01/05/2016 - VATICAN
After the Marian prayer of the Regina Caeli Francis appeals for peace in Syria: "There is a spiral of violence in the country that continues to aggravate the already desperate humanitarian situation of the country, particularly in the city of Aleppo, and claim innocent victims, even among children, the sick and those who with great sacrifice pledged to provide assistance to others ". Economic development "must take into account human dignity and fully respect labor laws". Pedophilia "is a tragedy. We must not tolerate it, the guilty must be severely punished."
30/04/2016 - VATICAN
Pope: No one be distanced from God because of man-made obstacles!
At an extraordinary Jubilee audience, Francis returns to the theme of reconciliation, "God has never failed to offer his forgiveness to men: his mercy is felt from generation to generation." An appeal to confessors: "You are in the place of God the Father." A special Jubilee greeting for the police and the Armed Forces: "Faced with every day challenges, irradiate Christian hope, which is the certainty of the victory of love over hatred and peace over war."
29/04/2016 - CHINA
Beijing changes law on foreign NGOs, giving police sweeping powers
Until now, the Ministry of Civil Affairs handled applications and paper work. Nearly 10,000 foreign NGOs are present on the mainland. For the German ambassador, the law is too restrictive. For NGO official, it damages charitable activities.
29/04/2016 - VATICAN
Pope: A Christian does not say one thing and do another: He walks in the light, "because God is Light."
"The lie we know where it comes from: in the Bible, Jesus calls the devil 'father of lies', the liar". "Sin is ugly! But if you have sinned, He is watching and waiting for you to forgive you! '. Always! Because He - God - is greater than our sins".
29/04/2016 - NORTH KOREA- USA
Pyongyang, 10 years hard labor for a US citizen
Kim Dong-chul, who was born in South Korea and arrested in October 2016, was found in possession of a USB memory stick with within military and nuclear secrets. This is the latest detention of a foreign national, a tactic the North exploits for economic and diplomatic gains. UN Security Council convenes emergency meeting after latest missile test.
28/04/2016 - VATICAN
Pope: in the Church, there have always been resistance to the "surprises" of the Holy Spirit
“[G]et together, join together, listen, discuss, pray and decide. This is the so-called sinodality of the Church, which expresses the communion of the Church,” the pope said. “Let us ask the Lord for grace to understand how the Church can face the surprises of the Spirit, to be docile and to follow the path which Christ wants for us and for the whole Church.”
28/04/2016 - CHINA
Xi Jinping and religions: the Party must lead “effectively” and “forcefully”by John Mok Chit Wai
John Mok Chit Wai, from Chinese University of Hong Kong, highlights President Xi’s intentions toward religions, which should have no autonomy, and submit to the party. For some, this is the beginning of a "Second Cultural Revolution" to “decimate the religions”.
28/04/2016 - JAPAN - USA
Obama "ready to go" Hiroshima. But no apology for the atomic bombs
Several Japanese and US government sources confirm that the American president intends to visit the city, devastated by US hydrogen bombs in 1945. Shinzo Abe will accompany the US leader, and said that they will not seek apology for victims of 'nuclear holocaust.
28/04/2016 - CHINA - ASIA
Xi Jinping says only nations directly involved can discuss South China Sea disputes
Chinese leaders slam "foreign interference" in territorial disputes in the Asia-Pacific seas. Soon the international tribunal in The Hague will decide on the dispute initiated by Manila and Hanoi. Chinese President against military escalation on the Korean peninsula.
27/04/2016 - VATICAN - SOUTH KOREA
Thomas Choe, the second Korean priest, toward beatification
The Pope approved a decree attesting to the heroic virtue. Together with St Andrew Kim Dae-gon, he entered the seminary in Macao in 1836. After his ordination he returned home and, despite the persecution of the Joseon kingdom, cared for about 4 thousand faithful spread throughout the peninsula. He translated catechism books from Chinese and put Catholic teaching to verse to foster learning. He died consumed by the mission in 1861.
27/04/2016 - VATICAN
Pope: Indifference to the suffering of man is to ignore God
Jesus teaches us not to "categorize others to see who is our neighbor and who is not. You can become a neighbor to whomever you meet in need, and you will be if you have compassion in your heart, that is if you are capable of suffering with others".
27/04/2016 - CHINA
Harry Wu, witness to China’s Laogai, forced labor camps, has died
The dissident spent 19 years in a "re-education through labor camp". Released, he fled to the United States from where he began a decades-long battle against the laogai system. Thanks also to his commitment and his courageous witness, Beijing was forced - at least on paper - to close its slave labor camps. As a Catholic, spoke out on many occasions in defense of religious freedom in China.
26/04/2016 - VATICAN
Pope: "It is not for the pastor to determine what the faithful have to say in different arenas"
In a letter to the president of the Pontifical Commission for Latin America Francis speaks of the "temptation" of clericalism that "not only cancels out the Christian personality, but also tends to belittle and underestimate the baptismal grace that the Holy Spirit has placed in the heart of the our people ".
26/04/2016 - CHINA
China, teen dies in his sleep: he worked 11 hours a dayby John Ai
Wang Pan was 14, but because of his family’s poverty he had had to leave school to find a job in a textile factory. The authorities opened an investigation into his death, which ends with a fine of 10 thousand yuan (1,367 euro) against his employers.
25/04/2016 - CHINA
Xi Jinping warns against "foreign infiltration" in religionsby John Ai
Speaking at high-level conference last week, China’s top leader underscores the fact that religion remains a matter of “state security” and “national unity”. Sinicisation and the party’s religious policy remain the same.
