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22 December 2014

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12/22/2014 VATICAN

Pope: the 15 "diseases" of the Curia, from careerism to "gossip", from pomposity to accumulation of wealth


Pope: the 15
In a speech entitled "The Roman Curia and the Body of Christ", Francis lists a "catalogue" of "curial diseases" that "weaken our service to the Lord." You can not live without "a relationship with Christ that is vital, personal, authentic and solid." "The closer we are to God the more we are united among ourselves." An examination of conscience is needed.



12/22/2014 MYANMAR - CHINA


Growing illegal tiger and wild cat trade from Myanmar to China


Growing illegal tiger and wild cat trade from Myanmar to China
A recent report shows a spike in trade near the Burmese town of Mong La. In the past eight years, the number of shops selling animal part products has jumped more than threefold. About 80 per cent of the parts are from tigers, which is on the endangered species list. Only 5 per cent the population is left compared to a century ago.



12/22/2014 ASIA - OPEC

Oil price war aimed at non-OPEC countries


Oil price war aimed at non-OPEC countries
The United States, Mexico, Russia, and Norway are among the countries targeted. Non-OPEC countries are blamed for an overproduction of 2 million barrels a day. Prices are expected to go up again in the second half of 2015.



12/22/2014 CHINA - HONG KONG

Chen Zuoer pushing for new security law in Hong Kong (after Occupy)

by Paul Wang
Chen Zuoer pushing for new security law in Hong Kong (after Occupy)
The former deputy director of the State Council's Hong Kong and Macau Affairs Office wants a law that curbs free speech to block further protests and a possible repeat of the Occupy Central movement. In 2003, the Hong Kong government drafted security legislation that met with strong popular opposition.



12/22/2014 INDONESIA

Indonesian Islamists threaten Christmas celebrations

by Mathias Hariyadi
Indonesian Islamists threaten Christmas celebrations
For the past few years, the Christian festivity has become an excuse for violence and targeted attacks. Among Muslims, moderates defend Christmas whilst fundamentalists view it as "haram", sinful. Whilst Jakarta Governor sets up a tree, President Jokowi travels to Papua for the celebration. Meanwhile, members of the Yasmin Church prepare to celebrate the event outdoor.



12/22/2014 INDIA

For Mgr Dabre, India should ensure respect for the rights and freedoms of all citizens

by Thomas Dabre *
For Mgr Dabre, India should ensure respect for the rights and freedoms of all citizens
In a country with different cultures, religions, and states, "cultural nationalism" is wrong. The same is true for attempts to impose the Hindu majority's culture, sacred books, festivities and even terminology on believers of other religions. Christians do not practice forced conversions, but uphold the right to change religion as guaranteed by the Constitution.



12/22/2014 SYRIA

Aleppo: Christmas among Christian families broken by war, praying for peace

by Giorgio Istifan
Aleppo: Christmas among Christian families broken by war, praying for peace
A young Christian from Aleppo victim of the Syrian conflict tells his story. He went from leading a normal life with a wife and daughter to one of unemployment and separation. The war has split his family; now he can see his wife and daughter only a few hours a day. Yet, the conflict has boosted his faith. For Christmas, he calls on Christians around the world to pray "for us, Christians of Syria."



12/22/2014 MONGOLIA - KOREA

"We are few Christians, but God's love makes everything possible," says Mongolia's first deacon

by Pietro Kim Jaedok
Joseph Enkh-Baatar was ordained deacon in Daejeon, South Korea, on 10 December. In an interview with AsiaNews, he talked about the challenges of his future priestly life in the country with the world's youngest Church, looked at the difficulties of proclaiming the Gospel in a society where unfettered capitalism coexists with animist traditions, and described the many problems that await him. Yet, he is full of hope. "I want to become a priest who never loses sight of his centre, which is Jesus Christ, so that I can carry out my mission."



12/22/2014 MALAYSIA

Kuala Lumpur, religious leaders: Dialogue, the basis of coexistence between different faiths


Kuala Lumpur, religious leaders: Dialogue, the basis of coexistence between different faiths
Christians, Muslims and Buddhists gathered at a conference highlight the importance of dialogue and mutual understanding. Archbishop of Kuala Lumpur: "It does not mean “giving up one's faith”, but "understanding the sensitivities of others." Indonesian Muslim scholar: tolerance and pluralism basis of dialogue.



12/22/2014 PAKISTAN

Peshawar school massacre: Pakistani police arrest a group of suspects


Peshawar school massacre: Pakistani police arrest a group of suspects
Those arrested are suspected of "aiding and abetting". For the Minister of Interior investigations are continuing "in the right direction." Intelligence sources: new attacks in the planning. Thousands of people have paid tribute to the 148 victims of the massacre at the military school, of whom 132 were children.



12/22/2014 TUNISIA - ISLAM

Essebsi claims victory in presidential poll, but official results due tonight


Essebsi claims victory in presidential poll, but official results due tonight
Marzouki, the outgoing President, says the self-proclaimed winner's announcement is "undemocratic". The elections were conducted peacefully. There was only one incident in Kairouan.



12/21/2014 VATICAN

Pope: At Christmas, once more, Christ comes by and knocks on the doors of our hearts, and we should not let him get away


Pope: At Christmas, once more, Christ comes by and knocks on the doors of our hearts, and we should not let him get away
On the fourth Sunday of Advent, Francis emphasises two aspects in Mary's life, "a model to prepare for Christmas," namely her faith and her capacity to recognise God's time. "The example of Mary and that of her husband Joseph are an invitation to accept with total openness of mind Jesus, who became our brother out of love." What is more, "If you feel the desire to improve, Christ will come by and knock at your door: open it!"





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