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30 October 2014

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10/30/2014 VATICAN

Pope: "The devil exists" and "we have to fight him”, “girded in truth” “armored with justice”.


Pope:
"This generation - and many others - were led to believe that the devil is a myth, a figure, an idea, the idea of evil. But the devil exists and we have to fight him". "The salvation that Jesus gives us is free", but we are called to defend it.



10/30/2014 CHINA - AFGHANISTAN

Ashraf Ghani offers China cooperation against Islamic terrorism in exchange for aid


  Ashraf Ghani offers China cooperation against Islamic terrorism in exchange for aid
The afghan president is in Beijing on his first official trip abroad. To Xi Jinping, he vowed to tackle Islamist-controlled pockets on the border with Pakistan. By 2017, Beijing will provide Kabul with US$ 327 million dollars in aid.



10/30/2014 VATICAN

Pope: in a Europe where there is "thirst for God," Catholics and Old Catholics should bear credible witness to the Gospel


Pope: in a Europe where there is
During an audience with bishops from the Union of Utrecht, Francis recognises "the increasing distance between us on matters of ministry and ethical discernment." Nevertheless, it is "possible to build new bridges of a more profound mutual understanding and practical co-operation". Indeed, "In prayer for and with one another, our differences are taken up and overcome in fidelity to the Lord and his Gospel."



10/30/2014 THAILAND - ITALY

For Thai Buddhists, Francis, the "missionary" pope, embodies the spirit of Assisi, Fr Sala says

by Dario Salvi
For Thai Buddhists, Francis, the
Fr Valerio Sala has been a PIME priest in the Asian country for the past five years. He describes how he came to his vocation and how he developed his missionary zeal after a brief stint in Africa. He explains how globalisation and relativism have deeply penetrated Thai culture, as well as the challenges they represent. For him, Christ is the basis for a true "social and moral change."



10/30/2014 TUNISIA

Secularist party wins Tunisia elections


Secularist party wins Tunisia elections
The Nidaa Tounes party wins 85 seats, defeating Ennahda, the main Islamist party. Tunisia was the first country in the Middle East to experience the Arab Spring and the only one to go through a real democratic transition.



10/30/2014 PHILIPPINES - VATICAN

Manila: Card Tagle tells reporters to stop dividing the Church in good and bad


Manila: Card Tagle tells reporters to stop dividing the Church in good and bad
Upon his return home from the Extraordinary Synod on the family, the archbishop of the Filipino capital discussed what was done. He also urged the media to stop generalising. "Conservatives, liberals, or traditionalists are wrong categories that prevent listening." In general, coverage was "dominated by the West." There should be more "Asian and African journalists".



10/30/2014 JAPAN

Tokyo, the families of Yasukuni war victims: remove criminals from the sanctuary


Tokyo, the families of Yasukuni war victims: remove criminals from the sanctuary
The site is one of the "hot spots" of Asian geopolitics. Among the 2.5 million Japanese war dead honored in the temple is the names of 14 war criminals who have committed atrocities in China and Korea. Prime Minister Abe has always gone there, while the emperor has never gone.



10/30/2014 ISRAEL

Palestinian killed in Jerusalem suspected of having shot a rabbi


Palestinian killed in Jerusalem suspected of having shot a rabbi
Police say the man suspected of the attack opened fire on counter-terrorism agents that had surrounded his house. The rabbi is the leader of a right-wing movement that wants Jews to be allowed pray on the Temple Mount, home to the al-Aqsa mosque and the Dome of the Rock.



10/30/2014 SOUTH KOREA

Korea, Msgr. Kim elected president of Bishops. Bishop You to Justice and Peace


Korea, Msgr. Kim elected president of Bishops. Bishop You to Justice and Peace
The bishops' conference concludes its plenary assembly convened to elect the new leadership of the episcopate. The Archbishop of Gwangju chosen by a large majority, his deputy will be Msgr. Chang. The Bishop of Daejeon, entrusted the most “sensitive” Commission. For Christ the King, a fundraiser for the Christians of Syria and Iraq.



10/30/2014 PHILIPPINES - AFRICA

Manila orders repatriation of citizens from African nations affected by Ebola


Manila orders repatriation of citizens from African nations affected by Ebola
The overseas workers in Liberia, Guinea and Sierra Leone will be subject to 21 days quarantine. The government has adopts "voluntary repatriation" for at least 900 people. With 10 million workers abroad the country is considered "highly vulnerable" to deadly epidemics.



10/30/2014 SRI LANKA

Sri Lanka, rescue operations hampered: more than 300 people buried alive by mud

by Melani Manel Perera
Sri Lanka, rescue operations hampered: more than 300 people buried alive by mud
Bad weather prevents rescuers from freeing the village of Meeriyabedda inhabited by tea growers, swept away by a landslide. Except for the children who had left early to go to school.



