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22 August 2017

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08/22/2017 RUSSIA - VATICAN

Moscow, dialogue between Orthodox and uniates in the heart of peace


Moscow, dialogue between Orthodox and uniates in the heart of peace

Card. Pietro Parolin’s trip to Moscow is an opportunity to rebuild understanding between Catholics and Orthodox, marked by the wounds of the atheist past and the Ukrainian conflict. Russian Latin rite faithful seem to have a mediatory role. Yesterday there was the meeting between Card. Parolin and Metropolitan Hilarion. Today, the much anticipated meetings with Kirill and Foreign Minister Serghei Lavrov.




08/22/2017 CHINA – GREAT BRITAIN

Cambridge University Press makes an about-face and says no to Chinese censorship


Cambridge University Press makes an about-face and says no to Chinese censorship

The decision to obey China and remove some 300 sensitive articles sparked international criticism and an online petition to boycott the publishing house. " It is disturbing,” says one scholar, “that China is attempting to export its censorship." For Joseph Cheng, the latter "shows a lack of respect for academic freedom worldwide, and ultimately the huge feeling of insecurity that prevails in the Chinese leadership.”




08/22/2017 PAKISTAN

Sister Ruth Pfau’s example in Pakistani textbooks


Sister Ruth Pfau’s example in Pakistani textbooks

The German-born nun spent her life helping Pakistan’s lepers. Her state funeral was held on Saturday in Karachi. Students should learn about her to stay away from terrorism.




08/22/2017 LEBANON - SYRIA

Daesh's expulsion from Jurud Mountains marks the beginning of the end of the Syria war


Daesh's expulsion from Jurud Mountains marks the beginning of the end of the Syria war

The Lebanese army - on the other side of the border, the Syrian army and Hezbollah - have destroyed the Islamic State bases by cutting off communication and supply routes in Syria. The Lebanese army as a liberator of the population. Hezbollah respect for prisoners, jihadists almost by chance.




08/22/2017 IRAQ

Iraqi offensive against Isis at Tal Afar, fears for the fate of thousands of civilians


Iraqi offensive against Isis at Tal Afar, fears for the fate of thousands of civilians

Government soldiers have already taken control of some villages in the area. The city rises along the road connecting Mosul to the Syrian border and is strategically important for the passage of men and goods. Inside there would be up to 50,000 people trapped. Pentagon chief on surprise visit to Iraq, meetings with the premier and Kurdish president scheduled.




08/22/2017 INDIA

Pastor beaten in Rajasthan, crosses destroyed in Kerala


Pastor beaten in Rajasthan, crosses destroyed in Kerala

Harjot Sethi was attacked while on a rally and suffered numerous injuries. The crosses were demolished at a pilgrimage site. Sajan K George: "It seems that only the majority can enjoy freedom in India."




08/21/2017 INDIA

Caritas brings aid to flood victims in Assam and Bihar


Caritas brings aid to flood victims in Assam and Bihar

The Catholic charity set aside about US$ 780,000. In Bihar, they handed out aid worth around US$ 312,000. Caritas "has done a unique job, helping people of every faith.” Lucknow bishop offers his condolences after a train crash kills 23 in Uttar Pradesh.




08/21/2017 CHINA – GREAT BRITAIN

Global Times slams “arrogant” Westerners: if you don’t like China’s way, “stop engaging with us”


Global Times slams “arrogant” Westerners: if you don’t like China’s way, “stop engaging with us”

China has the right to censor Cambridge University Press to uphold its laws on security grounds against what is “harmful to Chinese society.” Two rival visions of the world are facing off. China has interests in the internet market. Censorship is counterproductive for China’s academic community.




08/21/2017 HONG KONG

Tens of thousands protest conviction of student activists


Tens of thousands protest conviction of student activists

The protest rally was the biggest since 2014. Foreign pro-democracy activists and politicians criticise the court's decision, following the government’s appeal. Hong Kong’s chief secretary rejects the accusations, claiming that judicial independence is the foundation of the city's success.




08/21/2017 KOREA – UNITED STATES

US-South Korean military drills get underway, N Korea describes them as “pouring gasoline on fire”


US-South Korean military drills get underway, N Korea describes them as “pouring gasoline on fire”

Ulchi Freedom Guardian involves 17,500 US and almost 50,000 South Korean soldiers. For North Korea, they are a rehearsal for "invasion".




08/21/2017 VATICAN

Pope: Welcoming, protecting, promoting and integrating migrants and refugees


Pope: Welcoming, protecting, promoting and integrating migrants and refugees

Message for 2018 World Migrant and Refugee Day, which will be celebrated next January 14th, released. Exhortations and suggestions for a reception that facilitates "personal encounter". No to expulsion and aptitude. A law that guarantees citizenship in accordance with international rules. The care of minors. Ensure religious freedom for migrants. Aid to developing countries supporting the greatest number of refugees. Push the UN to approve the two global pacts on refugees and migrants.




