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September, 2019
Volume 45, Number 3
  
28 February 2019
Greg Kandra




'Long live tribal unity' reads a banner behind the podium of a 26 February meeting in Madhya Pradesh state, where tribal groups joined to oppose a Supreme Court order to evict forest-dwelling people without title rights. (photo: Saji Thomas/UCANews.com)

Bishop expresses concerns over possible evictions of millions of Indian tribal people (UCANews.com) Millions of India’s indigenous people face eviction from their natural habitat following a court order that has alarmed Catholic Church leaders. The Supreme Court ordered governments of 21 states to evict people living on forest land whose claims to land title rights or user rights were rejected as proscribed in a 2006 law. ”We are worried. The fate of millions of indigenous people is threatened,” said Bishop Vincent Barwa, the head of the Indian bishops’ office for indigenous people…

Pakistan to release captured Indian pilot in ‘peace gesture’ (The Washington Post) Pakistani Prime Minister Imran Khan told parliament Thursday that his country will shortly release an Indian pilot it captured the day before, calling it a “peace gesture” after Pakistan and India engaged in their first aerial combat in nearly 50 years. The pilot’s release will take place on 1 March, Khan said, and the move is likely to de-escalate the current hostilities between the two nuclear-armed neighbors…

Yazidi children in Syria await family reunions (Voice of America) U.S.-backed Syrian forces battling Islamic State militants in their last hideout in eastern Syria said they have rescued dozens of Yazidi children held by the militant group for years. Syrian Democratic Forces (SDF), a Kurdish-led alliance, said last week that they had successfully freed more than a dozen Yazidi children from ISIS as they evacuated civilians from the Syrian town of Baghuz…

Russian church fires back over performance controversy (Radio Free Europe) A choral reinterpretation of a Cold War ditty depicting a Russian nuclear attack on Washington has variously drawn wild cheers, contrition, and ridicule for its glib message amid mounting nuclear tensions between Russia and the West. The St. Petersburg eparchy of the Russian Orthodox Church eventually expressed regret over the 23 February show.…



Tags: Syria India Russian Orthodox

27 February 2019
Greg Kandra




A parishioner raises a candlestick as a symbol of light during the Greek Catholic Divine Liturgy. Learn more about the rich traditions in one Slovak village, and how they are being carried on by Those Who Remain Behind in the January 2009 edition of ONE. (photo: Andrej Bán)



Tags: Greek Catholic Church

27 February 2019
Greg Kandra




The crisis between Pakistan and India escalated Wednesday morning, when Pakistan announced it had shot down two Indian fighter jets. A leading bishop in the Pakistan, meanwhile, is appealing for peace talks. (video: BBC/YouTube)

Pakistani bishop appeals for peace talks with India (Vatican News) With the risk of war escalating between India and Pakistan following an Indian airstrike inside Pakistan on Tuesday, a Pakistani bishop has appealed for peace talks. The Indian government claimed it carried out air raids against an Islamist militant training camp of Jaish-e-Mohammed, killing “a very large number” of fighters, raising the risk of a war between the nuclear-armed neighbors. Pakistan denied there had been any casualties but condemned the Indian action and vowed it would respond…

Pakistan shoots down two Indian jets; crisis deepens (CNN) Pakistan says its air force shot down two Indian fighter jets over the disputed border region of Kashmir, in a significant escalation of the crisis between the two nuclear-armed powers. India confirmed the loss of one plane and said it shot down a Pakistani jet as it responded to the incident…

Russia and Syria urge U.S. to withdraw troops (Al Jazeera) Russia and Syria have called on the United States to leave Syria and to allow people inside a refugee camp in the southeast of the country to be evacuated by Russian and Syrian forces. A joint statement released on Wednesday by Russia’s Ministry of Defense said Russian and Syrian forces had prepared buses to relocate refugees at the camp in the Rukban area and would guarantee them safe passage so they could start new lives.

