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  • 23/01/2018 - MALDIVES

    Mohamed Nasheed lives in exile in London. Beijing leased at least 16 atolls to build ports and infrastructure for its New Silk Road. The opposition leader also warns that Muslim extremists are a threat to the country.




    23/01/2018 - CHINA

    China is aging rapidly even though the one-child policy was lifted


    According to the National Bureau of Statistics, there were 630,000 fewer births in 2017. After the government decided in 2015 to allow couples to have two children, family planning officials predicted annual births would reach 20 million, and China’s population would rise to 1.45 billion from the current 1.39 billion, creating a stable labour force for economic growth.


    23/01/2018 - VATICAN

    Pope: The economy and even robots must be at the service of the person


    In a message to the Davos Forum, Francis asks actors to try to achieve a just and inclusive society. " Even the most recent technologies are transforming economic models and the globalized world itself, which, conditioned by private interests and an ambition for profit at all costs, seem to favour further fragmentation and individualism, rather than to facilitate approaches that are more inclusive" .


    23/01/2018 - HONG KONG - CHINA

    Editor Gui Minhai 'kidnapped' once again by the police, in front of two Swedish diplomats


    Gui is one of five publishers-booksellers kidnapped by the Chinese police in 2015. He was released last October, after a videotaped "confession". He was going to the Swedish embassy, ​​perhaps to emigrate. But his relatives live in Ningbo (Zhejiang) and could be used as "hostages" to force him into silence.


    22/01/2018 - VATICAN – PERU

    Pope in Peru: Jesus is the antidote to the globalization of indifference


    Francis celebrated his last Mass in Peru before returning to Rome before 1.3 million people. In his address, he urged them not to flee, but to resist the temptation to hide from "daily situations of pain and injustice". He also noted that “Jesus invites his disciples to experience in the present a taste of eternity: the love of God and neighbour. He does this the only way he can, God’s way, by awakening tenderness and love of mercy.”


    22/01/2018 - CHINA – VATICAN

    The Vatican asks legitimate bishops to step aside in favour of illegitimate ones

    by John Baptist Lin

    Last December, Mgr Peter Zhuang Jianjian of Shantou (Guangdong) was forced to go to Beijing where "a foreign prelate" from the Vatican asked him to leave his see to illicit bishop Joseph Huang Bingzhang. He had received the same request last October. Mgr Joseph Guo Xijin, ordinary bishop of Mindong, is expected to become the auxiliary or coadjutor of illicit Bishop Vincent Zhan Silu. Sinicizing the Chinese Church means supporting the principle of independence and follow the leadership of the Communist Party.


    22/01/2018 - CHINA-IRAN

    Sunken oil tanker slick extends over 300 sq. Km


    The oil spill spread in a few days. Danger for some marine species and for the migration of whales.


    21/01/2018 - VATICAN - PERU

    Pope in Peru: Young people, the heart can’t be “photoshopped”, because that’s where real love is found


    At the Angelus in the Plaza de Armas, Pope Francis calls on young people to follow Jesus with all of themselves, without discouragement, in the example of St. Martin of Porres, the half-caste saint. Silent prayer for peace in the Republic of the Congo. To the bishops, the example of St. Turibius of Mogrovejo, an indefatigable evangelizer: "Today we would call him a 'street bishop'". To the contemplative religious the invitation to pray for the unity of the Peruvian Church.


    21/01/2018 - VATICAN - PERU

    Pope in Peru: Combat violence against women


    In the Marian celebration in Trujillo, Francis speaks of Mary, "a mestiza Mother, because in her heart all races find a place, for love seeks out every possible way to love and to be loved". He recommends priests and consecrated to remember the moment of their vocation to be, like the apostles, bearers of joy and builders of community.


    20/01/2018 - VATICAN - PERU

    Pope in Peru: before the 'storms' of life, always trust in Jesus


    Francis in Trujillo, the second city of the country, hit last year by floods due to the "Niño costiero". "There are things, as you well know, that can not be improvised and much less are bought. The soul of a community is measured by how it manages to come together to face times of difficulty and adversity, in order to keep hope alive".


    20/01/2018 - CHINA

    Births, workforce and aging: The demographics scare Beijing


    The number of newborns fell to 17.23 million in 2017, from 17.86 million in 2016. The workforce has shrunk by over 5 million units. The social security system is at risk. Tangible signs of the damage of the harsh population control measures adopted by the government in the last forty years.


