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21 February 2018

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02/20/2018 CHINA-VATICAN

Dear Chinese bishops, where is the measure of your heart?


Dear Chinese bishops, where is the measure of your heart?

A young Catholic from the official community, appreciates the lucidity and the realism of Msgr. Guo Xijin (underground bishop), and doubts the style of other underground or official bishops, such as Msgr. Han Zhihai and Wei Jingyi. A meditation on the joys and sorrows of the Chinese faithful in front of the so-called "imminent" agreement between China and the Vatican.




02/20/2018 THAILAND-JAPAN

Surrogacy, Japanese man given 'lone custody’ of 13 children


Surrogacy, Japanese man given 'lone custody’ of 13 children

In 2014, the case caused a scandal, prompting the authorities to enact a law that prevents foreigners from seeking services of commercial subrogation in Thailand. Wombs for rent industry first moved to Cambodia and, after a ban there, to Laos.




02/20/2018 VATICAN-CHINA-RUSSIA

Criticism of Ostpolitik, persecution and dissent (II)


Criticism of Ostpolitik, persecution and dissent (II)

Paul VI consistently defended Vatican overtures to the USSR, although they scandalized many in the Church. Benevolent politics did not stop persecutions, which instead intensified. But a form of ecumenical and cultural resistance was born and was lived by Catholics, Protestants and Orthodox in the concentration camps. Part Two of an expert analysis.




02/20/2018 TURKEY – GREECE

Seventeen Turkish officials seek political asylum in Greece


Seventeen Turkish officials seek political asylum in Greece

The group of civil servants and judges with their families claim they are victims of persecution by the Turkish regime. Tensions between Turkey and Greece are bound to rise as both claim inlets off the coast of Turkey.




02/20/2018 INDIA

The year 2017 was the worst for Christians in India


The year 2017 was the worst for Christians in India

An evangelical group issued a report highlighting 351 cases of violence, but the figure is not exhaustive, as many victims are afraid to come forth to report attacks to police. In three years, attacks against churches and other places of worship increased by 28 per cent.




02/20/2018 BANGLADESH

Snehonir, the 'house of tenderness' for the disabled (photos)


Snehonir, the 'house of tenderness' for the disabled (photos)

Founded 25 years ago by Shanti Rani Sisters and PIME missionaries in Rajshahi, the facility is open to the mentally and physically disabled, deaf, blind, orphans, poor, and abandoned. The guiding principle is to start them in life.




02/20/2018 KOREA

Defeated on ice, but 'first' in history, joint Korean hockey team players hug


Defeated on ice, but 'first' in history, joint Korean hockey team players hug

After losing to Sweden in their last match, the Korean team ends up in seventh place. Players burst into tears at their imminent separation. "Politicians made that executive decision [to have a joint team]. Our players and staff are the ones that made it work,” said the team’s proud Canadian coach. One South Korean athlete hopes the country is proud of them. "It was bigger than hockey."




02/20/2018 UZBEKISTAN

Tashkent, 18 thousand removed from the 'blacklist' of extremists


Tashkent, 18 thousand removed from the 'blacklist' of extremists

In the Karimov era, with the fight against religious extremism, the secret services justified abuse and were the armed arm against dissent. Mirzyoyev denounces torture of innocent people and promises to bring the guilty to justice.




02/20/2018 INDONESIA – RUSSIA – UNITED STATES

Indonesia sees no consequence of Russian jet sale on relations with United States


Indonesia sees no consequence of Russian jet sale on relations with United States

Half of the US$ 1.14 billion deal will be paid with a barter scheme. In recent years, Indonesia has turned to Russia to upgrade its air force, turning down the offer of US F-16s. Since 2013, the Kremlin has supplied the Indonesian Air Force with five Su-27 and eleven Su-30 aircraft.




02/20/2018 SYRIA

The Syrian army ready for the offensive in Ghouta east. Dozens of civilian victims


The Syrian army ready for the offensive in Ghouta east. Dozens of civilian victims

At least 100 people died in one day alone yesterday, including 20 children; added to these are 470 wounded. The UN calls for an end to the bombings and talks about an "out of control" situation. Deposits and hospital facilities also affected. The rebels respond by throwing mortars on Damascus.