Ethiopian bishops speaks out on protection of minors (Vatican News) Bishop Gebremedhin said that Ethiopia as a nation is committed to protecting children and has signed the United Nations Convention on the Protection of Minors. However, the cultural priorities with regard to protecting children in his country are several, such as sexual abuse, child trafficking, early marriage and others…

European Russians break ties with Constantinople (AsiaNews) Since 23 February, the Russian Orthodox exarchate, linked to the patriarchate of Constantinople, has decided to break ties with Bartholomew, following his choice to approve the autocephalous Church in Ukraine…



Tags: India Ethiopia Ukraine Russian Orthodox

26 February 2019
Greg Kandra




India confirms it struck targets in Pakistan early Tuesday, escalating the tensions between the two countries. (video: BBC/YouTube)

Indian fighter jets attack Pakistan (NPR) India says its fighter jets crossed a disputed border before dawn Tuesday into neighboring Pakistan, conducting airstrikes on a militant training camp and killing “a very large number of terrorists.” Pakistan confirmed by tweet that Indian planes entered its airspace. But the spokesperson for the Pakistan Armed forces said they were forced to drop their payload in an open field, after Pakistan scrambled its own jets, and that there were no casualties or damage…

Iran to build 200,000 housing units in Syria (Middle East Monitor) Iran has agreed to build 200,000 housing units in the Syrian capital Damascus, the Tasnim News Agency reported on Sunday. Tehran province Vice Chairman of Mass-Housing Constructors Association Iraj Rahbar revealed the plan, noting that it was one of a number of agreements on civil construction, tourism and the agriculture industry, the news agency reported…

Copts concerned about death sentence for monks convicted in murder of bishop (AsiaNews) A court sentenced two monks to death over the murder of the abbot of the monastery of St Macarius in Wadi El Natrun. For Egyptian Christians and the leaders of the Coptic Orthodox Church, this is a sad day and represents a catastrophe that will be appealed as soon as possible. The details of the case are still murky. Many of the pieces of the puzzle are missing, nor is it clear why the death penalty was imposed. Sources that spoke to AsiaNews, said that they will wait for further developments before commenting on the matter…

Opioid crisis hits Gaza (Times of Israel) An opioid crisis has quietly spread in the Gaza Strip, trapping thousands in the hell of addiction and adding another layer of misery to the blockaded and impoverished Hamas-controlled coastal territory. The scourge can be traced to the mass import of cheap opioid-based Tramadol pain pills through smuggling tunnels under Gaza’s border more than a decade ago. A more addictive black-market form of the drug called Tramal has since taken hold…

Death toll in Ukraine conflict now up to 13,000 (Radio Free Europe) Some 13,000 people have been killed, a quarter of them civilians, and as many as 30,000 wounded in the war in eastern Ukraine since it broke out in April 2014, the United Nations says…



Tags: Syria India Ukraine Iran

25 February 2019
Greg Kandra




Pope Francis receives the Apostoliki Diaconia of the Orthodox Archdiocese of Athens.
(photo: Vatican Media)


Pope to Greek Orthodox: ‘We have more in common than what keeps us apart’ (Vatican News) Pope Francis on Monday reflected on the fruitfulness and importance of Catholic Orthodox dialogue on the journey to full communion. He was speaking to the Apostolikí Diaconía and the Centre for the Family of the Orthodox Archdiocese of Athens whom he received in the Vatican…

Ukraine’s crisis of faith (Politico) For years, Father Vasily spent his Sundays behind the altar at St. Nicholas, a church in the small town of Vorsivka, in north-central Ukraine. That all changed in early January, not long after the Ukrainian Orthodox Church officially split from the Moscow-based Russian Orthodox Church in one of the biggest schisms in Christian history…

‘Kerala will become an aged society soon’ (The Times of India) Kerala would become a fast-aging society in the near future, said Geojit Financial Services managing director C. J. George…