    19/01/2018 - VATICAN – PERU

    Pope in Peru: Defending the Amazon, its land, its culture and above all its people


    Francis met today indigenous people whose land is threatened by business interests but also vy the type of conservationism that has no place for people. “I consider it essential to begin creating institutional expressions of respect, recognition and dialogue with the native peoples, acknowledging and recovering their native cultures, languages, traditions, rights and spirituality.”


    19/01/2018 - ITALY-CHINA

    Zhang Naizhong, alleged Chinese mafia boss, arrested yesterday


    32 others arrested with him charged with extortion, prostitution, drug trafficking. He had established a quasi-monopoly of the transport of goods to Chinese companies in Europe. Amazement and silence in Prato.


    19/01/2018 - CHINA

    Official figures: the Chinese economy grew by 6.95 in 2017. But doubts remain


    Growth is greater than the government's forecasts. But analysts are sceptical that the figures have been manipulated. Standard & Poor's and the IMF are calling for reforms on state-owned companies, those that absorb the most credit and indebt the state.


    18/01/2018 - VATICAN - CHILE

    Pope in Chile: This land surrounded by the driest desert knows how to put on party clothes


    At the final Mass of his visit to Chile, at the Campus Lobito in Iquique, Pope Francis prayed for "the integration of peoples" in an region that has know emigration and immigration. He called on people to be like servants at Cana – “they too are part of the miracle” – and take care of the poor and those who have a "watered down" life. He crowned the statue of Our Lady of Carmel (Virgen de la Tirana), patron saint of Chile, and received a crosier and a cross made of salt crystals.


    18/01/2018 - CHINA

    Sichuan is the world hub of Bitcoin mining


    The province dominates bitcoin mining because of its abundant hydroelectric energy, which is perfect for energy-intensive supercomputers. Electricity in fact accounts for 60-70 per cent of plant costs. With 550 mining machines operating 24 hours, up to 2.5 Bitcoins can be mined per day, worth around US$ 6,400.


    18/01/2018 - INDIA

    Tamil Nadu, five gored to death in the 'Jallikattu' bull race


    The victims were watching the sporting event. Indian bullfighting is considered the oldest sport of modern times. The bullfighters do not use weapons, unlike the Spanish bullfighters.


    17/01/2018 - VATICAN - CHILE

    Pope in Chile: unity is not about being the same, but about reconciling diversity


    Francis celebrated Mass dedicated to the progress of peoples in a region where the Mapuche people still view themselves as victims of oppression and discrimination that have reduced their number. "The unity that our peoples need" comes from their recognition and solidarity. We “must abandon the notion that there are higher or lower cultures.”


    17/01/2018 - CHINA

    Yunnan: Christians accused of membership in an apocalyptic sect get up to 13 years in prison


    The Three Grades of Servants cult, an underground pseudo-Protestant sect founded in Henan, is especially strong in the countryside. Those convicted claim they are just ordinary Christians and know nothing about the sect. Defense lawyers have been threatened with loss of their license to practice.


    17/01/2018 - VATICAN

    Card Filoni celebrates the feast of Fr Paolo Manna at PIME in Rome

    by Bernardo Cervellera

    The Prefect of the Congregation for the Evangelisation of Peoples met PIME missionaries and the Missionaries of the Immaculate. Without proclamation the mission reduces the Church's work to that of an NGO.  The mission ad gentes must be reawakened. A Missionary Month will be held in 2019.


    17/01/2018 - VATICAN - CHILE

    Pope in Chile: the Church's mission is for everyone, avoid clericalism


    Francis met Chilean bishops and priests and visited a women's prison. With the priests he returned to talk about the drama of pedophilia and in the nunciature he received a small group of victims of sexual abuse by clergy. The meeting took place in a strictly private form and no one else was present.


    17/01/2018 - HONG KONG-CHINA

    Joshua Wong sentenced to three months in prison

    by Paul Wang

    The Occupy Central activist guilty, along with 14 others, of contempt of court for blocking clearance of a protest site. Wong may present himself in the parliamentary elections.  Beijing pushes for maximum sentence. " They can lock up our bodies but they can't lock up our minds".


