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23 May 2017

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05/22/2017 INDIA

Hyderabad, Our Lady of Fatima Church destroyed (Photos and Video)


Hyderabad, Our Lady of Fatima Church destroyed (Photos and Video)

The crowd was composed by 100 attackers. The religious site inaugurated on May 13, on the centenary of the apparitions. The assault dictated by a land dispute. Archbishop Thumma Bala: "Deeply painful".




05/22/2017 IRAN-SAUDI ARABIA

Zarif: Trump 'pumping' Saudi Arabian money


Zarif: Trump 'pumping' Saudi Arabian money

Teheran's first reaction to the speech by the US President in Riyadh, in front of 35 heads of state. For Trump and King Salman Iran "supports, arms and trains terrorists, militias." Contracts signed between US and Saudi for about $ 400 billion in arms supplies and security.




05/22/2017 INDONESIA

Denpasar: Young Indonesian Catholics celebrate Diocesan Day


Denpasar: Young Indonesian Catholics celebrate Diocesan Day

The meeting, which was held last Saturday in preparation for the seventh Asian Youth Day, included Mass and celebrations. Young Indonesians are enthusiastic and committed to bear witness among Muslims.




05/22/2017 NEPAL

Everest's Hillary Step collapses


Everest's Hillary Step collapses

British climber Tim Mosedale confirms the destruction, caused perhaps by the April 2015 quake. The outcrop was named after the first climber who reached the top of the world’s tallest mountain in 1953.




05/22/2017 RUSSIA

St Nicholas relic in Moscow for the first time (video)


St Nicholas relic in Moscow for the first time (video)

The saint’s sacred remains have never left Italy since 1087. In February 2016, Pope Francis and Russian Patriarch Kirill agreed to move a relic to Russia for a certain period of time. At 6 pm yesterday, all the churches of the capital ran their bells in jubilation. A grand procession accompanied the sacred relic to Moscow’s Christ the Saviour where Patriarch Kirill led a solemn liturgical celebration.




05/22/2017 VATICAN

Pope: Only the Holy Spirit can lead us to testify that Jesus is the Lord


Pope: Only the Holy Spirit can lead us to testify that Jesus is the Lord

The Holy Spirit is "a gift, the great gift of Jesus,” who does not lead us astray. “It is precisely within our hearts that we carry the Holy Spirit. The Church calls the Spirit ‘the sweet guest of the heart’: He is there. But He cannot enter a closed heart. ‘Ah, but where can one buy the keys to open the heart?’ No! That too is a gift.”




05/22/2017 TAIWAN – CHINA

China gets Taiwan excluded from WHO


China gets Taiwan excluded from WHO

Taiwan’s Health Minister was excluded today from the World Health Assembly in Geneva, despite support from many states, because of its refusal to endorse the One-China principle. The World Health Organisation’s travel budget is greater than some public health emergencies.




05/22/2017 IRAN

Rouhani: Economy, Riyadh and Washington, the internal and global challenges of the confirmed president


Rouhani: Economy, Riyadh and Washington, the internal and global challenges of the confirmed president

Thousands of people celebrated the victory of the moderate candidate, confirmed for a second term. The reformed program for economic success and the fight against corruption. Voting of Municipalities rewards reformist and moderate candidates.




05/22/2017 INDONESIA

Semarang: 15,000 celebrate new Archbishop Robertus Rubiyatmoko


Semarang: 15,000 celebrate new Archbishop Robertus Rubiyatmoko

The celebrations lasted from noon to midnight. Congratulations from representatives of Indonesian civil society and those of all religions. Great joy and participation. Indonesian Catholics pray for unity of the country against radicalism.




05/22/2017 KOREA

Seoul claims Kim missiles cannot reach Guam


Seoul claims Kim missiles cannot reach Guam

The target is the Pacific island that serves as a US military base for operations in Asia. It is 3500 kilometers away from North Korea. South Korea also cautions about North Korean missile’s ability to re-enter the atmosphere. Kim Jong-un publishes photographs of Earth taken from the missile tested Sunday to prove possession of the technology needed for intercontinental missiles




05/22/2017 EGYPT

Cairo, 48 jihadists on trial for attacks on Coptic churches


Cairo, 48 jihadists on trial for attacks on Coptic churches

Defendants to appear before a military court. Of these, 31 are in prison under custody. The rest are still loose. Prosecutor says some of those detained include prominent members of the Islamic State in the country. The militants also responsible for the deaths of some policemen.




