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21 September 2017

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09/20/2017 INDIA

Catholic college closed down in Madhya Pradesh. Bishop of Sagar: They want to drive out Christians


Catholic college closed down in Madhya Pradesh. Bishop of Sagar: They want to drive out Christians

The college has been hosting the poor tribal students of the area for 20 years. The Church legally bought the property and the documents are in order. Bishop Anthony Chirayath: "False accusation of having converted 200 people". Archbishop Cornelio: "Nationalists want tribals to return to the Hindu religion. But they have not been converted. "




09/20/2017 US-KOREA-UN

Trump threatens the 'total destruction' of North Korea. Silence from Seoul and Tokyo


Trump threatens the 'total destruction' of North Korea. Silence from Seoul and Tokyo

Veiled criticism of China, Pyongyang's ally. The irony of Chinese newspapers. An attack on North Korea would hit the South, Japan, and the North Asia region.




09/20/2017 IRAN – EUROPEAN UNION – UNITED STATES

Iranians favour globalisation and trade with Europe, but fear Trump


Iranians favour globalisation and trade with Europe, but fear Trump

Survey confirms increasing optimism among Iranians, a majority of whom believe they children will have a better future than them. For 90 per cent, the presence of foreign companies in the country is positive. The possible scrapping of the nuclear agreement is feared. European intellectuals, diplomats and ex military make an appeal in favour of the deal.




09/20/2017 SAUDI ARABIA

Riyadh arrests two human rights activists


Riyadh arrests two human rights activists

The two were waiting for an appeal against prior convictions. Human rights group say the authorities want to crush the country’s human rights movement. Since the start of the month, they have rounded up 30 clerics and scholars.




09/20/2017 MYANMAR

Aung San Suu Kyi says she was “firm with the military before” and still is


Aung San Suu Kyi says she was “firm with the military before” and still is

Myanmar’s democratic leader rejects the accusation that she’s gone “soft”. World figures have criticised her for her silence over the Rohingya. Her party always sought “national reconciliation”. Relations with the powerful military remain an issue. Under the constitution Aung San Suu Kyi cannot play a role in security matters. She sees a solution to the Rohingya crisis with the international community.




09/20/2017 IRAQ

A statue of Our Lady removed in Basra to avoid tensions between religious communities


A statue of Our Lady removed in Basra to avoid tensions between religious communities

The five-by-two-metre sculpture stood in the city centre. Since 2003, 90 per cent of Basra’s Christians have left; only 300 families are left. The Chaldean archbishop proposes a monument to all religions.




09/20/2017 INDIA

Heavy rains cause more flooding in Mumbai


Heavy rains cause more flooding in Mumbai

In the past two days, 210 millimetres of rain have fallen, flooding roads and diverting air traffic. One plane skidded down the runway. Schools and universities remain closed. The intensity of weather events is due to climate change.




09/20/2017 VATICAN

Pope: "Live, love, believe. And, by the grace of God, never despair "


Pope:

At a general audience devoted to hope, Francis urges us to believe in the future: "God does not disappoint: if He has put hope in our hearts, He does not want to aggravate it with continued frustrations. Everything is born to bloom in an eternal spring. " A prayer for the victims of the earthquake that struck Mexico.




09/20/2017 TAIWAN – MEXICO

Five Taiwanese under the rubble in Mexico City quake


Five Taiwanese under the rubble in Mexico City quake

Search is underway in collapsed office building in city centre. The 7.1 quake hit several states. The death toll now stands at 248, including 20 children with 30 more missing. Rescue teams and volunteers claw with their shovels and bare hands seeking survivors.




09/20/2017 UN - ISRAEL - IRAN

Netanyahu to the UN: Iranian curtain descends on the Middle East


Netanyahu to the UN: Iranian curtain descends on the Middle East

Applause for Trump's speech. Criticism of the nuclear agreement. When "the sun sets" on the restrictions, a dark shadow will be cast over the whole Middle East and the world. " He also accused the UN of not being able to distinguish "black and white, right and wrong" when it comes to Israel.




09/20/2017 UN - IRAN - USA

UN, Trump attacks Iranian "rogue" and threatens "the end of the regime"


UN, Trump attacks Iranian

Iran, accused on a paar with North Korea of being a "rogue state". He speaks of "murderous regime" that promotes "destabilizing activities". Rouhani: If it reneges on nuclear agreement, the US will lose "credibility". Zarif: Speech from the Middle Ages.




09/19/2017 VATICAN

Pope creates an Institute for Matrimonial and Family Sciences


Pope creates an Institute for Matrimonial and Family Sciences

The new body replaces the one founded by John Paul II. The goal is to adapt to the journey undertaken by the Church with the Synods of 2014 and 2015 and with the Post-Synodal Apostolic Exhortation Amoris laetitia of 2016.