Bootleg liquor kills dozens in India (UCANews.com) The church is assisting those affected by a mass toxic alcohol poisoning that has killed more than 140 tea-estate workers in India’s northeast. Some 350 people continue to fight for lives in hospitals in Assam state after they consumed bootleg alcohol on 21 February. A similar tragedy occurred earlier this month with bootleg liquor killing more than 100 people in northern states of Uttar Pradesh and Uttarakhand…

Press briefing announces initiatives for protection of minors (Vatican News) There have been four Press Conferences, coinciding with the four days of the Meeting. Each one has provided a synthesis of the day’s discussions and reflections, and allowed journalists an opportunity to engage with participants and speakers in what was often a lively Q&A session. One implicit (and explicit) question underscored the concluding press briefing on Sunday: “What now”? Expectations were high, especially given Pope Francis’ mandate to participants, at the start of the Meeting, to come up with “concrete” initiatives to help the Church in protecting minors…



Tags: India Ukraine Russian Orthodox Orthodox Greece

22 February 2019
Greg Kandra




Sukhbati Gand with her children in a photo taken before her husband Anant Ram Gand was found murdered in India’s Odisha state. His pastor says he had been given an ultimatum to renounce Christianity or face death. (photo: UCANews.com)

Christian man beheaded in India (UCANews.com) A Christian man has been found virtually beheaded in an interior village of India’s Odisha state in what family members and many others believe was an anti-Christian attack. They dismiss a police claim that he was killed by politically motivated Maoist rebels. The body of 40-year-old Anant Ram Gand, father of four girls and a boy, was found on a road in Bhenas village of Nabarangapur district, local pastor Chandan Jani told ucanews.com…

Report: religious minorities in India ’attacked with impunity’ (UCANews.com) Religious and ethnic minorities in India continue to face violence at the hands of Hindu groups that support the federal government led by the pro-Hindu Bharatiya Janata Party (BJP), according to a new report by Human Rights Watch. Prime Minister Narendra Modi’s government has failed to prevent or credibly investigate growing mob attacks on religious minorities and marginalized communities, said the report released in New Delhi on 19 February...

U.S. says 200 troops to remain in Syria (Al Jazeera) The United States will leave around 200 troops in Syria for a period of time, the White House has announced, as President Donald Trump backed away from a complete withdrawal of forces from the war-torn country. ”A small peacekeeping group of about 200 will remain in Syria for a period of time,” White House spokeswoman Sarah Sanders said in a statement on Thursday…

Eritrean delegation visits Ethiopia to discuss improving relations (AfricaNews.com) Eritrea’s information minister, Yemane Gebremeskel, said the delegation which arrived in Ethiopia’s capital Addis Ababa on Thursday, had delivered a message from president Isaias Afwerki to prime minister Abiy Ahmed…

Lebanese leader visits Damascus to discuss repatriation of refugees (The Telegraph) Fears are growing for the 1.5 million Syrian refugees in Lebanon after the country’s new refugees minister made a surprise visit to Damascus this week to discuss their return. Saleh Gharib, an outspoken supporter of the regime of Bashar al-Assad, said Lebanon would work to ”secure the return” of refugees to Syria, where human rights organizations report they are subject to abuse and arbitrary detention. He explained that the Syrian government ”believe that the failure to return the displaced Syrians would be a blow to the victory of the Syrian state…”



Tags: Syria India Ethiopia Eritrea Persecution

21 February 2019
Greg Kandra




As tensions escalate between India and Pakistan, Pakistan has vowed retaliation if India attacks. (video: BBC/YouTube)

Pakistan prime minister authorizes use of force in case of Indian attack (AP) Pakistan’s prime minister has authorized the armed forces to “respond decisively and comprehensively to any aggression or misadventure” by India, as tensions soar between the nuclear-armed rivals. India has vowed a “jaw-breaking response” to a suicide bombing in the disputed Kashmir region last week that killed 40 Indian soldiers…

