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01/17/2018 RUSSIA

Putin: Lenin's 'relics'. Communism and its Christian origins


Putin: Lenin's 'relics'. Communism and its Christian origins

In a recent film interview, the "most orthodox" of Russian president’s tries to link early Christianity, Valaam's monasticism, communism and Lenin, as unified components of the Russian soul. The Orthodox barter: Lenin's burial for the recognition of the relics of Tsar Nicholas.




01/17/2018 VATICAN - CHILE

Pope in Chile: the Church's mission is for everyone, avoid clericalism


Pope in Chile: the Church's mission is for everyone, avoid clericalism

Francis met Chilean bishops and priests and visited a women's prison. With the priests he returned to talk about the drama of pedophilia and in the nunciature he received a small group of victims of sexual abuse by clergy. The meeting took place in a strictly private form and no one else was present.




01/17/2018 HONG KONG-CHINA

Joshua Wong sentenced to three months in prison


Joshua Wong sentenced to three months in prison

The Occupy Central activist guilty, along with 14 others, of contempt of court for blocking clearance of a protest site. Wong may present himself in the parliamentary elections.  Beijing pushes for maximum sentence. " They can lock up our bodies but they can't lock up our minds".




01/17/2018 US-PALESTINE

The US cuts funding to UN agency for Palestinian refugees


The US cuts funding to UN agency for Palestinian refugees

65 million dollars frozen. Appeal of the commissioner general: "The most dramatic financial crisis in the history of UNWRA". UNRWA deals with refugees, particularly in Gaza. The United States is the largest donor. Tensions between Abbas and Trump after the recognition of Jerusalem as the capital of Israel. 




01/17/2018 MALAYSIA - EU

Kuala Lumpur, farmers protest against EU palm oil ban


Kuala Lumpur, farmers protest against EU palm oil ban

The EU intends to ban its use in biofuels by 2021 due to concerns about the environmental impact. Malaysia is the second largest producer in the world. Over 650,000 small farmers and more than 3.2 million Malaysians depend on the palm oil industry.




01/16/2018 ISRAEL

For Israel’s Catholic leaders, society’s welfare cannot come at the expense of expellable migrants


 For Israel’s Catholic leaders, society’s welfare cannot come at the expense of expellable migrants

The religious leaders call for "more humane solutions". Indifference towards the suffering of those who flee dictatorships and wars is not acceptable. God urges us to treat "resident aliens" among us as “native- born".




01/16/2018 BANGLADESH – MYANMAR

Rohingya to be repatriated within two years


Rohingya to be repatriated within two years

The agreement involves 156,000 refugees who fled in 2016 and 2017. Myanmar will take back 1,500 Rohingya per week. To do so, it is building a temporary camp for 30,000 people.




01/16/2018 VATICAN – CHILE

Pope in Chile: The Beatitudes are a 'new day' for those who continue to look to the future


Pope in Chile: The Beatitudes are a 'new day' for those who continue to look to the future

In his first mass, Francis said that Jesus “shakes us out of that negativity, that sense of resignation that makes us think we can have a better life if we escape from our problems” through consumerism. Peace is sown by reaching out to those who face difficulties, those who have not been treated as people.




01/16/2018 SRI LANKA

Sri Lankan Catholics and Anglicans to mark 2018 as the Year of the Good Shepherd and the Year of Youth


Sri Lankan Catholics and Anglicans to mark 2018 as the Year of the Good Shepherd and the Year of Youth

The ceremonies took place on Saturday and Sunday. The Catholics also brought to a close the Year dedicated to Saint Joseph Vaz. During the Anglican ceremony, Rev Priyantha Wijegoonewardene took office as the new general secretary of the Ceylon Bible Society.




01/16/2018 PAKISTAN

‘I don’t want to be next’: children protest following Zainab’s rape and murder (Photos)


‘I don’t want to be next’: children protest following Zainab’s rape and murder (Photos)

The Cecil & Iris Chaudhry Foundation organised a rally in Lahore. Sexual violence against minors is a scourge in Pakistan. A series of proposals is presented to protect defenceless children.




01/16/2018 VATICAN - CHILE

Pope in Chile: the future depends on ability to listen to the voice of the people


Pope in Chile: the future depends on ability to listen to the voice of the people

Francis, on arriving in Santiago, meets with the authorities of the country states that "it is not possible to settle for what has already been achieved in the past and stop to enjoy it so that this situation leads us to disavow that many of our brothers still suffer from injustice that they call us all". The request for forgiveness for the "irreparable damage caused to children by ministers of the Church".




