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  • 25/05/2017 - NEPAL

    Announced yesterday in a televised speech. He says he wants to respect agreements with the Nepalese Congress. Some believe that this change could "confuse" politics in Nepal.


    by Christopher Sharma

    24/05/2017 - VATICAN – CHINA

    AsiaNews Symposium: The Church in China between witness and the danger of corruption


    "The Holy See is working for the Church in China," said Card Pietro Parolin, Secretary of State of the Holy See, in his greetings at the AsiaNews symposium ‘China: The Cross is Red’. For Mgr Savio Hon, secretary of the Congregation for the Evangelisation of Peoples, “gray pragmatism” is "a great threat to faith" since it is based on the principle that “what works is true”.


    24/05/2017 - VATICAN - CHINA

    AsiaNews Symposium: Fr Gianni Criveller on evangelisation through charity and martyrdom


    Fr Gianni Criveller gave his take on a book centred to the history of PIME in China. For him, the most significant issues are the evangelical value of charity and the continuity of 'Christianity' in China after the rise of communism and the expulsion of missionaries.


    24/05/2017 - VATICAN – CHINA

    AsiaNews Symposium: gray pragmatism must be dissipated, says Mgr Savio Hon


    Gray pragmatism is rooted in Deng Xia Ping’s maxim ‘It doesn't matter whether a cat is white or black, as long as it catches mice’. Today this means it is impossible to distinguish white from black, what is true from what is false. Heroes of the faith are thus challenged by wolves in sheep’s clothing.


    24/05/2017 - VATICAN – CHINA

    AsiaNews Symposium: We entrust the evangelisation of China to Our Lady of Sheshan, says Fr Cervellera


    AsiaNews editor welcomes participants to the Symposium ‘China: the Cross is the Red." The Patriotic Association shows off its power, claiming for example the right to appoint bishops. Sometimes underground Christians turn inward. Perhaps, diplomatic agreements and relations are not so important. Despite its atheist government, 85 per cent of China’s population adheres to some kind of faith.


    24/05/2017 - VATICAN – CHINA

    AsiaNews Symposium: the problems and Challenges of the Church in China in the stories of priests


    Many unresolved issues exist in today's Chinese Church. In their account, read by an actor because Beijing prevented them from attending the symposium, four priests talked about their activities under military control, of being taken into custody, placed under house-arrest, detained, forced to face internal scandals and attacks, as well as ‘dual identity’ bishops, confused relations between China and the Vatican, not to mention a lack of religious freedom.


    24/05/2017 - VATICAN – CHINA

    AsiaNews Symposium: The government's one-dimensional culture will not prevail over religion, says Richard Madsen


    A policy seeking “a one-dimensional, rigidly unified culture [. . .] would only superficially cover the dynamic diversity of multi-dimensional Chinese lives”. Religious sentiments have survived and are now undergoing a renaissance. “Marxist ideology was too thin to substitute for the multiple dimensions of Chinese culture. The "flattened official ideology” has failed. The Catholic Church has to deal with Xi Jinping’s ‘sinicisation’ policy.


    24/05/2017 - VATICAN

    Pope: God will walk with us always, always, even in times of defeat


    The episode of the disciples at Emmaus shows that ours is not an "invasive God", but he is always next to us. "It is a quick encounter, that of Jesus with the two disciples of Emmaus. But in it there is all the fate of the Church. He tells us that the Christian community is not locked up in a fortified citadel but walks in its most vital environment, on the road. And there it meets people, with their hopes and their disappointments, sometimes heavy. "


    24/05/2017 - VATICAN - USA

    Pope receives Trump: Middle East talks and protection of Christians, but also immigrants


    Private interview lasts 30 minutes. Francis gifts Trump the message for the World Peace Day this year, titled "Nonviolence, a style of politics for peace", pointing out some of its themes to the president. "This, he said, is for you so you can be an instrument of peace." "We can use peace," replied the president.


    24/05/2017 - CHINA- VATICAN

    Day of Prayer for China: Msgr. Peter Shao still in the hands of the police. Prayer to Our Lady of Sheshan

    by Victoria Ma

    The Bishop of Wenzhou (Zhejiang) had been kidnapped even before Easter. Pilgrimages continue to Sheshan: at least 80 groups - about 17,000 people - have arrived so far. Penance, prayer and recitation of the Rosary for the Church in China. Readings of Benedict XVI’s Letter  to Chinese Catholics.