Hundreds evacuated from ISIS’s last Syria holdout (Al Jazeera) Hundreds of people, including women and children, have been evacuated from the Islamic State of Iraq and the Levant group’s (ISIL, also known as ISIS) last holdout in Syria, bringing US-backed forces closer to retaking the last sliver of the ”caliphate.” AFP correspondents reported on Wednesday seeing at least 17 trucks carrying men, women and children out of the last patch of ISIL territory in the eastern Syrian village of Baghouz…

Jordan’s prime minister appeals for more aid, as refugees are set to stay (Reuters) Jordan’s Prime Minister Omar al-Razzaz appealed on Wednesday to major donors to continue multi-billion dollar funding for Syrian refugees in the kingdom, saying most of those who had fled the eight-year conflict had no intention of returning any time soon…

Ukraine remembers Maidan massacre (NBC News) Bricks, safety helmets and remnants of barricades are piled in makeshift memorials in the cobbled streets near Kiev’s main square. At least 50 anti-government protesters were killed here five years ago Wednesday, including many who were shot by snipers. It was the bloodiest day in months of demonstrations triggered by pro-Moscow President Viktor Yanukovych’s refusal to sign an agreement to forge closer ties with Europe…

Pope: Hear the cry of the little ones who ask for justice (Vatican News) The “Protection of Minors in the Church” meeting began on Thursday with prayers, readings, and brief periods of silent reflection, before Pope Francis gave his opening remarks in the Vatican’s Synod Hall. In front of the patriarchs, cardinals, archbishops, bishops, religious superiors and other leaders, the pope told them that, “in the face of the plague of sexual abuse perpetrated by men of the Church against children”, he had called them together so, “we may listen to the Holy Spirit and with docility to His guidance we may hear the cry of the little ones who ask for justice…”



Tags: Syria India Pope Francis Ukraine

20 February 2019
Greg Kandra




Tensions have escalated between India and Pakistan after violence near the border. Catholic bishops are calling for peace. (video: France 24/YouTube)

Tensions rise between Pakistan, India (Vatican News) Khan said instead of using Pakistan as a ‘whipping boy,’ India should seek out the root causes of violence in the region. Tensions between India and her neighbor are frostier than ever. On Monday four Indian soldiers were killed in Kashmir. The army said two terrorists were also killed. On Monday, Pakistan recalled its envoy from Delhi for consultations…

Bishops condemn ’cowardly’ bombing of Indian troops (UCANews.com) Tension has again been ratcheted up in the border areas of India and Pakistan as their respective armies stand eyeball to eyeball while Indian Catholics pray for an end to the conflict. Bishop Ivan Pereira of Jammu-Srinagar, under which jurisdiction Kashmir falls, called on Catholics to “pray for the departed souls and also for the return of peace in the state…”

Russian forces ’open corridors’ for Syrians to return home (Al Jazeera) Russia says it has opened two corridors in Syria to give people safe passage out of the Rukban refugee camp to return home. The camp, in the remote Syrian desert, near the border with Jordan and Iraq, is home to more than 40,000 internally displaced people, mostly women and children..

Israeli police arrest Palestinian protesters at Temple Mount (AP) Israeli police say they have arrested 19 Palestinians as clashes broke out at a contested Jerusalem holy site. Police say dozens of Palestinians participated in a prayer protest Tuesday, attempting to breach a section of the compound that has been closed by Israeli court order for years…



Tags: Syria India Jerusalem Palestinians

19 February 2019
Greg Kandra




Bishop Borys Gudziak speaks to a crowd braving the December chill on the Maidan in 2013. He has just been named to lead the Ukrainian Catholic Archeparchy of Philadelphia.
(photo: Ukrainian Greek Catholic Church, Department of External Relations/CNEWA)


