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06/27/2017 HONG KONG – CHINA

Hong Kong’s 20 years tested by Xi Jinping's visit


Hong Kong’s 20 years tested by Xi Jinping's visit

The president and his wife arrive tomorrow for several ceremonies behind two-tonne barriers and heavy security screens. Deng had promised "one country, two systems," but in recent years the people of Hong Kong have had to fight for democracy and against security laws. Many statements coming from Beijing highlight the mainland’s blind supremacy. Dissatisfied, many young people are tempted by "independence".




06/27/2017 RUSSIA - VATICAN

Card. Parolin to meet Putin. The Ostpolitik of the third millennium


Card. Parolin to meet Putin. The Ostpolitik of the third millennium

The new season of the Russian-Vatican dialogue opened after the meeting of Francis and Kirill in Cuba. The mission of Moscow as the "third Rome" and as a bulwark against the enemies of the faith. Papal attempts to have relations with Russia even during the Soviet era. The theological school of M. Arranz. The Catholic Church agrees all pastoral initiatives with the Patriarchate. The problem of the uniates and the crisis of Ukraine. Ecumenical humanitarian aid to Aleppo.




06/27/2017 SYRIA

"Aleppo more beautiful": Christians and Muslims clean the city


The initiative was promoted in collaboration with the governorate of the city. From clearing sidewalks to the restoration of activities. Fr. Ibrahim: to make the city symbol of the Syrian conflict more beautiful is a "challenge" that "unites" faithful of all religions. And an "opportunity" to renew "that wonderful mosaic that is our society. There is also a summer camp for 860 children. 




06/27/2017 LEBANON – PORTUGAL

Lebanon: The Church consecrates the country and the Middle East to Our Lady of Fatima


 Lebanon: The Church consecrates the country and the Middle East to Our Lady of Fatima

The long schedule of prayers was dedicated to peace. The journey is not for the "weak of heart" who are content with "salvation on the cheap". Without the conversion of the heart, pilgrimage is not enough. Penance and mercy go hand in hand. We must always be ready to respond to the Virgin's requests.




06/27/2017 IRAQ

For Catholic Leader, Mosul's liberation from IS is near with reconstruction to follow


For Catholic Leader, Mosul's liberation from IS is near with reconstruction to follow

Duraid Hikmat Tobiya said that only a "few areas" remain in jihadi hands. Iraqi forces repel an IS counter-offensive. The fate of civilians remains a major concern. So far, more than 800,000 people have been displaced. Extremism must be controlled in sermons and school curricula. From Mosul comes an appeal to rebuild the mosque and minaret destroyed by the Islamic State.




06/27/2017 PHILIPPINES

Marawi: Maute ready to release Fr Chito, but Manila refuses to negotiate


Marawi: Maute ready to release Fr Chito, but Manila refuses to negotiate

Abdullah Maute is willing to release the priest if the authorities release his parents and relatives. “The government’s policy is not to negotiate with terrorists,” presidential spokesperson Ernesto Abella said. “We knew from the start that they don’t want to negotiate,” Marawi Bishop Edwin de la Peña noted. Terrorists say they are ready to pull back if the MILF intervenes. Government losses rise to 70. About 100 guerrillas still occupy Lilod, Bangolo, Raya Madaya and Marinaut. The army changes strategy.




06/27/2017 INDIA - USA

India and the United States never so united on economy, defense, counter-terrorism and China


India and the United States never so united on economy, defense, counter-terrorism and China

Repeated handshakes and hugs between Trump and Modi. Symbolic gestures mask real political intentions. US support in the dispute between Delhi and Islamabad on Islamic extremism. The chief of Kashmir separatists included in the list of terrorists worldwide. Sale of 22 Drones at $ 2 Billion. Sharing information in the naval field.




06/27/2017 VATICAN – ORTHODOX

Communion between Catholics and Orthodox “must not be a bland uniformity”, says pope


Communion between Catholics and Orthodox “must not be a bland uniformity”, says pope

Francis met with a delegation from the Ecumenical Patriarchate in Rome for the traditional feast of Saints Peter and Paul. In the first millennium, united, Christians cultivated "a variety of theological, spiritual and canonical traditions compatible with the teaching of the apostles and the ecumenical councils.”




