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02/18/2018 VATICAN

Pope: Lent: temptation, conversion and good news


Pope: Lent: temptation, conversion and good news

At the Angelus, Pope Francis emphasizes that Lent is a time of "spiritual training" to overcome evil in us and around us. "In our life we ​​always need conversion, and the Church makes us pray for this". "Only God can give us true happiness: it is useless to waste our time looking for it elsewhere, in riches, in pleasures, in power, in careers". The invitation to young people to participate - even online – in the meeting in preparation for the October Synod. Message of affection to prisoners. A remembrance in prayer for the beginning of the Roman Curia’s spiritual exercises.




02/17/2018 PAKISTAN

Assassin of little Zainab condemned to death: 'hanging is not the solution'


Assassin of little Zainab condemned to death: 'hanging is not the solution'

The sentence was read today in Lahore prison. The 24-year-old Imrat Ali received four death sentences, a life sentence and a sixth indictment of seven years imprisonment. Activist: "In this case justice was fast. But in others, it takes up to 15 years ".




02/17/2018 SINGAPORE-CHINA

First New Year in Singapore for Keyuan, an orphan with no ears


First New Year in Singapore for Keyuan, an orphan with no ears

His story moved his new adoptive family. Every year in China, 900 thousand children are born with disabilities. The number has increased by 70% in the last 20 years. Many end up in orphanages, abandoned by families. In the absence of social support and with the age limit of adoption at 14, some are not adopted at all.




02/17/2018 BANGLADESH

Lima Chisim, first woman Christian sergeant of Bangladesh (Video)


Lima Chisim, first woman Christian sergeant of Bangladesh (Video)

The policewoman comes from a poor family from the diocese of Mymensingh. The local Church and the priests helped her to pay for her studies. A Catholic cousin and politician provided the references and avoided paying a bribe. "My dream is to help other poor students who do not have the money to pay for school".




02/17/2018 HONG KONG - CHINA - VATICAN

The Church 'doesn't care about politics and human rights' ... Wrong!


The Church 'doesn't care about politics and human rights' ... Wrong!

In an attempt to please China, several commentators dare to conceal or manipulate the teaching of the Church. The Church's mission is linked to support for human rights and commitment to society. Jesus never challenged the Roman Empire, but created a revolution. Msgr Romero defending the poor and the Church, had to face the military junta. A comment by John Mok Cit Wai.




02/17/2018 AFGHANISTAN

Like Metallica, Ennio Morricone and Paul McCartney: Afghan Institute wins the Polar award


Like Metallica, Ennio Morricone and Paul McCartney: Afghan Institute wins the Polar award

Anim was founded in 2010 to give hope to young Afghans and save the country's musical tradition. The focus on the most disadvantaged children and girls in particular. Between 1996 and 2001 the Taliban banished all forms of music. Founder: such a prestigious award "is not just an honor for me, but a great achievement for the whole country".




02/17/2018 EGYPT

A cathedral dedicated to the Egyptian martyrs beheaded in Libya


A cathedral dedicated to the Egyptian martyrs beheaded in Libya

Three years after the massacre of the 21 young Copts, a cathedral for the "martyrs of the faith" was built and consecrated in Al Ur, in Upper Egypt. The remains of the victims, found in a cave in Sirte, after DNA testing, will be on display on the ground floor of the building. The words of the martyrs' families.




02/16/2018 IRAN

Iranian intellectuals and activists push for a referendum against theocracy


 Iranian intellectuals and activists push for a referendum against theocracy

Following President Rouhani’s lead, 15 prominent Iranians demand a referendum to define the country’s constitutional future. They harshly attack the ruling clergy for denying people their freedom. The goal is overcome the Islamic regime in a peaceful manner and establish “a parliamentarian system according to democratic bases”.




02/16/2018 NEPAL

China’s friend KP Sharma Oli sworn in as Nepal’s prime minister


China’s friend KP Sharma Oli sworn in as Nepal’s prime minister

Oli leads the Communist Party of Nepal-United Marxist Leninist. He began his political career in the 1970s. During that time, he spent 14 years in prison for his opposition to the Hindu monarchy. Now he has pledged to work for peace, stability and development.




02/16/2018 INDONESIA

Thirteen priests and three deacons ordained in Sumatera and Kalimantan (Photos)


 Thirteen priests and three deacons ordained in Sumatera and Kalimantan (Photos)

Four of them are ethnic Dayak, a mostly Christian ethnic group on Borneo. The Order of Capuchins welcomed eight confreres. The Sacred Heart of Jesus has five new priests. Catholics are a small minority in Riau province, and for them even a diaconal ordination becomes a historic moment.