08/21/2017 PHILIPPINES

Card. Tagle Against Duterte's War on Drugs: 'Stop the Waste of Human Life'


Card. Tagle Against Duterte's War on Drugs: 'Stop the Waste of Human Life'

In less than four days, the police killed 32 alleged drug dealers at Bulacan and another 49 in Manila. Card. Luis Antonio Cardinal Tagle, Archbishop of Manila, invites the government to dialogue: "The drug problem should not be reduced to a political or criminal problem. It is a humanitarian issue that affects us all. " "Remember the words that God said to Cain, who had killed his brother Abel: Your brother's blood cries out to me from the soil (Genesis 4:10)."




08/21/2017 CHINA

Liu Xia appears in a video asking for time and privacy. Hu Jia: She was forced


Liu Xia appears in a video asking for time and privacy. Hu Jia: She was forced

No news of her since her husband's funeral. The video was posted on YouTube, a site censored in China. A friend and dissident is convinced that Beijing is behind the move, to isolate her.




08/21/2017 PAKISTAN

Lahore, playing cricket to build harmony between religions


Lahore, playing cricket to build harmony between religions

Yesterday the Pakistan Peace League final was held. The tournament was won by the team of St. Francis Church in Lahore, headed by a Muslim student. The agonistic passion "creates team spirit, which strengthens ties". Fighting religious discrimination in sport.




08/21/2017 SYRIA

Missile on Damascus trade fair kills six people, 12 injured


Missile on Damascus trade fair kills six people, 12 injured

The rocket exploded near the main entrance. The trade fair stands near the rebellious stronghold of Goutha, on the eastern outskirts of the capital. The event is being held for the first time in six years. According to the director general, it is a confirmation of "stability" and a sign of the "beginning of reconstruction".




08/20/2017 VATICAN

Pope: Our hearts pained by terrorist acts in Burkina Faso, Spain and Finland


Pope: Our hearts pained by terrorist acts in Burkina Faso, Spain and Finland

At the Angelus, Pope Francis prays in silence and with a Hail Mary for the victims of the attacks in Ouagadougou, Barcelona, ​​Turku. The "inner strength" of the Canaanite woman, "which allows every obstacle to be overcome ". The woman is "an example of unshakable faith". "Do not despair" if at times "the Lord ... seems insensitive to the requests for help". "The Spirit infuses boldness in the hearts of believers."




08/19/2017 CHINA - GREAT BRITAIN

Cambridge University Press bows to Beijing and erases over 300 'sensitive' articles


Cambridge University Press bows to Beijing and erases over 300 'sensitive' articles

Most articles concern Tiananmen, the Cultural Revolution, Tibet, Xinjiang, Hong Kong, Taiwan, and so on. The publisher agreed on the back of threats to take down the entire site. An additional demand for the cancellation of more than 1000 e-books. The Chinese Communist Party also controls international cultural production beyond its geographical boundaries. In 2012 Chinese loan to college, linked to Wen Jiabao.




08/19/2017 SOUTH ASIA

Floods emergency hist more than 16 million in Nepal, Bangladesh and India


Floods emergency hist more than 16 million in Nepal, Bangladesh and India

Red Cross and Red Crescent: "One of the worst regional humanitarian crises in recent years." More than a third of Bangladesh and Nepal are flooded. Floods hit nearly 11 million people in four northern Indian states. Tens of thousands of displaced people. There are growing concerns about food shortages and illnesses due to contamination of drinking water.




08/19/2017 INDIA

Activists call on Delhi government not to deport 40,000 Rohingya Muslims


Activists call on Delhi government not to deport 40,000 Rohingya Muslims

The Undersecretary for Internal Affairs has asked States to identify and expel refugees. Thousands of people have fled from Myanmar to avoid persecutions, rapes, summary executions. "India knows what they should do. It would be shameful to abandon them to their destiny. "




08/19/2017 TAJIKISTAN

Dushanbe police stop 8,000 women for failing to wear veil correctly


Dushanbe police stop 8,000 women for failing to wear veil correctly

Campaign to "correct" mode of Islamic dress. According to government sources, the veil is a tool to identify women belonging to terrorist groups.




08/19/2017 VATICAN - RUSSIA

Card. Parolin's intense program for Russian trip


Card. Parolin's intense program for Russian trip



08/19/2017 VATICAN - RUSSIA

Card. Parolin in Moscow: Ostpolitik conquers distrust


Card. Parolin in Moscow: Ostpolitik conquers distrust

The theme is a meeting between Pope Francis and Patriarch Kirill, not in Moscow, but in some holy place of the Christian East, or in Bari. An international conference on the future of Ukraine and Crimea. Commitment to Christians and Peace in the Middle East. 




