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21 November 2014

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11/21/2014 MYANMAR - VATICAN

Archbishop of Yangon: Myanmar's Jubilee Church, rebuilding the nation

by Francis Khoo Thwe
Archbishop of Yangon: Myanmar's Jubilee Church, rebuilding the nation
From November 21 to 23 in the final stage of celebrations for the 500th anniversary of the Catholic presence in Myanmar will be held. A reality that has taken 500 years, born and nurtured by missionary institutes. From the "sacrifices” in order to proclaim the Gospel gushed "seed" of faith. The prelate calls for a renewal, "according to the guidelines laid down by Pope Francis."



11/21/2014 MYANMAR - VATICAN

Church in Myanmar, five centuries of missionary history (a profile)


Church in Myanmar, five centuries of missionary history (a profile)
The first proclamation of the Gospel in Burma dates back to the sixteenth century, thanks to the work of the Dominicans, Franciscans and Jesuits. Of particular value the work of the PIME in remote areas, including among the tribals, who they help to discover building with bricks, writing and sanitation. Catholicism is stronger than the persecution of the military regime.



11/21/2014 KOREA

Korean unification could cost "$ 500 billion"


Korean unification could cost
Without "reliable data on North Korea's financial and economic situations," unification could create a shock as big as the collapse of Lehman Brothers, South Korea's Financial Services Commission chief says. However, for South Korea, unification could be an economic "bonanza" as it combines its capital and technology with the North's labour and natural resources. The Catholic Church fears instead that North Korean workers might become "modern slaves, underpaid and marginalised".



11/21/2014 PHILIPPINES

Philippines, still no justice for the victims of "the worst political massacre" ever


Philippines, still no justice for the victims of
Five years after the massacre, ordered by the Ampatuan clan to eliminate the rival Mangudadatu family, no has been charged. 58 people died in the attack, including dozens of journalists following the election campaign. Real risk of a court battle to the bitter end, that could end in a stalemate. Even Card. Tagle condemns corruption "born in the family."



11/21/2014 JAPAN

Tokyo, Shinzo Abe dissolves the lower house and calls early elections


Tokyo, Shinzo Abe dissolves the lower house and calls early elections
Prime Minister announces December vote, two years before the end of his mandate. The move indicates a willingness to "better explain" the economic policies of his government, which up to now seem to have failed. The country is in recession.



11/20/2014 INDONESIA

Indonesia's Year of the Consecrated Life celebrates the "beauty and dignity of vocations"

by Mathias Hariyadi
Indonesia's Year of the Consecrated Life celebrates the
In a pastoral letter, the country's Catholic bishops highlight the example of priests, religious or nuns. A children's book with information about all the religious orders and congregations is planned. The country has at least 6,800 seminarians.



11/20/2014 AUSTRIA - IRAQ

Patriarch of Baghdad to Muslim leaders: Unbefitting silence on the Islamic State, a Nazism in the name of Islam

by Louis Raphael I Sako*
Patriarch of Baghdad to Muslim leaders: Unbefitting silence on the Islamic State, a Nazism in the name of Islam
Speaking at an interfaith conference sponsored by a Saudi institution, Mar Sako describes a "wounded" Middle East. The liberation of Mosul and the Nineveh Plain is a priority for the return of displaced people, Christian and non-Christians, forced to live in appalling conditions. The silence of Muslim leaders is fueling jihadist violence, we need a clear condemnation.



11/20/2014 VATICAN

Pope at FAO: food is not a commodity subject to speculation, the hungry "ask for dignity, not for charity"


Pope at FAO:  food is not a commodity subject to speculation, the hungry
The "challenge" of solidarity and the "paradox of plenty": "there is food for everyone, but not everyone can eat". "The the struggle against hunger and malnutrition is hindered by “market priorities”, and the “primacy of profit”. The "moral obligation to share the economic wealth of the world." "A source of inspiration is natural law, inscribed in the human heart, that speaks a language that everyone can understand: love, justice, peace, elements that are inseparable from each other"



11/20/2014 CHINA

Occupy Central supporters arrested in mainland China


Occupy Central supporters arrested in mainland China
The Chinese government detained almost a hundred activists and citizens last month for expressing support for Hong Kong's democratic struggle. Now it is putting them on trial for "creating a disturbance" or "inciting subversion of state power". The "guilty" face up to five years in prison.



11/20/2014 ISRAEL - PALESTINE

Israeli Soldiers ready to demolish Palestinian attackers' homes

by Joshua Lapide
Israeli Soldiers ready to demolish Palestinian attackers' homes
Abd al-Rahman al-Shaludi's house of in Silwan was demolished yesterday. The families of Ibrahim al-Akkari, Muhammad Jaabis and Mutaz Hijazi received their demolition notices. "Violence begets violence." For B'Tselem, it is wrong to punish innocent people just because their relatives carried out acts of violence. Haaretz notes that the homes of Israeli terrorists remain intact. Selective justice is not justice - it is vengeance.



11/20/2014 VATICAN

Pope: Jesus weeps before the closure of our hearts, as he wept over Jerusalem


Pope: Jesus weeps before the closure of our hearts, as he wept over Jerusalem
"I ask myself: today we Christians who know the faith, the catechism, who go to Mass every Sunday, we Christians, we pastors are we content with ourselves? Because we have organized everything and do not need new visits from the Lord ... And the Lord continues to knock on the door of each one of us and of His Church, the pastors of the Church”.



11/20/2014 UKRAINE - RUSSIA

Christian politicians and religious leaders agree to a memorandum for a "single Ukrainian Church"

by Nina Achmatova
Christian politicians and religious leaders agree to a memorandum for a
A Greek Catholic representative signed the Rivne Memorandum, as did two bishops loyal to the Moscow Patriarchate, who later withdrew their signature. Pressure is coming from many sides. Moscow Patriarchate slams Catholics, saying that if they wish to be part of this process they must end their communion with the pope.



11/20/2014 NEPAL

A Hindu "living goddess" chooses to study with Catholics

by Christopher Sharma
A Hindu
Samita Bajracharya has spent the last few years as "Kumari" or "living goddess", the incarnation of Kali worshiped by both Hindus and Buddhists. After her "divine" period, she chose to enrol in the St Francis Xavier Catholic School. "I am still a Hindu," she told AsiaNews, "but I received solidarity and respect from Catholics."



11/20/2014 INDIA

Haryana, guru charged with murder arrested. One child and five women found dead


Haryana, guru charged with murder arrested. One child and five women found dead
The five dead bodies were found in the ashram where he was hiding. The causes of their death still unknown. More than 16 thousand devotees were held as a hostage in the holy place. Another woman died in hospital shortly after being released.



11/20/2014 MYANMAR

Myanmar army attacks Kachin camp: 23 dead and 13 wounded


Myanmar army attacks Kachin camp: 23 dead and 13 wounded
The military fired artillery shells hitting a training center of the ethnic formation located not far from Laiza. Kachin spokesman "it was an intentional attack," preceded by "fighting". Peace talks between the central government and ethnic minorities at risk. New round of talks was scheduled for next week.



11/20/2014 KOREA - UN

Pyongyang threatens nuclear test in response to UN inquiry


Pyongyang threatens nuclear test in response to UN inquiry
Pyongyang responds to the UN’s request to refer the country to the ICC charging the United States, of “orchestrating everything". Satellites show great activity in areas of the reactors. North Korea’s number two flies to Moscow to meet Putin.





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