    24/05/2017 - NEPAL

    Christians in Nepal enter politics. First Christian woman elected

    by Christopher Sharma

    Previously they could not take part in the elections. Christian parties and Christian representation in other parties grow, winning in some local units. Angela Tamang, Christian Indigenous, was elected municipal vice-president.


    24/05/2017 - PAKISTAN

    Faisalabad to have first university chapel in Pakistan

    by Kamran Chaudhry

    The place of worshipp will be built at the Faisalabad University of Agriculture. The project was approved after three years of discussion. The founding stone lain on May 18th. The structure will cost about 65 thousand euros, of which more than 25,000 donated by the diocese. Catholic professor: "It is not a favor of the administration. In all universities there should be churches, temples and gurdwara. " 


    24/05/2017 - GREAT BRITAIN - ISLAM

    Manchester Police: Salman Abedi, 22, Libyan parents, likely author of the attack


    He had abandoned university, and according to some, had become radicalized. His father and brother were well-known in the mosque for their service and volunteerism. Great gathering places appear increasingly "vulnerable".


    23/05/2017 - VATICAN - CHINA

    Prayer for China at AsiaNews Symposium: the relics of Mother Teresa and a martyr of PIME


    Mother Teresa made several requests to open a nursing home in China, but was always denied permission. Fr. Alberico Crescitelli of Pime was martyred in 1900 and canonized by John Paul II in 2000. The Prayer for China accompanied by the choir of the Chinese community of Rome and Augustin Zhang, of the Giotto Cooperative from Padua prison.


    23/05/2017 - INDIA

    Catholics are discouraged their church is vandalised, but will rally for peace, says vicar of Hyderabad


    Father Bernard Swarna speaks about the attack against Our Lady of Fatima church. Police have provided protection to the diocese, and arrested 22 people. The Archdiocese plans a prayer meeting open to all. “We are not so far from” the persecution described in “the Acts of the Apostles.” For some, the incident has “political-religious motives”.


    23/05/2017 - VATICAN - GREAT BRITAIN

    Pope denounces Manchester attack as "barbaric," and "meaningless violence"


    In a telegram, Francis expresses a special thought to “those children and young people who have lost their lives, and of their grieving families," invoking God's blessings for peace, healing, and strength across the nation. Isis claims the attack.


    23/05/2017 - VATICAN

    Pope: a "lukewarm" Church pleases the evil spirit, but "breeds distrust"


    "A Church without martyrs breeds distrust; A Church that does not risk breeds distrust; A Church that is afraid of proclaiming Jesus Christ and chasing out demons, idols, the other lord, which is money, is not the Church of Jesus. "


    23/05/2017 - ASIA-G.BRITAIN

    Manchester attack. Condolences of Xi Jinping, Modi and Card. Gracias


    At least 22 dead and 50 injured. Suspicion of a lone bomber. Solidarity with British people expressed by th Chinese president and the Indian premier. The Archbishop of Mumbai: The Church in Asia is mourning for the loss of lives, our heart suffers with families and we pray to God to console them. May Our Lady of Fatima touch the hearts of those who have perpetrated the massacre.


    22/05/2017 - NEPAL

    Everest's Hillary Step collapses


    British climber Tim Mosedale confirms the destruction, caused perhaps by the April 2015 quake. The outcrop was named after the first climber who reached the top of the world’s tallest mountain in 1953.


    22/05/2017 - VATICAN

    Pope: Only the Holy Spirit can lead us to testify that Jesus is the Lord


    The Holy Spirit is "a gift, the great gift of Jesus,” who does not lead us astray. “It is precisely within our hearts that we carry the Holy Spirit. The Church calls the Spirit ‘the sweet guest of the heart’: He is there. But He cannot enter a closed heart. ‘Ah, but where can one buy the keys to open the heart?’ No! That too is a gift.”


    22/05/2017 - TAIWAN – CHINA

    China gets Taiwan excluded from WHO


    Taiwan’s Health Minister was excluded today from the World Health Assembly in Geneva, despite support from many states, because of its refusal to endorse the One-China principle. The World Health Organisation’s travel budget is greater than some public health emergencies.


    22/05/2017 - INDIA

    Hyderabad, Our Lady of Fatima Church destroyed (Photos and Video)

    by Nirmala Carvalho

    The crowd was composed by 100 attackers. The religious site inaugurated on May 13, on the centenary of the apparitions. The assault dictated by a land dispute. Archbishop Thumma Bala: "Deeply painful".