10/29/2014 PHILIPPINES

Filipino Church builds more than 1,600 housing units for Yolanda victims


Filipino Church builds more than 1,600 housing units for Yolanda victims
New, permanent units were built in all nine ecclesiastical sees hit by the typhoon. The aim is to complete at least 3,000 units by the end of the year. For NASSA executive secretary, many families have already received their shelter. The priest calls on the government to hurry up; so far it has not yet handed out the aid it had promised.



10/29/2014 MIDDLE EAST - ISLAM

Only Christians can show Muslims the "mad utopia" of the Islamic State

by Fady Noun 

Only Christians can show Muslims the
Superstitions, rituals, deportation, rape, summary justice and indoctrination are the foundations upon which the power of terrorists rests. The latter want to create a theocratic and regressive "perfect city". But utopias generate terror and monsters like Communism and Nazism. Christians have a duty to show Muslims the "true face" of their religion as well as its "elements of violence."



10/29/2014 RUSSIA

The victims of Stalinist terror remembered In Moscow's Lubyanka Square


  The victims of Stalinist terror remembered In Moscow's Lubyanka Square
Memorial organised today's 'Return of the names', 12-hour reading of the names of those executed in the 1930s for political reasons. Almost half of Russians now believe that they too will expression the same repression in their lifetime.



10/29/2014 INDIA

For Indian Jesuit, radical Hindu news service is a "tragedy" for democracy


For Indian Jesuit, radical Hindu news service is a
Rashtriya Swayamsevak Sangh (RSS), a right-wing paramilitary group affiliated with the ruling Bharatiya Janata Party, adds more languages to its news service. For Fr Cedric Prakash, the news agency's "fascist ideology" is a problem.



10/29/2014 CHINA - HONG KONG

Beijing tells Hong Kong delegates they can speak about Occupy, but must be careful about what they say


Beijing tells Hong Kong delegates they can speak about Occupy, but must be careful about what they say
The Chinese People's Political Consultative Conference (CPPCC) expels James Tien Pei-chun, leader of the Liberal Party in Hong Kong, guilty for demanding the resignation of its chief executive. Yu Zhengsheng, who is CPPCC president and fourth highest-ranking Chinese leader, warns that public criticism will not be tolerated.



10/29/2014 VATICAN

Pope calls for "every effort to eradicate" "relentless disease", Ebola


Pope calls for
The Pope "expressed his closeness to all those suffering from Ebola, “as well as to the doctors, nurses, volunteers, religious institutes and associations, who are working heroically to help our brothers and sisters who are sick". "The Church is a mystery in which what is not seen is more important than what is seen". A prayer for the Mexican students burned alive by drug traffickers.



10/29/2014 EGYPT - PALESTINE

Egypt decides to create a buffer zone along the border with the Gaza Strip


Egypt decides to create a buffer zone along the border with the Gaza Strip
The area will be 500 metres wide. All its buildings will be demolished with water-filled trenches set up to thwart tunnel smuggling. The decision comes four days after an attack against an army post in the northeast of the Sinai Peninsula left 31 soldiers dead.



10/29/2014 NEPAL - CHINA - TIBET

Nepalese government: No more refugees from Tibet

by Christopher Sharma
Nepalese government: No more refugees from Tibet
In response to pressure from the Chinese government, Kathmandu has decided to no longer provide the necessary documents to Tibetan refugees to reach India, the residence of the Dalai Lama and his government-in-exile. The outrage of civil society: "You have sold out to Beijing."



10/29/2014 TURKEY- SYRIA-IRAQ

Kurdish peshmerga arrive in Turkey to fight in Kobane


Kurdish peshmerga arrive in Turkey to fight in Kobane
They were greeted by thousands of Turkish Kurds who were barred from entering Syria to fight. Ankara fears the strengthening of the PKK and the creation of a Kurdish state. Some areas of the province of Idlib have passed into the hands of the Nusra Front, aided by the militia of the Islamic State.



10/29/2014 BANGLADESH

Bangladesh, Islamic Party leader gets death sentence


Bangladesh, Islamic Party leader gets death sentence
A special court has found Motiur Rahman Nizami, 71, guilty of genocide, murder, torture and rape. The crimes were committed during the war of liberation from Pakistan in 1971. Fear of further violence after the ruling.



10/29/2014 SINGAPORE

Singapore is "the best country in the world" for business and enterprise


Singapore is
For the ninth consecutive year the Asian city-state takes first place in the special list drawn up by the World Bank. "Business-friendly", it takes two days to open a business and four to import containers. Hong Kong in third place, South Korea fifth.





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