20 February 2017
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  • 20/02/2017 - ASIA – MIDDLE EAST

    India was the world's largest importer of major arms in 2012–16, accounting for 13 per cent of global trade with Saudi Arabia ranked second. The United States, Russia, China and some European nations are the main suppliers.




    20/02/2017 - CHINA – VATICAN

    Funeral of Mgr Casimir Wang Milu: full of love for God and the poor

    by Elizabeth Li

    Thousands of people, along with scores of priests and some underground bishops, took part in the funeral. He had spent ten years in prison.


    19/02/2017 - VATICAN

    Pope: Christians have "a duty" to do justice, but "it is forbidden to" seek revenge


    Jesus asks his disciples to suffer the bad, in fact, he asked them to react, however not with another evil, but with good. A prayer for the victims of violence in the Central Kasai region of the Democratic Republic of the Congo, in particular child soldiers, and those affected by the attacks in Pakistan and Iraq.


    18/02/2017 - CHINA - VATICAN

    Chinese Catholic: the power to appoint bishops belongs only to the Church

    by Baoluo Jiaoyou (保罗教友)

    Criticism of Card. Tong’s proposal to allow the Chinese government the function to appoint bishops in some way. In the proposed agreement between China and the Holy See, the latter would only have a veto power - not conclusive - on the proposed candidates. 


    17/02/2017 - VATICAN

    Pope: Unity in Diversity, where there is no dialogue there is violence


    Visiting the University of Roma Tre, Francis answers questions from students. The fundamental importance of dialogue, the search for "truth, goodness and beauty"; unity that needs differences; integration and "respect" as a response to the fear of the migrant, "but each country has to see what number it can accommodate. It's true: you cannot welcome [migrants] if there are no possibilities[for them]".


    17/02/2017 - CHINA - VATICAN

    Lay faithful comment on Card. John Tong’s article on China-Holy See relations: Overly optimistic

    by Wang Zhicheng

    The bishop of Hong Kong is too optimistic. The Patriotic Association is the stumbling block that controls the Church on behalf of the government. Compromise is possible, but the Church will be without commitment for justice and human rights. The underground Church is now a minority.

     


    16/02/2017 - CHINA

    Human rights lawyer Wang Quanzhang charged with 'inciting subversion of state power'

    by Wang Zhicheng

    Wang is one of 300 lawyers arrested during the ‘709 crackdown’ in July 2015. He has been held incommunicado and in solitary confinement, subjected to torture.


    16/02/2017 - VATICAN

    Pope: “inclusion enriches every community and society”


    Francis met with a delegation of athletes from Special Olympics, a global organisation present in 170 countries dedicated to sports for youth and adults with mental disabilities. " Sport also helps us to spread a culture of encounter and solidarity,” said the pontiff. “Together, athletes and helpers show us that there are no obstacles or barriers which cannot be overcome.”


    16/02/2017 - VATICAN

    Pope: we must keep the peace, but it is not easy because war begins in the human heart


    "Within each of us is that seed of original sin, that is, the spirit of Cain which – for envy, jealousy, greed, and the desire to dominate – leads to war ". " give us the grace to say: ‘War is finished, crying. War is finished in my heart; war is finished in my family; war is finished in my neighborhood; war is finished in my workplace; war is finished in the world.’ In this way shall the dove, rainbow, and Covenant be strengthened".

     


    16/02/2017 - CHINA-VATICAN

    Chinese priest: The life of the faithful is the same with or without China-Holy See agreements

    by Shan Ren Shen Fu

    The majority of Chinese faithful have no interest in China-Vatican dialogue. They are not affected by the Patriotic Association. This is a mere instrument of government policy.

     


    15/02/2017 - CHINA – VATICAN

    Chinese priests: changing the essence of the Patriotic Association is a vain hope


    Card John Tong’s article on the future of Sino-Vatican dialogue continues to make waves. For one underground priest, the article encourages them to join the Patriotic Association. For an official priest, the Chinese government retains the authority to appoint bishops. Both clergymen believe that there is no difference between "full freedom" and "necessary freedom". The bishop of Shanghai stands as a bitter example.