05/21/2017 VATICAN

Pope: together with the faithful in China on 24 May to celebrate Our Lady of Sheshan


Pope: together with the faithful in China on 24 May to celebrate Our Lady of Sheshan

During the Regina Caeli, Pope Francis speaks about the World Day of Prayer for the Church in China, instituted by Benedict XVI. Chinese Catholics must make a “personal contribution to communion among believers and to harmony in the whole society." AsiaNews Symposium on the Church in China is set for this week. Francis appeals for peace in the Central African Republic, and for loving “one another following the example of the Lord”. For him, “Sometimes conflicts, pride, envy, and divisions leave a blotch on the beautiful face of the Church.” Five new cardinals will be named, including a bishop from Laos.




05/20/2017 BANGLADESH

Some 27 college students arrested in Dhaka on suspicion of homosexuality


Some 27 college students arrested in Dhaka on suspicion of homosexuality

Police surround a community centre over night, holding those arrested for drug possession. For the secretary of the Justice and Peace Commission of the Bishops’ Conference, they should not be prosecuted.




05/20/2017 JORDAN – MIDDLE EAST

Advance research centre in Amman stronger than Mideast wars and divisions


Advance research centre in Amman stronger than Mideast wars and divisions

Sesame is the result of cooperation between the region’s governments and scientists, including Iran, Israel, and Egypt. The facility hosts a synchrotron that can help understand cancerous tissue, ancient scrolls, seeds, and plants. This might be the start of a new era in collaborative science. For an Iranian scientist, “Science is different from politics.”




05/20/2017 IRAN

Hassan Rouhani wins a second term in Iran’s election


Hassan Rouhani wins a second term in Iran’s election

The president gets 57 per cent of the vote to defeat right-wing candidate Ebrahim Raisi. At 70 per cent, turnout was unexpectedly high.




05/20/2017 TIBET – CHINA

Tibetan monk sets himself on fire in Qinghai, bringing the number of self-immolations to 150


Tibetan monk sets himself on fire in Qinghai, bringing the number of self-immolations to 150

Jamyang Losal, 22, torched himself near the People’s Hospital in Kangtsa County. Police refused to hand over the body to his family.




05/20/2017 VATICAN

Pope on Centesimus Annus calls for alternative ways to deal with economics, poverty, and unemployment


Pope on Centesimus Annus calls for alternative ways to deal with economics, poverty, and unemployment

Pope Francis praised the Centesimus Annus Foundation for its work inspired by the Church's social doctrine. In economics and business, " things can change," the pope said. For him, poverty is “a human and not merely economic phenomenon.” Unemployment has "reached truly dramatic proportions in both developed and developing countries”.




05/20/2017 PAKISTAN

Caritas warns of a humanitarian crisis in Sindh where drought has killed 1,340 children


 Caritas warns of a humanitarian crisis in Sindh where drought has killed 1,340 children

Local authorities admit the death toll before province’s high court with Tharparkar as the most affected district. Rain is the only source of water. The Church’s main charity set up a food security programme in 2014.




05/19/2017 INDONESIA

Card Darmaatmaja: forgive to stop the spiral of revenge in Indonesia


Card Darmaatmaja: forgive to stop the spiral of revenge in Indonesia

In Indonesia hostility and intolerance towards religious minorities is growing. Still, for the prelate, "We all have to forgive radical and intolerant groups". Instead, “Love for God is manifested through the love for one’s neighbours”. Mideast East extremists find welcome Indonesia. For Prof. Syafi'I Maarif, such hospitality "makes no sense".




05/19/2017 INDIA

For Indian Nun, prayers and closeness can change prisoners


For Indian Nun, prayers and closeness can change prisoners

Sister Inigo Joachim works as a volunteer for Prison Ministry India, a Catholic Association involved with prisoners across India for the past 30 years. The biggest problem is the solitude of prisoners. Abandoned by their familiesthey need our presence, emotional support and a shoulder to cry". In turn, they "are our benefactors” since they “give meaning to our lives, vocation and mission."




05/19/2017 SRI LANKA

Tribute for Sri Lanka’s civil war victims despite barriers (photos)


Tribute for Sri Lanka’s civil war victims despite barriers (photos)

For Tamils, 18 May is Mullivaikkal Remembrance Day; for the military, it is War Heroes Day. Various interfaith and multiethnic ceremonies are held across the country. A court bans commemorations in Mullivaikkal for two weeks.




05/19/2017 TAIWAN – CHINA

World Health Organisation to exclude Taiwan (under Chinese pressure)


World Health Organisation to exclude Taiwan (under Chinese pressure)

Taiwan students slam WHO for breaching its principles, organise an online petition to have Taiwan represented at the World Health Assembly in Geneva on 22-31 May. Beijing continues its battle to isolate Taipei from the international community after Tsai Ing-wen won Taiwan’s presidential election.