06/27/2017 CHINA

As state companies cook the books, official statistics on growth lose their credibility


As state companies cook the books, official statistics on growth lose their credibility

Books are manipulated in cahoots with local governments. Promotions are linked to the growth of local industrial areas. The Chinese government wants to correct the situation, but penalties are too lenient. Meanwhile international agencies cast doubt on the credibility of official statistics and lower China’s rating.




06/27/2017 VATICAN

Pope: "We are grandparents called to dream and gift our dreams to today's youth"


Pope:

Francis celebrates Mass with the Cardinals present at Rome on the occasion of the 25th anniversary of his episcopal ordination. " Someone who does not love us says of us that we are the gerontocracy of the Church. It is a mockery. He doesn’t understand what he says.. "




06/27/2017 CHINA

'Too late' to cure Liu Xiaobo, it’s terminal cancer


'Too late' to cure Liu Xiaobo, it’s terminal cancer

Liu Xia, the wife of the great dissident, says any cure is now useless. The US Commission on China asks Liu Xiaobo be transferred to the United States for medical treatment. According to prison authorities, a team of eight doctors are watching over the Nobel Laureate’s Health. The accusation: he was allowed access to treatment too late.




06/26/2017 MONGOLIA

Economy, relations with China, and religious freedom dominate presidential election


Economy, relations with China, and religious freedom dominate presidential election

Mieygombo Enkhbold, of the Mongolian People's Party, and Khaltmaa Battulga, of the Nationalist Democratic Party, are the frontrunners. The vote is a referendum on economic policy. The country is trying to curb China’s hegemony. In religious matters, nothing has changed. Buddhism is protected by the state whilst Christians endure restrictions.




06/26/2017 VATICAN

Pope: The Christian's path means "allowing oneself to be stripped bare" and "being open to the Lord's surprises"


Pope: The Christian's path means

Christians must have the "ability" to be stripped of, otherwise they are not "authentic Christians," as they are not those who are not "stripped and crucified with Jesus." Another feature is that of blessing: "The Christian is a man, a woman who" blesses ": that is," He speaks good of God and of others ".




06/26/2017 INDIA

Mgr Menamparampil warns against the obscurantist danger hanging over India


Mgr Menamparampil warns against the obscurantist danger hanging over India

Outlawed fundamentalist groups have the support of political and religious leaders, and are not punished for violence against minorities. The economy excludes the most vulnerable groups in society. “Vegetarian terrorism" is unleashed against killing cattle. For Hindu activists, violence against cows is criminal, but violence against human beings is simply punishment. The fear of conversion marks every Christian with suspicion. For one witness, “The better the person, the greater the danger”. Hindutva followers have historicised mythology. "By taking mythologies as histories they are humiliating the sense of history of their own people.” However, the prelate has confidence in Indian society. “All we have to do is create situations where interactions are possible; where everyone has an opportunity to explain himself."




06/26/2017 VIETNAM – CHINA

Hanoi and Beijing at loggerheads over the South China Sea


Hanoi and Beijing at loggerheads over the South China Sea

In a statement, Chinese General Fan Changlong said that all the islands in the South China Sea have been Chinese since ancient times. This caused the cancellation of a planned Sino-Vietnamese Border Defence Friendship Exchange. Beijing is unhappy about Vietnam’s plans to carry out oil and gas exploitation in disputed waters. Hanoi seeks closer economic and military relations with Japan and the United States.




06/26/2017 CHINA-VATICAN

The last 10 years of the Church in China: from the Letter of Benedict XVI to the silence on the arrest of Msgr. Shao Zhumin


The last 10 years of the Church in China: from the Letter of Benedict XVI to the silence on the arrest of Msgr. Shao Zhumin

The silence on the persecution of Chinese Catholics and their bishops in Wenzhou and Shanghai. The organisms that Benedict XVI did not accept (Patriotic Association and Chinese Bishops' Conference) because "incompatible with Catholic doctrine" now govern the Church. Dialogue between China and the Vatican must address the issue of underground bishops out in the open and not under the shroud of secrecy. An analysis from a northeast Chinese Catholic, as the Vatican celebrates a new round of China-Holy See talks.




