22/02/2018 - CHINA – VATICAN
Some media in favour of a deal speak in "disgusting" ways. Those who oppose it are not against an agreement or against diplomatic relations, but are against reaching one at any cost. "[W]here does the Church truly exercise her rights?" The author is a priest in the underground Church in eastern China.
by Cheng Zhi
22/02/2018 - VATICAN
Pope to the young: Like Mary, do not be afraid. The WYD is for the brave
The Message for the 33rd World Youth Day, which will be celebrated on 25 March next at the diocesan level, released today. Bearing in mind the October Synod, the Pope urges young people to "not fear", to "name" their fears and to live in discernment of God's call to a "love full of audacity and entirely projected towards the gift of self".
22/02/2018 - CHINA
Chinese researchers testing hypersonic aircraft for two-hour Beijing-New York flight
The new plane is designed to fly at a speed of more than 6,000 km/h. its design improves aerodynamics. The craft is also part of an hypersonic arms race, and a turning point in nuclear warheads delivery.
22/02/2018 - KOREA
Olympics, Pyongyang sends a delegation for the closing ceremony
It is likely that President Moon will also receive them in private. No meeting with the US representation led by Trump's daughter.
22/02/2018 - HONG KONG
Rents for sports clubs: 'The government helps the rich'by Paul Wang
Exclusive clubs save up to $ 400 million in Hong Kong and allow use only for members. In the territory there is no public housing and the rents of the houses are prohibitive for young people.
21/02/2018 - KOREA – UNITED STATES
Intra-Korean and US-North Korean talks are the “pillars” to denuclearise the Korean Peninsula
A virtuous cycle is needed, South Korean Foreign Ministry says. The White House blames North Korea of cancelling a meeting with a US delegation in South Korea. US VP Pence planned to reiterate the administration’s tough stance face-to-face.
21/02/2018 - CHINA-VATICAN
Lanzhou, official bishop commemorates his underground predecessor. With some difficulty (Video)by Baifa Yuqiao
10 priests did not participate at Mass for the late Msgr. Yang Libo. With thousands of faithful they accuse the present bishop, ordained in the underground community, of having sought governmental recognition without sharing this with his community. The authorities forcibly removed the inscription on the tombstone on Msgr. Yang’s grave, which recorded the periods he spent in prison because of the faith (almost 30 years). The difficulties of reconciliation.
21/02/2018 - MALDIVES - INDIA - CHINA
State of emergency scuppers tourism, Chinese and Indian warships nearby
The Parliament extended the measure for another 30 days. Tour operators cancel hotel and flight reservations. The crisis is part of the regional power struggle between Beijing and Delhi.
21/02/2018 - VATICAN-CHINA-RUSSIA
The Ostpolitik of today and the 'outgoing' Church (III)by Stefano Caprio*
The collapse of Soviet communism gave reason to the Vatican political choices in opening up to Russia and Eastern Europe. The new Ostpolitik announces a new world without geographic or confessional delineations. Pope Francis pushes the Church towards the peripheries and towards the high sea, as St. John Paul II had hoped. Part III of an expert analysis.
20/02/2018 - KOREA
Defeated on ice, but 'first' in history, joint Korean hockey team players hug
After losing to Sweden in their last match, the Korean team ends up in seventh place. Players burst into tears at their imminent separation. "Politicians made that executive decision [to have a joint team]. Our players and staff are the ones that made it work,” said the team’s proud Canadian coach. One South Korean athlete hopes the country is proud of them. "It was bigger than hockey."
20/02/2018 - CHINA-VATICAN
Dear Chinese bishops, where is the measure of your heart?by Joseph*
A young Catholic from the official community, appreciates the lucidity and the realism of Msgr. Guo Xijin (underground bishop), and doubts the style of other underground or official bishops, such as Msgr. Han Zhihai and Wei Jingyi. A meditation on the joys and sorrows of the Chinese faithful in front of the so-called "imminent" agreement between China and the Vatican.
20/02/2018 - THAILAND-JAPAN
Surrogacy, Japanese man given 'lone custody’ of 13 children
In 2014, the case caused a scandal, prompting the authorities to enact a law that prevents foreigners from seeking services of commercial subrogation in Thailand. Wombs for rent industry first moved to Cambodia and, after a ban there, to Laos.
20/02/2018 - VATICAN-CHINA-RUSSIA
Criticism of Ostpolitik, persecution and dissent (II)by Stefano Caprio*
Paul VI consistently defended Vatican overtures to the USSR, although they scandalized many in the Church. Benevolent politics did not stop persecutions, which instead intensified. But a form of ecumenical and cultural resistance was born and was lived by Catholics, Protestants and Orthodox in the concentration camps. Part Two of an expert analysis.
19/02/2018 - JAPAN – LEBANON
Lebanon’s Adyan Foundation awarded the 35th Niwano Peace Prize
The organisation’s mission is to strengthen coexistence between different groups and create the bases for solidarity between different faiths. To reach this goal, it has developed a Building Resilience and Reconciliation programme for children and educators, which offers a guide for peace and reconciliation for those affected by war in Syria.
19/02/2018 - CHINA-VATICAN
Underground Catholic: We are excluded from dialogue between China and the Holy Seeby John
Catholics of the unofficial Church complain that the "imminent" agreement between Rome and Beijing on the appointment of bishops forgets all the persecutions that the Christian communities are subject to. A criticism also to Msgr. Giuseppe Wei Jingyi, who - according to the author - is "underground” in name but not in nature. The repentant bishops show "repentance" only in private, but continue government policy in public.
