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30 July 2014

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07/30/2014 VIETNAM

Vietnam, "educational challenge" at heart of great pilgrimage to Our Lady of La Vang

by JB. Vu
Vietnam,
30th Marian Congress will be held at the shrine, one of the most popular in all of Asia, attended by tens of thousands of pilgrims from all over the country. The meeting focuses on the Year of Evangelization of Family Life, proclaimed in 2014, and the problems that plague the family in an era of economic development and urbanization.



07/30/2014 JAPAN

Japan's factory output falls to lowest point since 2011 tsunami


Japan's factory output falls to lowest point since 2011 tsunami
After Abe government raised sales tax from 5 to 8 per cent, factory output dropped by 3.3 per cent between May and June. Although "pent-up demand ahead of the sales tax hike was bigger than expected," consumers will come back, analyst expects.



07/30/2014 ISRAEL - PALESTINE

After another UN school hit, UNRWA spokesman says "no place is safe in Gaza"


After another UN school hit, UNRWA spokesman says
For Peres, the military operation in Gaza had "exhausted itself". He hopes that "at the end of the day, the other side will also reach the conclusion that the biggest victory is to end the war." Hamas official hopes for Hizbollah intervention. Vatican getting involved diplomatically.



07/30/2014 NEPAL

Nepal, Christians alone rush to aid of flood victims

by Christopher Sharma
Nepal, Christians alone rush to aid of flood victims
The population denounce government's inaction and praise help from Church and NGOs. The authorities speak of "limited resources". 100 thousand displaced people, dozens of deaths and 10 thousand houses damaged.



07/30/2014 SYRIA - ISLAM

Gregory III: "Christians and Muslims, we are each other's best guarantors"


Gregory III:
In his message for the end of Ramadan, the Greek-Melkite Catholic patriarch of Antioch notes that Christians and Muslims built the Arab civilisation together and pleads with "our Arab brothers to come together to save Islam" from the extremist currents that are invading it. "We must, can and want to stay together, Muslims and Christians, to build together a better world for our future generations and our common future."



07/30/2014 CAMBODIA

Cambodia's last living Khmer Rouge start second trial


Cambodia's last living Khmer Rouge start second trial
In order to speed up procedures, the UN Special Court has decided to split proceedings against Khieu Samphan and Nuon Chea, the last two leaders of the Khmer Rouge regime still alive. The crimes date back to the period 1975-1979. The verdict for the trial of crimes against humanity is expected next 7 August.



07/30/2014 CHINA

Official probe of former security chief Zhou Yongkang underway

by Wang Zhicheng
Official probe of former security chief Zhou Yongkang underway
The investigation is in the hands of the Party Disciplinary Committee. For the first time since the days of Mao a member of the Politburo is being charged. Aids, secretaries and Zhou family members also under investigation. When he was minister of security, he strengthened police powers and fast-tracked arrests of dissidents, religious personalities, farmers, workers. If Xi Jinping’s fight against corruption aims to establish "rule of law", he should release those who been denouncing corruption for years and deliver justice to those who have been victims of Zhou’s violence and corruption.



07/30/2014 PHILIPPINES - VATICAN

Pope Francis' visit to the Philippines to be a "typhoon of spiritual renewal"


Pope Francis' visit to the Philippines to be a
Manila Archbishop Card Tagle and Apostolic Nuncio Pinto talk about the confirmation of the Pope's trip to the country, 20 years after the historic World Youth Day in Manila. "Mercy and compassion" are the visit's themes. Let us show Pope Francis who we really are as Filipinos; let us get ready for God's word."



07/30/2014 INDIA

St. John Paul II’s Theology of the Body a "treasure" for Indian society

by Nirmala Carvalho
St. John Paul II’s Theology of the Body a
The Mumbai diocese Human Life Committee headed by Msgr. Agnelo Gracias, organized a seminar to celebrate the canonization of Pope John Paul II. The testimony of a Catholic couple, for whom this theology "is an encouragement to live according to God's plan for the human body, which has a purpose and dignity".



07/30/2014 INDIA - USA

John Kerry in India, to "plan" first meeting between Obama and Modi


John Kerry in India, to
The U.S. Secretary of State visit is the first high-level summit between his administration and the new Indian government. Narendra Modi's visit to Washington will be in September. Until three months ago he could not enter the United States for "severe violations of religious freedom."



07/30/2014 CHINA

More violence in Xinjiang: police shoot and kill "dozens of terrorists"


More violence in Xinjiang: police shoot and kill
The clash took place in Shache county, but the details are unclear. According to the government, a group of "terrorists" attacked local government offices and police station; another reported to have attacked the inhabitants of Huangdi. Authorities respond immediatly: dozens of dead, wounded and arrested.