05/19/2017 VATICAN

Pope: True doctrine unites, but when it becomes ideology it divides


Pope: True doctrine unites, but when it becomes ideology it divides

"There has always been those people who, without any commission, set out to disturb the Christian community with discourses that upbraid souls: 'Eh, no. What he said is heretical, that cannot be said, that no, the doctrine of the Church says this ... ".




05/19/2017 BANGLADESH - SAUDI ARABIA

Prime Minister Hasina attends Riyadh summit between Saudi and US, to counter Iran


Prime Minister Hasina attends Riyadh summit between Saudi and US, to counter Iran

From May 20 to 23, the Saudi capital hosts a summit involving 55 Muslim-majority nations. President Trump will also attend on his first official trip abroad. Dhaka evaluates sending military to the kingdom to protect the holy places of Islam. The summit reinforces designs of Arab-Sunni alliance against Shiite Iran.




05/19/2017 IRAN

Iran’s municipal elections, the road to politics for women


Iran’s municipal elections, the road to politics for women

Women are about 6.2 per cent of all municipal candidates, most from ordinary walks of life. In Tehran, where women are 21 per cent of all candidates, conservatives and reformers are in a tough fight. The latter want to unseat the city’s incumbent conservative governor.




05/19/2017 CHINA

Corruption and human rights abuses cast a shadow over OBOR, Xi Jinping’s mega project


 Corruption and human rights abuses cast a shadow over OBOR, Xi Jinping’s mega project

Corruption is not just the result of a money exchange; it also comes from a lack of transparency when agreements are implemented. One cannot expect a new Gospel from a government that promotes repression and abuse. An exiled Chinese scholar looks at the issue. Courtesy of ChinaChange.




05/19/2017 SYRIA - UN

Syrian government and rebels open to a constitutional review mediated by the UN


Syrian government and rebels open to a constitutional review mediated by the UN

A study group of bipartisan experts called to discuss "constitutional issues". The United Nations Special Envoy for Syria speaks of the first tangible result of the talks. But the two fronts dampen the enthusiasm. US air raid strikes pro-Syrian government forces near the Jordan border: eight dead.




05/19/2017 CAMBODIA

Memorial Day. Cambodians remember the victims of the Khmer Rouge


Memorial Day. Cambodians remember the victims of the Khmer Rouge

Almost no Cambodian family spared from the genocide. The day of memory is held early due to the election campaign. Strong tensions spread throughout the country. Prime Minister Hun Sen threatens civil war in the event of a defeat.




05/19/2017 NEPAL

Elections in Kathmandu: secular parties conquer extremism


Elections in Kathmandu: secular parties conquer extremism

The Hindu pro-monarchy party won in only one local unit. The Nepalese, majority Hindu, chose peace and coexistence with other religions.




05/19/2017 JAPAN

Government approves law for the abdication of Emperor Akihito


Government approves law for the abdication of Emperor Akihito

The law can only be used for this emperor. In all probability it will be approved by parliament by the end of June. Naruhito's new era is expected to begin with 2019. The imperial family has few members and few male children.     




05/18/2017 PHILIPPINES

Duterte says no to “foreign interference”, rejects 250 million euros in EU aid


Duterte says no to “foreign interference”, rejects 250 million euros in EU aid

The Philippines “reserves the right to respectfully decline grants with provisions that allows foreigners to interfere with our conduct and internal affairs,” government spokesman Abella said. The EU delegation was informed yesterday during a meeting where "human rights have been mentioned," Franz Jessen, EU ambassador said. The move by the Filipino government is aimed at blocking European criticism of its controversial policies. China is the Philippines’ new ally.




05/18/2017 INDIA

Bishop of Chingleput: Catholic schools to offer discounts to Dalits


Bishop of Chingleput: Catholic schools to offer discounts to Dalits

Archbishop Anthonisamy Neethinathan heads the Office on Scheduled Castes and Backward Classes. He issued a circular to all Catholic schools in his diocese, offering an example that "should be applied by all dioceses". Fee reductions apply to first generation and poor pupils.




05/18/2017 CHINA

Collecting DNA samples in Xinjiang to keep nationwide “stability”


Collecting DNA samples in Xinjiang to keep nationwide “stability”

China’s authorities have collected genetic information on some 44 million people since 1989 without oversight, transparency, or privacy protection. Of these, only 1.5 million were linked to crime scenes. Since November 2016, passport applicants in Xinjiang must provide their DNA. Local authorities have bought around US billion in gene sequencing equipment as part of China's nationwide "stability maintenance" regime.






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