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11/23/2017 ​MYANMAR - VATICAN

“Hectic hours” before pope's arrival in Yangon, Catholics to help pilgrims


“Hectic hours” before pope's arrival in Yangon, Catholics to help pilgrims

Some 200,000 people are expected at the solemn Mass at Kyaikkasan Grounds, including Buddhist and Muslim leaders. Some 6,000 kids will take part in the Mass for young people the next day. Filipinos, Australians and Thais are also expected for Pope Francis’ apostolic journey. From our correspondent.




11/23/2017 BANGLADESH - VATICAN

Cardinal D'Rozario: Pope’s principal aim in Dhaka trip is not the Rohingya


Cardinal D'Rozario: Pope’s principal aim in Dhaka trip is not the Rohingya

The pontiff will visit Bangladesh from 30 November to 2 December. "The pope expressed the desire to come two years ago, when the refugee crisis had not broken out." Over 620,000 Muslims have fled the Rakhine State in Myanmar.




11/23/2017 YEMEN

The genocide of Yemen:First bombs, now hunger, thirst and cholera


The genocide of Yemen:First bombs, now hunger, thirst and cholera

The coalition led by Riyadh blocks the arrival of fuel needed to run the wells. Over a million people without water in Taiz, Saada, Hodeida, Sana'a and Al Bayda. According to UNICEF, 1.7 million children suffer from acute malnutrition”; 150,000 children are likely to die in the coming weeks. The silence and neglect of the international community. The threat of hitting crude-cargo ships. Yesterday, Saudi Arabia allowed the reopening of Sana'a airport and Hudayda port, but only for humanitarian aid. An insufficient measure.




11/23/2017 INDIA – THAILAND

Caritas Asia meets in Bangkok


Caritas Asia meets in Bangkok

Catholics reflect on how best to respond to emergencies. For Fr Frederick D'Souza, executive director of Caritas India, charities should "never forget the biological needs of women and girls." Caritas is helping the Rohingya.




11/23/2017 SRI LANKA

Colombo school helps families and children’s ward for World Day of the Poor


Colombo school helps families and children’s ward for World Day of the Poor

Students from the Holy Family Convent school in Colombo helped two needy families and the Children’s Ward in the Cancer Hospital in Maharagama. Students funded the three deeds with money from ticket sales to fellow students of a play, the ‘Horror House’, which they performed.




11/23/2017 PAKISTAN

Pakistan’s religious minorities underrepresented


Pakistan’s religious minorities underrepresented

Communities already living in fear suffer discrimination. Activists and politicians complain that whilst the number of seats in national and provincial assemblies has increased, reserved minority seats have not. Catholic bishops note that the current electoral system does not represent their communities. One lawmaker complains that her fellow parliamentarians are indifferent to the issue.




11/23/2017 VATICAN

Pope: Women as defenders from the ideological colonization that indoctrinates young people


Pope: Women as defenders from the ideological colonization that indoctrinates young people

Old and new dictatorships take liberty and memory to impose an educational system. It is the mothers and women, the keepers of memory, of the dialect, "able to defend the history of a people" and "to convey the faith" which "theologians will explain".




11/23/2017 CAMBODIA

Cambodia’s economy remains strong despite political turmoil, World Bank says


Cambodia’s economy remains strong despite political turmoil, World Bank says

The economy is expected to grow by 6.9 per cent next year, slightly higher than this. Investments from China, Cambodia’s main economic partner, play a crucial role. Hun Sen remains defiant vis-à-vis foreign donor, especially the US and EU, which are threatening to end aid to protest against repression.




11/23/2017 SYRIA - UN

Russia, Iran and Turkey seek peace in Syria, but the anti-Assad front is still divided


Russia, Iran and Turkey seek peace in Syria, but the anti-Assad front is still divided

The three countries are launching an "inclusive, free, fair and transparent" political process to put an end to "civil war". Putin stresses that they will need "concessions" from all, including Syrian President Assad. In Riyadh deep divisions between rebel groups emerge, unable to find a common voice. 




11/23/2017 KOREA

Though 'sponsor of terrorism', North Korea will participate in the PyeongChang Winter Olympics


Though 'sponsor of terrorism', North Korea will participate in the PyeongChang Winter Olympics

The decision of the International Olympic Committee. The Olympic Charter protects all rights and freedoms without discrimination. November 13, "Olympic Truce" adopted by the UN General Assembly and promoted by South Korea.




11/22/2017 INDIA

Movie sparks Hindu nationalist protest, Bollywood star gets death threats


Movie sparks Hindu nationalist protest, Bollywood star gets death threats

A local BJP politician offers rich reward to have actress Padukone and director Bhansali beheaded. Padmatavi’s premiere has been postponed indefinitely. Alleged romantic scenes between a 13th century Hindu queen and a Muslim invader are the cause of the controversy.