02/16/2018 ASIA

Bloomberg: Thailand, Singapore and Japan are least miserable economies in the world


Bloomberg: Thailand, Singapore and Japan are least miserable economies in the world

The ranking is based on how inflation and unemployment affect people’s attitude towards the economy. The misery index covers 66 economies. This year’s forecast sees China, Hong Kong and Saudi Arabia doing worse, whilst South Korea joins the top ten least miserable economies.




02/16/2018 VATICAN

Pope: fasting is real when concerned with helping others


Pope: fasting is real when concerned with helping others

Fasting is "stripping oneself a little"; maybe thanking the Lord because we are able to fast: "poor people", they must fast because they do not have anything to eat "and you even despise them ". Do penance in peace: "You cannot talk to God on one side and talk to the devil on the other" because it is inconsistent.




02/16/2018 VATICAN

Young people from all over the world in Rome in preparation for the October Synod


Young people from all over the world in Rome in preparation for the October Synod

From March 19 to 24, the Pre-Synodal Meeting will prepare a document that will flow into the working document of the Synod. An encounter to "listen" to young people. To participate concretely through social media, young people will simply have to go to the website www.synod2018.va, where they will find the link to register with the Facebook Group of one of the 6 languages ​​provided.




02/16/2018 TAIWAN - CHINA

Tsai Ing-wen and Xi Jinping celebrate Lunar New Year differently


Tsai Ing-wen and Xi Jinping celebrate Lunar New Year differently

The Taiwanese president prayed in a Buddhist ceremony for quake victims and visited Taoist temples, greeting the population and handing out red envelopes. The Chinese president welcomed the New Year with 2,000 guests, business people and Party officials, in the Great Hall of the People. Taiwan’s vice president met with earthquake victims in Hualien.




02/16/2018 JAPAN

After an injury and many prayers, Yuzuru Hanyu leads men’s single


After an injury and many prayers, Yuzuru Hanyu leads men’s single

In November he suffered an ankle injury. Thousands of fans prayed for him. In 2011 he prayed at a Kobe shrine, hoping to become "the shining light of Tohoku”, a region devastated by a quake.




02/16/2018 SINGAPORE-VATICAN

Archbishop of Singapore: 'Building a vibrant, evangelical and missionary Church' (III)


Archbishop of Singapore: 'Building a vibrant, evangelical and missionary Church' (III)

"The faithful crave the Word of God and feel the need to find a link between faith and their lives". "We have to prepare students for the new evangelization among the many cultures and religions of our continent". The formation of lay people "fundamental to mission". Every year there are 3 thousand new baptisms.




02/16/2018 VIETNAM

Lunar New Year: Redemptorists for homeless veterans


Lunar New Year: Redemptorists for homeless veterans

Lộc Hưng parish set up a shelter for 13 war veterans. Since 2013, priests have organized initiatives for health care and spiritual support for over 6,000 veterans, 3,500 since 2017. Most are Buddhist or follow ancestral worship, but some of them have become Catholics.




02/16/2018 INDIA

Madhya Pradesh, Pentecostals sentenced to 6 months in prison for 'forced conversions'


Madhya Pradesh, Pentecostals sentenced to 6 months in prison for 'forced conversions'

13 convicted include a vision impaired couple. Most Pentecostals are day laborers. The government led by Hindu nationalists "arrests Pentecostal Christians with groundless imputations".




02/16/2018 KOREA

A bow to common ancestors: the athletes of the two Koreas celebrate the new year together


A bow to common ancestors: the athletes of the two Koreas celebrate the new year together

As a rule, the celebration takes place at home with loved ones. The Unification Minister marks the celebration recalling all of the separated families and asks Pyongyang to welcome the proposal for new meetings.




02/15/2018 SRI LANKA

Colombo: Preventing Rajapaksa’s return to avoid another civil war


Colombo: Preventing Rajapaksa’s return to avoid another civil war

Local elections results could reverse the process of national reconciliation. Under President Sirisena, relations between the government and ethnic minorities has improved. Now “The danger is [. . .] a vicious cycle in which Sinhalese nationalism in the South feeds and sustains the rise of Tamil nationalism in the North.”




02/15/2018 PAKISTAN

Spinal fluid theft from unsuspecting women in Punjab is a crime against humanity


Spinal fluid theft from unsuspecting women in Punjab is a crime against humanity

Police arrested four people in connection with phoney blood samples taken from at least 12 women. The criminals promised government medical assistance but instead took advantage of the victims’ poverty.




