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27 February 2017

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02/27/2017 EGYPT – ISLAM

Fleeing the Sinai, Christian families speak about the terror they experienced


Fleeing the Sinai, Christian families speak about the terror they experienced

Copts who fled El Arīsh tell harrowing stories of point-blank shootings, robberies and fires. Some of those who fought in the Sinai War in 1973 are now branded "Crusaders" by Daesh. Death threats have appeared on homes, or just the word “Go”. Some refugees sleep in several cars to ensure that some at least survive in case of an attack. Muslims in Ismailia show friendship.




02/27/2017 EGYPT – ISLAM

Christians flee Islamic State violence in North Sinai


Christians flee Islamic State violence in North Sinai

In only ten days, seven people have been shot, beheaded or burnt to death. Refugees have been welcomed in Ismailia, Suez, and Cairo. Christians are Daesh’s new target.




02/27/2017 MALAYSIA - NORTH KOREA

Kim Jong-nam, a 'painful death within 20 minutes'


Kim Jong-nam, a 'painful death within 20 minutes'

Malaysian health minister confirms that the nerve agent acted quickly by blocking the heart and lungs. The two women arrested thought they smeared "baby oil" on Kim's face and were taking part in a television prank. One was paid with 80 dollars.

 




02/27/2017 CHINA – NORTH KOREA

China’s responsibilities in Kim Jong-nam’s murder


China’s responsibilities in Kim Jong-nam’s murder

Why was Kim Jong-nam killed now? Chinese bodyguards were support to protect him. The Communist regime made the operation possible. Diplomatic strategies are changing in East Asia. The threat of North Korean nuclear weapons is pushing the United States and China to reconsider their approach to North Korea. China ‘s great dissident and "father of democracy" speaks from his place of exile in the United States.




02/27/2017 MYANMAR

For Aung San Suu Kyi, Muslim lawyer's death is a "great loss" for Myanmar


For Aung San Suu Kyi, Muslim lawyer's death is a

After almost a month of silence, the Nobel Peace Prize laureate and Foreign Minister speaks about the murder of Ko Ni. For the NLD leader, he is a "martyr" who spent his life to better the country. Mr Ni however also criticised the ruling party over the rising "Islamophobia".




02/27/2017 THAILAND

Thailand: Fr. Pelosin, a PIME missionary among children and abandoned elderly of the slums


Thailand: Fr. Pelosin, a PIME missionary among children and abandoned elderly of the slums

Stories of "ordinary" mission: teaching reading and writing to children in slums, caring for the abandoned elderly, organizing football matches between slums, ethics courses in the schools and activities for children of the parish. And on March 6, the newly re-elected superior of the Thai Missionary Society will go to Taiwan to agree with the bishop of Hunshu to open a new mission in the diocese.

 




02/27/2017 PALESTINE

A Palestinian Christian, 23, is the new Arab Idol 2017


A Palestinian Christian, 23, is the new Arab Idol 2017

It is the most important musical competition, popular across the Middle East and North Africa. Hundreds of Palestinians take to the streets to celebrate the victory. During the program, he repeatedly demonstrated his ethnic and religious affiliation. A Deacon of the Syriac Church, is also a scout of the Arameans of Bethlehem.

 




02/27/2017 INDIA

Gujarat, Isis lone wolves arrested: they planned an attack on a Hindu temple


Gujarat, Isis lone wolves arrested: they planned an attack on a Hindu temple

They are the brothers Wasim and Naeem Ramodiya, both computer scientists. Within "one or two days" they would have hit the famous temple of Chamunda, in Surendranagar district. A military arsenal and Islamic propaganda material found in their apartment.

 




02/26/2017 VATICAN

Pope: God is not distant and anonymous, he is our refuge


Pope: God is not distant and anonymous, he is our refuge

During the Angelus, Pope Francis called on everyone to rediscover that God is Father "in this age of orphanhood". The "obsessive search for earthly goods and riches" is an "illusion and a cause of unhappiness".  Entrusting oneself to the love of the Father enables us to overcome “the torments and adversities of life, even persecution, as the testimonies of so many of our brothers and sisters show." The pontiff greeted groups involved in ‘Rare Disease Day’.




02/25/2017 CHINA

Shaolin abbot Shi Yongxin cleared of all charges


Shaolin abbot Shi Yongxin cleared of all charges

Monks, former monks and monastery employees had accused him of extortion, having mistresses with children, and leading a lifestyle devoid of religion and spirituality. Henan authorities and the State Administration for Religious Affairs cleared him of all charges. Thanks to him, Shaolin has become a successful brand.




02/25/2017 NEPAL

Hindu parents forbid their children from attending Shia celebrations because of drug use


Hindu parents forbid their children from attending Shia celebrations because of drug use

During the festival, Hindu holy men sell drugs and invite young people to smoke hashish and cannabis. Hundreds of young people have become addicts. The Hindu festival accused of driving many to crime. Attendance at the Pashupatinath Temple drops from 500,000 to 200,000.