06/26/2017 VATICAN – CHINA

Holy See has expressed “grave concern” over the fate of Mgr Shao Zhumin, held by police for more than a month


Holy See has expressed “grave concern” over the fate of Mgr Shao Zhumin, held by police for more than a month

The bishop of Wenzhou (Zhejiang), who belongs to the underground community, is said to be undergoing brainwashing to join the Chinese Patriotic Catholic Association. Since China and the Holy See resumed talks three years ago, this is the first time that the Holy See Press Office speaks about a detained bishop. The faithful have felt too much pain over the Vatican’s extended silence. Germany’s ambassador in Beijing, Michael Clauss, has talked about the case. The Vatican’s press office calls on the faithful to pray for Bishop Shao Zhumin and “the path of the Catholic Church in China.”




06/26/2017 CHINA

Dissident Liu Xiaobo leaves prison suffering from terminal liver cancer


Dissident Liu Xiaobo leaves prison suffering from terminal liver cancer

He has been allowed treatment outside the prison, but he will not seek medical treatment abroad. In 2009, he was sentenced to 11 years for "inciting subversion of state power" after he co-authored Charter 08. Whilst in prison, he was awarded the Nobel Peace Prize in 2010.




06/26/2017 SOUTH KOREA - USA

Protests in Seoul against Thaad. US senators pressure Moon


Protests in Seoul against Thaad. US senators pressure Moon

Thousands of South Korean people march in the capital to ask for the cancellation of the project days ahead of first official visit to the United States of the newly elected president. A group of Republican and Democrat senators ask Moon to keep the alliance's commitments. In a letter to Trump they deny the interference of the American anti-missile system on Chinese territory. They condemn China's threats of retaliation on South Korea.




06/26/2017 YEMEN - UN

UN says Yemen caught in worst cholera epidemic in the world


UN says Yemen caught in worst cholera epidemic in the world

A joint note by Unicef ​​and WHO experts. Suspected cases exceeded 200,000, victims over 1300; Of these, a quarter were children. There are 5,000 new cases per day. Almost 19 million people out of 28 million need assistance. Seven million are at the brink of famine. The health system has collapsed, endangering the supply of drinking water.




06/26/2017 IRAN

Tehran: Women Equal Opportunities in the Oil Sector. GDP continues to flourish


Tehran: Women Equal Opportunities in the Oil Sector. GDP continues to flourish

With a decree, the ministry eliminates barriers and discrimination, favoring climb to top positions. There are 17,000 women employed in the industry, 7% with roles of responsibility. The ability to work on platforms is blocked. For the Central Bank the GDP grew by 12.5%; chiefly form proceeds from the sale of oil.




06/26/2017 PAKISTAN

Bahawalpur, 153 die in gas tank blaze: Massacre of the desperate


Bahawalpur, 153 die in gas tank blaze: Massacre of the desperate

The vehicle turned over and started to lose fuel. The victims were scrambling to fill pots, buckets and basins with fuel after an announcement from the mosque. The injured have burns on 80% of their body.




06/25/2017 VATICAN

Pope: Christians persecuted 'even in our day'. Prayers for landslide in China


Pope: Christians persecuted 'even in our day'. Prayers for landslide in China

At the Angelus, Pope Francis asks for prayers for "brothers and sisters" who "continue to testify to their faith with courage and fidelity." "The Lord ... sends us as sentinels among people who do not want to be awakened from worldly torpor." "Success does not count, but loyalty to Christ." God "does not abandon his sons at the time of the storm". The beatification in Vilnius of the Martyr of Atheism, Msgr. Teofilo Matulionis, "killed in hatred of faith in 1962, when he was almost 90 years old." Greeting to the Greco-Catholic Ukrainians and the Belarusians on the 150th anniversary of the canonization of Saint Josaphat.

 




06/24/2017 INDONESIA

For Eid, Catholics change their Mass timetable to leave carparks free for Muslim "brothers"


For Eid, Catholics change their Mass timetable to leave carparks free for Muslim

In Jakarta, car parks for the cathedral and mosque are used by both communities. Early morning moves to "leave room" for the celebrations of the Islamic feast. Message from the Archbishop of Jakarta.




