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18 November 2017

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11/18/2017 VATICAN

Pope: not everything that is technically possible is ethically acceptable


Pope: not everything that is technically possible is ethically acceptable

Great progress in science raises "great and serious" questions. “Scientific and technological progress is needed for the good of all humanity, and its benefits cannot only profit a few”.




11/18/2017 IRAN

Innovative start-ups hit the new Silk Road to boost Iran’s economy and development


Innovative start-ups hit the new Silk Road to boost Iran’s economy and development

Silk Road Start-up competition is the first public-private initiative. Iran and foreign and experts travelled 4,000 kilometres to seven cities to evaluate hundreds of projects. The final event is set for early 2018 on Kish Island.




11/18/2017 INDIA

For Card Gracias, World Day of the Poor is an opportunity to be a “Church of the Poor for the Poor”


For Card Gracias, World Day of the Poor is an opportunity to be a “Church of the Poor for the Poor”

The ACTS project has been launched to provide help to the needy, involving all of the parishes of Mumbai archdiocese. The cardinal will share a meal with the poor. Caritas India launches an initiative to counter child malnutrition.




11/18/2017 NEPAL

Business people flee abroad to escape the money requests of political parties


Business people flee abroad to escape the money requests of political parties

Nepalis will go to the polls on 26 November and 7 December. Voters are called to renew the federal and provincial parliaments. Some 96 parties have registered. Requests for donations also come from “ different currents within the same party".




11/18/2017 INDONESIA

In Jakarta, the bishops remember the important role played by the Church in Indonesian history


In Jakarta, the bishops remember the important role played by the Church in Indonesian history

The prelates renewed their support for the nation’s values ​​of unity and harmony to which Catholics were committed before and after independence. The Vatican was among the first foreign states to recognise the new country, which the Indonesian Catholic Church helped stabilise. Mgr Albertus Soegijapranata of the Semarang Apostolic Vicariate played an important role.




11/18/2017 CHINA

China leading Asia’s digital revolution


China leading Asia’s digital revolution

Eight Chinese companies are among the top ten firms that are disrupting life with digital technology. The other two are Japanese and South Korean. The result has ben faster economic growth. The use of smartphones in lieu of credit cards has exploded.




11/17/2017 LEBANON – SAUDI ARABIA – FRANCE

As Paris gets ready to welcome the Lebanese PM, the Hariri affairs has a happy end


As Paris gets ready to welcome the Lebanese PM, the Hariri affairs has a happy end

Tomorrow the outgoing Lebanese prime minister is set to leave Saudi Arabia for France. Doubts remain about his future and that of his government. President Aoun’s protection boosts the bond with his "adoptive son". The Saudis maintain their goals on Lebanon as Europe, the United States and Iran want Lebanon’s stability.




11/17/2017 SAUDI ARABIA – ISRAEL

Israeli general tells Saudi paper that Saudi Arabia has never been Israel’s enemy


Israeli general tells Saudi paper that Saudi Arabia has never been Israel’s enemy

Signs of Saudi-Israeli rapprochement are growing. General Gadi Eisenkot talks about intelligence co-operation with Arab countries against Iran, the common enemy.




11/17/2017 INDONESIA

Indonesia plans to build a thousand eco-friendly mosques


Indonesia plans to build a thousand eco-friendly mosques

There are 800,000 mosques in the country. Muslim clerics, the private sector, universities and communities are called to work together. Religious leaders are in favour of environmental understanding and education. The Indonesian Ulema Council (MUI) has already issued fatwas on forest fires and mining.




11/17/2017 PAKISTAN

Interfaith conference of young people in Lahore for harmony and peace


Interfaith conference of young people in Lahore for harmony and peace

Called AAWAZ (Voice and Responsibility) programme, the event drew more than a hundred young people from 30 districts. Participants used games and exchanges to improve socialisation.




11/17/2017 CHINA

Communist Party propaganda calls on Chinese not to be seduced by western values


Communist Party propaganda calls on Chinese not to be seduced by western values

New propaganda chief Huang Kunming pushes Xi Jinping's views on Chinese-style socialism to protect Chinese identity against "universal values". This includes banning multiparty democracy and leave absolute power in the hands of the Party.




11/17/2017 VATICAN

Pope: It is good to think every day when that 'the Lord will call me'


Pope: It is good to think every day when that 'the Lord will call me'

For some this call will be sudden, for others after a long illness, we do not know. But "the call will be there!" And it will be a surprise, but then there will be the other surprise of the Lord: eternal life. For this reason, "the Church in these days tells us: stop a little, stop and think about death."