    21/05/2017 - VATICAN

    Pope: together with the faithful in China on 24 May to celebrate Our Lady of Sheshan


    During the Regina Caeli, Pope Francis speaks about the World Day of Prayer for the Church in China, instituted by Benedict XVI. Chinese Catholics must make a “personal contribution to communion among believers and to harmony in the whole society." AsiaNews Symposium on the Church in China is set for this week. Francis appeals for peace in the Central African Republic, and for loving “one another following the example of the Lord”. For him, “Sometimes conflicts, pride, envy, and divisions leave a blotch on the beautiful face of the Church.” Five new cardinals will be named, including a bishop from Laos.


    20/05/2017 - BANGLADESH

    Some 27 college students arrested in Dhaka on suspicion of homosexuality

    by Sumon Corraya

    Police surround a community centre over night, holding those arrested for drug possession. For the secretary of the Justice and Peace Commission of the Bishops’ Conference, they should not be prosecuted.


    20/05/2017 - VATICAN

    Pope on Centesimus Annus calls for alternative ways to deal with economics, poverty, and unemployment


    Pope Francis praised the Centesimus Annus Foundation for its work inspired by the Church's social doctrine. In economics and business, " things can change," the pope said. For him, poverty is “a human and not merely economic phenomenon.” Unemployment has "reached truly dramatic proportions in both developed and developing countries”.


    20/05/2017 - PAKISTAN

    Caritas warns of a humanitarian crisis in Sindh where drought has killed 1,340 children

    by Kamran Chaudhry

    Local authorities admit the death toll before province’s high court with Tharparkar as the most affected district. Rain is the only source of water. The Church’s main charity set up a food security programme in 2014.


    19/05/2017 - INDIA

    For Indian Nun, prayers and closeness can change prisoners

    by Santosh Digal

    Sister Inigo Joachim works as a volunteer for Prison Ministry India, a Catholic Association involved with prisoners across India for the past 30 years. The biggest problem is the solitude of prisoners. Abandoned by their familiesthey need our presence, emotional support and a shoulder to cry". In turn, they "are our benefactors” since they “give meaning to our lives, vocation and mission."


    19/05/2017 - SRI LANKA

    Tribute for Sri Lanka’s civil war victims despite barriers (photos)

    by Melani Manel Perera

    For Tamils, 18 May is Mullivaikkal Remembrance Day; for the military, it is War Heroes Day. Various interfaith and multiethnic ceremonies are held across the country. A court bans commemorations in Mullivaikkal for two weeks.


    19/05/2017 - VATICAN

    Pope: True doctrine unites, but when it becomes ideology it divides


    "There has always been those people who, without any commission, set out to disturb the Christian community with discourses that upbraid souls: 'Eh, no. What he said is heretical, that cannot be said, that no, the doctrine of the Church says this ... ".


    19/05/2017 - BANGLADESH - SAUDI ARABIA

    Prime Minister Hasina attends Riyadh summit between Saudi and US, to counter Iran

    by Sumon Corraya

    From May 20 to 23, the Saudi capital hosts a summit involving 55 Muslim-majority nations. President Trump will also attend on his first official trip abroad. Dhaka evaluates sending military to the kingdom to protect the holy places of Islam. The summit reinforces designs of Arab-Sunni alliance against Shiite Iran.






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    Pope: together with the faithful in China on 24 May to celebrate Our Lady of Sheshan



    During the Regina Caeli, Pope Francis speaks about the World Day of Prayer for the Church in China, instituted by Benedict XVI. Chinese Catholics must make a “personal contribution to communion among believers and to harmony in the whole society." AsiaNews Symposium on the Church in China is set for this week. Francis appeals for peace in the Central African Republic, and for loving “one another following the example of the Lord”. For him, “Sometimes conflicts, pride, envy, and divisions leave a blotch on the beautiful face of the Church.” Five new cardinals will be named, including a bishop from Laos.


    VATICAN-CHINA
    May 24, 2017: 'China, the Cross is Red', AsiaNews Symposium

    Bernardo Cervellera

    The event will be held to mark the World Day of Prayer for the Church in China. A title with many meanings: the Cross is red from the blood of the martyrs; From attempts to suffocate the faith with state control; Bceause of the contribution of hope that Christianity gives to a population tired of materialism and consumerism that is seeking new moral criteria. The theme is also about the great and unexpected religious rebirth in the country. Guests to include: Card. Pietro Parolin, Msgr. Savio Hon, the sociologist of religions Richard Madsen, the testimonies of Chinese priests and laity.


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