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23 August 2016

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08/23/2016 ITALY - VATICAN

Mother Teresa: Bring Jesus to the poor and the poor to Jesus. Revelations and visions (II)


Mother Teresa: Bring Jesus to the poor and the poor to Jesus. Revelations and visions (II)

"Will you refuse to do this for me?" Is the question that Jesus put to Mother Teresa of Calcutta in one of her mystical experiences. The life of the future saint was her response to this question. Fr. Sebastian Vazhakala continues his narrative about the Mother of Calcutta. The strength of her experience, and that of all the Missionaries and the Missionaries of Charity, is assimilation to Jesus. Love to the very end, even in times of trial.




08/23/2016 FRANCE - ISLAM

Young Muslim: I am very pessimistic about a reform of Islam


Young Muslim: I am very pessimistic about a reform of Islam

For centuries Islam has been closed in on itself creating a "holy ignorance" that blocks all introspection and development. Islamic "clergy" and the Arab states contributing to this stagnation, in their push to make Islam the state religion. Many intellectuals, thinkers, religious trying to reform Islam are hunted, persecuted, expelled, their works banned.




08/23/2016 TURKEY - SYRIA

Turkish raids against the Islamic State (and Kurdish militia) in Syria


Turkish raids against the Islamic State (and Kurdish militia) in Syria

Ankara launched a series of cross border attacks against the jihadists in Jarablus and Manbij. The bombing also hit Kurdish positions. The Turkish army ready to launch an offensive against Daesh. August 20 attack jihadist response to military threat. Doubts about the identity and age of the suicide bombers.




08/23/2016 INDIA

Mgr Barwa: the "martyrdom" of Kandhamal victims must be recognised


Mgr Barwa: the

The archbishop of Cuttack-Bhubaneswar calls on the Indian Church to celebrate Kandhamal Victims Day on 30 August. For him, “such violence should never take place” again. The Odisha government has said that it would also pay compensation for churches.




08/23/2016 SINGAPORE – CAMBODIA

Catholic committed to medical care and scholarships in Cambodia


Catholic committed to medical care and scholarships in Cambodia

For six years, Dr Joseph Ong Yew Jin, a Singaporean physician, has spent his summer holidays in Poipet with his students, helping locals. With local nuns, he provides free medical check-ups and funds for Cambodian students. He does it because “this is in part of my faith” and the “relations I developed over the years.” Many “are willing to give if given a chance."




08/23/2016 SYRIA – CHINA

For Chinese media, the picture of Syrian child could be a fake in the West’s "propaganda war”


For Chinese media, the picture of Syrian child could be a fake in the West’s

A Chinese state broadcaster questions authenticity of the Aleppo child video, seeing it as a tool to provide an humanitarian excuse to intervene in the country. The video was shot by a group close to the British military.




08/23/2016 CHINA

The decline of China’s Catholic population and its impact on the Church


The decline of China’s Catholic population and its impact on the Church

Dr. Anthony Lam Sui-ky, a researcher at the Holy Spirit Study Centre of the diocese of Hong Kong and a leading expert of the Church in China, analyses the "plateau" phenomenon that affects Chinese Catholics. After a great wave of baptisms and vocations, the numbers show a slowdown that keeps the number of the Catholic community stable but stagnant. Catholics are now about 10.5 million. The official and underground Church have the same dilemma and must work together to overcome it. Courtesy of Tripod.




08/23/2016 YEMEN – UNITED KINGDOM – SAUDI ARABIA

UK-Saudi Arabia arms deals create innocent victims in Yemen


UK-Saudi Arabia arms deals create innocent victims in Yemen

Oxfam leads the charge against the UK, guilty of violating the treaty it signed. Its weapons are used against “Schools, hospitals and homes”. For a British government spokesperson, sales meet export “criteria”. Last year, the UK sold US$ 4 billion in weapons.




08/23/2016 SRI LANKA

Military not returning land to 9,000 civil war displaced people in Jaffna


Military not returning land to 9,000 civil war displaced people in Jaffna

The refugees live in precarious conditions in 43 refugee camps. Military leaders justify the decision on national security. IDPs claim the army built Buddhist temples on their land, when most of them are Hindu or Catholic. Government IDP figures do not coincide with those of activists.




08/23/2016 TIBET - CHINA

Tibet, Beijing tightens laws against protests and self-immolations


Tibet, Beijing tightens laws against protests and self-immolations

The government plans of the prison "longer" for anyone who sets himself on fire, manifested for independence or autonomy for Tibet, sends abroad about the situation of the province. Chinese repression threatens to exacerbate even more the situation.




08/23/2016 CAMBODIA

Cambodia, political instability hits textile sector: down 30%


Cambodia, political instability hits textile sector: down 30%

The alarm raised by Ly Tek Heng head of the Textile Manufacturing Association in Cambodia (GMAC). Since early this year 70 companies have closed. Investors smuggle capital to Vietnam, Myanmar and Bangladesh. The Ministry of Trade reassures: "In 2016, exports rose by 39%".