11/17/2017 BANGLADESH - VATICAN

Dhaka, over 8,000 police to ensure security for Pope Francis’ visit


Dhaka, over 8,000 police to ensure security for Pope Francis’ visit

The pontiff will arrive in the capital on November 30. At least 550 Catholic volunteers do training courses to support police. CCTV installed. All events will be monitored and each participant checked.




11/17/2017 HONG KONG – PHILIPPINES – RUSSIA

Hong Kong, centre for recruitment fraud of Filipino workers


Hong Kong, centre for recruitment fraud of Filipino workers

Recruitment agencies deceive domestic helpers with the promise of well-paid jobs in Moscow, getting US$ 3,500-5,500 in fees. Victims are forced to turn to banks or loan sharks. About 75,000 Filipino workers worldwide are stuck in limbo with no income.




11/17/2017 VATICAN - MYANMAR

Pope: In Myanmar, I come to encourage every effort to build harmony (Video)


Pope: In Myanmar, I come to encourage every effort to build harmony (Video)

Francis’ video message on the eve of his November 26 to 30 journey. "I come to proclaim the Gospel of Jesus Christ, a message of reconciliation, forgiveness and peace".




11/17/2017 CHINA-VATICAN

Msgr. Lucas Li Jingfeng has died. The memory of a young Catholic


Msgr. Lucas Li Jingfeng has died. The memory of a young Catholic

He was perhaps the only bishop who was not a member of the Patriotic Association, although he was recognized by the government. In 2005 he was invited to the Synod on the Eucharist, but the government did not allow him to attend. He spent over 20 years in forced labor camps. His praise of the Letter from Benedict XVI to Chinese Catholics. Since the beginning of the year his health had deteriorated. Funeral will be held on 25 November.




11/17/2017 SYRIA - RUSSIA - UN

Moscow blocks the prolongation of UN investigations on Damascus's use of chemical weapons


Moscow blocks the prolongation of UN investigations on Damascus's use of chemical weapons

Russia exercises the right of veto in the Security Council. The US-led resolution calls for a 12-month extension of the joint committee's work. Today, a motion from Japan proposing the extension of 30 days. Tensions rise between Moscow and Washington.




11/16/2017 IRAQ

Bishop Warduni calls for a new constitution for the rebirth of a secular and united Iraq


Bishop Warduni calls for a new constitution for the rebirth of a secular and united Iraq

For the Chaldean Church, it is crucial to revamp the foundational charter of the state on the basis of the principles of equality and human rights. Some sharia-based rules are unacceptable in a modern and civilian state. The conflict between Arabs and Kurds, and between Erbil and Baghdad, is likely to trigger a new Christian exodus.




11/16/2017 INDONESIA

Ahok’s accuser is convicted of hate speech


Ahok’s accuser is convicted of hate speech

The sentence is more lenient than the one demanded by the public prosecutor. Buni Yani posted comments to a video he altered. The latter triggered Islamist violence and influenced an election. The images also led the former Christian governor to a two-year prison sentence for blasphemy.




11/16/2017 VATICAN

Pope says euthanasia is always wrong, but so is overzealous treatment


Pope says euthanasia is always wrong, but so is overzealous treatment

Francis sends a message to a meeting on end-of-life in which he says the sick must be accompanied with love in the last phase of their life, given information and allowed to decide. This requires “careful discernment of the moral object, the attending circumstances, and the intentions of those involved”. From this perspective, palliative care plays a major role.




11/16/2017 VATICAN

Pope: God's kingdom is not ‘a spectacle, the Holy Spirit cultivates it out of sight


Pope: God's kingdom is not ‘a spectacle, the Holy Spirit cultivates it out of sight

The kingdom of God is always "a surprise" because it is "a gift given by the Lord". Jesus explains that "the kingdom of God does not come to attract attention, and no one will say, 'Here it is, or there it is.'" "It's not a show or even worse."




11/16/2017 INDIA

“Hindu radicals want to eliminate us. Help us,” says the bishop of Sagar


“Hindu radicals want to eliminate us. Help us,” says the bishop of Sagar

Archbishop Anthony Chirayath complains about the climate of hostility towards Christians in his diocese. Extremists are backed by the nationalist Rashtriya Swayamsevak Sangh. They want to “unify the entire population under a Hindu flag." Accusations of forced conversions are made to create fear and isolate Christians. The goal is political, ahead of the 2018 elections.




