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  • 26/05/2017 - VATICAN

    A Christian must "ask for the grace of memory: 'Do not forget the moment that you have chosen me, do not forget the moments we have met'". "Then, pray, look at Heaven because He is to intercede, there. He intercedes for us. " And going on a mission: "It does not mean that everyone must go abroad; it is to live and bear witness to the Gospel ".




    26/05/2017 - SAUDI ARABIA – RUSSIA

    OPEC and non-OPEC countries close to a new nine-month deal


    ​Saudi Arabia and Russia get all 24 countries to agree. Production cuts will stay on until next March to boost prices. However, no long-term strategy appears to be in place to stabilise the market. Meanwhile, high cost US producers are grateful for higher prices that allow them back into the game.


    26/05/2017 - TAIWAN

    Sister Ida Porrino: sent to Pakistan after 45 years in Taiwan

    by Ida Porrino

    The personal story of her vocation among the Daughters of Saint Paul, her family’s resistance and the discovery of God among Buddhists. Youn people's hunger for forgiveness, abortion, and families who have been crushed. A new missionary horizon in Lahore (Pakistan).


    25/05/2017 - VATICAN - CHINA

    AsiaNews symposium: our faith caught between police dogs and careerism, says Chinese priest


    The story of a priest from the official Church is presented at the AsiaNews Symposium, with the Church’s internal and external problems included. Up to 21 bishops bless a small factory for US$ 500 each. Priest asks for a prayer to Our Lady of Sheshan.


    25/05/2017 - VATICAN

    Vatican: States should include planning for religious organizations involved in health care


    Speech by the Holy See's representative at the 70th World Health Assembly, in Geneva. "Just as much as 1% of all funding for research and health care is devoted to diseases that mainly affect developing countries."


    25/05/2017 - CHINA

    Chinese Finance Ministry: The problems of Chinese debt are overestimated


    Beijing in defensive mode after Moody's downgrades its credit rating. The problems are falling growth and rising state debt to 260%. Economic reforms needed, but impeded by Party’s fear of losing power and increasing social tensions. China maybe set for economic disaster.  


    25/05/2017 - CHINA - USA

    US warships in contested waters of the South China Sea. The wrath of Beijing


    The USS Dewey passed through the 12 nautical miles in the Mischief Reef area in the Spratlys. It is the first case of "intrusion" in an area under Chinese control since the beginning of the Trump presidency. Washington claims the right to "freedom of navigation" in the area. The region is becoming a hub of conflict.


    24/05/2017 - VATICAN – CHINA

    AsiaNews Symposium: The Church in China between witness and the danger of corruption


    "The Holy See is working for the Church in China," said Card Pietro Parolin, Secretary of State of the Holy See, in his greetings at the AsiaNews symposium ‘China: The Cross is Red’. For Mgr Savio Hon, secretary of the Congregation for the Evangelisation of Peoples, “gray pragmatism” is "a great threat to faith" since it is based on the principle that “what works is true”.


    24/05/2017 - VATICAN - CHINA

    AsiaNews Symposium: Fr Gianni Criveller on evangelisation through charity and martyrdom


    Fr Gianni Criveller gave his take on a book centred to the history of PIME in China. For him, the most significant issues are the evangelical value of charity and the continuity of 'Christianity' in China after the rise of communism and the expulsion of missionaries.


    24/05/2017 - VATICAN – CHINA

    AsiaNews Symposium: gray pragmatism must be dissipated, says Mgr Savio Hon


    Gray pragmatism is rooted in Deng Xia Ping’s maxim ‘It doesn't matter whether a cat is white or black, as long as it catches mice’. Today this means it is impossible to distinguish white from black, what is true from what is false. Heroes of the faith are thus challenged by wolves in sheep’s clothing.


    24/05/2017 - VATICAN – CHINA

    AsiaNews Symposium: We entrust the evangelisation of China to Our Lady of Sheshan, says Fr Cervellera


    AsiaNews editor welcomes participants to the Symposium ‘China: the Cross is the Red." The Patriotic Association shows off its power, claiming for example the right to appoint bishops. Sometimes underground Christians turn inward. Perhaps, diplomatic agreements and relations are not so important. Despite its atheist government, 85 per cent of China’s population adheres to some kind of faith.


    24/05/2017 - VATICAN – CHINA

    AsiaNews Symposium: the problems and Challenges of the Church in China in the stories of priests


    Many unresolved issues exist in today's Chinese Church. In their account, read by an actor because Beijing prevented them from attending the symposium, four priests talked about their activities under military control, of being taken into custody, placed under house-arrest, detained, forced to face internal scandals and attacks, as well as ‘dual identity’ bishops, confused relations between China and the Vatican, not to mention a lack of religious freedom.


