29/03/2017 - VATICAN
Our "great hope" that is founded in faith and promise "not to just of anyone, but of God." "We call today to the Lord for the grace to count not so much on our safety, on our own strength, but on the hope drawn by the promise of God."
29/03/2017 - HONG KONG
Chit Wai John Mok analyses the election of Hong Kong’s chief executive
Carrie Lam Cheng Yuet-Ngor won with 777 votes thanks to Chinese government meddling. "Beijing intervened in the ‘election’ unreservedly,” Chit Wai writes. “There will be no return to the original practice of the ‘One Country, Two Systems’ principle.”
29/03/2017 - CHINA - TAIWAN
Beijing admits holding Taiwanese rights activist
Lee Ming-che supports rights in mainland China. He was reported missing. Now that she knows that he is in jail, his wife has asked for the help of international organisations.
29/03/2017 - CHINA
Liaoning, a priest held for months without charge. Embarrassment for authorities
The people's court refuses to publish the final sentence against Fr. Fei Jisheng, a priest of the diocese of Shenyang. Local Catholics: "The judges recognize his innocence, but the court wants him convicted." The arrest took place on October 18 last year on suspicion of embezzlement of a sum of money which, however, belonged to the priest. Charges hide authorities’ attempts to stop his work of evangelization.
28/03/2017 - CHINA
Suzhou, 9 human rights activists detained in secret since September
On 8 September 2016, the police seized the protesters outside of the people's court in Suzhou. Eight are under "residential surveillance at a designated place" (RSDL), while another has been formally arrested. Those arrested were protesting the conviction of Fan Mugen. Some of the detainees are accused of having sent "politically sensitive" online messages. In November, other police arrests. The UN Committee against Torture: "The extent to which RSDL is widely abused illicit and open to interpretation and application." Eleven countries have called for an end to the practice.
28/03/2017 - VATICAN
Pope: follow Jesus by accepting the life we have, without being paralyzed by sloth
Sloth is a "bad sin", it means living just because “oxygen is free," is "by watching others who are happier than me"; it is full of "sadness", it makes you forget joy. "Sloth - said the Pope - is a shame that paralyzes us, we become paralytics. It stops us from walking. Even today the Lord looks at each of us, we all sin, we are all sinners but he is watching this sin, "he says," Get up. "
28/03/2017 - CHINA
Former judge detained for helping farmers in complaints against the government
Huang Yunmin was to set to accompany farmers to Beijing to file petitions. He could get up to ten years in prison. He had criticised the judicial bureaucracy and exposed court corruption. Because of this, he was forced out of his job.
28/03/2017 - EGYPT - ISLAM
Secularism and citizenship: how Al Azhar could influence Arab-Islamic countriesby Luca Galantini
The Cairo conference studies proposals for equal rights for Christians and Muslims, and for a State separation from religion. Regional constitutions and especially the Arab League and Organization of the Islamic Conference Human Rights Charter need to be addressed. All this just one month before Pope Francis’ visit to Egypt.
28/03/2017 - VATICAN – UNITED NATIONS
Pope: peace cannot be based on the fear of nuclear war
In a message to the ‘United Nations Conference to Negotiate a Legally Binding Instrument to Prohibit Nuclear Weapons, leading towards their Total Elimination’, Francis said that dialogue must boost trust. “Humanity has the ability to work together in building up our common home; we have the freedom, intelligence and capacity to lead and direct technology, to place limits on our power, and to put all this at the service of another type of progress.”
28/03/2017 - HONG KONG – CHINA
Carrie Lam to visit mainland bodies in Hong Kongby Paul Wang
Hong Kong’s new chief executive will make a courtesy call, not a visit of gratitude for the mainland’s support. She pledged to uphold the principle of "one country, two systems". Beijing's influence is “worrisome”.
27/03/2017 - HONG KONG – CHINA
On Carrie Lam’s first day, prosecution awaits Occupy Central leadersby Paul Wang
Lam is elected chief executive with 777 votes. Viewed as Beijing candidate, she also seen as CY 2.0, heir to Leung Chun-ying (CY 1.0) who is against democratic demands. The formal transfer of power will take place on 1 July, the 20th anniversary of Hong Kong’s return to China.
26/03/2017 - VATICAN
Pope urges the faithful to abandon the false lights of prejudice towards others and self-interest
Baptism inspires us to follow Jesus and judge men and things according to a new scale of values that comes from God, as well as to walk in the light, that is to "abandon false lights”. Francis thanked Milan and the Milanese for the warm reception they showed him yesterday. He also said that it is true that "In Milan people are welcomed heart in hand”.
25/03/2017 - ITALY – VATICAN
Pope tells 80,000 youth that grandparents can help them find faith, says no to bullying
Parents should strive to educate children about contents, ideas, values and attitudes about life. He urged them to play with their children, take the time to go to Mass with them, visit a park, and remember that they can see and suffer when they argue.
25/03/2017 - ITALY – VATICAN
Pope: in a time marked by speculation, nothing and no one is "foreign" to God
Francis celebrated Mass in Monza before a million people according to organisers. This followed his visit to Milan’s San Vittore Prison where he had lunch with inmates. “The Lord loves me as much as he does you,” he told them. “Jesus himself is in you and in me; we are sinful brothers".
25/03/2017 - ITALY – VATICAN
Pope in Milan: pastors must teach how to choose in a society that has many cultures
Francis began his visit at the Case Bianche compound, home to three families. He met priests and consecrated people at the Cathedral where he talked about discernment. “Choose the peripheries, reawaken processes, ignite the spent and weakened hope of a society that has become insensible to the pain of others,” he said.