02/25/2017 INDONESIA – SAUDI ARABIA

Oil. Pilgrimage, and Saudi king’s visit to Indonesia


Oil. Pilgrimage, and Saudi king’s visit to Indonesia

On 1 March, King Salman will arrive in Jakarta on an official visit. Breaking with Protocol, President Widodo will welcome him in person at the airport. The Saudi monarch will travel with an entourage of about 1,500 people, including government ministers and princes. The visit includes a short vacation in Bali.




02/25/2017 LEBANON – SYRIA – VATICAN

Greek Melkite Church: peace reached between Patriarch Gregory III and “rebel” bishops


 Greek Melkite Church: peace reached between Patriarch Gregory III and “rebel” bishops

The Synod held a few days ago in Rabieh, Lebanon, ends in success. Divisions between the patriarch and a group of dissident prelates over real estate is settled. Communion and fraternal charity prevailed in the community. The presence of the nuncios to Syria and Lebanon, Card Zenari and Mgr Caccia, proved crucial.




02/25/2017 JAPAN

Tokyo, past forced sterilisations and today’s demographic winter


Tokyo, past forced sterilisations and today’s demographic winter

Approximately 25,000 sterilisations and 60,000 forced abortions were performed under the Eugenic Protection Act, which was abolished in 1996. Some call for an official apology and compensation for the victims. Japan’s grave demographic crisis requires new policies to promote life.




02/25/2017 INDIA

For Kolkata nun, serving the poor means welcoming everyone, regardless of their faith


 For Kolkata nun, serving the poor means welcoming everyone, regardless of their faith

Sister Mary Mukta Kindo has worked at the Mother Veronica Social Centre for Women of Barrackpure since 2001. The centre makes garments like uniforms and tunics as well as church linen. Some 200 women have been trained allowing them to be independent and help their families.




02/24/2017 SRI LANKA

In Jaffna, displaced Tamils want back land seized by the military or used for tourism (photos)


In Jaffna, displaced Tamils want back land seized by the military or used for tourism (photos)

Thousands took part in a rally organised by the People's Alliance for Right to Land and the National Fisheries Solidarity Movement. Seized during the civil war, properties are still held by the military or businesses operating them for tourism or agriculture.




02/24/2017 INDONESIA

Standoff between Indonesia and US mining giant Freeport McMoRan


Standoff between Indonesia and US mining giant Freeport McMoRan

On 10 February, Freeport-McMoRan discontinued its mining activities, leaving thousands of Indonesians out of work. The reason is a dispute over fees and contract to be renegotiated by the company and the authorities.




02/24/2017 EGYPT – VATICAN – ISLAM

Al Azhar and the Vatican renew inter-faith dialogue against fundamentalism


Al Azhar and the Vatican renew inter-faith dialogue against fundamentalism

A symposium sponsored by the Al Azhar Centre for Dialogue and the Pontifical Council for Interreligious Dialogue ended yesterday in Cairo. Participants called for action against the root causes of extremism like "violence and poverty". Protecting young people, who are the most vulnerable to extremist ideologies, is a priority. Cutting funding and weapons to terrorist groups is another.




02/24/2017 PHILIPPINES

Duterte’s harsh critic Leila De Lima arrested


Duterte’s harsh critic Leila De Lima arrested

Arrested this morning on drug trafficking charges, she faces a life sentence. The senator and her supporters deny the charges, calling the case a plot by Duterte. For a decade, she has opposed the Filipino President, whom she describes as a "sociopathic serial killer".




02/24/2017 VATICAN

Pope: "In God, justice is mercy, and mercy is justice"


Pope:

Do not give in to the "logic of casuistry" that reduces the faith in terms of "can" or "cannot", but follow the path of Jesus, "the path from case study to truth and mercy". Jesus says, "Whoever divorces his wife and marries another commits adultery against her", but he spoke "many times with an adulteress." And in the end he said: "I do not condemn you. Sin no more. "

 




02/24/2017 INDIA

Bangalore archbishop inaugurates first family counselling service


Bangalore archbishop inaugurates first family counselling service

The goal is to solve the crisis of the family, and emphasise again the sanctity of the institution of marriage. The archdiocese will rely on the expertise of 20 Holy Cross priests. The disintegration of families is evident in the rise in marriage annulments.




02/24/2017 INDIA

Mumbai fishermen furious over plans for worlds tallest Shivaji statue


Mumbai fishermen furious over plans for worlds tallest Shivaji statue

The equestrian statue of the god warrior will measure 190 meters; its construction will cost almost 510 million euro. It  is expected to be completed in 2021. It will attract 10 thousand visitors a day. The fishing community complains that the money could be spent on improving health, education and infrastructure. Activist: "The fascist forces use the god's statue as a symbol of Hindutva".