02/15/2018 CHINA

The Xi Jinping faction dominates regional appointments


The Xi Jinping faction dominates regional appointments

After getting his “Thoughts” consecrated in the constitutions of the state and the party, Xi Jinping places his "allies and cronies" in important roles, marking the rise to power of the stars of the Sixth Generation. Yet, no legitimate heir is waiting in the wings, although one could emerge at the next Congress, in 2022. Courtesy of the Jamestown Foundation.




02/15/2018 UZBEKISTAN

Child labour in Uzbekistan’s cotton fields has come to an end, says UN agency


Child labour in Uzbekistan’s cotton fields has come to an end, says UN agency

Concrete measures have also been taken against forced labour. There is greater awareness of the problem and more freedom to criticise. The authorities have boosted wages, and taken steps to protect at-risk groups. Still, reforms by central authorities are lagging in terms of local implementation.




02/15/2018 IRAN

Iran environmentalist’s suicide in jail challenged


Iran environmentalist’s suicide in jail challenged

Kavous Seyed Emami, 64, was a leading member of the Persian Wildlife Foundation. But according to the prosecution he was part of an espionage ring organised by the CIA and Mossad. Iran’s Revolutionary Guards released a video that ostensibly backs the suicide theory; however, some Iranian lawmakers, activists and the dead man’s family have rejected the official version.




02/15/2018 CHINA

Chinese New Year to usher in the Year of the Dog


Chinese New Year to usher in the Year of the Dog

Migrants go home making up to 2.98 billion trips by train, bus, or motorcycle. Some 380 million travellers are expected with Thailand and Malaysia as the favourite foreign destinations. Many are hoping for a heavy red envelope. Fireworks have been banned.




02/15/2018 SINGAPORE-VATICAN

Singapore Archbishop calls on Europe 'to let itself be inspired by religion' (II)


Singapore Archbishop calls on Europe 'to let itself be inspired by religion' (II)

"The West has become rationalist, materialistic and individualistic. Religion, however, cannot be explained, it is something that comes from the heart, it is an encounter. Faith and reason do not contradict each other, but faith is greater than reason". In Singapore, many entrepreneurs become philanthropists.




02/15/2018 SYRIA

Aid shipment arrives in besieged eastern Ghouta


Aid shipment arrives in besieged eastern Ghouta

This is the first shipment of food and medicine in the last three months in the area besieged by Syrian troops. Supplies of food and medicines for about 7200 people, equal to 1440 families. The WHO sent 1.8 tons of medicines, sufficient for 10 thousand treatments. Director WFP: "Much more needed". The evacuation of 700 patients is still suspended.




02/15/2018 USA-CHINA

South China Sea, US Navy: 'Seven new bases built by Beijing'


South China Sea, US Navy: 'Seven new bases built by Beijing'

Facilities include hangars, barracks, radar, armed positions and 3 km-long landing strips. To counter the expansionist ambitions of China, the US relies on the historical regional allies.




02/15/2018 VATICAN

Pope encourages young priests to seek guidance in older priests


Pope encourages young priests to seek guidance in older priests

The ages in the priesthood, with their peculiar characteristics, risks and potentialities were the subject of which Pope Francis spoke today to the clergy of Rome gathered in the Basilica of St. John Lateran for the traditional meeting of the beginning of Lent.




02/15/2018 INDIA

Nagaland, BJP offers Christians free pilgrimages to Jerusalem: 'Political opportunism'


Nagaland, BJP offers Christians free pilgrimages to Jerusalem: 'Political opportunism'

On February 27, the states of Meghalaya, Nagaland and Tripura will vote. In Nagaland, 88% of the population is Christian. The Council of Baptist Churches in Nagaland boycotts the nationalist parties and denounces violence against Christians.




02/14/2018 VATICAN

Lent is a time to defeat the demons of distrust, apathy and resignation, says pope


Lent is a time to defeat the demons of distrust, apathy and resignation, says pope

In celebrating Ash Wednesday, Francis calls on the faithful to look and contemplate "the real face of Christ crucified out of love for everyone, without exception” and to “Return to the house of your Father”.




02/14/2018 KUWAIT - IRAQ

As Iraq’s reconstruction is discussed in Kuwait, Mar Sako bemoans promises, demands action


As Iraq’s reconstruction is discussed in Kuwait, Mar Sako bemoans promises, demands action

Some US$ 88 billion will be needed to repair the damage caused by Iraq’s wars, including the one with the Islamic State group. The UN secretary general calls on the world to support the country’s recovery. The Chaldean patriarch voices scepticism. He noted that discussions did not mention minorities whilst money could fuel corruption and terrorism. Education and jobs are the bases for national rebirth.






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