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10/17/2017 CHINA

On eve of Congress, the Party controls everything: dissidents, climate, economics


On eve of Congress, the Party controls everything: dissidents, climate, economics

At least 14 activists, bloggers, democracy artists arrested or "traveling". Security stepped up at Beijing Metro Stations. Steel mills, chemical factories and construction industry closed down to reduce pollution. Economic data manipulated by the government in the name of stability.




10/17/2017 BANGLADESH

Teknaf, boat carrying Rohingya capsizes leaving 12 dead


Teknaf, boat carrying Rohingya capsizes leaving 12 dead

In September, 60 refugees drowned in these waters, another 30 in October. More than half a million Rohingya have entered Bangladesh to escape the violence. Only this week about 50,000 have crossed the border. The Catholic Church's commitment to refugees.




10/17/2017 SYRIA

Arab-Kurdish coalition takes infamous Raqqa square used for executions


Arab-Kurdish coalition takes infamous Raqqa square used for executions

Decapitated and crucified bodies remained hanging on poles or from lanterns for days. The offensive of Syrian Democratic Forces (Fsd) continues in the "capital" of the Caliphate. Currently, jihadists still control 10% of the territory, including the main hospital and the stadium. The structure is used as prison and weapon storage. Highly symbolic victory for coalition.




10/17/2017 IRAQ

Iraqi forces seize two Kurdish-held oil fields near Kirkuk


Iraqi forces seize two Kurdish-held oil fields near Kirkuk

The Kurds had held the Bay Hassan and Havana fields since 2014. Together they produced 250,000 barrels a day, providing Kurdistan 40 per cent of its oil exports. As Turkey backs Iraq the US calls for calm and dialogue. For Kurdish experts, voters in the referendum were "fooled by false promises".




10/17/2017 MYANMAR – VATICAN

Myanmar bishops express gratitude to Pope Francis for his three gifts


Myanmar bishops express gratitude to Pope Francis for his three gifts

A solemn mass of thanksgiving is held at the Cathedral of the Immaculate Conception. For Card Charles Maung Bo, this "is a historic moment for all of us and for the Church in Myanmar”. The new nuncio, Mgr Paul Tschang In-Nam, calls on Catholics to work for national peace and reconciliation.




10/17/2017 VIETNAM

Vietnamese bishops hold assembly in flood-affected Thanh Hóa diocese


Vietnamese bishops hold assembly in flood-affected Thanh Hóa diocese

At the meeting, the new members of the Bishops' Conference introduced themselves. Preparations are underway to mark the 30th anniversary (1988-2018) of the canonisation of the 117 martyrs of Vietnam. The bishops’ ad limina visit to the pope is set for March. The prelates also met with flood victims and handed out packages with food and other items.




10/17/2017 INDIA

Card Gracias highlights Amoris Laetitia's responses to the challenges of the Indian family


Card Gracias highlights Amoris Laetitia's responses to the challenges of the Indian family

Delegates from 41 dioceses attend national symposium. A "growing cultural, ideological, social and spiritual crisis” makes families feel like "a burden". There is a “spiralling rate of atrocities and violence against women” who, along with children, are victims of trafficking and exploitation. Couples in crisis "require a constructive response” because the Church never condemns anyone for eternity.




10/17/2017 SRI LANKA

Sinhalese girls: Blessing to spend one’s life for others


Sinhalese girls: Blessing to spend one’s life for others

They created the "Supatha" group of the Holy Family four years ago. Since then, they have worked on behalf of people in distress and the environment. The desire to live as "one family" in gratitude to God.




10/17/2017 INDONESIA

Jakarta’s new governor causes controversy using pejorative term


Jakarta’s new governor causes controversy using pejorative term

Using a derogatory term for ethnic Chinese, he sparks outrage among Indonesians in order to instigate a new wave of "social differentiation". Anies Baswedan is backed by the Islamist Prosperous Justice Party (PKS) and Gerindra, a nationalist party. Sectarian divisions and religion played a decisive role in his victory against his rival.




10/17/2017 VATICAN

Pope: not listening to the Word of God is "foolish" and leads to corruption


Pope: not listening to the Word of God is

The doctors of the Law are only concerned with the external appearance of things, foolish those who follow "idols," like consumerism, foolish those Christians who have become "ideologues of Christianity." "The fool does not listen, he thinks he is listening, but he does not listen. And for this reason the Word of God cannot enter into the heart, and there is no place for love. "




10/17/2017 NORTH KOREA - EU

European Union issues new sanctions against North Korea. Former official: the regime may end in a year


European Union issues new sanctions against North Korea. Former official: the regime may end in a year

Ban on sale of refined crude oil and the renewal of visas for foreign workers. Sanctions at historical levels. In the past, Pyongyang evaded them thanks to China. Now the regime is also facing internal struggles and likely to disintegrate.