    16/01/2018 - VATICAN – CHILE

    Pope in Chile: The Beatitudes are a 'new day' for those who continue to look to the future


    In his first mass, Francis said that Jesus “shakes us out of that negativity, that sense of resignation that makes us think we can have a better life if we escape from our problems” through consumerism. Peace is sown by reaching out to those who face difficulties, those who have not been treated as people.


    16/01/2018 - VATICAN - CHILE

    Pope in Chile: the future depends on ability to listen to the voice of the people


    Francis, on arriving in Santiago, meets with the authorities of the country states that "it is not possible to settle for what has already been achieved in the past and stop to enjoy it so that this situation leads us to disavow that many of our brothers still suffer from injustice that they call us all". The request for forgiveness for the "irreparable damage caused to children by ministers of the Church".


    16/01/2018 - CHINA

    Human rights lawyer Wang Quanzhang held by police for two and a half years

    by Wang Zhicheng

    He is the only prisoner whose fate remains unknown. The prison in Tianjin won’t let his wife and lawyers see him. In the past, Wang defended Falun Gong members and farmers displaced from their land. Torture and phoney confessions are routine.


    16/01/2018 - CHINA

    Record profits for Chinese state-owned companies. Too good to be true?


    The State Administration Commission reports a 23.4% increase in profits. The result of the government led reforms: reduction of overproduction and mixed ownership to improve the efficiency of state industries. But the question of the credibility of the statistics remains. The case of the city of Baotou.


    15/01/2018 - VATICAN – CHILE

    On his way to Chile, pope gives journalists a picture of the 'Nagasaki child'


    Francis left Rome at 8:55 am and will arrive in Santiago, Chile at 8.10 pm. The picture, taken after the atomic bombing of Nagasaki in 1945, shows a child carrying his dead brother on his shoulders.


    15/01/2018 - CHINA-IRAN

    Iranian tanker explodes and sinks. No hope of finding survivors


    The tanker was on fire and with smoke columns reaching up to 3 km in height. Large oil patch of about 10 km2 formed after it sinks and burned all night.


    14/01/2018 - VATICAN

    Pope: Seeking Jesus, meeting Jesus, following Jesus is the way


    During the Angelus, Pope Francis said that World Day of Migrants and Refugees will now be celebrated on the second Sunday of September, the next one being on 8 September 2019. “It is not enough to construct an image of God based on hearsay; we must go in search of the Divine Master and discover where He lives,” he said. The “role of a real witness [. . .] is fundamental,” he added, stressing the need to “overcome a religious practice that is habitual and obvious”. Lastly, the pontiff asked the faithful to pray for his visit to Chile and Peru, which starts tomorrow.


    14/01/2018 - VATICAN

    Pope: Migrants and local communities encountering Christ without fear


    Pope Francis celebrated Mass for World Day of Migrants and Refugees before thousands of believers, priests and choirs from African, Asian, Latin American. Around the altar of Confession stood the flags of the 49 countries from which migrants, refugees and asylum seekers have come. For the pope, it is urgent "to welcome, to know, and to acknowledge the other". For refugees it means "respecting the laws, the culture and the traditions of the countries that take them in." For host communities, this requires opening up “without prejudices to their rich diversity”. Host communities and refugees hold “fears”, but “Having doubts and fears is not a sin. The sin is to allow these fears to determine our responses”.






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    CHINA – VATICAN
    The Vatican asks legitimate bishops to step aside in favour of illegitimate ones

    John Baptist Lin

    Last December, Mgr Peter Zhuang Jianjian of Shantou (Guangdong) was forced to go to Beijing where "a foreign prelate" from the Vatican asked him to leave his see to illicit bishop Joseph Huang Bingzhang. He had received the same request last October. Mgr Joseph Guo Xijin, ordinary bishop of Mindong, is expected to become the auxiliary or coadjutor of illicit Bishop Vincent Zhan Silu. Sinicizing the Chinese Church means supporting the principle of independence and follow the leadership of the Communist Party.


    VATICAN - PERU
    Pope in Peru: Young people, the heart can’t be “photoshopped”, because that’s where real love is found



    At the Angelus in the Plaza de Armas, Pope Francis calls on young people to follow Jesus with all of themselves, without discouragement, in the example of St. Martin of Porres, the half-caste saint. Silent prayer for peace in the Republic of the Congo. To the bishops, the example of St. Turibius of Mogrovejo, an indefatigable evangelizer: "Today we would call him a 'street bishop'". To the contemplative religious the invitation to pray for the unity of the Peruvian Church.


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