11/16/2017 PAKISTAN

In support of 'Verna', the film-denouncing rape banned in Pakistan


In support of 'Verna', the film-denouncing rape banned in Pakistan

It was originally banned because considered controversial and politicized. It denounces the hardships endured by rape victims in pursuing justice. Pakistani host: It gives voice to the victims and teaches people how to behave in the face of violent episodes.




11/16/2017 CAMBODIA

Cambodia’s Supreme Court dissolves main opposition party


Cambodia’s Supreme Court dissolves main opposition party

The party was accused of plotting against the government. Observers question the court’s independence. The authorities boost security forces. More than half of party’s MPs have fled abroad together with vice presidents Mu Sochua and Eng Chhay Eang.




11/16/2017 CHINA-VATICAN

The Chinese government recognizes the bishop of Handan. No illicit bishops at the ceremony


The Chinese government recognizes the bishop of Handan. No illicit bishops at the ceremony

Msgr. Joseph Sun Jigen, an official priest, was secretly ordained in 2011. Although approved by the government, the installation ceremony was canceled at the last moment for fear that illicit bishops would attend. At today's ceremony, the vice-president of the Council of Bishops was absent having suffered a heart attack; the vice-president of the Patriotic Association was absent because in mourning. Immediately following his installation, the Lanzhou bishop brings priests and nuns in "pilgrimage" to Jinggangshan, the cradle of the Communist Revolution in Jiangxi.




11/16/2017 LEBANON - SAUDI ARABIA

Saudi media on Card Raï’s visit.: Fraternity and peace in the shadow of the Hariri affair


Saudi media on Card Raï’s visit.: Fraternity and peace in the shadow of the Hariri affair

The first visit by a Christian leader to the ultra-conservative kingdom echoed in the local media. Some published a photo that clearly shows the cross, which is usually forbidden to show in public. The commentators insist on fraternal relations between the two countries and the role of religions in the perspective of peace and extremism. But the knot of the "kidnapping" and resignation of the Lebanese premier remains.




11/16/2017 INDIA

Sister Meena Barwa: Share the passion of Christ to be witnesses of the Gospel


Sister Meena Barwa: Share the passion of Christ to be witnesses of the Gospel

The nun of the Servite religious order survived a rape during the anti-Christian pogroms of Kandhamal. "My suffering will not be in vain." An ex-convict starts a new life after the nun visited his prison. Sister Rani Maria, India's first woman martyr, "is already a saint."




11/16/2017 CHINA-TIBET

Tibetan Monk free after 5 years in prison for writing a song for the Panchen Lama


Tibetan Monk free after 5 years in prison for writing a song for the Panchen Lama

Lobsang Jinpa, 35, was arrested for "separatist activities" in 2012. He was imprisoned and tortured. The cultural genocide of the Tibetan people continues.




11/15/2017 LEBANON – SAUDI ARABIA

For Aoun, Hariri's abduction represents Saudi aggression against Lebanon


For Aoun, Hariri's abduction represents Saudi aggression against Lebanon

Hariri's promise to return to Lebanon has not been kept. The abduction of the prime minister is an attack on the "independence and dignity" of the country. The Lebanese were disappointed that they did not see any member of Hariri’s family during his meeting with Patriarch al-Rahi. French representatives are on their way to Riyadh. Iranian President Rouhani attacks Saudi Arabia for asking Israel to "bomb the Lebanese people."




11/15/2017 IRAN

As expression of solidarity pour in for earthquake victims, questions are raised about construction standards


 As expression of solidarity pour in for earthquake victims, questions are raised about construction standards

The number of victims keeps rising, topping 530. Rouhani pledges immediate action. Expressions of solidarity pour in from around the world. Doubts are emerging about the quality of the buildings constructed under Ahmadinejad's government. Since 1990, almost 100,000 people have died in earthquakes.




11/15/2017 INDIA

For Fr Ángel Fernández Artime, Fr Tom offers a missionary example for all Salesians


For Fr Ángel Fernández Artime, Fr Tom offers a missionary example for all Salesians

The rector major of the Salesians spoke about young people, the focus of the next Synod of Bishops. Salesians operate in 132 countries and are collecting the views of young people. There is a "communion of intent" between Pope Francis and Don Bosco to carry the mission to the edges of the world.






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