21/10/2016 - INDIA – JAPAN
Born into a Buddhist family, she converted when she was 12. Drawn to the monastic life and the adoration of the Eucharist, she became a nun. During her 40 years in India she taught children with intellectual disabilities, “seeing Christ” in them.
by Sr.Bindu Michael
21/10/2016 - PHILIPPINES – CHINA
Duterte in Beijing announces separation: “America has lost"
During his visit to Beijing, the Filipino president told Chinese business executives in the Great Hall of the People, “I will be dependent on you for all time.” Manila and Beijing sign US$ 13.5 billion worth of deals, including 13 agreements and memoranda of understanding. US official describes the US as “baffled” by Duterte’s comments, whilst Filipino trade secretary says “we are not stopping trade, investment with America”.
20/10/2016 - CHINA
Anyang Nuns and priests demonstrate in Tianjin against government plans to demolish Church buildingby Wang Zhicheng
The central government recognizes the Church's right to the property, but the local government refuses to hand it over and wants to profit from speculation. An appeal to Xi Jinping to enforce the rule of law.
20/10/2016 - VATICAN
Pope: To really know Jesus we need to pray, worship and recognize our sins
It’s not enough to read the Gospel and study the catechism. We have to be like St. Paul and "plunge" into the "immense sea that is the person of Christ."
19/10/2016 - HONG KONG – CHINA – VATICAN
On “Hong Kong sectors” supposedly "against Francis"by John Mok Chit Wai
A scholar at the Chinese University of Hong Kong, who collaborates with AsiaNews, responds to accusations against the agency and people in Hong Kong with respect to criticism of the Vatican’s diplomatic approach towards China. Religious freedom is a fundamental human right and a universal value, whether in China, Russia or the Middle East. Between "Right" and "Left", China defines itself as left, yet it practices state capitalism and unfettered capitalism just as "right-wing governments" do. Gaudium et Spes calls on the faithful to engage in politics against the "arbitrary domination by [. . .] a political party,” like in China.
19/10/2016 - SOUTH KOREA
One South Korean senior in ten has had suicidal thoughts
A survey by the Korea Institute for Health and Social Affairs (KIHASA) with 853 people aged 65 and over found that 10.3 per cent have felt an impulse to take their own lives. Health problems is the main cause of anxiety, followed by money and other psychological issues.
19/10/2016 - VATICAN
Pope: "Our relationship with God passes through giving food to the hungry and drink to the thirsty"
"It is necessary to cultivate a public conscience that preserves food and access to water as universal rights of all human beings, without distinction or discrimination". "One of the consequences of the so-called 'wellbeing' is to lead people to withdraw into themselves, making them insensitive to the needs of others."
19/10/2016 - VIETNAM - USA
Vietnam "will support the US intervention in the Asia-Pacific"
Announcement made by General Nguyen Chi Vinh, deputy defense minister, after meeting with an American delegation. Hanoi will accept Washington's influence in the region "as long as it will bring peace and prosperity". After the cooling of relations with Thailand and the Philippines, the United States reaches out to Vietnam to cut off Beijing’s ambitions.
18/10/2016 - VATICAN-ASIA
The "enemies" of Pope Francisby Bernardo Cervellera
The charge made against AsiaNews that we are against the Pope and in favor of Putin, is an opportunity to outline what motivates our commitment to evangelization. And also to ask for greater professionalism from those who write about the Pope. The Pope does not need public defenders. Facilitating dialogue between "conservatives" and "progressives" to realize the Council and concern ourselves with the world so that it encounters Jesus Christ. Christ’s “enemies” were also his "friends."
18/10/2016 - VATICAN
Pope: The shepherd who follows Jesus, although abandoned by everyone, always has the Lord by his side
At the end of their lives apostles, prophets and martyrs experienced loneliness, difficulties, they were stripped, abandoned, but the Lord remained by their side. "Pray for the pastors who are at the end of their lives and who are waiting for the Lord to take them with Him."
18/10/2016 - ISLAM – FRANCE
How to stop radical Islam in Franceby Hocine Drouiche
As terror attacks multiply, it is no longer enough to say that “they have nothing to do with Islam” or that “Islam is peace". What is needed is reform within Islam to reconcile faith and reason, spirituality and the values of secularism, freedom, and equality. The imam of Nîmes, vice president of the Conference of Imams of France has some proposals to erase fear and establish the coexistence of Muslims in Europe.
17/10/2016 - CHINA - VATICAN
Chinese priest: In reigning confusion, standing with our “captain" Pope Francisby Shan Ren Shen Fu
The illegitimate ordination of underground priest Dong Guanhua (condemned by Bishop Jia Zhiguo) is shaking the Church in China and is creating multiple, painful fractures. A priest from the official Church expresses his weariness: too many divisions threaten to kill the Church. He asks everyone to follow the Pope in his efforts towards greater openness and mercy.
17/10/2016 - CHINA
Shenzhou 11, prepares space mission to the moon and to Mars
Two astronauts, Jing and Chen, will stay in space for 33 days. They will conduct studies and pharmaceutical, physical and biological tests. Congratulations from President Xi Jinping: "A new contribution to building China as a space power."
16/10/2016 - VATICAN
Pope: saints, men and women who struggle with prayer
At the Mass in St Peter’s Square, Pope Francis canonizes seven new saints from Europe and Latin America and Central Europe. Among these two martyrs,"Dear Brochero", dear to the pope, and the Carmelite Elizabeth of the Trinity. " To pray is not to take refuge in an ideal world, nor to escape into a false, selfish sense of calm. On the contrary, to pray is to struggle, but also to let the Holy Spirit pray within us". World Day against Poverty.
