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    23/05/2016 - SYRIA

    For Fr Ibrahim, the terrorist attack was meant to cause panic in the population. The Jihadi message is "either with us or you die”. Rockets hit a retirement home, killing a 94-year-old woman, and wounding two more. Islamic State attacks in Tartus and Jableh, which killed more than 100, is a "message" to the Russians.

    23/05/2016 - HONG KONG – CHINA

    Card Zen: unity among all social strata is needed for Hong Kong ‘s freedom

    For the first time in 27 years, the Student Federation plans to stay away from the memorial vigil for the martyrs of Tiananmen Square. Hong Kong’s bishop emeritus told AsiaNews that the kids have great courage but they want to do “their own thing”. Regrettably, “they lack the maturity to understand that today more than ever we need unity and cooperation”. Hong Kong "is a part of China, and this brooks no discussion”.

    23/05/2016 - INDIA

    Three evangelical Christians arrested in Madhya Pradesh for "forced conversions”

    by Nirmala Carvalho

    Rev V A Anthony V, his wife Prabha and another woman are arrested after police and Hindu radicals stopped them and took them into custody. Extremists waited until the court rejected the accused’s request for bail. For Christian leaders, religious freedom is at risk under Hindu nationalist rule.

    23/05/2016 - VATICAN - ISLAM

    Pope receives grand imam of Al-Azhar, dialogue and not violence between Catholicism and Islam

    The meeting focused “on the shared commitment of the authorities and the faithful of the great religions for peace in the world, the rejection of violence and terrorism, the situation of Christians in the context of conflicts and tensions in the Middle East and their protection" .

    23/05/2016 - SAUDI ARABIA - YEMEN

    Riyadh going through backdoor diplomacy to reach deal with Houthi rebels in Yemen conflict

    Saudi Arabia’s deputy Crown Prince Mohammad bin Salman is seeking behind-the-scene mediation with Yemen’s Shia movement to protect the kingdom from possible Houthi attacks. Riyadh wants protection after promoting divisions and violence in Yemen.

    23/05/2016 - JAPAN – UNITED STATES

    For Bishop of Niigata, Obama should listen to the voices of Hiroshima survivors

    by Tarcisio Isao Kikuchi*

    The US president and the world must understand that when we talk about an atomic holocaust we are not talking about numbers, but human lives, stories, and tears. The president should be praised for his commitment to disarmament, but “Out of respect for human life and human dignity granted to us by the Creator, we should aim for a nuclear weapon-free world”.

    23/05/2016 - VATICAN

    Pope: one cannot be Christian without "the wonder of joy"

    "When in our parishes, in our communities, in our institutions we find people who say they are Christians and want to be Christian but are sad, there is something wrong. And we must help them to find Jesus, to take away that sadness, so they may rejoice in the Gospel, so they may have this joy which is proper to the Gospel".


    23/05/2016 - VATICAN - ISLAM

    Meeting between Pope Francis and the Imam of Al Azhar "for dialogue and peace in the world"

    by Bernardo Cervellera

    Egyptian Catholic Church spokesman: "Happy for this meeting." Vicar of Al Azhar: "A message of tolerance." The highs and lows of the Al Azhar-Vatican relationship. The breakthrough with Al Sisi and his project to modernize Egypt and the teaching of Islam.


    23/05/2016 - BANGLADESH

    Cyclone Roanu leaves 24 victims and 500 thousand displaced. Caritas organizes relief efforts

    by Sumon Corraya

    Strong winds and heavy rain hit the coastal districts. Regional Caritas offices activate 246 emergency plans already in place for such situations. Thousands of people have been saved, many others appeal to government for aid. Aid from administration slow in coming.


    23/05/2016 - VIETNAM - UNITES STATES

    Obama arrives in Vietnam and lifts US embargo on arms sales

    At the start of official three-day visit , the White House announces the complete removal of the embargo on the sale of weapons, in place for decades. Hanoi and Washington seek to boost trade (TTP) and safety. The objective is to form a common front against China. 78% of Vietnamese "in favor" of the US.


    23/05/2016 - INDONESIA

    Sinabung volcano erupts: at least seven dead

    by Mathias Hariyadi

    The mountain suddenly reactivated by emitting a thick red-hot smoke cloud that surprised local residents. Two injured are in critical condition. Access to the area is forbidden, but some farmers continue to live there. Number of people in the area at the time of the eruption unknown.


