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28 November 2014

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11/28/2014 VATICAN-TURKEY

Pope: in Turkey, Fanaticism and fundamentalism, need to be countered by religious liberty, dialoge and the solidarity of all believers


Pope: in Turkey, Fanaticism and fundamentalism, need to be countered by religious liberty, dialoge and the solidarity of all believers
The drama of the Middle East was the focus of Francis first address on his arrival in Ankara. " it is licit, while always respecting international law, to stop an unjust aggressor". "It it is essential that all citizens – Muslim, Jewish and Christian – both in the provision and practice of the law, enjoy the same rights and respect the same duties".



11/28/2014 VATICAN - TURKEY

Pope in Turkey calls on religious leaders "to denounce all violations against human dignity and human rights"


Pope in Turkey calls on religious leaders
Francis met the president of the Diyanet, Turkey's highest religious authority. He highlights the importance of interreligious dialogue to promote mutual respect and friendship, noting that "entire communities, especially - though not exclusively - Christians and Yazidis, have suffered and continue to suffer barbaric violence simply because of their ethnic and religious identity." In light of this, he expressed his "appreciation for everything that the Turkish people" is "doing to help the hundreds of thousands of people who are fleeing" Syria and Iraq.



11/28/2014 SRI LANKA

SA-SEAN Summit to focus on fighting terrorism and promoting economic development

by Melani Manel Perera
SA-SEAN Summit to focus on fighting terrorism and promoting economic development
South and Southeast Asian defence chiefs meet in Colombo to discuss regional situation. Everyone's cooperation is needed maintain peace and stability.



11/28/2014 JAPAN

Japan, rare albino dolphin captured


Japan, rare albino dolphin captured
The Taiji fishermen plan to sell it to a aquatic circus. Animal campaigners: "These rare, beautiful and unique animals will spend the rest of their life doing silly games in exchange for food".



11/28/2014 PHILIPPINES

For Manila's auxiliary bishop, human trafficking casts a shadow over Yolanda survivors


For Manila's auxiliary bishop, human trafficking casts a shadow over Yolanda survivors
Mgr Broderick S. Pabillo slams "benefactors" who deprive women and girls of their freedom and dignity. Once in the capital, the latter are caught up in prostitution and child labour rackets. Thanks to the work of the Church, more than 1,800 families displaced by the typhoon will spend Christmas in a new home.



11/28/2014 TIBET - CHINA

Tibetans sentenced to 13 years for protesting against police role in Drango massacre


Tibetans sentenced to 13 years for protesting against police role in Drango massacre
A group of ten people was recently convicted on charges of "subverting state power" for demanding justice in connection with an incident during the Chinese New Year in 2012, when police fired on Tibetan protesters, killing at least five people.



11/28/2014 NORTH KOREA

Pyongyang, the three women behind Kim Jong-un’s throne


Pyongyang, the three women behind Kim Jong-un’s throne
With the appointment of his younger sister to the leadership of the Workers' Party, the North Korean dictator finds himself at the center of a circle of women who advise and guide him: two sisters and his wife, increasingly influential in the regime’s political and economic decisions.



11/28/2014 TURKEY-VATICAN

Pope Francis in Turkey. The ecumenism of martyrdom

by NAT da Polis
Pope Francis in Turkey. The ecumenism of martyrdom
The Pope's trip to Turkey is primarily of ecumenical importance, but also to give witness. Christian unity, founded on faith and common witness of the martyrs, urges greater commitment to a world which in theory is united by finance, but in reality is divided and disintegrated from the social point of view. A possible appeal for joint commemoration of Nicea and joint condemnation of the massacre of Christians. Which is also taking place on Turkish borders.



11/28/2014 SYRIA

For apostolic vicar in Aleppo, young Christians bear witness to the faith in a wounded city


For apostolic vicar in Aleppo, young Christians bear witness to the faith in a wounded city
Mgr Georges Abou Khazen talks about scores of young men and women who "see Christ in others" and so serve them handing out aid and organising school activities and games for children. Weddings and baptisms are a sign of the Church's vitality. For a battered people, Advent is a time to "wait and hope" through prayer in "the coming of the Saviour."



11/28/2014 ASIA-OPEC

Oil prices drop, amid tug of war between OPEC and the US. But markets celebrate


Oil prices drop, amid tug of war between OPEC and the US. But markets celebrate
Black gold now valued at $ 70 a barrel, the lowest price since 2011. Difficulties in Britain and the US, where oil shale is no unprofitable. Problems and risk of recession for Russia.



11/28/2014 CAMBODIA - VIETNAM

Vietnamese Montagnards: better starvation and malaria in Cambodia that persecution in Hanoi


Vietnamese Montagnards: better starvation and malaria in Cambodia that persecution in Hanoi
A group of 13 members of the ethnic minority fled Vietnamese province of Gia Lai and, after crossing the border, hid in the forests of Ratanakiri. They face mosquitoes infested with the parasite and lack of food. Appeals associations activists to the government in Phnom Penh to grant asylum and assistance. But more often than not they are repatriated.



