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08/04/2015 VATICAN
Pope to altar servers: The joy of friendship with Jesus makes us all missionaries
Meeting thousands of participants in the international pilgrimage "Here I am Lord. Send me!", involving children and young people from about 20 countries, Francis thanks the altar servers and recalls that "it was God who made the first move. God’s actions were not impeded by his imperfections; it was God’s goodness alone that enables us to take up the mission, transforming us nto a totally new person and therefore one able to respond to the call of the Lord"
Vatican City (AsiaNews) - The joy of friendship with Jesus Christ "makes us all naturally missionaries. Like the prophet Isaiah, we too are astonished to discover that it was God who made the first move; God is the one drawing close. He noticed that God’s actions were not impeded by his imperfections; it was God’s goodness alone that enabled him to take...

08/04/2015 CHINA – VATICAN
Ordained with a papal mandate, Fr Joseph Zhang Yinlin becomes the new coadjutor bishop of Anyang (Henan). The photo gallery
by Joseph Yuan
The ceremony was quiet. All ordaining bishops are in communion with the pope and recognised by the government. At least 1,300 faithful took part in the service. PIME missionaries served the diocese until 1949.
08/04/2015 CHINA – VATICAN
Calm episcopal ordination in Anyang, a model for the mission in China
by Bernardo Cervellera
The ordination took place today with three bishops loyal to the pope. The bishop and the diocese have always engaged the government in dialogue, but have always set the religious mission as their priority, and rejected the Chinese Catholic Patriotic Association. The local Church is closely involved in catechesis, health care, and education, building on the tradition of PIME missionaries, who served the diocese for decades.
For Filipino bishop, Mary Jane Veloso is innocent; those who took advantage of her should be punished
The Filipino woman is in jail in Indonesia, convicted of drug trafficking. The death sentence still hangs over her. The president of the Episcopal Commission for the care of migrants told AsiaNews, “They used her, and robbed her of her innocence.” The Church will pray for her and protect her children. “We hope and we are convinced that Mary Jane will be spared the death sentence.”
Jewish extremist arrested, suspected of attacks in Douma and the church in the Galilee
Israeli security services have arrested Meir Ettinger, accused of "nationalist crimes ." He faces up to a year of "administrative detention", a measure so far applied to Palestinian militants. On his blog he defended the attacks on churches and mosques. Police investigating threats to President Rivlin.

08/04/2015 INDIA
Tamil Nadu inaugurates seven milk banks
by Nirmala Carvalho
The initiative coincides with World Breastfeeding Week (1-7 August). Its goal is to safeguard the health of newborns and reduce infant mortality.
08/04/2015 TIBET – CHINA
China’s Communist Party will pick the “next Dalai Lama, period!”
The party’s politburo met in Beijing chaired by President Xi Jinping to settle the “Tibetan question” once and for all. No unauthorised reincarnations will be allowed. China’s Communist government wants to interfere in purely religious matters, exploiting traditions that precede the People’s Republic by centuries. For Tibetan lawmaker, this “is ridiculous at best”.
08/04/2015 VIETNAM
As Vietnam hits a record level of abortions, the Church leads the fight to defend life
by Paul N. Hung
The country has the fifth highest level of abortion in the world, the highest in Southeast Asia. More than 300,000 cases per year involve women and teenagers between 15 and 19 years. Many private and illegal abortion clinics have popped up with serious consequences for the health of young people. Church groups and movements are at work to support life, in the Diocese of Bắc Ninh, for example.
First US air raid in Syria, to "defend" rebels fighting against jihadists (and Assad)
The United States has launched its first ever series of attacks to defend the "New Syria". It is a local rebel group, trained and equipped by Washington in the war against the Islamic State (and Damascus). US-Turkey axis gathers strength in the Syrian conflict.
08/04/2015 QATAR-US-IRAN
US "accelerates" arms sales to Gulf monarchies, after "landmark deal" with Iran
Secretary of State, John Kerry, defends the agreement, but also promises new weapons, more joint military exercises, a regional ballistic missile. The Gulf monarchies among the largest customers in the arms trade. Rouhani and Javad Sharif propose talks between the Islamic nations to resolve armed conflicts in Yemen and Syria.
08/04/2015 PAKISTAN
Another hanging in Pakistan: almost 200 executions so far in 2015
Appeals useless for Shafqat Hussain, convicted of murder when he was 14. According to his lawyers, his confession was obtained by torture. After lifting its moratorium on the death penalty, Pakistan is set to have the highest rate of executions worldwide
08/03/2015 PAKISTAN
Faisalabad bishop tells religious that their work is a model of spiritual and temporal well-being
by Skafique Khokhar
At a meeting that is part of the celebrations of the Year of the Consecrated Life, the prelate tells religious orders that they perform great work at the local level despite ongoing acts of terrorism and violence, and the poverty of the Christian community. Mgr Arshad warns them however to watch out for self-proclaimed pastors who sow “divisions among Christians." The Catholic Church must act “before it is too late", but with patience and kindness for those who "shut their ears to the truth and turn to myths."
08/03/2015 RUSSIA
Moscow's decision to destroy embargoed food causes controversy
by Nina Achmatova
The Kremlin recently approved a decision to seize and destroy goods, including food under embargo. The latter was imposed last year in response to Western sanctions. Civil society groups and religious leaders suggest they be given to charities.
08/03/2015 IRAQ
For Erbil archbishop, education will save Christians from the barbarity of the Islamic State
A year after the invasion of the Nineveh plain, Mgr Bashar Warda spoke the situation of Christian refugees. The Kurdish region is "safe" haven but "we are waiting for the liberation" of our lands. Housing, health care, and education remain the priority. To ensure a Christian future in Iraq, education and literacy are the right response to Jihadi violence.
08/03/2015 INDIA
“Clear-cut murder” of Christian couple by Kandhamal security forces
by Nirmala Carvalho
The conclusion of the initial report by the fact-finding team, accessed by AsiaNews. The police speak of an "accident", but witnesses confirm the willful murder. Perhaps an attempted rape gone wrong.

