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26 November 2014

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11/26/2014 TURKEY - VATICAN

An inward-looking Turkey looks to Pope Francis' visit with sympathy

by Mavi Zambak
An inward-looking Turkey looks to Pope Francis' visit with sympathy
Turks are impressed by the Argentinian pontiff, by his love for the poor and the sick. They hope for signs of peace in the region and help for the wave of refugees. There is no much by way of newspaper coverage. In 2006 Benedict XVI's visit had generated a lot of criticism for the pope and for Bartholomew I.



11/26/2014 VATICAN

Pope: Heaven is, "more than a place" it is a "state" in which our deepest expectations will be fulfilled


Pope: Heaven is,
"It is not an annihilation of the universe and all that surrounds us, rather it brings everything to its fullness of being, truth and beauty.." "From next Friday to Sunday I will travel to Turkey. I ask you all to join with me in prayer so that this visit of Peter to his brother Andrew bear fruits of peace, sincere dialogue between religions and concord for the Turkish nation."



11/26/2014 KOREA - VATICAN

Special trains, the way of the martyrs and youth centers: the fruits of the Pope's visit to Korea


Special trains, the way of the martyrs and youth centers: the fruits of the Pope's visit to  Korea
The bishop of the Diocese of Daejeon, where Francis attended the Asian Youth Day in August, handed the Pope a list of "small works" born spontaneously due to its trip. The national railway company has decided to donate the ticket price of the seat used by the pope to charity, while the state has declared the Solmoe Shrine a "National Treasure".



11/26/2014 TURKEY - VATICAN

Turkish Christians, migrants and refugees waiting for Pope Francis


Turkish Christians, migrants and refugees waiting for Pope Francis
The country's small Christian community (0.15 per cent of the population) now includes Filipino and African immigrants as well as refugees from Iraq and Syria. Only a few will be able to see the pope because of tight security. The Church's legal non-existence (part of Ataturk's legacy) drives people to bear personal witness and share in the ecumenism of "blood". People of all ethnic backgrounds, beliefs, and social conditions seek solace in churches.



11/26/2014 RUSSIA

Moscow, anti-Semitic graffiti at the Torah Study Center

by Nina Achmatova
Moscow, anti-Semitic graffiti at the Torah Study Center
The spokesman for the Russian Jewish Congress: "A painful episode, because right now our synagogues are praying for the victims of the attack in Jerusalem."



11/26/2014 HONG KONG - CHINA

Occupy: Police clear Nathan Road. At least 116 arrests

by Paul Wang
Occupy: Police clear Nathan Road. At least 116 arrests
Two student leaders arrested: Joshua Wong, of Scholarism (high school); and Lester Shum, of the Federation of University Students. At least 7 thousand policemen razed and cleaned up the site where the sit-in lasted 60 days. Police accused of manipulating the law and the court order.



11/26/2014 CHINA

China, yet another massacre of miners: a fire kills 24 workers in Liaoning


China, yet another massacre of miners: a fire kills 24 workers in Liaoning
The fire was caused by a slight earthquake, that ignited accumulated coal dust. The company which operates the mine, the state Fuxin Coal Corporation, has a long history of mining accidents: in 2005, due to the negligence and corruption of its leaders, 214 workers died in another quarry.



11/26/2014 PAKISTAN

Pregnant Christian women forced to parade naked for “not working well”


Pregnant Christian women forced to parade naked for “not working well”
The 28-year-old woman lost the baby after the trauma. Christian and Muslims activists demand laws and protection for women. In Pakistan, "there is a widespread tolerance” of gender violence.



11/25/2014 VATICAN

Pope: dialogue with ISIS is "difficult, if not almost impossible, but the door is always open"


Pope: dialogue with ISIS is
Speaking to reporters on the plane that took him back to Rome, Francis said, "There is the threat of these terrorists . . . but there is also another threat, state terrorism [. . .] with terrorists many who are innocent also fall [. . .] slavery is a part of today's social fabric. Slave labour, human trafficking, child trafficking. [. . .] It is a tragedy. Let us not close our eyes on this! [. . .] Going out to find people and talk is what Europe needs today."