11/22/2017 CHINA

Party Propaganda chief under investigation for corruption


Party Propaganda chief under investigation for corruption

Lu Wei, 57, also headed cyber security. During his tenure, China’s first cyber watchdog law was enacted. Xi’s anti-corruption campaign has so far led to the purge of 250 top party officials as well as almost 1.5 million cadres and bureaucrats.




11/22/2017 SOUTH KOREA

South Korean researchers find way to prevent hair loss


South Korean researchers find way to prevent hair loss

A biochemical material blocks hair loss. Researchers find protein preventing hair re-growth. A new path of study has been opened funded by the Science Ministry.




11/22/2017 YEMEN

Yemen disaster: Aden’s Christian cemetery desecrated, Vicar of Arabia says


 Yemen disaster: Aden’s Christian cemetery desecrated, Vicar of Arabia says

People unknown knocked down crosses and tombstones, including those of Mother Teresa's nuns, killed in March 2016. For Mgr Hinder, this is serious, confirming the country’s “ongoing difficult situation and violence." The Saudi blockade puts at risk “the survival of people”.




11/22/2017 VATICAN

Pope: When we go to Mass, it is as if we were going to Calvary


Pope: When we go to Mass, it is as if we were going to Calvary

The celebration is "entering" in the passion, death, resurrection, ascension of Jesus. It is not time to chat, take photographs, comment. "Every celebration of the Eucharist is a ray of sun without sunset, that is the Risen Christ Jesus. Participating in the Mass, especially on Sunday, means entering the Risen One's victory, being illuminated by his light, warmed by his warmth. "




11/22/2017 INDIA

Claims Hindus declined because Christian conversions are unfounded, says Sajan George


Claims Hindus declined because Christian conversions are unfounded, says Sajan George

The president of the Global Council of Indian Christians describes Mohandas Pai’s views as unscientific and dangerous. The latter said that conversions increased the Christian group by 8 million and that Hindus have dropped from 85 per cent of the population to 77 per cent. In reality census shows that Christians number 27.8 million and account for about 2.3 per cent of the Indian population.




11/22/2017 CHINA-VATICAN

The Communist Party blocks Chinese tours to Vatican


The Communist Party blocks Chinese tours to Vatican

Tourist agencies are prohibited from advertising and planning trips and visits to the Vatican to St. Peter's Basilica. Fines of up to 300,000 yuan. The reason: there are no diplomatic relations between Beijing and the Holy See. A boycott of Vatican to make it accept the conditions imposed by Beijing in dialogue? The useless psychosis of control. Chinese Protestants and Catholics evangelize tourists.




11/22/2017 AFGHANISTAN

International Tribunal ready to investigate war crimes of Taliban and US soldiers in Afghanistan


 International Tribunal ready to investigate war crimes of Taliban and US soldiers in Afghanistan

Thousands of people affected by Taliban violence. Numerous detainees under torture in Afghan prisons.   




11/22/2017 NORTH KOREA - CHINA

Kim Jong-un snubs Xi Jinping's special envoy


Kim Jong-un snubs Xi Jinping's special envoy

His visit ended two days ago. The media silence on the matter confirms that there was no meeting. With the breech of diplomatic protocol, divisions between Pyongyang and Beijing deepen. China loses its influence on its historic ally. Air China, meanwhile, suspends flights to North Korea.




11/22/2017 PHILIPPINES

The Philippine churches goes red in solidarity with persecuted Christians in the world


The Philippine churches goes red in solidarity with persecuted Christians in the world

Various dioceses, shrines, basilicas and universities spread throughout the country. Even the faithful invited to dress in red, in the context of the campaign #RedWednesdayPH campaign. Among the goals are educating the public on the vastness of persecution and encouraging the defense of the faith.




11/22/2017 LEBANON

Saad Hariri returns to Beirut


Saad Hariri returns to Beirut

After landing at the airport, he wanted to pay homage to his father Rafic's tomb. Today he will participate in the Independence Day Parade with Michel Aoun and Nabih Berri. His party meets in front of his home.




11/21/2017 ZIMBABWE – CHINA

Beijing’s shadow over Zimbabwe coup


Beijing’s shadow over Zimbabwe coup

Zimbabwe’s top military commander was in China a couple of days before the coup. China is the African country’s top economic partner. Bilateral relations go back to the 1960s. Mugabe’s economic mismanagement and the nationalisation of diamond mines are behind the tensions between the two countries. Beijing likes the vice president.




11/21/2017 VATICAN

For Pope, martyrdom is medicine against cultural and ideological colonisation


For Pope, martyrdom is medicine against cultural and ideological colonisation

During the Mass at Casa Santa Marta, Pope Francis warned against “new things” that destroy the traditions, history, and religion of a people. Martyr Eleazar was a "root" for the young and the future of his people.




