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    24/06/2016 - VATICAN – ARMENIA

    The ‘Great Evil’, the genocide that struck the Armenian people "was the first of the deplorable series of catastrophes of the past century, made possible by twisted racial, ideological or religious aims”. Hence, “it is vitally important that all those who declare their faith in God join forces to isolate those who use religion to promote war, oppression and violent persecution, exploiting and manipulating the holy name of God.”




    24/06/2016 - ORTHODOXY

    Pan-Orthodox Synod continues its proceedings

    by NAT da Polis

    The recognition of the Catholic Church as a true Church will be discussed in the next two days. So far, the meeting has agreed on the Orthodox Church’s mission in the world, fasting, impediments to marriage, and Churches’ declarations of autonomy. New national bishops’ conferences will include bishops from various rites and nations.


    24/06/2016 - VATICAN - ARMENIA

    Pope in Armenia: Ecumenism, collaboration, is also of value outside of Churches


    On arriving in Yerevan, Francis went to Etchmiadzin Cathedral. "For Armenia, faith in Christ has not been like a garment to be donned or doffed as circumstances or convenience dictate, but an essential part of its identity, a gift of immense significance, to be accepted with joy, preserved with great effort and strength, even at the cost of life itself".


     


    24/06/2016 - ASIA - GREAT BRITAIN

    Asian markets panic over the victory of Brexit


    "Leave" campaign wins with 52% of the votes. Stock markets plummet. The pound loses 10% of its value. Jump in price of gold and oil drops below $ 50 again. The UK might lose a lot of investment from Hong Kong, Malaysia, Singapore. The British move goes against projects of a Euro-Asian market and communications network.


    23/06/2016 - ARMENIA – VATICAN

    Pope Francis in Armenia, a pilgrim in the land of Christian martyrs

    by Pierre Balanian

    This visit is first and foremost a way of sharing with the first Christian people in history, marked by the genocide. There is also the ecumenical value of fraternity with the Armenian Apostolic Church, and the prophetic quality for peace in the Caucasus, a crossroad between Asia and Europe. Here are the views of a Diaspora Armenian.


    23/06/2016 - VATICAN – CHINA

    Pope is praying for Mgr Ma Daqin, the Vatican had no "role" in his statement


    Vatican Press Office Fr Federico Lombardi dispels all doubts and suspicions among Chinese Catholics with respect to Mgr Daqin’s “volte face” vis-à-vis the Chinese Patriotic Catholic Association.


    23/06/2016 - CHINA

    Faith among Chinese youth growing amid the temptations of materialism and atheism

    by Jin Yan

    A young woman talks about her experience. Born in a Christian family, she had no friends who shared her religious values. Seen as a stranger by society, when she moved to the big city, things got worse, with God and her mother on one side, and propaganda and difficulties of everyday life on the other. A prayer group helped her along the way. Now she is involved in pastoral youth outreach in her diocese. Her story appeared in Tripod, the quarterly magazine of the Diocese of Hong Kong.


    23/06/2016 - CHINA

    Wukan, CPC to press: Erase all reports on "democracy village"


    Protests of the small Guangdong village against abuse of authority show no signs of stopping. The Department of Propaganda orders the removal of any news reports on the issue. Citizens continue protest against the arrest of their leader. Human Rights activists: "It’s like Nazi Germany."

     


    23/06/2016 - ASIA - GREAT BRITAIN

    Asia looks with interest to Brexit economy


    Most in favor of "remain" campaign because it gives more stability to general situation. For China, an exit would lead to a loss of Great Britain’s influence. Fears of multinationals that have their headquarters in London. The problems of goods and the common market.

     


    22/06/2016 - RUSSIA – CHINA

    Vladimir Putin in Beijing to discuss energy, transport and trade

    by Nina Achmatova

    Russia’s president will meet his Chinese counterpart next Saturday. Although the meeting’s agenda has not yet been made public, some 30 deals are expected to be signed. China would like to share in Rosneft’s privatisation.


    22/06/2016 - CHINA

    Not just Wukan: an "epidemic of legality" invades Guangdong


    The fight against corruption and the expropriation of land led by the "symbol" village in the rich southern province pushes the bordering areas to report the same abuses. But funds are lacking for protests as well as "clean and capable" leaders to confront the government. Lin Zuluan, village chief and Communist Secretary of Wukan, "confesses" to have taken bribes. And on the Global Times website users ask: "Have you tortured him?".


