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  • 23/05/2017 - THAILAND

    “Too often people of different religions have too little time to talk,” but “Studying for two years with monks gave me” a chance to “ask topical questions without fear of being misunderstood.” "Those who are in contact with Buddhism should not emphasise theory or theoretical concepts, but rather communicating the Christian experience [. . .] and the ways to reach it." Interfaith dialogue is fundamental to the life of the Church in Thailand. The challenges of the future include the call “to grow freer from influences and be more and more the clear voice and image of its Lord."




    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 - 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 - VIETNAM

    The Rosary, a moment of prayer that unites Vietnamese Catholics

    by Thanh Thuy

    Believers meet in many prayer groups. The Dominican Congregation in Vietnam has set up Rosary Associations. Many people are actively involved in promoting and supporting such groups. Several pilgrimages to Vietnam's shrines devoted to the Virgin are organised. Some young Catholics set up the Vinh Fatima prayer group. Celebrations are held throughout May, the Marian Month of Flowers.


    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 - INDONESIA

    Denpasar: Young Indonesian Catholics celebrate Diocesan Day

    by Emiliana Saptaningsih

    The meeting, which was held last Saturday in preparation for the seventh Asian Youth Day, included Mass and celebrations. Young Indonesians are enthusiastic and committed to bear witness among Muslims.


    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 - INDONESIA

    Semarang: 15,000 celebrate new Archbishop Robertus Rubiyatmoko

    by Mathias Hariyadi

    The celebrations lasted from noon to midnight. Congratulations from representatives of Indonesian civil society and those of all religions. Great joy and participation. Indonesian Catholics pray for unity of the country against radicalism.


    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 - 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”.


    19/05/2017 - INDONESIA

    Card Darmaatmaja: forgive to stop the spiral of revenge in Indonesia

    by Mathias Hariyadi

    In Indonesia hostility and intolerance towards religious minorities is growing. Still, for the prelate, "We all have to forgive radical and intolerant groups". Instead, “Love for God is manifested through the love for one’s neighbours”. Mideast East extremists find welcome Indonesia. For Prof. Syafi'I Maarif, such hospitality "makes no sense".


    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 - CAMBODIA

    Memorial Day. Cambodians remember the victims of the Khmer Rouge


    Almost no Cambodian family spared from the genocide. The day of memory is held early due to the election campaign. Strong tensions spread throughout the country. Prime Minister Hun Sen threatens civil war in the event of a defeat.


    18/05/2017 - PHILIPPINES

    Duterte says no to “foreign interference”, rejects 250 million euros in EU aid


    The Philippines “reserves the right to respectfully decline grants with provisions that allows foreigners to interfere with our conduct and internal affairs,” government spokesman Abella said. The EU delegation was informed yesterday during a meeting where "human rights have been mentioned," Franz Jessen, EU ambassador said. The move by the Filipino government is aimed at blocking European criticism of its controversial policies. China is the Philippines’ new ally.


    18/05/2017 - VATICAN

    Pope: peace built In dialogue, putting man at the center of the economy and isolating fundamentalists


    Francis receives ambassadors from Mauritania, Nepal, Trinidad and Tobago, Sudan, Kazakhstan and Niger during the presentation of Credentials Letters. Crisis of fundamentalism also aggravated by "the abuse of religion to justify a thirst for power, the manipulation of God’s holy name to advance by any means possible one’s own plans to gain power."

     


    18/05/2017 - ASIA - VATICAN

    In Asia, the Rosary is also recited by non-Christians

    by Piero Gheddo

    In Fatima, where Pope Francis went on a pilgrimage, Mary exhorted us to recite the rosary. Card. Martini’s devotion to Mary. In South Korea, Catholic buildings are called "the Church of the Mother." The statue of Mary in the Brunei church. The Shrine of Gunadala (India), which has shaped friendship between Hindus and Muslims even during period partition.


    17/05/2017 - INDONESIA

    Pro-Ahok rallies, signs of an Indonesian 'new nationalism'

    by Mathias Hariyadi

    Spontaneous rallies occur in Jakarta, Yogyakarta, Surakarta, Semarang, Surabaya and other cities. Torchlight processions are an opportunity to show political support for justice and pluralism. Great sympathy comes from all parties, regardless of religion and ethnicity. The Church reiterates its commitment to a tolerant society.