08/23/2016 INDIA

Curfew in Kashmir: Children get to school thanks to volunteers


Curfew in Kashmir: Children get to school thanks to volunteers

The curfew has been in place for almost two months. The protests between separatists and security forces killed at least 60 people. Volunteers working in private homes, in mosques and reception rooms, after several couples have decided to postpone their wedding.




08/22/2016 MYANMAR

Buddhists, Christians, Hindus and Muslims back Panglong Conference to bring peace to children


Buddhists, Christians, Hindus and Muslims back Panglong Conference to bring peace to children

The Myanmar Interfaith for Children platform issued an appeal to participants to focus on the children who are the country’s future. War between the central government and various ethnic minorities has lasted 70 years, harming children and the “country’s development”.




08/22/2016 IRAN

Tehran looks to Latin America to boost its economy and Rouhani’s leadership


Tehran looks to Latin America to boost its economy and Rouhani’s leadership

Yesterday, Iran’s foreign minister began a six-nation mission to Latin America centred on trade and diplomacy. Oil, energy, and maritime issues will dominate meetings. The region is vital for Iran’s domestic economy. The nuclear deal has not brought real benefits, helping domestic hard-liners (and Ahmadinejad). Norway opens a US$ 1 billion line of credit.




08/22/2016 TAIWAN - CHINA

Protests welcome Chinese communist leader’s visit to Taipei


Protests welcome Chinese communist leader’s visit to Taipei

A group of protesters organise “welcome” protest at Taipei airport for Sha Hailin, a member of the CCP Standing Committee and head of the United Front Department in Shanghai. He is the highest-ranking communist official to visit Taiwan since the new government led by Tsai Ing-wen took office. Doubts hover over the future of bilateral relations.




08/22/2016 PAKISTAN

Catholic hospital in Sialkot provides free treatment to tuberculosis patients (Video)


Catholic hospital in Sialkot provides free treatment to tuberculosis patients (Video)

The Bethania Hospital is run by the Archdiocese of Lahore. Physicians also fight stigma associated with the disease through counselling and outreach to locals. Each year, 70,000 people die of TB in Pakistan.




08/22/2016 INDIA

New attacks against Christians in southern India


New attacks against Christians in southern India

An Evangelical Christian is kicked and punched in Kerala. He was saved by friends, attracted by his shouts. Stones are thrown at a Pentecostal church in Karnataka. The faithful are living in fear, victims of violence perpetrated by Hindu ultra-nationalists.




08/22/2016 VIETNAM

Ho Chi Minh City: Thanh Đa parishioners’ love for Mother Teresa


Ho Chi Minh City: Thanh Đa parishioners’ love for Mother Teresa

The blessed visited twice the parish in the 1990s. In her memory the faithful built a monument in the churchyard. Twice a month the priest celebrates a Mass for Mother Teresa and all the Christians in procession kiss a relic. The parish Caritas supports projects for AIDS patients and poor people. For the superior of the Missionaries of Charity of Christ, “the seeds planted by Mother Teresa are beginning to grow."




08/22/2016 ITALY - VATICAN

Fr. Sebastian: My vocation from an encounter with Mother Teresa (I)


Fr. Sebastian: My vocation from an encounter with Mother Teresa (I)

As a student he was destined for a banking career, but was always dominated by the desire to be a missionary to the poor of India. His encounter with Calcutta and Mother Teresa changed his life. We speak to the first missionary of charity, co-founder along with the future saint of Calcutta, of the contemplative branch of the Missionaries. First in a series.




08/22/2016 HONG KONG

Two new priests for Hong Kong: A vocation born of witness


Two new priests for Hong Kong: A vocation born of witness

The diocese celebrates the ordination of Fr. Ignatius Lo and Fr. Paul Nguyen: With 384 thousand faithful, there are only 68 consecrated from the diocese. The life of a priest "has to be interesting. We must put aside ourselves and draw near to others, especially to young people”.




08/22/2016 PHILIPPINES

Duterte: UN useless and stupid, we are ready to leave


Duterte: UN useless and stupid, we are ready to leave

Philippine President responds to criticism of the international community on the killing of alleged drug dealers in the Asian country: "You can not say one bad thing about me, but I can say it ten about you. You have failed in everything from terrorism yto the emergency against hunger". Manila "will ask for Beijing and the African nations to create a new trans-national body". The Foreign Minister cautions: "There are no plans to quit the UN".




08/22/2016 MALAYSIA

Kuala Lumpur, arrests famous rapper: "He insulted Islam"


Kuala Lumpur, arrests famous rapper:

Namewee, stage name of Wee Meng Chee, was stopped at the airport in the capital yesterday after returning from a trip abroad. In the song "Oh My God" he used the word "Allah" and sounds similar to the Islamic call to prayer. The singer: "I did not mean to offend anyone but promote harmony between religions".




08/22/2016 IRAQ

Iraq executes 36 jihadists for Camp Speicher massacre of Shiite recruits


Iraq  executes 36 jihadists for Camp Speicher massacre of Shiite recruits

The execution took place by hanging. The militiamen are members of the Islamic State, who attacked the military training base in 2014. A massacre published online by Daesh which had provoked anger and outrage in the country. Criticism of activists and pro-human rights NGOs that denounce summary trials.