19/02/2018 - VATICAN-RUSSIA-CHINA
The old and new Ostpolitik of the Holy See (I)by Stefano Caprio*
The Vatican’s latest openings to China resemble the path traced by the old Ostpolitik of Card. Agostino Casaroli. Then as now, the Holy See’s moves have provoked and provoke disagreements, criticism and charges of forgetting the persecuted Church and human rights violations. Casaroli himself had doubts about his effectiveness, although he was eager to implement the dimension of dialogue, rediscovered with the Second Vatican Council. Part One.
18/02/2018 - VATICAN
Pope: Lent: temptation, conversion and good news
17/02/2018 - SINGAPORE-CHINA
First New Year in Singapore for Keyuan, an orphan with no ears
His story moved his new adoptive family. Every year in China, 900 thousand children are born with disabilities. The number has increased by 70% in the last 20 years. Many end up in orphanages, abandoned by families. In the absence of social support and with the age limit of adoption at 14, some are not adopted at all.
17/02/2018 - HONG KONG - CHINA - VATICAN
The Church 'doesn't care about politics and human rights' ... Wrong!by John Mok Cit Wai
In an attempt to please China, several commentators dare to conceal or manipulate the teaching of the Church. The Church's mission is linked to support for human rights and commitment to society. Jesus never challenged the Roman Empire, but created a revolution. Msgr Romero defending the poor and the Church, had to face the military junta. A comment by John Mok Cit Wai.
16/02/2018 - NEPAL
China’s friend KP Sharma Oli sworn in as Nepal’s prime minister
Oli leads the Communist Party of Nepal-United Marxist Leninist. He began his political career in the 1970s. During that time, he spent 14 years in prison for his opposition to the Hindu monarchy. Now he has pledged to work for peace, stability and development.
16/02/2018 - ASIA
Bloomberg: Thailand, Singapore and Japan are least miserable economies in the world
The ranking is based on how inflation and unemployment affect people’s attitude towards the economy. The misery index covers 66 economies. This year’s forecast sees China, Hong Kong and Saudi Arabia doing worse, whilst South Korea joins the top ten least miserable economies.
16/02/2018 - VATICAN
Pope: fasting is real when concerned with helping others
Fasting is "stripping oneself a little"; maybe thanking the Lord because we are able to fast: "poor people", they must fast because they do not have anything to eat "and you even despise them ". Do penance in peace: "You cannot talk to God on one side and talk to the devil on the other" because it is inconsistent.
16/02/2018 - VATICAN
Young people from all over the world in Rome in preparation for the October Synod
From March 19 to 24, the Pre-Synodal Meeting will prepare a document that will flow into the working document of the Synod. An encounter to "listen" to young people. To participate concretely through social media, young people will simply have to go to the website www.synod2018.va, where they will find the link to register with the Facebook Group of one of the 6 languages provided.
16/02/2018 - TAIWAN - CHINA
Tsai Ing-wen and Xi Jinping celebrate Lunar New Year differentlyby Wang Zhicheng
The Taiwanese president prayed in a Buddhist ceremony for quake victims and visited Taoist temples, greeting the population and handing out red envelopes. The Chinese president welcomed the New Year with 2,000 guests, business people and Party officials, in the Great Hall of the People. Taiwan’s vice president met with earthquake victims in Hualien.
16/02/2018 - JAPAN
After an injury and many prayers, Yuzuru Hanyu leads men’s single
In November he suffered an ankle injury. Thousands of fans prayed for him. In 2011 he prayed at a Kobe shrine, hoping to become "the shining light of Tohoku”, a region devastated by a quake.
16/02/2018 - KOREA
A bow to common ancestors: the athletes of the two Koreas celebrate the new year together
As a rule, the celebration takes place at home with loved ones. The Unification Minister marks the celebration recalling all of the separated families and asks Pyongyang to welcome the proposal for new meetings.
15/02/2018 - CHINA
The Xi Jinping faction dominates regional appointmentsby Willy Wo-Lap Lam
After getting his “Thoughts” consecrated in the constitutions of the state and the party, Xi Jinping places his "allies and cronies" in important roles, marking the rise to power of the stars of the Sixth Generation. Yet, no legitimate heir is waiting in the wings, although one could emerge at the next Congress, in 2022. Courtesy of the Jamestown Foundation.
15/02/2018 - CHINA
Chinese New Year to usher in the Year of the Dog
Migrants go home making up to 2.98 billion trips by train, bus, or motorcycle. Some 380 million travellers are expected with Thailand and Malaysia as the favourite foreign destinations. Many are hoping for a heavy red envelope. Fireworks have been banned.
15/02/2018 - USA-CHINA
South China Sea, US Navy: 'Seven new bases built by Beijing'
Facilities include hangars, barracks, radar, armed positions and 3 km-long landing strips. To counter the expansionist ambitions of China, the US relies on the historical regional allies.
15/02/2018 - VATICAN
Pope encourages young priests to seek guidance in older priests
The ages in the priesthood, with their peculiar characteristics, risks and potentialities were the subject of which Pope Francis spoke today to the clergy of Rome gathered in the Basilica of St. John Lateran for the traditional meeting of the beginning of Lent.
14/02/2018 - VATICAN
Lent is a time to defeat the demons of distrust, apathy and resignation, says pope
In celebrating Ash Wednesday, Francis calls on the faithful to look and contemplate "the real face of Christ crucified out of love for everyone, without exception” and to “Return to the house of your Father”.
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