Altri articoli
Israel outlines new measures against Jewish extremists, but some see only hypocrisy by Joshua Lapide
08/03/2015 INDONESIA
Indonesian Muslim women fighting back: woman divorces husband and asks US$ 10,000 for her lost virginity
08/03/2015 NEPAL
Nepalese companies reject "socialist" Constitution, claim free market only way to guarantee prosperity by Christopher Sharma
08/03/2015 CHINA
Chinese economy shrinks again, Beijing uncertain of future
08/03/2015 PAKISTAN
Asia Bibi’s lawyer speaks out: Pakistani government is solely responsible for situation by Silent Thinker
King Salman leaves France, beach "reserved" for Saudi monarch reopened amid controversy
08/03/2015 MYANMAR
46 dead and 200 thousand displaced in Myanmar floods
08/02/2015 VATICAN
For pope, Jesus urges us to look for the "bread of life", which expresses His love
08/01/2015 CHINA
Li Ka-shing selling everything to invest even more in Europe
08/01/2015 CHINA – TIBET – IOC
Awarding Beijing the Winter Games is an “honour” China does not deserve
08/01/2015 SRI LANKA
Paanama residents betrayed by the government by Melani Manel Perera
08/01/2015 PHILIPPINES
‘From the Vatican to Tacloban – With Love, Pope Francis,’ a play about the pope for typhoon survivors
08/01/2015 IRAQ
Baghdad Patriarch calls for prayer of peace one year after Nineveh’s fall by Louis Raphael I Sako*
07/31/2015 MYANMAR
Floods kill scores, displace hundreds of thousand
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Unofficial catholic community of Wenzhou speak out against forced demolition of Crosses, whole diocese fasting
by Joseph YuanAfter 90-year-old Bishop Vincent Zhu Weifang of Wenzhou led 26 priests of the open Church community to protest against the government’s act to demolish Crosses, Coadjutor Bishop James Shao Zhumin of Wenzhou also led his priests to issue an open statement “Strongly demand a halt to demolish Crosses on all churches.
Wenzhou: 90-year-old bishop and 26 priests protest against cross demolitions
by Joseph YuanThis is not the first time that the old bishop and his priests speak out against the demolition campaign against crosses and churches, which has touched more than 400 buildings. During the protest, police tried to disperse the group, which sought to submit a petition. The faithful recite a Crown of the Divine Mercy is in support of the Chinese Church. In Lishui, churches are expected to be torn down by 31 August.
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07/28/2015 CAMBODIA
Cambodia’s new NGO law is an opportunity to “promote clarity”
07/28/2015 CHINA
Christians respond to demolitions in Zhejiang with a ‘Make and carry the cross" campaign
07/28/2015 INDIA
The cold-blooded killing of a Christian “Maoist” couple brings back fears of pogrom in Kandhamal
by Nirmala Carvalho
07/31/2015 PHILIPPINES
Artists, donors and activists among 2015 Asia’s “Nobel Prize” winners
07/30/2015 SRI LANKA
The civil war did not stop Dilakshini’s yearning to study
by Melani Manel Perera
07/28/2015 SRI LANKA
Injustice is still the lot of many of Sri Lanka’s war widows
by Melani Manel Perera
07/29/2015 RUSSIA
The dispute between Russia and Ukraine also involves the prince who Christianised Rus
by Nina Achmatova
07/30/2015 ISRAEL - VATICAN
Two young Jewish extremists arrested over Church of Loaves and fishes arson in Tabgha
by Joshua Lapide
07/30/2015 CHINA
Unofficial catholic community of Wenzhou speak out against forced demolition of Crosses, whole diocese fasting
by Joseph Yuan
07/29/2015 KAZAKHSTAN
Nuclear fuel bank in Kazakh site under international control


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