Paris-based Ukrainian Catholic bishop to head U.S. archeparchy (CNS) Pope Francis has appointed Bishop Borys Gudziak of the Paris-based Ukrainian Catholic Eparchy of St. Volodymyr the Great, to be the seventh metropolitan-archbishop of the Ukrainian Catholic Archeparchy of Philadelphia. Bishop Andriy Rabiy, an auxiliary bishop of the archeparchy, has been apostolic administrator since 16 April 2018. The pope named him to the post following the resignation of Archbishop Stefan Soroka, now 67, for medical reasons…

Meet the Syrians returning home after fleeing war (BBC) After years of people fleeing Syria and its civil war, there are now long queues to enter the country each day. Jordan opened its Jaber border crossing last October after Syrian government troops defeated rebels who had controlled the other side…

Refugees left homeless by anti-pollution campaign in Lebanon (The Daily Star) The eviction of dozens of Syrian refugees living in south Lebanon’s Zahrani is the result of an anti-pollution campaign being implemented jointly by the Litani River Authority and the Industry Ministry. The refugees were forced to evacuate Sunday because their shelters were contributing to the pollution of the Litani River in the region, Sami Alawieh, the Litani River Authority’s general director, told The Daily Star…

The plight of India’s unemployed youth (UCANews.com) Finding employment has long been a challenge for Indian youth, but their prospects have in recent times dimmed markedly, according to the Rev. Jaison Vadassery, secretary of the Indian bishops’ Commission for Labor. A government study released in 2017 showed that some 420 million of Indian’s 1.2 billion people are aged 15-34, making them the largest youth labor force in the world. But a large proportion of those who pursue higher education struggle to secure jobs. This constitutes a failure by India to use the capacity of youth for its socioeconomic development, Father Vadassery said…



Tags: Syria India Lebanon Ukraine

15 February 2019
Greg Kandra




Bishop Giovani Mele (seated)), first bishop of Lungro, is shown with several priests.
(photo: Vatican Media)


Pope sends greetings to Lungro Eparchy for 100th anniversary (Vatican News) Centenary celebrations took place at the Cathedral of San Nicola in the southern Italian town of Lungro, in the Calabria region, on Wednesday, 13 February. Cardinal Leonardo Sandri, Prefect of the Congregation for the Oriental Churches, was on hand as the Italo-Albanese Eparchy of Lungro of Continental Italy celebrated 100 years since its foundation. Bishop Donato Oliverio, head of the Eparchy, celebrated the Divine Liturgy to begin a special Jubilee Year. Albanian President Ilir Meta was also present at the event…

Trump’s Syria withdrawal order forces allies to weigh return of ISIS detainees (The New York Times) President Trump’s abrupt decision to withdraw American troops from northern Syria provoked widespread fears over a future resurgence of the Islamic State. But it may yet have a silver lining: Other countries have signaled they are willing to take back their citizens who joined the terrorist group but are now detained in makeshift camps…

Ukraine deports Orthodox bishop (The Guardian) Ukraine has stripped an Orthodox bishop of his citizenship and barred him from entering the country as a dispute escalates over the Ukrainian and Russian branches of the church. Ukrainian border guards said on Thursday that they had detained and deported Bishop Gedeon, the abbot of a Kiev monastery, because he allegedly held dual Ukraine-US citizenship. The deportation was condemned by Russian officials, who called on the US to intervene…

Hindus oppose statue of missionary at Indian parish (UCANews.com) Members of a Hindu group are up in arms over a statue of a German Jesuit priest outside an Indian Catholic church, claiming that the missionary worked against local people and honoring him insults tribal sentiments…

Catholics, Muslims bond over weekly lunch in Indianapolis (CNS) The openness to people of other faiths that Pope Francis modeled during his 3-5 February visit to the United Arab Emirates has been embraced for more than 20 years at a weekly lunch shared by Muslims, Catholics and other Christians at Shapiro’s Delicatessen in Indianapolis…



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