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22 January 2017

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01/22/2017 VATICAN

Pope: All areas of human life are soil on which to cast Gospel seeds. New Year wishes for Far East


Pope: All areas of human life are soil on which to cast Gospel seeds. New Year wishes for Far East

At the Angelus Pope Francis speaks of how early Christians preached Gospel in a "geographically peripheral and religiously impure land", and that from there “the light on which we have reflected over the past few Sundays spread: the light of Christ." "The joy of proclaiming and witnessing to our faith”.  Wishes that during the New Year of the Rooster, the families of the Far East "increasingly become a school of respect for each other". Closeness to earthquake victims in central Italy. Prayers for victims and rescuers. Vespers in St. Paul Outside the Walls together with representatives of other Christian confessions.




01/21/2017 PAKISTAN

Pakistan, Taliban hit a Shiite market in "revenge against Assad." The condemnation of the Church


Pakistan, Taliban hit a Shiite market in

The explosion took place in Parachinar market, in one of the semi-autonomous tribal areas. The provisional toll is 20 dead and over 40 injured. The area is known for clashes between Sunnis and Shiites. Anglican bishop calls for prayers for the wounded.




01/21/2017 VATICAN

Pope to the Roman Rota: It takes great courage to get married today. The Church must lend its support


Pope to the Roman Rota: It takes great courage to get married today. The Church must lend its support

An audience for the beginning of the judicial year in the Vatican, Pope Francis calls for greater effort in preparing couples for marriage to mature in "love and truth". The importance of not abandoning young couples, but "welcoming, accompanying and helping them". Going beyond legal formalism for a catechesis which would show the faith and the value of agreement. "The ruinous pitfalls of the dominant culture of the ephemeral and the provisional".




01/21/2017 INDIA

Card. Gracias: Orissa martyrs will soon be saints. The joy of Christians


Card. Gracias: Orissa martyrs will soon be saints. The joy of Christians

The archbishop of Mumbai reveals the Vatican willingness to open up the cause of canonization. He spoke with Card. Filoni, Prefect of the Congregation for the Evangelization of Peoples. Christians "have chosen to embrace death rather than deny Christ." Keeping the memory of the martyrs alive "for future generations who face the challenges of religious fanaticism."




01/21/2017 VATICAN - USA

Pope to Trump: America’s greatness is measured by its attention to the poor


Pope to Trump: America’s greatness is measured by its attention to the poor

Pope Francis exalts the "rich spiritual and ethical values that have shaped the history of the American people” and the nation’s “commitment to the advancement of human dignity and freedom worldwide ". Concerns " for the poor, the outcast and those in need who, like Lazarus, stand before our door ". The oath Trump preceded by various prayers of Catholic, Protestant, Jewish Representatives. The slogan "America first" will guide political choices. String criticism of the establishment. China’s caution and the enthusiasm of the president of Taiwan.




01/21/2017 LEBANON - EU

The cultural and political mission of Lebanon and Europe


The cultural and political mission of Lebanon and Europe

The Land of Cedars can help reawaken the European continent to rediscover its forgotten religious dimension. Without the memory of its Christian roots, without a vision and a desire for peace, nothing great can happen in Europe, or between it and the world. The religious dimension is important for political and cultural dialogue with the South. Card. Parolin’s intervention of in Davos.




01/21/2017 SAUDI ARABIA

Saudi Grand Mufti against cinema and concerts: A source of depravity and immorality


Saudi Grand Mufti against cinema and concerts: A source of depravity and immorality

Sheikh Abdul Aziz al-Sheikh, the highest religious authority in the country, against forms of entertainment that encourage mingling of sexes. Films are "libertine, obscene, immoral, and atheist" because they are founded on an "imported culture". Concerts promote promiscuity, corrupt morals and values. An appeal to citizens and institutions: "Do not open the doors to such evil."




01/20/2017 UZBEKISTAN

Shavkat Mirzyaev changes course, appoints new government officials


Shavkat Mirzyaev changes course, appoints new government officials

After the death of President Islam Karimov, the new leader picks his new team to build a strong cabinet, seemingly more moderate than previous ones.




01/20/2017 VIETNAM

Hanoi cracks down on protests commemorating soldiers who fell on Paracel Islands


 Hanoi cracks down on protests commemorating soldiers who fell on Paracel Islands

The authorities arrest and attack protests in Hanoi, Ho Chi Minh City, and Nghe An province. Young Christians were among the protesters. China and Vietnam say they will seek a settlement to ease tensions in the South China Sea.




