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25 November 2014

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11/25/2014 VATICAN - EUROPE

Pope: "building together" a Europe based on man, not the economy


Pope:
Francis brings a "message of hope and encouragement" to the European Parliament. Overcoming an exaggerated individualism that forgets the duties of the common good. Be the bearer of human rights, democracy, welcome for migrants, respect for nature and a promoter of peace.



11/25/2014 VATICAN

Pope: dialogue with ISIS is "difficult, if not almost impossible, but the door is always open"


Pope: dialogue with ISIS is
Speaking to reporters on the plane that took him back to Rome, Francis said, "There is the threat of these terrorists . . . but there is also another threat, state terrorism [. . .] with terrorists many who are innocent also fall [. . .] slavery is a part of today's social fabric. Slave labour, human trafficking, child trafficking. [. . .] It is a tragedy. Let us not close our eyes on this! [. . .] Going out to find people and talk is what Europe needs today."



11/25/2014 IRAQ

Mosul: video shows Islamic state blowing about Sacred Heart convent


Mosul: video shows Islamic state blowing about Sacred Heart convent
The jihadists had used the facility as a base for cars and fighters. Yesterday, they decided to blow it up. Before the operation, they warned residents. The nearby St Georgis Monastery was spared. Built by the Iraqi government in 1984, the convent's nuns provided help to the elderly and people with special needs.



11/25/2014 VATICAN - EUROPE

Pope: overcoming the "culture of conflict" for the good of peace


Pope: overcoming the
Speaking to the Council of Europe Francis recalls that it has a mission to promote peace, freedom and human dignity. Peace is "wounded" in Europe, "where tensions do not cease." It is violated by terrorism " bankrolled by a frequently unchecked traffic in weapons " and also "the traffic of human beings, which is the new slavery of our time." History today demands the ability to break out of the structures which “contain” our identity and to encounter others, for the sake of making that identity more solid and fruitful in the fraternal exchange of transversality.



11/25/2014 INDIA

Christ the King among tribal Mundari, witness of faith and peaceful coexistence

by Nirmala Carvalho
Christ the King among tribal Mundari, witness of faith and peaceful coexistence
The community of the Church of the Blessed Mother Teresa in Siadih, Jharkhand, celebrated the feast day with a procession. The group walked the main streets and hidden alleys of the parish, attracting non-Christians as well. The event showed that "people of different religions can live in respect, love, unity and harmony", the parish priest said.



11/25/2014 BANGLADESH

Two Protestant clergymen on trial in Bangladesh for alleged "forced conversions"


Two Protestant clergymen on trial in Bangladesh for alleged
About 200 people attacked the religious leaders as they were baptising Muslims. Some local imams filed charges against the clergymen who, together with scores of Protestants, were arrested by police. The pastors are now free on bail.



11/25/2014 INDONESIA

For Indonesian Bishops, the state should register mixed marriages as a matter of religious freedom

by Mathias Hariyadi
For Indonesian Bishops, the state should register mixed marriages as a matter of religious freedom
The Bishops' Conference stands for civil rights, in particular with regard to mixed marriages. Muslims, Hindus and Confucians oppose changes to existing legislation that bans mixed marriages. Even members of the Constitutional Court are opposed to changes. For the Catholic Church, it is a fight for "human rights".



11/25/2014 NEPAL - INDIA

Nepal prevents Indian Prime Minister Modi from speaking at a temple, says no Hindu propaganda

by Christopher Sharma
Nepal prevents Indian Prime Minister Modi from speaking at a temple, says no Hindu propaganda
Led by Maoists, a group of 22 Nepali political parties protest Narendra Modi's decision to speak to the faithful at Nepal's Ramjanaki temple because people "fought for years to have a secular federal republic" against those who "interfere with our new Republican Constitution."



11/25/2014 HONG KONG - CHINA

Occupy Central: Mong Kok cleared of barricades and tents

by Paul Wang
Occupy Central: Mong Kok cleared of barricades and tents
Bailiffs, workers in white gloves and 3 thousand policemen cleared the sit-in blocking Nathan Road and Argyle Street. A bus company got a court order to clear the intersection. The young people kept calm, fearing arrest. The leaders of Occupy Central and Card. Zen ready to surrender to authorities.



11/25/2014 MYANMAR - CHINA

China, uncovers gang who sell Burmese women "as brides" in the countryside


China, uncovers gang who sell Burmese women
Beijing police have arrested 31 people in Inner Mongolia, accused of human trafficking. Among the victims there are 11 people - including women and children - from Myanmar. Behind the practice the one-child policy and selective abortions, which have created a gender imbalance in China. According to the latest data for every 100 females there are 118 males.



11/25/2014 SOUTH KOREA

Korea’s birth rate up in wake of Papal visit


Korea’s birth rate up in wake of Papal visit
The government data for the last six months show an increase in the birth rate of 2.2%: still too little, but the phenomenon seems set to improve. The Catholic Church has always been at the forefront in the battle against the "de-humanizing" culture of an economy that pushes couples to avoid having children.



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.





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