08/18/2017 PHILIPPINES

More killings take place in anti-drug operations in Manila. Fr Gariguez notes Duterte encourages executions


More killings take place in anti-drug operations in Manila. Fr Gariguez notes Duterte encourages executions

The killings are the “epitome of the aggressive campaign of the present government against illegal drugs,” Fr Gariguez said. The “President is determined to push for his violent and barbaric method in waging the war on drugs. He cannot be swayed, even by the moral admonitions of the Church which he admittedly despises.”




08/18/2017 INDONESIA

Jakarta, Widodo defends multiculturalism on Independence Day


Jakarta, Widodo defends multiculturalism on Independence Day

Indonesia’s president and vice president wear traditional clothes in parliament. With this gesture, Widodo and Kalla put aside the political disagreements that marked their relationship because of the court case involving Jakarta’s former Christian governor, Basuki "Ahok" Tjahaja Purnama. The country’s “new nationalism" has found momentum in recent official ceremonies.




08/18/2017 INDIA

Kolkata, Muslim students promote respect for human dignity


Kolkata, Muslim students promote respect for human dignity

The Students Islamic Organisation of India is behind the initiative. Over two weeks, young people will promote respect for life throughout the country. This comes after a series of violent actions against Dalit and Muslims. Symposia, seminars and public lectures are on the agenda. The campaign is meant to glorify “the very tenets of humankind”.




08/18/2017 CHINA-VATICAN

Chinese Priest: The differences between the funeral of Msgr. Xie and Msgr. Li


Chinese Priest: The differences between the funeral of Msgr. Xie and Msgr. Li

For the first, the bishop of Urumqi, priests and faithful were banned from taking part in the funeral mass; there was no episcopal insignia in the photos; only half an hour for the ceremony. The other, bishop of Taiyuan, was surrounded by the affection and  esteem of thousands of his priests and faithful. But "the saints who welcome the two bishops to the door of Paradise are equally numerous."




08/18/2017 HONG KONG

Stiffer sentences for Joshua Wong and two other pro-democracy activists


Stiffer sentences for Joshua Wong and two other pro-democracy activists

Last year the court sentenced Joshua Wong, Nathan Law and Alex Chow to community service, but the decision was deemed too lenient for the Hong Kong government. A prison sentence of more than three months bars people from taking part in elections for five years. For human rights activists, the court decision was politically motivated in order to silence the three and deter further protests.




08/18/2017 VATICAN – SPAIN – ASIA

Pope prays for Barcelona victims. Asian nations express their condolences


Pope prays for Barcelona victims. Asian nations express their condolences

Papal telegram is sent to the archbishop of Barcelona. Victims come from 20 countries, including some in Asia: China, Pakistan, the Philippines, Hong Kong, and Taiwan. Putin and Xi Jinping call for greater unity and coordination to fight terrorism. Arab countries express their closeness.




08/18/2017 INDIA - SPAIN

Indian bishop condemns Spain terrorist attacks


Indian bishop condemns Spain terrorist attacks

Archbishop Machado chairs the Office for Ecumenism and Interreligious Dialogue of the Federation of Asian Episcopal Conferences. "It seems that humanity has abandoned the dream of living a happy life." Encourage encounter between religious leaders who want peace.




08/18/2017 SPAIN - ISLAM

Islamic terrorism in Spain: 13 people die in Barcelona, attack foiled in Cambrils


Islamic terrorism in Spain: 13 people die in Barcelona, attack foiled in Cambrils

Isis has claimed the attack on Barcelona. The author of the terrorist attack is at large. The Catalan police arrest two people. A white Fiat van crashed into people on the Rambla pedestrian boulevard. The confirmed dead are 13, hundreds injured. In Cambrils (Tarragona), five terrorists shot dead by the police.




08/18/2017 YEMEN - SAUDI ARABIA - UN

UN: Over half of the children killed in Yemen conflict killed by Saudi bombs


UN: Over half of the children killed in Yemen conflict killed by Saudi bombs

A United Nations draft report document’s an indictment against Riyadh. The attacks of the Arab coalition in 2016 killed 683 children on a total of 1340. Damage to schools and hospitals caused by Saudi raids (38 out of 52). Cholera emergency continues: cases exceed half a million.




08/18/2017 IRAN

Mehdi Kharroubi halts hunger strike


Mehdi Kharroubi halts hunger strike

The authorities have agreed to remove guards from the house where he has been detained under house arrest since 2011. Kharroubi called for a public trial. His son: "Officials have promised they will take action on it."






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