09/19/2017 INDIA

Sister Lissy: the mission among the poor fills stomachs and hungry hearts with Christ


Sister Lissy: the mission among the poor fills stomachs and hungry hearts with Christ

A member of the Congregation of the Daughters of St Paul, she eventually turned to poor fishermen in Kerala “While our media mission caters to the elite and intellectuals”. Then, in 2008, she travelled with Mgr Thomas Menamparampil to the jungle villages in Assam, where the missionaries can “enter into the agony of the masses who were like ‘sheep without a shepherd’".




09/19/2017 INDONESIA

Anti-Communist protests are designed to create problems for the president


Anti-Communist protests are designed to create problems for the president

"Spreading rumours and falsehoods on social media about the rebirth of the Indonesian Communist Party (PKI) is nonsense, a fantasy," said historian Asvi Marwan Adam of the Indonesian Science Institute (LIPI). The goal is to make Jokowi less popular and crate frictions with religious leaders, especially those of the Nahdlatul Ulama.




09/19/2017 ASIA

More than 40 million slaves and 152 million forced children labourers in 2016


More than 40 million slaves and 152 million forced children labourers in 2016

The data are found in two reports by the International Labour Organisation, the Walk Free Foundation and the International Organisation of Migration. Forced marriage is one form of modern slavery. Three quarters of all victims are women and girls.




09/19/2017 VATICAN

Pope: The Christian must "draw close" to those who suffer to restore their dignity


Pope: The Christian must

Following Christ’s example, we must suffer and empathize with the needy, not help them "from afar", because there are those who are dirty, who "do not shower," who "stink." With our "intercessory prayer," with our "work" as Christians, we must be able to help people who suffer, to "return to society", "family life", work; in short: to "everyday life".




09/19/2017 PHILIPPINES

Mgr Edwin dela Peña: Christians and Muslims for Peace in Marawi


Mgr Edwin dela Peña: Christians and Muslims for Peace in Marawi

The Church must be a “reconciling presence". We need to build bridges, not division and hate. The Filipino Church and Caritas are committed to the displaced. Young Moro design and sell t-shirts to raise funds.




09/19/2017 RUSSIA

Saint Nicholas the Tsar and Matilda, the Polish ballerina


Saint Nicholas the Tsar and Matilda, the Polish ballerina

Protests, threats, arson attacks on cinemas screening the film "Matilda", about the affair between the future Tsar and a young ballerina of the imperial theatre. Nationalists decry a patriotic and religious scandal (Tsar Nicholas was canonized in 2000). Reparatory pilgrimages announced. The Orthodox Church suggests banning the projection of the film.




09/19/2017 CHINA

A letter-prayer from Wang Bingzhang, pioneer of democracy, in prison for 15 years


A letter-prayer from Wang Bingzhang, pioneer of democracy, in prison for 15 years

The dissident was a protégé of the Party, one of the first Chinese students sent abroad after Mao Zedong’s death. After he returned home, he abandoned his medical career and founded a movement for democracy. Released in 1998, he was abducted in Vietnam in 2002 and taken to China where he was sentenced to life in prison. "I know that everything of mine was given by you, and that all glory belongs to you. I will absolutely not fail in the mission you gave me.”




09/19/2017 IRAQ

The Supreme Court suspends referendum on Kurdistan


The Supreme Court suspends referendum on Kurdistan

The supreme court intends to examine the appeals received on the vote. At the heart of the dispute is the "constitutionality" of the referendum. A Kurdish delegation waits in Baghdad for an official meeting. Concern among world news agencies: the vote is likely to weaken the Arab-Kurdish anti-Isis alliance and trigger a new internal conflict.




09/19/2017 SOUTH KOREA

Seoul grants military-dads an hour to care for their children


Seoul grants military-dads an hour to care for their children

Firstly only women enjoyed this opportunity. The measure also provides for two days leave for school activities. The Cabinet approves a law to ensure the fulfillment of the military service by the wealthiest strata of society.




09/19/2017 MYANMAR

Aung San Suu Kyi: Myanmar does not fear international inquiries on Rohingya


Aung San Suu Kyi: Myanmar does not fear international inquiries on Rohingya

In her first public talk on the Rakhine crisis, the Democratic leader promises to pursue "all human rights violations and outlaw violence" and the return of those who fled. From September 5 there are no conflicts.




09/18/2017 UNITED NATIONS – IRAQ

UN and Iran oppose Kurdistan referendum, Israel supports it


UN and Iran oppose Kurdistan referendum, Israel supports it

The United Nations Secretary-General comes out against the vote, saying it weakens the fight against the Islamic State. Iran is ready to close the border in case of independence. Rhetoric notwithstanding, Barzani’s move is designed to keep himself in power. Israel backs Kurdistan, sending a message to the United States and Turkey.