25/04/2016 - TAIWAN-CHINA
May 20, Tsai Ing-wen begins new presidency. The expectations of the Taiwaneseby Xin Yage
The winning party in the elections, the DPP, is seen as closer to young people and determined to try new paths. But the new president will also have to find a balance with mainland China. And her contribution as a woman.
25/04/2016 - HONG KONG - CHINA
Hong Kong, Christians protest against demolition of crosses
24/04/2016 - VATICAN
Pope Francis tells young people that “genuine love” is not a “soap opera”, but Christians’ real identity card
In his homily for the Jubilee of Teens, Pope Francis asked questions and gave answers to the 70,000 present. Stressing the great ideal of love as giving oneself “without being possessive”, he noted that freedom is “being able to choose the good”. He warned young people “who dare not dream,” telling them that “If you do not dream at your age, you are already ready for retirement”. He also received funds raised for the Ukraine, and appealed for the release of bishops and the priests held in Syria.
23/04/2016 - VATICAN
Pope tells youth that without Jesus, “there is no signal. Talking becomes impossible”
In a video message to the boys and girls taking part in the Jubilee for Teens, Pope Francis stressed forgiveness and works of mercy, even for “Young people like yourselves, who are hungry, thirsty; who are refugees or foreigners or sick and in need of our help, and friendship.”
22/04/2016 - CHINA – EUROPE
The Silk (Rail) Road on track, directly from Wuhan to Lyon
After 16 days and 11,300 km, the first freight train reached France after crossing six time zones through Kazakhstan, Russia, Belarus, Poland, and Germany, taking half the time of sea shipping. Xi’s ‘One Belt, One Road’ is back in the spotlight, to trade with Europe, bypassing the United States.
22/04/2016 - VATICAN
Pope: Announcing the Gospel, intercession and hope, lynchpins of Christian life
"Each one of us, let’s ask ourselves: How is the announcement (of Jesus) in my life? How is my relationship with Jesus who intercedes for me? And how is my hope? Do I truly believe that the Lord is risen? Do I believe that he prays to the Father on my behalf? Each time that I call him, He is praying for me, He is interceding? ".
22/04/2016 - CHINA
Xi Jinping gifts himself new title: He will lead the army in case of war
The Chinese president is already General Secretary of the Communist Party, "the nucleus of leadership", the head of two new committees on the economy and director of the Central Military Commission. From now on he is also Commander in chief of the People’s Liberation Army (PLA) Joint Battle Command. Such a concentration of power not seen since the death of Mao Zedong.
22/04/2016 - CHINA
Anhui teacher mobbed by eight students for scolding boy (video)
The video is trending in Chinese social media: an fight lasting almost two minutes in a high school classroom. Respect for teachers, one time pillar of traditional culture, seems to have vanished altogether.
21/04/2016 - JAPAN – ITALY
Fr Luigi Soletta, in Japan where the sun shines at midnightby Piero Gheddo
The PIME priest, who died a few weeks ago, spent 40 years in Japan translating books, studying the country’s culture, bringing Japanese values closer to the Gospel. Japan’s samurai code and nationalism are part of that experience; so are the ‘temple of unborn children’ and guilt over abortion. The Japanese seek a God who can forgiveness.
21/04/2016 - CHINA
Hundreds of students with cancer and leukemia in school built on contaminated landby Wang Zhicheng
The school stands next to the site of three former pesticide plants. Groundwater and soil pollution levels are way above the safety limit. The authorities tried to hush up the problem. Government and business interests tend to protect polluting companies.
21/04/2016 - SOUTH KOREA
Justice and peace chief tells Catholics MPs to be missionaries in parliamentby mons. Lazzaro You Heung-sik*
South Korea’s newly elected 300-member National Assembly has 77 Catholic MPs. “Our society is split in two,” says Mgr Lazarus You Heung-sik, bishop of Daejeon. In his message to the new lawmakers, he calls on them to work for “reconciliation” showing “with facts that you understand the precepts of the Gospel”.
21/04/2016 - ASIA
Reporters Without Borders: Asia lacks press freedomby Paul Eckert
North Korea, China, Vietnam and Laos are at the bottom of the ranking of 180 countries studied. Concerns regarding the "totalitarian vision" of Xi Jinping and his grip on freedom in Hong Kong. In almost all the countries of East and Southeast Asia, the media are controlled directly or indirectly by the government. Even the Korean and Japanese democracies are worsening, previously considered of models of freedom.
21/04/2016 - VATICAN
Pope: Remembering what God has done in our lives, strengthens the journey of faith
"It is good for a Christian’s heart to remember their journey, for their path: how the Lord led me here, how He took me by the hand. And how often I have said to the Lord: 'No! Go away! I do not want to!'".
20/04/2016 - VATICAN
Pope: distinguish between sin, to be rejected, and the sinner, to be welcomed
During the general audience Francis expresses solidarity and prayer for "our brothers and sisters in Ecuador" struck by the earthquake and recalls the people of Ukraine who "have been suffering for a long time the consequences of an armed conflict, forgotten by many".
20/04/2016 - CHINA
Beijing launches "Arctic route" to unite the Pacific and Atlantic
The government plan is to prevent maritime traits being exclusively under the control of Western nations, saving time and money. Ships flying the Chinese flag "invited" to study this alternative, made possible by melting ice.
19/04/2016 - CHINA
Woman dies buried alive in Henan after her church is demolished by the government
Ding Cuimei and her husband, underground pastor Li Jiangong, tried to stop bulldozers. A member of the demolition team said, “Bury them alive for me. I will be responsible for their lives.” Whilst the clergyman was able to escape death, his wife did not. Police arrest the two members of the demolition team but has not revealed any details about the case.
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