01/20/2017 INDONESIA

Muslims against Chinese pig food festival in Semarang because it is haram


Muslims against Chinese pig food festival in Semarang because it is haram

Muslim student groups and Islamic organisations slam the event, want its cancellation. They demand respect for the "religious" feelings of the Muslim community. However, the event has been celebrated for years by the city’s large Chinese community without causing any problems.




01/20/2017 PAKISTAN

Lahore: Muhammad Akram goes from church vandalism to interfaith dialogue


Lahore: Muhammad Akram goes from church vandalism to interfaith dialogue

The young Muslim was one of 2,000 people who attacked a Christian village in 2005, incited by radicals on false blasphemy charges. An interfaith youth group was set up in 2010. Pakistanis “desperately need role models.”




01/20/2017 CHINA - UNITED STATES

The Trump era begins: The China-US relationship and the risk of war


The Trump era begins: The China-US relationship and the risk of war

As the inauguration ceremony of the Trump presidency approaches, the Propaganda Bureau of the Chinese Communist Party has banned all journalists from “unauthorized criticism" of Trump’ words and deeds. According to the great dissident Wei Jingsheng there is a chance that Trump will force China into fair trade deals, possibly leading to political and legal reforms. A trade war is an option.




01/20/2017 VATICAN

Pope: "Change your heart, change your life", to belong only to the Lord


Pope:

"When God forgives, He forgets." "He forgets, He forgives. In front of a repentant heart, forgive and forget: 'I will forget, I will not remember their sins'. This is an invitation not to remind the Lord of our sins but to sin no more. "

 




01/20/2017 MALAYSIA - MYANMAR

Kuala Lumpur, Muslim nations against Myanmar: Enough violence against Rohingya


Kuala Lumpur, Muslim nations against Myanmar: Enough violence against Rohingya

The "special session" of the OIC focused on persecution of the Muslim minority in Myanmar. Najib Razak calls for the perpetrators to be "brought to justice." Bangladesh Minister: Respond to the question concerning citizenship.

 




01/20/2017 INDIA

Msgr. Barwa: In Orissa Hindu pogroms have united Christians. Blood ecumenism


Msgr. Barwa: In Orissa Hindu pogroms have united Christians. Blood ecumenism

In 2008, the extremists targeted everyone, regardless of denomination. "The cross of Christ was proof that united us, our faith was visible." In Bhubaneshwar a common burial ground. Catholic educational, health and social institutions  must not discriminate against anybody, "even those who have persecuted us."




01/20/2017 SRI LANKA

Card. Ranjith inaugurates the Year of St. Joseph Vaz, the Apostle of Sri Lanka (Photo)


Card. Ranjith inaugurates the Year of St. Joseph Vaz, the Apostle of Sri Lanka (Photo)

The Archbishop of Colombo said that he was an "outstanding example of reconciliation." He spoke both Tamil and Sinhalese and lived in communion with both ethnicities. A relic exhibited for the devotion of the faithful. Foundations laid of the new national shrine dedicated to him.

 




01/20/2017 SYRIA

Palmyra: the Islamic State executes 12 people, beheading four


Palmyra: the Islamic State executes 12 people, beheading four

The other eight victims shot dead. The executions took place in a museum, not far from the ruins of the heritage site. Four of the victims were teachers and government employees. Daesh jihadists accumulating explosives to destroy other ancient artifacts.

 




01/20/2017 CHINA

Official statistics: China grows by 6.7%, but a lot of data manipulated


Official statistics: China grows by 6.7%, but a lot of data manipulated

Growth figures published today. Domestic consumption grew by 10.4%. But the biggest contribution came from construction, infrastructure, credit. The data inflated in Liaoning. Perhaps a more realistic figure is an increase of 4%.

 




01/19/2017 IRAQ – SYRIA

Iraqi priest has “confidence and hope" in Mosul’s liberation


Iraqi priest has “confidence and hope

Fr Paul Thabit Mekko talks about the sense of expectation among the refugees from Mosul and the Nineveh plain. A small group has already visited their homes in the eastern liberated part of the city. Security in the liberated areas is necessary, so is a new form of administration and management. In 2016, Daesh lost a quarter of the territory it once controlled.




01/19/2017 CHINA-UK

The first freight train between China and Britain reaches its destination


The first freight train between China and Britain reaches its destination

The 12,000-km line runs through nine countries. The trip lasted 18 days. It is part of China’s One Belt, One Road initiative to re-establish a modern version of the ancient Silk Road.




01/19/2017 BANGLADESH

Fr Silvano Garello, the Bengali ‘translator’ of the faith of the Church, has died


Fr Silvano Garello, the Bengali ‘translator’ of the faith of the Church, has died

The Xaverian missionary was 78 years old. His funeral was celebrated in Khulna and his ashes will rest in his adopted country. He translated Vatican Council II papers, the Catechism of the Catholic Church, and some papal encyclicals. His works inspired many young Catholics and Muslims.




