05/23/2013VATICAN Pope: bishops should not be career-oriented, interested in money or compromises with the spirit of the world Celebrating the Liturgy of the Word with Italian Bishops, Francis outlines how the pastors of souls ought to be. They must be men who can "listen to the silent stories of those who suffer, and support those who fear they might not make it." They must also help up and reassure people, give them hope" by "leading their life according to God's plan, committing themselves fully to the Lord Jesus. From this, comes the discernment that knows and takes on the thoughts, expectations and needs of the people of our times." Vatican City (AsiaNews) - For Pope Francis, "to be a
pastor means believing every day in the grace and power that comes from the
Lord." Despite our weakness, it also means being "watchful" about oneself
and the flock, because "the lack of watchfulness," as we know, "makes the...
05/23/2013VATICAN - CHINA Chinese priests and young people to attend Mass with Pope Francis
The celebration is set for tomorrow morning at the Domus Sanctae Marthae. The Pope invited Chinese priests, men and women religious, as well as young people to celebrate World Day of Prayer for the Church in China and the feast of Our Lady of Sheshan.
05/23/2013CHINA - UNITED STATES Chinese activists appeal to white house against “Dog meat Festival” An online petition calls for U.S. intervention to stop a "bloody tradition." The promoters state: no "politics" motives behind the appeal. For the defenders of tradition, dog meat cures disease and improves sexual performance in men. In recent days, a rapper has spoken out against the festival.
05/23/2013TAIWAN - PHILIPPINES Taiwanese students promote "friendship" with Filipino immigrants by Xin Yage The initiative aims to show solidarity with Filipinos impacted by controversy over a naval incident between Manila and Taipei on May 9 last. Immigrants contribute to social development and co-operate in the protection of children and the elderly. Student: The person who shot is responsible, not "the honest workers here."
05/21/2013CHINA Chinese youth educated in Party schools to violence and disregard for life In one month, dozens of cases of assaults, stabbings and even beheadings for petty reasons. University of Hong Kong Researcher points to school system imprinted on directives of the Communist Party and moral education of young people. Mao’s society has taught young people that human life is worthless.
05/21/2013CHINA - NORTH KOREA 16 Chinese fishermen held hostage by the North Korean regime freed The boat seized on May 5; negotiations with Pyongyang for the release launched on the 10th. According to the shipowner no ransom paid; formerly the North Korean side had asked for 100 thousand dollars for their release. Chinese public opinion and columnists enraged against the Kim regime.
05/20/2013CHINA Chinese scholar calls for CP reform, warns the PRC will go the Soviet way
For Zhang Xien, a professor at Shandong University, 20 per cent of the CP's 83 million members are old, sick and "unable to toe the party line". At least 32 million should be encouraged to leave. The scholar addresses the dangerous issue in an article published by a biweekly magazine published by the People's Daily, the party's mouthpiece. He wants better entry requirements to weed out potentially bad officials.