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01 October 2014

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10/01/2014 HONG KONG - CHINA

The "umbrella revolution": students turn their backs on flag raising for China’s National Day

by Paul Wang
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The students boycotted the raising of the flag to mark the founding of the People's Republic of China. Some demand the release of political prisoners and recall Tiananmen. Leung Chun-ying keeps silent. China censors images and news reports on the demands of democracy. 13 Chinese who support Occupy Central arrested. Beijing warns embassies and consulates: do not interfere with the protesters. Support from Canada, Britain, Australia.



10/01/2014 CHINA - HONG KONG

Scores of mainland supporters of democracy in Hong Kong arrested


Scores of mainland supporters of democracy in Hong Kong arrested
Chinese police react angrily to demonstrations in support of Occupy Central and protests in Hong Kong. In almost all of the country's big cities, people are summarily arrested and subjected to overnight interrogations. In some cases, unknown people carry out raids.



10/01/2014 VATICAN

Pope: Charism, gifts of God for the good of the whole Church


Pope: Charism, gifts of God for the good of the whole Church
They are a grace given by God, gifted for the good of the whole community and they are good, "when the Church, in the variety of its charisms, is expressed in communion, it can’t go wrong", but "God help us if these gifts become a source of envy or division, of jealousy. "



10/01/2014 PHILIPPINES

Filipino Catholics helping thousands displaced by Mayon volcano


Filipino Catholics helping thousands displaced by Mayon volcano
After rumbling back to life a few days ago, the volcano represents a clear and present danger. At least, 11,000 families have fled their homes so far. Caritas Manila and Radyo Veritas launch a fundraising campaign. The measures taken show the Church's "loving presence".



10/01/2014 INDIA

New Delhi, state university abolishes chair named after Mother Teresa

by Santosh Digal
New Delhi, state university abolishes chair named after Mother Teresa
The Indira Gandhi Open University has taken this decision due to lack of funds. For John Dayal, secretary general of the All India Christian Council (AICC), terms the decision "reprehensible." The chair offered courses on HIV / AIDS, family education, substance abuse and philosophy.



10/01/2014 MYANMAR

Clashes between Karen rebels and government troops in Mon State, five dead and two wounded


Clashes between Karen rebels and government troops in Mon State, five dead and two wounded
The victims belong to the ethnic militias, who have resumed guerrilla warfare with the army. Hundreds of people have fled their homes because of the intensification of clashes, at least 30 schools closed. The United States upholds sanctions against Myanmar for the use of child soldiers.



10/01/2014 UKRAINE - RUSSIA

Donetsk, separatists carry icon in procession: stopped from entering church

by Nina Achmatova
Donetsk, separatists carry icon in procession: stopped from entering church
The icon had come from Russia, but the Orthodox clergy were directed to have "no ties" with the militia, much less to give them their blessing. The miraculous icon is that of the Blessed Mother of God of Tikhvin, also called "militia".



09/30/2014 LAOS

Persecution continues in Laos as Christians are detained for meeting to pray


Persecution continues in Laos as Christians are detained for meeting to pray
Authorities in Savannakhet raid home and arrest Christian clergyman and six members of his congregation. They were having lunch after Sunday Mass. At present, they are still being held at a government building. The clergyman was brought in handcuffed and shackled. Village authorities had banned Christians from praying together.



09/30/2014 INDIA

Bishop of Pune calls for an end to Hindu-Muslim violence, stresses "we are all Indians"

by Nirmala Carvalho
Bishop of Pune calls for an end to Hindu-Muslim violence, stresses
In Vadodara, police arrest 140 people following sectarian clashes sparked by anti-Islamic pictured posted on Facebook. Gujarat has a dismal record when it comes to sectarian violence. For the bishop of Pune, all religions have contributed to nation-building.



09/30/2014 VATICAN - UNITED NATIONS

It is "licit and urgent" to stop the aggression of terrorism, Card Parolin says at UN


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The Holy See's top diplomat calls for "multilateral action and a proportionate use of force" to ensure "the defence of unarmed citizens." The theory of the "clash of civilizations" ignores "longstanding and profound experiences of good relations between cultures, ethnic groups and religions". The path to follow is to "promote dialogue and understanding among cultures," as well as a sense of "responsibility to protect".



09/30/2014 VATICAN

Pope: Prepare and pray: the "things" to do ahead of our "dark times”


Pope: Prepare and pray: the
"Our life is too easy, our complaints are overdramatized". Think of the great tragedies, of "these Christian brothers and sisters of ours who are driven from their home and left with nothing: 'But, Lord, I have believed in you. Why? Is believing in You a curse, Lord?'".



09/30/2014 SRI LANKA

Sri Lanka, police block a course for journalists: "They want to silence us"

by Melani Manel Perera
Sri Lanka, police block a course for journalists:
The Professional Web Journalist Association (Pwja) accuses the government of trying to silence independent media. It is the fourth time in three months that the authorities prevent the holding of a seminar for journalists.



09/30/2014 PHILIPPINES

For Filipino Church, pope's visit to help Catholics "in name only"


For Filipino Church, pope's visit to help Catholics
Mgr Florentino Cinense, bishop of Tarlac, calls on the faithful who do not know their religion to study it and share it. The papal visit will provide the nation with "spiritual blessings".



09/30/2014 MYANMAR

Burmese Dissident: Little chance of Aung San Suu Kyi becoming President

by Francis Khoo Thwe
Burmese Dissident: Little chance of Aung San Suu Kyi becoming President
For Aye Chan Naing, director of the Democratic Voice of Burma (DVB), the Nobel Peace Laureate will “lead" the party in elections; however, the possibility of constitutional change to allow it to run for head of state are "very poor". For the presidential race he predicts the presence of personalities from the "Generation 88" student movement.



09/30/2014 CHINA

Need a driver's license, donate a pint of blood to the state


Need a driver's license, donate a pint of blood to the state
In the city of Baoji, new regulations impose a "voluntary donation" of blood for municipal services. Soldiers and university students are urged to donate at least once a year. People react online. For one netizen, "donations should be voluntary". Others tell the authorities to remember country's health scandals.



09/30/2014 HONG KONG - CHINA

Hong Kong Chief Executive calls for immediate end to protests. Occupy Central calls for his resignation

by Paul Wang
Hong Kong Chief Executive calls for immediate end to protests. Occupy Central calls for his resignation
Day three of Occupy Central. Sit-ins extend to Yau Ma Tei and Des Voeux Road. Schools are still closed; 37 banks are closed. There is growing solidarity among population towards the demonstrators. Yesterday evening, tens of thousands of people were in the street. Last night in Mong Kok, a speeding car tried to crash into some of the demonstrators. Many commuters accept transport difficulties because they share the ideals of democracy. "Proud" to be Hong Kongers.



09/30/2014 INDIA - UNITED STATES

United States and India join forces in fight against terrorism and global security,


United States and India join forces in fight against terrorism and global security,
The Indian prime minister Modi and US President Obama signed a joint statement after a private dinner at the White House. The promise to stop the spread of weapons of mass destruction.



09/30/2014 IRAQ

Patriarch of Baghdad to Muslims: Condemn extremism, rebuild Iraq with Christians

by Louis Raphael I Sako *

Patriarch of Baghdad to Muslims: Condemn extremism, rebuild Iraq with Christians
On the occasion of Eid al-Adha, the Islamic festival of sacrifice, Mar Sako renews his call for "reconciliation" and "brave dialogue" for true peace. Tolerance, respect and justice to maintain "national identity" and "co-existence". The memory of Muslims who sacrificed themselves to save the Christians. He adds: "We love because Christ teaches us to love everyone."





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