 




02/24/2017 MYANMAR – CHINA

Hundreds of workers attack Chinese factory in Yangon


Hundreds of workers attack Chinese factory in Yangon

Some angry 300 workers destroyed machinery and held captive seven Chinese workers for a few hours over the sacking of a fellow worker. Strikes over low wages are increasing. Many in Myanmar are impatient with China’s economic “colonisation”.




02/24/2017 MALAYSIA - NORTH KOREA

Kim Jong-nam killed by a powerful nerve gas


Kim Jong-nam killed by a powerful nerve gas

Police found traces of VX nerve agent on the victims’ face and in his eyes. VX is considered by the UN as a weapon of mass destruction. Just one drop absorbed through the skin leads to death within minutes. North Korea believed to have between 2500 and the 5 thousand tons of nerve gas.

 




02/24/2017 EGYPT

Sinai, Coptic Christian killed with a bullet to the neck, third victim in two days


Sinai, Coptic Christian killed with a bullet to the neck, third victim in two days

The Coptic minority is being targeted by local cells of the Islamic state. The murder took place yesterday in Al-Arich. The man's house was set on fire. Previously a 60 year old Christian and son were killed; the young man was burnt alive. Daesh announces new attacks on social networks.


 




02/23/2017 SOUTH KOREA

The testimony of Fr Lee Tae-seok in South Sudanese school books


The testimony of Fr Lee Tae-seok in South Sudanese school books

The South Korean missionary and doctor will be remembered in elementary and high school textbooks. He served as priest, doctor, teacher and architect in the small village of Tonj in a country devastated by war. For Education minister, he is an example for new generations.




02/23/2017 IRAQ

Christians and Muslims on a peace march from Erbil to Alqōsh


Christians and Muslims on a peace march from Erbil to Alqōsh

The Chaldean Patriarch spearheads action to end violence in Iraq and the Middle East on Palm Sunday. During Lent, Nineveh towns liberated from the Islamic State will be the stations of the Cross. Some 50 families came together in Tall Usquf for Mass and the raising of a large Chaldean cross on a hill. Mar Sako calls for "conversion" among regional and world leaders. Bridges, not walls, are needed.




02/23/2017 BANGLADESH

Rajshahi, proclaiming the Gospel of young people to other young people


Rajshahi, proclaiming the Gospel of young people to other young people

About 400 young students took part in a five-day seminar, which included meeting some families. The goal was to “help young people be free from the slavery of consumerism, materialism, and capitalism”. For Mgr Rozario, “Our young people need to be like salt."




02/23/2017 INDONESIA

Catholic programme Hidup TV launched


Catholic programme Hidup TV launched

It provides three hours of content a day. According to Indonesia’s Ministry of Information and Communications, 63 million Indonesians use the internet every day. The country is ranked fifth (after the US, Brazil, Japan and the UK) in terms of use of social media like Twitter and Facebook.




02/23/2017 CHINA

Beijing, army veterans protest: abandoned by the government


Beijing, army veterans protest: abandoned by the government

Since yesterday thousands have been protesting in front of the Party offices in the biggest demonstration since October. Promises made and not kept, "We have nothing, are in poverty and distress." Arrests and violence in Liulihe, Aiminjie, Datong, Luliang and Harbin.

 




02/23/2017 PAKISTAN

"We are lying to ourselves,” says former Christian general after another bomb kills nine in Lahore


The latest is the eighth incident of violence in ten days. The bomb exploded in the city's commercial district, inside a building under construction. There are fears that some workers are still trapped under the rubble. A number of shops, banks and restaurants were also damaged. No one has yet claimed responsibility. There is little hope for a new military operation against the extremists.




02/23/2017 VATICAN

Pope: do not give scandal with a double life, but converted soon


Pope: do not give scandal with a double life, but converted soon

"It would be good for all of us, each one of us, today, to consider if there is something of a double life within us: ‘But, sure, the Lord will eventually forgive everything, but I’ll keep going as I have been…’ If there is something saying, “Sure, this is not going well, I will convert, but not today: tomorrow.’ Let’s think about that. And let us profit from the Word of the Lord and consider the fact that on this point, the Lord is very strict. Scandal destroys. "

 




02/23/2017 IRAN - TURKEY

Turkish u-turn fuels renewed tension between Ankara and Tehran


Turkish u-turn fuels renewed tension between Ankara and Tehran

Turkish President spokesman tries to downplay crisis. Turkey does not want "an escalation" of words with Iran. But Erdogan accuses Tehran of  "destabilizing” the region  irritating the leaders of the Islamic Republic. Ambassador summoned, a ready response on the Syrian arena. Israel's moves to create an Arab-Turkish in front in an anti-Iranian key.

 




02/23/2017 NORTH KOREA - MALAYSIA

Pyongyang blames Kuala Lumpur for death Kim Jong-nam


Pyongyang blames Kuala Lumpur for death Kim Jong-nam

The first statement issued on the issue by the North cites the death of "its nationals" in Kuala Lumpur, without the leader's half-brother Kim Jong-un named. Malaysia’s actions  termed "illegal and immoral" and in "total disregard for international law."

 






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