11/21/2017 INDIA

Carmelites in Baroda celebrate the Presentation of Mary to the temple through prayers


Carmelites in Baroda celebrate the Presentation of Mary to the temple through prayers

The cloistered nuns live in the Prem Jyot (Light of Love) monastery. For the mother prioress, the service of contemplative nuns is “prayer”. Pope Francis "never ceases to invite us to ‘meet Christ’.”




11/21/2017 MYANMAR – VATICAN

Catholics ready to welcome the Holy Father in Yangon


Catholics ready to welcome the Holy Father in Yangon

The high point of the papal visit will be the Solemn Mass at Kyaikkasan Grounds in Yangon. Some 200,000 people from around the country are expected, about a third of all Myanmar Catholics. The Church will provide accommodations and transportation. Kachin people made the wooden crosier that Pope Francis will use during the service. As they wait for the pontiff, young people pray.




11/21/2017 CAMBODIA

Opposition party officials quit or defect after party dissolution


Opposition party officials quit or defect after party dissolution

On 16 November, the Supreme Court banned the CNRP at the request of the government. The prime minister gives CNRP officials another week to join his party. The ruling party said it received 390 defectors as of yesterday, including a parliamentarian, 33 provincial councillors, and 356 municipal officials.




11/21/2017 VATICAN - CHINA

'Art Diplomacy': two exhibits at the Vatican Museums and Beijing’s Imperial Palace


'Art Diplomacy': two exhibits at the Vatican Museums and Beijing’s Imperial Palace

Two Chinese officials – Zhu Jiancheng, secretary general of the China Culture Investment Found, and Maestro Zhang Yan – took part in the announcement at the Holy See Press Office. Zhang has given Pope Francis two paintings. The parallel exhibits will have two different names: ‘Beauty unites us’ in the Vatican, and ‘Contemporary Sino-Vatican Exhibit’ in China. The pope is compared to a sacred mountain.




11/21/2017 VATICAN - BANGLADESH

Pope to the people of Bangladesh: I come to proclaim Christ’s message of reconciliation (Video)


Pope to the people of Bangladesh: I come to proclaim Christ’s message of reconciliation (Video)

Pope Francis's video message for his upcoming pastoral journey from November 30 to 2 December. The Pope emphasizes that his visit wants to confirm the Christian community, but he also places great importance on meeting with religious leaders. 




11/21/2017 GREECE-RUSSIA

Inter-Orthodox gathering: Mission in today’s world in the sign of Saint Andrew


Inter-Orthodox gathering: Mission in today’s world in the sign of Saint Andrew

Orthodox representatives of Greece, Serbia, Georgia, Ukraine, Bulgaria, along with guests from non-orthodox countries such as the United States and Italy, participated in Patras (Greece), the site of apostolic martyrdom. Remembering the Christian martyrs of today and those who are dying spiritually, oppressed "by postmodernist morality". Banks "High Temples of Practical Secularism". The relics of Saint Seraphim of Sarov. A Memorandum of Commitments of the Faithful.




11/21/2017 SYRIA - RUSSIA

Syrian conflict, Putin and Assad celebrate success in fight against terrorism


Syrian conflict, Putin and Assad celebrate success in fight against terrorism

The Kremlin leader acclaims "results" achieved. For Moscow, the "definitive" defeat of the rebel groups is imminent and it is time to "shift" attention to the "political process". On Putin's agenda consultations with Trump and Qatari emir.




11/21/2017 CHINA

Christian lawyer Jiang Tianyong condemned to two years prison for 'subversion'


Christian lawyer Jiang Tianyong condemned to two years prison for 'subversion'

He defended Gao Zhisheng and Chen Guangcheng, members of Falun Gong and AIDS patients infected by state clinics. Despite having the chance to flee to the US, he preferred to stay in China to defend his fellow lawyers, victims of the "709" repression.




11/21/2017 BANGLADESH - VATICAN

Dhaka: Waiting for Pope Francis, Catholics recall John Paul II’s visit


Dhaka: Waiting for Pope Francis, Catholics recall John Paul II’s visit

The Polish pontiff went to the capital of Bangladesh on November 19, 1986, and ordained 19 priests. Some of them recall the moment of consecration, embrace, and touch of his hands. "He preached a society free from violence."




11/20/2017 SRI LANKA

Road accident sparks renewed tensions between Buddhists and Muslims in Sri Lanka


Road accident sparks renewed tensions between Buddhists and Muslims in Sri Lanka

At least 66 homes, 26 shops, two mosques and 16 vehicles were damaged or torched. Police arrest 24 people for inciting ethnic violence. Disorders come as the United Nations Human Rights Council releases its review. Minorities are still in danger.




11/20/2017 VIETNAM

Vietnam celebrates Teachers’ Day, but its educational system is in crisis


Vietnam celebrates Teachers’ Day, but its educational system is in crisis

For critics, Vietnam’s education is too politicised and centred on producing graduates, and not enough on the moral training of younger generations. Forced by the regime to think a certain way, young people are unable to develop creative thoughts. The economic impact of an education at the service of the Communist Party is negative.






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