10/16/2017 EGYPT

Coptic priest’s murderer is a Islamist fanatic, says bishop


 Coptic priest’s murderer is a Islamist fanatic, says bishop

For Abba Estiganous, bishop of Beba, religion is behind the murder of "martyr" Sam'an Shehata. His murderer, Mohamed Sonbaty, attacked his own relatives in the past and set fire to their home. For neighbours, he is a known radical. The Catholic Church shares the pain and offers prayers.




10/16/2017 KYRGYZSTAN

Outgoing President Atambaev’s favourite candidate wins election


Outgoing President Atambaev’s favourite candidate wins election

These are the first elections since streets protests in 2005 and 2010. Early results give Sooronbai Jeenbekov 54.46 per cent of the vote. His rival Omurbek Babanov is at 34.2 per cent. Opinion polls had predicted a tighter race. The last days of the campaign were heated. The new president inherits a complex situation dominated by relations with Kazakhstan, the economy and security.




10/16/2017 CHINA

Party Congress: opening and menu set


Party Congress: opening and menu set

The meeting will start at 9 am on 18 October in a ceremony televised live. Delegates will have a buffet with eight hot dishes and eight cold dishes, as well as rice, bread and noodles; no sea cucumbers or prawns this time in accordance with the frugality preached by Xi Jinping.




10/16/2017 BANGLADESH

The late Fr Benjamin Costa, a well-known educator, is mourned in Dhaka


The late Fr Benjamin Costa, a well-known educator, is mourned in Dhaka

More than 3,000 people attended his funeral. The priest was involved in education for 35 years. He founded the country’s first Catholic university. Prime Minister Hasina and former students praise him.




10/16/2017 VATICAN

Pope tells FAO to use love and solidarity against war and climate change that cause migration


Pope tells FAO to use love and solidarity against war and climate change that cause migration

During his visit to the UN agency, Francis spoke about how food security can affect human mobility. To overcome conflicts good will, dialogue, and disarmament are needed. "There is a re-emergence of the nonchalance towards the delicate balances of ecosystems, the presumption of being able to manipulate and control the planet’s limited resources, and greed for profit,” he said. “’I am hungry, I am a stranger, I am naked, sick, confined in a refugee camp’. It is a request for justice, not a plea or an emergency call.”




10/16/2017 VATICAN – HINDUS

Vatican tells Hindus that diversity is a sign of richness, not intolerance


Vatican tells Hindus that diversity is a sign of richness, not intolerance

In its message for the Diwali party, the Pontifical Council for Interreligious Dialogue states that for lasting peace and true harmony “tolerance is not enough. What is also needed is genuine respect and appreciation for the diversity of cultures and customs within our communities, which in turn contribute to the health and unity of society as a whole. To see pluralism and diversity as a threat to unity leads tragically to intolerance and violence.”




10/16/2017 MYANMAR – VATICAN

Pope Francis’s visit to Myanmar will also be a blessing for Protestant youth


Pope Francis’s visit to Myanmar will also be a blessing for Protestant youth

The pope’s apostolic visit raises hopes and expectations. For Patrick Loo Tone, president of Myanmar Council of Churches, the pope’s visit will open a window on the country’s Christians. Myanmar has 700,000 Catholics in 14 dioceses.




10/16/2017 PAKISTAN

Punjab, three Ahmadi men sentenced to death on blasphemy charges


Punjab, three Ahmadi men sentenced to death on blasphemy charges

The culprits are Mubasher Ahmad, Ghulam Ahmed and Ehsan Ahmed. “The court’s verdict was unfair,” says a spokesperson for the Ahmadi community. Last week, former Prime Minister Sharif’s son-in-law called for the social boycott of the “heretic” minority.




10/16/2017 CHINA

China's Communist Party expels former Justice Minister Wu Aiying


China's Communist Party expels former Justice Minister Wu Aiying

Her expulsion happened unexpectedly. Together with her, 11 more members of the Central Committee were expelled. Eighteen members of the Central Committee and 17 non-permanent members haveb been under investigation for corruption since 2012.




10/16/2017 IRAQ

Kirkuk, clashes between Iraqi and Kurdish troops. Fear of a new conflict


Kirkuk, clashes between Iraqi and Kurdish troops. Fear of a new conflict

The two sides exchanged artillery fire early Monday, south of the city. Baghdad aims to retake military bases and oil fields which Kurdish peshmerga fighters took in 2014 during the fightback against Isis. Three major oil fields produce some 250,000 barrels per day, accounting for 40 percent of Iraqi Kurdistan's oil exports.