    22/06/2016 - VATICAN

    Pope: Refugees are our brothers, we must welcome them


    At the General Audience Francis urges people to "touch the excluded" and the poor who need us. "Every night I pray: 'Lord, if you want you can make me clean' and I say five Our Fathers, one for each of Jesus’ wounds". "The grace working in us does not seek sensationalism. Usually it moves quietly and without fanfare".


    21/06/2016 - VATICAN

    For pope, the death penalty is unacceptable and contradicts God’s plan


    In a video message, Francis addressed the 6th World Congress against the Death Penalty, which opened today in Oslo. “The commandment ‘Thou shalt not kill’ has absolute value and applies both to the innocent and to the guilty.” The pontiff also called for improved living conditions for prisoners.


    21/06/2016 - CHINA - VATICAN

    Vatican silence over Shanghai’s Mgr Ma Daqin causing confusion and controversy

    by Bernardo Cervellera

    For some, Mgr Ma’s blog post praising the Patriotic Association and acknowledging his mistakes is nothing but “dirt”. For others, he chose humiliation for the “sake of his diocese”. Many wonder why the Holy See has remained silent about the article’s content and the bishop’s persecution. Some suspect the Vatican views the episode in positive terms. Yet, the Ma Daqin affair raises a major question. Has Benedict XVI’s Letter to Chinese Catholics (which describes the Patriotic Association as “incompatible with Catholic doctrine”) been abolished? If it has, who did it? A journey of compromises without truth is full of risks.


    21/06/2016 - CHINA

    Inculturating theology, key to religious freedom in China


    The Chinese Catholic Church has suffered decades of enforced immobility under Communist rule. As it started up again in the 1980s, the paucity of pastors and administrators became apparent. Now scholars and theologians are needed to inculturate the faith to local conditions and engage Chinese society in dialogue despite some fears vis-à-vis the spread of Christianity. Here is an article by Tripod, a publication of the Diocese of Hong Kong.


    21/06/2016 - CHINA

    Wukan local government warns press: You will be punished if you incite population


    The southern China village protesting for the release of the leader Lin Zuluan, who fought for the recovery of unlawfully expropriated land. The authorities at an impasse: the man is also the local Communist leader, and has always acted in accordance with national law. The Global Times warns: "The land protests cannot be resolved by democratic means".


    20/06/2016 - INDONESIA – CHINA

    Indonesia’s Navy fires on Chinese fishing boat as tensions rise in the South China Sea


    The incident occurred near the Natuna Islands. China claims that one fisherman was wounded and others were arrested. Indonesia promises to protect the area. China continues to militarise a maritime region that is subject of a dispute with Southeast Asian countries. The US and the Philippines conduct military exercises. Vietnam reports attacks on its fishing boats.


    20/06/2016 - VATICAN

    Pope: Only God can judge, “look in the mirror" before judging others


    "Why do you see the speck that is in your brother’s eye and not notice the log that is in your own?". Judging is wanting to take God’s place, "as a bad judge." "And also, my opinion is poor judgment. It lacks something so important about God's judgment, it lacks mercy".


    20/06/2016 - TAIWAN

    From China to Compostela, growing enthusiasm for the Camino de Santiago

    by Xin Yage

    The tradition is ancient, but has made a comeback in recent decades thanks to the enthusiasm of young Catholics from around the world. Asia is no exception: Korea leads statistical record with more than 4 thousand participants a year, but mainland China advances. A meeting in Taipei prepares pilgrimage of Taiwanese youth.


    20/06/2016 - UN

    More than 65 million refugees worldwide


    It is the highest ever recorded figure. The data published on the occasion of World Refugee Day. 50% come from Syria, Afghanistan, Somalia. 80% are housed in poor countries. Europe's divisions. The positive example of Iran. Pope Francis’s admonition.


    19/06/2016 - VATICAN

    Pope: The world needs Christ, his salvation, his merciful love more than ever


    Speaking at the Angelus Pope Francis reiterated the question in today's Gospel, “Who is Jesus for the people of our time? Who is Jesus for each of us?” Sadly, “Many people feel an emptiness around and in themselves; others live in restlessness and uncertainty because of insecurity and conflict”. He recited the Ave Maria for the Pan-Orthodox Synod in Crete. Tomorrow is the UN’s World Refugee Day. Speaking about refugees, he said we must “meet them, welcome them, listen to them, and become peacemakers in accordance with God’s will."