01/16/2018 CHINA

Human rights lawyer Wang Quanzhang held by police for two and a half years


Human rights lawyer Wang Quanzhang held by police for two and a half years

He is the only prisoner whose fate remains unknown. The prison in Tianjin won’t let his wife and lawyers see him. In the past, Wang defended Falun Gong members and farmers displaced from their land. Torture and phoney confessions are routine.




01/16/2018 INDIA

Madhya Pradesh, Hindu prayers in Catholic schools: a nationalist leader arrested (Video)


Madhya Pradesh, Hindu prayers in Catholic schools: a nationalist leader arrested (Video)

Upadhesh Rana is the head of the Vishwa Sanathan Sangh. The St. Mary Post Graduate College defended by more than 500 policemen. The St. Paul Convent School in the district of Ratlam attacked and vandalized by members of the Shri Rajput Karni Sena.




01/16/2018 ISRAEL - PALESTINE

Extended detention for Ahed Tamimi, the teenager who slapped a soldier


Extended detention for Ahed Tamimi, the teenager who slapped a soldier

It is the fourth time that her detention has been extended. She had become famous with a viral video in which she smacked a soldier. The lawyer: the rights of the child are being violated.




01/16/2018 PHILIPPINES

Mount Mayon eruption: Alert level 3 and 15 thousand displaced


Mount Mayon eruption: Alert level 3 and 15 thousand displaced

There are five alert levels. In the event of an alert four, forced evacuations planned in view of a "possible dangerous eruption". The red zone extended to seven kilometers radius from the crater. 2,462 meters high, Mount Mayon is popular with climbers and tourists. Over the past 500 years, the volcano has erupted 50 times. In 1814, it killed 1,200 people and buried the city of Cagsawa.




01/16/2018 CHINA

Record profits for Chinese state-owned companies. Too good to be true?


Record profits for Chinese state-owned companies. Too good to be true?

The State Administration Commission reports a 23.4% increase in profits. The result of the government led reforms: reduction of overproduction and mixed ownership to improve the efficiency of state industries. But the question of the credibility of the statistics remains. The case of the city of Baotou.




01/15/2018 INDIA

Hindu radicals against Catholic school in Madhya Pradesh


Hindu radicals against Catholic school in Madhya Pradesh

The St Joseph Convent School in Namli is run by the Sisters of St Joseph of Chambery. After two students were reprimanded because of unruliness, nationalists slammed the nuns for “anti-national” behaviour.




01/15/2018 THAILAND

For Fr Bolgan, tribal people have been won over by God the Creator and God the Father


For Fr Bolgan, tribal people have been won over by God the Creator and God the Father

The many conversions among northern people nurture Thailand’s young Church. Compared to ethnic Thais, tribal people are more open to the proclamation of the Gospel. The many languages and vast territory make pastoral outreach by the missionaries a difficult endeavour.




01/15/2018 BANGLADESH

First seminary to open in Sylhet diocese to spread Christ’s teachings among tribal people


First seminary to open in Sylhet diocese to spread Christ’s teachings among tribal people

The St John Minor Seminary will host up to 60 seminarians, welcoming 15 new students every year. About 98 per cent of Catholics are indigenous. Previously, seminarians travelled to Dhaka, 300 km away, to study.




01/15/2018 KOREA

Olympics, new meeting between the two Koreas. Consensus grows among South Koreans


Olympics, new meeting between the two Koreas. Consensus grows among South Koreans

Pyongyang's participation at the Pyeongchang Winter Olympics is being prepared. On the 20th there will be the meeting with the International Olympic Committee. Many logistical aspects to be analyzed. Since January 9, 64% of online comments on South Korean sites are positive. 




01/15/2018 LEBANON - SYRIA

Caritas Lebanon: The refugee crisis is increasing, citizens increasingly poor


Caritas Lebanon: The refugee crisis is increasing, citizens increasingly poor

UN: "More vulnerable than ever", more than half in conditions of "extreme poverty". The increasing "uncertainty" of aid. Fr. Paul Karam: At least 28% of Lebanese below the poverty line. We must "encourage" the peace process in Syria, the war will have "consequences for the next 50 years".




01/15/2018 VATICAN – CHILE

On his way to Chile, pope gives journalists a picture of the 'Nagasaki child'


On his way to Chile, pope gives journalists a picture of the 'Nagasaki child'

Francis left Rome at 8:55 am and will arrive in Santiago, Chile at 8.10 pm. The picture, taken after the atomic bombing of Nagasaki in 1945, shows a child carrying his dead brother on his shoulders.