    24/05/2017 - VATICAN – CHINA

    AsiaNews Symposium: The government's one-dimensional culture will not prevail over religion, says Richard Madsen


    A policy seeking “a one-dimensional, rigidly unified culture [. . .] would only superficially cover the dynamic diversity of multi-dimensional Chinese lives”. Religious sentiments have survived and are now undergoing a renaissance. “Marxist ideology was too thin to substitute for the multiple dimensions of Chinese culture. The "flattened official ideology” has failed. The Catholic Church has to deal with Xi Jinping’s ‘sinicisation’ policy.


    24/05/2017 - VATICAN

    Pope: God will walk with us always, always, even in times of defeat


    The episode of the disciples at Emmaus shows that ours is not an "invasive God", but he is always next to us. "It is a quick encounter, that of Jesus with the two disciples of Emmaus. But in it there is all the fate of the Church. He tells us that the Christian community is not locked up in a fortified citadel but walks in its most vital environment, on the road. And there it meets people, with their hopes and their disappointments, sometimes heavy. "


    24/05/2017 - VATICAN - USA

    Pope receives Trump: Middle East talks and protection of Christians, but also immigrants


    Private interview lasts 30 minutes. Francis gifts Trump the message for the World Peace Day this year, titled "Nonviolence, a style of politics for peace", pointing out some of its themes to the president. "This, he said, is for you so you can be an instrument of peace." "We can use peace," replied the president.


    24/05/2017 - CHINA- VATICAN

    Day of Prayer for China: Msgr. Peter Shao still in the hands of the police. Prayer to Our Lady of Sheshan

    by Victoria Ma

    The Bishop of Wenzhou (Zhejiang) had been kidnapped even before Easter. Pilgrimages continue to Sheshan: at least 80 groups - about 17,000 people - have arrived so far. Penance, prayer and recitation of the Rosary for the Church in China. Readings of Benedict XVI’s Letter  to Chinese Catholics.


    23/05/2017 - VATICAN - CHINA

    Prayer for China at AsiaNews Symposium: the relics of Mother Teresa and a martyr of PIME


    Mother Teresa made several requests to open a nursing home in China, but was always denied permission. Fr. Alberico Crescitelli of Pime was martyred in 1900 and canonized by John Paul II in 2000. The Prayer for China accompanied by the choir of the Chinese community of Rome and Augustin Zhang, of the Giotto Cooperative from Padua prison.


    23/05/2017 - VATICAN - GREAT BRITAIN

    Pope denounces Manchester attack as "barbaric," and "meaningless violence"


    In a telegram, Francis expresses a special thought to “those children and young people who have lost their lives, and of their grieving families," invoking God's blessings for peace, healing, and strength across the nation. Isis claims the attack.


    23/05/2017 - VATICAN

    Pope: a "lukewarm" Church pleases the evil spirit, but "breeds distrust"


    "A Church without martyrs breeds distrust; A Church that does not risk breeds distrust; A Church that is afraid of proclaiming Jesus Christ and chasing out demons, idols, the other lord, which is money, is not the Church of Jesus. "


    23/05/2017 - ASIA-G.BRITAIN

    Manchester attack. Condolences of Xi Jinping, Modi and Card. Gracias


    At least 22 dead and 50 injured. Suspicion of a lone bomber. Solidarity with British people expressed by th Chinese president and the Indian premier. The Archbishop of Mumbai: The Church in Asia is mourning for the loss of lives, our heart suffers with families and we pray to God to console them. May Our Lady of Fatima touch the hearts of those who have perpetrated the massacre.


    22/05/2017 - VATICAN

    Pope: Only the Holy Spirit can lead us to testify that Jesus is the Lord


    The Holy Spirit is "a gift, the great gift of Jesus,” who does not lead us astray. “It is precisely within our hearts that we carry the Holy Spirit. The Church calls the Spirit ‘the sweet guest of the heart’: He is there. But He cannot enter a closed heart. ‘Ah, but where can one buy the keys to open the heart?’ No! That too is a gift.”


    22/05/2017 - TAIWAN – CHINA

    China gets Taiwan excluded from WHO


    Taiwan’s Health Minister was excluded today from the World Health Assembly in Geneva, despite support from many states, because of its refusal to endorse the One-China principle. The World Health Organisation’s travel budget is greater than some public health emergencies.