11/27/2014 VATICAN

Pope calls Church to mission, witness, charity and listening in cities


Pope calls Church to mission, witness, charity and listening in cities
Francis’ "proposals" for a ministry in a world in which the Church is no longer the only representative of culture, dialogue with multiculturalism is necessary as is the need to discover in the religiosity of our peoples, "the authentic religious substrata, which in many cases is Christian and Catholic".



11/27/2014 VATICAN

Pope urges religious to continue their "spiritual, charismatic and institutional" renewal


Pope urges religious to continue their
Examine "everything in the light of the Word of God and listen to the needs of the Church and the contemporary world, using all means that the wisdom of the Church offers to advance on the path of your personal and community holiness". The "not insignificant" number of people who “abandon” religious life says something about selection and formation of candidates". "Prayer is not a waste of time, worship of God is not wasting time, praise of God not to waste time. "



11/27/2014 VATICAN

Pope: Amid corruption and "distraction" from the Lord, Christians must keep hope alive


Pope: Amid corruption and
"This word 'corruption' says a lot to us today: not only economic corruption, but corruption with many different sins; the corruption of that pagan spirit, that worldly spirit. The worst [form of ] corruption is the spirit of worldliness!" " When we think of the end of time, with all of our sins, with our history, let us think of the banquet which will be freely offered us and let us lift up our heads. Do not give way to depression: Hope!"



11/27/2014 THAILAND

With planned election delayed, Thailand has "less democracy but more serenity"


With planned election delayed, Thailand has
The country's ruling military junta announces changes to the election date. Initially set for next year, now the vote will take place in 2016. In the meantime, political and constitutional reforms as well as economic growth will be the priority. Sources in Bangkok tell AsiaNews that most Thais are "resigned, almost mummified." Some, however, are happy for "the arrest of crooks."



11/27/2014 NEPAL

Fight against terrorism and religious extremism "unites South Asia"

by Christopher Sharma
Fight against terrorism and religious extremism
Heads of state and government meeting in Kathmandu for the annual South Asian Association for Regional Cooperation summit lay out a roadmap for mutual help against fanaticism and sectarian violence. Beijing's bid to join the group is turned down.



11/27/2014 INDIA

Federal agency says two girls in Dalit rape case not murdered


Federal agency says two girls in Dalit rape case not murdered
For the Central Bureau of Investigation (CBI), the two teenagers found hanging in their village "committed suicide." The federal agency also said it found no conclusive evidence that the two teenagers were gang raped. All five defendants, including two policemen, have been released. For civil society groups, the case is a "cover up".



11/27/2014 TURKEY - VATICAN

Pope Francis and Bartholomew renew long tradition of quest for Catholic-Orthodox unity

by Mavi Zambak
Pope Francis and Bartholomew renew long tradition of quest for Catholic-Orthodox unity
Pope Francis is set to visit Turkey on 28-30 November to join the ecumenical patriarch especially for the feast day of Saint Andrew. After nearly a thousand years of divisions, Pope John XXIII broke the ice. For the past 50 years, the two sides have exchanged visits. With Pope Bergoglio, meetings and collaboration have intensified. For Bartholomew, this pope is a dear friend.



11/27/2014 SRI LANKA

Sri Lanka Catholics want the government to remove billboards showing president and pope together

by Melani Manel Perera
Sri Lanka Catholics want the government to remove billboards showing president and pope together
The Church calls on President Mahinda Rajapaksa not to use the papal visit in his campaign. On 8 January, polls will be held five days before the papal visit. Many fear fraud and violence.



11/27/2014 CHINA

Xinjiang, seven university students on trial for collaborating with Ilham Tohti


Xinjiang, seven university students on trial for collaborating with Ilham Tohti
The group had disappeared into thin air in January. The authorities claims they are guilty of aiding the Uighur professor to "foment separatism" through a website. Lawyer: "It was a platform for debate among China’s ethnic minorities”. They now risk from five to 15 years in prison.



11/27/2014 MYANMAR

Myanmar: Army violence against women, victims of sexual abuse and violence


Myanmar: Army violence against women, victims of sexual abuse and violence
A report documents at least 188 cases of rapes and abuse in the four years of "reformist" president Thein Sein. However, the actual number of crimes committed against women, particularly among ethnic minorities, is far greater. Calls for greater female participation in political, social and institutional framework of the country.



11/27/2014 PHILIPPINES

Philippine Church: No to the mega-oil facility, which pollutes Manila and its inhabitants


Philippine Church: No to the mega-oil facility, which pollutes Manila and its inhabitants
The auxiliary bishop of Manila appeals to the government to apply the Supreme Court ruling transferring the Pandacan oil depot. The judges declare the resolution that prolonged administrative operations of the site "unconstitutional". Catholics at the forefront in the defense of people’s health and the environment.





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