01/19/2017 INDONESIA

Widodo tells Protestant leaders he supports religious freedom against extremism


 Widodo tells Protestant leaders he supports religious freedom against extremism

Indonesia’s president met the leaders of the Synod of Protestant Churches (PGI) to discuss the growing threats that endanger "tolerance, peace and unity". Widodo reassured them that the state is not "passive" towards radical groups as it was in the past.




01/19/2017 VATICAN

Pope: Christian life is a struggle, because the Father draws us to Jesus but "another pulls us the other way”


Pope: Christian life is a struggle, because the Father draws us to Jesus but

"Jesus came to destroy Satan! To destroy his influence on our hearts. " "If you want to go forward," you have to fight! Feel the heart that struggles, because Jesus will win. " "We ask the Lord to be Christians who are able to discern what's going on in our heart and choose the right path on which the Father draws us to Jesus."

 




01/19/2017 IRAN

Tragedy strikes in Tehran as building collapses following devastating fire


Tragedy strikes in Tehran as building collapses following devastating fire

At least 300 people were trapped inside the building when it collapsed. Some 30 firefighters are feared dead.




01/19/2017 CHINA – UNITED STATES

Jack Ma: No trade wars between China and the United States, give Trump some time


 Jack Ma: No trade wars between China and the United States, give Trump some time

For the head of Alibaba, the new US president is "open minded" and is "listening." For some, his "populist style" and "protectionism" are a source of concern. The US spent globalisation money in wars. Ma’s proposal for small and medium-sized US companies selling on Alibaba could create a million jobs.




01/19/2017 PAKISTAN

Pakistan, Christians and Muslims call for the release of the disappeared activists and intellectuals (Photos)


Pakistan, Christians and Muslims call for the release of the disappeared activists and intellectuals (Photos)

The Commission on Human Rights organizes a seminar. Relatives of the abducted intellectuals reject the accusations of blasphemy, brought forward by Islamic radicals. "It's just a move to lock them up behind bars after their eventual release."

 




01/19/2017 SOUTH KOREA

Samsung: Court rejects arrest warrant for deputy chief Lee Jae-yong


Samsung: Court rejects arrest warrant for deputy chief Lee Jae-yong

He was accused of corruption, embezzlement and perjury and involved in the scandal that has engulfed the President Park. According to the judges the reasons are not sufficient to approve the request for provisional arrest.

 




01/19/2017 TURKEY - RUSSIA - IRAN

For the first time joint Russia and Turkey air raids against Isis


For the first time joint Russia and Turkey air raids against Isis

Jihadist positions in al-Bab, a town 20 km from the Turkish border targeted. An "unusual" collaboration between fronts opposed to one another. Russian spokesman: Several vehicles involved, "very effective operations." Iran against the "hostile" US presence at the peace talks in Astana.

 




01/19/2017 TAIWAN-JAPAN

"Silence" by Martin Scorsese: God is never put off by our lack of faith


Interview with Fr. Emilio Zanetti, a Jesuit who works at Kuangchi Program Service, the Society of Jesus television production house on the island. Zanetti is a friend of the American director and has worked as an advisor, and even as an extra in the film which deals with the persecution of Christians in Japan in the seventeenth century. Director and actors worked for free.

 




01/18/2017 PHILIPPINES

Fourth World Apostolic Congress on Mercy underway in Manila


Fourth World Apostolic Congress on Mercy underway in Manila

Some 5,000 delegates from around the world are attending the five-day congress that opened on Monday. Its main themes are mercy, compassion, and value of human life against the background of a country in a war mode.




01/18/2017 SRI LANKA

UN agency report indicates that more than 900,000 people are affected by drought (photos)


UN agency report indicates that more than 900,000 people are affected by drought (photos)

Water shortages affect 23 out of 25 districts. Rain has not fallen in some parts of the country since March. Government emergency toll-free number is available. Officials have been mobilised in the most affected areas. Tamils make offerings to the gods to get rain.




01/18/2017 EGYPT – SAUDI ARABIA

Court stops islands handover to the Saudis, prompting nationalists to exult


Court stops islands handover to the Saudis, prompting nationalists to exult

Egypt’s High Administrative Court ruled that Tiran and Sanafir islands are Egyptian. The decision unleashed celebrations in the courtroom, with lawyers and patriots hugging each other. Once allies, Cairo and Riyadh are further apart with Egypt moving closer to Russian, Syrian and Iranian positions in the Middle East.






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