    15/02/2017 - VATICAN

    Pope: Hope is "certain", based on the fact that God is right here with all of us


    It is “an extraordinary gift of which we are called to make ourselves “channels” for all, with humility and simplicity". "We are invited to boast of the abundance of grace of which we are pervaded in Jesus Christ, through faith" and "our greatest pride is to have God as a Father who has no preference, who excludes no one, but who opens his home to all human beings, beginning with the last and most distant".


     


    15/02/2017 - CHINA

    Eight die in Xinjiang knife attack.


    The three attackers killed by Chinese security forces. Five other people injured in the attack. Suspicion falls on Islamic Uighur separatists.

     


    15/02/2017 - CHINA

    Father of three forced to undergo vasectomy


    Even after the change of the one child law, the forced sterilization campaigns continue to affect Chinese citizens.

     


    14/02/2017 - UNITED ARAB EMIRATES

    First self-driving hover-taxi successfully tested in Dubai


    The vehicle should become operational by July. Built by the Chinese EHANG company, it can fly for 30 minutes at 100 km per hour at an altitude of 300 metres.


    14/02/2017 - CHINA – VATICAN

    Mgr Casimir Wang Milu, retired bishop of Tianshui, has died

    by Elizabeth Li

    The underground bishop spent ten years in prison. In 2003 he was suspended by the Holy See. He was admitted to hospital in late January. The funeral should take place this Saturday, 18 February.


    14/02/2017 - CHINA – VATICAN

    Doubts and indifference among Chinese Catholics toward Card Tong’s article

    by Taxiang Lüren (他乡旅人)

    Chinese Catholic websites did not publish the article. Many believers think that nothing will change. Card Tong “has tried not to offend the Chinese government". Whilst showing concern for the situation of the faithful, "he did not speak about the hard and demanding life of the Church". After the Ninth Assembly of Chinese Catholic Representatives, some priests expect "chaos" for the Church in China. One scholar offers his thoughts on the matter.


    14/02/2017 - UN-NORTH KOREA

    UN, China and Russia condemn Pyongyang missile tests


    The UN secretary general’s condemnation and an invitation to China and the US to work together. Beijing and Moscow ask to avoid "provocative" moves such as joint military exercises and missile Thaad system. Even the Korean bishops opposed to Thaad.

     


    13/02/2017 - CHINA-VATICAN

    Richard Madsen: In China-Holy See dialogue, Beijing wants to destroy, or at least weaken the Church

    by Richard Madsen

    According to the famous sociologist of religion in China, there may be "converging interests" between Beijing and the Vatican, as to lead to an agreement on the appointment of bishops. But the hopes of the Chinese Church are different. Never talk about "agreement" before an official announcement.


    13/02/2017 - VATICAN

    Pope: jealousy and envy can destroy the bond of brotherhood, even among priests and bishops


    "This process must be nipped in the bud, at the very first sign of bitterness, stop. The bitterness is not Christian. Sorrow yes, bitterness no. Resentment is not Christian. Sorrow yes, bitterness no ".


    13/02/2017 - CHINA - VATICAN

    Card. Tong’s article: only hopes for China-Holy See talks. Liu Bainian’s cold shower

    by Sergio Ticozzi

    Fr. Ticozzi: It is a 'literary genre' to garner momentum towards the ideal future, an exhortation. Anthony Liu Bainian: It's just an opinion of John Tong. The appointment of bishops depends on "the future of China-Vatican dialogue". Underground bishops "not suitable to work with the Communist Party."


    13/02/2017 - KOREA

    Washington, Tokyo and Seoul call for UN emergency meeting after North Korea missile launch


    The missile traveled 500 km before falling into the Sea of ​​Japan. "Great satisfaction" of Kim Jong-un. Shinzo Abe: "Intolerable". Trump: US "100%" close to Japan. China, Pyongyang's only ally, remains silent.