09/18/2017 TURKMENISTAN

Asian Indoor and Martial Arts Games underway in Ashgabat


Asian Indoor and Martial Arts Games underway in Ashgabat

The Games opened yesterday until 27 September with 62 delegations and 5,500 athletes competing in 21 disciplines. Turkmenistan wants to revamp its image spending billions on new facilities. Human rights groups are critical because the rights of homeowners and residents have been violated in order to “standardise” the capital’s appearance.




09/18/2017 MYANMAR – CHINA – UNITED NATIONS

UN criticises Myanmar over Rohingya ahead of Aung San Suu Kyi's address


UN criticises Myanmar over Rohingya ahead of Aung San Suu Kyi's address

UN Secretary General Antonio Guterres calls for a stop to the military offensive before the crisis becomes irreversible. The Myanmar military have redoubled their action against Muslim "extremists" in the country’s north-west. Nobel Prize laureate Aung San Suu Kyi has become popular in China for defending her people’s “interests”. China has a major stake in Rakhine State.




09/18/2017 SRI LANKA

‘Open Mosque Day’ in Colombo to bridge gap between Muslims and others


‘Open Mosque Day’ in Colombo to bridge gap between Muslims and others

The initiative succeeded with Christians, Buddhists and Hindus. The Centre for Islamic Studies allowed guided tours of one of the capital’s historic mosques. For Buddhist monk, the visit dispelled “certain beliefs about Islamic traditions. Today many act and think badly about Muslims."




09/18/2017 PHILIPPINES

Marawi: Fr. Chito, free after 4 months


Marawi: Fr. Chito, free after 4 months

The Filipino army intervened near the mosque of the terrorists stronghold of Bato. Joy for his release. The conflict is about to end, but the city is destroyed. Plans for reconstruction. Mindanao bishops condemn terrorism.




09/18/2017 VATICAN

Pope: Those who rule must pray, it is a sin not to pray for those who rule


Pope: Those who rule must pray, it is a sin not to pray for those who rule

Whoever is in the government should be aware of being "subordinate" to the "people who gave them power, and God, from whom power comes through the people". The ruler who does not pray "closes in his own self-referentiality or in that of his party, in that circle from which he cannot escape; he is a man closed in on himself. "




09/18/2017 BANGLADESH

Dhaka, the Good Shepherd exhibition attracts hundreds of Hindus and Muslims (Photo)


Dhaka, the Good Shepherd exhibition attracts hundreds of Hindus and Muslims (Photo)

More than 300 spectators admired the watercolors of Adward Arther, a young Baptist Christian. A Hindu visitor: "The most important element of the Christian religion is love of God and of his Son for humanity." A Muslim: "Christ who came to earth for our salvation." 




09/18/2017 CAMBODIA

A young missionary’s first taste of Asia


A young missionary’s first taste of Asia

Fr Marcelo, 33, from Brazil, is bound for the mission to Japan after attending a training course in Phnom Penh. After studying Asia in books, he will experience it in person. The Cambodian Church, a small seed in the great field of the Buddhist world, bears witness. Being "tools of God's love" is very important.




09/18/2017 JAPAN - VATICAN

Archbishop Kikuchi: In tune with the Pope and Card. Filoni for mission in Japan


Archbishop Kikuchi: In tune with the Pope and Card. Filoni for mission in Japan

The bishop of Niigata and President of Caritas Japan comments on yesterday’s papal message sent to the bishops of Japan. The journey stages of Card. Filoni, which will also touch Fukushima. The question of the relationship with the Neocatechumenal Way is still "unresolved".




09/18/2017 PALESTINE - GAZA

Hamas towards reconciliation with Fatah. Palestinian leaders call for caution


Hamas towards reconciliation with Fatah. Palestinian leaders call for caution

The movement that controls the Strip open to dissolving the Administrative Committee, to holding general elections and new negotiations on a "unity government". But Fatah's number two preaches prudence: Evaluating "what's going-on on the ground before taking further steps".




09/18/2017 VATICAN - JAPAN

Pope to Japanese Bishops: Be the salt and light of society, even going against the trends


Pope to Japanese Bishops: Be the salt and light of society, even going against the trends

During the pastoral visit of Card. Fernando Filoni, Prefect of Propaganda Fide, to the Land of the Rising Sun, Pope Francis urges the bishops and the Japanese Church to renew their missionary commitment to society, marked by suicides, divorces, religious formalism, material and spiritual poverty. The request to collaborate with ecclesial movements, perhaps in memory of the controversy with the Neocatechumenal Way.






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