 




10/16/2017 PHILIPPINES

Marawi, two leaders killed in attack on the last Islamic stronghold


Marawi, two leaders killed in attack on the last Islamic stronghold

About 40 militants are still fighting in a residential area near Lake Lanao. Terrorists still hold 50-100 hostages. Troops are moving forward with caution. The fighting could end by the end of this week.




10/15/2017 VATICAN

Pope: a special synod for the Amazon region


Pope: a special synod for the Amazon region

It will be held in October 2019. "The main purpose of this convocation is to identify new paths for the evangelization of that portion of God's people, especially indigenous people, often forgotten and without the prospect of a peaceful future, also because of the crisis of Amazon rainforest".




10/15/2017 VATICAN

Pope: 35 new saints, people who have said yes to God with their lives


Pope: 35 new saints, people who have said yes to God with their lives

They are mostly martyrs and related to Latin America, witnesses of the Gospel "to the end". The wedding guests in the Gospel story "are all of us". "The Lord desires us, seeks and invites us, and we does not content Himself with our fulfilling our duties and observing His laws, but wants with us to have a true communion of life, a relationship of dialogue, trust and forgiveness" .




10/14/2017 VATICAN

Pope: Prayer and personal commitment to help the Pope's efforts for peace


Pope: Prayer and personal commitment to help the Pope's efforts for peace

This is the request that Pope Francis expressed this morning in a meeting with the members of the Prayer League of Blessed Emperor Charles for peace among peoples. "The challenges of our times require the collaboration of all men of good will."




10/14/2017 CHINA

Chinese museum cancels exhibit pairing Africans alongside animals


Chinese museum cancels exhibit pairing Africans alongside animals

The review titled "This Is Africa". Portraits of Africans couples with animal portraits. The author is building magnate Yu Huiping.




10/14/2017 VIETNAM - VATICAN

Msgr. Leopoldo Girelli for Religious Freedom in Vietnam: 'It is a right, not a concession'


Msgr. Leopoldo Girelli for Religious Freedom in Vietnam: 'It is a right, not a concession'

The Holy See has repeatedly reaffirmed the will to contribute "to the common good of society". There are numerous cases of aggression and threats to priests and faithful throughout the country. The 'judicial persecution' of Catholic activists. 




10/14/2017 AFGHANISTAN

Afghanistan, 'the heart of martyred Asia', consecrated to Our Lady of Fatima


Afghanistan, 'the heart of  martyred Asia', consecrated to Our Lady of Fatima

The ceremony was held yesterday in Kabul. Fr. Giovanni Scalese, Ordinary to the Jurisdictional Mission: The situation is deteriorating and all we can do is turn to Heaven. Muslims are "brothers" who belong to another flock. Consecration to the Immaculate Heart helps us to live our time more consciously and in total openness to God's will.




10/14/2017 BANGLADESH - VATICAN

Dhaka, Catholics prepare to welcome the pope 'nourishing the spirit'


Dhaka, Catholics prepare to welcome the pope 'nourishing the spirit'

Pope Francis will be in Dhaka from 30 November to 2 December 2017. In all parishes, the official prayer distributed of the apostolic journey. The faithful give what they can to help organize the event.




10/14/2017 SRI LANKA

In Sri Lanka, a fair to finance the distribution of the 'Good News'


In Sri Lanka, a fair to finance the distribution of the 'Good News'

It was held last month to support the commitment of the Ceylon Bible Society, which sells the Bible at a lower cost than production. Participants: It is the responsibility of all Christians




10/13/2017 PHILIPPINES

Duterte threatens the expulsion of European diplomats


Duterte threatens the expulsion of European diplomats

Change of strategy in the drugs war. Suppliers and "big fish" now targeted. The president removes the national police operations and attacks detractors. Consensus among Philippine electorate plummets.




10/13/2017 UN-ISRAEL-USA

US and Israel leave UNESCO. Trump's doctrine dominates


US and Israel leave UNESCO. Trump's doctrine dominates

Trump is increasingly taking his distance from symbols of multilateralism. Since 2011, the United States had cut funding, accounting for 22% of the total budget. Unesco ‘s new general director to be voted today: Egypt and Qatar competing.




10/13/2017 PAKISTAN

Islamabad, election commission bans 'terrorist' party


Islamabad, election commission bans 'terrorist' party

The Milli Muslim League was launched in August as a "clean face" of an Islamist group banned by the government. The latter is covering an al-Qaeda-affiliated armed movement. "To prevent militants from entering the political arena with democratic means."




10/13/2017 VATICAN

Pope: "be vigilant" not to fall into the ways of the world, which is "what the devil wants"


Pope:

Demons enter the life of man "even with their ideas and inspirations to help that man to live better ..." and "from within begin to change that man, but quietly, without making a noise." It is "a devilish possession". To "not fall" you have to look at Christ crucified, carry out an examination of conscience, and do charitable works.






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