     


    12/02/2017 - VATICAN

    Pope: insulting and offending the dignity of the person is "in line" with murder


    Some behaviours "are the premise and reveal the same malevolence" of killing. "Like stealing, corruption and all other sins, adultery is first conceived in our hearts and once the wrong choice is made in the heart, it is then followed in actual behaviour.”


    11/02/2017 - VATICAN

    Pope Francis sends the archbishop of Warsaw to Medjugorje only for pastoral reasons


    The pope wants to understand more the needs of the faithful who come on pilgrimage to Bosnia-Herzegovina. The commission that investigated the authenticity of the apparitions finished its work long ago. Francis often jokes about ‘Our Lady the postwoman’ delivering appearances on command, or the ‘Virgin Mary superstar’ but never explicitly in relation to Medjugorje.


    11/02/2017 - CHINA – KOREA

    Scores of Protestant missionaries from S Korea arrested and expelled


    At least 32 have been expelled. Four more were arrested in recent days. They helped defectors from North Korea. In the past, local authorities turned a blind eye on their activities; now they forcefully apply rules on religious activities. Beijing is retaliating against Seoul’s decision to deploy THAAD.


    10/02/2017 - CHINA

    Liu Xia’s call to friends raises questions about her health


    Liu Xiaobo’s wife has been under house arrest since 2010, controlled and threatened by the authorities. This has led to depression. She “has no vitality left in her,” friend says.


    10/02/2017 - VATICAN

    Pope: The devil deceives us with "dialogue” that leads to corruption


    At Mass in Santa Marta, Pope Francis points out that you should not  "talk with the devil ", instead we must pray. The devil, "the father of lies", deceives and "leaves you naked."

     


    10/02/2017 - CHINA-US

    First "friendly" phone call between Trump and Xi Jinping. "One China" reaffirmed

    by Wang Zhicheng

    The two have decided to work together in areas of "mutual interest". Reaffirming the principle of the one China defuses a source of unrest and possible wars. The conversation took place a few hours after the arrival of Shinzo Abe in the US.

     


    09/02/2017 - TURKEY – CHINA – UNITED STATES

    CIA chief in Turkey to discuss Syrian conflict and Islamic State


    Forty-eight hours after Trump and Erdoğan spoke, Mike Pompeo made a surprise visit in Turkey. Washington and Ankara are trying to restore relations after the tensions of recent years. The extradition of Islamic preacher Gülen is an obstacle. Trump sends letter to Xi Jinping expressing hope for "constructive" relations between Beijing and Washington.


    09/02/2017 - CHINA – EUROPE

    For China, Europe is the new Africa

    by G. M. Mazzacani*

    China has gone from the "world’s workshop" to "the world’s market" thanks to a development model centred on high value-added production and domestic consumption stimulated by higher wages. The shift of economic power from West to East could be an opportunity.






    Editor's choices

    VATICAN-CHINA-HONG KONG
    Card. Tong’s article on China-Holy See dialogue, arouses joy and dismay

    Bernardo Cervellera

    The Hong Kong bishop’s optimism over a change in the method of appointing bishops and the function of the Patriotic Association. But it is unclear whether it is real change or just nominal, in words. Underground bishops are patriotic and love their country, but the Party is suspicious of them. Freedom in episcopal appointments is “essential", but the bishops are not free to exercise their ministry. Patriotic bishops controlled in their visits with members of the universal Church. The "bugs" (hidden microphones) in a bishop’s office.

     


    HONG KONG-CHINA-VATICAN
    Card. Tong: The future of Sino-Vatican dialogue from an ecclesiological point of view

    Card. John Tong

    The Hong Kong Cardinal outlines the steps that hope to propel dialogue between China and the Holy See. Themes include the Pope's role in the appointment of bishops; A change of vision in the Patriotic Association; the possible integration of the underground bishops in the Episcopal Conference. A new article by card. John Tong, following a previous article published a few months ago on "Communion of the Church in China with the universal Church."


     


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