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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 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.




06/26/2017 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 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 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.




06/25/2017 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!”




06/23/2017 VATICAN

Pope: Jesus "made himself small" and to hear the voice of God we must make ourselves small


Pope: Jesus

We did not "choose Him," rather it was God who became "our prisoner". Moses says that the Lord has chosen the people of Israel because they were "the smallest of all peoples."


 




06/23/2017 HONG KONG – CHINA

President Xi Jinping visits Hong Kong for the 20th anniversary of its return to the fatherland


President Xi Jinping visits Hong Kong for the 20th anniversary of its return to the fatherland

Xi's full schedule includes a visit to the PLA garrison, the swearing in of the Hong Kong cabinet and infrastructure projects, but no meeting with the population. Security will be tight in view of possible terrorism. Beijing’s anti-democracy steps have also raised fear of protests. Aircraft carrier Liaoning is set to visit Hong Kong harbour.




06/23/2017 INDIA

Northeast India, Msgr. Menamparampil proposes an ecumenical prayer for peace


Northeast India, Msgr. Menamparampil proposes an ecumenical prayer for peace

The United Christian Forum in North East India welcomes the initiative of the emeritus Archbishop of Guwahati. From next August, the first day of every month, the invitation to all Christians "to stand for a few minutes of prayer". The "timely" response of the local Church, following the vandalism of the Bongaigaon cathedral.

 




06/23/2017 SOUTH KOREA

Choi Soon-sil condemned for favouring daughter. She was a friend of Park in the corruption scandal


Choi Soon-sil condemned for favouring daughter. She was a friend of Park in the corruption scandal

Three years in prison for asking college favors for her daughter. This is the first conviction for Choi, the confidant and friend of the former president. Now she will still have to answer allegations of corruption and undue influences in the huge scandal involving Samsung's management.

 




06/23/2017 QATAR - GULF - IRAN

No to Iran, terrorists and al-Jazeera: Riyadh conditions on Doha to close the crisis


No to Iran, terrorists and al-Jazeera: Riyadh conditions on Doha to close the crisis

On behalf of the Gulf Alliance, Kuwait presents Qatar requests to restore diplomatic and commercial relations. Doha wants as a precondition for dialogue to remove the embargo and sends his wishes to the new Saudi hereditary prince. A ship sets sail from Turkey.

 




06/23/2017 ASIA-EUROPE

Asia-Europe: human rights crisis (and freedom of trade)


Asia-Europe: human rights crisis (and freedom of trade)

The rare stand taken by the German ambassador Michael Clauss for the release of Msgr. Peter Shao Zhumin and Freedom of Commerce on the New Silk Road, under the shadow of the Chinese monopoly. The silence surrounding the fragmentation of the international legal system. Instead of democracies, there are autocratic regimes, violent nationalisms, oriental satrapies. And Trump sells arms to Saudi Arabia.




06/22/2017 IRAQ

Mar Sako: reconstruction and coexistence plans in Mosul and Nineveh to offset Islamic State destruction


Mar Sako: reconstruction and coexistence plans in Mosul and Nineveh to offset Islamic State destruction

The Chaldean Patriarch condemns the destruction of Mosul’s historic mosque and the devastation by the Islamic State’s "culture of death". He prayed in front of Fr Ragheed’s church for coexistence between Christians and Muslims. He called on Catholics in Europe and the West to visit the refugees, to teach them "to have more confidence in the future". He gave a first assessment of the return of displaced people.




06/22/2017 THAILAND – MYANMAR

Suicide rate soars among Burmese refugees in Mae La Camp (Thailand)


Suicide rate soars among Burmese refugees in Mae La Camp (Thailand)

The camp hosts about 50,000 Myanmar citizens, mostly ethnic Karen. In two years 28 refugees took their lives and 66 attempted. For camp residents, "The situation is tragic". Suicides are caused by the lack of freedom, limited educational opportunities, uncertainty, and economic difficulties. Four in 10 deaths were from drinking weed-killer. Family problems were a factor in almost half of all cases, alcohol and substance abuses more than a third.




06/22/2017 VATICAN

Pope: The Churches of the East are alive, despite persecution and terrorism


Pope: The Churches of the East are alive, despite persecution and terrorism

Receiving the participants at the "Reunion of Aid Agencies for the Oriental Churches" Assembly, Francis recommends the formation of the clergy. "Let us not forget that in the East even today, Christians - no matter whether Catholics, Orthodox, or Protestants - spill their blood as a seal of their witness."




06/22/2017 INDIA

For Bishop Menamparampil, vandalism against Catholic cathedral in Assam has hurt and raised concerns among Christians


For Bishop Menamparampil, vandalism against Catholic cathedral in Assam has hurt and raised concerns among Christians

The cathedral is in Bongaigaon. Diocesan authorities have called for calm and organised a prayer vigil for peace and harmony. The pyx was stolen, and the tabernacle broken. For Sajan K George, the "robbery is a way to offend [Christian] religious feelings”.




06/22/2017 VATICAN

Pope: the pastor is passionate, knows how to discern and know how to denounce evil, without being naïve "do-gooders"


Pope: the pastor is passionate, knows how to discern and know how to denounce evil, without being naïve

Francis recalls the example of Don Milani who with his "I care," taught his boys to go on in life. Take care: take care of your life. This is no!'".




06/22/2017 TAJIKISTAN

Dushanbe: young Tajiks banned from pilgrimage to Makkah


Dushanbe: young Tajiks banned from pilgrimage to Makkah

Officially, the reason is to encourage seniors to make the journey; in fact, the aim is to prevent youth radicalisation. The Islamic majority country tightens controls on the religious life of its people.






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