08/21/2016 VATICAN

Pope: The door of God's mercy is always wide open. For everyone!


Pope: The door of God's mercy is always wide open. For everyone!

The goal, says Pope Francis before the Angelus prayer, "is Jesus himself. He leads us into fellowship with the Father, where we find love, understanding and protection. But why is this door is narrow? It is a narrow door not because it is oppressive, but because it asks us to restrict and limit our pride and our fear, to open ourselves with a humble and trusting heart to Him, recognizing ourselves as sinners, in need of his forgiveness. " An appeal for peace "in dear Turkey ".

 




08/20/2016 SRI LANKA

Sri Lanka: 400 thousand people on pilgrimage to the shrines of St. Anne and Mary


Sri Lanka: 400 thousand people on pilgrimage to the shrines of St. Anne and Mary

In August the shrines of Thalawila and Madhu are crowded with pilgrims, both Catholic and non. On August 7, the feast of the Mother of Our Lady was celebrated with three days of spiritual retreat. August 15, Madhu celebrated the Assumption of Mary.




08/20/2016 BANGLADESH - VATICAN

Pope awards two Catholics "who changed the country"


Pope awards two Catholics

The Nuncio George Kocherry delivers the "Pro Ecclesia et Pontifice" cross to Dr. Benedict Alo D'Rozario and the widow of the jurist Promod Mankin. It is the first time that two Bangladeshi laity receive this honor, the highest recognition granted by the Vatican. Their commitment "was of enormous impact for the Church and for Bangladeshi society."




08/20/2016 MYANMAR - CHINA

Dams and diplomatic relations: Aung San Suu Kyi in China


Dams and diplomatic relations: Aung San Suu Kyi in China

The Burmese State Minister is in Beijing from August 17. Yesterday she met with President Xi Jinping. China ready to play "a constructive role in promoting the peace process in Myanmar". Talks also on Myitsone dam project and $ 3.6 billion suspended in 2011 after strong protests.




08/20/2016 RUSSIA

Russian hotels ready to provide "Halal" rooms for Muslims


Russian hotels ready to provide

The project in conjunction with the Russian Council of Muftis which says the demand for products that comply with Islamic norms is growing. The rooms will have a translated copy of the Quran, a prayer rug and an indication of Mecca.




08/20/2016 IRAQ - SYRIA

Over 33 thousand deaths, 4,900 attacks and 11 thousand kidnappings: the numbers of the Islamic State


Over 33 thousand deaths, 4,900 attacks and 11 thousand kidnappings: the numbers of the Islamic State

A study examines the terrorist attacks between 2002 and 2015. The data includes the attacks of individuals and groups, inspired by or openly declared to have allegiance to IS. Daesh militiamen have carried out 13% of terrorist activities on a global level causing 26% of all fatalities.




08/19/2016 FRANCE – ISLAM

The burkini affaire, a noose to strangle East and West


The burkini affaire, a noose to strangle East and West

The decision by seven French mayors to ban the swimsuit that covers the whole body except the face has been justified in the name of security, state secularism, and women’s dignity. However, the real security issues in France and elsewhere are in mosques, among radical clerics, and on Islamist websites. At the same time, European Muslims must re-examine their faith and adapt it to new times and places, avoiding the schizophrenia of preserving a culture of a 1,000 years ago. A young Muslim gives his opinion.




08/19/2016 PAKISTAN

Beloved by Muslims, Mother Teresa changed a bishop’s life


Beloved by Muslims, Mother Teresa changed a bishop’s life

The bishop of Faisalabad tells AsiaNews about his first meeting with the founder of the Missionaries of Charity. "I was about to be ordained priest, and was thrilled. She told that, that was ‘nice, but not enough. The world needs good priests'." Muslims respect her, an example for the world.




08/19/2016 SYRIA

For Nuncio in Damascus, children's eyes are the mirror of the atrocities committed in Syria


For Nuncio in Damascus, children's eyes are the mirror of the atrocities committed in Syria

Since August, areas under siege have not received any aid. UN official calls for a halt to Aleppo bombing. The image of a child rescued from the rubble is the image of the Syrian conflict. For Mgr Zenari, there is “no light at the end of the tunnel”. A deal on “humanitarian aid” is crucial.




08/19/2016 CHINA

Internet crackdown: Beijing to censor online streaming


Internet crackdown: Beijing to censor online streaming

The government fears live streaming and wants full control over providers. However, the huge number of users and the huge amount of content make the task hard to accomplish.




08/19/2016 IRAN – UNITED STATES

Washington paid US$ 400 million to Iran as "leverage" in a prisoner exchange


Washington paid US$ 400 million to Iran as

The Obama administration and the opposition are at odds over payment to Tehran. For the State Department, the payment was leverage to ensure prisoners released, not ransom. The money was part of a military contract with the shah before the Islamic Revolution. Republicans and the US right attack the White House.






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