11/25/2014 IRAQ

Mosul: video shows Islamic state blowing about Sacred Heart convent


Mosul: video shows Islamic state blowing about Sacred Heart convent
The jihadists had used the facility as a base for cars and fighters. Yesterday, they decided to blow it up. Before the operation, they warned residents. The nearby St Georgis Monastery was spared. Built by the Iraqi government in 1984, the convent's nuns provided help to the elderly and people with special needs.



11/25/2014 VATICAN - EUROPE

Pope: overcoming the "culture of conflict" for the good of peace


Pope: overcoming the
Speaking to the Council of Europe Francis recalls that it has a mission to promote peace, freedom and human dignity. Peace is "wounded" in Europe, "where tensions do not cease." It is violated by terrorism " bankrolled by a frequently unchecked traffic in weapons " and also "the traffic of human beings, which is the new slavery of our time." History today demands the ability to break out of the structures which “contain” our identity and to encounter others, for the sake of making that identity more solid and fruitful in the fraternal exchange of transversality.



11/25/2014 INDIA

Christ the King among tribal Mundari, witness of faith and peaceful coexistence

by Nirmala Carvalho
Christ the King among tribal Mundari, witness of faith and peaceful coexistence
The community of the Church of the Blessed Mother Teresa in Siadih, Jharkhand, celebrated the feast day with a procession. The group walked the main streets and hidden alleys of the parish, attracting non-Christians as well. The event showed that "people of different religions can live in respect, love, unity and harmony", the parish priest said.



11/25/2014 VATICAN - EUROPE

Pope: "building together" a Europe based on man, not the economy


Pope:
Francis brings a "message of hope and encouragement" to the European Parliament. Overcoming an exaggerated individualism that forgets the duties of the common good. Be the bearer of human rights, democracy, welcome for migrants, respect for nature and a promoter of peace.



11/25/2014 BANGLADESH

Two Protestant clergymen on trial in Bangladesh for alleged "forced conversions"


Two Protestant clergymen on trial in Bangladesh for alleged
About 200 people attacked the religious leaders as they were baptising Muslims. Some local imams filed charges against the clergymen who, together with scores of Protestants, were arrested by police. The pastors are now free on bail.



11/25/2014 INDONESIA

For Indonesian Bishops, the state should register mixed marriages as a matter of religious freedom

by Mathias Hariyadi
For Indonesian Bishops, the state should register mixed marriages as a matter of religious freedom
The Bishops' Conference stands for civil rights, in particular with regard to mixed marriages. Muslims, Hindus and Confucians oppose changes to existing legislation that bans mixed marriages. Even members of the Constitutional Court are opposed to changes. For the Catholic Church, it is a fight for "human rights".



11/25/2014 NEPAL - INDIA

Nepal prevents Indian Prime Minister Modi from speaking at a temple, says no Hindu propaganda

by Christopher Sharma
Nepal prevents Indian Prime Minister Modi from speaking at a temple, says no Hindu propaganda
Led by Maoists, a group of 22 Nepali political parties protest Narendra Modi's decision to speak to the faithful at Nepal's Ramjanaki temple because people "fought for years to have a secular federal republic" against those who "interfere with our new Republican Constitution."



11/25/2014 HONG KONG - CHINA

Occupy Central: Mong Kok cleared of barricades and tents

by Paul Wang
Occupy Central: Mong Kok cleared of barricades and tents
Bailiffs, workers in white gloves and 3 thousand policemen cleared the sit-in blocking Nathan Road and Argyle Street. A bus company got a court order to clear the intersection. The young people kept calm, fearing arrest. The leaders of Occupy Central and Card. Zen ready to surrender to authorities.



11/25/2014 MYANMAR - CHINA

China, uncovers gang who sell Burmese women "as brides" in the countryside


China, uncovers gang who sell Burmese women
Beijing police have arrested 31 people in Inner Mongolia, accused of human trafficking. Among the victims there are 11 people - including women and children - from Myanmar. Behind the practice the one-child policy and selective abortions, which have created a gender imbalance in China. According to the latest data for every 100 females there are 118 males.



11/25/2014 SOUTH KOREA

Korea’s birth rate up in wake of Papal visit


Korea’s birth rate up in wake of Papal visit
The government data for the last six months show an increase in the birth rate of 2.2%: still too little, but the phenomenon seems set to improve. The Catholic Church has always been at the forefront in the battle against the "de-humanizing" culture of an economy that pushes couples to avoid having children.





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