    22/05/2016 - VATICAN

    Pope: May Chinese Catholics become concrete sign of love and reconciliation

    After the Angelus, Francis remembers the Day of Prayer for the Church in China, which falls on May 24: "Let us ask Mary to give to his children in China the ability to discern at all times the signs of the loving presence of God, that always welcomes and forgives. " Before the Marian prayer, a reflection on the Holy Trinity: "This feast invites us to engage in the daily events to be leaven of communion, of consolation and of mercy."

    21/05/2016 - CHINA

    125 people arrested for trafficking toxic vaccines

    The system was operating in 22 provinces, with a total turnover amounted to half a billion yuan. Health officials also among those arrested. They bought adulterated vaccines, distributing them to unsuspecting citizens. The incident came after the arrest of a doctor who sold millions of doses that had expired or stored incorrectly.


    21/05/2016 - TURKEY

    Turkey: first step towards removal of Parliamentary immunity

    Parliament approves a first amendment of the Constitution that allows pro-Kurdish opposition deputies to be legally pursued. This will pave the way for an avalanche of procedures against parliamentarians who are not aligned with the Erdogan regime. The Head of State wants to transform the country from parliamentary to presidential, further centralizing power.

    21/05/2016 - BANGLADESH

    Bangladesh, a seminar to "update" priests and imams and relaunch dialogue

    by Sumon Corraya

    The Christian Religious Welfare Trust has organized a seminar for priests and pastors. Simultaneously, the Bangladesh Islamic Foundation will take charge of forming imams. The Dhaka authorities want to promote dialogue among religious, in order to curb Islamic extremism.


    21/05/2016 - VIETNAM

    To please Obama, Hanoi releases Catholic human rights icon Fr. Van Ly

    The communist authorities have released the priest in his 70's, leader of the struggle for rights and religious freedom. The years in jail have taken their toll physically, but not on his spirit. He is "bright and determined." Activists say his release is a gift to Obama on the eve of his trip to Vietnam.

    21/05/2016 - INDONESIA

    Isis video shows Indonesian children training with Ak-47s

    by Matthias Hariyadi

    20/05/2016 - PAKISTAN

    Lahore attack: Christians and Muslims thank Caritas for financial aid

    by Kamran Chaudhry

    Caritas Pakistan hands out cheques worth US$ 380 to 19 beneficiaries, including four Muslim families. The Taliban’s Easter Sunday attack killed 78 and wounded 350, mostly Muslims. “I pray to Allah that others follow the example of the Christians,” Muslim doctor says.

    20/05/2016 - HOLY LAND

    New Custos of the Holy Land’s challenge is to maintain dialogue

    Br Francesco Patton, of the Diocese of Trento, replaces Fr Pierbattista Pizzaballa, grateful for the latter’s 12 years of outstanding service. The new Custos welcomed the appointment "with trepidation” and “confidence." He plans to remain "a man of dialogue" and take care "of the friars and their life".

    20/05/2016 - YEMEN

    Yemen at risk of break-up following tomorrow’s “declaration of independence’

    by Pierre Balanian

    The Supreme Council of the Revolutionary and Peaceful Southern Movement is set to announce South Yemen’s secession. Saudi and UAE interference hides hegemonic ambitions and fears. Some analysts, as well as some South Yemeni military, view the move as “premature and extreme”.

    20/05/2016 - CHINA

    China’s online propaganda generates 488 million “positive” comments a year

    A study by Gary King and his research team found that China has invested in generating favourable online comments. In addition to government employees, anti-change volunteers do their part. Currently, a nationwide drive is underway to get 10.5 million youth volunteers to banish Western influence from social media.

    20/05/2016 - MALAYSIA

    Senior aviation technician arrested for IS ties

    The suspect worked in aircraft maintenance for 13 years, a security expert says. He was arrested along with 14 other people in March. “This is a matter for concern,” says political scientist, because such a person could sabotage a plane, or place a bomb or “an improvised explosive device onboard”.

    20/05/2016 - LEBANON – SYRIA

    Caritas Lebanon: the plight of Syrian refugees who cannot register newborns or bury their dead

    Fr Paul Karam talks to AsiaNews about refugees’ serious "economic, social, moral and human” conditions and emergencies These include the near impossibility for them to bury their dead for lack of space and high costs. Registering births belong to “Syria and the international community." In the Year of the Mercy, he pleads for help to Caritas activities.