06/24/2017 TURKEY

Erdogan's game: Koran read in Hagia Sofia for first time since Ataturk


Erdogan's game: Koran read in Hagia Sofia for first time since Ataturk

The reading transmitted by state TV. Groups tied to Bulent Arinc, former vice president, and the brotherhood of the Naxbantiya, to which Erdogan belongs, want to reopen the basilica as a mosque.




06/24/2017 SAUDI ARABIA

Mecca: Saudi police foil terrorist attack on the Great Mosque


Mecca: Saudi police foil terrorist attack on the Great Mosque

The attacker detonated a device, collapsing the building where he was in hiding. No victim, but 11 people were injured. On the same day two other terrorist cells were stopped. Millions of Muslims at Mecca for the end of Ramadan. Some observers have doubts.




06/24/2017 BANGLADESH

Dhaka, price of rice doubles: millions of poor struggle to survive


Dhaka, price of rice doubles: millions of poor struggle to survive

The cost of cereals has increased due to the collapse of production. Crops destroyed by floods. In the last year the price increase was 42%. Dhaka imports 250,000 tons of rice from Vietnam, but has lost 600,000.




06/24/2017 PHILIPPINES

Philippine Bishops: 2017 dedicated to the Parish, 'communion of communities'


Philippine Bishops: 2017 dedicated to the Parish, 'communion of communities'

Focused activities to revitalize the base ecclesial communities as agents of communion, participation and mission. Religious marriages down by 20% in 10 years; Participation in Sunday Mass fell from 64 to 37%. Bishop Socrates C. Mesiona: "Renew the commitment of parishioners to counter secularism". Support programs for the faithful. Fr. Amodo L. Picardal: "Transforming the parish into a center of missionary paths".




06/24/2017 CHINA

Sichuan, a landslide destroys a village: 141 missing


Sichuan, a landslide destroys a village: 141 missing

So far two people pulled alive and one body retrieved. The disaster caused by heavy rains and lack of vegetation.




06/23/2017 YEMEN – UNITED ARAB EMIRATES – UNITED STATES

UAE secret prisons and torture for terrorists in Yemen with US complicity


UAE secret prisons and torture for terrorists in Yemen with US complicity

A report by AP reveals that extremists and al Qaida members were subjected to violence in the United Arab Emirates and Yemen, including sexual abuse and blindfolds for weeks. Senior US officers played a role in interrogations. The UAE rejects the charges and the United States downplays its role. Human rights groups report the disappearance of scores of people.




06/23/2017 MYANMAR – UNITED NATIONS

Distrusts towards the United Nations grows in Myanmar


Distrusts towards the United Nations grows in Myanmar

The main criticism is the lack of top officials who understand the country. Many people see the UN fail in the way it handles humanitarian crises. UN resident coordinator for humanitarian aid Renata Lok-Dessallien is leaving. To be effective, the UN “must be sensitive to local issues and take them into account, The Irrawaddy writes.




06/23/2017 INDIA

Although government and opposition pick Dalit candidate for the presidency, castes remain


Although government and opposition pick Dalit candidate for the presidency, castes remain

Ram Nath Kovind is backed by the Bharatiya Janata Party. Meira Kumar has the support of 16 opposition parties led by Congress. The two veteran politicians are in their seventies. For Lenin Raghuvanshi, the choice of Dalit candidates “does not change the evils of the caste system”. Prime Minister Narendra Modi has divided the opposition.




06/23/2017 LEBANON - PORTUGAL

Fatima: Patriarch Bechara Al-Rahi to consecrate Lebanon and the Middle East to the Immaculate Heart of Mary


Fatima: Patriarch Bechara Al-Rahi to consecrate Lebanon and the Middle East to the Immaculate Heart of Mary

The celebrations will take place on June 24 and 25 in Fatima, with the participation of Lebanese patriarchs and bishops. Macro-history finds its sense in micro-history. The Church is engaged in a spiritual struggle. Leo XIII wrote a prayer to Saint Michael the Archangel.




06/23/2017 VATICAN

The Christian vocation is to go forward always, better to limp than to stand still


The Christian vocation is to go forward always, better to limp than to stand still

Francis met participants to the 75th Convention of Serra International, stressing the importance of going out and rejoicing in “our relationship with the Lord” and the “journey along the ways that he opens up before us.” For him, “To be friends to priests, sustaining their vocation and accompanying them in their ministry: with this great gift you enrich the Church!”






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