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posted Aug 14, 2018, 8:30 AM by Neil D'Souza   [ updated Aug 14, 2018, 8:30 AM ]

MYANMAR
Death Penalty inadmissible

Cardinal Charles Bo of Yangon, Myanmar praised the Church’s revised section of the Catechism declaring the death penalty, under all circumstances, as inadmissible, as a “fearless assertion to protect human dignity.”

In a message entitled ‘Death Penalty and Deadly Games’, the Cardinal praised the Holy Father and the Church’s move to protect human dignity. “With the characteristic mercy and compassion that have marked his papacy, our dear Holy Father Pope Francis has unequivocally corrected the historical aberration,” he said.

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Indonesia
Caritas assisting earthquake-struck

The people of Indonesia suffered from two earthquakes, July 29 and Aug. 5, in the Lombok Island, claiming some 130 lives, leaving hundreds wounded and some 20,000 homeless. Rescuers are still digging to save victims in the rubble. The most urgent needs are water, food, medicines, blankets and ready-made meals, reported L’Osservatore Romano.

Indonesia is a country of high earthquake intensity; it’s found on the so-called ‘ring of fire’, the fault line that runs all around the Pacific Ocean, of which more than half of the active volcanoes in the world form part, above sea level.

Yohanes Baskoro, responsible for Indonesian Caritas’ projects, said, “Our team has been in the field since August 2, immediately after the previous earthquake that affected the same area.”

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PAKISTAN
Cardinal Coutts in Karachi

“I am not chosen because I am the most capable. This is God’s plan for me: serving him close to the Holy Father. It is a responsibility and a call to pray and serve more. My elevation to Cardinal is an honour for the Church and for Pakistan, so I urge all the faithful to support me with prayer, so that I can fulfil the responsibilities assigned to me. For me, the creation to Cardinal will mean doing more for my people and for the universal Church.” The Cardinal recalled the festive reception received upon his arrival from Rome. An array of over 200 motorbikes escorted him from the airport to St Patrick Cathedral in Karachi; along the street, the faithful dressed in their traditional clothes, garlands of flowers, bouquets of flowers and flower petals accompanied his journey.

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ARGENTINA
Argentine Senate rejects abortion Bill

The Senate of Argentina has voted down a Bill that would have radically liberalised the country’s abortion laws. Senators voted by 38-31 against the plan to legalise abortion for any reason up to 14 weeks’ gestation, and up to birth in cases of rape, risk to the mother’s life and health, and severe disability. The lower house of the Argentine Congress had passed the measure by a wafer-thin 129-125 margin in June.

The vote in the Senate means the bill is defeated for this legislative year, but parliamentarians could choose to start again in 2019.

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IRAQ
Christians celebrate homecoming

Hundreds of Iraqi Christians took part, on the evening of August 6, in a procession along the streets of Karamles, a town of the Nineveh Plain traditionally inhabited by Christians. The procession was preceded by a reflection on the pain and suffering that accompanied and followed that dramatic mass exodus, read in the light of the mystery of the Cross. Along the way, the participants recited Psalm 150, celebrating in this way the “new beginning” represented by the return to their homes, after years of jihadist domination.

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ETHIOPIA
Churches burned; priests killed

Patriarch Matthias I and the Holy Synod of the Tewahedo Orthodox Church of Ethiopia have decided to offer 16 days of fasting and prayer that precede and follow the liturgical solemnity of the Dormition of St Mary Mother of God – (celebrated August 15), to invoke the gift of peace and reconciliation in Jijiga and in the Somali region, after ethnic violence exploded in that part of Ethiopia.

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