    20/05/2016 - INDIA

    Congress in massive defeat as Hindu nationalists grab historic victory in Assam

    by Nirmala Carvalho

    The results of the administrative elections in five states are released. The most important fact is that Sonia Gandhi's party has been undermined by corruption and by the disastrous political leadership of her son Rahul. Prime Minister Narendra Modi ‘s party has won in one of the poorest and tribal states. At a regional level, policies in favor of minorities were rewarded. The comments of three Christian leaders.


    20/05/2016 - VATICAN

    Pope: Understanding for human weakness, but no "negotiating" on the truth

    "May Jesus teach us to have at heart a great adhesion to the truth, and also at heart a great understanding and accompaniment for all our brothers who are in difficulty."


    20/05/2016 - IRAN

    Western governments invite banks and enterprises to promote trade with Iran

    United States, France, Germany and the United Kingdom encourage companies and financial institutions to resume relations with Tehran. The removal of sanctions is only partial and obstacles remain amid fears of retaliation by some governments. So far, European banks have been "timid" in the resumption of relations with Iran.


    20/05/2016 - TAIWAN

    Tsai Ing-wen sworn in: I respect history, but Taiwan comes first

    The new president, the first woman to lead the Republic of China, delivers a long speech in front of 20 thousand supporters. The five points of her program start from the transformation of the economic structure of the island and call for a return of "social justice". The relationship with Beijing comes toward the end: no direct mention of the "1992 Consensus", but a commitment to the maintenance of "stable and peaceful relations" across the Strait.


    20/05/2016 - PAKISTAN

    Faisalabad, 20 years of Christians and Muslims praying side by side

    by Shafique Khokhar

    The Church and mosque are only separated by a wall. There has never been any violence or controversy. Islamic religious: "We have changed prayer schedules so as not to disturb eachother. We installed the speakers inside the mosque". The parish priest: "Before being Muslim and Christian we are men, and this unites us in prayer".


    19/05/2016 - HONG KONG – CHINA

    Beijing realising that its iron fist might lose it Hong Kong

    For Lee Cheuk-yan, pan-democratic lawmaker and pro-democracy activist, the mainland seems to have realised that hardline confrontation can only spark an independence movement. During a meeting with China’s third ranking leader, four pan-democratic lawmakers called for the ouster of Hong Kong’s chief executive. A Communist Party paper calls it “a sharp demand”, but “that is part of their rights to ask”.

    19/05/2016 - INDIA

    Dalit Jesuit tells bishops that the Indian Church discriminates against Dalits

    by AXJ Bosco sj

    In an open letter to Card Baselios Cleemis, president of the Indian Bishops' Conference, the clergyman denounces the silence surrounding the abduction and violence against Mgr Prasad Gallela. He asks the cardinal to speak on behalf of the entire Catholic Church in expressing solidarity with the kidnapped bishop, and identify the racist bishops to move them to other dioceses.

    19/05/2016 - IRAQ

    Erbil: Chaldean Church to strengthen the mission in Iraq and among diaspora communities

    Priests and bishops are called to a meeting on 20 and 21 June. Focusing on the challenges and opportunities in this Year of Mercy, Patriarch Sako calls for a "human, spiritual and national awakening" in the face of “existing challenges, risks and temptations”. The future of the Church, he warns, depends "on the quality of its clergy."

    Editor's choices

    The persecution of Catholics during the Cultural Revolution

    Sergio Ticozzi

    The documentation of that violent period was burned or buried in archives. Only a few survivors speak. The persecutors are silent in fear. The burning of religious objects and furnishings in Hebei. Bishops humiliated and arrested in Henan; nuns beaten with sticks and killed, or buried alive. A persecution that "is not over yet"; Today it is perhaps only more subtle.

    Silence shrouds 50th anniversary of Cultural Revolution in China and in the West

    Bernardo Cervellera

    The bloody campaign launched by Mao Zedong killed nearly 2 million people and sent  a further 4 million to concentration camps. Every Chinese has been marked by fear. But today, no memorial service has been planned and no newspaper article has appeared. The Party’s internal struggles and Xi Jinping’s fear of ending up like the USSR. Even today, as then, there are those in Europe who keep quiet and laud the myth of China. Many are predicting a return to the "great chaos".



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