02/19/2018 SAUDI ARABIA

Women to open own businesses without the permission of a male guardian


Women to open own businesses without the permission of a male guardian

The Saudi Ministry of Commerce made the announcement yesterday. The Saudi public prosecutor’s office has begun to hire women. After the passport department advertised 140 jobs for women, 107,000 applications were received.




02/19/2018 INDIA – VATICAN

Sr Arina Gonsalves joins Pontifical Commission for the Protection of Minors


Sr Arina Gonsalves joins Pontifical Commission for the Protection of Minors

The Indian nun has a long experience with the Archdiocese of Mumbai. In 2016 Card Gracias chose her as a member of the expert group for child protection. In India, abuses occur “in schools and even in orphanages,” she notes.




02/19/2018 BANGLADESH

Garo Christians attacked, robbed in Dhaka complain attackers want to ‘steal our land’


Garo Christians attacked, robbed in Dhaka complain attackers want to ‘steal our land’

Christian tribal organisations organised a protest in the capital, but police prevented them from doing so in front of the National Museum to censor the fact that soldiers raped two sisters.




02/19/2018 INDONESIA – RUSSIA

Jakarta and Moscow agree on sale of 11 fighter jets


Jakarta and Moscow agree on sale of 11 fighter jets

The two countries agree on trading palm oil, coffee and tea for Russian fighter jets. Forced by international sanctions, Russia seeks new markets, whilst Indonesia wants to develop the bilateral partnership in tourism, education, energy, technology and aviation.




02/19/2018 PHILIPPINES

Church offers prayers and solidarity to Filipino migrants abroad


Church offers prayers and solidarity to Filipino migrants abroad

About ten million Filipinos work abroad. From January to November last year, they sent home about 1.4 trillion pesos (US$ 2.6 billion). They often endure abuse and exploitation. The country’s bishops back the government’s "the total ban" on workers going to Kuwait.




02/19/2018 IRAN - ISRAEL

Netanyahu terms Iran a global threat. Zarif responds: 'Cartoonish circus’


Netanyahu terms Iran a global threat. Zarif responds: 'Cartoonish circus’

Another battle is taking place between Israel and Iran at the International Security Conference in Munich. The Israeli premier shows the (alleged) fragment of a recently demolished Iranian drone. For Teheran, these are just attempts to distract from internal political problems. Israel's raid in Gaza in response to rocket launches from the Strip. 




02/19/2018 JAPAN – LEBANON

Lebanon’s Adyan Foundation awarded the 35th Niwano Peace Prize


Lebanon’s Adyan Foundation awarded the 35th Niwano Peace Prize

The organisation’s mission is to strengthen coexistence between different groups and create the bases for solidarity between different faiths. To reach this goal, it has developed a Building Resilience and Reconciliation programme for children and educators, which offers a guide for peace and reconciliation for those affected by war in Syria.




02/19/2018 CHINA-VATICAN

Underground Catholic: We are excluded from dialogue between China and the Holy See


Underground Catholic: We are excluded from dialogue between China and the Holy See

Catholics of the unofficial Church complain that the "imminent" agreement between Rome and Beijing on the appointment of bishops forgets all the persecutions that the Christian communities are subject to.  A criticism also to Msgr. Giuseppe Wei Jingyi, who - according to the author - is "underground” in name but not in nature. The repentant bishops show "repentance" only in private, but continue government policy in public.




02/19/2018 RUSSIA

Dagestan, Isis attacks an Orthodox church, killing five women


Dagestan, Isis attacks an Orthodox church, killing five women

The attack carried out by a 22 year-old. Faithful targeted at the end of the Maslenitsa festival. Dagestan is a Muslim majority republic. In 2015 ISIS created the "Caucasian province" of the fundamentalist group.




02/19/2018 VATICAN-RUSSIA-CHINA

The old and new Ostpolitik of the Holy See (I)


The old and new Ostpolitik of the Holy See (I)

The Vatican’s latest openings to China resemble the path traced by the old Ostpolitik of Card. Agostino Casaroli. Then as now, the Holy See’s moves have provoked and provoke disagreements, criticism and charges of forgetting the persecuted Church and human rights violations. Casaroli himself had doubts about his effectiveness, although he was eager to implement the dimension of dialogue, rediscovered with the Second Vatican Council. Part One.




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. "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.






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