    21/05/2017 - VATICAN

    Pope: together with the faithful in China on 24 May to celebrate Our Lady of Sheshan


    During the Regina Caeli, Pope Francis speaks about the World Day of Prayer for the Church in China, instituted by Benedict XVI. Chinese Catholics must make a “personal contribution to communion among believers and to harmony in the whole society." AsiaNews Symposium on the Church in China is set for this week. Francis appeals for peace in the Central African Republic, and for loving “one another following the example of the Lord”. For him, “Sometimes conflicts, pride, envy, and divisions leave a blotch on the beautiful face of the Church.” Five new cardinals will be named, including a bishop from Laos.


    20/05/2017 - TIBET – CHINA

    Tibetan monk sets himself on fire in Qinghai, bringing the number of self-immolations to 150


    Jamyang Losal, 22, torched himself near the People’s Hospital in Kangtsa County. Police refused to hand over the body to his family.


    20/05/2017 - VATICAN

    Pope on Centesimus Annus calls for alternative ways to deal with economics, poverty, and unemployment


    Pope Francis praised the Centesimus Annus Foundation for its work inspired by the Church's social doctrine. In economics and business, " things can change," the pope said. For him, poverty is “a human and not merely economic phenomenon.” Unemployment has "reached truly dramatic proportions in both developed and developing countries”.


    19/05/2017 - TAIWAN – CHINA

    World Health Organisation to exclude Taiwan (under Chinese pressure)


    Taiwan students slam WHO for breaching its principles, organise an online petition to have Taiwan represented at the World Health Assembly in Geneva on 22-31 May. Beijing continues its battle to isolate Taipei from the international community after Tsai Ing-wen won Taiwan’s presidential election.


    19/05/2017 - VATICAN

    Pope: True doctrine unites, but when it becomes ideology it divides


    "There has always been those people who, without any commission, set out to disturb the Christian community with discourses that upbraid souls: 'Eh, no. What he said is heretical, that cannot be said, that no, the doctrine of the Church says this ... ".


    19/05/2017 - CHINA

    Corruption and human rights abuses cast a shadow over OBOR, Xi Jinping’s mega project

    by Chang Ping*

    Corruption is not just the result of a money exchange; it also comes from a lack of transparency when agreements are implemented. One cannot expect a new Gospel from a government that promotes repression and abuse. An exiled Chinese scholar looks at the issue. Courtesy of ChinaChange.


    18/05/2017 - CHINA

    Collecting DNA samples in Xinjiang to keep nationwide “stability”


    China’s authorities have collected genetic information on some 44 million people since 1989 without oversight, transparency, or privacy protection. Of these, only 1.5 million were linked to crime scenes. Since November 2016, passport applicants in Xinjiang must provide their DNA. Local authorities have bought around US billion in gene sequencing equipment as part of China's nationwide "stability maintenance" regime.


    18/05/2017 - VATICAN

    Pope: peace built In dialogue, putting man at the center of the economy and isolating fundamentalists


    Francis receives ambassadors from Mauritania, Nepal, Trinidad and Tobago, Sudan, Kazakhstan and Niger during the presentation of Credentials Letters. Crisis of fundamentalism also aggravated by "the abuse of religion to justify a thirst for power, the manipulation of God’s holy name to advance by any means possible one’s own plans to gain power."

     






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    VATICAN
    Pope: together with the faithful in China on 24 May to celebrate Our Lady of Sheshan



    During the Regina Caeli, Pope Francis speaks about the World Day of Prayer for the Church in China, instituted by Benedict XVI. Chinese Catholics must make a “personal contribution to communion among believers and to harmony in the whole society." AsiaNews Symposium on the Church in China is set for this week. Francis appeals for peace in the Central African Republic, and for loving “one another following the example of the Lord”. For him, “Sometimes conflicts, pride, envy, and divisions leave a blotch on the beautiful face of the Church.” Five new cardinals will be named, including a bishop from Laos.


    VATICAN-CHINA
    May 24, 2017: 'China, the Cross is Red', AsiaNews Symposium

    Bernardo Cervellera

    The event will be held to mark the World Day of Prayer for the Church in China. A title with many meanings: the Cross is red from the blood of the martyrs; From attempts to suffocate the faith with state control; Bceause of the contribution of hope that Christianity gives to a population tired of materialism and consumerism that is seeking new moral criteria. The theme is also about the great and unexpected religious rebirth in the country. Guests to include: Card. Pietro Parolin, Msgr. Savio Hon, the sociologist of religions Richard Madsen, the testimonies of Chinese priests and laity.


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