15/10/2016 - INDIA - VATICAN
Indian Jesuit: Fr. Arturo Sosa is the new Superior General, from the peripheries of the world and attentive to socialby Keith D’Souza*
Yesterday the General Congregation elected the Venezuelan p. Arturo Sosa Abascal to guide the Society of Jesus. As the Pope, he is a native of South America. Combine theological reflection with social issues. The vast experience of government “useful” in a context which is increasingly "globalized."
15/10/2016 - VATICAN
Pope to elderly: Society needs your smile and the beautiful brightness of your eyes
Pope Francis meets with members of the National Older Workers Union and the Italian Seniors Federation, in the context of the national Day of the Elderly. "Maturity and wisdom accumulated over the years" are vital to the Church and to society. Elderly should not be marginalized or considered “unproductive". "In countries that have suffered a severe religious persecution, the grandparents passed on the faith to new generations." Pray to "the grandmother of Jesus, Saint Anne" to be "good and wise grandparents."
15/10/2016 - BANGLADESH - CHINA
Xi Jinping in Bangladesh: An essential partner for the new Silk Road
15/10/2016 - ASIA
"Monumental" international agreement against greenhouse gases
Rich nations - the EU, US, and others - will reduce the use of fluoro-hydrocarbons by 10% by 2019. But China - main producer - will begin the reduction by 2029. India will reduce by 10% only in 2032.
14/10/2016 - VATICAN
Pope: The good leaven of truth and the bad leaven of hypocrisy
At Mass at Santa Marta, Pope Francis indicates children as a " model of good leaven": at confession they speak “truthfully” of concrete things. "The hypocrite is a simulator": "They say one thing and do another." "The hypocrite is a nominalist, believes that by saying they do everything."
14/10/2016 - NOBEL
Nobel Prize to Bob Dylan meets with approval and joy in Asia
The Nobel Committee recognises the great literary and universal value of the work by the American singer song-writer. For Salman Rushdie, it is a “Great choice”. Rezaul Hasan Laskar admires his "extraordinary poetic power." But some voices are critical.
14/10/2016 - CHINA
China's exports down 10 per cent in September
Imports decline slightly. Exports decline more than forecast. As the global economy remains sluggish, foreign and domestic demand remain low.
14/10/2016 - UNITED NATIONS
For new UN secretary Guterres, “human dignity the core of my work”
The General Assembly unanimously votes for Mr Guterres who was picked by the Security Council a few days ago. For outgoing secretary general, he is a “super choice”.
13/10/2016 - VATICAN
For pope, Christians are "blessed, because they are chosen, because they are forgiven, because they forge their way”
“Each of us has been dreamt by the Father as a father and a mother dreams of their awaited baby.” We feel like “a fan of a football team". But when “A man or woman who does not feel forgiven,” they are not “fully Christian". Instead, the latter "is a man or a woman forging towards fullness, towards an encounter with Christ who redeemed us”.
13/10/2016 - CHINA – VATICAN
Who is responsible for the chaos in the Catholic Church in China?by Pietro
Here is a reflection about Fr Dong Guanhua, who was ordained bishop without papal mandate taking office on September 11. This is an isolated case, condemned by many unofficial bishops. The underground Church has remained loyal to the Holy See for decades. Care should be given not to use this case for one’s purposes or to condemn others. The Patriotic Association raises questions of conscience.
13/10/2016 - VATICAN
Pope: Lutherans and Catholics walking on the road that goes from conflict to communion
Speaking to a German ecumenical pilgrimage Francis reflects on his upcoming journey to Lund, Sweden, "and together with the Lutheran World Federation, we will remember, after five centuries, the beginning of Luther's reform and thank the Lord for fifty years of official dialogue between Lutherans and Catholics. "
13/10/2016 - VATICAN
Pope: Reception, protection and integration for migrant children
Francis message for the next World Day of Migrants is titled "Child migrants, vulnerable and voiceless". The phenomenon of migration "is not divorced from the history of salvation, in fact, is part of it." Children "who in a threefold way are defenceless: they are children, they are foreigners, and they have no means to protect themselves.".
13/10/2016 - CHINA
Young pro-democracy activist sentenced to 5 years in prison for "subversion"
Huang Wenxun is guilty of giving interviews to foreign newspapers, in which he encouraged Chinese activism against the companies. He was tortured in prison and held in detention for three years before trial.
12/10/2016 - VATICAN
Pope: the “enemy” teaches us "the ecumenism of blood"
Those who persecute Christians make no distinction between Catholics, Orthodox or Protestants. The path to unity is not only the work of theologians, however important it may be, but it is also praying for each other, and working together for those in need.
12/10/2016 - VATICAN
Pope: Syria, a ceasefire, at least to evacuate the children
Works of mercy "the best antidote" in a world "struck by the virus of indifference". If everyone did some every day, there would be a "real revolution". Works of 'spiritual' mercy also important such as "patiently bearing with annoying people".
11/10/2016 - VATICAN
Pope: do good with humility, reject a “showy religion"
Redemption “comes via the path of humility and humiliations because humility never comes without humiliation. And we see Jesus humiliated on the Cross.” “What counts, Jesus said, is the freedom the father’s redemption, love and recreation gave us.”
11/10/2016 - CHINA
Hu Jia: an uncertain future for Liu Xiaobo’s family
Denied outside contacts, Liu Xiaobo's wife is under tight police surveillance and can barely visit her jailed husband.
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