or alcohol abuse; capable of forming a large family. The actors of such education: public authorities, third sector organizations, families, and traditional religious confessions. The law due to be launched by January 1, 2018, the beginning of the presidential election campaign (with Putin the clear favourite). The skepticism of sociologist Leontij Byzov.




11/20/2017 LEBANON - FRANCE

Hariri announces impromptu visit to Cairo and renews his promise of a return to Lebanon


Hariri announces impromptu visit to Cairo and renews his promise of a return to Lebanon

In the next few hours, the former Lebanese premier should leave Paris for Cairo. A meeting with Egyptian President al-Sisi is scheduled. His return to Lebanon scheduled for November 22, for independence celebrations. After speaking with Aoun, he should clarify the future.




11/20/2017 INDONESIA

Papua, special forces free 345 hostages from separatists


Papua, special forces free 345  hostages from separatists

323 adults and 22 children from the village of Tembagapura saved. The troops first successfully occupied Kimberly and Bunti. Free Papua Movement militants have fled into the jungle. Gun fire heard during evacuation of hostages exploded some shots. Two corpses found.




11/20/2017 ISRAEL - PALESTINE

Israeli soldier Elor Azaria, who shot defenceless Palestinian, denied pardon


Israeli soldier Elor Azaria, who shot defenceless Palestinian, denied pardon

Israeli President Rivlin denies pardon. The 18-month sentence is indulgent, any further lessening of the sentence would damage the armed forces and Israel. The case creates divisions in civil society. Azaria has never shown remorse.




11/19/2017 VATICAN

Pope hopes that Lebanon can continue to be a message of respect and coexistence


Pope hopes that Lebanon can continue to be a message of respect and coexistence

People should not be afraid of God, as if he were "a master who wants to punish us". For the pope, “Jesus has always shown us that God is not a stern and intolerant master, but a father full of love, tenderness, and goodness. Therefore, we can and must have immense trust in Him.” The pontiff also urged “drivers to be prudent and respect the rules as the first form of protection of themselves and others.”




11/19/2017 VATICAN

Taking care of the poor is an “evangelical duty”, pope says


Taking care of the poor is an “evangelical duty”, pope says

Francis celebrated Mass on the First World Day of the Poor noting that "God will not ask if we felt righteous indignation, but whether we did some good.” The “great sin” against the poor is “indifference”, turning away “from a brother or sister in need,” growing “indignant at evil but do[ing] nothing about it.” For the pope, “God will not ask if we felt righteous indignation, but whether we did some good.”




11/18/2017 VATICAN

Pope: not everything that is technically possible is ethically acceptable


Pope: not everything that is technically possible is ethically acceptable

Great progress in science raises "great and serious" questions. “Scientific and technological progress is needed for the good of all humanity, and its benefits cannot only profit a few”.




11/18/2017 IRAN

Innovative start-ups hit the new Silk Road to boost Iran’s economy and development


Innovative start-ups hit the new Silk Road to boost Iran’s economy and development

Silk Road Start-up competition is the first public-private initiative. Iran and foreign and experts travelled 4,000 kilometres to seven cities to evaluate hundreds of projects. The final event is set for early 2018 on Kish Island.




11/18/2017 INDIA

For Card Gracias, World Day of the Poor is an opportunity to be a “Church of the Poor for the Poor”


For Card Gracias, World Day of the Poor is an opportunity to be a “Church of the Poor for the Poor”

The ACTS project has been launched to provide help to the needy, involving all of the parishes of Mumbai archdiocese. The cardinal will share a meal with the poor. Caritas India launches an initiative to counter child malnutrition.




11/18/2017 NEPAL

Business people flee abroad to escape the money requests of political parties


Business people flee abroad to escape the money requests of political parties

Nepalis will go to the polls on 26 November and 7 December. Voters are called to renew the federal and provincial parliaments. Some 96 parties have registered. Requests for donations also come from “ different currents within the same party".




11/18/2017 INDONESIA

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


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

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.




11/18/2017 CHINA

China leading Asia’s digital revolution


China leading Asia’s digital revolution

Eight Chinese companies are among the top ten firms that are disrupting life with digital technology. The other two are Japanese and South Korean. The result has ben faster economic growth. The use of smartphones in lieu of credit cards has exploded.




11/17/2017 LEBANON – SAUDI ARABIA – FRANCE

As Paris gets ready to welcome the Lebanese PM, the Hariri affairs has a happy end


As Paris gets ready to welcome the Lebanese PM, the Hariri affairs has a happy end

Tomorrow the outgoing Lebanese prime minister is set to leave Saudi Arabia for France. Doubts remain about his future and that of his government. President Aoun’s protection boosts the bond with his "adoptive son". The Saudis maintain their goals on Lebanon as Europe, the United States and Iran want Lebanon’s stability.






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