01/15/2018 PAKISTAN

Lahore, Child protection policies more important than countering terrorism


Lahore, Child protection policies more important than countering terrorism

Activists demand policies and laws for the protection of minors. Disdain and protests for the rape and murder of seven year old Zainab. In the first six months of 2017, 1764 cases of child abuse. Of these, about 62% occurred in Punjab. In Lahore, the first child protection unit in all of South Asia. Prohibit child marriage and corporal punishment in schools.




01/15/2018 CHINA

IMF: China preaches globalisation but practices trade barriers


IMF: China preaches globalisation but practices trade barriers

David Lipton, first deputy managing director of the International Monetary Fund, makes the charges. Beijing must protect copyrights and reduce distortions linked to industrial overcapacity and policies that favour state enterprises. For its part, China claims to be a victim and a defender of globalisation.




01/15/2018 IRAQ

Baghdad, twin bombing leaves 26 dead and 90 wounded. Msgr. Warduni: destabilizing acts


Baghdad, twin bombing leaves 26 dead and 90 wounded. Msgr. Warduni: destabilizing acts

Central sector of the capital targeted. Day labourers gather in the areas waiting for call up. Interior sources: Death toll destined to increase. Auxiliary of Baghdad: Tensions fuelled by delay in budget approval and the next parliamentary elections, scheduled for May.




01/15/2018 SRI LANKA

Colombo, reform the agricultural sector 'to save land and farmers'


Colombo, reform the agricultural sector 'to save land and farmers'

Chinthaka Rajapakse is the moderator of the Movement for Land and Agriculture Reform. A review of agricultural policies of the last three years. Among the advances, the ban on herbicides. Among the critical aspects, the requisition of land and the approval of laws for the exclusive benefit of global financial institutions.       




01/15/2018 CHINA-IRAN

Iranian tanker explodes and sinks. No hope of finding survivors


Iranian tanker explodes and sinks. No hope of finding survivors

The tanker was on fire and with smoke columns reaching up to 3 km in height. Large oil patch of about 10 km2 formed after it sinks and burned all night.




01/14/2018 VATICAN

Pope: Seeking Jesus, meeting Jesus, following Jesus is the way


Pope: Seeking Jesus, meeting Jesus, following Jesus is the way

During the Angelus, Pope Francis said that World Day of Migrants and Refugees will now be celebrated on the second Sunday of September, the next one being on 8 September 2019. “It is not enough to construct an image of God based on hearsay; we must go in search of the Divine Master and discover where He lives,” he said. The “role of a real witness [. . .] is fundamental,” he added, stressing the need to “overcome a religious practice that is habitual and obvious”. Lastly, the pontiff asked the faithful to pray for his visit to Chile and Peru, which starts tomorrow.




01/14/2018 VATICAN

Pope: Migrants and local communities encountering Christ without fear


Pope: Migrants and local communities encountering Christ without fear

Pope Francis celebrated Mass for World Day of Migrants and Refugees before thousands of believers, priests and choirs from African, Asian, Latin American. Around the altar of Confession stood the flags of the 49 countries from which migrants, refugees and asylum seekers have come. For the pope, it is urgent "to welcome, to know, and to acknowledge the other". For refugees it means "respecting the laws, the culture and the traditions of the countries that take them in." For host communities, this requires opening up “without prejudices to their rich diversity”. Host communities and refugees hold “fears”, but “Having doubts and fears is not a sin. The sin is to allow these fears to determine our responses”.




01/13/2018 TURKEY – UNITED STATES

Ankara warns against travelling to the US due to the risk of attacks and arbitrary arrests


Ankara warns against travelling to the US due to the risk of attacks and arbitrary arrests

The Turkish government issued an advisory to its citizens to take further precautionary measures. The move appears to be in retaliation for a similar statement by the US. Turkey’s the statement warns that Turks may be subjected to arbitrary detentions based on testimonies of unrespected sources. It also points to the danger of terrorism.




01/13/2018 PHILIPPINES

Marawi bishop returns to the cathedral devastated by violence


Marawi bishop returns to the cathedral devastated by violence

"It was heart-breaking," said Mgr Dela Peña who led a prayer around the altar of the church desecrated by terrorists. Reconciliation between Christians and Muslims is fundamental. The Catholic Church is helping people affected by the conflict with an assistance programme.




01/13/2018 VATICAN – CHILE

Churches attacked on the eve of Pope Francis's trip to Chile and Peru


Churches attacked on the eve of Pope Francis's trip to Chile and Peru

Three churches in Santiago, Chile have been firebombed. In a fourth case, an explosive device was defused in time. This is the first time that a protest against Francis takes place over an apostolic trip. Pedophile priests and indigenous peoples in the Amazon are important problems. About 1.2 million people are expected in Santiago.  






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