    18/06/2016 - VATICAN

    Pope: on conversion, Jesus persuaded people with kindness and love


    In today’s jubilee audience, Pope Francis focused on conversion, the "first word" of Jesus 'preaching. With "the Holy Spirit,” he seeded “in us the restlessness to change life and be a little better.” He noted that the conversions of Matthew and Zacchaeus took place "because they felt loved by Jesus and, through Him, by the Father."


    18/06/2016 - CHINA

    Wukan villagers subject to police “iron fist” like five years ago


    Residents accuse the authorities of land grab and failure to bring justice. Village chief is arrested just before he could speak publicly about the matter. Other activists are under de facto house arrest. About 63 per cent of all social disputes are caused by land grabs and farmers’ protests.


    17/06/2016 - CHINA – VATICAN

    Mgr Ma Daqin: the text of his “confession”

    by Mons. Taddeo Ma Daqin

    Four years after quitting the Chinese Patriotic Catholic Association, the bishop of Shanghai “admits” his faults on his blog, praising the organisation that controls the Church. We publish his article, almost in its entirety. Translation by AsiaNews.


    17/06/2016 - VATICAN

    Pope urges laity to look "outside", to those who are distant, to families in need, to unexplored areas


    Receiving the Pontifical Council for the Laity, Francis speaks of the reform of the Curia, and indicates the fields in which they can act. "We need well-trained lay people, animated by a sincere and limpid faith, whose life has been touched by the personal and merciful encounter with the love of Christ Jesus."

     


    17/06/2016 - VATICAN - ISLAM

    Christians and Muslims must work together to help those in need


    Message of the Pontifical Council for Interreligious Dialogue for Ramadan. Faced with so many victims of conflict and violence "it is vital that all work together to assist those in need, regardless of their ethnicity or their religious beliefs."

     


    17/06/2016 - CHINA - VATICAN

    China and Vatican: incredulous reactions and distress over Shanghai Bishop Ma Daqin’s "volte-face"

    by Bernardo Cervellera

    After resigning from the Patriotic Association, and having suffered four years under house arrest, Msgr. Ma appears to have retracted his positions, lauding the PA and its’ functions in favor of the Chinese Church. Some faithful believe he "was forced"; others that he is the victim of "too much pressure"; for others still, this "submission" is the "price he must pay" to regain freedom for the community of Shanghai, where perhaps the seminary (closed for 4 years) will reopen in September. The Vatican gives little credence to the bishop’s statements. A Chinese bishop wonders whether dialogue between the Holy See and China is of any use and is concerned that someone in the Vatican piloted Ma Daqin’s "confession" to please the Chinese government.

     


    16/06/2016 - VATICAN

    Pope: pastoral outreach should “accommodate, accompany, discern and integrate” families


    Francis opened the Ecclesial Conference of the Diocese of Rome, dedicated to Amoris laetitia. He called for “Reflecting on the lives of our families, as they are” rather than ideologising, avoiding a “separatist logic”, and giving seniors some room.


    16/06/2016 - VATICAN

    Pope: even beneath the tears and bloodshed caused by violence and persecution, there is light


    Receiving participants in the Reunion of Aid Agencies for the Oriental Churches (ROACO), Francis recommends "communion in the witness of the one Saviour" by Latin rite and Eastern Catholics.

     


    16/06/2016 - VATICAN

    Pope: Sowing joy and beauty "in a world with a somber and sad face" is an act of mercy


    Francis thanks participants in the Jubilee for Circus and Travelling Show People "you are artisans of beauty" and "do not know the good you do”. He caresses a tiger cub.

     






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    CHINA - VATICAN
    Vatican silence over Shanghai’s Mgr Ma Daqin causing confusion and controversy

    Bernardo Cervellera

    For some, Mgr Ma’s blog post praising the Patriotic Association and acknowledging his mistakes is nothing but “dirt”. For others, he chose humiliation for the “sake of his diocese”. Many wonder why the Holy See has remained silent about the article’s content and the bishop’s persecution. Some suspect the Vatican views the episode in positive terms. Yet, the Ma Daqin affair raises a major question. Has Benedict XVI’s Letter to Chinese Catholics (which describes the Patriotic Association as “incompatible with Catholic doctrine”) been abolished? If it has, who did it? A journey of compromises without truth is full of risks.


    CHINA – VATICAN
    Mgr Ma Daqin: the text of his “confession”

    Mons. Taddeo Ma Daqin

    Four years after quitting the Chinese Patriotic Catholic Association, the bishop of Shanghai “admits” his faults on his blog, praising the organisation that controls the Church. We publish his article, almost in its entirety. Translation by AsiaNews.


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