24/03/2017 - VATICAN - EU
Pope: Europe is not just an economy, but a way of conceiving man and a capacity for hope
Francis spoke to the heads of state and government of the 27 EU member states on the 60th anniversary of the Treaty of Rome. He told them that the Old Continent is a reality based on the centrality of man, effective solidarity, openness to the world, the pursuit of peace and development, and overture to the future. He also talked about "serious migration crisis" and the populism that is the "fruit of an egotism".
24/03/2017 - CHINA
A "green necklace" of trees against air pollution in Beijing
24/03/2017 - VATICAN - GREAT BRITAIN - ISLAM
London attack: The Pope's pain and that of a young Muslim
Pope Francis expresses "prayer and solidarity" for the victims killed in Westminster. A young Muslim apologizes to the victims because terrorists used his religion to cause such violence. Islam "has been taken hostage." Police release the name of the dead attacker: Khalid Massoud, 52, born in Britain. Perhaps he is of Pakistani or Afghan origin. The Islamic State claims him as "one of our soldiers."
23/03/2017 - VATICAN
Pope: if you do not listen to the Word of God, you end up confusing God with the devil
"When a people, a community, even a Christian community, a parish, a diocese, close their ears and become deaf to the Word of the Lord, they look for other voices, other lords, and end up with the idols, idols of the world, the worldliness, that society offers them. They walk away from the living God. "
23/03/2017 - ASIA - ISLAM - GREAT BRITAIN
Indian Church praying for the victims of London attack. The sympathy of world leaders
Cardinal Gracias expresses deep sorrow for an attack that caused a "senseless loss of life." And prays God grant "peace, strength and consolation." Sympathy and solidarity from international leaders. Iran asks to stop the sale of the "weapons to terrorist groups ". Erdogan expresses solidarity with the British, but launches a new attack on Europe.
23/03/2017 - CHINA – UNITED STATES
New maritime incident between China and the United States
Chinese air traffic controllers ordered a US military aircraft to leave a disputed area, but the US bomber ignored it and pursued its mission. ""Pacific Air Forces . . . did not recognise the Chinese Air Defence Identification Zone (ADIZ) when it was announced in November of 2013, and does not recognise it today," a US official said.
22/03/2017 - CHINA
Religious activities by students and faculty closely controlled
Through special groups, the United Front tightly monitors religious activities on campuses by Chinese and foreigners. Anyone caught engaged in religious activities is expelled or fired.
22/03/2017 - VATICAN
Pope: Protect water, a common good, also by enhancing the cultural and religious significance
The Word of God "feeds a hope that concrete results in sharing in mutual service." "Our hope is not based on our own strength or means, but on the support of God and the faithfulness of His love, that is, on God's strength and consolation of God." "That of migrants is the biggest tragedy since the Second World War".
21/03/2017 - NEPAL – CHINA – TIBET
Police arrest hundreds of Tibetans in the wake of Pema Gyaltsen’s self-immolation in Kardzeby Christopher Sharma
Fifty-eight years after Tibet’s uprising, protests continue in favour of the freedom of the Tibetan people and the return of the Dalai Lama. India and China are in a standoff over the spiritual leader of Tibetan Buddhism. Nothing is known of the conditions of Pema Gyaltsen, who sacrificed himself in a week-end protest.
21/03/2017 - HONG KONG
Election Committee to pick Hong Kong’s next chief executive on 26 March
An elite group of 1,194 individuals will choose one of three candidates for a city of 7.3 million. Beijing-backed Carrie Lam and pan-democratic John Tsang are leading. Fearing any disorders, police has an evacuation plan for the authorities. The Justice and Peace Commission is opposed to the selection system, calling the electoral law an illusion of democracy. The Chinese government controls the outcome and protects the interests of privileged groups.
21/03/2017 - VATICAN
Pope tells young people to remember the past, to have courage in the present and hope for the future
The Message for the 32nd World Youth Day was issued today centred on “The ‘great things’ that the Almighty accomplished’.” In her meeting with Elizabeth, Mary becomes a model. The pontiff calls on young people to avoid being couch potatoes, safe and cosy, urges them to rediscover the relationship with seniors. The Church experience is not a flash mob. The future should be experienced in a constructive way, and “the institutions of marriage, consecrated life and priestly mission” should not be devalued.
21/03/2017 - VATICAN
Pope: the forgiveness of sins "is a mystery" and the first step is shame
Forgiveness received from God, "the wonder he created in your heart" must be able to "enter into your consciousness." "We ask for the grace of shame before God. It 'a great grace! Ashamed of our sins and thus we receive forgiveness and the grace of generosity to give it to others because if the Lord has forgiven me so much, who am I not to forgive? ".
21/03/2017 - ASIA-USA
Forbes: China second largest number of billionaires, Asian women prevail among the "self-made"
319 Chinese billionaires. 18th richest in the world an Asian. Among the female billionaires who built their wealth, a Vietnamese. 13% of most billionaires in the world: the most significant increase in 31 years.
20/03/2017 - CHINA – UNITED STATES
A new course in US-China diplomatic relations
US Secretary of State exchanges “warm words” with China’s president, avoiding the most sensitive issues for the two countries. The meeting sets the stage for Xi Xinping’s visit to the United States.
20/03/2017 - VATICAN
Pope: St. Joseph gives young people "the ability to dream, to take risks"
"The man who does not speak but obeys, the man of tenderness, the man capable of keeping promises so they may become solid, safe." He is also the guardian of God’s dream": the dream of God" to save us all ", of redemption, is confided to him.
20/03/2017 - TIBET - CHINA
First Tibetan immolation of 2017: a young 24 year old sets himself on fire
The victim, Pema Gyaltsen, was a farmer. His family beaten by police in Kardze. He is the 147 immolation since 2009. He called for the return of the Dalai Lama and for freedom in Tibet.
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