    17/05/2017 - VATICAN

    Pope: God knows each of us "by name"


    "Jesus is not one who adapts Himself to the world, tolerating that in it death, sadness, hatred, the moral destruction of persons should endure … Our God is not inert, But our God – I permit myself the word – is a dreamer. He dreams of the transformation of the world, and He realized it in the mystery of the Resurrection".


    17/05/2017 - CHINA - ASIA

    'One belt one road': the problems in international relations of the New Silk Road

    by Luca Galantini

    The project’s pharaonic prospects reveal China’s desire to redefine the entire international geopolitical framework, to become the economic and political center of the Eurasian industry and trade sectors. Indian opposition;  Russian fears; European skepticism. And the problems of the Uighurs, Central Asia, Iran and the South China Sea. China caught between national interests and the desire to distribute wealth.


    17/05/2017 - LAOS

    Three Laotian workers sentenced to 12, 18 and 20 years jail for criticizing government


    They had accused the authorities of human rights violations. Releasing public confessions on television. In 2014 a decree issued prohibiting online criticism of government and the party. Internet users forced to use their real name for accounts.


    16/05/2017 - VIETNAM

    Authorities crack down on activists fighting for Formosa victims


    Hoàng Đức Bình will be detained for 90 days. He was with Fr Nguyễn Đình Thục, one of the two priests denounced by the government. Hundreds of people gathered to demand Bình’s release. The Catholic Church supports local grievances and is the victim of government reprisals. Catholic activist Thái Văn Dung is wanted by the authorities.


    16/05/2017 - VATICAN

    Pope: "Peace without the Cross is not the peace of Jesus"


    "God's peace is real peace, that enters the reality of life, that does not deny life; that is life. There is suffering, there are the sick people, there are many bad things, there are wars." "The peace that the world offers us," "is a peace without tribulations. It offers us an artificial peace "reduced to "tranquility".


    16/05/2017 - INDONESIA

    Seram's 'Sea Monster' identified


    The decomposing carcass was probably a baleen whale. Gases inflated the creature. The island is close to whale migration routes. Bacterial infection or death in hot water the possible causes of 'monstrous' appearance. 


    16/05/2017 - CHINA-NORTH KOREA

    Beijing, schools and government offices hit by Ransomware ... of North Korean origin (maybe)


    Over 10,000 schools and colleges hit. License distribution and credit card payment at service stations blocked. Suspicions settle on Lazarus group who work in China are under North Korea.


    16/05/2017 - VATICAN

    Vatican: With international cooperation and controls, suspicious economic activities have declined


    The Financial Information Authority presents its annual report on financial and supervisory activities both in the regulatory framework and in the prevention and combating of money laundering and financing of terrorism


    15/05/2017 - CHINA – INDIA

    New Silk Road praised by 27 countries, suspected by many others, boycotted by India


    India did not attend the Beijing summit because it is against the US$ 57 billion Kashmir corridor project between China and Pakistan. President Xi Jinping got 27 countries to sign up to fund the ambitious Chinese infrastructure plan. He says China will “share” and not interfere in the social models of the countries concerned, renewing China’s push for globalisation.


    15/05/2017 - INDONESIA

    Indonesian diocesan priest forum

    by Mathias Hariyadi

    It is important to maintain a strong bond with one’s flock in carrying out one’s pastoral work. Participants were sent out to seven Parish parishes in Palembang. For Bishop Aloysius Sudarso, priests should “reinforce and support people's morals vis-à-vis the challenges and obstacles of their daily life.”


    15/05/2017 - VIETNAM – VATICAN

    For the Vietnamese, Card Văn Thuận’s sainthood also includes his commitment to the Church's social doctrine

    by Joseph Nguyen Hung

    The future Blessed laid the bases for the Compendium of the Social Doctrine of the Church when he was president of the Pontifical Council for Justice and Peace. A club in Hanoi inspired by him spreads the doctrine and collects books through a ‘Bookcase of hope’ to encourage young people to read in every parish and engage in charity and mission.


    15/05/2017 - ASIA

    Ransomware cyberattack due to governments carelessness


    Microsoft warns national security agencies not to "store up" viruses – to only let them leak- but to make them known. South Korea, almost untouched. Russia, Britain, Germany, France hit as well as universities in China, Italy and Greece.






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    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.


    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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