07/29/2014 ISRAEL - PALESTINE

Gaza: as airstrikes and rocket attack resume, Netanyahu "ready for a long operation"


Gaza: as airstrikes and rocket attack resume, Netanyahu
Death toll reaches 1,113. Gaza's only power plant is hit. Diplomatic efforts continue. French presidency says Western leaders agree "to redouble their efforts". According to Al-Arabiya, a delegation of various Palestinian factions arrived today in Cairo for talks on Egyptian cease-fire proposal.



07/29/2014 VATICAN - SRI LANKA - PHILIPPI

Pope's apostolic visit to Sri Lanka and the Philippines confirmed


Pope's apostolic visit to Sri Lanka and the Philippines confirmed
Francis will travel to the former Ceylon on 12-15 January and the Philippines on 15-19 January 2015. Last May, the bishop of Mannar had already told AsiaNews that the visit was "more than a hope." In June the Archbishop of Manila, Card Tagle, stressed "Pope Francis' great love for Asia and the Philippines."



07/29/2014 CHINA

Beijing: Xi Jinping "almost as popular as Mao," but only in party press


Beijing: Xi Jinping
A survey by researchers from the University of Hong Kong's China Media Project shows that in his first 18 months of his rule, the Chinese president was mentioned in the People's Daily more than any of his predecessor, except for Mao who was involved in the Cultural Revolution. Outside official media, the pope is more popular than the premier, and the Bible is mentioned more than the Red Book.



07/29/2014 RUSSIA - UKRAINE

As US and EU prepare sanctions against Russia, Moscow gets ready to respond


As US and EU prepare sanctions against Russia, Moscow gets ready to respond
New sanctions will affect defence, finance and energy. Moscow is set to boycott US chickens and EU fruit. Fighting continues for a third day near the MH17 flight crash site. Australian and Dutch experts are unable to recover the remains of the victims.



07/29/2014 IRAQ

Patriarch Sako: In the end, peace, not war, will win in Mosul


Patriarch Sako: In the end, peace, not war, will win in Mosul
The Patriarch, together with a delegation of French prelates in Erbil, came to be among the families of Christians expelled by jihadists. "I bring Pope Francis' solidarity and love," he said. Shias are persecuted in Mosul as well. Their shrines and places of worship have been destroyed as well. The city is suffering from fuel and power shortages.



07/29/2014 PAKISTAN

Pakistan, Ahmadi neighborhood torched over 'blasphemy' charge: Grandmother and grandchildren die


Pakistan, Ahmadi neighborhood torched over  'blasphemy' charge: Grandmother and grandchildren die
The children were 1 and 7 years of age. Islamic community enraged by a Facebook post, considered "blasphemous." The doctrine of Ahmadis is considered "heretical" by much of the Muslim world, both Sunni and Shiite.



07/29/2014 NEPAL

Kathmandu, interfaith prayer "to close Ramadan in harmony"

by Christopher Sharma
Kathmandu, interfaith prayer
The main mosque in the Nepalese capital calls on the leaders of other religions to celebrate Eid-ul-Fitr, the feast that ends the Muslim month of fasting. The new Apostolic Vicar, Msgr. Paul Simick also present. Prayers for peace between Israel and Palestine, in Ukraine and Iraq. An appeal also to the government to "protect religious minorities in Nepal".



07/29/2014 VIETNAM

Fried cat and cold beer, Vietnam's favourite new snack


Fried cat and cold beer, Vietnam's favourite new snack
The consumption of cat meat is up exponentially: fried in garlic and served as a snack before meals. A medium-to-large adult cat can fetch up to US$ 70. A veterinarian explains that it is not cruelty. "The country was once very poor, and we had a long war". Eating anything "became a habit".



07/29/2014 CHINA

Wenzhou, more crosses torn down. Ningbo Cathedral burned


Wenzhou, more crosses torn down. Ningbo Cathedral burned
The faithful of the Longgang Huai En church try to bar police and to save their cross, but are put aside. Some protest with banners: "Anti-graft, anti-corruption, protect religion". Instead the fire that destroyed the interior of Jiangbei cathedral, one of the oldest Catholic churches in all of China is judged accidental.



07/29/2014 SOUTH KOREA

Korea, Sewol survivors: Crew and Coast Guard abandoned us


Korea, Sewol survivors: Crew and Coast Guard abandoned us
Hearing opens in Ansan to gather the testimonies of those who have managed to escape after the disaster, which killed more than 300 people. Heavy accusations against those in charge, who fled instead of helping passengers. The Episcopal Commission for Justice and Peace: "Now we need a special law to shed light on the incident."



07/29/2014 INDIA - LIBYA

Libya, 65 Indian nurses caught up in Tripoli inferno: Bring us home


Libya, 65 Indian nurses caught up in Tripoli inferno: Bring us home
The women fear for their lives, with the resurgence of violence between the army and Islamists. In the last week in the capital, 97 people died and 404 were injured. More than 1,000 Indian nationals working in Libya.





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